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A special high court will be established to accelerate hearing the cases of bribery, corruption and serious financial crimes.

The government has focused attention to establish a special high court with three member bench to accelerate hearing of the cases related to bribery and corruption and very complex financial crimes. The cabinet has already given approval for a proposal in this connection. The judicial procedure act has been amended for this purpose. The amended draft bill has already been sent to be endorsed by the attorney general. These facts were revealed at a cabinet press briefing held today.
A free trade agreement between Sri Lanka and Singapore will be signed. A proposal presented by minister Malik Samarawickrerma in this regard has been approved by the cabinet. The final draft of the MOU has also been sent to the Attorney general for endorsement. Meanwhile cabinet has also given approval to a proposal signed between Sri Lanka and Vietnam on information and communication technology.

The Presidential bond commission report will be officially tabled in parliament on Tuesday.

The reports of the Bond Commission and the Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe into serious acts of fraud and corruption have been handed over to the Speaker’s Office of the Parliament this morning.
According to the Speaker’s Office, 26 copies of the Bond Commission report and a summarized report and 34 copies (Sinhala) of the PRECIFAC report were handed over by a legal officer of the Presidential Secretariat to the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake.
At a press briefing held at the parliamentary complex today, Speaker Karu Jayasooriya said these reports will be tabled in parliament on Tuesday. Further decision will be taken in this connection after convening a party leaders meeting in future.

Chief of staff of the Nepal army is on a visit to Sri Lanka.

Chief of staff of the Nepal army will arrive in the island today for official visit.  Chief of the staff Rajendra Chetti start this tour on an invitation from the Sri Lanka army commander Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake.  Nepal media has reported that the commander Rajendra Chetti has left Nepal for Sri Lanka at present. He will meet the President, the Prime Minister and state minister of defence for bilateral talks. He will also the meet the three commanders of the forces.

White House doctor says Trump's cognitive ability is normal.

US President Donald Trump has shown no abnormal signs following a cognitive exam and is in excellent health, his White House doctor says. Ronny Jackson said yesterday that he has no concerns about his cognitive ability or neurological functions.


Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe match of the tri series in Bangladesh will be played in Dhaka.

The Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe match of the tri nation ODI series in Bangladesh will be played today in Shere Bangla stadium in Dhaka. It is significant that this is the 100th ODI match playing in this ground.

The bond commission report and 34 reports of serious acts of fraud will be presented to parliament today.

The report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Bond issue will be handed over to the Secretary General of Parliament today. The 34 reports of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges will also be handed over to Parliament today.


The Prime Minister inspects the construction work of Central Expressway.

Prime minister says, after completion of central express way Sri Lanka’s economy will go forward with a momentum.  The premier made these remarks participating in an inspection tour in the central express way in Kurunegala area yesterday.  Addressing the gathering the prime minister said, Kandy city will be fully developed in line with the express way project.


The Polgahawela Flyover Bridge will be vested with the public today.

The Polgahawela fly over bridge will be vested with the public under the patronage of Minister Lakshman Kiriella today.  The length of the bridge is 353 meters.  More than two billion rupees has been spent for the construction work. It was constructed under the financial assistance of Spanish government and was monitored by the Road Development Authority.


Delivery of official poll cards of the LG polls will begin on Friday.

Election Commissioner General R.M.A.L. Rathnayake says the official poll cards of the upcoming LG polls will be handed over to the Postal Department tomorrow to be dispatched among voters. They will be delivered from Friday to the 4th of February including the Sunday the 28th of this month as a special day of delivering. Mr. Rathnayake informs the public that if anyone does not receive the poll cards until the 4th of February they can collect the poll cards from the relevant post office proving their identity.

The UNP inaugural election propaganda rally will be held in Kandy tomorrow.

The inaugural election propaganda rally of the UNP prior to the LG polls will be held in Kandy on tomorrow under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.


Sri Lanka Cricket invests 60 million rupees to provide ‘Ground Equipment’ for 14 of its member clubs.

Sri Lanka Cricket has invested 60 million rupees to provide ‘Ground Equipment’ for 14 of its member clubs. The project, which is conducted by the National Development Center of Sri Lanka Cricket provided ground equipment for 10 ‘Tier A clubs’ and 5 ‘Tier B clubs’.

Five clubs, namely; SSC, NCC, Bloomfield, Tamil Union and CCC have been given Two-ton Double Drum Rollers, each. The rest, will be given the Two-ton Double Drum Rollers, within the next few weeks.

In addition, Sri Lanka Cricket will also provide Pitch Covers for all the 14 clubs

The SLFP points out that the Supreme Court determination regarding the term of office of the incumbent President, portrays that the country is served by an independent judiciary.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party says that President Maithripala Sirisena sought the Supreme Court determination regarding his term of office because of the many development projects that need to be executed during his tenure. Speaking at a media briefing today, the party’s deputy secretary Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that since two interpretations surfaced regarding the term of office of the incumbent president, a Supreme Court determination was sought to douse any confusion. The minister pointed out that the president did not seek the opinion of the Supreme Court with the intention of clinging to power for six years. He placed emphasis on the fact that President Maithripala Sirisena renounced many of the executive powers that were centered around the executive presidency, with the enactment of the 19th amendment to the constitution. He observed that the Supreme Court decision portrays that the country is served by an independent judiciary.

The Kankasanthurai Harbour to be upgraded as a ‘Commercial Port’.

The Government of India has come forward to rehabilitate and upgrade the Kankesanthurai Harbour, into a ‘Commercial Port’, at a cost of 45.27 million US dollars. The Ministry of Finance says, this will help to further strengthen the country’s effort to become a regional maritime hub, in the near future.

During the last few years Indian foreign direct investment in Sri Lanka has expanded exceptionally. Presently Indian development assistance mainly focuses on the improvement of economic infrastructural facilities, livelihood development, education, healthcare, capacity building and the economic renewal of Sri Lanka.

The Ministry of Ports and Shipping has observed that the rehabilitation of the Kankesanthurai Harbour would contribute to promote traditional commercial linkages and give an incentive to economic activities, by encouraging trade in northern Sri Lanka.

Kankesanthurai will be the nearest port for all eastern ports in India, as well as for Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Deal Finalized - Rohingya repatriation to be completed within 2 years

Bangladesh and Myanmar today finalized the text of the Physical Arrangement which will facilitate the return of Rohingyas to Myanmar. The Physical Arrangement stipulates that the Repatriation Process would be completed, preferably within two years, from the commencement of repatriation. The decision was taken at the first meeting of the Joint Working Group, on the return of the displaced Rohingyas from the Rakhine State. Modalities for the repatriation of orphans and children born out of unwarranted incidence have been incorporated in the said arrangement.

Venezuela helicopter attack: Pilot Oscar Pérez in bloody siege

Officials say that two police officers and several "terrorists" have been killed in an operation to capture a helicopter pilot accused of leading an armed rebellion in Venezuela last year, . Venezuelan forces surrounded a house in the town of El Junquito, near the capital, Caracas, as they targeted the "cell" linked to pilot Oscar Pérez.


Minister Thalatha Athukorala says the judicial system during the previous regime was under pressure.

Minister Thalatha Athukorala says the judicial system during the previous regime was under pressure. The Minister also stated few external elements exerted unnecessary pressure on the judicial system during the previous regime, which prevail for ten years.


JVP emphasizes the importance of electing corruption free honest representatives for local government organizations in the forthcoming LG polls.

JVP emphasizes the importance of electing corruption free honest representatives for local government organizations in the forthcoming LG polls. The General Secretary of JVP Tylvin Silva said this time the election campaign does not have any competition between the candidates because the new system has eliminated the preferential vote method.


The supreme court informs that the president’s term is 5 years.

The Supreme Court has communicated to the Presidential Secretariat that President Maithripala Sirisena’s term was only five years, according to the media release issued by the President’s Media Division today. Last week the President had made a reference to the Supreme Court seeking its opinion whether he could serve up to six years.
The five-member bench of the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the President’s term was restricted only to five years.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Priyasath Dep,communicated its opinion to the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.

All measures have been finalized to hold the independence day celebrations in grand manner.

The government is getting ready to hold the 70th independence day in a grand manner on the 4th February.. The ministry of Home Affairs says, all arrangements have been finalized to celebrate the 70th independence day at the Galle Face Green under the theme of “a single nation”. According to the ministry chief guest of the ceremony will be Prince Edward in Britain representing queen Elizabeth. Several more world leaders have already confirmed their presence in this ceremony. The celebrations will be held under the patronage of president Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremassinghe. In line with the independence day a cultural show will be held at the Colombo municipal council grounds on the same evening.

The police destroys a stock of cocaine in public.

Initial steps were taken at Katunayake in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe to prepare 928 kilograms of cocaine in custody to be destroyed this morning. Then the liquefied cocaine will be destroyed in Puttalam this evening. The Police Headquarters say , this process will be carried out totally echo-friendly manner.

The World Economic Forum is to organize an investment round table in Sri Lanka.

Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama during a two day visit to Geneva recently met with Mr. Børge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum and senior officials engaged in areas relating to Sri Lanka.
The visit of the Minister took place as a continuation of Sri Lanka’s engagement with the Forum facilitated by the Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission in Geneva, on the eve of the 2018 Davos Summit, which will take place from 23-27 January 2018, where the WEF Annual Programme takes place. During the meetings on 4-5 January, the two parties agreed to explore the possibility of hosting an 'Investment Round Table' in Sri Lanka in the near future.

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