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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

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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