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The period given for re-registration for the Widows and Orphans Pension Scheme, extended by 3 months

The period given for re-registration for the Widows and Orphans Pension Scheme has been extended by 3 months.  Director General of Pensions: Jagath Dias says, more than 300,000 individuals have registered under this scheme so far.  Another 800,000 are yet to be registered. He added, those who have not registered have the opportunity to register on-line

Deputy minister J.C. Alawathuwala says that the government has made significant achievements for the welfare of the people during the past three years.

Deputy Minister J.C. Alawathuwala says that the government has been able to make significant achievements for the benefit of the general public during the past three years. Participating in a programme over the SLBC he said that the government has already initiated a large number of development programmes.  Priority has been given to local contractors in implementing them. The government has also been able to secure the media freedom to its utmost. The deputy minister recalled that many journalists had undergone harassments during the past regime. The present government has been committed to fulfill many aspirations of the public so far.

Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama mediates to solve the problems of vegetable growers.

Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama has mediated to find out market opportunities for the vegetable produce made by the farmers in rural areas. Accordingly,  Keels and cargils food city supermarkets  have come forward to purchase the vegetables from farmers at reasonable prices.  Minister Sarath Amunugama held a special discussion at the president's secretariat recently regarding the problems faced by the vegetable cultivators in rural areas.  The minister instructed the relevant district secretaries and the secretaries to the ministries to provide immediate solution to the problems of the vegetable growers.

President's Chief of Staff is in bribery net while taking bribe of 20 million rupees.


President’s Chief of Staff and State Timber Corporation Chairman were arrested by Bribery Commission officers yesterday evening while accepting a bribe of 20 million rupees from an Indian businessman. This is with regard to a deal in the shares of the Kantale sugar factory. A Bribery Commission official said the suspects had solicited a bribe of 560 million rupees from the businessman but had later agreed to reduce it to 100 million rupees.

The duo had been arrested in the car park of a five star hotel in Colombo while accepting 20 million rupees as an advance payment.

A top official of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption said the present government under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe always gives direction and guidance to nab those involved in bribery and corruption irrespective of status and the above high profile arrests too were possible due to this fact.

The Indian investor is said to have presented a proposal to buy shares and develop the Kantale sugar factory recently. The duo had allegedly solicited the bribe promising to get approval for the businessman’s proposal.

The President has directed relevant authorities to interdict these officials. The President’s media unit in a statement said the President also ordered relevant officials to strictly implement the law with regards to the above suspects without any interference.

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says political instability in the country.


Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says political instability in the country. A group of bankrupted politicians are attempting to destabilize the government by disrupting its development activities. Participating in a religious ceremony held in Dematagoda area yesterday Minister Ranathunga said the President and the Prime Minister will collectively implement strong development move during the next 18 months. Many rural development programmes will also be implemented in the next few months. He stressed that the government is strong enough to complete its full term.

Farmers assured of fertilizer without shortage

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera who assumed duties as the Minister of Agriculture says, he will focus on shifting the Ministry of Agriculture back to the Govijana Mandeeraya. Responding to a question raised by a journ¬alist, when he assumed duties at a ceremony held this morning the Minister said, a complete study will be conducted on the present situation and necessary steps will be taken to shift the premises.

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The Sadaham Charika Special Train which connects the South with the North begins its journey from the Matara Railway Station tomorrow.

The Sadaham Charika Special Train which connects the South with the North begins its journey from the Matara Railway Station at 7.00am tomorrow. The train is due to reach the Kankasanthurai Railway Station by midnight tomorrow.

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The Central Environmental Authority says, the law will be strictly enforced against the production of banned polythene that takes place ignoring the law.

The Central Environmental Authority says, the law will be strictly enforced against the production of banned polythene that takes place disregarding the law. Thereby, raids on banned polythene will continue. A factory in Mattakkuliya that was manufacturing food wrappers using banned plastic was recently raided by investigation officers of the Central Environmental Authority. When the raid was conducted upon a tip received, the investigation officers discovered four machines that were being used to manufacture food wrappers using banned plastic materials.

The “#FightFakeNews” campaign launched, as combatting disinformation is now one of the biggest challenges for journalism’s defenders.

Today is World Press Freedom Day. A forum on media reforms was held at the auditorium of the Sri Lanka Press Council in Narahenpita to mark the day. Senior lecturer of the Media Department of the Sri Jayawardenapura University: M.J.R. David, delivering the inaugural lecture said, though attacks on media personnel have ceased, they have not been fully curbed.

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Sri Lanka is among the foremost countries that prevent HIV transmission from mother to child.

The national sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS prevention movement says that 91 HIV infected persons have been detected during the first quarter of this year.  Director of the Movement Dr. Dilani Rajapakse says that an awareness programme will be conducted throughout the island regarding this AIDS prevention. She also says that the transmission of HIV from mother to child has been brought under control due to the extensive programme conducted by this unit.  Sri Lanka expects to gain certification as a country that has prevented transmission of HIV from mother to Child from the WHO.