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Israel raises threshold to cede parts of Jerusalem, in peace deal

Israel set a higher threshold today for any future vote on ceding parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinians. The amendment to existing legislation passed by the Israeli parliament, raised from 61 to 80, the number of votes that would be required in the 120-seat Knesset, to approve any proposal to hand over part of the city to a ‘foreign party’. The amendment, long in the legislative pipeline, comes less than a month after US President Donald Trump angered the Palestinians, Middle East leaders and world powers by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
US negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been frozen since 2014.

The Prime Minister endorse the set of guidelines for media institutions issued by the election commission

The guidelines issued to the media institutions by the election commission on holding the upcoming polls in free and fair manner will be presented to the Parliament.  Prior to the presentation, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe  endorsed them at a ceremony held at the Temple Trees this morning. 

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The Rajagiriya fly over bridge will be vested with the public on Monday.

The Rajagiriya fly over bridge will be vested with the public on Monday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. It is to be opened at 9.00 am. The 533 meters long bridge is comprised with four lanes. The Spanish government has granted a sum of about 4.7 billion rupees . This development project was scheduled to be completed in December this year.

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The reports with regard to 17 serious crimes committed during the Mahinda Rajapakse regime will be handed over to the President today.

The reports with regard to 17 serious crimes committed during the Mahinda Rajapakse regime will be handed over to the President today.  The President had appointed a commission on this matter and the commission had prepared these reports after gathering evidence and conducting lengthy investigation. In the 1200 page report, the commission has also recommended the measures to be taken to prevent such  crimes, frauds and malpractices in future.

Women launch campaign to fight sexual harassment

More than 300 actresses, writers and directors have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces. The initiative, which is called Time's Up, was announced via a full-page advert printed in the New York Times.

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The Commission appointed to investigate large scale fraud and corruption will submit a comprehensive report on the large scale frauds and fund misappropriation took place during the previous Rajapaksa regime to the President today.

The Commission appointed to investigate large scale fraud and corruption will submit a thousand page report on the large scale frauds and fund misappropriation took place during the previous Rajapaksa regime to President Maithripala Sirisena today.

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68 individuals are arrested on charges of violating the local government election laws.

68 individuals are arrested on charges of violating the local government election laws. The police headquarters say these personnel were arrested during the last 24 hours ending 6.00 am today.

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Issuing a greeting message for the New Year the President said that every passing moment adds to our knowledge and experience and at the same time, each and every moment of the future will judge our capabilities to face new emerging challenges

 

Issuing a greeting message for the dawned New Year President Maithripala Sirisena said that every passing moment adds to our knowledge and experience and at the same time, each and every moment of the future will judge our capabilities to face new emerging challenges. The great commitment and determined courage shown by us to face those challenges and achieve our goals will take us to the level of excellence. The message also stated that all Sir Lankans should bid farewell to the year that ends and welcome the New Year, with new expectations, while prioritizing that vision.

Accordingly, as a country we can consider the past year, as a year in which many positive expectations have been fulfilled Furthermore, we enter 2018 with many challenges that we must face with courage in order to accomplish our goals. The economic prosperity we should gain as a country, the reconciliation which should be deeply instilled in the society, human freedom and a further endorsement of the glorious image of Sri Lanka at the international fora are among those priorities. Our determination and commitment towards making the New Year, an amazing one, will depend on how far we succeed in achieving these goals. The New Year dawns at a time when a miraculous beginning of a new chapter of development with a gigantic hydro irrigation project being vested with the people to take the nation speedily towards prosperity.

The Premier says 2018 dawns on us as we recall the victory won in restoring political and social values, in realizing a dream long cherished by the people of this country

 

In his New Year message Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said 2018 dawns on us as we recall the victory won in restoring political and social values, in realizing a dream long cherished by the people of this country. It reminds us that we still have a task ahead - that of consolidating the true meaning of that victory.

The Premier also said when the Government of Good Governance was established, the country was facing a time of social, economic and political decline. Amidst great challenges, we were able to steer forward in restoring economic stability and a process of sustainable development. The premier also thanks everyone who accompanied on the journey of emerging as a country with the highest regard for the principles of democracy and ethics. It is my most sincere hope that you would continue to be with us as we go forward.

The media guidelines gazetted by the Election Commission month will be presented to parliament after the Prime Minister signs the document tomorrow

The media guidelines gazetted by the Election Commission early this month will be presented to parliament after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe signs the document tomorrow. Once passed by parliament and made part of the law, all media institutions are bound by these guidelines to ensure their role in free and fair elections

The Sri Lankan Under 19 team left to participate in the Under 19 world cup cricket tournament

 

The Sri Lankan Under 19 team left today to participate in the Under 19 world cup cricket tournament which commences 13th of this month in New Zealand. The matches will be played in 4 groups. Sri Lanka is included in ‘D’ Group. Afghanistan, Ireland and Pakistan are the other teams playing in Group ‘D’. Former Sri Lankan test cricketer Roy Dias has been appointed as the coach for the under 19 team. The Championship tournament will end on the 3rd of February.

The president requested the public not to cast their votes for the candidates who are addicted for drugs whatever party he represented

 

 

President Maithripala Sirisena says that an extensive programme will be implemented to build disciplinary society by enhancing quality and ethics of the people by conducting the forthcoming local government polls. Earlier, the Local government institutions were limited to develop physical resources. He requested the public not to cast their votes for the candidates who are addicted for drugs whatever party he represented. He also emphasized that it is essential to elect the public representatives who will give example to the country and the future generation.
He made these remarks at a public meeting in Palugasdamana area of SLFP candidates who will contest for the Urban Council and Pradeshiya Sabha in Polonnaruwa. He also stated that an island wide programme will be implemented than forever gathering SLFP candidates. Several squads will be established for the betterment of the future in the country. Action will be taken to create anti-narcotic force by gathering women representatives who will contest for the forthcoming local government polls.
It will also hope to implement several programmes with youth representatives to minimize the suicide attempts which is harmful for the reputation of the country. He said the contribution of these youth will be obtained to safeguard the environment and the natural resources of the country, without party politics. The President also stated that all should be dedicate to fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the future of the motherland.

Duration to change distorted currency notes will be extended up to 31st of March

 

The governor of the Central Bank Dr. Indrajith Kumaraswamy says the duration to change distorted currency notes will be extended up to 31st of March.  Earlier, the Central Bank informed the public to change such notes by today at the nearest licensed Commercial Bank branches. 

2500 million rupees has been released to grant the fertilizer subsidy to the farmers in the country

 

President Maithripala Sirisena says that 2500 million rupees has been released to grant the fertilizer subsidy to the farmers in the country. He added that the decision was made after that information he received that the funds were not received to the farmers. The Central Bank has made arrangements to transfer funds for the accounts of the respective farmers. The president made these remarks at a meeting held in Bendiwewa, Polonnaruwa.

Sri Lanka looks forward to the renewal of the US GSP program.

The United States’ Generalized System of Preferences or “GSP program” expires tomorrow. The US Congress did not re-authorize the GSP before adjourning for the year. The immediate effect of GSP expiration is; GSP eligible imports to the US from Sri Lanka and other GSP beneficiary countries will be subject to non-preferential duties, beginning from the 1st of January.

The United States’ GSP Program provides duty-free treatment to goods of 120 designated beneficiary countries and territories. The program was implemented on the 1st of January 1976.

The GSP expires periodically, and must be renewed by the US Congress to remain in effect. The 2015 GSP reauthorization will expire on the 31st of December 2017, which is tomorrow.

This is not the first occasion on which the GSP reauthorization by the US Congress has been delayed. However, whenever GSP renewals eventually took effect after similar lapses, on previous occasions.

The GSP alliance countries, including Sri Lanka, are lobbying for the renewal of the GSP program, and remain hopeful that the program will be renewed by the US Congress. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that like other countries and territories, Sri Lanka is eligible to benefit by an extension of the GSP.

Pakistan has agreed to send 40,000 metric tons of fertilizer subsequent to a request made by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Pakistan has agreed to send 40,000 metric tons of fertilizer subsequent to a request made by President Maithripala Sirisena. Pakistan has further consented to send fertilizer stocks up to 75,000 metric tons to Sri Lanka.

The external sector of the economy exhibited a significant improvement in October 2017.

The Central Bank says the external sector of the economy exhibited a significant improvement in October 2017. A notable decline was observed in the trade deficit and inflows to the financial account of the Balance of Payment. Higher export earnings recorded a double digit growth for the fourth consecutive month. A deceleration in import expenditure assisted in a significant year-on-year decline in the trade deficit in October.

China rejects Trump accusation on North Korea sanction breaches


China rejected accusations that it had helped Pyongyang skirt sanctions, after US President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter, that Beijing was turning a blind eye to oil transfers to North Korea. However, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Hua Chunying said China had looked into the report of a Chinese ship transferring oil to a North Korean vessel and found it to be inaccurate. She added that there is no record of the said Chinese vessel visiting a Chinese port, since August. She opined that making 'pointless hype' through the media will not be conducive to enhancing mutual trust and cooperation.

The Director General of the Education Publications Institute says there is no truth in rumors that school textbooks will have to be purchased.

Director General of the Education Publications Institute I.M.K.V. Ilangasinghe says there is no truth in rumors that have been spreading recently saying that the Ministry of Education hopes to put school textbooks for sale instead of distributing them free of charge. The Commissioner General points out that certain groups with vested interest and with the intention of attaining narrow political gains spread such falsehood to aggravate the public. He added that the government has spent a sum of three billion rupees for the printing of textbooks this year. He also rejected rumors that vouchers will be issued instead of distributing textbooks free of charge.

George Weah elected Liberian president

Former footballer George Weah is set to become Liberia's next president. With most ballots from Tuesday's run-off vote counted, Mr Weah is well ahead of opponent Joseph Boakai. It is Liberia's first democratic handover in decades. The former football star's campaign appealed to the youth vote, while incumbent Vice President Mr Boakai was seen as 'old and out of touch'.

Chandika Hathurusingha to obtain the expertise of former players and Sports Psychologists

Tapping into the wealth of knowledge in Sri Lanka's network of former players and the employment of a Sports Psychologist, are among new coach Chandika Hathurusingha's first moves towards rehabilitating Sri Lanka Cricket.

Following a prolonged training session with a pool of 23 players, he spoke to the media saying that he will look forward to obtaining the expertise of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Hathurusingha also hopes to get down Australian Sports Psychologist Dr Phil Johnsy, from time to time. Dr Johnsy, has been working with Hathurusingha for the past four years. He will be holding his first session with the team on January 3rd and will be with them for ten days. Depending on his availability, it is also a possible he may accompany the team on some tours.

Fixing the team's mentality is utmost among Hathurusingha's priorities, given the team's dismal run in 2017. He also sees poor training habits that need to be addressed.

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