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The Prime Minister says the budget proposal for 2018 will focus on welfare of common masses and development of the nation.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe expressed confidence that debt burden of 3 trillion rupees will be settled within the next two years. The premier made these remarks at a function held Naththandiya yesterday. Addressing the gathering Mr. Wickremasinghe further said the budget proposal for 2018 will focus on welfare of common masses and development of the nation. The premier further said suggestions and proposals will be obtained from the intellectuals and common masses to prepare budget proposals for next year.

The national ceremony of the Grama Shakthi Programme will be held tomorrow at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena.

The national ceremony of the Grama Shakthi Programme which focuses upon the alleviation of poverty, will be held tomorrow at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. Speaking at a media briefing yesterday Presidential secretary Austin Fernando said that the President has given prominence to the Grama Shakthi programme in the process of eradiating poverty. A sum of 600 million rupees will be set aside through the next budget for this project. Out of which 400 million rupees will be spent during this year. Mr. Fernando further said a special work plan will be implemented at divisional secretariat and grama niladrari levels during the next few months. Around 5,000 members representing the Grama Niladhari areas of the country are expected to participate in tomorrow’s function.

Joining the media conference the Secretary to the Ministry of Sports Jayantha Wijerathne said the project on poverty alleviation will be carried out in such a way to strengthen the economy of the country. The project will be implemented with the support of state and private banks.

Minister Faizer Mustafa says the local government election will be conducted based on the decision taken to solve the existing problems on the Amendment Act.

Minister Faizer Mustafa says the local government election will be conducted based on the decision taken to solve the existing problems on the Amendment Act. The Minister made these remarks at a media conference held in Colombo yesterday. Accordingly, it is observed there is a high density of population residing in Ambagamuwa and Nuwara Eliya divisional secretariat areas. Therefore, the cabinet decided to provide a just and fair solution should be provided to these people in terms of local government organizations. The Minister also said that he understood the grievances of the estate people living in these areas. The government decides to conduct all local government elections on one particular day. However, the government does not have any intention to postpone this election. Minister Faizer Mustafa also said the government decides to conduct the local government election in January next year.

The national ceremony of the Grama Shakthi Programme is to be held on Friday.

The national ceremony of the Grama Shakthi Programme which focuses upon the alleviation of poverty, will be held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena, on Friday. Speaking at a media briefing today Presidential secretary Austin Fernando said that the President has given prominence to the Grama Shakthi programme in the process of eradiating poverty. A sum of 600 million rupees will be set aside through the next budget for this project.

The PAFFREL organization requests for the gazette notification regarding the establishment of local government bodies to be released within this week.

The PAFFREL organization has urged the minister of provincial councils and local government to issue the gazette notification regarding the establishment of local government bodies within this week. Director General of the organization Rohana Hettiarachchi says, that there are many important features in the proposed mixed electoral system. The increase in women’s representation and the counting of votes at the polling centres are two of the significant aspects. He further stated that it is the responsibility of all political parties to field suitable candidates for future elections.
National coordinator of the centre for monitoring election violence Manjula Gajayanayake says, that under the new electoral system the cost involved for conducting an election will see a rapid decline. Election violence will also be controlled.

The JVP explains its stance with regard to constitutional reforms.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna explains its stance with regard to the interim report of the steering committee for constitutional reforms. Speaking at a media briefing today  MP  Vijitha Herath stated that the JVP always stood for a unitary state and was against division. He added that the party also holds firm to its stance  that a new constitution is a must for the country. The executive presidency needs to be abolished.  It was an election pledge at the last presidential election. Therefore, it is the government’s responsibility to fulfil the promise.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the SLFP will contest the upcoming election under the UPFA.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says no one can divide the Sri Lanka freedom Party. However, a group of the party members are attempting to promote another political party misusing the wider freedom available within the SLFP. Addressing a media briefing in Colombo today the minister said the party has taken a number of important decision to purify the party with the aim of facing an immediate election. 

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Police have detected a haul of Kerala Ganja worth over 20 million rupees.

The police headquarters say that the police narcotics bureau has detected a haul of Kerala Ganja worth over 20 million rupees in Wattala area yesterday.  The stock was packed in seven boxes and being transported in a van at the time arrest.

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Many proposals will be included in the budget proposal to empower women.

Deputy minister Mrs. Anoma Gamage says the government is keen on empowering women.  Allocating 25 percent of representation in election for women is the initiation of this empowerment move. She made these remarks participating in a programme of the SLBC this morning. 

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State Minister Mohan Lal Grero says that medical students have become pawns of disruptive political parties.

State Minister Mohan Lal Grero says that medical students have become pawns of disruptive political parties. He pointed out in Parliament today that the government has taken steps to resolve the SAITM issue and that demanding the closure of SAITM is only a one-sided solution.  He further stated that the government has taken many measures to resolve this issue. New medical faculties have also been implemented in state universities. The enrolment of students to the SAITM has been temporarily suspended.  Action has been taken to determine the minimum standards for private medical education in the country.

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