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The Elections Commissioner says the date of presidential election will be announced through a special gazette notification according to the constitution. PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 November 2014 13:18
Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya says the date of presidential election and the date for nominations will be announced shortly, according to the regulations mentioned in the constitution regarding the election of  a President. Speaking to the Dasa Desin programme of the SLBC he disclosed that the presidential election will be held on a date that falls within the period of 45 to 
65 days.  The election commissioner also emphasized that the Presidential election will not disrupt the Sri Lankan visit of his holiness Pope Francis by any manner. 
 
Another housing project constructed for the low income families in the Colombo city to be commissioned in public by the President this evening. PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 November 2014 13:17
President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the invitation of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa will declare open another 12-storey housing project with 546 housing units for people living in underserved settlements today. The Housing Project named as "Sirimuthu Uyana" is located at Bandaranayake Avenue in Colombo 14.  Each housing unit constructed at a cost of 
8 million rupees consists of two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen balcony and sanitary facilities and solar power system. 
 
The government aims to hand over 5,000 housing units to the people living in underserved settlements in the Colombo city within this year. Such projects are being carried out with the objective of achieving that goal, under the 
Urban Regeneration program on the directions of Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The Urban Development Authority is handling the construction of these projects. 
 
*** The rate of unemployment declines. PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 November 2014 13:11

The rate of unemployment has declined.  The Ministry of Finance says it had come down to 4.1 percent by the end of first quarter of this year.  In year 2005 it was recorded at 7.2 percent. Development of infrastructure facilities and generation of new employment opportunities have resulted this situation. The Ministry of Finance says the increase in private sector investments has also helped to bring down unemployment.

 
The President will open another housing project with 546 housing units for people living in underserved settlements. PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 November 2014 07:24

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will open another housing project with 546 housing units for people living in underserved settlements. The 12 storied housing project Sirimuthu Uyana is located at Bandaranayake Avenue in Colombo 14. These housing units are appointed with all facilities. Each housing unit consists of two bedrooms, living room, a kitchen balcony and sanitary facilities and solar power system.

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Asian Development Bank grants a loan of 150 million US dollars for an investment programme to develop green energy and energy effi PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 November 2014 13:16
The Asian Development Bank has granted a loan of 150 million US dollars for an investment programme to develop green energy and energy efficiency.  Signing of agreements in this regard took place at the ministry of finance yesterday.  Secretary to the ministry of finance Dr. P.B. Jayasundera signed them on behalf of the Sri Lankan government while resident representative of the Asian Development Bank Sri Vidovathi signed the agreements on behalf of the ADB.  Vice chairman of the Asian Development Bank Venkai Shang also joined the occasion.  
 
This project will be carried out by the Ceylon Electricity Board under the supervision of the ministry of power and energy.  The entire programme is scheduled to be completed by March 2020. 
 
 
The gazette notification on the dates of the presidential election will be issued today. PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 November 2014 07:26

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshappriya says the date of presidential election and the date for nominations will be announced shortly. According to the provisions given to him by the relevant act the election date and the nomination date will be declared by a gazette notification. The Elections Department is capable of holding any election within a period of 15 days. Accordingly, rapid measures will be taken to hold the election. A meeting with District Secretaries and District Assistant Election Commissioners will be held today in this connection. A decision will be taken at this discussion.

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The President emphasizes that government's aim is to strengthen domestic dairy farmers instead of importing milk powder from the foreign countries. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2014 21:05

President Mahinda Rajapaksa emphasizes that government's aim is to strengthen domestic dairy farmers instead of importing milk powder from the foreign countries. The President noted that a well rounded mechanism is in place to boost the country with local dairy products. President Rajapaksa stated that some regimes in the past wanted to discourage local production and particularly the dairy farming was badly hit due to their measures.

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