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Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva says, Sri Lanka has never shied away from taking its fair share of responsibility in the UN system

Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha has said, over the 70 years since Independence, Sri Lanka has never shied away from taking its fair share of responsibility in the UN system. This system has helped Sri Lanka build an image as a moderate, and progressive partner, able to bridge differences and build consensus. He said, in Geneva, Sri Lanka continues to give leadership on a wide range of issues such as disarmament, migration, human rights, health, intellectual property, science and technology and international trade policy.
Ambassador Aryasinha made these observations at a ceremony held to celebrate Sri Lanka's 70th Anniversary of Independence, at the World Intellectual Property Organization .

Special express train for the convenience of Sri Pada pilgrims.

Additional General Manger of Railway Department Wijaya Samarasinghe says new express train will be arranged from Colombo Fort to Hatton for the convenience of the Sri Pada pilgrims. This special train leaves Colombo Fort at 7.30 PM and reach Hatton at 12.45 dawn.

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Israel warns Iran after launching major raids in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country will defend itself "against any attack" after carrying out what appear to be its largest strikes on sites in Syria in decades. He warned that Israel's policy to defend itself against "any attempt to harm our sovereignty" was "absolutely clear". Israel launched raids against Iranian targets after saying it had intercepted an Iranian drone crossing the Syria-Israel border. Iran denies the allegation.

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The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna wins the local government election

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna has won all local government bodies in the districts of Anuradhapura, Puttalam, Gampaha, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Moneragala, Galle, Kurunegala and Matara. The United National Party has secured the local bodies of Colombo, Kandy, Kurunegala, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Hatton, Hambantota, Badulla and Wattala, Negombo, Kolonnawa, Kuliyapitiya, Passara and Lunugala Pradeshiya Sabhas and Panadura urban council. Independent groups supporting the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna have won Thirappane, Maharagama, Mahiyangana local government bodies.

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The newly-elected LG bodies will be convened on March 02nd

The Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government says the newly-elected local government bodies will be convened on March 02nd.  Subject minister Faizer Mustafa will issue the relevant gazette notification in due course. Ministry secretary Kamal Padmasiri says convening the new LG bodies,

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The UNP says it accepts the people's ruling at the election

UNP general secretary Kabir Hashim says his party accepts the people's ruling at the LG polls. In a statement, he describes it as a warning to his party. Mr. Hashim says the party should consider the people's ruling at length and enter an accurate and speedy journey.

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Holding the meetings and processions is totally ban until further notice.

Police media spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera says that conducting motorcades and processions is prohibited today. The violators of this rule will be strictly dealt with. He added that the election was held in a peaceful manner.  He requests the public to enjoy the election results peaceful manner.

The election monitors say that the polls were held in a free and fair manner.

National coordinator of the CMEV Manjula Gajanayake says that this the most free and fair election being held yesterday among the six local government elections held during past 27 years since 1991. He conveyed his gratitude to the all political parties, independent groups,

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The election commission says the results will be issued effectively after solving some practical problems.

Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshpriya issuing a media release says that the reason for the delay of the election results is that the returning officers has to clarify the final results obtained through the fax and telephone calls with the hard copies which obtained from the respective polling centers and divisions.

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Voting for the local government polls to take place from 7.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Voting for the local government polls will take place from 7.00 am to 4.00 pm today. 8,325 councillors will be selected to 340 local government bodies at this poll. The voting will commence at 13,374 polling centers. Over 15.76 million voters are eligible to cast their vote. Chairman of the election commission Mahinda Deshapriya says that the official poll card is not compulsory for voting, if voters have their names in the electoral register.
However, it is compulsory to have a valid identification document to cast the votes. since there is no preferential voting at this election, voters need to only place a 'cross', in the corresponding box, opposite the political party or independent group of choice. No other markings should be made on the ballot paper.
The election commission has emphasised that the use of mobile phones, taking photographs, videos, possessing of arms, smoking and the use of alcohol is completely prohibited at the premises of polling centers.
Meanwhile, over 66 thousand police officers have been deployed in view of the election. Police mobile services have also been deployed covering all polling centers. The police media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara says conducting any sort of election propaganda activity during this period is totally prohibited.

Over 5,500 monitoring officials have been deployed for election monitoring activities.

Executive Director of the PAFFREL Organization Rohana Hettiarachchi says over 5,500 monitoring officials have been deployed for election monitoring activities. 250 mobile monitoring teams have also been deployed. Meanwhile, Executive Director of the CAFE Ranjith Keerthi Thennakoon requests voters to leave the polling booth as soon as possible after casting their vote.

Deputy General Manager of the Ceylon Transport Board T.H.R.T Chandrasiri says more CTB busses have been deployed in rural areas to facilitate transportation in view of the polls. Additional General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways Wijaya Samarasinghe states that all trains will run as usual today.

A National Inquiry Center to investigate complaints on election irregularities is functioning now.

Chairman of the Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya said that a National Inquiry Center to investigate complaints on election irregularities is functioning now. The public can make their complaints to the center, which is in operation from 6 a.m., through telephone and fax numbers.

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Korean unity! - a historic handshake as Pyeongchang Olympics open

The two Koreas marched together and South Korea's President shared a historic handshake with Kim Jong Un's sister, as the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opened in a spirit of intense rapprochement, yesterday. It cemented what has been a rapid improvement in Korean ties. Kim Yo Jong, the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to venture South since the Korean War, forms part of the highest level delegation ever to cross the border. At a glittering ceremony, North and South Korea brought the crowd to its feet, as they entered behind the blue-and-white Korean unification flag. The two Koreas last marched together at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

All preparations have been made for the much awaited Local Government Elections.

All preparations have been made to conduct the much awaited local government elections tomorrow. Ballot boxes and ballot papers will be dispatched with election officials to all polling stations this morning. Voting begins at 7.00 am tomorrow.
Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya, explaining on the method of voting stated that since there is no preferential voting at this election, voters need to only place a 'cross', in the corresponding box, opposite the political party or independent group of choice.
He further stated that it is compulsory for all public officials and employees deployed on election duties to report for their respective duties without fail. Information has surfaced that certain officials scheduled to be deployed on Elections Duty are attempting to keep away from their duties, giving unjustifiable excuses. It has also surfaced that there are attempts to refuse releasing vehicles necessary for the conduct of the election. Mr. Deshapriya points out that in the constitution itself it is stated that all public officials are under obligation to function upon the directive issued by the Elections Commission in order to conduct an election effectively. Those violating this obligation can face a fine of 100,000 rupees or a three year prison sentence or both. He expressed his confidence that all public officials including school principals and teachers will provide their fullest support to make the Local Government Polls a success.

A special programme to eliminate Corporal Punishment meted out to children in all settings.

The National Child Protection Authority has initiated a program to eliminate Corporal Punishment meted out to children in all settings. Chairperson of the Authority, Attorney at Law, Marini De Livera says, the authority hopes to sensitize Principals and Attorney at Law Teachers on the contents of the circular relating to the Right of the Child to Protection from Corporal Punishment. Awareness Raising methods such as street-drama, interactive workshops and discussions will be used to create public opinion on this mode of cruel and degrading form of punishment. The National Child Protection Authority calls on the general public to inform the authority through its 24 hours child-line ‘1929’, if children are being subjected to this type of institutionalized and systematic violence. The recently released Concluding Observations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, highlights the need to combat corporal punishment in the home, in alternative care settings, in penal institutions, as well as in schools.

Indian Prime Minister to embark on a 4-day visit to Palestine, UAE and Oman.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a four-day visit to Palestine, the UAE and Oman, today. Mr Modi will reach Ramallah tomorrow morning, becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine. He will hold delegation-level talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, after which a number of MoUs are expected to be signed. The same day, Mr Modi will travel to Dubai where he will address the 6th World Government Summit, at which India has been extended 'guest of honour' status. On the final leg of his visit, he will attend an Indian Community Event at Muscat in Oman, on Sunday.

Bangladesh ex-Prime Minister guilty of corruption

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to five years in jail for corruption. The verdict was read out in a court in Dhaka, after police used tear gas to disperse thousands of her supporters. The sentence bars her from contesting in the parliamentary polls due this year.

Venerable Professor Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thero bids farewell to the nation.

President Maithripala Sirisena participating at the final rites ceremony of the late Venerable Professor Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thero stated that the Thera made a magnanimous contribution to the Sangha.

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The President conducts an observation of the new bridge constructed across the Kumbukkan Aaru.

The new bridge that was constructed across the Kumbukkan Aaru, came under the observation of President Maithripala Sirisena, today.  The Kumbukkan Aaru flows through the Laksha Uyana village in Polonnaruwa and reaches the Mahaweli River, near the Somaawathee region.

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The Chairman of the Elections Commission has made it compulsory for all officers to report for their respective elections duties without fail.

Information has surfaced that certain officials scheduled to be deployed on Elections Duty are attempting to keep away from their duties, giving unjustifiable excuses. It has also surfaced that there are attempts to refuse releasing vehicles necessary for the conduct of the election.

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A new unit to be established under the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to look into 'family economy'.

A new unit will be established under the Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs, to look into 'family economy'. The unit will look into income and expenses of family units, its effect on the economy and the impact the country's economy has on the economy of the family.

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