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More female candidates from the SLFP will contest the upcoming local government election.

State Minister Sudarshani Fernandopulle says there is tendency in women coming forward for leadership throughout the globe. Many female members of the SLFP have also applied the party to contest the upcoming local government election.

At a press briefing held in the SLFP headquarters today Mrs. Fernandopulle urge the female members of the party to come forward for leadership in future elections. She further said that a programme has been implemented to increase drinking water facilities in the Colombo North area and the Gampaha district.

Deputy Minister Tharanath Basnayake said they remain in the national government in order to fulfill public inspirations. He added that the SLFP will not be divided at any circumstances.

Dengue awareness programme is to be conducted in schools islandwide.

The Education Ministry states that the instructions have been given to island wide government schools to conduct a workshop on eradicating Dengue menace. The schools have been instructed in this manner after discussions held with the Education State Minister, Nuwara Eliya District Parliamentarian V. Radhakrishnan, and the Education Ministry states.

Accordingly, it is insisted that all schools should conduct a voluntary-clean-up session on weekly basis. It was also decided that a seminar to educate school children on Dengue menace also should be held on weekly basis. The police and the Health Ministry are to assist on these programmes.

Government has declared a control price for 16 essential goods. Stern action will be taken against errant traders who sell these goods for higher prices.

The government has declared a price control mechanism for 16 essential goods. The relevant gazette notification was issued today.  Minister Rishard Baduideen said accordingly, the traders should sell essential goods at declared control price. An islandwide raids will be conducted from tomorrow against errant traders who overcharge for essential goods.

Participating in a media briefing held in Colombo today, he recalled some incidents in the recent past where few traders imposed VAT at a higher price to certain essential goods . 

  Therefore, the committee of cost of living decided to impose control price for 16 essential good varieties under the advice of the President and the Prime Minister. Sugar, potato, big onions, milk powder, wheat flour, dhal, green gram, dried fish, sustegon, canned fish, and dry chilies could be obtained at a control price.

The state minister for finance says Sri Lanka has been charging low VAT system in the region.

State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says Sri Lanka is the country that charges lowest tax in the region.  Participating in a media briefing held at the SLFP headquarters today,

he further said there is no truth with regarding to news stating charging 15 percent tax  have been imposed on all commodities .  This is a baseless story.  He also said his party will contest at the forthcoming local government election as an alliance.  

The prices of the medicines will be reduced within two months.

Minister of health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne emphasized the importance of establishing an independent health service in the country.  He also said effective measures have been taken to achieve this goal.  He further said three per cent of GDP has been allocated to health sector during the last budget proposals.

  This was the first time  three percent of GDP has been allocated for these purpose.  The main  objective of the government is to provide an efficient service to the common masses.  Minister Made these remarks at a media conference held in Colombo today.  Speaking further at this conference, he said the government is committed to provide better health services compare to the private sector.  The main aim of the government is to control communicable diseases. 

A special allocation and a budget proposal will be submitted in this regard during the next year's budget.  The tax on tobacco leaves will be increased to 90 percent.  Necessary regulations will be introduced in future.  Minister Rajitha Senaratne also promised to bring down the prices of medicines within the next two months. 

Sri Lanka broadcasting corporation has entered into a media training education. The newly established Kothmale media training center will be inaugurated by media minister tomorrow.

National radio will enter into a comprehensive media education arena accordingly, a media academy center will be established in Kothmale community radio station tomorrow.  This center will come under the purview of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting corporation.    Minister of mass media and parliamentary reforms Gayantha Karunatilleke will participate as the chief guest at this occasion. 

The Kothmala community radio service being the pioneer community radio service in the network will commence this media education programme  in parallel with the Mahaweli development work plan.  This center will provide effective training to announcers and media personnel in the region. Sri Lanka broadcasting corporation has taken effective measures to make this center as a media school.

25th death anniversary of war hero Hasalaka Gamini is commemorated today.

The 25th death anniversary of war hero  Hasalaka Gamini is commemorated today.  The late Hasalaka Gamini Kularatne sacrificed his life by making  suicide attack  with explosives against LTTE terrorists on 14th July 1991. 

He was able to blow up the LTTE base inflicting heavy casualties to LTTE terrorists in Elephant Pass.  As a result Hasalaka Gamini was able to rescue the army base in that area.  He has been accorded as a war hero of this nation.  

150 thousand kilogrammes of fish have been exported to European countries within ten days.

The ministry of fisheries says 150 thousand kilogrammes of fish have been exported to European countries from the first to the 10th of this month. 36 fishing industries have recommenced their fish production again which was inactivated during the European ban on local fish export.

 An evaluation meeting was held with the participation of minister Mahinda Amaraweera at his ministry yesterday in this regard.  He also stressed on the need to enhance fish related produce,  as there is a high demand for local fish in the international market.

 The government is ready to provide necessary facilities to meet the international demand.  An income of fish exports is expected 20 million rupees by the end of next year.

Korean assistance for several projects.

Sri Lanka to obtain soft loans from the Government of Korea up to 300 million US dollars till 2018 was signed today. This Framework Arrangement is based on the agreement between the two governments signed in December 1995 concerning Loans from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund.

Under the newly signed framework arrangement, the two Governments expect to work closely to develop a diverse range of projects in such sectors as transportation, education, water treatment, and rural development, identified as the priority areas under the Country Partnership Strategy between Korea and Sri Lanka.

Finance minister mediates to resolve the problems of those affected due to projects involved in laying of new pipe lines.

Finance minister Ravi Karunanayake says the people affected by the project of laying oil pipe lines from Colombo Port to Orugoidawatte  should be relocated from their places, only after construction of permanent houses for them.   A discussion held yesterday in this regard has focused attention over the problems arisen due to this project.

 130 families have been affected due to the laying of oil pipe lines.   It has been revealed 44 houses were fully damaged.  The minister pointed out that after providing houses for them, the project should be commenced.

Finance minister mediates to resolve the problems of those affected due to projects involved in laying of new pipe lines.

Finance minister Ravi Karunanayake says the people affected by the project of laying oil pipe lines from Colombo Port to Orugoidawatte  should be relocated from their places, only after construction of permanent houses for them.   A discussion held yesterday in this regard has focused attention over the problems arisen due to this project.

 130 families have been affected due to the laying of oil pipe lines.   It has been revealed 44 houses were fully damaged.  The minister pointed out that after providing houses for them, the project should be commenced.

Cases have been filed against 336 persons on the three day programme of dengue eradication.

The Health Ministry says nearly 30 thousand premises have been inspected yesterday under the three day dengue eradication programme. Out of this number, 755 premises have been identified as mosquito breeding places.

 Cases have been filed against owners of 336 houses on charges of maintaining mosquito breeding locations. Notifications have also been sent for 1,387 persons.  This programme will end tomorrow.

New Prime Minister Theresa May says she wants to "build a better Britain".

Mrs.Theresa May has said that she will work to "build a better Britain", after she met the Queen at Buckingham Palace to accept the role of prime minister. Mr. David Cameron, who has resigned  said being prime minister had been "the greatest honour" of his life as he prepared to formally resign.

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The meeting between PM and Assistant Secretaries of State concludes successfully.

A meeting between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and visiting Assistant Secretaries of State was held at the Temple Trees last evening. It focused on the current political and economic situation of Sri Lanka and promotion of Human Rights. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour
Tom Malinowski had also held discussions with the opposition leader R.Sampanthan.

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100,000 deeds to be presented to the farmers.

Secretary to the Ministry of Land Dr.I.H.K.Mahanama says one hundred thousand deeds will be presented to the farmer families who are residing in government owned lands. The process is to be completed before the end of this year. The programme is implemented under the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

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Government says parliamentarian Namal Rajapakse has been arrested under proper legal procedures.

Ministry of Law and Order says that parliamentarian Namal Rajapakse has been arrested after  extensive investigations by  the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division.

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Number of university intake will be increased by 5 percent annually.

The government has  planned to increase the number of university admissions annually by five percent.

The government will also facilitate to improve infrastructure in Sri Jayawardhanpura, Sabaragamuwa, Jaffna, Kelaniya, Colombo, Peradeniya Uva-Wellassa and Eastern universities.  Faculties of technology will be established in Uva-Wellassa, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Universities.

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Indian Fishermen will not be allowed to enter into Sri Lankan sea .

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says government will never give permission to Indian fishermen to engage in fishing activities in the Sri Lankan waters.

He totally rejects some allegations that the government would allow Indian fishermen to enter into Sri Lanka seas.

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Salawa blast: A monitoring committee appointed to expedite the relief process.

A monitoring committee has been appointed to take expedited measures to provide relief for the families affected from the Salawa army camp blast. It is comprised of Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management, Colombo District Secretary and the Seethawaka Divisional Secretary.

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Certain media institutions attempting to damage the reconciliation process - Dy Min Karu.

Deputy Minister of Mass Media Karunarathne Paranavithana says it is regrettable to see certain media institutions acting in an indecent manner

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Punishing the offenders through court procedures not a political revenge - State Ed Min

State Minister of Education V. Radhakrishnan says the present government has no intention of taking political revenge against any person.

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