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Minister Daya Gamage says Bond transactions during the past regime had caused huge loss to the country’s economy.

Minister Daya Gamage says, the conduct of parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena is regrettable. He made the comment to media following a religious festival held in Kandy. the minister also said that though the UNP has the strength to form a government single handedly, it has not breached the promises given to the general public and still stick to the concept of unison government.

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Annual feast of the St.Anthoney’s Church in Kachchativu Island will commence on Sunday.


Annual feast of the St.Anthoney’s Church in Kachchativu Island will commence on Sunday. It will take place at the newly constructed church building Sri Lanka Navy expects over 9,000 Indian and Sri Lankan devotees for this annual event. Navy has also arranged all required facilities including sanitary facilities for the pilgrims. The newly constructed jetties in Kachchativu and Delft islands will also be vested to the public on Sunday.

President points out the women’s participation in the political field should be increased in future.

President Maithripala Sirisena said a political culture with clean , honest and human values should be build with the  women’s participation to establish a better tomorrow.  President Sirisena made these remarks at a function organized by women front of SLFP to commemorate the international women’s day.  President participated as the chief guest in this event. The event was held this morning at the SLFP headquarters. Addressing the gathering President further said a clean political character is required through clean politics at present.

 The candidates should dedicate themselves to serve the common masses in a more effective manner.  President also said the members from the women’s society should come forward to take leadership during the future elections with the aim of serving the public in an honest manner . The women’s representation should be increased in the forthcoming elections.  President Maithripala Sirisena expressed confidence that SLFP will create a clean political culture with dedication, Commitment and responsibility to serve the public.  President also noted the present government implements a mechanism to eliminate corruption, Fraud and malpractices.

A comprehensive debate was held in parliament with regard to the SAITEM private medical college.

A comprehensive debate was held today in parliament with regard to Malabe SITEM issue. Commencing the debate, parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake reiterated that the SITEM college should be abolished since it has been established in a fraudulent manner.
Joining the debate minister S.B. Dissanayake said a private medical college is a need of the hour to provide the education rights to the interested students. The students who go abroad for higher studies spend large amount of money for their education activities. Taking this factor into consideration, a local private medical college or similar colleges should be set up to provide justice and a reasonable solution to the students. Minister further said the SITEM college has been approved by the BOI and the ministry of health. Private medical college need not seek approval from the medical council. But, minister S.B. Dissanayake reiterated that the approval from the health minister is sufficient enough to proceed the education activities. However, the then health minister refrained from giving approval to this college. Then health minister exercised his democratic rights by not granting approval to this college. Minister recalled that previous regime granted degree awarding approval to many education organizations.
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Minister Dissanayake also said some parents did not show interest for their children pursuing university education due to ragging problem. It is also suspected that there can be a political force behind the ragging menace. Around 400 thousand students are following their education in international schools of these countries. Many students from foreign countries are pursuing their studies in Sri Lanka. Minister emphasized the importance of preserving the free education while protecting the education rights of the students.
Joining the debate minister Lakshman Kiriella said the government will not allow any element to maintain detention centers to rag students. The government has vehemently condemned these shameful acts. Minister also recalled that the SITEM college was established during the time of previous regime. No one objected this college at the time of establishment. The issue which was raised at this moment might have some political motive, he added. Bankrupt politicians are trying to create chaotic situation in the country through the SITEM issue. Minister requested the university students not to fall prey to the malicious campaign carried out by bankrupt politicians. He also requested the students to follow the rules and regulations and attend the classes without fail.

Sri Lanka and India have agreed to release the fishermen in their respective custodies.

Sri Lanka and India have agreed to release the fishermen in their respective custodies.  Accordingly, Sri Lanka releases 85 Indian fishermen from its custody. The Sri Lankan government yesterday decided to release all 85 Indian fishermen who are now in its custody.

The decision was taken based on the request made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.  The Indian government too is likely to reciprocate the gesture and release the 19 Sri Lankan fishermen in its custody, the source said. The release of the 85 fishermen is in line with the Sri Lankan government’s policy of swiftly releasing fishermen it arrests on charges of poaching, but retaining the trawlers seized.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs says the UN Human Rights Council has extended fullest support to Sri Lanka to continue as the co-sponsor to implement the October 2015 resolution.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Harsha De Silva says the UN Human Rights Council has extended fullest support to Sri Lanka to continue as the co-sponsor to implement the October 2015 resolution. He further said the UN Human Rights High Commissioner’s Report has no binding authority over a sovereign nation and insisted that Sri Lanka could not accept all recommendations listed in the report.

The deputy minister who addressed a media briefing yesterday was referring to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s report on Sri Lanka, released on March 3, which called on the government to “embrace the report of the Consultation Task Force, to formulate a communications campaign to inform the public about details of the reconciliation agenda, to invite the UN Human Rights Office to establish a presence in Sri Lanka, to give the highest priority to the restitution of all private land that has been occupied by the military, and to adopt legislation establishing a hybrid court”.

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Sri Lanka releases 85 Indian fishermen from its custody.


Sri Lanka releases 85 Indian fishermen from its custody. The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday decided to release all 85 Indian fishermen who are now in its custody. The Indian government too is likely to reciprocate the gesture and release the 19 Sri Lankan fishermen in its custody, the source said.

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The prime minister explains the aim of the Sustainable Development Bill in parliament.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says that the Sustainable Development Bill is aimed at bringing a sustainable development in the country. Tabling the bill in the parliament, the prime minister explained the dedication of the government on the subject. He emphasized the need of a proper mechanism to fulfill the aim, which is a long process. The new bill put forward a 15 year plan which is based on Canada’s sustainable development bill, the Prime Minister added.

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United National Party expresses concern over the awkward acts of several opposition members in the house.

Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka expresses concern of the United National Party over the awkward acts of certain members of opposition in the parliament. He alleged that such members act in contrary to the orders of the Speaker to fulfill their petty political motives. The Minister says that the speaker was forced to adjourn the sittings several times today.

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A GNP that attracts dollars to the country would be the base of a state development plan, acting foreign minister says.

Acting Foreign Minister Harsha De Silva says that a GNP that attracts dollars to the country would be the base of a development programme of the government. The government has initiated a programme that facilitates necessary investment needed to make competitive production according to present trends of trade. The Minister made these remarks at a media briefing held today at Colombo.

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