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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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Results of the GCE Advanced Level Examination to be released on the 28th of this month.

Commissioner General of Examinations Sanath Pujitha has announced that the results of the GCE Advanced Level Examination will be released on the 28th of this month. 237,943 school candidates sat for the exam this year. The results will be posted to the schools on the 28th and will also be available on the Web Site of the Department of Examinations.

The GCE Ordinary level exam ends today.

Commissioner General of Examinations B. Sanath Pujitha says special attention will be focused on the G.C.E. O-Level students after the completion of the exam. The police have been informed to act against the students who will behave badly after the end of the exam. He added that issuing results of such students may be delayed. Two incidents have been reported from Anuradhapura and Narahenpita areas and actions against two such students have already been taken.

The Commissioner General also requested the students to go home after completing their examination today. He also made a request to the students not to create any problems on the road. The police has been strictly instructed to watch the students closely in this regard. He further said the school administration and the parents also should play a major role in this regard.

Cut-off marks of the Grade-5 Scholarship Examination have been released.

The cut-off marks of the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination, for the admission of students to Grade Six classes, have been released. The cut-off mark for Royal College Colombo is 187. The cut-off mark for Vishakha Vidyalaya is 189. The cut-off mark for Dharmaraja College Kandy and Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala, is 186. To enter Ananda College Colombo, the cut-off mark is 184. For Richmond College, Galle, Nalanda College, Colombo and Rahula College, Matara the cut-off marks are 183, 182 and 181, respectively. 180 is the cut-off mark for D S Senanayake College, St. Sylvester’s College, Kandy and Mahinda Vidyalaya, Galle. The cut-off mark to enter Mahamaya Balika Vidyalaya, Kandy is 186. For Colombo Devi Balika Vidyalaya, the cut-off point is set as 185.

Sathosa brings down the prices of several essential food items, in view of the upcoming festive season.

Thereby the price of a kilo of white rice which was 65 rupees has been brought down to 62 rupees. A kilo of Nadu rice which was sold for 74 rupees will now be sold for 70 rupees. A kilo of Ponni Samba which was priced at 78 rupees will now be sold for 71 rupees.

A kilo of sugar which was sold at 107 rupees will now be priced at 100 rupees. A kilo of Bombay onions has been brought down from 152 rupees to 135 rupees. A kilo of garlic will be sold for 250 rupees.

Canned fish weighing 425 grams was sold for 149 rupees, earlier. The price has been brought down to 127 rupees.

Sathosa outlets will be selling red rice for 73 rupees per kilo. A kilo of Basmathi rice will be sold for 132 rupees.

Consumers can purchase items, without any shortage, from 372 Sathosa outlets spread across the country.

The Malaysian Prime Minister arrived in the island today

 

Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak arrived Sri Lanka today at the Katunayake International Airport. The visit is of special significance in the context of the growing bilateral partnership between the two countries, and in the backdrop of Sri Lanka and Malaysia celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

During the visit, the Malaysian Prime Minister will be received at the Presidential Secretariat tomorrow morning with an official guard of honour and gun salute that will be followed by official bilateral discussions covering a wide range of subjects. Three MoUs will be signed in Science, Technology and Innovation, Bio-Economy Development Cooperation, and Training for Diplomatic Personnel; and a special stamp and a first day cover will be released to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations in the presence of the two leaders.

During the meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, discussions are scheduled to focus on economic cooperation and trade and investment between the two countries. The Malaysian Prime Minister will participate in a roundtable meeting with Sri Lankan investors and businessmen as well.

The visit of Malaysian Prime Minister follows the Official Visit of President Maithripala Sirisena to Malaysia in December 2016.

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