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Several roads in Colombo will be closed temporarily due to the rehearsals of Independence day celebrations

The police announced that several roads in Colombo city will be closed from tomorrow to Saturday due to the rehearsals of the 70th Independence Day celebration to be held at the Galle face on the 4th of next month.  Accordingly, from Galle face round-about to old Parliament round-about will be closed completely on these days from 7.00 AM to 12.00 noon.  The police request the public to use alternative roads during this period

Debate on two reports of Bond commission and the commission appointed to investigate serious acts of frauds to be held on 08th of next month

 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the Parliament will be convened on February 8 to debate on the reports of the Bond commission and the commission appointed to investigate serious acts of fraud. He said this decision has been taken due to Ministers engaged in local government polls propaganda activities. He made this statement at a UNP rally held in Deniyaya in Morawaka today. The election propagation activities are to be end on the 7th. The reports on Bond commission debated or not in the Parliament are the major topic in the country currently.

The agreement has been reached to be held this debate on the 19th of next month. Meanwhile, Leader of the JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake stated that he has made a request from the Speaker of Parliament to convene a party leaders meeting to finalize a date to conduct the debate on the reports of the Bond commission and the commission appointed to investigate serious acts of fraud.


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe stated that there is no any fact mentioned in the report against the UNP or him. Necessary advice has already been given to Attorney General to take legal action against culprits. He said there is nothing to hide for him and ready to give opportunities for many days debate in Parliament. The party leaders can decide on the dates.

A programme to donate human organs will be introduced to Sri Lanka

 

Kidney disease specialist of the Sri Jayawardenapura hospital Dr. Chinthana Galahitiyawa says that donation of human organs will be introduced to Sri Lanka. Currently, donations of human organs are being carried out in several countries in the world. 18th of February in each year will be declared as the national day of the persons who donate human organs. This decision has been taken by a team of surgeons at the Sri Jayewardenepura hospital.
A march will be held from the Diyawanna cafeteria complex in Madiwela to the hospital premises on the 18th of February under the patronage of the President and the health minister. The person who wish to donate their organs can be registered. Dr. Galahitiyawa made these remarks participating in a programme of the SLBC this morning.

E-local government programme will be initiated from Monday

E-local government programme will be initiated on Monday.  The people will be able to make their all payments by an electronic card and through all public service in the internet which were earlier paid to the local government institutions.  The ceremony in this regard will be held at the BMICH under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.  Ministers Faizer Mustafa and Harin Fernando will also be participated.

The prime minister says that the UNP is the only party that did not protected offenders and work in transparent manner

 

The prime minister says that the UNP is the only party that did not protect offenders and works in   transparent manner. Addressing a meeting held in Dehiwela area the prime minister further said that ,during the Rajapakse regime several journalists were killed and political freedom was limited.  Political parties were unable to function properly. The venerable bhikkus , artistes , writer were threatened and  the liberty was restricted gradually. The preime minister also stated that the Rajapakse regime so limited freedom of people in order to consolidate its power.

The president pledges the support to the election commission to conduct a free and fair election

 

President Maithripala Sirisena pledges the support to the election commission to conduct free fair election. He says that a special programme has been initiated at electoral division level to prevent mal-practices during the election period. He warns there may be attempts by certain parties to disturb the peaceful atmosphere prevailing the country during the election period.  At a meeting with the heads of media institutions the president said that  he does not approve  act of  bringing university students to the streets by intimating them.

The election commission says that the 2nd stage of marking postal votes concluded successfully

The Additional Election Commissioner M.M.MOhommed says that the 2nd stage of the marking of postal votes during the last two days was successful.  The ballot papers of the government servant who were unable to cast their votes during last two days have been sent to the district election offices.  They can mark their postal votes on the 1st and 2nd of February at these offices.

The President says that it is uncertain what happened to the sum of 90 billion rupees of foreign loans obtained during the Rajapakse regime.

President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka has obtained ten trillion rupees of foreign loans during the ten years of the previous regime. However, only one trillion rupees have been mentioned as assets. There is no document for the rest of nine trillion rupees of loans.

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Minister Vajira Abeyawardena says all necessary arrangements have been made to celebrate the 70th Independence day celebrations in grand scale.

Minister Vajira Abeyawardena says all necessary arrangements have been made to celebrate the 70th Independence day celebrations in grand scale. The National function will be held at Galle face green under the theme of "One Nation". President Maithripala Sirisena will participate as the chief guest.

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A special program to enable payments of the local government bodies through internet cards and to exhibit all important information relating to public service will be launched on Monday.

A special program to make the payments of the local government bodies through internet cards and to exhibit all important information relating to public service will be launched on Monday. The inaugural session will be held on Monday at BMICH under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and with the participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Ministers Faizer mustafa and Harin Fernando will also be present at this occasion.

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The President says that it is uncertain what happened to the sum of 90 billion rupees of foreign loans obtained during the Rajapakse regime.

President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka has obtained ten trillion rupees of foreign loans during the ten years of the previous regime. However, only one trillion rupees have been mentioned as assets. There is no document for the rest of nine trillion rupees of loans. At a discussion held with journalists at the President's House this morning, the President said that the leaders of the previous regime have destroyed a huge sum of money and even a special commission cannot count the amount they have wasted.
The President further said that a major problem in Sri Lanka economy is that the state income is seeped into various sectors through indirect manner. The process of re-export has also become a major problem in the economy. The market for pure Sri Lankan tea has collapsed due to mixing with imported tea and re-exportation. At the retailed market traders make excessive profits causing immense hardships to consumer. In addition, only 50 to 60 percent money allocated for the government institutions by the budget is spent during the year. This is mainly due to improper management .

February 18th of the year has been declared as the national day for the persons who donate human organs.

18th of February in each year will be declared as the national day of the persons who donate human organs. This decision has been taken by a team of surgeons at the Sri Jayewardenepura hospital. At a press briefing held at the hospital premises yesterday they said that a march will be held from the Diyawanna cafeteria complex in Madiwela to the hospital premises on the 189th of February under the patronage of the President and the health minister. A monument in remembrance of the persons who donated organs will also be unveiled by the President. The consultant doctors said that kidneys, liver, Spleen, lungs, heart, intestines and skin of a person who died due to the damages of the brain can be transplanted to other patients. But, organs of such a patients should be removed within three hours of the dead.

Marking postal votes of the LG polls is conducted free and fair manner.

Deputy election commissioner M.M. Mohammed says marking postal votes of the LG polls is conducted free and fair manner.   Today is also a day of postal voting.  The officials who missed the postal voting in the past three days including today will be able to mark their votes on the first and 2nd of February at the election secretariat and at the relevant district election offices.

The President states that the national movement to defeat the 'coalition of VIP robbers' will commence after the 10th of next month.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the national movement to defeat the 'coalition of VIP robbers' will commence after the 10th of next month. He emphasizes that he would gather all progressive forces, to once again defeat all attempts that are being made to bring about corrupt governance. He expressed these views participating at a public rally held at Mount Lavinia yesterday. He further stated that to build the country clean politicians are needed from local government level up to presidency. He warned that should any contestant have the sly intention to engage in corrupt politics, such contestants will be rejected by the citizens at their very first election.

The Prime Minister pledges to take Sri Lanka to the level of a developed country, by 2025.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that the United National Party takes up the challenge to take Sri Lanka to the status of a developed country by 2025. He disclosed this objective participating at a rally held in Badulla yesterday. The premier foresees Badulla and Bandarawela as areas developed through the tourism industry, in the near future. Pointing out that the masses were never satisfied with the economic policies of the defeated Rajapaksa regime, he made it clear that the development activities in Hambantota need to spread to Badulla as well as Moneragala. He requested voters to support the United National Party at the forthcoming local government polls for the development the country has attained to be spread across rural level.

The forthcoming local government polls described as a decisive voter decision as to whether the country is to move forward or plunge back into corruption and violence.

The forthcoming local government polls have been described as a decisive voter decision, as to whether the country is to move forward or plunge back into corruption and violence. Minister of Media, Mangala Samaraweera, reminiscing the completion of three years of the consensus government that came into power through a rainbow revolution that brought about justice to society, points out the many victories the country has obtained. Issuing a statement he however cautioned that there are many more challenges the country needs to surmount in its way forward. He pointed out that the forthcoming local government polls is a deciding factor as to whether we are to build upon the strengths and traditions of democracy or whether we are to tear down all that we have attained so far. It is also a decision on whether we are to enjoy freedom or whether we are to shrink in fear of 'one family' and its various associates. The Minister points out that at this election, voters need to exercise their franchise with a clear mindset and a far-sighted perception. He added that although this election may be viewed as a 'small election' it has the potential to be an impact on future elections.

'Doomsday Clock' moved to just two minutes to 'apocalypse'

Growing concerns about a possible nuclear war and other global threats have pushed forward the symbolic 'Doomsday Clock' by 30 seconds, which now reads as just two minutes before 'midnight'. The clock created by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947, is a 'metaphor' for how close mankind is to destroying the Earth. It is now the closest to the apocalypse, since 1953.
1953 was the year when the US and the Soviet Union tested hydrogen bombs.

A 15-member hockey team and a delegation of 8 inspectors from North Korea, arrive in South Korea

Female ice hockey players and a team of sports officials from North Korea, have arrived in South Korea, to prepare for the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

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Padmaavat row continues as Indian Supreme Court to hear pleas against 3 States and the Karni Sena

The Supreme Court in India today agreed to hear pleas, in order to initiate charges of Contempt of Court, against the governments of Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and members of the 'Karni Sena', for aggravated incidents of violence, in view of the release of the film 'Padmaavat'.

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The Japanese delegation representing its two major Chambers in commerce and industries, meets the President and the Prime Minister.

The Japanese delegation representing two Chambers, met with President Maithripala Sirisena, at the Presidential Secretariat, this morning. The delegation comprises 71 members of two Chambers, which have a history in trade, for over 140 years. They are namely, the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industries and the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

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Two MoUs signed for further financing of the Colombo International Financial City Project

Two MoUs have been signed in order to obtain further financial aid for the Colombo International Financial City Project. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today, Minister Patalee Champika Ranawaka said, the agreements were signed in Beijing, with China Harbour Engineering Company.

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