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The President says the national programme to combat fraud and corruption will take effect within the next two weeks.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the government and SLFP will continue their service to the public with the help of all contestants of the party and allied parties who won the LG polls. The President said that the contestants who both won and lost at the polls will be included in his move to develop local government areas. The President summoned all candidates who emerged victorious under his leadership at the recently concluded Local Government Elections, for a special meeting at the Presidential Residence yesterday. The candidates who won the election from the SLFP, UPFA, CWC, National Congress and EPDP took part in the meeting.

The President further said that the SLFP will be committed to pure politics sans corruption, fraud and malpractices. He stressed the need for all contestants working under him to work collectively to fulfill the aspirations of the general public. They should dedicate themselves to carry forward the government's political and development move as a disciplined political group. He announced that the national movement against fraud and corruption will be launched within the next two weeks. The President appeals to all religious leaders, intellectuals and the international community to support his movement for a genuine and incorrupt political culture.

It has been pointed out that certain media institutions act without a proper understanding of the constitution.


Minister Vajira Abeywardena says it is not proper to promulgate one's personal opinions in society, taking undue advantage of the freedom of expression, while violating the constitution. He pointed out that certain media institutions act without a proper understanding of the constitution. He made these observations participating at a media briefing held at the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration, yesterday. Focussing his attention on the 19th amendment to the constitution the Minister stated that although the President has the power to appoint the premier, he does not have the power to remove the premier. In order to affirm the stability of a national government, it is not possible to dissolve parliament until four years lapse. He pointed out that the stability of the country has been distinctively preserved by the 19th amendment to the constitution.

"Sri Lankan Day 2018" celebrated in the UAE.

More than 25,000 Sri Lankans gathered at Zabeel Park in Dubai on the 9th of this month, to take part in the "Sri Lankan Day 2018", which was the first such event organised in the UAE. This event coincides with the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Sri Lanka’s Consulate General in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The stalls of the local banks such as National Savings Bank, Bank of Ceylon and Commercial Bank added a quintessential commercial flavour to the event, providing much needed services such as opening NRFC and other bank accounts. Free medical camps were also conducted in the park. A blood-donation camp at the venue was the major highlight of the event.

An evening filled with violin music can be experienced at the Kumarathunga Munidasa Studio of the SLBC today.


An evening filled with violin music can be experienced at the Kumarathunga Munidasa Studio of the SLBC at 5.00 pm today. Titled as 'Golden Melodies' it will feature Veteran violinist D.D. Gunasekara. 'Golden Melodies' has been organized by City FM and Radio Sri Lanka.

FBI had been warned about Florida gunman

The FBI has launched an investigation into a warning received about the teenager Nikolas Cruz, who has been accused of carrying out Wednesday's school shooting in Florida. Cruz has been produced before court and charged with murder. With 17 people killed, this is the deadliest US school shooting since 2012. Cruz, who had links with a white supremacist group, reportedly commented on YouTube last year, that he would be a "professional school shooter". A user alerted authorities to the post. However, The FBI has been unable to fully identify the person who posted it.

Cyril Ramaphosa set to become South Africa's President

Cyril Ramaphosa is due to become South Africa's President, after scandal-tainted leader Jacob Zuma resigned. Mr Zuma was under intense pressure from his own ANC Party, which told him to step down or face a No-Confidence Motion in parliament. Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.

A cabinet reshuffle this week.

Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Minister of Health, Nutrition, and Indigenous Medicine, Dr Rajitha Senaratne said today that a reshuffle of the Cabinet of Ministers will take place within this week. Answering questions raised by several media persons at the weekly cabinet news briefing held at the Department of Government Information, the Minister said that both the President and the Prime Minister will continue their services.

Referring to new political trends following the Local Governme

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The Annual Report of the Finance Commission of Sri Lanka, for the year 2016, handed over to the President, today.

The Annual Report of the Finance Commission of Sri Lanka, for the year 2016, was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today.

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The Colombo Fort Magistrate orders the former accountant of the Presidential secretariat, to be further remanded until the 22nd of this month.

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne has ordered the former accountant of the Presidential secretariat, Amarasinghe Lekamge Don Gunarathne to be further remanded until the 22nd of this month. He was taken into custody upon allegations pertaining to irregularities in the purchase of vehicles for the Presidential Secretariat from 2008 to 2015.

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Seven died in a building collapsed in Grandpass

At least 7 persons were killed while another two were wounded after a building collapsed in Grandpass, a short while ago.
Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that a building used for storing tea leaves has collapsed at Dr Britto Babapulle Place in Grandpass, Colombo. The Fire Brigade said that rescue operations are currently being carried out at the scene as more people are suspected to be trapped under the rubble.

A special discussion regarding the committee report of the delimitation of three provincial councils, to take place today.

A special discussion will take place today regarding the committee report pertaining to the delimitation of the Sabaragamuwa, North-central, and Eastern Provincial Councils. The five member committee was headed by its Chairman K. Thavalingam. However, the final report of the committee will not be released today, since the English and Tamil translations have to be completed.

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Co-convenor of the Puravesi Balaya Movement says the government must identify its mistakes and rectify them during the next two years.

Co-convenor of the Puravesi Balaya Movement, Gamini Viyangoda says the government must identify its mistakes and rectify them during the next two years. He points out that the 'political will' of the government has been low.

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Former Deputy Inspector General Prasanna Nanayakkara arrested by the CID in connection with the Lasantha Wickramathunga murder.

Former Deputy Inspector General Prasanna Nanayakkara was arrested today by the Criminal Investigation Department for concealing evidence of the case pertaining the assassination of Sunday Leader Editor-in-Chief, Lasantha Wickrematunge.

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New system to detect speeding vehicles on expressways.

A new system to detect speeding vehicles on expressways, will be functional from today. Thereby speeding drivers can be fined at the exit points.

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A committee will be appointed to take a decision regarding the future of the government.

President Maithripala Sirisena is to appoint a committee to take a decision regarding the future of the government following the results of the local government election.

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Housing ministry will set up 600 model village throughout the country during this year.

Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority Lakvijaya Sagara Palansooriya says that the housing ministry will set up 600 model village throughout the country during this year.

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Puravesi Balaya points out the need for the government to accept its shortcomings and correct them in the next two years.

Puravesi Balaya Organization points out the need for the government to accept its shortcomings and correct them in the next two years. Co-convener of the organization Gamini Viyangoda says that the government has failed to fulfill its pledges given to the public.

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The deadline given to exchange the disfigured currency notes from banks will end 31st of March.

Superintendent of the currency department of the central bank of Sri Lanka Deepa Seneviratne says that the deadline given to exchange the disfigured currency notes from banks will end 31st of March. 

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The President requests the popular support for a comprehensive programme against bribery, corruption, frauds malpractices and waste

 

President Maithripala Sirisena requests the popular support for a comprehensive programme against bribery, corruption, frauds malpractices and waste. President's coordinating secretary Rajitha Kodithuwakku addressing a news conference held in Colombo this morning said that there is a need of a broad and social dialogue on combating these evils and take the country forward prosperous era. He added that there is need of empowering the administrative and legal system. The Presidential secretariat has launched a national programme to achieve this goal and the President's intention is to build a clean country.
Coordinating secretary Anira Amaratunga said that the presidential secretariat invites views and proposals and active participation of the Maha Sangha and other clergies, scholars, professionals who loves the country on this subject.
Two telephone lines 076 46 54 600 or 077 57 70 882 have been reserved for the public to inform about bribery, corruption, frauds malpractices and waste. This information can also be sent to the Presidential secretariat in writing.

150th birth anniversary of late Sir D.B. Jayatilleke commemorated.

The Public Trustees Department together with the relatives of Sir D.B Jayathilaka has organized several programs to mark the 150th anniversary of the late Sir D.B. Jayatilleke. The late Sir D.B Jayatilleke who has rendered a yeomon service for independence struggle of Ceylon entered the legislative council in 1924 and later to the state council. He was the Sri Lankan high commissioner in India at the time of his demise. A floral tribute was held at the Presidential secretariat premises this morning to mark the 150th anniversary of late Sir D.B. Jayatilleke. Speaker Karu Jayasooriya was the chief guest. A statue of the late Sir D.B Jayathilaka will be unveiled by the Speaker tomorrow. An all-night pirith chanting ceremony will be conducted on Thursday. An alms giving for the Maha sangha will take place on Friday.
Professor Wickrema Weerasooriya will deliver the oration

600 model villages will be set up during this year

 

Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority Lak Vijaya Sagara Palansooriya says that the housing ministry will set up 600 model village throughout the country during this year. Participating in the Subarathi programme of the SLBC this morning, he said that lands for this scheme have been identified and the past experience gained in implementing similar programme in the past will be used to make this programme a success.  The chairman also said that under the guidance of the minister Sajith Premadasa, these houses will be allocated for the people who really need shelter,  The programme will cover the north and east and the plantation sector as well.  Housing scheme will also be inaugurated for government servants

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