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The Prime Minister emphasizes the importance to take the local fruit production activities and related investment promotion activities forward without any obstacles.


Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa emphasized the importance to take the local investment promotion activities forward without any obstacles. The Premier made this remark at a meeting held yesterday at Prime Minister's office with local investors. The Premier instructed the secretary of Finance ministry to reduce the tax on sugar which is used for the production of organic and mixed fruit soft drinks. This move will ease the burden of local fruit drink producers. As a result, the prices of these local fruit drinks can be brought down by 30 percent. This could promote the local fruit drink producers to invest more in the industry.

Parliamentarian Keheliya Rambukwella points out the UNP along with TNA is trying to introduce federal system in the country.

Chief government Whip Minsiter S.B.Dissanayake says, the government led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse is continuing. There is no vacancy to appoint a Prime Minister. During a media briefing at the parliamentary complex yesterday, he said that, the Speaker should maintain the government appointed by the President in Parliament. People in the entire country are expecting, a general election.

The Maha Nayakas of the three sectors have also emphasized it. Minister Dissanayake pointed out that only, a minister with the cabinet approval can submit a financial Motion or an Act in Parliament.

Joining in the Media Briefing parliamentarian Keheliya Rambukwella said that, if there is a conflict between the legislature and the executive, it should be solved by the judiciary. He further said the UNP along with TNA is trying to introduce federal system in the country. The government is prepared to accept the decision of the judiciary.

Ven. Dambara Amila Thera in Litro gas company payroll

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Brexit: Minister resigns over Theresa May's 'naive' deal

A UK minister has resigned saying a row over involvement in the EU's Galileo satellite-navigation system exposes Theresa May's Brexit deal as "naive". The UK had wanted to stay part of Galileo after Brexit, but the EU said it would be banned from the extra-secure elements of the programme. Mrs May confirmed on Friday that the UK was pulling out of the project. Science minister Sam Gyimah said it was "a clarion call" and that any deal with Brussels would be "EU first".(BBC)

The Leader of the House has sent a letter to the Speaker notifying that Parliament sessions held this month were against Standing Orders and the Constitution

The office of the Leader of the House has sent a letter to the Speaker notifying that Parliament sessions held on the 14th, 15th, 16th, 19th, 21st and 23rd of this month were against Standing Orders and the Constitution. A copy of the letter has been sent to the Secretary General of Parliament.  The letter states, the Hansard copies of these sessions cannot be accepted, and calls for the reports not to be published.  The letter has been signed by Leader of the House: Minister Dinesh Gunawardhana, Chief Government Whip: S.B.Dissanayake, and Ministers: Nimal Siripala De Silva, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila, Mahinda Amaraweera, Chamal Rajapakse, and Douglas Devananda.

The Leader of the House says, they did not attend today's parliamentary session because the Speaker is acting against Standing Orders.

Speaking at a media briefing held at the Parliament Complex this evening, Leader of the House: Minister Dinesh Gunawardhana said, they did not attend today's parliamentary session because the Speaker is acting against Standing Orders. He says, Parliament has not been convened according to Standing Orders and the order paper. He also says, they cannot accept the Parliament as a "Sirikotha Mansion". Joining in the media briefing, Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said, the Speaker has destroyed parliamentary traditions, and said he is not prepared to be part of what he describes as a "hidden agenda of the Speaker".

At another media briefing held at the Prime Minister's Office, Minister Susil Premajayantha said, the United People's Freedom Alliance maintains that a general election needs to be held to solve the crisis that he says has occurred due to the behaviour of the Speaker.

The Commissioner General of Examinations says, action will be taken against school principals who have failed to distribute Admission Cards for students sitting their GCE Ordinary Level Examination

Commissioner General of Examinations: B. Sanath Pujitha says, Admission Cards for students sitting their GCE Ordinary Level Examination which is to begin on the 3rd of next month have been posted, and action will be taken against school principals who have failed to distribute Admission Cards amongst students.
The Commissioner General says, should there be discrepancies in the Admission Card, such as mistakes in candidate's names or subjects, they should be corrected and certified.

Touchdown triumph for NASA's Mars probe

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The US space agency: NASA has landed the new robot 'InSight' on Mars, after a dramatic seven-minute plunge to the surface of the Red Planet.

Confirmation of touchdown came through at 7.53pm GMT.

The 'InSight' probe, aims to study the planet's deep interior, which makes it the only planet - apart from Earth - that has been examined in this way. Scientists want to know how the planet is constructed - from its core to its crust.

InSight is now sitting on a vast, flat plain known as Elysium Planitia, close to the Red Planet's equator. The first picture of this landscape came back very quickly. The image was taken through the translucent lens-cap of a camera positioned on the underside of the lander. The dust kicked up in the descent obscured much of the scene, but it was still possible to make out a small rock, and the sky on the horizon.

The President directs the police to take stern actions to eliminate the underworld.


President Maithripala Sirisena says that the services of the Police department should be strengthened and made efficient service to render more friendly and quality service to the people. He has appreciated the services done by all police officers from top to the bottom level. The President made these remarks while addressing the Senior DIGs and of DIGs at the President's office today. The president pointed out the ability of resolving the problems of the police service through discussions. A new committee will be appointed to solve the issues of the lower grade police officers. The President reviewed the progress of the measures taken to curb the drugs menace in the country. He requested to submit a report of measures taken by police during last few months to control the drug menace. He also requested to submit a report on monthly basis from today in this regard. He stressed the need to control the underworld activities as well.

MP Lakshman Sevevirathna says the previous government was reluctant to recover the bond scam money.

MP Lakshman Sevevirathna says that the some people who argue the decisions of the President have forgotten the incidents in the past three and half years. Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo today he said many have forgotten the Central Bank bond scam. Even after some years after the issue, the government is still unable to recover the money stolen through this scam. Mr. Sevevirathna says that it can be done by adding one clause to the set of laws of the Bribery Commission.  It can be done by adding a clause to accept the evidence taken by the presidential commission appointed to investigate the bond scam. The president has given instructions to add it. MP Lakshman Sevevirathna alleges that the former leader of the house Lakshman Kiriella didn't present it in parliament. He said the government was unable to recover those stolen money due to Mr. Kiriella's actions.

Grama Niladhari Association reveals they will get permanent solutions to their problems.

The Sri Lanka United Grama Niladhari Association says that the new government has agreed to a service minute with a new salary system which will provide to many problems of the grama niladharies. They pointed out that although they were making demands for several years, it was not implemented. They further said that following discussions with Minister Susil Premajayantha, it was agreed to submit a draft cabinet paper to resolve the problem. The Association said that the draft has been sent to the cabinet at present.

A Former Chairman of the National Savings Bank Pradeep Kariyawasam has been given a suspended sentence and a fine.

A Former Chairman of the National Savings Bank Pradeep Kariyawasam was found guilty of purchasing shares of the company for an overvalue using the funds of the National Savings Bank has been given a suspended sentence of five years and imposed a fine of 300,000 rupees by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Court today. A case has been filed against him under four charges.

Russia resists Western calls to free captured Ukrainian ships

Russia resisted international calls today to release three Ukrainian naval ships that its border patrols had fired on and seized near Crimea at the weekend, triggering the most dangerous crisis in years between Moscow and Kiev. With relations still raw after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and its backing for a pro-Moscow insurgency in eastern Ukraine, the incident risks pushing the two countries towards a wider conflict and is likely to renew Western calls for more sanctions on Moscow.

Minister Bandula Gunawardena says, Foreign Direct Investments alone cannot be relied upon to strengthen the financial sector of the country, therefore the government is focusing its attention on uplifting the local producers

Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today, Minister Bandula Gunawardena said, an Investment Promotion 'Vimukthi' Package will be introduced with the intention of uplifting the country's foreign currency reserves. He also says, by this move, the value of the dollar can be brought down to 160 rupees in the first year, and 140 rupees in the 2nd year.

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This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Uva-Wellassa Independence Struggle

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The Suwa-Seriya Emergency Ambulance Service will be operational in the Central Province

The Suwa-Seriya Emergency Ambulance Service will be operational in the Central Province. Thereby, the service is to be functional in the Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Matale districts, from today.

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Several MPs point out the image loss caused to the country during the last regime.

Parliamentarian Indika Anuruddha says that sole solution for the prevailing political crisis is the holding of a general election. Addressing a news conference at the Prime Minister's Office this morning he said that the president has constitutionally appointed the new Government and the Prime minister. If the opposition says that these appointments are not made legally they can go before the Supreme Court.
Mr.Anuruddha also said that, Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe is mis-appropriating public property, while remaining at Temple Trees. He said that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna did not oppose him when the United National Party was putting the country towards destruction.
MP Sanath Nishantha said that, the security of the country has collapsed during the last three and a half years. The previous regime cut fertilizer subsidy and change the provision of school uniforms and the payment of Samurdhi allowances. Duty on wheat flour was changed and the decision has affected the farmers. The milk farmers didn't get a fair price.
The Hambanthota port has been given to a foreign country. MP Sanath Nishantha said that, the central bank was brought under the former prime minister and a foreigner was appointed as the governor of the central bank and a huge bond scam occurred. Information on an assassination attempt on president was revealed and it was prevented after the appointment of the new prime minister

Health authorities commend the public contribution in the dengue control programmes.

The National Dengue Prevention Unit says that there is a considerable decline of dengue patients reported this year up to date compared to the corresponding period last year. 41,349 dengue patients have been reported so far this year. Last year the amount was one hundred thousand and 70. There were 400 deaths reported same period of last year. But the amount this year was 50. Consultant Dr. of the Dengue Prevention Unit Presila Samaraweera says that the public support and contribution for the dengue prevention is commendable. The dengue mosquito density in the schools and public places are still high. She said that awareness programmes are being conducted these days through public health inspectors. Measures have been taken to conduct mosquito prevention programmes in the schools and vicinity before the commencement of the GCE Ordinary Level examination.

Exporters say that, ample stocks of essential food items are available in the market.


The Association of Importers and Distributers of Essential Food Items says that ample stocks of essential food items are in the market at present. Media Spokesman of the association Hemaka Fernando says that prices have also slightly decreased. Wholesale price of a kilogram of Sugar is 94 rupees today. A kilogram of Dhal was available at 103 to 104 rupees. Prices of imported potatoes and big onions are also in a reasonable Range. He added that local rice stocks are being brought to the market. Mr. Fernando also says that traders have ordered enough stocks to cater to the demands of the upcoming festive season.

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