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The first special high court to hear the investigations of large scale fraud and corruption opens on the 2nd week of July

 

The first special high court to hear the investigations of large scale fraud and corruption opens on the 2nd week of July. Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said Effective steps will be taken to establish the remaining two high courts in near future

The President instructs the relevant officials to implement a special work plan for the benefit of the children of war victims

 

President Maithripala Sirisena instructs the relevant officials to implement a special work plan for the benefit of the children of war victims. 765 children are in orphanage in Kilinochchi district. The officers of orphanage said the parents of these children died during the war time. The president focused its attention on the national work plan to protect the children

The postal workers strike may end today.

Secretary to the Ministry of Post R.M.D.B. Meegasmulla says the trade union action of the postal workers may come to an end today. He told the SLBC that there will be discussion with him and trade union representatives at 3.00 pm today. The Secretary says that at least a period of two weeks is needed to find a lasting solution for the problems of the postal workers. Their demands will be submitted to the relevant ministerial subcommittee and to the Cabinet for approval.

3,850 PT teachers will be recruited to the vacancies in the government schools.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says 3,850 Physical Training teachers will be recruited to the vacancies in the government schools. At a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday the Minister said they will train talented students to win local and international tournaments. The appointments will be made within next three weeks.

The Speaker of Parliament requests all parties to refrain from voicing allegations regarding the bond issue, until all documents are received legitimately through the President's Office.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya has requested all parliamentarians and media units to refrain from voicing allegations regarding the bond issue, until all documents pertaining to the issue are received by him legitimately through the President's Office. He cautions, such allegations could cause a slur to the good name of individuals.
Speaker Jayasooriya observes, when the reputation of the Parliament and its members is tarnished, the adverse effect on the image of the country is not negligible.

All powers pertaining to the distribution of films, vested with the National Film Corporation.

All powers pertaining to the distribution of films have been vested with the National Film Corporation.
For the past 18 years, the distribution of films was handled by 4 companies.
Chairman of the National Film Corporation: Sithendra Senarathne says, upon the recommendations of the experts committee appointed by the President to inquire into the issues faced by the Cinema Industry, Minister Wijedasa Rajapakse has instructed that this decision be implemented urgently.

Mr Senarathne points out, since private companies were involved, cinema hall owners were faced with an unfair competition. As a result, around 400 cinema halls that were spread across the country, have now come down to 177.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court permits the FCID to inspect bank accounts of the Former Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Roadways: H.D Premasiri

The Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court today permitted the FCID to inspect 6 bank accounts of the Former Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Roadways: H.D Premasiri and his family members, in connection with an alleged financial irregularity taken place in the purchase of two ships for the Shipping Corporation, in 2014. It has been identified, the former secretary's daughter and her husband have purchased properties amounting to 57.4 million rupees from 2011 to 2015. A brother-in-law of Mr Premasiri has purchased a hotel in Galle for 20 million rupees. Filing a 'B Report', the police informed the Court that investigations are underway pertaining to three Chinese individuals who are said to be connected with the cash flow of the transaction.

These investigations are being carried out, subsequent to a complaint filed by Parliamentarian Nalin Bandara.

The minister of agriculture says the agriculture will be made a profitable industry

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the agriculture industry will be made a profitable industry by strengthening farmer community. The farmers will be trained with modern technology in order to make more contribution towards national production.  The programme "We eat what we grow" has been implemented to achieve this target. Under the programme short term, middle term and long term plans will be activated. The minister made these remarks in programme over the SLBC this morning.

The Poson week begins on Sunday

The Poson week begins on Sunday.  Many religious programmes will be implemented within this week under the title Let us calm the mind through compassion. Many programmes have been organized in Anuradhapura sacred city and Atamasthanaya, Mihintale and Thanthirimale sacred areas.  Anuradhapura district secretary R.M. Wanninayake told the SLBC that over one million devotees will come to Anuradhapura during the Poson season.  The Poson committee has already finalized the essential services for them. Over 200 Dansals will be conducted by various organisations.

New variety of petrol for motor cycles and three-wheelers

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says new variety of petrol will be introduced for motorcycles and three wheelers. At a ceremony held at the Kolonnawa installation today he said the government had to increase the price of fuel under unavoidable circumstances. However, the government is committed to provide relied to the people in alternative ways. A group of new engineers have been recruited to the petroleum corporation and the appointment letters were distributed among them at this ceremony.