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Malaysian PM’s Sri Lankan visit begins today

 

Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from today to Tuesday. The visit, at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, is of special significance in the context of the growing bilateral partnership between the two countries.
During the visit, the Malaysian Prime Minister will be received at the Presidential Secretariat tomorrow morning with an official guard of honour and gun salute. That will be followed by official bilateral discussions between President Maithripala Sirisena and the Malaysian prime Minister.

Three MoUs will be signed in Science, Technology and Innovation covering the areas of Bio-Economy Development Cooperation and Training for Diplomatic Personnel. A special stamp and a first day cover will be released to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations in the presence of the two leaders.

During the meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, discussions are scheduled to focus on economic cooperation and trade and investment between the two countries. The Malaysian Prime Minister will participate in a roundtable meeting with Sri Lankan investors and businessmen as well.

New Chairman has been appointed to the SLBC.

Mr. S.M Farooq has been appointed as the Chairman of the SLBC. He is an Old Boy of the Colombo Royal College and a graduate on International Market at the Hong Kong University. He serves as the Director and the CEO of Pan Asian Power (Pvt) Ltd. He is a leading civil activist and has worked as a board member of the SLBC since last June.

The CTB launches an island-wide programme to facilitate commuters.

The Sri Lanka Transport Board has launched an island-wide programme to facilitate commuters in view of the ongoing railway trade union action. Usually 5700 CTB buses are deployed on a routine basis. However, in view of the present situation one thousand additional buses have been deployed. Due to school children being on vacation 750 school buses and 60 long distance and luxury buses will be deployed to facilitate commuters. Chairman of the Ceylon Transport Board Ramal Siriwardhana states that railway season ticket holders and passengers who have reserved train tickets are able to travel in these buses free of charge.

He added that Students sitting for the GCE ordinary level examination which is due to commence tomorrow are able to travel even in private buses by producing their season ticket.

The President signed the Gazette notification declaring railways as an essential service

 

President Maithripala Sirisena signed the Gazette notification declaring railways as an essential service, under the Essential Public Service Act. Accordingly, the General Manger of the Railways informed that all officials of the Railway should report for duty immediately as their leave will be cancelled.
The employees who do not report for duty will be considered to have vacated their posts following the declaration of the railway service as an essential service. The relevant Gazette notification was presented to the Parliament yesterday by the Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella. He asked the Speaker for a voting on this notification. Accordingly, a sudden voting was held. 127 voted in favour 54 were against it. Eleven were abstained from voting.

Several office trains will be plying to Colombo Fort amidst the ongoing railway trade union action.

The Railway Control Room states that since the railway trade union action is still in force, only a few office trains will be operational this morning. 7 trains from Kandy, Rambukkana, Polgahawela, Maho Junction, Galle, Matara and Awissawella will arrive at the Colombo Fort Railway Station between 08:00 and 09:00 in the morning. Two trains from Chilaw will also arrive during this time period. In addition to the Locomotive Operating Engineers Union, Station Masters and Guards will also be joining the trade union action.

A discussion is now going on to resolve the railway trade union action.

The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation says the Secretary to the Ministry and the General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways are now holding a special discussion with the railway trade unions to resolve the railway strike. The Railway Engineers Association started a strike from midnight yesterday based on a complaint about the recruitment of assistant train drivers outside the regular procedure.
Meanwhile, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva made a request to trade union leaders not to strike considering the inconvenience to the students who will sit for the GCE (O / L) examination. The Minister requests the union leaders to resolve the issue through discussions.
However, local media reported that many commuters have been inconvenienced severely due to the strike this morning.

Stay order on FCID in Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s case has been extended.

The Stay Order issued by the Court of Appeal on the Financial Crimes Investigation Department preventing any action against former Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over the misappropriation of public funds was extended till
December 15. The Court of Appeal earlier issued a stay order in this connection on November 29th up to today.

The Met Department requests the public to be vigilant and alert on the instructions provided by the Met Department.

Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa says that the public should be vigilant regarding the weather until Friday. The Department of Meteorology is on a 24 hour alert. The low pressure area in the south-east Bay of Bengal is likely to develop into a depression within the next 24 hours. He added that what has been issued so far are weather forecast and the public MUST be attentive to updates issued from time to time.

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Water levels of the Kalu Ganga, Ging Ganga and Nilwala Ganga have reach spill level.

The Department of Irrigation warns that water levels of the Kalu Ganga, Ging Ganga and Nilwala Ganga have reached spill level. It further states that those residing in the surrounding areas need to be vigilant as continuous rain could result in floods.

Schools in 4 provinces are closed due to inclement weather conditions.

The Ministry of Education says that Schools in 4 provinces are closed due to inclement weather conditions. Schools in Western, Central, Southern and Uva provinces are closed due to heavy rain and landslide disasters.

The Met Department says the cyclonic condition which affected the island will reduce its severity within the next few hours.


The Disaster Management Center says many districts in the Island have been affected due to a semi cyclonic condition experienced during the last 24 hours. Heavy rains more than 75 millimeters and inclement weather conditions were also experienced in those areas. Some districts faced the risk of landslides, falling of boulders and slippery of the roads. Nuwara Eliya, Rathnapura, Galle, Matale and Badulla districts are severely affected due to this inclement weather conditions. The deputy director of Disaster Management Center Pradeep Kodippili cautioned the general public not to get misled by rumors and wrong information published in social media network. Few placed received more than 100 millimeters of rain. The Disaster Management Center also cautioned the fishing community to keep away from fishing activities for the next 24 hours since the cyclonic condition might affect the coastal areas. The naval forces and fishing folks are advised to be vigilant. The sea will be rough at times.

Meanwhile, many residential areas including main roads in galle district also damaged due to the semi cyclonic condition experienced yesterday. The transport on some of the roads is interrupted due to falling of trees and branches. Our provincial correspondents say that the public transport and some of the railway lines are also affected during this condition. Meanwhile, two fishing boats with 5 fishermen were missing from yesterday in Hikkaduwa. The naval forces are conducting a search operation to find out these boats. The Elpitiya divisional Secretariat area of Galle district faced a landslide threats yesterday. The water level of Ging Ganga has gone up to the spill level. Some of the sluice gates of the reservoirs have been opened due to unexpected increase of the water levels.

The Elkaduwa divisional secretariat area of Matale district and medadumbara divisional secretariat area of Kandy district have also faced landslide threats. The sluice gates of Kothmale reservoir have been opened. Meanwhile, the electricity supply in many areas including Gampaha and Colombo is also interrupted. The Road Development Authority cautions the motorists to be vigilant when driving on highways.

The appeal court issued stay order preventing the arrest of former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse.

The Court of Appeal issued a stay order on the Financial Crimes Investigation Department preventing any action against former Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over public properties following court proceedings today.

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A motion has been submitted to the Court of Appeals requesting for the case pertaining to the Interim Order issued with regard to the delimitation of local government wards to be taken up in court on Thursday.

A special party leaders meeting was held at the parliamentary complex under the patronage of speaker Karu Jayasooriya focusing upon the court interim order pertaining to the forthcoming local government polls. The prime minister, all party heads, the Attorney General and the chairman of the elections commission were present for this meeting. All those gathered unanimously agreed that the local government polls should not be delayed for any undue reason. After extensive discussions they arrived at three decisions.

The 1st decisions was to submit a motion in court requesting for a speedy verdict. The second was to look into the possibility of having the petitions that have lead to the current situation, withdrawn. Failing with, the 3rd solution proposed was to look into the possibility to conduct the election utilizing the delimitation published in the gazette in 2015. The party leaders agreed to focus special attention on these alternatives.

The Attorney General submitted a motion to the Court of Appeals, requesting for the case pertaining to the interim order issued with regard to the gazette notification about the delimitation of local government wards, to be taken up in court next Thursday. Previously the Interim Order was issued to be effective until the 4th of next month.

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board announces the disruption of water supply to several areas in Colombo today

 

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board announced that water supply to several areas in Colombo would be disrupted today due to essential repairs that need to be carried out at the Ambathale Water Treatment Plant.

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Party leaders’ meeting to discuss further delay in polls today.


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday announced in parliament that a party leaders' meeting will be called today to discuss the postponement of Local Government elections following the Appeal Court's Interim Order suspending the operation of the Gazette notification on the Delimitation report. The Speaker was responding to a question raised by UNP MP Heshan Vithanage.

The President leaves for South Korea next week.

President Maithripala Sirisena will undertake a state visit to the Republic of Korea from 28th to 30th November, on the invitation of President Moon Jae-in. This will take place in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea.

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The Premier to leave on an official tour of India tomorrow

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is due to leave the island on an official visit to India tomorrow.

He is due to have bilateral discussions with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi and will also call on the Indian President Ram Nath Kovind during his stay in New Delhi.

He will also participate at the opening ceremony of the 5th Global Conference on Cyberspace to be held in The Aero City in New Delhi.

The vote on the 2nd reading of the budget will be held this afternoon.


The parliament will meet today at 9.30 am for the 6th day on the debate discussion of budget proposals 2018. The vote on the 2nd reading of budget proposals 2018 will be held this afternoon. The committee stage debate on fund allocations for each ministerial subject will commence tomorrow. These debate discussions will be held till 9th of December. These sessions will be held daily from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm. The debate discussions on vote on accounts include fund allocations for Presidential Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Public Services Commission, Parliament, Speaker’s Office, the office of Chief Government Whip and Opposition Leader’s Office.

The National Tsunami Early Warning Center says that there is no tsunami threat to Sri Lanka at present

 
The National Tsunami Early Warning Center says that there is no tsunami threat to Sri Lanka at present. Therefore, the people living near and along the coastal areas around the island need not panic. The Department of Meteorology is continuously monitoring such events and will inform the public in the event of an emergency. 

 

Salaries of the public servants will be increased by 15 percent

 

Minister Vajira Abeywardena says Salaries of the public servants will be increased by 15 percent from next year. According the basic salaries of an Office Assistant will be increased upto 23,600. Basic salaried of the other ranks will also be increased accordingly. The Minister revealed these facts participating in the budget debate in parliament yesterday

Academic studies of the Medical Faculties and clinical activities of all universities will commence tomorrow

 

Academic studies of the Medical Faculties and clinical activities of all universities will commence tomorrow.  Chancellors of the Medical faculties of the universities say that the necessary arrangements have been made for this purpose. Deans of

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