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The government will promote a knowledge based economy for the development of the country during the next decade

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government will promote a knowledge based economy for the development of the country during the next decade. Addressing the NCE ICT Forum 2018 he said a sum of 300 million rupees has been set apart for this year to implement various activities to develop the ICT sector

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Intelectual point out that the country needs a suitable tax policy

Prof. of Colombo university Venerable Wijithapura Wimalarathana thera pointed out that the country needs a suitable tax policy. All should pay taxed to continue the public services. However, some opposition elements are attempting to gain political mileage by highlighting the tax increase. The thero made these remarks participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning.
Joining the programme Member of the UNP Working Committee Lasantha Gunawardena says, the present government has been able to win the economic challenges of the country even amidst severe natural disasters. Former President Mahinda Rajapakse held the election two years in advance as he had many problems regarding the economic management. The present government has to build up the broken economy of the country.

The President gives instructions to let the two rare elephants found in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, to continue to remain there

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Secretary to the Environment Ministry and the Director General of the Department of Forest Conservation to let the two rare elephants found in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve to continue to remain there.

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Discussions underway to resolve the problems faced by postal workers

Secretary to the Ministry of Posts: R.M.D.B. Meegasmulla says, at this juncture, when the government is in the process of solving the problems faced by postal workers, it is totally unacceptable for the postal service to resort to trade union action. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today he noted, a cabinet paper has been tabled, to address the issues put forward by the trade unions.

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Yashodha Rangey Bandara, released on bail

Yashodha Rangey Bandara - the son of Minister Palitha Rangey Bandara, has been released on bail. He was in remanded custody for driving under the influence of liquor and causing a motor accident in the Kottapitiya area in Bangadeniya, resulting in damages to a residence. Chilaw District Judge: Manjula Thilakarathne ordered the release, upon a personal bail of 50,000 rupees. The Judge also ordered his driving license to be cancelled until court proceedings are over.

Two million rupees paid to the husband of the principal who died in a leadership training programme in Hambantota

The National Insurance Trust Fund has offered two million rupees to the husband of the Former Principal of Suchi National School: Rohini Kumari Atapattu who faced an unfortunate death in a sudden accident that occurred during a leadership training programme. Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam handed over the cheque to her husband this morning.

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The presidential investigation commission instructs the CID to submit a report on violating the conditions and rules in establishing Mihin Lanka airline services earlier

The presidential investigation commission instructs the CID to submit a report on violating the conditions and rules in establishing Mihin Lanka airline services earlier.

The Presidential Commission investigating alleged fraud, corruption and misuse of state funds and property in SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lankan Catering Services and Mihin Lanka yesterday ordered the CID to investigate whether any outside interference prevented the BOI from taking action against Mihin Lanka.

It was found that Mihin Lanka was acting in breach of all BOI conditions. The Commission asked the CID to submit a report to the Commission on this matter urgently.

The Commission through Deputy Solicitor General Shanaka Wijesinghe directed the CID to begin the investigation by visiting the BOI and meeting its monitoring officer. The CID responding to this order began its investigations by noon yesterday.

The health minister says the present government has taken effective measures to fulfil the demands of the doctors

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna says the present government has taken effective measures to fulfil the demands of the doctors. The Minister made these remarks at a media conference to brief the cabinet decision on the imposing 24 percent tax on income. The media conference was held in Colombo yesterday.

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A program to distribute 100,000 saplings will commence

A program to distribute 100,000 saplings will commence today. This program is implemented under the theme "Api Wawalai Api Kanne"- "We cultivate and we eat". This project focuses on promoting fruit varieties. The program is implemented Island-wide under the instructions of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera. The inaugural session will be held at Kandy Kundasale agriculture department today under the patronage of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

A Presidential Task Force has been appointed to operate development programmes in the North and East

A Presidential Task Force has been appointed to operate development programmes in the North and East. The task force headed by President Maithripala Sirisena is responsible for operating coordinating and follow up of all development programmes in the northern and eastern provinces. During the post war era many programmes had been implemented in the two provinces for social and economic development. However, the programmes have not made a significant contribution for uplifting the livelihood of the people there. The President has also informed the cabinet regarding the task force. The Prime Minister, Provincial Governors, Chief Secretaries of the two provincial councils, top military and police officials and representatives of all relevant factions are included in the task force.