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Postal voting will be held today and tomorrow.

Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says, two additional dates have been allocated days to mark postal votes of the LG polls. Marking of postal votes for the officials of the police and election departments was held on Monday. Marking of postal votes of the second stage will commence today and tomorrow.
The officials who missed the first day and the officials who will miss today and tomorrow as well will be able to mark their votes on the first and 2nd of February at the election secretariat and at the relevant district election offices.
Meanwhile, Post Master General Rohana Abeyratne says that majority of official polls cards have been distributed to the voters at present. They will be delivered on next Sunday as a special date of delivery. Distribution of poll cards will be completed on the 3rd of next month. In case of non-delivery, the voters can obtain from the relevant post offices by proving their identity.

Indonesian President Yoko Vidodo will arrive in the island today for two day official visit.

Indonesian President Yoko Vidodo will arrive in the island today for two day official visit. He will be officially welcomed at the presidential secretariat this evening with a guard of honour and a gun salute by the Sri Lanka army.  The two leaders are to sign several memorandums of understandings in this tour.

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The Investigation Team of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, carries out raids to nab offenders mixing kerosene with petrol.

The Investigation Team of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has sealed the fuel pumps and the underground petrol storage tank at the Gamsabha Junction Filling Station, in Nugegoda. The raid was carried out last night, upon a tip received that the Filling Station was selling petrol mixed with Kerosene oil. Petrol samples collected from the raided shed have been sent for laboratory test.

Meanwhile, the team also inspected a fuel bowser transporting furnace oil from Kolonnawa to Colombo Galadari Hotel. Upon testing the fuel samples it was determined that the furnace oil transported was of low quality. It is suspected that during transportation the furnace oil may have been mixed with a low grade oil, as the relevant bowser had not travelled on the assigned route.

Further investigations are being carried out by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation's Investigation Team.

The Singapore Prime Minister arrives in Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong has arrived in the country for a 3 day official visit. He was welcomed by Minister Sagala Rathnayaka at the Bandaranaike International Airport this evening. The Singaporean Premier will be received at the Presidential Secretariat tomorrow with an official guard of honor and gun salute. Later he will hold official bilateral discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena. A Free Trade Agreement between Sri Lanka and Singapore will be signed following bilateral talks.
During the visit, Prime Minister Lee will also meet his Sri Lankan counterpart Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and discuss economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries. The visiting Prime Minister is scheduled to attend a Business Forum in which leading business persons and investors from both Singapore and Sri Lanka will be present. This Official visit of a Singaporean Prime Minister to Sri Lanka takes place after 13 years.

The Supreme Court rejects the petition filed by SLPP over the rejection of Maharagama nomination list.

The Supreme Court rejected the petition filed by Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna against the rejection of their party nomination list for the Maharagama Urban Council this morning.
The case was taken up for hearing today in front of the bench of three judges comprising Priyasath Dep, Buwaneka Aluwihare and Nalin Perera.

The report of the Presidential Commission to inquire into the issuance of Treasury Bonds, released to the internet.

President Maithripala Sirisena issuing a message on his Twitter account said, in a bid to bring to reality his pledge regarding transparency of the investigations concerning the bond issue, the report of the Presidential Commission that inquired into the issuance of the treasury bonds, will be released to the internet. The report can be viewed on www.presidentsoffice.gov.lk.

The police destroys a stock of cocaine in public.

Initial steps were taken at Katunayake in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe to prepare 928 kilograms of cocaine in custody to be destroyed this morning. Then the liquefied cocaine will be destroyed in Puttalam this evening. The Police Headquarters say , this process will be carried out totally echo-friendly manner.

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation launches a new transmission named ‘Election FM’

 

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation will launch a special election transmission named “Election FM”. Listeners can tune in to Election FM on 107.3 and 107.5 megahertz FM. The transmission which will commence tomorrow will be on air until the 8th of next month.

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The Postal Department takes measures to distribute official poll cards and ballot papers for postal voting.

Post Master General Rohana Abeyrathne said that all steps have been taken by the Postal Department for the distribution of sealed packets of official polling cards for the forthcoming local government polls and ballot papers for postal voting. He further stated that ballot papers for postal voting will be received for distribution at the Postal Department on the 11th of this month. Postal voting will be conducted on the 25th and 26th of this month.

Official polling cards will be received for distribution at the Postal Department on the 18th of this month. They will be distributed among voters on Sunday, the 28th of January.

The parliament will meet on Wednesday the 10th for a special discussion.

The parliament will meet at 10.30 am  on Wednesday . Deputy General secretary of the parliament Neil Iddawela told the SLBC that the speaker has convened the parliament in advance in response to a request made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.  The parliament was scheduled to meet on the 23rd of this month.

Election laws further elaborated

Elections commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says that posters, banners and cutouts regarding the forthcoming polls can be published only for the purpose of making the public aware of a political rally. He further stated that there is no other alternative other than to remove illegal propaganda material.  He added that all candidates contesting the forthcoming polls need to declare their assets and liabilities before the 20th of this month. Steps will be taken to close the election offices of candidates who fail to abide by this deadline.

The Foreign Minister of Japan Tharo Kono arrives in Sri Lanka.

The Foreign Minister of Japan Tharo Kono arrived in Sri Lanka, last night. This is the first time a Japanese Foreign Minister will be conducting an official tour of Sri Lanka, after a laps of 15 years. Mr Kono is due to have bilateral discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Sri Lankan counterpart Minister Thilak Marapana.

The hand book pertaining to university admissions for the next academic year, to be released tomorrow.

Secretary to the University Grants Commission Dr. Priyantha Premakumara says that the hand book pertaining to university admissions for the next academic year, will be released tomorrow. Representatives have been appointed island wide from which these hand books can be obtained. Further details regarding these representatives will appear in government newspapers tomorrow. Applying for university entrance should be done online.

Raids against banned Polythene commenced.

Raids on banned polythene have commenced. IN accordance with the extra ordinary gazette notification issued on the 1st of September last year, the import, production and usage  of all products of poly-ethylene, poly-properlyne and related substances, is banned. Raids began centered around the shopping complex at Dam Street and People’s Park in Pettah. Raids were also carried out in Dematagoda.  Officials of the Central Environmental Authority, the Western Provincial Council and the Environmental Police joined in the raids.

24-hour police mobile services will be on patrol to prevent unlawful election propaganda activities.

Police Media Spokesman, Ruwan Gunasekera says that 24-hour mobile services, will be on patrol at police station level, to prevent unlawful election propaganda activities. If necessary, assistance will be sought from the Police Special Task Force, as well. 94 individuals were taken into custody from the 9th of last month, to date, in connection with illegal election propaganda activities.

The Premier says 2018 dawns on us as we recall the victory won in restoring political and social values, in realizing a dream long cherished by the people of this country

 

In his New Year message Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said 2018 dawns on us as we recall the victory won in restoring political and social values, in realizing a dream long cherished by the people of this country. It reminds us that we still have a task ahead - that of consolidating the true meaning of that victory.

The Premier also said when the Government of Good Governance was established, the country was facing a time of social, economic and political decline. Amidst great challenges, we were able to steer forward in restoring economic stability and a process of sustainable development. The premier also thanks everyone who accompanied on the journey of emerging as a country with the highest regard for the principles of democracy and ethics. It is my most sincere hope that you would continue to be with us as we go forward.

A Code of Ethics to be introduced for web journalists.

A Code of Ethics is to be introduced for web journalists. The Professional Web Journalists' Association has taken the initiative for this move. The Code of Ethics will be declared at a ceremony to be held tomorrow with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. The Professional Web Journalists' Association says that this move will assist in bringing about a constructive and a more responsible web media culture.

GCE Advanced Level results released

Results of the GCE Advanced Level Examination have been released. Commissioner General of Examinations Sanath Poojitha says that the results are now available on the official website. Results will be disseminated to Colombo schools from 10.00am today. Schools in outstation areas will receive the results by tomorrow.

According to the information received from examination department, the best results with highest marks for Bio science stream have been obtained by Dilini Sunitha from Matara Sujatha Vidyalaya. Dilani Rasanthika from the same school obtained the best results for commerce stream. Sridharan Ruwankaran from Hartly College, Point Pedro has obtained the best results for Maths stream. Pathberiye Mundawasa thero from Rathnapura Saddharmalankara Piriwena has obtained the best results for the Arts stream.

The President appoints a committee to look into the issues faced by regional media personnel.

President Maithripala Sirisena has requested for a special committee to be appointed to look into issues faced by regional media personnel and the submitter report with necessary recommendations. The committee will comprise the Director General of the Government Information Department, the Commissioner General of Labour and an Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Mass media. The committee is due to submit its reports within 3 months.

G.C.E. A-Level results will be uploaded to the internet in early hours tomorrow.

Commissioner General of Examinations Sanath Pujitha reaffirms the release of G.C.E. A-Level results tomorrow. He told the SLBC that the results will be uploaded to www.goenets.lk website in early hours tomorrow. Results of the Colombo schools will be issued from 10.00 am tomorrow. Result schedules of schools outside Colombo can be obtained from day after tomorrow.

Export of tea to Russia will recommence on Saturday.

The Colombo Tea Traders’ Association says that the export of tea to Russia will recommence on Saturday. According to the Chairman of the Association Anslem Perera, there were no major impacts on the tea industry of Sri Lanka as the temporary ban imposed by Russia was operative for a period of 2 weeks. Tea prepare for Russian market two weeks back is still in stores.

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