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The President says Sri Lanka is committed to UN policies as a long standing member.

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman said that the UN would continue to extend fullest support to Sri Lanka’s development process and reconciliation. He said this when he called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo today.

The UN Official expressed appreciation over the progress made by Sri Lanka in many areas despite challenges of natural calamities, adverse weather conditions and small groups of political hardliners in the North and South.

The President pointed out that few extreme elements in the North compel the innocent poor people in displacement camps not to accept land and houses offered to them by the government and to demand lands from other areas. Similarly some political opportunists in the South level baseless allegations against the government.

But the government is determined to implement its programmes for reconciliation and development, the President said. The strengthening of democratic institutions and enhancing strategic communication to make people aware of progressive development activities of the government were also discussed during the meeting.


The President said Sri Lanka is committed to the United Nations Charter as a long standing member nation. Mr. Feltmen expressed appreciation over Sri Lanka’s contribution to the United Nations in the past and assured continuous support. He also referred to the Sri Lanka’s contribution to the UN Peace Keeping Force. The President urged the UN to increase the intake of Sri Lankan soldiers to the UN Peace Keeping Force.
This is the Under-Secretary-General’s third visit to Sri Lanka and is a follow up to his 2015 visit after the change of government.

The Prime Minister says the dairy farming sector should be developed to upgrade the rural economy.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says the dairy farming sector should be developed in order to upgrade the rural economy. Joining the Opening ceremony of International Animal Food, Dairy Farming and Animal Health Exhibition at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Center in Colombo today, the Premier said the government has focused special attention to modernize animal husbandry sector. The local liquid milk production should be increased to enhance the livelihood of rural dairy farmers.

The government has implemented several programmes to support small scale dairy farmers. There are about 25,000 cattle-folds in rural areas. There is also a growing demand for curd. The Prime Minister pointed out to provide modern technology and equipment to the small scale dairy farmers, to increase their productions.

The Secretary-General of UN Antonio Guteress commends the Government of Sri Lanka for establishing the Office of Missing Persons a significant milestone for all Sri Lankans searching for sustainable peace.

The Secretary-General of UN Antonio Guteress commends the Government of Sri Lanka for establishing the Office of Missing Persons a significant milestone for all Sri Lankans still searching for the truth about their missing loved ones.
The United Nations stands ready to support this process and the Secretary-General looks forward to the OMP becoming operational as soon as possible, starting with the appointment of independent commissioners.

President reiterates that maximum efforts will be taken to build an agricultural economy with the support of ancient irrigation systems.

President reiterates that maximum efforts will be taken to build an agricultural economy with the support of ancient irrigation systems. The national policy of the government is to establish a self sufficient economy in the country. Accordingly the government has taken effective measures to renovate the dams and tanks.

President Maithripala Sirisena said, 25  tanks in Trincomalee district will be renovated during this year. The process is at the completion stage, President added. President Sirisena made these remarks  at a function  to felicitate the officials who excelled during the national food production programme 2016.

The function was held at historic Kanthale reservoir premises. Addressing the gathering president further said, many programmes including renovating the tanks at district levels, improving the health services, setting up electric fence to protect the masses from elephants and  other environment protection activities  have shown  tremendous improvement in the recent past. The presidential secretariat, has allocated 5000 million rupees for this purpose.

One of the main objective is to renovate  500 small scale tanks in the district.  The ancient irrigation systems will also be utilized for this project. President also vested with the public a renovated tank under the name of Kathale Ganthalawa Unit 12. President also awarded 48 farmers for their excellence performance during the national food production programme 2016.

The minister of finance says that unjustifiable tax burdens born by ordinary people will be removed by the new tax Act.

Finance and mass media minister Mangala Samaraweera says that the unjustifiable tax burdens shouldered by ordinary people is to be removed by the new income tax Act.  The aim of the new Act is to reduce indirect taxes to 60 percent and increasing direct taxes to 40 percent. At the moment, the income generated by indirect taxes are 80 percent and income generated by direct taxes are 20 percent.

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Un Secretary General commends the government of Sri Lanka in establishing missing persons office.

The Secretary-General of UN Antonio Guteress commends the Government of Sri Lanka for establishing the Office of Missing Persons a significant milestone for all Sri Lankans still searching for the truth about their missing loved ones.
The United Nations stands ready to support this process and the Secretary-General looks forward to the OMP becoming operational as soon as possible, starting with the appointment of independent commissioners.

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Another dengue control programme begins focusing on many fields.

The second stage of the Let us begin eradicating dengue national programme jointly organized by a number of media organisations in the country commenced this morning. The programme was telecasted and broadcasted over all television and broadcasting services live. The attention was focused on cleaning public, private premises including factories and places of religious. Spreading of dengue mosquitos can be prevented by cleaning premises and places by every four days.

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The Sri Lanka Public Utilities commission approves the new power generation plan for the next 20 years.

Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka , the electricity sector regulator, granted approval to the alternate Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan 2018- 2037 of the Ceylon Electricity Board’s , with the view of ensuring energy security and continuous supply of electricity in Sri Lanka.

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President signs OMP ACT.

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday signed the Office of the Missing persons Act. The Act was unanimously approved in August 2016, awaiting executive sanction which was granted yesterday.Parliament passed the Act titled “Office of the Mission Persons Act No. 14 of 2016” for which the objectives include “to provide for the establishment of the Office on Missing Persons; to provide for the searching and tracing of Missing Persons; to provide assistance to relatives of Missing Persons; for the setting up of a database of Missing Persons; for setting out the procedures and guidelines applicable to the powers and functions assigned to the said office; and to provide for all matters which are connected with or incidental to, the implementation of the provisions of this Act”.

President Sirisena tweeted the signing of the Act last evening confirming that he signed the Office of Missing Persons Gazette. This marks another step forward in Sri Lanka’s path to sustained peace.

A medical council for ayrvedict doctors.


Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senarathne reiterates that the ayurvedict medication is also recognized in the international arena like the western medication system. The ayurvedict medication methods have a long history in Sri Lanka. This medication method has been adopted and practiced by common masses since ancient times. Therefore, the Minister emphasized the importance of conducting research on this medication.

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