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43 divisional secretaries are to be set up.

The Ministry of Home affairs announces that another 43 divisional secretariats will be set up to strengthen the local administrative system. According the number of divisional secretariats will be increased to 375 by 2020.


Higher price for Paddy.

Chairman of the Paddy Marketing Board M.D Dissanayake says his organization is ready to purchase paddy from the farmers in the Maha season. Keeri Samba will be bought at the rate of 41 rupees per kilogram and Nadu at the rate of 31 rupees.


Rauf Hakeem becomes the leader of the SLMC for the 17th time.

Minister Rauf Hakeem became the leader of the SLMC for the 17th time at the Party’s mandatory high command meeting which gathered yesterday. Mohamed Mansoor Cader was appointed as the General Secretary of the party.


The massive development project to provide water to Wayamba will commence tomorrow.

The government has devised a plan to provide water to the people in the Wayamba province as they were suffering for a long time due to lack of water resources. Accordingly, the construction work of the canal of the Wayamba province which is one of the biggest projects of the country will commence tomorrow. President Maithripala Sirisena says some people are devastating the environment due to lack of awareness on the value of nature. Addressing the inaugural session of the green dream 2017 exhibition, the President said that certain activities like mega scale soil and sand mining have resulted huge environmental degradation.


A proposal from the deans of the medical faculties to solve the SAITM issue.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says he has no any personnel connection with SAITM. He added that the owner of the SAITM also worked closely with the former president.


A youth arrested possessing counterfeit notes worth over 2.9 million rupees.

A 23-year-old youth was arrested in Horana after being found possessing counterfeit notes worth over 2.9 million rupees, police said. The suspect was apprehended following a raid carried out in Moragahahena, Horana on Sunday afternoon.


The President declared open the regional offices of Passport and National ID Cards in the North Western Province.

The Office of North Western Province of the Department of Registration of Persons was opened by the President Maithripala Sirisena this morning. The objective of establishing offices affiliated to the Department is to expedite the public service and to enhance the efficiency of issuing National ID Cards.

Such offices will also be established in Kurunegala and Puttlam districts. The 3rd Provincial Office of the Department will be opened in Kurunegala tomorrow. At present, offices for Northern and Eastern Provinces have already been set up. The Cabinet has given approval to set up offices in 9 Provinces. Opportunities will be made for the public to obtain their National IDs from the respective offices in their residences.

The Prime Minister says the Girl Guide Movement will be continued systematically at school level.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the Girl Guide Movement will be continued systematically at school level. The Girl Guides have rendered a priceless service for the war affected people in the war torn areas in the recent past. The Premier made these remarks at the ceremony to mark the centenary of the Girl Guide Movement held at the BMICH in Colombo this morning.

The Prime Minister further said that the Girl Guide movement will help the girls to become responsible individuals in the society. They obtain a knowledge and experience within this movement to live in harmony as Sri Lankans with ethnic, religious and cultural diversity.
The Prime Minister also requested the relevant authorities to present proposals to effectively carry out the movement in the next 5 years.

An Intellectual Committee to submit recommendations to solve the problems of private Medical Colleges.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will appoint a committee of experts to consult all parties and advise the government with regard to the private medical college in Malabe. He also said at a meeting held with the Government Medical Officers’ Association and Sri Lanka Dental Association have submitted their respective proposals on the SAITM issue at the President’s House
GMOA and SLDA submitted their proposals on SAITM issue. He will appoint a committee of experts and intellectual to consult all parties and advise the government. The President said final decision will be taken on the recommendations given by the committee.

The first State Radio Award Festival will be held in Colombo, on Monday.

An International Radio Day falls on Monday. It has been declared to emphasize the importance of the Radio media to the world. The Chairman of the Spanish Radio Academy George Alwares was presented the first proposal on the declaration of the Day in 2008, January.

The proposal was presented to the Executive Council of the UNESCO on 20th of September 2010 for approval. The day was declared at the 36th Summit of the UNESCO on the 3rd of November in 2011.From the 2012 the day is celebrating continuously. Meanwhile, the first Radio State Award Ceremony will be held on Monday at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The awards will be presented in 25 sections in three languages.

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