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The production of essential foods stuff locally with focus is now underway

The Ministry of Industries and Commerce says consumers will be provided with essential commodities at concessionary prices from the Cooperatives and CWE outlets.

Directress of the Ministry Indika Ranathunga says there will be no change to the prices despite an increasing importation cost. She adds that the Cost of Living Committee will meet every week to review and control the commodity prices.

Rains and floods kill nine and force tourists to flee Petra. Jordan

Heavy rains and flooding killed at least nine people in Jordan and forced authorities to evacuate more than 3,700 tourists from the ancient city of Petra Yesterday. The visitors were taken to safe areas before flash floods inundated parts of the mountainous city famed for its carved rock ruins.

Government spokesperson Jumana Ghunaimat said two women and a girl were killed in Madaba province when their vehicle was swept away. He said nine people were admitted to hospital, including some in critical condition.


The Meteorology Department says showers or thundershowers will occur at the several places in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Uva and Central provinces in the afternoon.


Former Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva emphasizes the 19th Amendment to the Constitution did not curtail Executive Presidential powers

Former Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva says, the 13 Amendment to the Constitution has further strengthen the powers of the executive president in connection with the legislature. The President has Constitutional Power to convene , dissolve and prorogue the Parliament.

Expressing his views to SLBC the former Chief Justice said that, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was introduced with the personal objectives of reducing powers of the Executive President.


The Lawyers Collective says that President Maithripala Sirisena has taken the correct decision on behalf of the country

Convener of the Collective Attorney-at-Law Manoj Gamage said, it was 100 percent constitutional and legal. He told the SLBC that the rulers who are not willing to seek the people’s mandate, are spreading false rumors.

Secretary to the voice for Justice Lalith Pium Perera said that, the decision which would be taken by the people, on the 5th of January will decide the future of the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena says a special programme will be implemented to resolve the issues of the gem and jewellery industry of the country

The President said that a Cabinet Sub-Committee will be appointed in this regard. He made these remarks during a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday to discuss about issues prevailed in the gem and jewellery industry.


US proposes rule banning asylum for illegal migrants

Illegal migrants entering through the southern US border will no longer be eligible for asylum under a new rule, the Trump administration has said. Announced by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, the ruling would stop asylum for those who breach any presidential restriction on entry.

The president can stop migration in the "national interest", a statement said. Immigration was a major focus in President Trump's 2018 mid-term election campaign.

The Lanka Sama Samaja Party points out that the Speaker should be independent without engaging in party politics.

Leader of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party Professor Tissa Vitharane says that it is pathetic that the Speaker is acting as the Deputy Leader of the UNP without showing his impartiality as the Speaker. No Speaker so far has challenged a decision taken by the Executive President. At a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday Professor Tissa Vitharane said that the Speaker should be independent and not be involved in party politics.

The Police Department has been taken under the Ministry of defence

An extraordinary gazette notification has been issued with the subjects and duties of the ministers appointed under the 40th article of the constitution.

Accordingly the police department has been taken under the ministry of defence. Earlier it was under the ministry of law and peace.

Mr.Wimal Weerwansa has been appointed as the minister of housing and Social Welfare

Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa has been appointed as the minister of housing and social welfare. The appointment has been made by President Maithripala Sirisena this morning.

Meanwhile, minister of international trade and investment promotions Bandula Gunawardena assumed duties this morning. He said that steps would be taken to make the economic stronger by increasing investments.

Minister S.B.Dissanayake says, the government has a majority of more than 120 members in parliament

Minister S.B. Dissanayake was appointed as the chief government whip of the parliament, assumed duties at his office in parliament this morning. Speaking to media, he said that the government has a majority of more than 120 members.

He said that the country could not be built during the last three and a half years as wished by the President. The economy was collapsed and insecurity prevailed in the country. The national assets were sold to the foreigners. Therefore, the minister said the new government came into power.

He pointed out the country was able to move forward while taking action against terrorism and facing global economic crisis during the rule of Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse. Replying to a journalist, minister S.B,. Dissanayake said that the new government would move forward under a new front.

Sri Lanka struggles at his favourite ground against gentle pace bowling of England. Sri Lanka is striving to salvage to save the test.

Sri Lanka once again showed its batting weakness in front its own crowd at galle.Galle cricket stadium is considered as one of the favourite ground which has brought many victories for Sri Lanka. England have never won a Test in Galle - they haven't won a Test away from home anywhere for two years - but, two days into this game, they have an excellent opportunity to put both those issues right.

It would be simplistic to suggest that Ben Foakes has earned them their dominant position over Sri Lanka. Simplistic but not untrue. For at the heart of almost everything good about this England performance to date has been the 25-year-old debutant who has taken to Test cricket as smoothly as he has taken every ball into his gloves.
England batted first and made 342 in their first innings.
In Reply Sri Lanka were bowled out for a mere 203. England were 38 without loss in their second innings , at the end of the second day's play.

Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been fired by President Donald Trump. "We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!" Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday. The president had repeatedly criticised his top law enforcement official after he recused himself from the Russia investigation dogging the White House. Mr Trump said Mr Sessions will be temporarily replaced by his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, who has criticised the Russia inquiry

The government says the provincial council election will be held under the old system

The government says the provincial council election will be held under the old system. State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says the government has decided to conduct the provincial council elections under the old system within the next three months' time. The president and the Prime Minister have given the necessary advises to the Elections Commission. The minister revealed these information at a media conference held in Colombo yesterday.

Mr.Lasantha Alagiyawanna says that the reports published on UNP Social Media about him are totally false and baseless

Issuing a statement yesterday, Mr.Lasantha Alagiyawanna says that the reports published on UNP Social Media about him are totally false and baseless. He said that, he condemned such publications when he has gone abroad for an important family matter.

Mr.Alagiyawanna said that, he would commit himself to move forward under the leadership of the President and the Prime Minister.

A complaint against the speaker to Bribery commission.

The National University Teachers Association submitted a complaint against Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to Bribery and Corruption investigation commission yesterday. The complaint says the speaker has backtracked the promise he made earlier of accepting the new Prime Minister appointed by the the president. Under this circumstance, the speaker has not only changed his word, but also violated the constitution norms. This is also considered as an act with internal motives, therefore, the association suspects that the speaker has acted in a biased manner with some corruptive motives. This can be considered as a bribed act.

The Government Information Department reiterates that the information with regard to dissolution of the parliament is not true

The Government Information Department reiterates that the information with regard to dissolution of the parliament is not true. This wrong information was spread in the media by some bankrupt elements. There is no truth in this information. The government information department requests the general public not to fall prey to these malicious campaigns by some bankrupt politicians. The department request the general public to follow the instruction and information released by government information department.

The government is to hold provincial council election within next few months.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says that the government intends to hold the provincial council elections within the next few months. Speaking at a function held at the government information department premises, he further stated that the President has appointed has the Prime minister and the cabinet constitutionally and it cannot be agreed with the Speaker if he work not following the constitution. The function was organized to mark the commencement planting five million jak sapling island wide

Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara says parliamentary business on 14th will be conducted in accordance with the order paper

Minister Vasu Nanayakkara says that when parliament meets on the 14th of this month, business of the House will be conducted in accordance with the order paper. He says the government has the majority in parliament. Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara made this comment after assuming duties in the ministry this morning. He says that he is committed to build reconciliation in the country while strengthening links between communities and religion.

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