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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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All arrangements have been finalised for the LG polls.

The election commission says all arrangements have been finalised to conduct the local government polls on Saturday. 8,325 councillors will be selected 340 local government bodies by this poll. The voting will take place at 13,374 polling centers from 7.00 am to 4.00 pm on Saturday.

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An election monitoring group complaints of some election candidates violating laws during the pre-election period.

National convener of the CMEV Manjula Gajanayake says some candidates are illegally carrying out election propaganda campaign during the pre-election period. Such incidents have been reported from Medigiriya, Gampaha, Kadawatha and Bandarawela areas.  He said that the CMEV has made complaints to the election commission regarding these incidents.

The southern development plan will be launched next month.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the southern development plan will be launched next month at a special discussion held on southern development at the Temple trees today. The Premier said  industrialisation is the pillar of the development in the south.  Accordingly, huge industrial zones only second to Colombo will be set up.  Two gigantic tourism zones will be established in Galle and Matara. Sinharaja rain forest area development plan is also a major feature.  The Prime Minister pointed out that a significant development in plantation and agricultural sector will be carried out.

Over 66 thousand police officials will be deployed for the security of the election.

Police media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera about 66 thousand police officers will be deployed for the security of the local government election to be held on Saturday.  In addition, about 600 officers from civil defence department will also be deployed.  They will start duties from Friday.  The police have been instructed to enforce the election law strictly. The violators of rules will be strictly dealt with. The election propaganda campaign will end from midnight today.  The police media spokesman requests the party leaders and members of political parties to adhere to election regulation thoroughly.

The President expresses confidence that the people will take correct action against corruption at the upcoming polls.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the general public may take a correct decision at the LG polls on the 10th for the government's move against corruption.  A clear political vision is essential to build up a country. Mere political characters without proper policy or political ideology are useless for the development of a country.  Such political parties based on charismatic leader have no future.  Their sole aim is to grab power to avoid from being punished for the offences they have committed.   At a election propaganda rally held in Alawwuwa area today the President said the former leader who was twice rejected by the majority of people is attempting again to grab power by deceiving the people through marketing his personal characteristics.  The President further said that he will take immediate action to accelerate development in the Kurunegala district.

The auditor general says the financial discipline was totally ruined during the past regime.

The auditor general H.S. Gamini Wijesinghe says the previous government has obtained large scale foreign debts and some debts have been written off from the books.  At a press briefing held in Colombo he said due to these malpractices the country has faced a severe problem in the finance management.  The former secretary to the ministry of finance has totally ruined the financial discipline in the country.

Bill to end US aid to Pakistan moved in House of Representatives too.

The US House of Representatives joined the Senate yesterday in seeking to end US economic aid to Pakistan while the Trump administration has already suspended military aid. A bill introduced in the House said that non-defence aid to Pakistan should also end and the money set aside for this purpose should be invested in infrastructure

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The President says an uncorrupted political movement will be established in the country after the 10th of this month.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the programme to build up an uncorrupted political movement with the support of the general public will be initiated after the 10th of this month. Addressing an election propaganda rally in Maharagama yesterday

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The police say that stern action will be taken against the persons who enter polling booths under influence of liquor.

The police say that stern actions will be taken against the persons who enter polling booths under influence of liquor. Any person who helps to bring a person under influences liquor will also be punished under the charge of abetting the offence.

35 persons have been killed by railway accidents in the past months of this year.

The Security Division of the Railway Department says about 35 people have been killed by railway accidents during this year. The most recent incident was reported from Angulana area in which four passengers were killed while travelling in foot board. The Railway Department request the commuters to be vigilant in traveling in trains.

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