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Minister Lakshman Kiriella says, it is the government that decides the education policy of the country, but not the students.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella says, it is the government that decides the education policy of the country, but not the students. At the debate adjournment held in the parliament today, the minister said, the university student's inclusion in to the health ministry and  the trade union action of the government medical officers can be considered as contempt of courts.

The students says that  they went to the ministry  for a discussion . The minister questioned them ,as to why they have carried iron bars to the premises. The SAITM has been  initiated under a policy decision taken by the previous regime.  It has allocated a sum of 600 million rupees for this purpose.  Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardhana who  raised voice against SAITM is the persons who has presented the relevant gazette notification on SAITM in that period.

It is the medical council  that has powers on medical education, but not the trade unions. 99 percent of the medical students of 2 medical faculties of two state universities have expressed their willingness to resume lectures at a secret vote. The minister Kiriella further said that, the general public will give proper answer to the members of the GMOA who are on unjust trade union action.

The Jathika Hela Urumaya condemns the dubious behaviour of parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila.

The Jathika Hela Urumaya says they vehemently condemns political behaviour of the parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila.  At press briefing held in Battaramulla today. National organizer of the party Nishanth Warnasinghe says Mr.Gammanpila is a indiscipline and immoral character who often makes hate speeches. Mr.Warnasinghe added that many facts on his dubious character will be revealed in future. He was the one who agitated during the Mahinda Rajapakse's regime to deviate the party from Mahinda's alliance.

The Central Bank forecasts a 5 percent economic growth by the end of this year.

The Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Indrajith Koomaraswamy stated that the condition of the Sri Lankan Economy is in good shape and that the macroeconomic fundamentals are becoming stronger even after unexpected drought and flood affected the economy in the previous month.

He further stated that the economic growth of the country could reach the level of 5 percent by the end of the year. The governor made these remarks at the media briefing of the monthly monetary review for the month of May, held at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
The Gross Domestic Production for the month of May was recorded as 3.8 percent containing 3.2 percent in Agriculture sector, 6.3 percent in the Industrial sector and 3.5 percent in the service sector. The export earnings were increased by 11.9 percent for two consecutive months with 795 million US dollars whereas the import expenditure increased by 9.8 percent.

Tourist arrival was declined by 2.5 percent in the month of May with an income of 209.1 million US dollars comparison to 4.8 percent of the tourist arrival from Jan- May 2017 with an income of 1.5 billion US dollars. The Central Bank further reported that the ongoing Qatar-gulf crisis could also pose a risk to workers remittance as Qatar is a key migrant employee destination of Sri Lanka. The Headline and Core inflation which showed an increasing trend in quarter one of 2017 has moderated in May reporting a percentage of 5.2 from 6.2 in April.

Prime Minister says the government has taken effective measures to establish coexistence and religious harmony among different religious groups.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government has taken effective measures to establish coexistence and religious harmony among different religious groups. The premier yesterday assured the Muslim community that the Sri Lankan Government would continue to respect all religions and work to ensure peace and harmony in the country.

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The President says that, he never blame agitating university students as they act under a cat's paw.

President Maithripala Sirisena says, that a certain section of the society tries to indicate  to the public that government is attempting to curtail the freedom of education while doing injustice to the medical students in the government universities and denying their privileges.

The intended section tries to misguide university students to achieve their objectives. At a function in Lankapura Maha Vidyalaya in Polonnaruwa he said that, he never put the blame on university students because this conspiracy is being operated by an uncivilized political hand.

Every year  more than 250 thousand  students  sit to the advanced level examination in the country. After each examination  nearly 90 thousand are qualified to enter universities ,  but the possibility is  available  only for  nearly 25 thousand, just because of  competition. So,  the government  is taking steps  to provide higher education facilities through   introducing  state universities and high standard private  universities.

But the government never expect to curtail  the free education, the president pointed out.  Annually about 80 thousand Sri Lankan students are migrating to foreign universities for their higher education. They find out funding for their foreign education by mortgaging their poor parents private properties. This is a lamentable reason for him the President pointed out.

The Health minister says, the students who damaged the health ministry received the treatments from government hospitals which comes under his purview.

Health minister Dr.Rajitha Senarathne  condemns  the behaviour of certain section of university students  who entered the ministry premises  yesterday evening. Minister made this observation at a press briefing today. Yesterday was the public day of the ministry  and who visited the ministry  to meet the minister  also condemns the behaviour of so called university students.

All the trade unions who are  attached to the ministry condemns the students action. The ministry has take all the steps to take legal action regarding the violation of law by damaging properties of the ministry.  Minister raised a question whether to consider if it is right to carry out a trade union action, when the country is facing  the menace of dengue.

Police to enforce stringent measures to captivate those who stormed the health ministry yesterday.

Police say that they will take stern action against those who damaged state properties during the agitation conducted by a group of university students yesterday. A special investigation has been launched at the moment. The assessment of the damage is being counted.

Police spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody addressing a media briefing in Colombo this morning said that they are in the process of obtaining CCTV pictures and other evidence in order to recognise the individuals who are responsible. The protesters have infringed the judicial directives too, said the DIG.

New policy in teacher appointments and transfers before the end of the year.

President Maithreepala Sirisena says that a new scheme will be introduced to change the current teacher appointment system and transfer scheme. According to the new policy, any government school should not have an over staff. A circular will be issued from the education ministry to transfer the teachers of overstaffed schools into the understaffed schools.

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Police will take stern action against those who damaged state properties during the agitation conducted by a group of university students yesterday.

Police say that they will take stern action against those who damaged state properties during the agitation conducted by a group of university students yesterday. A special investigation has been launched at the moment. The assessment of the damage is being counted. Police spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody addressing a media briefing in Colombo this morning said that they are in the process of obtaining CCTV pictures and other evidence in order to recognise the individuals who are responsible. The protesters have infringed the judicial directives too, said the DIG.

The general public express their deep dissatisfaction over the strike by the government medical officers.

The 'lightning strike' launched by the government medical officers association last night has caused severe difficulties for the innocent patients visiting outpatient departments of government hospitals. It is reported that a lot of visiting patients to the OPDs' had returned without receiving treatment for their ailments. The patients who took appointments for various clinics have also faced severe difficulties. Our provincial reporter said that the general public has expressed their dissatisfaction over the GMOA strike.

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