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The President says that state resources should not be used in any way for election propaganda activities

 

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses that election activities should not hinder with routine public duties. At a meeting held with the Secretaries to the Ministries yesterday at the Presidential Secretariat Office.   The President said it is the responsibility of the secretaries not to allow any party to misuse public property, resources or vehicles for election propaganda activities.

The President will declare open the spill gates of Moragahakanda and Kaluganga reservoirs on Monday

The Moragahakanda multi-purpose reservoir project constructed by the SINO-Hydro Chinese company will be handed over to Sri Lanka on Monday. The official ceremony in this connection will be held at the Moragahakanda dam under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The President will also declare open the spill gates of Moragahakanda and Kaluganga reservoirs at this ceremony.
The overall capacity of the Moragahakanda project is about 660 thousand acre feet. It is six time bigger than the capacity of Parakrama Samudra. This project will provide water for cultivation of 80 thousand hectares of land throughout the year. 1.5 million people will be benefited through this project.


Water will be supplied to more than 2000 large and small tanks in the North-central, North western and eastern provinces. The first phase of the project is to be opened on Monday and it is expected to complete the construction work of Kaluganga dam at the end of this year. Under the 2nd stage measures will be taken to provide water to the Anuradhapura district in the year 2021. Under the 3rd stage water will provided to Iranamadu town.

The Rajagiriya fly over bridge will be vested with the public on Monday

The Rajagiriya fly over bridge will be vested with the public on Monday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. It is to be opened at 9.00 am. The 533 meters long bridge is comprised with four lanes. The Spanish government has granted a sum of about 4.7 billion rupees . This development project was scheduled to be completed in December this year.
However, the construction work can be completed in advance due to the support extended by the residents in the area and the construction staff and other parties. Project director Piyal Warnakulasooriya told the SLBC that opening of this bridge will ease the heavy traffic congestion between Battaramulla and Borella.

The President says that state resources should not be used in any way for election propaganda activities.

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses that election activities should not hinder with routine public duties. At a meeting held with the Secretaries to the Ministries last evening at Temple Trees the President said it is the responsibility of the secretaries not to allow any party to misuse public property, resources or vehicles for election propaganda activities.

The President also pointed out the need to implement development goals and plans for the New Year, at the very beginning of the year, itself. A media unit should be set up in each Ministry. The media unit will be responsible to enlighten the people on the development programmes carried out by each Ministry in the New Year. He added that if ministries have not utilized funds allocated for them during the previous year and if such unutilized funds have been returned to the Treasury, steps will be taken to obtain a report seeking explanations.

Election laws further elaborated

Elections commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says that posters, banners and cutouts regarding the forthcoming polls can be published only for the purpose of making the public aware of a political rally. He further stated that there is no other alternative other than to remove illegal propaganda material.  He added that all candidates contesting the forthcoming polls need to declare their assets and liabilities before the 20th of this month. Steps will be taken to close the election offices of candidates who fail to abide by this deadline.

Author of "Fire and Fury" says "Trump seen as a child by White House staff"

Michael Wolff, the author of the book, "Fire and Fury Inside the Trump White House", says that White House staff describe the US President as a “child” who needs "immediate gratification". However, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has dismissed suggestions made by Wolff that the President's mental health is failing. Mr Trump's lawyers had tried to block publication of the book, alleging it contained falsehood and said they were considering pursuing Libel Charges.  Hitting back at the White House attacks, Wolff said the US President had no credibility and that 100 percent of the people around him, question his fitness for office.

The first mega SATHOSA outlet was declared opened in Welisara this morning by Prime Minister.

Minister Rishard Badudien states that in this year they are planning one hundred Sathosa outlets. At present there are four hundred outlets in the island. 28 new outlets were opened during the past two weeks. 25 out of one hundred outlets that will be opened in this year are super mega outlets. According to the minister the first mega outlet was declared opened in Welisara this morning by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

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SLFP headed by UPFA has commenced its political campaign successfully.

Minister Susil Premajayantha says the SLFP headed by UPFA has commenced its political campaign successfully. A series of rallies and political meetings will be conducted under the patronage of the President. The first rally will be held on the 10th of this month at 2.00 PM in Anuradhapura. Minister Premajayantha also stated the SLFP and UPFA members along with President Maithripala Sirisena will engage in religious observances at Sri Maha Bodhi and Ruwanweli Seya before the rally in Anuradhapura. Minister Susil Premajayantha made these remarks at a media conference held at SLFP headquarters today.

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Minister Mano Ganeshan points out Judicial action will be taken on Central Bank bond scam and other fraud & corruption cases

Minister Mano Ganeshan points out judicial action should be taken against Central Bank Bond scam and the other large scale fraud and corruption activities took place in the past. A report on 34 such large scale financial fraud and corruption cases was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena recently. Judicial action will be taken against the perpetrators and culprits accordingly.

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The government has resolved the issue surrounding the SAITM.

The government has proposed the setting up of two institutes. One institute will absorb all SAITM students. The other will consider new enrolments for a fully-fledged MBBS degree.

The nine-member committee which was tasked with finding a pragmatic solution to the abolition of SAITM, chaired by Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr Harsha De Silva, have cited that the legal process requires the creation of two new institutions.

A new ‘not-for-profit’ ‘sunset’ institute will absorb all students who were enrolled in the SAITM Medical Degree Programme, as well as its assets and liabilities. This institute will cease all operations after the last current batch of students graduate from this institute and no new students will be enrolled.

The Director General of Government Information requests the media to subscribe to laid down media guidelines to ensure a free and fair election.

Director General of Government Information Attorney At Law Sudarshana Gunawardena requests the media to subscribe to laid down media guidelines to ensure a free and fair election.

The long awaited local government polls will be held on the 10th of February. This is the first election to be held under a new mixed electoral system. Therefore, it will be of significant interest and will come under the observation of many. Therefore, the conduct of the media will be vital in ensuring a free and fair election.

The Foreign Minister of Japan Tharo Kono arrives in Sri Lanka.

The Foreign Minister of Japan Tharo Kono arrived in Sri Lanka, last night. This is the first time a Japanese Foreign Minister will be conducting an official tour of Sri Lanka, after a laps of 15 years. Mr Kono is due to have bilateral discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Sri Lankan counterpart Minister Thilak Marapana.

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation celebrates 51 years as a public corporation.

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation came into existence 51 years ago, on the 5th of January 1967, when Radio Ceylon was transformed into a public corporation. The ‘Radio Service’ which was until then organized as a separate department of the Government of Ceylon, transformed into its present statutory form of a state corporation, in 1967, by the Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation Act No: 37 of 1966. Dudley Senanayake who was then the Prime Minister of Ceylon, ceremonially declared open the new entity, along with the first Director General of the Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation, Neville Jayaweera. In 1972, with the transition of the country to the status of a “Republic", the organization acquired its present name, The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Religious ceremonies to mark the 51st anniversary will be held today and tomorrow, centred around the SLBC’s Kandurata Sewaya. There will be an all-night Pirith Chanting ceremony. It will be followed by an alms-giving for the Maha Sangha. Tomorrow, at 10.00am, Hindu religious rights will be conducted at the Sri Selwavinayagar Kovil in Katukeley. Muslim religious rights will be conducted on the same day at 10.30am at the Kaathu-Jumma Mosque in Mahaiyawa. The Catholic Service will be held at St. Theresa’s Church Peradeniya, at 6.00pm, tomorrow.

The first Mega Outlet of Sathosa to be declared open in Welisara, today.

The 1st ‘Mega Outlet’ of Sathosa will be declared open in Welisara, today. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be the chief guest. Minister Rishad Batiudeen will also join in the inauguration ceremony. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce intends to launch another 40 mega outlets of this kind, to provide consumers with high quality goods at affordable prices.

Fires and avalanche alerts as Storm Eleanor batters Europe.

The French Alps were on maximum avalanche alert yesterday as Storm Eleanor swept through Europe, killing at least five people and fanning rare winter wildfires in Corsica. Nearly 400 firefighters on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica were battling blazes fanned by Eleanor's strong gusts of wind, with three people injured in a fire overnight. In the Netherlands, Eleanor has caused about 10 million euros of damage to buildings and vehicles. Citing the risks from strong winds and large waves, the whole of Spain's northern coast remained on "orange alert", which is the second highest ‘alert’ on a four-point scale. Germany lowered its alert for violent winds on Wednesday evening, but high tides were worrying several states, where heavy downpours have halted boat traffic. The Rhine River is set to surge to seven metres, as its water level is rising.

The democratic and law abiding principles of the Good Governance Regime, is yet again clearly manifested, in the President’s move to forward the Bond Commission Report to the Attorney General.

The Prime Minister’s Office issuing a statement says that the democratic and law abiding principles of the Good Governance Regime, is yet again clearly manifested, in the President’s move to forward the bond commission report to the attorney general. The statement offers its’ thanks to the commission for their tedious work over the long span of ten months.

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Minister Kabeer Hashim pledges that Sri Lankan Airlines will remain the country’s national carrier.

The government has decided to appoint a new chairman and director board for Sri Lankan Airlines, with the intention of restructuring the national career. Minister Kabeer Hashim disclosing this decision states that he vehemently opposes rumours that the airline is going to be closed down.

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The hand book pertaining to university admissions for the next academic year, to be released tomorrow.

Secretary to the University Grants Commission Dr. Priyantha Premakumara says that the hand book pertaining to university admissions for the next academic year, will be released tomorrow. Representatives have been appointed island wide from which these hand books can be obtained. Further details regarding these representatives will appear in government newspapers tomorrow. Applying for university entrance should be done online.

Michael Wolff’s new book portrays US President Donald Trump as uninformed, unprepared and lacking focus

The portrait that emerges in the new book authored by Michael Wolff titled “Fire and Fury Inside the Trump White House”, has become the talk of the town in Washington, these days. Trump is depicted as presiding over a chaotic White House. He is portrayed uninformed, unprepared and lacking focus.

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The first Mega Outlet of Sathosa to be declared open in Welisara, tomorrow.

The first Mega Outlet of Sathosa will be declared open tomorrow in Welisara. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be the chief guest.

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Elections for various sports committees to be conducted according to laid down regulations.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara says that the election to appoint committee members for the National Olympic Committee will be held at the end of next month. He disclosed this at a media briefing held in Colombo today. Discussions in this regard are underway with the International Olympic Committee as well. He explained that the election of members was delayed due to a delay in receiving audit reports. The minister pledged that all elections for various sports committees will be conducted according to laid down regulations.

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