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Navy apprehends 2 smugglers with 3.7 kilograms of gold in northern seas.

A Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command apprehended 2 smugglers with 3.7 kilograms of gold in the sea area northwest of Kankesanthurai Lighthouse yesterday. The suspects who are residents of Madagal had concealed 37 biscuits of gold, each weighing 100 gram, in the dinghy used for this illegal act.

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Deaths confirmed amid rescue effort after Taiwan earthquake.

A strong earthquake in Taiwan has killed at least two people and injured more than 100 others, officials say. The powerful 6.4-magnitude tremor struck at last midnight about 20kilometers off the island's east coast.

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The president says that strengthening the SLFP means strengthening the political camp committed to enhance the well-being of the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that strengthening Sri Lanka Freedom Party means strengthening the political camp  that has been committed to enhance the well-being of the country.  The president stresses that he will not take revenge from any person , but take stern action against the persons who are responsible for crimes and corruption.

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The Prime Minister says that it is the UNP only that has taken measures against the culprits responsible for corruption.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says  that it is the UNP only that has taken measures against the culprits responsible for corruption. No other political party  has taken legal action against  the corrupted members of their parties.  The UNP led government in future will build up a society free of frauds and corruption. The prime minister made these remarks at a rally held in Kurunegala yesterday.

A team of officials will go to Abu-Dhabi today to conduct further investigations on Udayanga Weeratunga.

Police media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera says that a team of officials will go to Abu-Dhabi today to conduct further investigations regarding the former Sri Lankan Ambassador in Russia Udayanga Weeratunga. Mr.Udayanga was arrested by the police in Dubai recently.

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Propaganda and canvassing of the LG polls end today.

The election propaganda activities will end from midnight today. The final election propaganda rally of the UPFA will be held in Polonnaruwa today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The final rally of the UNP will be held in Grand Pass under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Final rally of Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna has been organized in Kurunegala under the patronage of Mahinda Rajapakse. TheJVP holds its final rally in Maharagama.

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The final report of the Presidential Investigation Committee to inquire into the losses incurred due to the collapse of the Meethotamulla Garbage Mountain, submitted to President Maithripala Sirisena, today.

The final report of the presidential investigation committee to inquire into the damages caused due to the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage mountain, was submitted to president Maithripala Sirisena today. The committee was headed by retired appeals court judge Dr. Chandradasa Nanayakkara. The report details short term as well as long term recommendations, to rectify this issue. It points out the necessity to establish a 'controlling centre' for the disposal and management of waste in the western province. The president upon accepting this report stated that based on the recommendations necessary instructions will be given to the respective ministries in concern.

Meanwhile, the committee report also exposes an unusual increase in payments made to outside entities for the purpose of disposing waste at Meethotamulla, during the years 2015 and 2016. The report points out that the failure on the part of the Colombo Municipal Council to implement a proper strategy for garbage disposal, and the non-implementation of solutions put forward to municipal officials, were the causes that led to the Meethotamulla catastrophe.

The special parliamentary session to debate the Bond Commission report and the report of PRECIFAC, held this morning.

The special parliamentary session to debate the bond commission report and the report of PRECIFAC was held this morning. Speaking at the debate minister Mahinda Amaraweera stated that it is commendable to note that for the first time in history the recommendations of a commission report is being carried out effectively.
Deputy Minister Dr Harsha De Silva stated that the government has taken appropriate action concerning the bond commission report. It proves that the COPE committee report that preceded this report, is accurate. He pointed out that there are some who have not studied these reports, but are promulgating falsehood across the country.
Also joining in the discussion, Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna said, the path has been laid for the total elimination of fraud and corruption from the country. He pointed out that although the country is in the run up for an election, misappropriation of public assets is not even heard of. He emphasized that the Audit Bill should be brought into effect as soon as possible.
Deputy minister Ajith P. Perera joining in the debate, highlighted the fact that through the bond commission report, it has been distinctly proven that the leader of the United National Party has no involvement in the bond scam.

The Chairman of the UNP says, the UNP has implemented a decisive strategy to counter corrupt individuals who take undue advantage of state institutions for their own benefit.

Chairman of the UNP, Minister Malik Samarawickrama says,  functioning within the consensus government, the UNP has implemented a decisive strategy to counter corrupt individuals who take undue advantage of state institutions for their own benefit. He observed that while making the law enforceable, all efforts have been taken to curb fraud and corruption. A classic example to prove this point is the apprehending of the owner and the CEO of Perpetual Treasuries. Issuing a special statement, he also stated that, the UNP is bringing to an end the regime of fraud and corruption that prevailed during the previous administration. Those found guilty will be dealt with by the law.

All schools island-wide will be closed on the 9th of this month, in view of the Local Government Polls.

All schools island-wide will be closed on the 9th of this month, in view of the Local Government Polls. Meanwhile, 19 schools and 2 National Colleges of Education that will be used for the issuance and collecting of ballot boxes, will be closed from tomorrow, until the 9th. All schools and National Colleges of Education will recommence academic activities on the 12th.
The two National Colleges of Education that will be closed are the Paththalagedera National College of Education in Veyangoda and the Pulathisipura National College of Education in Polonnaruwa.
The schools that will be closed for 3 days are
D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo 07
Royal College Colombo
Gnanodaya Maha Vidyalaya Kalutara
St John's Maha Vidyalaya Kalutara
Ranabima Royal College Kandy
Sri Sangamitta Balika National School Matale
Gamini Central College Nuwara Eliya
Southlands College Galle
Suchi National School Hambantota
Central College Jaffna
Hindu College Batticaloa
Vipulananda Tamil Maha Vidyalaya Trincomalee
Maliyadeva Girls' College Kurunegala
Sir John Kothalawala College Kurunegala
Hindu Central College Puttalam
Central College Anuradhapura
Viharamahadevi Girls School Badulla
Royal College Moneragala
and
Swarna Jayanthi Maha Vidyalaya Kegalle

Maldives opposition calls for Indian intervention, as its President imposes Emergency Rule

An exiled former president of the Maldives has urged India to send an envoy, backed by military, to release political detainees, after the Government of Maldives imposed a State Of Emergency and arrested two senior judges. He also urged the United States to block financial transactions of incumbent President Abdulla Yameen's government. The Maldives plunged into crisis last week, after the Supreme Court delivered a shock ruling, quashing terrorism convictions against nine leading opposition figures, including the country’s exiled, first democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed. Having defied the court ruling, incumbent President Abdulla Yameen, ordered security forces to seize control of the court and arrest the chief justice. Since Yameen took power in 2013, his government has faced repeated questions over Freedom of Speech, the Detention of Opponents and the Independence of the Judiciary.

Dow Jones stock index hit by record falls

The White House is "concerned" about the fall on US stock markets after the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 1,175 points. The leading US stock market index closed down 4.6 percent at 24,345.75.

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The President emphasises that as the leader of the entire country he will always dedicate himself for the betterment of all citizens.

President Maithripala Sirisena, participating at a public rally held in Pothuvil yesterday, reiterated his commitment to stand for the betterment of the people of this country, irrespective of petty differences in race or religion. He expressed these views participating at a public rally held in Pothuvil yesterday.

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Free internet facilities will be provided to each village before the end of this year.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said free internet facilities will be provided to each village before the end of this year. The premier made these remarks at an election rally held at Puttalam area yesterday.

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The parliamentary debate on the president's commission report relating to central bank's bond scam and large scale financial fraud will be held today.

The Parliamentary debate on the Bond Commission report and PRECIFAC report will be held at 10.30 a.m., today. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya convened the special sitting on the request of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The debate will possibly continue on another day after the Local Government elections. The two reports were presented in Parliament on January 23.

State entities to be relocated at the Administration Centre in Battaramulla.

Minister of Mega Polis and Western Development Patalie Champika Ranawaka says, except state entities involved in government finances, all others will be transferred to the Administration Centre in Battaramulla. 113 entities have been relocated in the new premises so far.

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The A-B-21 Road from Kankasanthurai to Point Pedro, to be re-opened, today.

President Maithripala Sirisena says, that the A-B-21 road from Kankasanthurai to Point Pedro will be re-opened from today onwards. The road has been closed since the 28th of June 1990. The President announced this move participating at a public rally held in Jaffna today. The reopening of this roadway decreases travel by 50 kilo meters.
He further stated that the release of lands for the displaced has reached 75 percent completion. He said, the remaining tasks in this respect will be completed speedily.
He pointed out that he will bring about development to the citizens of Jaffna without any discrimination. He added that, the citizens of the north and the south voted him into office with the sincere intention of establishing a free and democratic society. He pledged to dedicate himself fully to the task of reconciliation.

Ecuadoreans vote to scrap unlimited presidential terms

Ecuadoreans have voted to scrap unlimited presidential terms, a move which would stop ex-leader Rafael Correa from returning to power. A quick count suggested that 64 percent of the voters supported a constitutional change, which will prevent presidents from holding office for more than two terms. The question was one of the seven questions put before voters in a referendum. The referendum was called by current President Lenin Moreno, who was once Mr Correa's deputy, but is now his staunch opponent. The questions also include a proposal to bar officials convicted of corruption from entering politics.

State entities to be relocated at the Administration Centre in Battaramulla.

Minister of Mega Polis and Western Development Patalie Champika Ranawaka says, except state entities involved in government finances, all others will be transferred to the Administration Centre in Battaramulla. 113 entities have been relocated in the new premises so far. The minister expressed these views participating at a ceremony to unveil the Battaramulla development plan. He added that phase two and three of construction work  at Sethsiri Paaya will commence this year. State entities will be relocated once construction work is completed. Even the President's House, The Presidential secretariat, The Prime Minister's Official residence and the Prime Minister's Office will be relocated in Battaramulla.  The Administration Centre For The Capital will be situated in the Kaduwela municipality. The areas of  Malabe, Athurugiriya and Kotte will be developed under its purview. The task will begin soon funded by Japanese aid. A Multi Faced Transportation Hub will be established and contribution from the private sector in this endeavour is expected.

The President stressed that the culprits who committed mal practices in Sri Lankan and Mihin Lanka airlines will be brought to book soon

The presidential commissions appointed to look into the frauds, corruption and mal practices, committed in the Sri Lankan and Mihin Lanka air lines are now successfully progressing. President Maithripala Sirisena says therefore,  the culprits  who are responsible for the frauds committed in these two institutions  will be punished in the near future.

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Owner and the chief executive officer of the Perpetual Treasuries Limited have been re-remanded until the 16th of this month

The owner of Perpetual Treasuries Limited Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena were re-remanded till February 16 by the Fort Magistrate a short while ago. Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena were produced again before Fort Magistrate earlier today. Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena were arrested by the CID yesterday morning.

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