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The Speaker of Parliament requests all parties to refrain from voicing allegations regarding the bond issue, until all documents are received legitimately through the President's Office.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya has requested all parliamentarians and media units to refrain from voicing allegations regarding the bond issue, until all documents pertaining to the issue are received by him legitimately through the President's Office. He cautions, such allegations could cause a slur to the good name of individuals.
Speaker Jayasooriya observes, when the reputation of the Parliament and its members is tarnished, the adverse effect on the image of the country is not negligible.

All powers pertaining to the distribution of films, vested with the National Film Corporation.

All powers pertaining to the distribution of films have been vested with the National Film Corporation.
For the past 18 years, the distribution of films was handled by 4 companies.
Chairman of the National Film Corporation: Sithendra Senarathne says, upon the recommendations of the experts committee appointed by the President to inquire into the issues faced by the Cinema Industry, Minister Wijedasa Rajapakse has instructed that this decision be implemented urgently.

Mr Senarathne points out, since private companies were involved, cinema hall owners were faced with an unfair competition. As a result, around 400 cinema halls that were spread across the country, have now come down to 177.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court permits the FCID to inspect bank accounts of the Former Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Roadways: H.D Premasiri

The Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court today permitted the FCID to inspect 6 bank accounts of the Former Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Roadways: H.D Premasiri and his family members, in connection with an alleged financial irregularity taken place in the purchase of two ships for the Shipping Corporation, in 2014. It has been identified, the former secretary's daughter and her husband have purchased properties amounting to 57.4 million rupees from 2011 to 2015. A brother-in-law of Mr Premasiri has purchased a hotel in Galle for 20 million rupees. Filing a 'B Report', the police informed the Court that investigations are underway pertaining to three Chinese individuals who are said to be connected with the cash flow of the transaction.

These investigations are being carried out, subsequent to a complaint filed by Parliamentarian Nalin Bandara.

The 15 percent VAT on doctors’ channelling fees, to be removed with effect from the 1st of July.

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to remove the 15 percent Value Added Tax on doctors’ consultation fee, channelling fee and professional charges with effect from July 1st.
The request in this regard was made by Minister of Health: Dr Rajitha Senaratne upon the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Speaking at a press conference in Colombo today Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera said, however, the VAT charged on private hospital rooms will remain unchanged.

Thailand carries out first execution since 2009

Thailand has carried out its first execution since 2009, putting a 26-year-old convicted murderer to death by lethal injection.
The convict was executed yesterday, six years after his conviction for stabbing a 17-year-old student 24 times to steal his mobile phone and wallet.
The execution comes, as Thailand's Coup-Leader-turned-Premier: Prayut Chan-O-Cha prepares to travel to Britain and France on an official visit. The trip may now see the former army chief face awkward questions over the use of the death penalty.
Prayut, however, defended capital punishment, telling reporters that in order to maintain law and order, executions are "still a necessity and what people want".

North and South Korea agree to form combined teams at the Asian Games this August.

North and South Korea have agreed to form some combined teams at the Asian Games in Indonesia this August.
The two countries also agreed they would march together at the event, as a sign of unity.
The decisions were taken after talks between them at their shared border.

South Korea hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, where their athletes entered under the same flag as their neighbours from North Korea, during the opening ceremony.

The appeal for bail by the Venerable Galabodaaththe Gnanasera Thera will be considered hearing on Friday

Homagama Magistrate Court postpones the hearing of the appeal by Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero till  Friday the 22nd of this month. The Homagama Magistrate court, today  issued this verdict as a result of the absence of an official from the Attorney General’s Department. Gnanasara Thero was found guilty in the case filed against him for threatening Sandya Eknaligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, within the Homagama court premises.

The minister of agriculture says the agriculture will be made a profitable industry

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the agriculture industry will be made a profitable industry by strengthening farmer community. The farmers will be trained with modern technology in order to make more contribution towards national production.  The programme "We eat what we grow" has been implemented to achieve this target. Under the programme short term, middle term and long term plans will be activated. The minister made these remarks in programme over the SLBC this morning.

The Poson week begins on Sunday

The Poson week begins on Sunday.  Many religious programmes will be implemented within this week under the title Let us calm the mind through compassion. Many programmes have been organized in Anuradhapura sacred city and Atamasthanaya, Mihintale and Thanthirimale sacred areas.  Anuradhapura district secretary R.M. Wanninayake told the SLBC that over one million devotees will come to Anuradhapura during the Poson season.  The Poson committee has already finalized the essential services for them. Over 200 Dansals will be conducted by various organisations.

New variety of petrol for motor cycles and three-wheelers

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says new variety of petrol will be introduced for motorcycles and three wheelers. At a ceremony held at the Kolonnawa installation today he said the government had to increase the price of fuel under unavoidable circumstances. However, the government is committed to provide relied to the people in alternative ways. A group of new engineers have been recruited to the petroleum corporation and the appointment letters were distributed among them at this ceremony.

The President points out that all relevant stakeholders should join hands without any condition to safeguard the future generation of the country

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the Government is paying close attention to save children from various menaces in society, and all the parties should support in this regard to the Government unconditionally.

The Daruwan Surakimu (Let’s Protect Children) National Programme is a prominent step towards that vision, the President said that adding the main objective of this programme is to build a prosperous future for the children while ensuring their safety, education and health.

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All leave of postal workers, cancelled - Employees who do not report for duty today, will be regarded as those who have abandoned their employment

All leave of postal workers have been cancelled. Post Master General Rohana Abeyrathne says employees who do not report for duty today will be regarded as those who have abandoned their employment. Issuing a release he stated the Department of Posts will not hold itself responsible for temporary, casual, substitutional, and non-permanent staff who do not report for duty.

The Speaker says the government shows full transparency in each and every monetary transaction

The Parliament will meet today at 1.00 pm. The report on the financial situation of government institutions submitted by parliament subcommittee will be taken up for debate today. Accordingly, the performance of 873 government institutions in the year 2016 will be taken up for debate today. A media conference on this subject was held yesterday at the Parliamentary complex. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya briefed the media personnel on the accounts and votes of the fund allocations. The speaker also said the present government showed a clear transparency in each and every monetary transaction of the government institution. Speaking at this occasion Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna said the main objective of this exercise is to minimize the waste and the inefficient processes in the government mechanism.

The case of Roshena Chanaka's death during a protest in previous regime was taken for hearing yesterday

The case of Roshena Chanaka's death during a protest in previous regime was taken for hearing yesterday. Roshen Chanaka succumbed to the injuiries during a protest campaign carried out by Katunayake free trade zone employees during the previous regime. The protest was carried out to show the agitation with regard to misuse of EPF funds by the then rulers. During this protest Roshen Chanaka was injured due to a unruly attack by the police. Roshen Chanaka was pronounced dead when he was admitted to the hospital. The mother of the diseased stated that she expects justice for this loss.

Trump says US will not be a migrant camp

President Donald Trump has said he will not allow the US to become a "migrant camp", as he stood by his administration's immigration crackdown. "The United States will not be a migrant camp," he said at the White House. "And it will not be a refugee-holding facility - it won't be."Photos over the weekend showed undocumented children being held in fenced enclosures at a Texas facility. The UN human rights chief has condemned the policy as "unconscionable".

The President says, the government will give wide attention to salvage the children from the various vices that are rampant in society.

President Maithripala Sirisena says, the government will give wide attention to salvage the children from the various vices that are rampant in society. He emphasizes, everyone should render their unrestricted support in this endeavour. The National Programme titled "Daruwan Surakimu" - "Let Us Protect The Children" is a prominent step taken in this direction. Speaking at the Kilinochchi District Conference of the Daruwan Surakimu Programme held at the Kilinochchi Madya Maha Vidyalaya the President said, his sole intention is to secure children's education and health requirements, and guarantee a prosperous future for them.

The closing date for accepting applications for Grade One Admissions, extended to the 10th of next month.

The closing date for accepting applications for Grade One Admissions to schools, has been extended to the 10th of next month. Speaking to the SLBC, Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said, taking into consideration the difficulties faced by parents due to the ongoing postal trade union action, a decision was taken to extend the closing date from the 30th of this month to the 10th of next month.

Former Cambodian Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh has been injured and his wife killed in a car collision

Former Prime Minister of Cambodia, Prince Norodom Ranariddhhas been injured and his wife killed in a head-on car collision in the south-west of the country.A taxi hit the vehicle they were travelling in. The couple were taken to a local hospital in the Preah Sihanouk province, but his wife died a few hours later.Prince Ranariddhleads a political party that is contesting next month's controversial general elections.

Striking postal workers have been urged to come to the negotiating table

Postmaster General RohanaAbayarathne calls on striking postal workers to come to the negotiating table for a settlement. He also asks them to return to work. Accepting their requests as being reasonable, he promises them an acceptable solution within one month. The postmaster General says the state incurs a loss of more than 170 million rupees a day due to the postal strike.

The Railway Department plans to add 232 more compartments by 2020

The Railway Department plans to add 232 more compartments by 2020 to cater to the more than 400,000 commuters who travel by train each day. General Manager of Railways S.M. Abeywickrama says the compartments would be imported from India and China.

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The private sector will be given the required guidance to win the world market

Minister Malik Samarawickrama says the private sector will be given the required guidance to win the ever-changing needs of the world market. At the same time, the local market will be planned appropriately. The Minister was briefing the media in Colombo today on the upcoming Sri Lanka Boat Show that starts on October 26th. He added that the manufacture of boats has the potential for income and job generation.

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