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The election commission clarifies on pasting election posters and women representation.

The election commission has focused its attention on pasting posters prior to the local government polls. Chairman of the commission Mahinda Deshapriya says that election propaganda posters cannot be pasted in any public place. Only the relevant candidate can exhibit his or her posters on his own vehicle and the official election office. It is totally prohibited to exhibit posters elsewhere.

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Russia is ready to introduce nuclear technology to industrial sector in Sri Lanka.

Russian government has extended support to develop the industrial sector in Sri Lanka using nuclear technology.  At a discussion held recently with minister of Power and Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Russian ambassador Uri Mattery said Russia is ready to provide nuclear technology, required guidance and loan facilities for this purpose. 

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Sustainable agricultural goals are to be achieved within next five years.

Secretary to the state ministry of agriculture D.V. Bandusena says measures will be taken to win the goals of sustainable agriculture during this year.   A sum of 3.3 billion rupees has been allocated to the ministry of agriculture by the budget this year. 

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The report of the Presidential Commission Of Inquiry To Investigate Into the Issuance Of Treasury Bonds, has been forwarded to the Attorney General.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the report of the Presidential Commission Of Inquiry To Investigate Into the Issuance Of Treasury Bonds, has already been forwarded to the Attorney General. The president made this remark yesterday while making a special statement to the nation. The report enquires into alleged malpractices surrounding the issuance of Central Bank treasury bonds in the years 2015 and 2016. In the near future upon the recommendations given in the report legal action will be initiated via the CID and the Bribery Commission.

The government pays attention on extending the GSP plus facility from US government.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says the government pays attention on extending the GSP plus facility from US government. The Minister further noted that there will not be any major impact due to the non-availability of this facility. Around 120 countries enjoying this benefit for the last few years have also been put on the same platform due to this situation. Therefore, Sri Lanka need not worry about this situation. However, the government sources have taken effective measures to engage in productive discussions with the US government to extend this facility.

All provinces to be covered, under the 2nd stage of the Suwa Seriya Emergency Ambulance Service.

An agreement was signed at Temple Trees yesterday in the presence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasighe to obtain 209 ambulances under the 2nd stage of the Suwa Seriya Emergency Ambulance Service. Representing Sri Lanka Deputy Minister Dr.Harsha De Silva and representing India High Commissioner Tharanjith Singh Sandhu, signed the agreement. The 88 ambulances that were received under the 1st phase have been deployed in the western and southern provinces.  Those that will be received under the 2nd phase will be deployed covering all districts in the country. The launch of this Emergency Ambulance Service has created over 550 employment opportunities in the country. Speaking at the occasion the premier said, when a country is progressing towards development the fields of health and education need to be strengthened. He pointed out that the Suwa Seriya Service can be described as part of the long term friendship between India and Sri Lanka.

A shipment of 40,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer was scheduled to reach Sri Lanka last night to ease the fertilizer shortage.

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said that a shipment of 40,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer is scheduled to reach Sri Lanka last night. Responding to a question from a journalist at the weekly cabinet press briefing yesterday, he said that special permission will be sought to get the fertilizer released from the port in the night. He further said that 200 lorries will be utilized in order to distribute the fertilizer stocks to the relevant regions.  Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that another stock of 40,000 metric tons of fertilizer will reach the island by next week.

The Governor of Central Bank said the country expects around 300 billion Dollars’ worth investments during this year.

The central Bank of Sri Lanka presented the road map of monetary policies for 2018 yesterday. Upon presentation Governor Dr. Indrajith Kumarawamy said the year 2017 was a challenging year as the adverse weather caused negative effect on agriculture and many other sectors in the island. However, the country has been able to overcome the challenges and upgrade the overall macro economic situation by establishing three police framework. Out of them one will be implemented focusing a flexible inflation by 2020.

Speaking at this occasion the governor of Central Bank further said the country expects around 300 billion Dollars’ worth investments during this year. 150 Billion Dollars’ worth direct investments were received during last year. The country’s economy is strengthened through the increase of job opportunities from the new investments of private sector. The governor also said a sum of 759.9 million dollars’ worth loan facilities were received from IMF in 2017.

Trump says Ex-aide Bannon has lost his mind

Former White House aide Steve Bannon "lost his mind" after he lost his job at the White House, US President Donald Trump has said.The president disavowed Mr Bannon after he was quoted in a new book describing a meeting between Mr Trump's son and a group of Russians as "treasonous". The Russians had offered Donald Trump Jr damaging information on Hillary Clinton at the June 2016 meeting. Mr Bannon's quote appears in a new book by journalist Michael Wolff.

Sri Lanka Development Bonds, to be issued this year.

Steps have been taken to issue Sri Lanka Development Bonds under the government’s public borrowing programme for 2018. Under the Appropriation Bill number 30 of 2017, the maximum borrowing limit for 2018 is 1,893 billion rupees. 1,313 billion rupees will be obtained from local sources and 580 billion rupees will be obtained from foreign sources.

It was decided to issue the said development bonds under the supervision of Central Bank, for obtaining 3,000 million US dollars.

Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera tabled this proposal before the cabinet of ministers today.

The report of the Presidential Commission Of Inquiry To Investigate Into the Issuance Of Treasury Bonds, has been forwarded to the Attorney General.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the report of the Presidential Commission Of Inquiry To Investigate Into the Issuance Of Treasury Bonds, has already been forwarded to the Attorney General. The report enquires into alleged malpractices surrounding the issuance of Central Bank treasury bonds in the years 2015 and 2016. In the near future, upon the recommendations given in the report, legal action will be initiated via the CID and the Bribery Commission.

A Memorandum of Understanding signed between India and Sri Lanka in the field of Information Technology.

A Memorandum of Understanding is to be signed between Sri Lanka and India with the intention of enhancing co-operation in the fields of Information Technology and Electronics. Cabinet approval has been received for the proposal pertaining to this MoU, tabled by Minister Harin Fernando.

Raids against banned Polythene commenced.

Raids on banned polythene have commenced. IN accordance with the extra ordinary gazette notification issued on the 1st of September last year, the import, production and usage  of all products of poly-ethylene, poly-properlyne and related substances, is banned. Raids began centered around the shopping complex at Dam Street and People’s Park in Pettah. Raids were also carried out in Dematagoda.  Officials of the Central Environmental Authority, the Western Provincial Council and the Environmental Police joined in the raids.

Storm Eleanor results in disruption of power, as it sweeps across the UK

Thousands of homes are without power and travel has been disrupted after Storm Eleanor swept across the UK. The UK Met Office recorded gusts of wind reaching 100 miles per hour, overnight. A 'yellow warning' is still in place for England, Wales, most of Northern Ireland and parts of southern Scotland. There are numerous road closures and delays on public transport. More than 4000 homes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are without power. As Storm Eleanor approached from the Atlantic, the UK Met Office cautioned that injuries from flying debris were also possible.

“Kishani Sings With Friends From The Royal Opera House” , set to take the stage at Lionel Wendt on 8 January 2018

Renowned Sri Lankan Soprano, Kishani Jayasinghe will brighten the new year with a musical performance, sharing the stage with two international artists.

Grammy award-winning Pianist and Accompanist Christopher Glynn and Australian baritone vocalist Grant Doyle, will add colour to the performance titled “Kishani Sings With Friends From The Royal Opera House”

A celebrated Sri Lankan opera singer, Kishani Jayasinghe was the first Sri Lankan to perform as a soloist at the Royal Opera House. She was also the first South Asian soprano to perform at Buckingham Palace for the British Royal family.

The programme will be held on Monday, the 8th of January 2018, at the Lionel Wendt, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced from 2500 rupees, upwards. For advance bookings contact 071 886 7071

Peru bus plunge kills 48.

A bus plunged over a seaside cliff in Peru on Tuesday, killing at least 48 people after a collision with a truck on a precarious stretch known as the "devil's curve," officials said. The bus was travelling from Huacho, 130 kilometers north of the capital, to Lima with 55 passengers and two crew on board when it went off the road about midday. It plunged 100 meters and landed upside down on rocks at the edge of the sea.

Distribution of fertilizer in areas where there is a shortage will be expedited.

The fertilizer secretariat says that distribution of fertilizer will be expedited. The areas where there is shortage of fertilizer have already been identified and stocks will be sent to those areas to ease the shortage. Director of the Fertilizer Secretariat Ajith Pushpakumara told the SLBC that a ship carrying 40,000 metric tons of fertilizer will arrive in the island on the 7th of this month.

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Trains have claimed 510 lives last year.

The Railway Department says that trains have claimed 510 lives last year. Superintendent of Railway Security Anura Premarathne says that major cause of the deaths in railway track is carelessness of the motorists and pedestrians.

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Iran Supreme leader Khamenei blames enemies ‘over protests.

Iran's supreme leader has accused the country's enemies of stirring days of protests that have claimed at least 22 lives. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was speaking for the first time since people protesting at Iran's economic troubles clashed with security forces last Thursday.

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The President will make a special statement today on the Bond Issue.

President Maithripala Sirisena will make a special statement today on the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Bond Issuance of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Addressing a meeting in Matara recently Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the government is committed to stop all types of malpractices as pledged by the good governance government. 

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It has been emphasized that it is an utmost necessity to strengthen the President's vision to take the country forward as an undivided nation.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera says that it is an utmost necessity to strengthen President Maithripala Sirisena’s vision to take the country forward as an undivided nation. He expressed these views speaking at a media briefing held at the SLFP Headquarters today. He also stated that strict disciplinary action will be taken against UPFA members who align themselves with the ‘newly formed party’.

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