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Explosions at several popular locations in Sri Lanka

Our correspondent reports, the injured in the explosion at St Anthony’s Shrine at Kochchikade in Kotahena are being admitted to the Colombo National Hospital. The explosion had occurred during Holy Mass, this morning.

Meanwhile, casualties of the explosion at the Zion Church in Batticaloa are being admitted to the Batticaloa General Hospital, while those injured in the blast at the Katuwapitiya Church are being admitted to the Negombo General Hospital.

Explosions were also reported from the premises of the Kingsbury, Shangi-La and Cinnamon Grand hotels in Colombo. The injured are being admitted to the Colombo National Hospital.

Police Media Spokesman: SP Ruwan Gunasekera advises the public to refrain from flocking to the explosion sites.

Explosions at several popular locations in Sri Lanka, this morning

An explosion was reported a short while ago at St Anthony’s Shrine at Kochchikade in Kotahena. The explosion had occurred during Easter Sunday Mass, this morning. The injured are being admitted to the Colombo General Hospital.

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The Prime Minister emphasizes the importance of developing technology in the education sector

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe emphasises the importance of developing a technology and method in the education sector to suit the 21st century. The premier made these remarks at a function to declare open a new building complex at Seelarathana Maha Vidyalaya, Dodangoda yesterday.

Addressing the gathering the premier further said the education sector in the country should be restructured in such a way to guide the students to achieve their career milestones.

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The President says that the death penalty would be imposed on drug racketeers during the next two months.

President Maithripala Sirisena has said yesterday in Parliament that the death penalty would be imposed on drug racketeers during the next two months.

He said that the list of the inmates on the death row has been delayed due to the power of the racketeers involved in the drug trade.

Expressing his views about the activities of human rights organizations the president pointed out that those organizations should strive to create a peaceful and disciplined country, but not to de-stabilize the country and create problems.

The president said that the CID will send the investigation report of the conspiracy to assassinate the president to the Attorney-General's Department within next two weeks. Recording of statements about the incident from the President has been completed.

State Minister Ruwan Wijewardhana said that, discussions will be held with the Dubai government to bring down Makadure Madush who has been arrested in Dubai under the laws prevailing in Dubai to Sri Lanka for further interrogation. 25 others have also been arrested along with Makadure Madush. One of them is reported to be having a diplomatic passport.

The Prime Minister stated that the government will give priority to control human- elephant conflict


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe stated in Parliament, the government will give priority to control human- elephant conflict.

He said that, arrangements have been made to extend the elephant fence up to 7000 kilo meters and the maintenance would be streamlined in future.

An effective work plan will be implemented to educate the public about the pepper and areca rackets

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says a ministerial committee will be appointed to look into frauds at customs. During a media briefing yesterday, he said that, the customs has not been able to generate profits by achieving targets. The minister said, that the Marfia in operation at the Customs are directly linked to Customs frauds and wastage. Addressing the media personnel the Minister further said an effective work plan will be implemented to educate the public about the pepper and areca rackets.

Meanwhile, the activities of the Customs have returned to normal after reinstating Mrs. P.S.M Charles as the Director General of Customs.

Few more Sri Lankan cricketers will fly to South Africa to join the team today to participate in forthcoming test cricket matches

Few more Sri Lankan cricketers will fly to South Africa to join the team today to participate in forthcoming test cricket matches. Milinda Siriwardena, Kaushal Silva, Mohommed Shiraz and Oshadha Fernando are included in the squad. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket said Angelo Perera and Lasith Embuldeniya will also join the team within the next few days.

New Year will usher in joy and prosperity – President

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New Year will be a challenge for Sri Lanka – Prime Minister

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The first term of education activities of schools commences tomorrow

The Ministry of Education has announced that the school term for next year will commence tomorrow. The Health Promotional Bureau has pointed out that it is essential to certify before the commencement of New Year all school premises are without mosquito breeding places.

It has requested the relevant authorities to clean the school premises before the commencement of school terms and to ensure health of students and teachers.

Minister Sajith Premadasa says a programme to solve housing problems of the flood affected people in the Kilinochchi and Mullativu districts will be launched

Minister Sajith Premadasa says the programme to solve housing problems in the Kilinochchi and Mullativu districts which were affected by floods will be launched on the 12th of next month. Another programme to provide relief to the affected people took place under the patronage of the Minister. He appreciated the services performed by the armed services to provide relief to the people.

Minister Palani Digambaram and the staff of his Ministry left today to Kilinochchi with relief to the affected people in the Northern Province. The Minister handed over relief items valuing more than two million rupees to the flood affected people in Kilinochchi, Malayalapuram. The Minister said that the importance of reconciliation was evident on the occasion. He said that many Sinhala people in the south assisted to provide aid to the flood affected people.

Meanwhile, the distribution of relief packs collected by Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation for the disaster affected people took place today. The Yaal FM service of SLBC collected 900 relief packs and distributed those under the supervision of Jaffna and Kilinochchi district secretaries.

UPFA general secretary says the President will commit himself in future to move the country on a better path.

General secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance MP Mahinda Amaraweera says that the President will take step in future to guide the country on a better path. He said this during a function in Colombo which was held in connection with the agriculture modernization project.  He said that the President will act accordingly after the judgement of the supreme court on the dissolution of parliament was received.

The supreme court judgment on the petitions related to the dissolution of parliament is expected this evening.

The supreme court judgement on the  13 petitions filed against the dissolution of parliament by the President,  is expected around 4.00 pm today.  The fundamental rights petitions were heard before a seven judge bench of the supreme court.  A  restraining order is also effective at present on the gazette issued by the President dissolving the parliament on the 9th of last month.

Speaking in Parliament today, Former Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremasinghe pledged to act in a manner which ensures the rights of the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, and all communities within a unitary state

Speaking in Parliament today Former Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremasinghe said, the issues faced by the Tamil community have still not been resolved He pledged to act in a manner which ensures the rights of the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, and all communities within a unitary state.

He further stated, the Provincial Council system will be strengthened. He acknowledged, there have been drawbacks during his government. He noted, when he assumed power in 2015, democracy had been weakened.

Parliament convened at 1.00pm today, chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasooriya. MPs representatives the United People’s Freedom Alliance boycotted today’s parliamentary session, saying the Speaker’s actions are biased and unconstitutional. Speaking in Parliament today, Parliamentarian: Lakshman Kiriella said, no one can move Courts against affairs taken up in Parliament. Also speaking in Parliament today, Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera said, the United National Front has been able to win the world.

However, Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna: Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake expressed his disappointment that the main political parties have converted politics into a business.

Parliament is set to reconvene on the 18th of this month, at 1.00pm.

The appeal filed against the Interim Order issued by the Court of Appeals restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning, has been fixed for support on the 14th of December

The appeal filed against the Interim Order issued by the Court of Appeals restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa from holding the office of Prime Minister and his Cabinet from functioning, has been fixed for support on the 14th of December, by the Supreme Court.

On the 3rd of December, the Court of Appeals issued an Interim Order restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning, until the hearing of the Writ of Quo Warranto filed against them is concluded.
However, the following day, an appeal was filed with the Supreme Court against the Interim Order. The appeal was filed by attorneys on behalf of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The 122 MPs who had signed the Writ of Quo Warranto petition, against Mahinda Rajapaksa holding office as Prime Minister, have been named as respondents in the appeal.

The appeal states that the Interim Order issued by the Court of Appeal is unconstitutional, and that the Court of Appeals has no authority to issue such orders.

Ranil Wickremesinghe wins Vote of Confidence in Parliament

The motion expressing confidence in the Leader of the UNP: Ranil Wickremesinghe to function as the Prime Minister has been passed in Parliament.
The motion was passed with 117 votes.
The United National Party and the Tamil National Alliance voted in favour of the motion, while the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna abstained from voting. The parliamentarians of the United People’s Freedom Alliance were not present at the voting, as they had decided to boycott today’s parliamentary session.
The motion did not receive any votes against it.

A petition has been filed with the Court of Appeals requesting for a Writ of Quo Warranto preventing Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from being a Member of Parliament

A petition has been filed with the Court of Appeals requesting the Court to issue a Writ of Quo Warranto preventing Ranil Wickremesinghe from being a Member of Parliament. The case has been filed by the Co-President of 'Women for Justice' and Colombo Municipal Council Member of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna: Sharmila Gonawala.

She has cited as respondents, Former Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremasinghe, General Secretary of the UNP: Parliamentarian Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, and Secretary General of Parliament: Dhammika Dissanayake.

The petition states, Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe functions as a shareholder of Lake House Printers & Publishers, and thereby while holding a Parliamentary seat has entered into an agreement with a state entity with the intention of earning personal profits.

The Planters' Association of Ceylon states, it is still focussed on arriving at an agreement with Estate Sector Trade Unions, on wages

The Planters' Association of Ceylon and the Plantations Owners Association states, it is their intention to arrive at an agreement with the Estate Sector Trade Unions on the issue concerning estate worker wages.

Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today, Representative of the Planter's Association of Ceylon: Roshan Rajadurai said, they have no reluctance in increasing wages, but face difficulties in this regard. He further stated, the revenue of the tea industry has come down by 250 million rupees, owing to the strike launched by Estate Sector Trade Unions.

The Police have launched a computer programme on recovering lost or stolen mobile phones

The Police have launched a computer programme on recovering lost or stolen mobile phones. Assistance in this regard has been provided by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission. The inauguration ceremony was held at the Police Headquarters, under the patronage of IGP Pujith Jayasundera, this morning. Representatives of mobile service providers were also in attendance.

Through this new programme the public can lodge a complaint with the Police over the internet, with regard to lost or stolen mobile phones. The programme also provides the facility to verify the genuinely of a mobile phone, at the time of purchase. It is reported, currently, between 800 to 1000 complaints pertaining to lost or stolen mobile phones are received by the Police, on a daily basis.

The Police have launched a computer programme on recovering lost or stolen mobile phones.

The Police have launched a computer programme on recovering lost or stolen mobile phones. Assistance in this regard has been provided by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission. The inauguration ceremony was held at the Police Headquarters, under the patronage of IGP Pujith Jayasundera, this morning. Representatives of mobile service providers were also in attendance.

Through this new programme the public can lodge a complaint with the Police over the internet, with regard to lost or stolen mobile phones. The programme also provides the facility to verify the genuinely of a mobile phone, at the time of purchase. It is reported, currently, between 800 to 1000 complaints pertaining to lost or stolen mobile phones are received by the Police, on a daily basis.


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