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The President says the year 2017 will be the year to tackle poverty and have sound economy.


People in Sri Lanka are celebrating the 2017 New Year with great expectation, development and national reconciliation. They are ready to go forward as a prosperous nation with the cooperation of international community. Issuing a message on the dawn of New Year President Maithripala Sirisena has urged unity to overcome global economic challenges in 2017 and made tackling poverty his new year priority.


The nation bids farewell to Former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wcikremanayake

The nation bids farewell to the former Prime Minister Late Rathnasiri Wickremanayake today. Large crowds including the President and the Prime Minister and many politicians paid their last respect to the late leader during the past few days.


Foundation stone for proposed Volkswagen manufacturing plant to be laid on Tuesday

The foundation stone for the proposed Volkswagen manufacturing plant in Sri Lanka will be laid at Mahanugalanda Watta in Labuyaya, Kuliyapitiya on Tuesday evening. President Maithripala Sirisena will grace the occasion as the chief guest. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam will also attend the event.

The funeral of late Mr. Wickremanayake will be held under state patronage.

Former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has passed away at the age of 83. The former PM had been admitted to the ICU of a leading private hospital on December 21. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake was the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from 2000 to 2001 and again from 2005 to 2010. Wickremanayake was educated at the Millewa Primary School, Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Pannipitiya, Hartley College, Point Pedro, and at Ananda College, Colombo.

He later Lincoln's Inn to become a Barrister of Law, but ultimately chose to enter politics rather than appear for the exam. Mr. Wickremanayake returned to Sri Lanka following the demise of his elder brother Munidasa who was in active politics representing the Western Province parliamentary seat of Horana. Mr. Wickremanayake joined the SLFP in 1962 and was a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party for over 60 years.

Body of the late Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayaka will be brought to the Parliament tomorrow. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya requests all parliamentarians to come to the parliament between 10.30 and 11.30 am to pay their last respect. Thereafter, the remains of late Mr. Wickremanayake will be brought to Horana residence. President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant officials to conduct the funeral of the late Prime Minister Wickremanyake under state patronage.

All the defendants of MP Nadaraja Raviraj murder acquitted from charges

The Colombo high court today acquitted all the defendants of the parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj murder case from all charges. The unanimous decision of the Jury was also to acquit them from all charges. The case had been filed against 6 suspects.


GCE A/L results before Jan.12

Commissioner General of Examinations Jayantha Pushpakumara says results of the GCE Advanced Level examination  will be released  before the 12th of next month. Speaking to SLBC he pointed out although the results could have been released earlier the process had delayed due to the tests of the technology examination. The technology examination is being held for the 1st time. Around 30,000 students sat for the examination.

Ravichandran Ashwin being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year

At the ICC Annual Awards today Ravichandran Ashwin became the only third Indian player to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year.

The off-spinner thus became the 12th overall to win the prestigious Trophy

During the voting period, which ran from September 14, 2015 to September 20, 2016, the 30-year-old Ashwin played eight Tests, in which he took 48 wickets and scored 336 runs. He also claimed 27 wickets in 19 T20Is.

Among other awards, South Africa’s wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year. He is the second South Africa player after AB de Villiers (2010, 2014 and 2015) and ninth overall to clinch this award.

Besides, West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite won the ICC T20I Performance of the Year award for his match-winning 34 not out off 10 balls in the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 final against England in Kolkata.

The innings included four consecutive sixes in the final over, which helped the West Indies snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The 24-year-old from Barbados is the first West Indies cricketer to win this award.

Bangladesh fast bowling sensation Mustafizur Rahman was named ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year award. In the period under consideration, Mustafizur played three ODIs and took eight wickets, while he yielded 19 wickets in 10 T20Is. He is the first Bangladesh cricketer to win an annual ICC award.

Afghanistan’s flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad also won the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year after he finished as the leading ODI run-scorer with 699 runs in 16 one-day matches.


Here is the full list of ICC Award 2016 winners:

ICC Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) – Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

ICC Test Cricketer of the Year – Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year – Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – Suzie Bates (New Zealand)

ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year – Suzie Bates (New Zealand)

ICC T20I Performance of the Year – Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies )

ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)

ICC Associate/Affiliate Cricketer of the Year – Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan)

ICC Spirit of Cricket Award – Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)

ICC Umpire of the Year (David Shepherd Trophy) – Marais Erasmus

The postal strike ends.

The trade union action and the workers strike of postal services have been called off at yesterday midnight. Around 1.5 million mails and posts have been pilled up due to the trade union action of the postal workers. The employees of the postal service went on a 48 hour strike putting forward few demands including the immediate rectification on the malpractices of promotion and recruitment procedure of postal services. The government has replied positively and assured to address this issue immediately.

The state Christmas festival will be held on Thursday in Negambo.

The state Christmas festival of this year will be held in Negambo on Thursday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Arch Bishop His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith and a large number of clergy and religious dignitaries will take part in this ceremony.


Evaluation of answer scripts of GCE O-Level examination will be conducted from the 3rd.


Commissioner General of Examinations Jayantha Pushpakumara says evaluation of answer scripts of GCE O-Level examination will be conducted in 2 stages. The first stage will be conducted from the 3rd and 12th of January. The 2nd is from 21st to the 30th of January. About 62,000 staff will be deployed for marking answer scripts. There are about 21 million answer scripts to be marked this year.

President makes an official visit to Malaysia today.

President makes an official visit to Malaysia today. The official visit of the President will be from today to 17th fo this month. Sri Lanka is scheduled to sign several bilateral MOUs with the Malaysian government during this visit.


10 districts have been declared as vulnerable to dengue epidemic. Mosquito eliminating programmes will be underway from tomorrow.


The Health Ministry says a dengue epidemic is reported from 10 districts at present. They are Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Galle, Ratnapura, Kurunegala, Puttlam, Batticaloa, Ampara and Jaffna. The Ministry has decided to conduct Mosquito eliminating programmes from tomorrow.


The third reading of the Budget was passed by majority of 110 votes.

The 3rd reading of the budget 2017 was passed in parliament today by majority of 110 votes. 165 votes were received for the budget while 55 votes against it. Members of the Joint Opposition and the JVP only voted against the budget.

Winding up the Parliament Session today, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says several very important bills will be presented to Parliament next year. Several such bills were passed in the House this year as well. The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the Parliamentarians who supported to pass these bills. The Parliament will meet again on the 9th of January.

Tajikistan President to vist SL on Monday

President of Tajikistan Emomol Rahmom will commence a state visit to Sri Lanka on Monday. The official ceremony to welcome him will be held at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday evening. Tajikistan leader will hold bilateral discussions after meeting the President.

The biggest haul of cocaine of the South Asian region has been made by the police.

The police narcotics bureau has been able to seize the largest haul of cocaine discovered from the South Asian region so far. Accordingly, a haul of over 800 kilo grams of cocaine has been taken into custody from a vessel anchored in the Colombo harbor.


School cut off marks of Grade 5 scholarship exam released

School cut off marks of Grade Five Scholarship Examination have been released. Therefore, the cut off mark for Royal College, Colombo and Visaka Vidyalaya, Colombo is 184 while it is 181 for Dharmaraja Vidyalaya and Mahamaya Girls School in Kandy.


India politician J Jayalalitha dies at 68.

One of India's most influential and colourful politicians, J Jayalalitha, has died at 68. The chief minister of Tamil Nadu state suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died at 11.30 pm local time yesterday, Chennai's Apollo Hospital said.

Thousands of her supporters had gathered to pray for her recovery. Extra police have been deployed in the southern state amid fears of unrest among her supporters. The former film star served as Tamil Nadu chief minister four times. She had been receiving treatment for months.

Jayalalithaa Jayaraman commonly referred to as Amma and Puratchi Thalaivi by members in her party; also called as Jaya or Jayalalitha Jayaram, was an Indian politician and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, in office up to 2016 until her death. Jeyalalitha became the 3rd Chief Minister to die while in office in tamil nadu. Earlier Annathurai died in 1969 while in office. M G R died in 1987 while holding the post of Chief Minister.

Previously she served as Chief Minister from 1991 to 1996, in 2001, from 2002 to 2006 and from 2011 to 2014. She was an actress before her entry into politics and appeared in 140 films which includes Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films. As a leading actress in films from 1961 to 1980, she was considered as one of the most prolific and most versatile actress having appeared in films of different genres and for performing wide variety of characters.She acted most of the films with former Chief Minister late M G R. She was also known for her dancing skills and referred to as the queen of Tamil cinema. She was the general secretary of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and was popularly referred as Puratchi Thalaivi, Thanga Gopuram, Thanga Chillai and Thanga Tharagai by her followers. The cremation of late Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jayaram will be held today in Boyes Garden, Chennai.

Private bus strike called off

General Secretary of All Ceylon Private Bus Owners Federation Anjana Priyanjith says his association has decided to call off the strike after the discussion held with the President. They had engaged in a strike from midnight Thursday.

Private Bus Associations call off their strike.

The All Ceylon Private Bus Owners Federation says the private bus strike which was carried out from Midnight yesterday has been temporarily called off. General Secretary of the Federation Anjana Priyanjith told the SLBC that the President has assured that he will look into their demands. A discussion in this regard will be held with the president at 7.00 am today.


Construction of 'Volkswagen' assembly plant to commence at Kuliyapitiya on 3rd of Jan

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says the foundation stone is to be laid for the proposed assembly plant of renowned German motor company 'Volkswagen' in Sri Lanka at Kuliyapitiya on 3rd of next month. It would generate many direct and indirect job opportunities. Furthermore it will provide the opportunity for the Sri Lankan youth to be educated on motor vehicle manufacturing technology.


Sri Lanka Transport Board is to get 1000 new buses.

The cabinet of ministers approves a proposal to import thousand buses. The proposal was submitted by minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. The government estimates that expenses for renovating old buses mostly equal for the expenses of importing 40 to 46 seater buses. As such the minister of transport has decided to import buses.


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