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A special course of action to be put into force to execute the recommendations of the Bond Commission.

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes that a special course of action will be put into force to execute the recommendations of the bond commission.  The president was speaking at a discussion held at the presidential secretariat this evening. The Attorney General, the Governor of the Central Bank, the Director General of the Bribery Commission and several officials participated at this discussion. The recommendations of the Bond Commission have been detailed in four parts. They focused upon amending existing laws, implementing new legislation and the necessary steps that need to be taken to prevent a recurrence of such malpractices in future. The discussion also focused on initiating legal action against those responsible and the recovery of the losses incurred to the Employment Provident Fund due to this bond scam.  Should further offences surface as an outcome of the ongoing investigation, those responsible will be dealt with by the law.

A four member committee to be appointed to carry out a legal study into the report of the Bond Commission.

Attorney General Jayantha Jayasooriya has appointed a four member committee to conduct a legal study with regard to the report of the Bond Commission. Steps will also be taken to establish a separate unit in the CID, upon the instructions of the Attorney General, for further investigations into the frauds that have been committed so far. The Attorney General’s Department has focused its attention on bringing about necessary amendments to existing laws in order to expedite legal proceedings pertaining to this issue.

50 more buses will be added to the CTB fleet.

Cabinet approval has been received to purchase another 50 buses to the CTB fleet.  It has been observed that commuters tend to tilt towards private buses due to the lack of comfort and desired service in the CTB service. The CTB at present has 6300 buses that can be deployed for passenger transport. Of these, 2467 buses are more than 10 years old.  In view of this situation it was decided to table this proposal for the procurement of 50 buses to the CTB fleet.

The report of the Presidential Commission to inquire into the issuance of Treasury Bonds, released to the internet.

President Maithripala Sirisena issuing a message on his Twitter account said, in a bid to bring to reality his pledge regarding transparency of the investigations concerning the bond issue, the report of the Presidential Commission that inquired into the issuance of the treasury bonds, will be released to the internet. The report can be viewed on www.presidentsoffice.gov.lk.

The two Koreas to carry a single Olympic flag

North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a ‘single unified Korean flag’, at next month's Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea. They also agreed to field a Joint Women's Ice Hockey Team, after talks at the truce village of Panmunjom. These were the first high-level talks between the two Koreas in more than two years. The Games will take place from the 9th to the 27th of next month, at Pyeongchang, in South Korea.

Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka in the 2nd match of the Tri-Nation Series

Sri Lanka played Zimbabwe today in the 2nd match of the Tri-Nation Series, in Dhaka.  Zimbabwe scored 290 runs, for the loss of 6 wickets, in their allotted 50 overs. Sri Lanka were all out for 278 runs. Zimbabwe won the match by 12 runs.

The civil organisation forum says that it is a good trait that the parliamentarians are able to criticise the government being a part of it.

Secretary to the civil organisation forum Chameera Perera says that it is a positive trait that the members of the government are able to criticise the lapses of it even being a part of the government. During the past regime, no parliamentarian of the ruling party was able to express views against the rulers. At a press briefing held in Colombo today Mr. Chameera Perera said people are well aware of the manner the leaderas of the past regime had acted. However, the present President has showed the qualities of a disciplined leader by humbly accepting the supreme court decision. Mr. Chameera Perera stressed the need to appoint a presidential commission without delay to investigate into the serious crimes and malpractices committed by the leaders of the past regime.
He added that aspirations of the public are gradually being fulfilled by the good governance rule.

A special high court will be established to accelerate hearing the cases of bribery, corruption and serious financial crimes.

The government has focused attention to establish a special high court with three member bench to accelerate hearing of the cases related to bribery and corruption and very complex financial crimes. The cabinet has already given approval for a proposal in this connection. The judicial procedure act has been amended for this purpose. The amended draft bill has already been sent to be endorsed by the attorney general. These facts were revealed at a cabinet press briefing held today.
A free trade agreement between Sri Lanka and Singapore will be signed. A proposal presented by minister Malik Samarawickrerma in this regard has been approved by the cabinet. The final draft of the MOU has also been sent to the Attorney general for endorsement. Meanwhile cabinet has also given approval to a proposal signed between Sri Lanka and Vietnam on information and communication technology.

The Presidential bond commission report will be officially tabled in parliament on Tuesday.

The reports of the Bond Commission and the Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe into serious acts of fraud and corruption have been handed over to the Speaker’s Office of the Parliament this morning.
According to the Speaker’s Office, 26 copies of the Bond Commission report and a summarized report and 34 copies (Sinhala) of the PRECIFAC report were handed over by a legal officer of the Presidential Secretariat to the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake.
At a press briefing held at the parliamentary complex today, Speaker Karu Jayasooriya said these reports will be tabled in parliament on Tuesday. Further decision will be taken in this connection after convening a party leaders meeting in future.

Chief of staff of the Nepal army is on a visit to Sri Lanka.

Chief of staff of the Nepal army will arrive in the island today for official visit.  Chief of the staff Rajendra Chetti start this tour on an invitation from the Sri Lanka army commander Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake.  Nepal media has reported that the commander Rajendra Chetti has left Nepal for Sri Lanka at present. He will meet the President, the Prime Minister and state minister of defence for bilateral talks. He will also the meet the three commanders of the forces.

White House doctor says Trump's cognitive ability is normal.

US President Donald Trump has shown no abnormal signs following a cognitive exam and is in excellent health, his White House doctor says. Ronny Jackson said yesterday that he has no concerns about his cognitive ability or neurological functions.

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Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe match of the tri series in Bangladesh will be played in Dhaka.

The Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe match of the tri nation ODI series in Bangladesh will be played today in Shere Bangla stadium in Dhaka. It is significant that this is the 100th ODI match playing in this ground.

The bond commission report and 34 reports of serious acts of fraud will be presented to parliament today.

The report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Bond issue will be handed over to the Secretary General of Parliament today. The 34 reports of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges will also be handed over to Parliament today.

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The Prime Minister inspects the construction work of Central Expressway.

Prime minister says, after completion of central express way Sri Lanka’s economy will go forward with a momentum.  The premier made these remarks participating in an inspection tour in the central express way in Kurunegala area yesterday.  Addressing the gathering the prime minister said, Kandy city will be fully developed in line with the express way project.

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The Polgahawela Flyover Bridge will be vested with the public today.

The Polgahawela fly over bridge will be vested with the public under the patronage of Minister Lakshman Kiriella today.  The length of the bridge is 353 meters.  More than two billion rupees has been spent for the construction work. It was constructed under the financial assistance of Spanish government and was monitored by the Road Development Authority.

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Delivery of official poll cards of the LG polls will begin on Friday.

Election Commissioner General R.M.A.L. Rathnayake says the official poll cards of the upcoming LG polls will be handed over to the Postal Department tomorrow to be dispatched among voters. They will be delivered from Friday to the 4th of February including the Sunday the 28th of this month as a special day of delivering. Mr. Rathnayake informs the public that if anyone does not receive the poll cards until the 4th of February they can collect the poll cards from the relevant post office proving their identity.

The UNP inaugural election propaganda rally will be held in Kandy tomorrow.

The inaugural election propaganda rally of the UNP prior to the LG polls will be held in Kandy on tomorrow under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

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Sri Lanka Cricket invests 60 million rupees to provide ‘Ground Equipment’ for 14 of its member clubs.


Sri Lanka Cricket has invested 60 million rupees to provide ‘Ground Equipment’ for 14 of its member clubs. The project, which is conducted by the National Development Center of Sri Lanka Cricket provided ground equipment for 10 ‘Tier A clubs’ and 5 ‘Tier B clubs’.

Five clubs, namely; SSC, NCC, Bloomfield, Tamil Union and CCC have been given Two-ton Double Drum Rollers, each. The rest, will be given the Two-ton Double Drum Rollers, within the next few weeks.

In addition, Sri Lanka Cricket will also provide Pitch Covers for all the 14 clubs

The SLFP points out that the Supreme Court determination regarding the term of office of the incumbent President, portrays that the country is served by an independent judiciary.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party says that President Maithripala Sirisena sought the Supreme Court determination regarding his term of office because of the many development projects that need to be executed during his tenure. Speaking at a media briefing today, the party’s deputy secretary Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that since two interpretations surfaced regarding the term of office of the incumbent president, a Supreme Court determination was sought to douse any confusion. The minister pointed out that the president did not seek the opinion of the Supreme Court with the intention of clinging to power for six years. He placed emphasis on the fact that President Maithripala Sirisena renounced many of the executive powers that were centered around the executive presidency, with the enactment of the 19th amendment to the constitution. He observed that the Supreme Court decision portrays that the country is served by an independent judiciary.

‘The March 12th Movement’ says, should contestants who have violated election laws get elected as people’s representatives, legal action will be taken to nullify their appointments.

‘The March 12th Movement’ says that should contestants who have been accused of violating election laws, contest the election and get elected as people’s representatives, legal action will be taken to nullify the appointments of such unworthy contestants. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today, Convener of the Movement Rohana Hettiarachchi said it has been observed that over 50 contestants who are accused of various offences are contesting the forthcoming polls.

The Kankasanthurai Harbour to be upgraded as a ‘Commercial Port’.

The Government of India has come forward to rehabilitate and upgrade the Kankesanthurai Harbour, into a ‘Commercial Port’, at a cost of 45.27 million US dollars. The Ministry of Finance says, this will help to further strengthen the country’s effort to become a regional maritime hub, in the near future.

During the last few years Indian foreign direct investment in Sri Lanka has expanded exceptionally. Presently Indian development assistance mainly focuses on the improvement of economic infrastructural facilities, livelihood development, education, healthcare, capacity building and the economic renewal of Sri Lanka.

The Ministry of Ports and Shipping has observed that the rehabilitation of the Kankesanthurai Harbour would contribute to promote traditional commercial linkages and give an incentive to economic activities, by encouraging trade in northern Sri Lanka.

Kankesanthurai will be the nearest port for all eastern ports in India, as well as for Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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