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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

5 persons have died by a bus accident in Mundalama

The police say that 5 persons have died by the Collison of a bus and a three wheeler at  Mundala in Chillaw Puttlam road this morning.  49  have injured and admitted to Chillaw , Mundalama and PUttlam hospitals.  The  Dead bodies of the victims are now at the Puttlam hospital mortuary.

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation says that there is no fuel shortage in the country.

Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Anoma Gamage says as there is no shortage of the fuel in the country, the public need not have any undue fear. The government is in position of fuel stocks sufficient for three weeks. Speaking to the SLBC, she further stated that a ship carrying 40,000 metric tons of fuel is due to dock at the Colombo Harbour within the next few days. The reason for the rejection of the same quantity of fuel that was received last week was due to the stock not being of accepted standards. She added that steps have also been taken to increase the release of oil at refineries to 750 metric tons per day.

Geetha Kumarasinghe loses her parliamentary seat.

Geetha Kumarasinghe’s appeal against the court of appeal judgement is dismissed by a five member supreme court panel. Accordingly, she is declared not qualified to be an MP because she is a duel citizen.
A similar case proceeded in Australia recently and deputy Prime Minister of Australia had to resign from his post as he held the citizenship of New Zealand simultaneously. Chief of the Australian senate and five parliamentarians also faced the same fate due to this matter.

CEB strike ends

The CEB Workers’ Strike has been called off. The trade union action of the CEB has ended last night. The engineers of all divisions of CEB have decided to call of the strike just after a positive decision taken by the CEB Director Board on the grievances of the employees. A discussion was held between the representatives of the trade union and the minister yesterday. The Ministry of Power and renewable energy said it was agreed to implement the salary increase to the employees from January next year.

Tenders for the 3rd phase of the central expressway will be offered next week.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella says that tenders for the third phase of the Central Expressway have still not been offered. Speaking at a media briefing in parliament today, he stated that the offer will be made next week.  He further stated that fraudulent activity has not taken place when calling for tenders. Compensations higher than the competitive market prices have been granted to residents who lost their lands as a result of this project.

The President will address the UN General Assembly early dawn tomorrow.

President Maithripala Sirisena is due to address the United Nations General Assembly by 4 am tomorrow at Sri Lankan time. The president in his address is hoping to focus upon the challenges faced by the consensus government in the path towards peace and reconciliation.


8 people injured after a building collapses in Habaraduwa.

Colonel Dampath Ratnayake  of disaster management center in Galle said that, after collapsing five storied tourist hotel building 8 people have been injured in Kataluwa Habaraduwa. A number of people  are reported as among the rubbles.


North western provincial minister Sandya Kumara Rajapakse has been removed from his portfolio.

North western provincial minister Sandya Kumara Rajapakse has been removed from his portfolio.

The chief minister of north western province Dharmasiri Dassanayake was given the provincial education portfolio as well. Senior provincial councilor Piyasiri Ramanayake has been appointed as the provincial minister for cooperative sector, sports and women’s affairs.

Earlier Gunadasa Dehigama was holding this ministerial portfolio. Only the Cooperative sector which was under his purview has been taken off and given to Senior provincial councilor Piyasiri Ramanayake

The World Democracy Day

The World Democracy Day falls today. A series of awareness programmes are organised by the Elections Commission to mark this Day. The main objective of this day is to educate the public on the democratic values and voting rights of the common masses. The awareness programmes are organised at district level. In addition to this many other programmes including banner and poster exhibition, street dramas, special lectures and walks are also organised to mark this day.

The new Inland Revenue Act to take effect from the first of April 2018.

The new Inland Revenue Act that was passed in parliament will take effect from the 1st of April next year.  Upon the advice of  Minister Mangala Samaraweera the treasury has decided to enforce the newly passed act from the new tax year commencing April 2018.

Yoshitha Rajapaksa summoned before FCID tomorrow.

Former President’s sun Yoshitha Rajapaksa is to be summoned before FCID tomorrow. He will be questioned of buying land blocks in Maout Lavinia and Rathmalana and how he spent an amount of money in building a luxury house in one of these land blocks.

The Committee report to solve SAITM issue will be handed over to the President tomorrow.


Chairman of the Committee appointed to submit recommendations to solve problems of SAITM, Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva said that the committee report will be handed over to the President Maithripala Sirisena tomorrow. It has been prepared with the views and of Chancellors Medical faculties and all sectors.


The PAFFREL Organization says the court ruling regarding the sil redi case is a step forward in democracy.


Director of the PAFFREL organization Rohana Hettiarachchi states that the court verdict with regard to the distribution of Sil Redi and misuse of public funds during the previous presidential election, is a step forward in democracy.


Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit India

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Assignments Tilak Marapana will visit New Delhi today and tomorrow (8&9). This will be his first overseas visit after assuming office as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Minister Marapana will meet his Indian counterpart, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj otomorrow for discussions on a range of bilateral issues aimed at further strengthening the India-Sri Lanka partnership. The Minister is scheduled to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the same day. He will return to Colombo on10 September.

Prasad Kariyawasam, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and M.A.K. Girihagama, Senior Director General of the South Asia and SAARC Division of the Ministry will accompany the Minister.

Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita found guilty in the “sil redi” probe and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment with fine.

Former Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Anusha Palpita have been found guilty by the Colombo High Court in the ‘Sil Cloth’ case. Palpita and Weeratunga were charged in a case filed alleging that the TRC had spent Rs.600 million to distribute Sil Cloth to the people as part of the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election campaign in 2015. Weeratunga had served as the Chairman of the TRC during this period.


Local government elections to be held at the end of this year or during the 1st few weeks of next year.

Responding to a question raised by MP Dallas Alahapperuma the premier stated that the local government elections will be conducted  at the end of this year failing with  during the 1st few week of next year.

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