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A special note of thousand rupee denomination will be issued


The central bank issues a special 1000 rupee note to mark the 70th independence day.

A special note on  thousand rupee denomination will be issued by the central bank to commemorate the 70th independence day. The special note is to be presented to President Maithripala Sirisena by the governor Dr.Indrajith Kumaraswammy today.


Buddhist religious programes prior to the independence day celebrations begin today.

The religious programmes in line with the 70th independence day celebrations will begin today. Accordingly an all-night pirith chanting ceremony will be held at the independence square in Colombo.  The chanting of pirith will be live broadcast by Sinhala national service of the SLBC from 9.30 pm to 4.45 am tomorrow.  An alms giving will be offered to Maha Sangha tomorrow morning at the Sri Lanka Vidyalaya Piriven in Maradana.

Intellectuals say that the president has taken positive measures on bond scam.

Senior lecturer of the commerce faculty in the north western university Aminda Methseela Perera says,  the president has taken very  positive measures regarding the bonds scam.  Participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning he said, 


The Voters are able to make election complains through mobile phones.

People will have the opportunity  to forward complaints  regarding the breach of laws at the upcoming polls through  their mobile phones via SMS.  The SMS system was launched by the Chairman of the Election commission Mahinda Deshapriya at the Rajagiriya election office this morning. Accordingly the relevant complain should be typed and sent to 1919 by typing name of the relevant district.

The President earnestly requests the citizens of Sri Lanka to exercise their franchise at the forthcoming local government polls against bribery, corruption, nepotism and dictatorship.

President Maithripala Sirisena earnestly requests the citizens of Sri Lanka to exercise their franchise at the forthcoming local government polls against bribery and corruption & nepotism and dictatorship. He pointed out that to deliver the country the first and foremost need is to overcome this malignance. He expressed these views participating at a public rally held in Mahiyanganaya yesterday. He further stated that although those who are connected to many acts of fraud and corruption put on a hero's mask, the citizens of the country have recognised the culprits. He added that such nefarious actors will receive the reply they deserve when the citizens cast their vote at the forthcoming polls.

The premier promises an industrial zone for Ampara.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the country which experienced a minus economic growth in 2001 has now embarked on a development drive. The primary balance of payments has shown a positive trend after 66 years. Addressing an election rally held in Ampara yesterday to ensure the victory of the UNP, the premier said a number of industrial zones will be established centered around the Hambantota district. One such industrial zone will launched in Ampara. Agriculture in the Ampara district will be upgraded in order to increase the income of the farming community. The tourism industry will also be enhanced in the area. He pointed out that the government has been able to bring about political stability in the country.

Colombo High Court extends freeze on Perpetual group bank accounts.

The Colombo High Court has extended the freeze on bank accounts of Perpetual Treasuries and 24 related companies that were involved in the securities 'scam' involving rigged bond auctions and the dumping of pumped up securities on state managed funds. The High Court has extended an order originally issued by the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank, by 30 days. Thus, future efforts of the Attorney General, to have the proceeds of crime confiscated and forfeited to the State, will not be frustrated, as the monies in the frozen accounts will remain intact. This decision will increase the confidence of the initiatives to bring the perpetrators before the law and recover the losses incurred to the state.

Air strike cripples Syrian 'cave hospital'

A hospital built under 20 meters of rock, in a rebel-held area of central Syria, has been wrecked by a powerful air strike. No casualties have been reported. It is not clear who carried out the strike. However, Syrian government warplanes and those of its ally Russia, have been stepping up attacks in rebel-held areas. Both Syria and Russia have consistently denied targeting civilians. Meanwhile, the UN says aid is no longer getting through to besieged areas.

Poland's Senate passes controversial Holocaust Bill

Poland's Senate has approved a controversial bill that makes it illegal to accuse Poles of complicity in the Nazi Holocaust. The bill also prohibits describing Nazi Death Camps in Poland as 'Polish'. It sets fines or a maximum three-year jail term, as 'punishment'.


The President emphasizes that although many point accusatory fingers that the country is to be divided, he will never leave for such a division.

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes that although many point accusatory fingers that the country is to be divided, he will never leave room under his leadership, for such a division. He made this emphasis, addressing a public rally held in Sevanapitiya, in Polonnaruwa, today.


New office premises for Grama Niladaris

The government has taken steps to construct 14,000 office premises for Grama Sewakas. Under the first phase 1,000 officers will be constructed. The Ministry of Home Affairs says that in order to make efficient the services of Grama Niladaris laptop computers and office equipment will also be provided.

Complaints regarding the forthcoming Local Government Polls, to be received via SMS

The citizenry will be provided with the opportunity of forwarding complaints regarding the forthcoming Local Government Polls, via SMS. The launch of this new mode will take place at the Elections Secretariat, tomorrow.


The President requests all communities to join hands with him to build up a society sans religious or ethnic differences.

President Maithripala Sirisena says even though the war was ended militarily.  The responsibilities of the post war era have not been achieved. Therefore, the  national reconciliation is yet to be built up in the country.  Addressing several election propaganda rallies in Batticaloa area, the President said the present government is now committed to strengthen ethnic and religious reconciliation in the country.  A peaceful environment should be established in the country for all Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities to live in peace and harmony without fear and suspicious.  During the past regime, journalists and political opponents were killed and abducted in brought day light. Many journalists left the country seeking asylum for life.   Some extremist elements carried out violence against some ethnic and religious groups causing fear among minor communities.  However, the present government has initiated to create national reconciliation with the support of the international community. The war affected areas are now being subjected to rapid development.

The President declares open several development projects in Polonnaruwa area.

New building constructed at the  Kalahagala Sri Saddammaraja Dhamma school in Polonnaruwa under the Pibidemu Polonnaruwa programme was opened by the President this morning.  Five million rupees has been spent for the construction work.  The water purification network constructed by the presidential task force at a cost of 26 million was also vested with the public.

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga recalls that drug dealers had state patronage during the past regime.

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga says the government has taken strong measures against drug dealers and racketeers.  The customs and security forces are now  conducting intensive investigation to unveil hidden network of drug dealers.  Massive hauls of drugs are also being taken into custody.  Addressing a rally in Negambo area Mrs. Bandaranaike said drug dealers had state sponsorship during the past regime.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the collapsed economy is now on the right track.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the President, prime Minister or the government will not be changed after the local government election. The President and the Prime Minister is committed to carry forward the good governance rule until the end of its full term.  The government has been able to steer forward the collapsed  national economy.  The minister made these remarks at a rally held in Weligama area.

FBI has 'grave concerns' about controversial Republican memo

The FBI has publicly challenged a push by Republican lawmakers to release a controversial memo which purports to show anti-Trump bias at the agency. A top Trump aide said on Wednesday they would release the top secret document "pretty quick", despite the objections. Democrats claim the memo is an attempt to discredit the FBI-led Russia probe.

The President emphasizes that he is committed to realizing the dream of co-existence amongst the citizens of Sri Lanka.

President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing a public rally held in the Ampara area yesterday, reiterated that he will dedicate himself fully to his pledge, to build a country that lives in co-existence. Focusing on the economic development of the country the President stated in order to make the country for prosperous the benefits of development should be enjoyed by the entire population. He pledged that he will personally look into development activities that will be initiated at village level once victory is attained at the forthcoming local government polls.

The Premier reiterates that it is only the United National Party that is able to develop the country in the backdrop of co-existence.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, addressing a rally held in Mannar yesterday emphasized that it is only the United National Party that is able develop the country in a background of co-existence. The premier pledged that the UNP is committed to protecting the Sri Lankan identity.  He promised that by 2025 Sri Lanka will be a country developed in all sectors.  He expressed his confidence that the UNP has the capacity to affirm victory at village level at the forthcoming local government elections.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam points out the lands allocated for cultivation should not be utilized for housing.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam points out the lands allocated for cultivation should not be utilized for housing. The Minister also emphasized the importance of maintaining a balance between cultivation and housing in a developing nation. The Minister made these remarks at a UNP election rally held at Kurunegala yesterday. Addressing the gathering Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam further said the identified suitable cultivation lands should be protected. These lands are important to improve the production of agricultural crops.

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