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The Prime Minister says that he will discuss with the state monetary committee chairman to investigate the malpractices committed in bond issues in 2008 to 2014.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says malpractices have been committed in the treasury bond issues from 2008 to the 2014.  Making a special statement in parliament today the Prime Minister says that Mahinda Rajapakse who held the portfolio of finance ministry during that period should make reply to the parliament in this issue.  Majority of bond issues have been done during the 2008-2014 as private direct issues without any transparent. None of the bond issues during that period has 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 this malpractices.  The present government has given 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 department is also taking action in this regard.  The central bank has suspended a sum of 12 billion rupees from the accounts belonged to the Perpetual treasuries company limited. The Prime Minister further said that the attorney general will report this matter to the courts and will take legal action to recover the loss occurred to the government.  This is the first time in Sri Lanka’s history such an investigation process is conducted at utmost transparent and impartial manner.

The Presidential commission report on bond issue will be submitted to the parliament on the 17th of this month.


Secretary to the President Austin Fernando has informed today that copies of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Central Bank bond issue report will be handed over to the Parliament on 17th of this month.
He said accordingly, 26 copies of the report will be sent to the general secretary of parliament Dhammika Dassanayake. The President’s Secretary informed that this decision has been taken in accordance with the advice of the Attorney General.
In his reply, Mr. Fernando indicated that AG has advised that the report should be first handed over to the relevant institutions mentioned in the report.
Mr. Fenranndo further added that reports of 34 investigations done by the PRECIFAC will also be presented to the Parliament when those reports were received from the particular Commission Secretaries.

Minister Sarath Amunugama says that SLFP will never allow anyone to insult the parliament .


Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama says that SLFP will never tolerate any attempts from any party to insult the parliament. The SLFP is always appearing to protect the dignity of the parliament. However, the a group of joint opposition parliamentarians had a clash with the other parliamentarians on an unwanted irrelevant issue. At a press briefing held in parliament complex minister Amunugama said it is ridiculous for the joint opposition have a clash based on the bond commission report.

The UNP accused the joint opposition of attempting to disrupt democracy and traditions in the parliament.

UNP parliamentarian Chaminda Wijesiri accused the joint opposition of attempting to disrupt democracy and traditions in the parliament today. They are aim is to disrupt the hard established parliamentary democracy in the country again.  UNP Parliamentarian  Hector Appuhamy said the behaviour of the former senior ministers in the very first day of the New Year in the  House today is appalling. He pointed out that as senior parliamentarians they should protect the dignity of the parliament.

Strong quake in Caribbean Sea shakes Honduras, Mexico and Belize, no tsunami

An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 that struck near remote islands belonging to Honduras yesterday was felt across northern Central America but there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage. The quake rattled windows in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa roughly 519 kilometers to the east and was felt at least as far north as the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, but no damage was immediately reported.

The Prime Minister says there has been a malpractice in respect of issuance of bonds between 2008 and 2015.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe making a special statement in Parliament this morning said that there has been a malpractice in respect of issuance of bonds between 2008 and 2015. He added that the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who held the portfolio of finance should make a statement in parliament in this regard.

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Minister Kabir Hasheem says the Rajapaksa regime had implemented inappropriate and money wasting programmes caging the public in a debt trap.

General Secretary of the UNP Minister Kabir Hasheem says the former regime headed by President Rajapaksa had implemented inappropriate and money wasting development programmes in the country. Therefore, the country has been put on a debt trap. By implementing very expensive development programmes the supporters of the Rajapaksa regime have grabbed billions of public money.

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The Paddy Marketing Board is to purchase paddy harvest from the farmers at the certified prices.

The Paddy Marketing Board is ready to purchase paddy harvests of the farmers in the Maha season. Many farmers have complained that private sector businessmen purchased their paddy harvest at lower rate. Chairman of the Paddy Marketing Board M.B. Dissanayake says the board is ready to purchase paddy government certified prices.

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The proposed trade union action of the Postal Department has been called off.

The Joint Trade Union Front of the Postal Department says that the proposed trade union action has been called off. Convener of the Trade Unions Front Chinthaka Bandara told the SLBC that they had taken this decision in order to continue distribution of poll cards and other activities of the LG polls without any disruption.

The propaganda program of the SLFP and the UPFA for the forthcoming local government election commenced this evening.

The propaganda program of the SLFP and the UPFA for the forthcoming local government election has commenced this evening under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The campaign office was setup at No. 65 Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Borella.

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The President instructs the officials to speed up the Uma Oya Project.

President Maithripala Sirisena instructs the officials to speed up the Uma Oya Project. He ordered to finish the program soon to let the people to reap the benefits of it. He made these remarks while participating at the progress development meeting of the Mahaweli Development Authority.

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The Prime Minister says the present government has achieved many victories during the past three years.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the present government has achieved many victories during the past three years. Issuing a communiqué the Premier stated that he, along with President Maithripala Sirisena embarked on a revolutionary political journey to change the increasingly toxic political culture that existed within Sri Lanka.

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New traffic plan around New Kelani Bridge will be implemented from tomorrow.

Due to the commencement of construction work on the proposed new bridge in Kelaniya, the Traffic Exit of the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway, that opens to the Colombo-Kandy Road, at the New Kelaniya Bridge, will be CLOSED with effect from tomorrow. Motorists travelling towards Colombo can use the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway, as usual. However, motorists coming along the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway and heading towards Kelaniya and Wattala by using the Exit Ramp at the New Kelaniya Bridge, are advised to use alternative exits.

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The Prime Minister says the government has achieved many victories during the past three years.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the present government has achieved many victories during the past three years. Issuing a communiqué the Premier stated that he, along with President Maithripala Sirisena embarked on a revolutionary political journey to change the increasingly toxic political culture that existed within Sri Lanka.
He also said that on November 21, 2014 the President decided to join with the UNP to rid the country of nepotism, corruption and fraud to launch Sri Lanka to a position of economic and political stability while also regaining the tarnished image of Sri Lanka in the eyes of the international community.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe further states that the current regime made a pledge to the people to bolster to ailing justice system and reinforce public faith in administration. Although the ambitions of the people are yet to be fully realized, the government is proud of the manner in which it faced the numerous challenges during their three year tenure.

Ten billion rupees have been allocated for the national housing development programme this year.

The ministry of Housing and construction says the government has been allocated ten billion rupees for the national housing development programme this year. Six hundred model villages are to be constructed in very part of the island under this programme.   Chairman of the national housing development authority Lakvijaya Sagara Palansooriya told the SLBC that construction of 100 model villages are to be commenced within this month.  The entire programme is to be completed by October.

Angelo Mathew has been named as the ODI and T-20 captain.

Anjelo Mathew has been named to lead the Sri Lanka ODI and T-20 cricket teams.  At a press briefing held in Colombo today, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board says he will lead the team during the Bangladesh tour.  The team is included with Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal,  Danuska Gunatilleke, Kushal Mendis, Kushal Janith Perera, Asela Gunaratne,  Thisara Perera and Suranga Lakmal. New players Lakshan Sandakan, Sehan Madusanka, Nuwan Pradeep,  Dushmantha Chameera and Akila Dananjaya and Vanidu Hasaranga are also in the pool.

North and South Korea to begin high-level talks

North and South Korea will meet on Tuesday for high-level talks, the first between the countries in two years.The meeting is set to take place at 10:00 local time at the Peace House in the truce village of Panmunjom.

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The Parliament will be convened tomorrow on request of Prime Minister.

A special sitting of Parliament has been convened tomorrow at 10.30 am to discuss the bond report following the request of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.Acting Secretary-General of Parliament Neil Iddawala issuing a press release yesterday said all Parliamentarians have been informed to attend the special sitting. Speaking to the media, Iddawala added a Party Leaders Meeting chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has been scheduled at 2pm tomorrow to discuss the agenda for January 10.

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The Sri Lanka Medical Council says the relevant solution to SAITM issue will be implemented in stages.

The Sri Lanka Medical Council says the relevant solution to SAITM issue will be implemented in stages. The Sri Lanka Medical Council further said this solution provided by the government will be implemented gradually in a just and fair manner.

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A special programme to increase student scholarship grants of aesthetic studies

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says a special programme to increase student scholarship grants of aesthetic studies. The Minister further said these aesthetic students receive a sum of 2,000 rupees as a student scholarship up to now. However, the government plans to increase this amount in order to provide maximum support to their studies.

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