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Minister Sagala Ratnayaka says the challenge of eliminating drug menace is on the Special Task Force.


Minister Sagala Ratnayaka says the challenge of eliminating drug menace from the country has been entrusted to the Special Task Force. Even though there is no threat of terrorism in the country at present, the Special Task Force should be prepared to face the threat of International terrorism. The Minister made these remarks Participating in a celebration at the Katukurunda SFT Training School to mark the 33rd Anniversary of the STF.

Polythene use will be banned from today.

The ban on the use of polythene grocery bags, shopping bags, lunch sheets and polystyrene boxes comes into effect today. Anyone violating this regulation would be fined 10,000 rupees or would have to serve a two-year prison term according to the National Environment Act. Chairman of the Central Environment Authority, Professor Lal Dharmasiri told media this would be decided by a Court of law.

Two new cabinet ministers have been sworn in

Minister Thalatha Athukorala assumed duties as the new minister of Justice this morning. Accepting her appointments she stated that she will be dedicated towards creating an independent judiciary. She further stated that she would look into the reason that cause delays in court proceedings and provide the necessary infrastructure.


Information revealed of a “rice mafia” that has led to a price hike.

Chairman of the Cost of Living Committee  minister Malik Samarawickrema’s attention has been focused upon  the rice mafia  that has resulted  in the increase in the prices of rice. The minister has received information about several government officials who are involved in mafia. Importers of rice together with these officials have been involved in this mafia for a long period of time and have received the assistance of certain politicians  as well as government officials of high rank. The minister  ordered the relevant sections to take necessary measures against this mafia and provide rice to consumers  at a reasonable price.

Veteran Politician A.H.M Aswar has passed away.

Former Parliamentarian A.H.M Aswar has passed away at a private hospital in Colombo this evening. He was 80 years of age at the time of his demise. The body is now lying at No.07 Bhathiya Mawatha Dehiwala. The final rites will be held in Jumma Mosque in Dehiwala tomorrow.

Utilizing foreign aid for the country’s development has gained remarkable growth.


Utilizing of foreign assistance for the country’s development has received a remarkable growth.  Ministry of Finance says 440 million US dollars has used for the development activities in the first quarter of this year. Out of this amount 430 million US dollars received as loans and the rest as direct grants.  The higher amount of aid has given by the China.  


Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapakse has been removed from all cabinet portfolios.

Dr.Wijeyadasa Rajapakse  has been removed from the portfolio of minister of Justice and Buddasasana Affairs. The termination letter was handed over to Dr.Rajapakse at the presidential secretariat today.


The new Income Tax Act before the parliament on Friday.

The new Income Tax Bill before the parliament on Friday. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the objective of the new Income Tax Act is to minimize tax burden over the General public. Addressing a media briefing today the minister said the aim of the bill is reducing indirect taxes while increasing direct taxes of high income earners. According to the new bill, the present indirect taxes of 80 percent will come down to 60 percent while the 20 percent direct tax ratio will go up to 40 percent.

Grade 5 scholarship examination will be held is today.


The Department of Education says that all preparations are in place to conduct the Grade five scholarship examination across 3014 examination centers across the island, including the islets of Delft, Nainathivu, Inalathivu today. 356,728 applicants will sit the examination this year. Among them 562 applicants are students with special needs.


The present unity government completes 2 years in office today.

The present consensual government completes 2 years in office today. Turning a new page in the history of Sri Lanka, the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party jointly form the government after the general election held at 17th of August 2015.


The power generation programme by using garbage in the western province begins tomorrow.

Construction of the first phase of generating power by garbage in the western province will begin tomorrow . Addressing the media chief minister Isura Devapriya said the constructions will begin at the Karadiyana garbage dump under the patronage of the President.  The project has been titled as garbage of the western province for electricity.  The project is to be completed by August 2019.

Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and Yoshita Rajapaksa have been summoned to the CID today.

Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and Yoshita Rajapaksa have been summoned to the CID today. CID sources speaking to the media said they have been summoned with regard to a jeep owned by the Siriliya Saviya Foundation.The jeep was donated to the Foundation by the Red Cross. Summons had been previously sent to the two members of the Rajapaksa family on July 27-28 but both failed to show up citing various health reasons.


A special operational center has been set up at the premises of Special Task Force of Police to obtain information with regard to drug trafficking, organized crimes and other criminal activities.

A special operational center has been set up at the premises of Special Task Force of Police to obtain information with regard to drug trafficking, organized crimes and other criminal activities. This operational unit functions 24 hours around the clock. The hotline numbers are 0112 58 05 18, 
0112 05 85 52 and 0112 08 10 40. In addition to these numbers the people can also communicate the unit by faxing the messages to 0112 08 10 44 or 0112 58 84 99.

Existing Grama Niladhari vacancies will be filled soon.


Deputy Minister Nimal Lansa says that the existing Grama Niladhari vacancies will be filled soon. The results of the relevant Examination have already been sent to the Ministry. The allowances paid to the Acting Grama Niladharies have also been increased. An independent committee has been appointed to solve the problems faced by Grama Niladharies and development officers.


Foreign Minister Ravi Karunayeke resigns.

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunayeke resigns from his portfolio. Making a special statement  in Parliament this afternoon he said that a he took this decision to maintain the respect and the dignity of parliament and the government.

This is a move to protect democratic rule of the consensus government. Minister Karunanayake added that he sacrificed his portfolio to build up appositive and exemplary political tradition in the country. Some conspiring movements are attempting to disrupt the democratic process in the country and to topple the government.He further said that the time will reveal the truth and his innocence.

The construction of the power plant that uses garbage as a fuel begins today.

Construction of two power plants generating electricity using garbage for the first time will begin this morning at Kerawalapitiya. Two private companies have invested a sum of 27 billion rupees for the two projects. Construction will be completed within one and half years. A sanitation garbage dump will also be setup in Aruwakkalu area in Puttalam in line with this project.

The Prime Minister says the profitless Hambantota port project has now been transformed into a profit making venture.

The government aim is to use the state resources at maximum productive level.  The Hambantota port project which has become a white elephant has now been transformed into a profit making venture.  It is a historical gain achieved by the government. The Premier made these remarks answering a question raised by parliamentarian Dr. Nalin Jayathissa in the House today.  The government has nothing to hide in connection with the Hambantota port agreement with China.  It has not been secretly changed. The opposition has been given opportunity to discuss on the conditions of the agreement.  However, the some groups of the opposition disrupted the relevant parliamentary debate on this matter.


116 kilo of Vallapatta with four suspects under custody.

A kilo 116 quantity of vallapatta has been taken in to custody with four suspects at the katunayeka international air port by the sri Lanka customs authorities. The vallapatta consignment is valuated at 12 million rupees. The suspects has attempted to take the consignment to Dubai according to customs spokesman Sunil Jayarathna. He said that the consignment has been confiscated and the suspects have been fined 700 thousand rupees each.

Railway strike is called off.

The Railway engine drivers' strike scheduled to commence midnight has been called off. General Secretary of Railway Engine Drivers' Association V.S. Indika said the strike was called off this afternoon based on the fruitful discussion held with transport minister and Prime Minister's Secretary. Meanwhile, the railway guards plan to strike today. However, the director of Railway Department Wijaya Samarasinghe told SLBC that effective solutions have been provided for the problems faced by railway guards.

Several development projects in the Polonnaruwa district will be vested with the public by the President today.

Several development projects in the Polonnaruwa district will be vested with the public by the President Maithripala Sirisena today. Accordingly, the Meegasweva Rural Health Center, new building of the Hingurakkgoda Zonal Education Office, Welikanda Pradeshiya Sabha Building, Aluthweva Community Building in Polonnaruwa and a building consist of classrooms of the Welikanda Maha Vidyalaya will be declared open.

The President engages in an undeclared visit to Kebethigollewa to find out first hand information on difficulties faced by the people affected by severe drought.


President Maithripala Sirisena undertook an undeclared visit to Kebethigollewa area to find out the difficulties faced by village folk in the area due to severe drought. President was well informed by the rural villagers in the Kahatagollewa village .


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