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3,000 Metric tons of imported rice had been distributed to Lanka Sathosa outlets last week.

Lanka Sathosa Chairman Rohantha Athukorala said that 3,000 Metric tons of imported rice had been distributed to Lanka Sathosa outlets last week.

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Minister Rajitha Senarathne says the government has no intention of depriving the Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s civic rights.

 

Joint Cabinet Spokesman Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says the government has no intention of depriving the Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s civic rights. Addressing a meeting at Health Ministry he said the speculations spreading over the political circles into this effect are only political hoax. The Minister reiterated that the judiciary system in the country totally independent and there is no possibility of interfering with judiciary. He further added the delaying of inquiries against some corruption charges are a dilemma to him. Specially, ‘Mig deal’ by Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the inquiry on Dubai Bank accounts, the assassination of Ruggerite Waseem Thajudeen should be continued uninterruptedly. People have accused the government on small scale corruption charges. Therefore, the responsibility of good governance is in their hands. However, it was his opinion that certain government officials are not falling in line with him.

Prices of rice will be reduced within next few days.

 

Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says prices of rice will be reduced significantly within next few days. At a public rally held in Urubokka area recently the Minister said several countries have come forward to provide rice immediately at lower prices.

Sri Lanka celebrates its 69th independence day today. The main function is at the Galle Face Greens.

The 69th Independence Day celebration will be held this morning on grand manner under the theme of the “National Peace”. The main function will be held at the Galle Face green at 8.00am under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe The President will address the nation at 9.18 am This event is colourful with many cultural events and marches by tri forces, police and the civil defence forces.  21 gun salutes will be conducted by the Sri Lanka Navy at the Galle Face light house premises.  The function   will be broadcast live from 8.00 to 11.00 am by the SLBC. 23 district level celebrations will also be held islandwide.

Members to the Presidential commission investigating Central Bank bond issue appointed.

The members to the presidential commission investigating central bank Bond Issue are appointed. Supreme court judge Kankani Thanthri Chithrasiri, and judge Prasanna Sujeewa Jayawardena and retired deputy auditor general  Kandasamy Velupillai  are those members.

President will appoint a special commission this week to probe into controversial Central Bank bond scam.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will appoint a special president’s commission during this week to probe into controversial Central Bank bond scam. The president made these remarks yesterday in his twitter message.

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake that took place in Papua New Guinea 3 hours ago has no effect in Sri Lanka, local meteorologists said.

 

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake that took place in Papua New Guinea 3 hours ago has no effect in Sri Lanka, local meteorologists said.
The Earthquake has struck 47 kilometres west of Arawa on Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea at a depth of 136 kilometres, the United States Geological Survey says. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said in an advisory that "hazardous tsunami waves are possible" for the next three hours as a result of the earthquake along the coasts of PNG and the Solomon Islands. It wound back an earlier alert that encompassed Nauru, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Vanuatu, Chuuk and Indonesia.

National Film Industry completes 70 years today.

National Film Industry completes 70 years today. Sri Lankan film industry began with the “Kadaunu Poronduwa” creation in 21st of January 1947. Completion of 45 years for the National Film Corporation also falls today.

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The premier meets the Chinese President.

 
The World Economic Forum 2017 was launched in Davos in Switzerland today. Chinese President Xi Jinping said that protectionism should be denounced and free trade should be promoted to enhance global economy. He noted that no one will win the economic war. The future global economic process will benefit all the nations.

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The premier will leave for Davos today.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will leave the island tomorrow to attend the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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New regulations for three wheel drivers.

Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry has gazetted a series of new regulations for three wheel drivers. Accordingly, all passenger three wheelers should be installed with taxi meters and, a receipt should be issued to the customer at the end of the journey.

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The prime minister hails the opportunity to regain GSP-plus, saying it’s a victory to the entire nation.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe hails the opportunity to regain GSP+ tax concession, saying it’s a victory to the entire nation. Issuing a communique, the Prime Minister termed this victory as a result of the dedication of the government in ensuring democracy by protecting rights of the people.

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The European Union has proposed to grant GSP plus to Sri Lanka.

The European Union has proposed to grant GSP plus to Sri Lanka. An announcement made from Brussels has stated this matter.  Sri Lanka had lost  this concession due to negative social and political effects and human rights violation occurred in Sri Lanka during the post war period .

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MP Wimal Weerawansa remanded till 24th of this month.

Former National Freedom Front Leader MP Wimal Weerawansa who arrived before the FCID to make a statement regarding allegations he misused state vehicles during his time as Housing and Engineering Services Minister, was arrested today. The Magistrate Court ordered to police to detain the former Minister Wimal Weerawansa till 24th of this month.
 
Mr. Weerawansa was alleged to have taken 40 state owned vehicles and distributed among his relatives and friends during the previous regime. This has caused a huge loss of more than 90 million rupees to the State Engineering Corporation. The FCID says the former Deputy General Manager of the State Engineering Corporation L.H. Samantha is also arrested along with Wimal Weerawansa today.

Minister Ravi Karunanayake has been selected as the best finance minister in Asia Pacific region.

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has been selected as the Finance Minister of the Year for Asia-Pacific by the prestigious The Banker magazine for his efforts to steer Sri Lanka into a new era of economic reform and a change of mindset. The banker a prestigious international financial publication published in London inter alia select the finance minister of the year who has best managed to stimulate growth and stabilize the economy of their country.

The Banker says Karunanayake secured a 1.5 billion dollars International Monetary Fund loan program that the country needed to avoid a balance of payments crisis, replenish reserves and rebuild confidence among international investors. Sri Lanka’s latest bond issues in the international capital markets suggest Karunanayake has indeed reached his objective.

In 2015, the sovereign issued a 1.5 billion dollars dual-tranche note – its largest since 2007. A year later, it printed a second bond of the same size, with order books of 6.6 billion dollars, despite market volatility after the UK voted to leave the EU. Sri Lanka is also working towards fiscal consolidation. Sri Lanka’s budget deficit has dropped from 7percent when Karunanayake took office in January 2015 to 5.4 percent in 2016 – below the targeted expectations of 5.6 percent

The release of the maiden waters of the Moragahakanda Reservoir is slated to take place on Wednesday.

The release of the maiden waters of the Moragahakanda Reservoir is slated to take place on the 11th of this month. Deputy Minister Anuradha Jayarathne addressing a media briefing held in Colombo today said that more than 94,000 hectares of land will be ploughed under the multipurpose project.

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The launch of the 3rd year in Sustainable Era will be held at the BMICH tomorrow under the patronage of the President.

The main function of the launch of the 3rd year in Sustainable Era will be held at the BMICH tomorrow under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.  Chief Minister of Andra Predesh Dr. Sri Chandrababu Naidu will participate in this function as the Chief Guest. He will arrive in the island this evening and is scheduled to visit the Green University in Homagama tomorrow noon.  He will also conduct a media briefing in Colombo tomorrow evening.

GCE A Level results released

The Examination department says GCE A Level results have been released. The results are now available at www.doenets.lk website. About 300 thousand candidates sat for the exam.

50 Illustrious years in Radio

The new Administrative Building and the modernized Studio Complex of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation will be declared open by President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe in concurrence with the Golden Jubilee of the Corporation at 3.00 PM on  5th (Today) January 2017.

The government says that measures would be taken to reduce the price of rice in the market within the next two weeks.

Minister P. Harrison says that measures would be taken to reduce the price of rice in the market within the next two weeks. At today’s cabinet meeting a discussion was held focusing on controlling the rice prices and import of rice. The minister said at a news conference that a committee chaired by Minister Dr. Sarath

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A national ceremony to declare the government’s sustainable development vision under the title of the beginning of the 3rd year of a sustainable era will be held at BMICH this Sunday.

A national ceremony to declare the government’s sustainable development vision under the title of the beginning of the 3rd year of a sustainable era will be held at BMICH this Sunday. This programme is organized in line with the development drive which was inaugurated yesterday by the President and Prime Minister. The yesterday’s event which was held at Presidential Secretariat focused on the sustainable development of the country.

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