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The President will address the UN General Assembly early dawn tomorrow.

President Maithripala Sirisena is due to address the United Nations General Assembly by 4 am tomorrow at Sri Lankan time. The president in his address is hoping to focus upon the challenges faced by the consensus government in the path towards peace and reconciliation.

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The government says power supply in the country is normal present.

Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says the power supply in the country is being carried out as usual. The ministry stresses that there will be no room to cause problems for the electricity consumers.  All the power generating plants including thermal and hydro power plants are functioning as usual. There may be small scale power failures in some areas. However, they will be restored  without delay. The Ministry says, that many employees who resorted to the trade union action have now reported for duty.

Minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka says the traffic congestion can be eased by strengthening public transport and the highway network.

The Motor Traffic Ordinance Amendment Act was taken up for debate in parliament today. Presenting the proposal minister Nimal Siripala De Silva stated that the amendment has been tabled in order to incorporate a new regulatory framework that is entwined with modern technology. A clause which focuses upon the mental state of a driver at the issuing of driving licenses has been included in the proposed amendment. A penalty system covering various traffic offences has also been introduced. A classification of Driving licenses is also included.

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The President will address the UN General Assembly today.

President Maithripala Sirisena is due to address the United Nations General Assembly today at 5 pm New York time. The president in his address is hoping to focus upon the challenges faced by the consensus government in the path towards peace and reconciliation.

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The Premier States that the government has no intention to postpone elections

Prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe states that the government has no intention to postpone elections. Party leaders have decided to hold the local government elections in January since it is not feasible to hold an election in November or December due to GCE Ordinary level examination and the Christmas vacation.

Issuing a statement in parliament today, he stated that the election will be held under the new Mixed Electoral System.

Two third’s majority and referendum needed for the passage of the 20th amendment.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya announced  this afternoon that the Supreme Court determines the need of obtaining a two third majority in parliament, together with the people’s approval at a referendum, for the passage of the 20th  amendment to the constitution.

The Motor Traffic Ordinance Amendment Act taken up for debate today.

The Motor Traffic Ordinance Amendment Act was taken up for debate in parliament today. Presenting the proposal minister Nimal Siripala De Silva stated that the amendment has been  tabled in order to incorporate a new regulatory framework that is entwined with modern technology. A clause which focuses upon the mental state of a driver at the issuing of driving licenses has been included in the proposed amendment.

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Hillary Clinton leaves question mark over 2016 election legitimacy

Hillary Clinton says she would not "rule out" questioning the legitimacy of the US presidential election, if Russia is found to have deeply meddled.  US intelligence agencies believe Russia tried to tip the election in favour of President Donald Trump. The day after her 2016 election defeat, Hillary Clinton told a crowd of supporters that "they must accept the results and then look to the future".  Needless to say, there is a big uncertainty as to whether clear evidence of Russian interference can be proven and that is a bridge that will likely never be crossed in the minds of many Americans.

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