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8 contestants among many apprehended for violating election laws.


The police headquarters says that from the 9th of December last year to date 45 complaints regarding violation of election laws have been reported. 97 suspects have been taken into custody so far. Significantly, there are 8 contestants amongst those apprehended.

Chile churches attacked before Pope’s visit

Several churches in Chile have been attacked or vandalized, ahead of a visit by Pope Francis, due next week. Three churches in the capital Santiago were damaged by firebombs. Some flyers left behind warned that the next one was for the Pope. The attacks could not yet be linked to a particular group. Chilian President Michelle Bachelet described the incidents as "very strange". Speaking to the media she said, in a democracy, people can express themselves, as long as they do it in a peaceful way.

The trade union action of the nurses union of Sri Jayawardanepura hospital has come to an end.

The trade union action of the nurses union of Sri Jayawardanepura hospital has been called off. The chairman of nurses union Dr. Athula Kahandaliyanage said this decision has been taken based on the discussion held with relevant authorities in a successful manner.

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18 electric buses will be deployed for the benefit of the commuters insight Colombo city limit.

Sri Lanka Transport Board is getting ready to deploy 18 electric buses for the benefit of the commuters insight the Colombo city limit. Accordingly, a report including the prerequisites and standard features of the proposed buses have been prepared and submitted to the ministery of transport.

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600 model housing villages will be established during this year.

Minister Sajith Premadasa has given instructions to national housing development authority to complete all pending housing constructions by 31st of March this year. The construction work of 507 housing villages commenced last year.

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Special election broadcasting service under the name of ‘Election FM’ of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation commences today.

The SLBC launched the special election channel “Election FM” this morning under the patronage of chairman of the election commission Mahinda Deshapriya. He expressed confidence that this channel will act impartially providing equal opportunities to every political party and candidates to ensure free and fair election.

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A sum of 7000 million rupees has been allocated to provide compensation for the farmers affected by the draught condition.

The Disaster Management Center says that a sum of 7000 million rupees has been allocated to provide compensation for the farmers affected by the draught condition. Accordingly, monthly allowance of 5000 rupees will be provided to each affected family.

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Trump 'in crude Oval Office outburst about migrants'.

US President Donald Trump has reportedly lashed out at immigrants in a foul-mouthed Oval Office outburst that a UN spokesman later condemned as "shocking", "shameful" and "racist". "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Mr Trump reportedly asked lawmakers during talks on an immigration deal. He was apparently referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. The White House made no attempt to deny the comment.

The President points out that the reason for the increase in poverty in the country is due to large scale fraud and corruption that was practiced various elements.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the reason for the increase in poverty in the country is due to the large scale fraud and corruption that was practiced by politicians state officials and various corrupt businessmen, in every government that came into power in the past. He points out that the citizens elected him as the head of state to eradicate fraud and corruption and create a clean political movement. He expressed these views participating at a public rally held in Medirigiriya, yesterday. The President also called to mind that during the period between 2008 and 2016 irrespective of party differences billions of funds had been subjected to theft. He observed that there is no shortage of intellectuals in the country. In the same way there is no shortage of resources. The only obstacle that has thrown a spanner in the path of development has been the formidable errors committed by politicians. The President added that bringing an end to that corrupt era all should join hands in taking the first steps in a cultured political journey, with genuine love for our Motherland.

The Prime Minister says that the objective of the UNP is to make Colombo a city free of drugs.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that the objective of the United National Party is to make Colombo a city free of drugs. The premier disclosed this intension participating at the public rally held to launch the election propaganda activities of Rosy Senanayake. The premise emphasized that within a strong Sri Lanka we need to build a strong Colombo. He added that three liquefied natural gas power plants will be established to provide an uninterrupted power supply to the city. He pointed out that the present government has to pay for the unnecessary expenses incurred due to various beautification projects carried out by the previous government in Colombo. He further stated that the government has launched many programmes to provide solutions to the housing and drinking water issue and to control vehicular traffic.

Second day of riots after the rape and murder of Zainab Ansari


Protesters have set a government office on fire in the Pakistani city of Kasur, in a second day of riots after the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl. The body of the girl named Zainab Ansari was found in a rubbish dump on Tuesday. She had been raped and strangled. Police in Kasur say there have been 12 similar murders in the past two years. They say five of them are linked to one suspect who is being hunted by hundreds of officers.

“Enterprise Sri Lanka” to come into effect with 15 loan schemes on offer, for young entrepreneurs.

“Enterprise Sri Lanka”, which is one of the main features of the Budget 2018, will be launched from March this year. Young entrepreneurs will be able to obtain credit facilities under concessionary interest rates. Loans can be obtained up to 60 billion rupees, under 15 loan schemes. The 15 different loan schemes that have been proposed include the fields of Agro, fishery, industries and loans for small and medium enterprises. This scheme includes journalists and those who are self-employed, as well.

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Bill for increasing allotment of Green Cards, introduced in US House

A legislation that seeks to push for a Merit-Based Immigration System and increase the allotment of Green Cards by 45 percent annually, has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The legislation seeks to increase the allotment of Green Cards from the current 120,000 to 175,000, per annum.

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The Presidents Media Division says that the President has sought the opinion of the Supreme Court regarding the term of his office, in order to douse misinterpretation.

President Maithripala Sirisena sought the opinion of the Supreme Court, regarding his term of office. After the enactment of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, there have been two interpretations regarding the term of office of the present president.

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The possibility of forwarding notifications of traffic offences, to the offender’s residence, to be look into.

Minister Sagala Rathnayake says that the possibility of forwarding notices regarding traffic offences to the offender’s residence, will be looked into. It is intended to send a photograph of the offence with the notification, to the residence of the individual in concern.

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The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation launches a new transmission named ‘Election FM’

 

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation will launch a special election transmission named “Election FM”. Listeners can tune in to Election FM on 107.3 and 107.5 megahertz FM. The transmission which will commence tomorrow will be on air until the 8th of next month.

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The president says the proposals of human rights commission were made in favor of Sri Lanka during the recent past due to the establishment of independent judicial system in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes the importance of all stakeholders to dedicate themselves to build a prosperous country. The relevant members should dedicate themselves to build a strong economy. Any trade union action should not hamper the economic growth of the country. Trade union actions should be conducted in such a way which does not disturb the day-to-day life of the common masses. The president made these remarks while participating in a television program yesterday. The president further said the country badly needs to build a national political movement. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party has dedicated itself to achieve this goal. The party has undergone mega scale reform and restructures in the recent past. The president also emphasized the importance of creating pure political culture in the country. The president determines to achieve this goal during the forthcoming LG polls. A group of honest, intelligent and educated professionals are important to rule the country. The president also mentioned the rule of law, democracy and reconciliation are established at present. The independent judicial system has been strengthened to the country. The president also points out the importance of safeguarding the national and regional interest. Many countries have come forward to extend their support in terms of foreign aid and infrastructure to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was able to win the confidence of the international community. As a result the proposals of human rights commission were made in favor of Sri Lanka during the recent past due to the establishment of independent judicial system in the country.

The Prime minister says that treasury bond issuances from 2008 to 2014, will be probed.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says malpractices have been committed in Treasury Bond issuances from 2008 to the 2014.  Making a special statement in parliament yesterday the Prime Minister said that Mahinda Rajapakse who held the portfolio of Finance Minister during that period should respond to this question to the parliament regarding this issue. A Majority of the bonds issued have been done during the period between 2008 and 2014, as private direct issues without any transparency. None of the bond issues during that period had been approved by the Monetary Board of the Central Bank. Therefore, the prime Minister stressed that he expects to discuss this matter with the chairman of the State Monetary Committee in order to conduct investigations into these malpractices.  The present government has restored back the power of finance management of the country to The Parliament.  The COPE committee had also conducted an investigation into the bond issue. The Attorney General’s Department is also taking action in this regard.  The central bank has suspended a sum of 12 billion rupees from the accounts that belonged to Perpetual Treasuries. The Premier further said that the Attorney General will report this matter to the courts and will take legal action to recover the losses incurred to the government.  This is the first time in Sri Lanka’s history that such an investigation process is conducted in a transparent and impartial manner.

Health Minister points out the country will not loose 11 billion rupees on bond scam because the Central Bank has already blocked 12 billion rupees worth funds of Perpetual Treasuries.

Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne points out the country will not lose 11 billion rupees on bond scam because the Central Bank has already blocked 12 billion rupees worth funds of Perpetual Treasuries. The Minister further said certain sectors of the public do not understand the real situation of this issue. The minister also called for a specialist in foreign currency transactions to explain this situation. The minister made these remarks at a media conference held in Colombo yesterday in Colombo.

A new cabinet sub-committee will be appointed to address grievances relating to harassment faced by journalists, from 2005 to 2015.

Minister Gayantha Karunathilleka says that, a new cabinet sub-committee will be appointed to address grievances relating to harassment faced by journalists, from 2005 to 2015. Cabinet approval was received for this proposal that was voiced by President Maithripala Sirisena. The members of the sub-committee will be Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Gayantha Karunathilleka and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.

Rescuer saves 'muddy doll' baby in California mudslides

A rescue worker has tearfully described the toddler he pulled from debris following devastating mudslides in Southern California as a "muddy doll". Berkeley Johnson said the two-year-old girl was taken to hospital and suffered an injury to her hip.Rescue efforts are under way in Santa Barbara County for residents trapped by mudslides that overwhelmed an area scorched by wildfires last month. At least 15 people have died and more than two dozen others were injured.

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