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The President says the government will provide all necessary facilities for the advancement of indigenous traditional medicine in Sri Lanka.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the government will provide all necessary facilities for the advancement of indigenous traditional medicine of Sri Lanka.

President Sirisena said that even though the traditional indigenous medicine methods declined when people turned towards “speedy treatments” with the development of the innovations and researches of Western medicine, we were a healthy nation in the history of our country because of competent practitioners of traditional indigenous medicine.

The President made these remarks participating at the inaugural ceremony of the Educational Exhibition & Trade Fair on Traditional and Complementary Medicine titled “Tradmed International Sri Lanka 2017”, held at Waters Edge in Battaramulla, today.

The conference jointly organized by the Health Ministry, the World Health Organization and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura will be held from today until the 25th of this month.

Today is the 6th day of the committee stage debate of the budget 2018.

Today is the 6th day of the committee stage debate of the budget 2018. Proposed Expenditure titles of the Ministries of Education, Sports, Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs were taken up for discussion in parliament today.

Joining in the discussion, Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that the programmes to provide employment for graduates will be expedited, giving priority to those who have graduated from state universities. Thereafter, external degree holders will also be considered to fill the vacancies. Responding to a question raised with regard to Educational Colleges, popularly known as “Vidya Peeta”, the minister said that enrollments for these educational colleges will be increased to ten thousand.

The government announces a ceiling for the price of coconuts.

The government announces a ceiling for the price of coconuts. Thereby, a coconut can be sold for not more than a maximum retail price of 75 rupees. This decision was taken at the Cost of Living Committee meeting held yesterday. Steps have been taken to issue the relevant gazette notification in order to make the proposed price control measure enforceable. The law will be enforced against those who violate the controlled price. The price of a kilo of dhal was also brought down to 125 rupees. Stocks of imported rice are being received, therefore, they can be no shortage of rice. Consumers can purchase these items from Sathosa outlets.

Deal signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for the repatriation of Rohingya

Bangladesh has signed a deal with Myanmar to return thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled a recent army crackdown. Myanmar said it was ready to receive the Rohingyas "as soon as possible". However, aid agencies have raised concerns about a forcible return of the Rohingyas, unless their safety can be guaranteed. The Rohingya are a stateless minority who have long experienced persecution in Myanmar. More than 600,000 have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since violence erupted in the Rakhine state late in August.

The first stage of the pedestrians crossing network in the Colombo city will be vested with the public today.

The first stage of the pedestrians crossing network in the Colombo

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The UNP backbenchers stress the need to conduct LG polls without delay.

UNP backbenchers in the parliament stressed that the local government polls should be held without delay. The date of the poll may be delayed due to the court case against the delimitation gazette notification.

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It has been stresses that a necessary action should be taken against the MPs who make abusive comments against parliament.

Deputy minister Ajith P. Perera says a suitable action should be taken against the MPs who make violent comments on democracy and parliament. Parliament is the supreme institution to protect the rights of the people.

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Mahanayake Thera of the Malwathu chapter emphasises the need to eliminate all types of intoxicants.

Mahanayake of Malwathu chapter most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddartha Sumangala Thera says eliminating all alcohol and narcotic is the best solution to build up a righteous country.  The government should eliminate all the alcoholic drinks instead of reducing or increasing the prices of them.

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Papuva New Guinea police enter Manus asylum centre, Australia confirms

Police in Papua New Guinea have entered a former Australian-run detention centre in a bid to get asylum seekers who remain there to leave, the Australian government has confirmed.

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Sri Lanka has finally confirmed their interest in having Chandika Hathurusingha as head coach

Sri Lanka has finally confirmed their interest in having Chandika Hathurusingha as head coach, with the president of the SLC Thilanga Sumathipala saying he would be "a great fit for us".

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister will participate as a special guest at the 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space which commences in India today.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is on a four-day India visit with an aim of boosting bilateral ties. Mr Wickremesinghe will hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today during which the vexed fishermen issue is likely to figure.

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The 2018 collective agreement of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation was signed yesterday putting an end to the fuel mafia.

The 2018 collective agreement of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation was signed yesterday putting an end to the fuel mafia.

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Minister Duminda Dissanayake says the proposed budged creates a new vision for the country and instills hope in its Citizens.

The parliament will gather at 9.30 this morning. Today is the 6th day of the budget committee stage discussion. Votes of the Ministries of Education, Sports, Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural affairs will be taken to up discussion today.

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Experts point out the necessity to defeat all non-progressive forces that oppose the formulation of a new constitution.

Experts point out the necessity to defeat all non-progressive forces that oppose the formulation of a new constitution. These views were expressed by Venerable Dambara Amila Thero at a conference held today at the Mahaweli Centre under the theme “Aluth Viyawasthawata Mechchara Bhaya Eyi?” - “Why Fear The Formulation Of A New Constitution?”.

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The United National Party states that it will always stand for the people’s right of franchise.

The United National Party states that it will always stand for the people’s right of franchise.  In a statement bearing the signature of the party’s general secretary Kabeer Hashim  it is stated that  Local Government Elections need to be held  on the relevant dates in order to affirm the people’s right  to elect public representatives and to streamline and strengthen local government administration.

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NASA unveils stunning ‘farewell image’ of Saturn

NASA has released a stunning view of the Saturn and its splendid rings and moons, captured by the spacecraft “Cassini” during the final leg of its 20-year-long epic journey in space. Launched in 1997, Cassini orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017.

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ADB grants more aid to the government’s economic and development projects.

Vice President of the Asian Development Bank, Wencai Zhang said that ADB would extend

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Visiting Sri Lankan Premier will hold talks with his Indian counterpart tomorrow.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is on a four-day India visit from today with an aim of boosting bilateral ties.

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The President leaves for South Korea next week.

President Maithripala Sirisena will undertake a state visit to the Republic of Korea from 28th to 30th November, on the invitation of President Moon Jae-in. This will take place in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea.

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51 UNP MPs request the president to appoint a commission to look into three so called deals of the previous regime.

UNP MP J.C Alawathugoda says the UNP is totally against any postponement of the local government polls. If there are legal problems, they should be solved soon and the polls will be held at due time as scheduled.

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A light train service will be established to east the traffic congestion in Colombo.

A light train service will be established to east the traffic congestion in Colombo. Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development will implement this project. Accordingly, an agreement was signed today with a Korea company to conduct a feasibility study on this.

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