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The government's new economic programme, to be launched next week

The new programme to effect speedy economic managerial changes to the country will be carried out via the National Economic Council, next week. The council gathered at the Presidential Secretariat under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday.

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A decision has been taken to maintain the 25 percent women representation unchanged in LG bodies.

Minister Lakashman Kiriella says no decision to reduce the quota for women in LG bodies. Addressing the parliament yesterday he said is has been decided to maintain the 25 percent women representation unchanged in LG bodies.

The government says no price increase for LP gas.

Industry and Commerce Minster Rishard Bathuideen said that no decision has been taken over a possible gas price increase. He explained that though gas companies, Litro and Laugh had requested for a Rs.300 increase in price, Cabinet had decided to go ahead with a gas price formula before instituting any change.

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The Reconciliation Channel of Rupavahini began its transmission

The Reconciliation Channel of Rupavahini began its transmission last evening. President Maithripala Sirisena was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony. Speaking at the occasion Minister of Media Mangala Samaraweera called to mind that to attain independence all ethnic groups regardless of whether they were Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Malay or Burgher got together as one nation. He expressed his confidence that the newly launched channel will be a blessing to foster inter-ethnic reconciliation.

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A new four storied office building of the public service commission will be declared this morning.

A new office building has been constructed for the public service commission. New building located at the Rajamalwatte road in Battaramulla will be declared open by Speaker Karu Jayasooriya this morning. 

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Around 15,000 farmer families are to benefit from the Minipe left bank canal renovation project.

Around 15,000 farmer families are to benefit from the Minipe left bank canal renovation project. Director of the Mahaweli Water Protection and Investment Programme Neil Bandara says the project will help cultivate 7,500 hectares of farmland.

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More hospitals will be given facilities to perform organ transplantations.

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says more hospitals will be given facilities to perform organ transplantations. At present, only Sri Jayawardanepura, Kandy, Peradeniya and Anuradhapura hospitals have the required facilities.

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A six year tea replanting project has been planned for five districts.

A six year tea replanting project has been planned to cover 5,500 hectares of land in the Galle, Matara, Ratnapura, Badulla and Nuwara Eliya districts. The Tea Smallholdings Development Authority says 3,200 tea planting families will benefit from the project. A payment of 675,000 rupees will be made for each hectare that will be replanted with tea.

Over 15,000 farmer families receive benefits under the Minipe Left Bank Canal program

 

Director of the Minipe Mahaweli project, Engineer Neil Bandara says over 15,000 farmer families have received benefits under the Minipe Left Bank Canal program. Under this program, the height of the Minipe dam was increased by 3.5 meters and additional mud sluice gates was also fixed. In addition an electric power system was installed to activate all the sluice gates. The 74 kilometers long left bank canal was totally renovated under this program. This will help to cultivate paddy lands of 7,500 hectares in both Yala and Maha seasons. The Asian Development Bank and the Sri Lankan government has allocated a sum of 28 billion rupees for this project. The project was launched in 2016 and expected to be completed in 2020

There is a considerable decrease of dengue cases

 

National Dengue Control Unit of the Health Department says that there is a considerable decrease of dengue cases at present. Director of the unit Consultant Dr. Hasitha Thisera attributed this development to the intensive programs carried out by the government with the help of the community. Participating a program over the SLBC this morning he said more programs have been planned to conduct this year as well to maintain this situation. He said that more public support is expected for the success of this program