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The President says plans will be formulated next week to resolve the problems faced by government pensioners.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that plans will be formulated next week to resolve the problems faced by government pensioners. He told a public rally in Haputale that Yesterday his attention had been drawn to these problems raised by pensioners’ associations through newspapers.

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The Prime Minister intends accelerating development in the next two years, while safeguarding the change for good governance.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government intends accelerating development of the country in the next two years, while safeguarding the change it has brought about after assuming office. He was speaking Yesterday at the United National Party Bala Mandala meeting in Maharagama. According to him, no one can deny the fact that a new beginning for good governance has been made.

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Waiting lists for heart and eye surgeries are to be organized to minimize time durations.

Waiting lists at state hospitals countrywide for heart and eye surgeries are to be organized next year to minimize the period a patient has to remain in the waiting list. Health minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says the assistance of private hospitals will be obtained to perform the surgeries, with his Ministry meeting the expenses.

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Minister S B Dissanayaka says a number of top leaders of the Joint Opposition are to join the SLFP again

 

Minister  S B Dissanayaka says many top level politicians who represent the Joint Opposition are now having discussions with the SLFP to join the party again.  Several leaders have already held discussions with the President in this connection.  The Minister said therefore, more changes can take place in the coming few days.  Minister Dissanayaka revealed these facts in today in Kandy after opening the Samurdhi district fair at the urban vehicle park.

Accepting nominations for 248 local government bodies begins tomorrow

Under the second stage placing deposits and accepting nominations for 248 more local government institutions will begin tomorrow. The election secretarial says the deadline for this process is at 12 noon on the 20th of this month. Accepting nominations for these local government bodies will begin tomorrow and will end on Thursday 21st at 12 noon.

The 2nd stage includes 17 Municipal councils, 23 Urban councils and 208 Pradeshiya Sabhas. Accepting nominations for the first stage for the Local Government Polls ended 12.00 noon on Thursday. The election commission says 30 political parties and 49 independent groups have handed over nominations lists to contest 93 local government bodies at the first stage.

Additional Election Commissioner M M Mohammad says about 70 registered political parties will contest the polls and 15.6 million voters have been qualified for voting. The election date is to be declared tomorrow or on the 21st of this month. Meanwhile, a special unit has been set up at the Election Commission in Rajagiriya to accept complaints regarding violations of election rules. Units will be set up at district secretariat levels as well in future

The President says the Christmas is a significant event of to strengthen reconciliation in the country

President Maithripala Sirisena says the Christmas which brings the message of peace and love is an important event to strengthen the reconciliation and co-existence among communities. He stated this participating at a State Christmas ceremony held at the Trincomalee Hindu Cultural Centre last evening. This year’s State Christmas ceremony was organized cantering Trincomalee district with the objective of sharing the deep meaning of Christmas.
The President pointed out that the light of humanity always dawn with Christmas. Everybody has been entrusted the task of helping the poor to uplift their living standards. The peace and reconciliation should be strengthened among nations for the betterment of the future of the country. The President requested the all at this significant event to join hands to build reconciliation among all nations and religions without allowing any room for terrorism again in the country.
He offered his best wishes to all Christian devotees who are ready to celebrate the Christmas. The State Christmas celebration was colourful events with several carols and other items. The President awarded certificates and prizes to the winners who showcase their creations at the 2014 State Christmas ceremony.

Another active member of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna joins the SLFP to support the President

 

Another active member of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Western Province provincial councillor M Athavulaa joins with the President Maithripala Sirisena. He received the Co-organizer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in Negombo. Several members of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna have gathered with Sri Lanka Freedom Party at present.
UPFA MP Sriyani Wijewickrama, who recently defected from the Joint Opposition to the SLFP, was sworn in as the State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government by President Maithripala Sirisena, recently. She will commence her duties on Monday. The Deputy Leader and the chief organizer of the National Freedom Front was also joined with the President recently.

Placing deposits and accepting nominations under the 2nd stage of the Local Government Polls will begin from Monday

Under the second stage placing deposits and accepting nominations for 248 more local government institutions will begin on Monday. The election secretarial says the deadline for this process is at 12 noon on the 20th of this month. Accepting nominations for these local government bodies will begin on Monday the 18th and will end on Thursday 21st at 12 noon.

The 2nd stage includes 17 Municipal councils, 23 Urban councils and 208 Pradeshiya Sabhas. Accepting nominations for the first stage for the Local Government Polls ended 12.00 noon on Thursday. The election commission says 30 political parties and 49 independent groups have handed over nominations lists to contest 93 local government bodies at the first stage. The first stage includes 7 Municipal councils 18 Urban Councils and 68 Pradeshiya Sabhas.


After completion of handing over nominations, the Chairman of the Commission Mahinda Deshapriya will announce the date of the Local Government Polls. He said even though accepting nominations is conducted in two stages, the voting of the polls will be held in a single day.

The project of constructing 18,000 housing units for low income families is in progress

 

Urban Development Advisor of the Housing Development Authority Chandana Liyanaarachchi says that the project of constructing 18,000 housing units of low income families have achieved a vast progress, at present. These houses will be constructed under the theme of “Supasan parisarayak - Suhuru diviyak”, with all facilities.
The value of a house is 3 million rupees. The families should be paid at a concessionary premium of 2800 rupees monthly instalment. The necessary funds for the project will be provided by the Bank of Ceylon and the People’s Bank. He made these remarks participating at a programme of the SLBC this morning

The Asian Development Bank provides loans for the Integrated Road Investment Program and the Jaffna Kilinochchi Water Supply Project.

The Government of Sri Lanka entered into three Loan Agreements worth of 270 million US dollars with the Asian Development Bank for the implementation of two projects, namely the Integrated Road Investment Program and the Jaffna Kilinochchi Water Supply Project.

A loan of 150 million dollars was obtained for the investments required for the 4th Tranche of the Integrated Road Investment Program and two loans worth of 120 million dollars were obtained as additional financing for the ongoing Jaffna-Kilinochchi Water Supply Project.

The Integrated Road Investment Program is being implemented in six Provinces. The Southern, Central, Sabaragamuwa, North Western, North Central Provinces and Kalutara District in Western Province will come under the program which commenced in 2014 with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank. Around 3,108 kilometers of rural access roads and about 248 kilometers of national roads will be improved and maintained under this program.