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100,000 motor bicycles for field officials in the state service. PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2014 21:05
100,000 motor bicycles for field officials in the state service have been handed over. President Mahinda Rajapakse has symbolically inaugurated the programme by presenting motor cycles to 1,500 field officials of the state sector in the Anuradhapura district. The event has taken place at the Salgadu stadium in Anuradhapura. The funds for the programme have been allocated under the 2014 budget proposals. The motor cycles have been provided to grama seva, family health, samurdhi, agricultural research, district secretariat and divisional secretariat officials. The aim is to provide a qualitative and efficient service to the public through state service. 
 
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The removal of mud and silt in reservoirs in the Anuradhapura district begins. PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2014 21:04
 
President Mahinda Rajapakse has presided over a ceremony to remove mud and silt in reservoirs in the Anuradhapura District this afternoon. Initially, work has begun on the Mahakanadarawa wewa. The programme has commenced with the objective of extending relief to the people facing a drought situation. The government has set a side 300 million rupees for the programme. The Mahakanadarawa wewa irrigates 6,000 acres of land. It was the first time that a head of state visited the tank bund after the year 1959. 
 
 
The special trade tax on imported pulses has been reduced. PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2014 21:03

The special commodity tax on imported pulses will be reduced with effect from tomorrow. The ministry of Finance says that the undersupply of pulses in the market due to the existing drought has necessitated to introduce a tax. The reduction will be applied for misoor dhal, watana dhal, green gram, coupie and Kurakkan. The 5 rupee tax on misoor dhal has been reduced to 2 rupees. The 102 rupee tax on a kilo of green grams has been reduced to 70 rupees. The 100 rupee tax on a kilo of coupea is now 70 rupees. The 22 rupee and 25 rupee taxes on a kilo of pealed and unpeeled watana dhal have been reduced to 12 rupees and 15 rupees respectively. The 12 rupee and 15 rupee taxes on a kilo of konda kadala has been reduced to 7 rupees and 10 rupees respectively. President of the Pettah Traders' Association Nihal Senevirathna told the national radio that the retail prices of these produce will also come down in a similar amounts. The price of a kilo of potatoes has now fallen to 50 rupees due to the removal of taxes.

 
An adhistana pooja with the offering of one million lotus flowers to bless the president, the country and the people. PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2014 21:04
A special adhistana pooja with the offering of one million lotus flowers to bless the president, the country and the people has taken place in front of the historic Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Ruwanweli Maha Seya this morning. It was organized by the international friendship, educational, cultural and social services association. The president has sought the blessings after venerating the Ruwanweli Maha Seya and participating in the adhistana pooja. 
 
 
The 6th stage of the Divi Neguma national programme will get underway on the 20th of October. PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2014 21:02

The  6th stage of the Divi Neguma National Programme will commence on the 20th of October. A programme to educate ministry secretaries and other government officials was conducted at the finance ministry recently. Minister Basil Rajapaksa says that vegetable prices have gone up due to the non implementation of the Divi Neguma home garden programme during the last cultivation season. The minister further said that vegetable prices remains stable during the recent Sinhala and Tamil New Year and Christmas seasons due to the implementation of the Divi Neguma National Programme. 2.5 million families will be given seeds comprising of 6 varieties during the next cultivation season. 1.4 million families will be given planting materials.

 
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