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The President's Speech at the inauguration of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament, discussed in Parliament today

The President's Speech at the inauguration of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament was discussed in Parliament today. Commenting on the content of the President's speech, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said, the country is in need of a "scientific model of governance devoid of differences". Joining in the discussion, State Minister: Niroshan Perera pointed out, Sri Lanka which was cornered by the international community during the previous regime,

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The Apparel Industry Suppliers Exhibition, inaugurated at the BMICH today

The Apparel Industry Suppliers Exhibition & Fabric and Accessories Suppliers Exhibition was inaugurated at the BMICH today. Minister Rishad Bathiudeen was the chief guest. Speaking at the event the Minister said, after regaining the GSP Plus our apparel exports increased, and we are now eagerly looking forward to surpass the 5-billion-dolllar Annual Exports Value this year, compared to the 4.8-billion dollars last year.

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Fuel prices will be increased with effect from midnight today

Fuel prices will be increased with effect from midnight today. Accordingly, the new price of Octane 92 Petrol will be 137 rupees per litre, while Octane 95 will be 148 rupees. Auto Diesel and Super Diesel will be increased to 109 and 119 rupees per litre, respectively.

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The newly constructed 437 housing units in Dematagoda will be vested in the public today under the patronage of the President and the Prime Minister.

The newly constructed 437 housing units in Dematagoda will be vested in the public today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. This housing project is implemented under the theme "A life instead of house" by Ministry of Megapolis and western development. These houses will be provided to the low income families selected in Colombo city limits. A mega project to construct 1,500 houses for the low income families is being implemented at present. A sum of 7,496 million rupees has been allocated for this project.

The Amended Judicature bill and two more bills passed in parliament with majority of 67 votes.

The Judicature Amendment Bill to provide for the setting up of a permanent High Court at Bar to expedite cases of large scale corruption and financial crimes was passed in Parliament yesterday with a majority of 67 votes.

One hundred and nineteen members voted in favour of the Bill while 52 members voted against following a division called by Joint Opposition MP Wimal Weerawansa for the Second Reading.

The UNP and SLFP members in the Government, and TNA voted in favour, while JO MPs voted against.

Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala presented amendments to the Bill at the Committee Stage in line with the Supreme Court ruling. A division was not called for the Third Reading and the Bill was passed with Amendments.

Addressing the house Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara says the amended judicature bill is important to expedite the long standing cases and it should not be interpreted as an attempt to pursue revenge politics.

State Minister Eran Wickremarathne reiterates that this amendment is essential to eliminate bribery and corruption practices in the country.

Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranawithana said this legislature will provide a comprehensive environment to take legal action against large scale corruptions.

Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera also spoke on this occasion.

JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said that the people of this country look forward to an effective method to apprehend robbers.

The Supreme Court last month determined that Sections 12 A (1), 12 A (2) and 12 A (7) are inconsistent with the Constitution and need to be either amended or passed with a two thirds majority.

Only six out of the 16 SLFP members, who joined the Opposition on Tuesday, were present at the time of voting and they voted against. Among them were MPs Susil Premajayantha, Lakshman Yapa, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Lakshman Wasantha Perera and Chandima Weerakkody.

The Government amended those sections as advised by the Supreme Court and passed the Bill with a simple majority.

Malaysia election: Opposition scores historic victory

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has scored a historic victory in the country's general election. The election commission said Mr Mahathir's opposition alliance had won 115 seats, over the threshold of 112 seats needed to form a government.Mr Mahathir, 92, defeated the governing Barisan Nasional coalition, which has been in power for more than 60 years.He came out of retirement to take on his former protege, Najib Razak.

A cabinet paper will be presented to motivate farmers for organic cultivation.

Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says, a cabinet paper will be submitted next week in order to promote non-toxic organic cultivation. It has many proposals to motivate local farmers for organic cultivation. They will al be provided with financial assistance be carryout the cultivations. There are about 3800 farmers who are engaged in organic cultivation in Sri Lanka.

The supreme court has ruled out that the national auditing bill is not detrimental to the constitution.

The supreme court has ruled out that the national auditing bill is not detrimental to the constitution.
Speaker Karu Jayasooriya informed the House today regarding the The decision of the Supreme Court.

Parliamentarians praise the speech made by the president at the opening session of the parliament.

Parliamentarians praise the speech made by the president at the opening session of the parliament.
Participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning, Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne said, the President has clearly stated his future plan through this statement. The government will be committed to provide many benefits to the general public in the coming 18 months.

Minister Gayantha Karunathilleka said that the government will implement many development programmes under the guidance of the President.
Minsiter Duminda Dissanayake said, the government will go forward with people's friendly programmes, eliminating bribery and corruption.

Yaal Devi train is among the best train services of the world.

Yaal Devi train is among the best 18 train services of the world. According to the survey reports conducted by the Guardian News Paper in UK the Yaal Devi train has also be considered as one of the  best trains that provide quality service to the commuters. The Yaal Devi Express train service has been first implemented in 1950 . It was restricted Vavuniya for over two decades to terrorist war.

The government pledges a reasonable solution for the SAITM issue

State Minister of Higher Education Mohan Lal Grero says a reasonable solution for the SAITM issue will be brought by the government. Alternative measures have already been taken to solve the issue. The State Minister pointed out that all relevant parties should extend support to have a solution acceptable to all. He made these remarks assuming duties as the new State Minister of Higher Education in his Ministry recently

Serbia - Sri Lanka bilateral relations will be further strengthened

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic called on his Sri Lankan counterpart Thilak Marapona at his Ministry yesterday. Minister Marapona said that the time has come for Sri Lanka to revive its friendship with Serbia.

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300 million rupees has been granted to 49 local government bodies in the Southern Province

Chief Minister of the Southern Province Shan Wijelal De Silva says a sum of 300 million rupees has been granted to 49 local government bodies in the Southern Province. Accordingly, development projects will be implemented in Galle, Matara and Hambantota Municipal Councils and four urban councils and 42 Pradeshiya Sabhas in the three districts.

President’s former Chief of Staff and former State timber Corporation Chairman re-remanded

The President’s former Chief of Staff I. H. K. Mahanama and State Timber Corporation former Chairman P. Dissanayaka who were arrested in the act of accepting a bribe of 20 million were rupees re- remanded till 22 May. Mahanama, the former secretary of the lands ministry, had allegedly asked for a bribe of 540 million rupees from an Indian investor interested in acquiring a state-owned sugar factory.

The rail strike has been called off

The railway trade unions decided to called off the strike which they have planned to start at 12 noon today. President of the Railway Station Masters' Union Janaka Fernando told the SLBC that this decision has been taken as the cabinet has agreed to grant solution to their demands. Accordingly, all the trains will run as scheduled from this afternoon.

Trump pulls US out of Iran deal

US President Donald Trump has announced the US withdrawal from the Obama-era multinational nuclear deal with Iran.
Calling it "decaying and rotten", he said the deal was "an embarrassment" to him. Going against advice from European allies he said, he would re-impose economic sanctions that were waived when the deal was signed in 2015.

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The Judicature Amendment Bill' to be presented in Parliament today

The Judicature Amendment Bill' which is formulated with regard to establishing 'special high courts', will be presented in Parliament today. Speaking at a media briefing held at the Government Information Centre yesterday, Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne said, the citizens of the country voice their displeasure at the government

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The CEB's Mixed Power Generation Plan will be tabled at today's cabinet meeting

The Mixed Power Generation Plan proposed by the Ceylon Electricity Board will be tabled at today's cabinet meeting for approval. Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says, in order to meet the increasing demand for electricity annually, a mixed power generation plan will be prepared every two years and upon cabinet approval will be forwarded to the Public Utilities Commission.

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Railway strike postponed

Convenor of the Railway Operations and Monitoring Officer's Union: Lal Ariyarathne says, the Railway Strike that was due to be launched from midnight yesterday, has been postponed to 12:00 Noon today.

This decision was taken upon the promise given by Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama that the cabinet paper pertaining to settling their salary anomalies, will be tabled at today's cabinet meeting.

The Second Session of the Eighth Parliament was opened by President Maithripala Sirisena, today.

The Second Session of the Eighth Parliament was opened by President Maithripala Sirisena, today. The President then commenced the inaugural speech of the new session. He said, the government within the past three years, fulfilled the task bestowed upon it by the citizens to bring about democracy and create a humane society of responsibility in Sri Lanka. We need to recognize the political pulse of the people. The President pointed out the many progressive steps taken by the government for the betterment of its people. Among these; the 19th amendment to the constitution and the National Pharmaceuticals Act are prominent. The pruning of powers vested in the Executive Presidency without the need for a referendum, is a true victory of the Consensus Government. The Right to Information Act has been defined as the most effective piece of legislation in Asia. 18 Acts significant to the economy were passed in the 8th Parliament. The country was able to regain the GSP Plus concession. Housing projects in the island have expanded rapidly. 300 thousand families were provided houses since 2015. A mixed power generation plan was introduced. 275 thousand families were provided electricity upon the government's budget.

Specifically in the Health Sector, the prices of 48 pharmaceuticals were reduced. Stents for heart patients were provided free and the cost concerning cancer patients was addressed. A wide spread national programme was implemented to curb renal disease.

Vocational and Technical educational opportunities were provided free. The Samurdhi benefits were doubled. The allowance for elders was increased, while the allowance for pregnant mothers was increased up to 2000 rupees. The Mahapola allowance was also raised.

The runway of the Katunayake airport was renovated within a short period. The tourism industry has been boosted to a major source of foreign revenue.

Stringent laws were enforced on banned polythene ad plastic products. A permanent programme has been implemented for waste management.

However, the challenges faced by the country have not ceased. The President pointed out, the development of the country needs to be expedited. Debt needs to be managed and poverty needs to be alleviated. A public service free of corruption and malpractice needs to be established. He pointed out, the transitional period will be difficult.

Any country has its targets. The present government was created with the intention of achieving many necessary objectives. President Sirisena pointed out, we are not in an era where we can test political power. Contentious issues within the consensus government need to cease, since it is the people of the country that suffer. The President pointed out the necessity for the people's representatives to implement a collective agenda.

The Judicature Amended Bill, to be presented in Parliament.

The Judicature Amended Bill which is formulated with regard to establishing 'special high courts', will be presented in Parliament tomorrow. Speaking at a media briefing held at the Government Information Centre today Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne said, the citizens of the country voice their displeasure at the government for the delay in taking legislative action against political killings and mammoth financial fraud committed during the previous regime. He pointed out, it is this the citizens signalled to the government at the Local Government Elections.

Once the proposed legislation is passed the special courts to be established will function under the Chief Justice. Cases that are presently heard at High Courts can also be directed to these new courts. The number of high court judges will also be increased from 75 to 110.

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