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The Prime Minister says the government will develop the country by upgrading export and the service sector

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the government's aim is to develop the country by enhancing export and service sectors. Each city in the country will be developed under a proper plan. The government acquire plan for development projects in transparent manner. The Prime Minister made these remarks at a ceremony held in Boralesgamuwa yesterday to declare open the newly constructed children park for the children of special needs and the walking path. The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development has conducted this development project with the help of the Land Reclamation and Development Board. There are 19 food and trade stalls in this area as well. Joining this occasion Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the good governance rule will provide more relief to the general public. The government officials should also work in responsible manner to achieve the government's targets. He added that such a special children's park will be set up close to the Kottawa interchange of the Southern Express Way. A light railway will be established from Moratuwa to Fort to ease the traffic congestion along the Galle road. It will be connected to Colombo-Piliyandala road as well.

Provincial council election will be held in December under preferential vote system

 

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says provincial council election will be held in December under preferential vote system. A relevant amendment will be tabled in parliament in September. The Minister further said majority of peoples representatives and common masses feel more comfortable with the old system which is preferential voting system. The Minister made these comments at a media conference held in Colombo.

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.