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Theresa May says she 'will not be derailed' in Brexit negotiations.

The UK prime minister has said the government is "proving the doubters wrong" with its Brexit negotiations. EU leaders agreed talks can move on to the next stage in the new year, shortly after Theresa May suffered her first Commons defeat on Brexit.

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The President says plans will be formulated next week to resolve the problems faced by government pensioners.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that plans will be formulated next week to resolve the problems faced by government pensioners. He told a public rally in Haputale that Yesterday his attention had been drawn to these problems raised by pensioners’ associations through newspapers.

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The Prime Minister intends accelerating development in the next two years, while safeguarding the change for good governance.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government intends accelerating development of the country in the next two years, while safeguarding the change it has brought about after assuming office. He was speaking Yesterday at the United National Party Bala Mandala meeting in Maharagama. According to him, no one can deny the fact that a new beginning for good governance has been made.

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Waiting lists for heart and eye surgeries are to be organized to minimize time durations.

Waiting lists at state hospitals countrywide for heart and eye surgeries are to be organized next year to minimize the period a patient has to remain in the waiting list. Health minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says the assistance of private hospitals will be obtained to perform the surgeries, with his Ministry meeting the expenses.

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Minister S B Dissanayaka says a number of top leaders of the Joint Opposition are to join the SLFP again

 

Minister  S B Dissanayaka says many top level politicians who represent the Joint Opposition are now having discussions with the SLFP to join the party again.  Several leaders have already held discussions with the President in this connection.  The Minister said therefore, more changes can take place in the coming few days.  Minister Dissanayaka revealed these facts in today in Kandy after opening the Samurdhi district fair at the urban vehicle park.

Accepting nominations for 248 local government bodies begins tomorrow

Under the second stage placing deposits and accepting nominations for 248 more local government institutions will begin tomorrow. The election secretarial says the deadline for this process is at 12 noon on the 20th of this month. Accepting nominations for these local government bodies will begin tomorrow and will end on Thursday 21st at 12 noon.

The 2nd stage includes 17 Municipal councils, 23 Urban councils and 208 Pradeshiya Sabhas. Accepting nominations for the first stage for the Local Government Polls ended 12.00 noon on Thursday. The election commission says 30 political parties and 49 independent groups have handed over nominations lists to contest 93 local government bodies at the first stage.

Additional Election Commissioner M M Mohammad says about 70 registered political parties will contest the polls and 15.6 million voters have been qualified for voting. The election date is to be declared tomorrow or on the 21st of this month. Meanwhile, a special unit has been set up at the Election Commission in Rajagiriya to accept complaints regarding violations of election rules. Units will be set up at district secretariat levels as well in future

The Malaysian Prime Minister arrived in the island today

 

Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak arrived Sri Lanka today at the Katunayake International Airport. The visit is of special significance in the context of the growing bilateral partnership between the two countries, and in the backdrop of Sri Lanka and Malaysia celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

During the visit, the Malaysian Prime Minister will be received at the Presidential Secretariat tomorrow morning with an official guard of honour and gun salute that will be followed by official bilateral discussions covering a wide range of subjects. Three MoUs will be signed in Science, Technology and Innovation, Bio-Economy Development Cooperation, and Training for Diplomatic Personnel; and a special stamp and a first day cover will be released to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations in the presence of the two leaders.

During the meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, discussions are scheduled to focus on economic cooperation and trade and investment between the two countries. The Malaysian Prime Minister will participate in a roundtable meeting with Sri Lankan investors and businessmen as well.

The visit of Malaysian Prime Minister follows the Official Visit of President Maithripala Sirisena to Malaysia in December 2016.

The 3rd and final ODI will be played today at Visakapatnam day

 

The 3rd and final ODI between India and Sri Lanka will be played at Visakapatnam today. Both teams have won one match each. Sri Lanka have won just five out of 27 completed ODIs this year. But if there's a way to turn around a disappointing year, it can't get better than ending it with their first-ever series win in India

The President says the Christmas is a significant event of to strengthen reconciliation in the country

President Maithripala Sirisena says the Christmas which brings the message of peace and love is an important event to strengthen the reconciliation and co-existence among communities. He stated this participating at a State Christmas ceremony held at the Trincomalee Hindu Cultural Centre last evening. This year’s State Christmas ceremony was organized cantering Trincomalee district with the objective of sharing the deep meaning of Christmas.
The President pointed out that the light of humanity always dawn with Christmas. Everybody has been entrusted the task of helping the poor to uplift their living standards. The peace and reconciliation should be strengthened among nations for the betterment of the future of the country. The President requested the all at this significant event to join hands to build reconciliation among all nations and religions without allowing any room for terrorism again in the country.
He offered his best wishes to all Christian devotees who are ready to celebrate the Christmas. The State Christmas celebration was colourful events with several carols and other items. The President awarded certificates and prizes to the winners who showcase their creations at the 2014 State Christmas ceremony.

Malaysian PM’s Sri Lankan visit begins today

 

Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from today to Tuesday. The visit, at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, is of special significance in the context of the growing bilateral partnership between the two countries.
During the visit, the Malaysian Prime Minister will be received at the Presidential Secretariat tomorrow morning with an official guard of honour and gun salute. That will be followed by official bilateral discussions between President Maithripala Sirisena and the Malaysian prime Minister.

Three MoUs will be signed in Science, Technology and Innovation covering the areas of Bio-Economy Development Cooperation and Training for Diplomatic Personnel. A special stamp and a first day cover will be released to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations in the presence of the two leaders.

During the meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, discussions are scheduled to focus on economic cooperation and trade and investment between the two countries. The Malaysian Prime Minister will participate in a roundtable meeting with Sri Lankan investors and businessmen as well.

100 Chinese couples will get married under the Sri Lankan traditions in Colombo this evening

 

100 Chinese couples will marry under the Sri Lankan traditions, at the Colombo Municipal council premises this evening.  President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will participate as chief invitees.  Ministers Patali Champika Ranawaka and John Amarathunga will also join the event

Another active member of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna joins the SLFP to support the President

 

Another active member of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Western Province provincial councillor M Athavulaa joins with the President Maithripala Sirisena. He received the Co-organizer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in Negombo. Several members of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna have gathered with Sri Lanka Freedom Party at present.
UPFA MP Sriyani Wijewickrama, who recently defected from the Joint Opposition to the SLFP, was sworn in as the State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government by President Maithripala Sirisena, recently. She will commence her duties on Monday. The Deputy Leader and the chief organizer of the National Freedom Front was also joined with the President recently.

Placing deposits and accepting nominations under the 2nd stage of the Local Government Polls will begin from Monday

Under the second stage placing deposits and accepting nominations for 248 more local government institutions will begin on Monday. The election secretarial says the deadline for this process is at 12 noon on the 20th of this month. Accepting nominations for these local government bodies will begin on Monday the 18th and will end on Thursday 21st at 12 noon.

The 2nd stage includes 17 Municipal councils, 23 Urban councils and 208 Pradeshiya Sabhas. Accepting nominations for the first stage for the Local Government Polls ended 12.00 noon on Thursday. The election commission says 30 political parties and 49 independent groups have handed over nominations lists to contest 93 local government bodies at the first stage. The first stage includes 7 Municipal councils 18 Urban Councils and 68 Pradeshiya Sabhas.


After completion of handing over nominations, the Chairman of the Commission Mahinda Deshapriya will announce the date of the Local Government Polls. He said even though accepting nominations is conducted in two stages, the voting of the polls will be held in a single day.

The project of constructing 18,000 housing units for low income families is in progress

 

Urban Development Advisor of the Housing Development Authority Chandana Liyanaarachchi says that the project of constructing 18,000 housing units of low income families have achieved a vast progress, at present. These houses will be constructed under the theme of “Supasan parisarayak - Suhuru diviyak”, with all facilities.
The value of a house is 3 million rupees. The families should be paid at a concessionary premium of 2800 rupees monthly instalment. The necessary funds for the project will be provided by the Bank of Ceylon and the People’s Bank. He made these remarks participating at a programme of the SLBC this morning

The Asian Development Bank provides loans for the Integrated Road Investment Program and the Jaffna Kilinochchi Water Supply Project.

The Government of Sri Lanka entered into three Loan Agreements worth of 270 million US dollars with the Asian Development Bank for the implementation of two projects, namely the Integrated Road Investment Program and the Jaffna Kilinochchi Water Supply Project.

A loan of 150 million dollars was obtained for the investments required for the 4th Tranche of the Integrated Road Investment Program and two loans worth of 120 million dollars were obtained as additional financing for the ongoing Jaffna-Kilinochchi Water Supply Project.

The Integrated Road Investment Program is being implemented in six Provinces. The Southern, Central, Sabaragamuwa, North Western, North Central Provinces and Kalutara District in Western Province will come under the program which commenced in 2014 with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank. Around 3,108 kilometers of rural access roads and about 248 kilometers of national roads will be improved and maintained under this program.

The Elections Commissioner comments on the rejection of nomination papers.


Nominations for 93 local government bodies across 21 districts were called on Thursday. 447 nominations lists of 30 political parties and 49 independent groups were submitted. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya speaking at a media briefing stated that guidelines were issued with regard to the preparation of nomination papers. This was with the intention of preventing errors in the filing of nominations. Therefore, political parties whose nominations were rejected can take up the matter in the courts.

The minister of health to begin an operation to nab fake doctors.

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne had decided to seek assistance from the Police Headquarters to apprehend fake doctors. Information on 30,000 fake doctors has been uncovered thus far.

The Ministry points out that doctors serving in the private sector should register at the Private Health Services Regulatory Council. It requests all doctors in the private sector to extend their fullest support and co-operation to make this process a success.

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation celebrates its 92nd birthday today.

The first chapter of the history of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation dates back 92 years. Its first pre-cursor, “Colombo Radio”, was launched on 16th of December 1925, which was 92 years ago, today. Commenced just 3 years after the launch of BBC, Colombo Radio was the first ever radio station in Asia.
Edward Harper, was the first person to actively promote broadcasting in Ceylon. He came to Ceylon, in 1921, as the Chief Engineer of the Telegraph Office. In the first radio experiments conducted in Colombo, gramophone music was broadcast from a tiny room in the Central Telegraph Office, with the aid of a small transmitter built by engineers of the Telegraph Department, using radio equipment from a captured German submarine.
The experiment was a success and a regular broadcasting service was instituted in Ceylon. The station was named "Colombo Radio," with the call sign "Colombo Calling."
This new medium of mass communication not only became increasingly popular in the years that followed, but also quickly evolved into a medium of national character. In 1949 the ‘call sign’ became ‘Radio Ceylon’.
Subsequently in 1967, it was transformed into its present statutory form of a state corporation, by the Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation Act No: 37 of 1966.
In 1972, with the transition of the country into the status of a “Republic", the organization acquired its present name, The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Earthquake hits Indonesia’s Java island


A strong earthquake shook the Indonesian capital yesterday on the country’s most populous island of Java, killing an unknown number of people, amid reports of collapsed buildings. Authorities issued a tsunami warning for parts of Java’s coastline after the quake struck just before midnight. Strong tremors were felt for about 20 seconds in the capital city and in areas in western and central Java. The US Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter Scale. Indonesia sits on the “Pacific Ring of Fire” and has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The Prime Minister says, passports will be printed with modern technology in near future.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the government is committed to increase exports by strengthening local entrepreneurs. Measures will also be taken to attract more foreign investors into the country.  The Prime Minister made these remarks when he made an observation visit in the Thomas De La Ru & Company in the Biyagama investment zone yesterday. 

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The government has signed 3 agreements with Asian Development Bank for a loan facility amounting to 270 million dollars to invest on the joint project to develop the water supply system and road network .

The government has signed  3 agreements with Asian Development Bank for a loan facility amounting to 270 million dollars to invest on the joint project to develop the water supply system and road network in Jaffna and Kilinochchi. The joint project on road development will include southern ,central, Sabaragamuwa , north western , north central  and western province.

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