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The Prime Minister says that government has been able to stabilize country's economy at present.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that government has been able to stabilize country's economy at present. The export market fell drastically during the previous regime. The country was unable to pay the foreign debt as foreign investments dipped during that period. Addressing a public rally in Keleniya, Nagahamula area yesterday, the prime minster said present government has taken effective measures to pay off the foreign debts and to increase export earnings.

The report of the bond commission and PRECIFAC has been tabled in parliament

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya requests all to refrain from spreading rumors since now the report of the bond commission and PRECIFAC has been tabled in parliament. The said reports were submitted by Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella.

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Marking of postal votes at the second stage will be held tomorrow and the day after.

Deputy Post Master General W.A.G. Wickremasinghe says that 1.4 million official polls cards have been distributed to the voters at present. They will be delivered on next Sunday and Sunday the 4th of February as special dates of delivery.

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135 employees of the Hambanthota Port to be absorbed into the cadre of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says, of the 464 employees who served at the Hambanthota Port, 135 of them will be absorbed into the cadre of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. He disclosed this participating at a media briefing held at the SLFP Headquarters today. The remaining employees will be granted compensation. He added that over one million rupees can be granted as compensation. He pointed out that such a grant exceeds the limits stipulated by existing labor laws. He emphasized that the President has taken the most appropriate actions with regard to this issue.

The Organ Transplant Unit of the Sri Jayawardhanapura Hospital, to mark Organ Donor Day 2018, on the 18th of next month.

The Organ Transplant Unit of the Sri Jayawardhanapura Hospital plans to mark Organ Donor Day 2018 on the 18th of next month. This is one item in the broad programme to educate the public on organ transplants. In order to shed more light on this matter an Organ Donation Walk , the Launching of a National Organ and Tissue Transplant Registry, the Felicitation of Donor Families and an Awareness Programme motivating the public towards Organ Donation, will be carried out.

The Investigation Team of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, carries out raids to nab offenders mixing kerosene with petrol.

The Investigation Team of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has sealed the fuel pumps and the underground petrol storage tank at the Gamsabha Junction Filling Station, in Nugegoda. The raid was carried out last night, upon a tip received that the Filling Station was selling petrol mixed with Kerosene oil. Petrol samples collected from the raided shed have been sent for laboratory test.

Meanwhile, the team also inspected a fuel bowser transporting furnace oil from Kolonnawa to Colombo Galadari Hotel. Upon testing the fuel samples it was determined that the furnace oil transported was of low quality. It is suspected that during transportation the furnace oil may have been mixed with a low grade oil, as the relevant bowser had not travelled on the assigned route.

Further investigations are being carried out by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation's Investigation Team.

Asia fears that US tariffs on washing machines and solar panels are "just the start" of more to come

South Korea and China protested today against US President Donald Trump slapping steep import tariffs on washing machines and solar panels. It was a move that stirred fears in Asia of more protectionist measures lined up, to come out of Washington. For all his rhetoric to win votes, Trump’s actions on trade during his first year had been less alarming than many outside the US had feared - UNTIL NOW. The tariffs on washing machines, have dealt a heavy blow to South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. China, the world’s biggest solar panel producer, branded the move an “over-reaction” that would harm the global trade environment for the products affected.

West Indies to host the T-20 Women's World Cup, this year.

The West Indies has been selected to host the T-20 Women's World Cup, this year. The matches will be played from the 9th to the 24th of November. West Indies won the previous T-20 Women's World Cup.

Over 1.4 million official poll cards have been distributed so far.

Deputy post master general W.A.G. Wickremasinghe says that 1.4 million official polls cards have been distributed to the voters at present. They will be delivered on next Sunday and Sunday the 4th of February as special dates of delivery.

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Visiting Singapore Prime Minister will meet the President for bilateral talks this evening.

Visiting Singaporean Prime Minister Li Sieng Loong was officially welcomed at the President Secretariat this morning with a guard of honour and a gun salute.

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Parliamentarian Ajith Mannapperuma says that the present government restored the democracy in the country that was deprived during the previous regime.

Parliamentarian Ajith Mannapperuma says that the present government restored the democracy in the country that was deprived during the previous regime.  Taking part in a programme of the SLBC this morning, he said that the present government has made several achievements amidst challenges . Mr. Mannapperuma also said the previous regime did not take any measures to investigate into the allegation of frauds and corruption between 2008 and 2014.

US shutdown ends as Congress passes bill

The US government partial shutdown is ending after Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a temporary funding bill. Senator Chuck Schumer said Democrats agreed to back the bill if Republicans would address a programme that shields young immigrants from deportation.

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The President says all in the government and the opposition should support him in his efforts to implement the law against all those who are responsible for the bond scam.

President Maithripala Sirisena says all in the government and the opposition should support him in his efforts to implement the law against all those who are responsible for the bond scam. Speaking at a public rally held in Kandy yesterday he said that for this purpose everyone should strengthen his leadership.

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The Prime Minister says the infrastructure facilities of the country have been developed while increasing the investment opportunities to various sectors.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said the infrastructure facilities of the country have been developed while increasing the investment opportunities to various sectors. The premier made these remarks at an election campaign rally held at Kalutara, Milleniya yesterday.

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Minister Sagala Rathnayake vows action against corrupt UNP candidates

Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake warned all UNP candidates contesting the elections that in the event they are found guilty of corruption or fraud after the elections, action will be taken to initiate legal action against them and the party too would take disciplinary action against them.

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Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says he is prepared to provide relief assistance based on the request of the affected soft drink companies.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says he is prepared to provide relief assistance based on the request of the soft drink companies. According to the new regulations 50 cents tax will be imposed to each gram of sugar in soft drink bottles.

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The Colombo Fort Magistrate orders video footage of the protests launched CEB workers to be produced in courts.

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered the heads of television channels that televised video footage of the protests launched by the Joint Trade Union Association of the Ceylon Electricity Board, to produce the unedited versions in court. Thereby, Rupavahini, ITN, Sirasa TV, Derana TV and all television stations were ordered to submit their recordings. The magistrate made this order when the OIC of the Slave Island police explained before court that the chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board was held in his office and not allowed to leave. Appearing before court, Police Inspector Nalaka Gunasekara said that the court rulings that were announced were relayed over loud speakers and the CEB's public address system. They were also pasted on all floors and photocopies were distributed. He proved in court with photographs how the protestors continued their protest disregarding the court rulings. The magistrate ordered the Slave Island police to take into custody those responsible and produce them before courts.

Prices of many essential commodities to remain the same for the next 6 months.

The Ministry of Finance, issuing a statement says that there is no truth in certain media reports that taxes on essential food items have been increased by the gazette notification released on the 18th of this month. The said gazette notification only affirms that the tax percentages enforced as given in the gazette notification dated 19th July 2017, remain the same. Thereby, under the said gazette notification, the prices of goods will not see an increase and consumers can continue to purchase under the existing prices for the next 6 months.

Meanwhile, Sathosa has announced the prices of many essential commodities. Thereby, a kilo of white raw rice is 62 rupees. The price of a kilo of locally produce red rice is 73 rupees. A kilo of locally produced Samba rice will be sold at 82 rupees, while a kilo of imported Samba rice will be sold at 69 rupees. A kilo of imported Nadu Rice will be priced at 68 rupees. A kilo of imported big onions will be sold at 142 rupees, while a kilo of potatoes will be sold at 95 rupees. A kilo of red dhal can be purchased at 113 rupees. A kilo of white sugar will be priced at 100 rupees. A tin of canned fish weighing 425 grams will be sold at 149 rupees.

The Singapore Prime Minister arrives in Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong has arrived in the country for a 3 day official visit. He was welcomed by Minister Sagala Rathnayaka at the Bandaranaike International Airport this evening. The Singaporean Premier will be received at the Presidential Secretariat tomorrow with an official guard of honor and gun salute. Later he will hold official bilateral discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena. A Free Trade Agreement between Sri Lanka and Singapore will be signed following bilateral talks.
During the visit, Prime Minister Lee will also meet his Sri Lankan counterpart Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and discuss economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries. The visiting Prime Minister is scheduled to attend a Business Forum in which leading business persons and investors from both Singapore and Sri Lanka will be present. This Official visit of a Singaporean Prime Minister to Sri Lanka takes place after 13 years.

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation bans the wholesale distribution of the “Lanka Kerosene Oil.


The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation today banned the distribution of the “Lanka Kerosene Oil” to vehicles, factories, barrels and other wholesale distributions.

CEYPETCO said that out of the two types of Kerosene namely “Industrial Kerosene” and “Lanka Kerosene”, the latter is used by the fishing community and those with low income households.

Accordingly, the CEYPETCO has directed all dealers to stop distributing Lanka Kerosene to factories and other wholesale outlets, after discovering that many dealers have been distributing Lanka Kerosene instead of Industrial Kerosene in a bid to maximize profits.

The circular directed all distributors to ensure that the subsidized kerosene was solely given to low income families and the fishing community.

Lanka Kerosene is red in color whilst industrial kerosene is colorless.

Bangladesh says Rohingya return to Myanmar is delayed

Bangladesh says the repatriation of thousands of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar will be delayed amid the huge task of preparing Transit Centres and approving Lists of Returnees. Bangladesh's Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner has not given a revised starting date for the repatriation of some 750,000 refugees who fled unrest and a military crackdown in the Rakhine state in Myanmar.The entire repatriation process is expected to take two years.

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