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200 million rupees to be assigned for each divisional secretariat zone, under the 'Gamperaliya Accelerated Rural Development Programme'

The 'Gamperaliya Accelerated Rural Development Programme' will be expanded islandwide. The programme was launched in Monaragala recently. The government intends to carry forward with this programme, the 'Grama Shakthi Programme' introduced upon a concept of the President, and the Development Drive to reconstruct road networks and housing facilities in rural areas introduced by the Premier. The sum allocated for Gamperaliya is 64 billion rupees. Under this allocation, 200 million rupees will be assigned for specific tasks in each divisional secretariat zone.


The Minister of Health once again raises the concern of non-communicable diseases that have become a major health problem

Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratna raises the concern of non-communicable diseases that have become a major health problem to many countries as well as Sri Lanka.

Speaking to the Subharathi Discussion Programme aired over the SLBC this morning he pointed out, new laws have been introduced to control the use of Tobacco, and public awareness campaigns are underway.

The Minister noted, since excess sugar is harmful to health, with the introduction of controls, companies opted to manufacturing sugar free drinks. He added, many more health related programmes will be initiated with assistance of 200 million dollars promised by the World Health Organization.

A Walk was organized to mark the 131st anniversary of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, today.
Today's Subharathi Discussion was aired from the BMICH, which was where the walk commenced.

Teachers serving in the Eastern Province on voluntary basis, to be absorbed into the permanent cadre

Governor of the Eastern Province: Rohitha Bogollagama says, teachers serving in the Eastern province on voluntary basis, will be absorbed into the permanent cadre.  Interviews are being held, and appeals are being taken up in this regard, these days.  In addition, 1,000 unemployed graduates will be recruited to the teaching service.  Mr. Bogollagama points out, this year, as of now, 1,127 graduates have been recruited to the teaching service.  365 teachers were recruited for the English Medium.

A project to conserve Namal Uyana is presently underway

The project to conserve Namal Uyana, the ironwood forest and rose quartz mountain, is presently underway with funding mainly by the Central Cultural Fund. Its founder Venerable Wanawasi Rahula Thera says developing tourism-related activities and starting a wood museum and an educational centre are part of the conservation work. The ironwood forest spans over 2,000 acres while the rose quartz mountain is 600 acres in extent.


Applications are invited for the Madya Aruna loan scheme for media personnel

The Media Ministry is inviting applications for the 'Madya Aruna' loan scheme for media personnel. The closing date is July 31st. Media personnel below the age of 60 years and are full time or part time employees of recognized media institutions, freelance journalists as well as correspondents with a more than three year service are eligible to apply. Selected personnel will be given an interest free loan of a maximum 300,000 rupees to buy media equipment. Also a low interest loan of 150,000 rupees is on offer to improve the available media equipment.

A pilot project begins next week to control road congestion in Colombo and suburbs

Dehiwela police and the Moratuwa University will join together to launch a pilot project next week to control congestion on the roads in Colombo and suburbs. Professor Amal Kumarage of the university says this will be a temporary measure until such time that public transportation is developed properly. The pilot project will see the use of Google Maps technology to identify and address vehicle congestion.

10 senior literary personalities have been awarded by the National Radio

'Senior writers awarding ceremony-2018' organized by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and Godage and company was held at the Kumarathunga Studio of the Corporation this evening. 10 senior literary personalities who rendered an yeoman service to the local literary field have been awarded by the National Radio. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was the chief guest at the event.


President vows no return to dictatorship in the island

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday took serious exception to a top Buddhist monk urging former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to take over the country as a Hitler-type military dictator. President Sirisena said as a Buddhist he had the highest respect for the clergy, but could not agree with a senior monk of the Asgiriya chapter who invited Rajapaksa to “be a Hitler, take the military and take power.”

He said the voters toppled former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa because they wanted to end a decade-long iron-fisted rule and win back their personal freedoms.

Addressing a meeting in Nikawaratiya yesterday the President said, in January 2015, people did not vote for food or jobs. They voted for freedom and democracy. President added that he has restored both and will not allow this country to slip back to a dictatorship.

He was saddened by the call of Ven. Venduruwe Upali Thera who sought a return to an era when citizens were deprived of their basic human rights and any dissent was immediately crushed.

He said he was being criticised as a weak leader because he did not oppress the people unlike his predecessor. Former Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike too was criticised using the same language and he was assassinated three and a half years into his term, the President noted.

Despite the threats, the President said he will not waver and will not allow the hard-won democracy to be undermined in the country.

The Prime Minister says the government will develop the country by upgrading export and the service sector

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the government's aim is to develop the country by enhancing export and service sectors. Each city in the country will be developed under a proper plan. The government acquire plan for development projects in transparent manner. The Prime Minister made these remarks at a ceremony held in Boralesgamuwa yesterday to declare open the newly constructed children park for the children of special needs and the walking path. The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development has conducted this development project with the help of the Land Reclamation and Development Board. There are 19 food and trade stalls in this area as well. Joining this occasion Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the good governance rule will provide more relief to the general public. The government officials should also work in responsible manner to achieve the government's targets. He added that such a special children's park will be set up close to the Kottawa interchange of the Southern Express Way. A light railway will be established from Moratuwa to Fort to ease the traffic congestion along the Galle road. It will be connected to Colombo-Piliyandala road as well.

Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa says the the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation has been able to enhance the aesthetic tastes of the people


State Music Awards - 2018 was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Nelum Pokuna theatre, yesterday. Veteran Vocalist and Music Director, Dr. Dayarathne Ranathunga was awarded with the lifetime achievement award from President Maithripala Sirisena at this ceremony. In addition Dumal J. Warnakulasuriya won the best singer's award in Sinhala medium. Wijekumar Niroshan is the best singer in Tamil medium. W. Priyangani was the best female singer in Sinhala medium.

Joining this event Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa said that the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation has rendered a great service to enhance the aesthetic tastes of the people. However, the higher taste that has been developed by the SLBC among the listeners is now in a threat of deterioration due to the activities of some FM radio channels. The Minister pointed out the need to correct this fault. He added that the government will be committed to promote quality indigenous music style in the island.

The Rajarata University has been closed indefinitely


The Rajarata University has been closed indefinitely. Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Ranjith Wijewardena University has announced that university will be closed and ask the all students to leave the hostels before 10.00 am today. This decision has been taken due to an indecent behaviour of a group of students. A group of students have attempted to take a group of deans of faculties to hostage to force them to solve their problems

Provincial council election will be held in December under preferential vote system


Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says provincial council election will be held in December under preferential vote system. A relevant amendment will be tabled in parliament in September. The Minister further said majority of peoples representatives and common masses feel more comfortable with the old system which is preferential voting system. The Minister made these comments at a media conference held in Colombo.

The first special high court to hear the investigations of large scale fraud and corruption opens on the 2nd week of July


The first special high court to hear the investigations of large scale fraud and corruption opens on the 2nd week of July. Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said Effective steps will be taken to establish the remaining two high courts in near future

The President instructs the relevant officials to implement a special work plan for the benefit of the children of war victims


President Maithripala Sirisena instructs the relevant officials to implement a special work plan for the benefit of the children of war victims. 765 children are in orphanage in Kilinochchi district. The officers of orphanage said the parents of these children died during the war time. The president focused its attention on the national work plan to protect the children

The postal workers strike may end today.

Secretary to the Ministry of Post R.M.D.B. Meegasmulla says the trade union action of the postal workers may come to an end today. He told the SLBC that there will be discussion with him and trade union representatives at 3.00 pm today. The Secretary says that at least a period of two weeks is needed to find a lasting solution for the problems of the postal workers. Their demands will be submitted to the relevant ministerial subcommittee and to the Cabinet for approval.

Over 7,000 people from India filed applications for asylum in US in 2017.

Over 7,000 people from India filed applications for asylum in the US last year, according to a report by the UN refugee agency which said that America was the largest recipient of new asylum requests in 2017. The UN Refugee Agency said in its annual Global Trends report that 68.5 million people globally were displaced as of the end of 2017. In the US, the trend of increasing asylum claims from people originating from the north of Central America also continued. According to the report, there were 197,146 refugees as at 2017 end in India and 10,519 asylum seekers with pending cases. There are about 40,391 asylum seekers from India at the end of last year, the report said.

3,850 PT teachers will be recruited to the vacancies in the government schools.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says 3,850 Physical Training teachers will be recruited to the vacancies in the government schools. At a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday the Minister said they will train talented students to win local and international tournaments. The appointments will be made within next three weeks.

Russia on brink of last 16 with win over Egypt

Russia moved to the brink of qualifying for the last 16 of the World Cup after the host nation beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg. Russia, who beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opening game, took the lead thanks to a bizarre 47th-minute own goal from Ahmed Fathi, who diverted Roman Zobnin's shot into his own net. Denis Cheryshev doubled Russia's advantage after he finished from Mario Fernandes' pull-back, before Artem Dzyuba sealed the victory with a fine individual goal.

The Speaker of Parliament requests all parties to refrain from voicing allegations regarding the bond issue, until all documents are received legitimately through the President's Office.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya has requested all parliamentarians and media units to refrain from voicing allegations regarding the bond issue, until all documents pertaining to the issue are received by him legitimately through the President's Office. He cautions, such allegations could cause a slur to the good name of individuals.
Speaker Jayasooriya observes, when the reputation of the Parliament and its members is tarnished, the adverse effect on the image of the country is not negligible.

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