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The government says power supply in the country is normal present.

Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says the power supply in the country is being carried out as usual. The ministry stresses that there will be no room to cause problems for the electricity consumers.  All the power generating plants including thermal and hydro power plants are functioning as usual. There may be small scale power failures in some areas. However, they will be restored  without delay. The Ministry says, that many employees who resorted to the trade union action have now reported for duty.

Minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka says the traffic congestion can be eased by strengthening public transport and the highway network.

The Motor Traffic Ordinance Amendment Act was taken up for debate in parliament today. Presenting the proposal minister Nimal Siripala De Silva stated that the amendment has been tabled in order to incorporate a new regulatory framework that is entwined with modern technology. A clause which focuses upon the mental state of a driver at the issuing of driving licenses has been included in the proposed amendment. A penalty system covering various traffic offences has also been introduced. A classification of Driving licenses is also included.

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The President will address the UN General Assembly today.

President Maithripala Sirisena is due to address the United Nations General Assembly today at 5 pm New York time. The president in his address is hoping to focus upon the challenges faced by the consensus government in the path towards peace and reconciliation.

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The Premier States that the government has no intention to postpone elections

Prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe states that the government has no intention to postpone elections. Party leaders have decided to hold the local government elections in January since it is not feasible to hold an election in November or December due to GCE Ordinary level examination and the Christmas vacation.

Issuing a statement in parliament today, he stated that the election will be held under the new Mixed Electoral System.

Two third’s majority and referendum needed for the passage of the 20th amendment.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya announced  this afternoon that the Supreme Court determines the need of obtaining a two third majority in parliament, together with the people’s approval at a referendum, for the passage of the 20th  amendment to the constitution.

The Motor Traffic Ordinance Amendment Act taken up for debate today.

The Motor Traffic Ordinance Amendment Act was taken up for debate in parliament today. Presenting the proposal minister Nimal Siripala De Silva stated that the amendment has been  tabled in order to incorporate a new regulatory framework that is entwined with modern technology. A clause which focuses upon the mental state of a driver at the issuing of driving licenses has been included in the proposed amendment.

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The President will address the UN General Assembly today.

The General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to commence today on the theme “Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet . President Maithripala Sirisena will address the UN General Assembly this afternoon.

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The 20th amendment was approved by the central provincial council as well.

The amended 20th constitution amendment Bill was passed in the central provincial council today.  40 councilors voted for it while  nine voted against it. Six councilors were not present at the time of voting.  Chief minister Sarath Ekanayake said that as the provincial council provides a greater service to the people the system should be continued with more powers.

Intellectuals stress the need to prepare a new constitution.

Intellectuals stress the need to prepare a new constitution. A series of seminars in this matter has been organized at district level and another seminar was held in Anuradhapura yesterday. Expressing views veteran actor Lucian Bulathsinhala said that a new constitution is essential to address the complex problems faced by the people in the post war society.

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The supreme court has ruled the 20th amendment to the constitution should be passed with two third majority in the parliament and at a referendum.

When parliament met this afternoon  speaker karu Jayasooriya announced that the supreme court  has ruled that  several clauses of the 20th amendment  are inconsistent with several articles of the constitution.  Therefore, supreme court determined the need of having two third majority in parliament  including those who were not present and the people’s approval at a referendum for the passage of the amendment.

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