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A sum of 60 billion rupees has been allocated to provide a low interest loan facilities under Enterprise Sri Lanka Project

A sum of 60 billion rupees has been allocated to provide a low interest loan facilities under Enterprise Sri Lanka Project. The main objective is to establish 100,000 entrepreneurs by 2020. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of this project yesterday, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna emphasised the importance of protecting the state banks. In a meantime the loan facilities will be provided through the state banks to the entrepreneurs.

It is urged to appoint a presidential commission to investigate the foreign funding during pervious presidential election campaign as mentioned in the recent NYT report

It is urged to appoint a presidential commission to investigate the foreign funding during pervious presidential election campaign as mentioned in the recent New York Times report. Parliamentarian Thushara Indunil requests the President to appoint a presidential commission in this regard. The parliamentarian made these remarks during a media conference held at UNP headquarters Sirikotha yesterday.

Addressing the media personnel he further said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will get an opportunity to explain and make a statement on this issue during the two day adjournment debate next week. The parliamentarian also expressed his views on the alleged funds in Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation.

The deadline to apply to admit students into grade one next year will end today

The deadline to apply to admit students into grade one next year will end today. The applications were called during this year to admit the students to grade one. The Education Ministry said based on the applications the parents can sending their complaints to the Ministry from 30th September to 15th October. Thereafter, the final list of the students will be exhibited on each school on the 1st of December.

The President says, keen attention will be focused on the quality and standards of education, maintained at private education institutes

Speaking at a meeting with SAITM students and their parents today, President Maithripala Sirisena said, his dedicated mediation in resolving the SAITM issue was not seen on the part of any previous Head of State for an issue of this nature. He added, he intervened as he wished to ensure that no student be faced with injustice when receiving education in Sri Lanka.

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The Premier will be visiting Singapore this Sunday to attend the World's Cities Summit

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will be visiting Singapore this Sunday to attend the World's Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week, and Clean Environment Summit 2018. During his visit, he is scheduled to meet with his Singaporean counterpart: Lee Hsien Loong, together with many high level dignitaries of the Singapore Government.


The Premier will deliver the key note address at the summit to be held at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre next Monday, covering topics on the Insight, Trends, and Solutions concerning Urban Development and Environment Protection.

The theme for this year's summit will be; "Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration".

A Presidential Awards Ceremony has been planned for journalists

For the first time a Presidential Awards Ceremony has been planned for journalists. It will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena this December. Award winners will be selected by 4 impartial jury councils, while 54 awards will be on offer. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today Minister of Media: Mangala Samaraweera said, the objective of this award ceremony is to appraise competent and creative journalists, in order to build an outstanding Culture of Journalism.

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The New York Times points out an Intimidation campaign against Sri Lankan journalists who helped in their investigation


The New York Times says, politicians allied with former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa are engaged in an intimidation campaign against Sri Lankan journalists who had provided assistance to its investigation into the Hambantota port.

A group of Sri Lankan parliamentarians allied with the former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, held a news conference to publicly criticize two journalists who contributed logistical assistance to a rigorously reported and accurate New York Times investigation into the Hambantota port, published on June 26th.

The International Editor of the The New York Times: Michael Slackman says, “it is unacceptable for journalists to be intimidated in this way.

Issuing a statement today he said, this action appears intended to silence critics and curb press freedom, and ultimately deprive Sri Lankans of information in public interest.

He added, “if Mr. Rajapaksa takes issue with Times reporting, they have encouraged him to contact senior editors at The New York Times, rather than intimidating Sri Lankan journalists.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says if one of the Rajapaksa's elected as the President then the Geneva resolution will be imposed to Sri Lanka.


Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says if one of the Rajapaksa's elected as the President then the Geneva resolution will be imposed to Sri Lanka. The Minister cautioned the general public that the country will face major challenge in front of the international community if one of the Rajapaksa is elected as the President. Joining the media conference Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said the people of this country should know the real story of the malpractices occurred during the Mig aircraft purchase during the Rajapaksa regime. Udayanga Weerathunga has been identified as one of the main culprit of this malpractice. The people of this country will get to know the true story about this transaction very soon.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says there is no other government in Sri Lanka like Rajapaksa regime which supported the underworld menace.


Minister Mangala Samaraweera says there is no other government in Sri Lanka like Rajapaksa regime which supported the underworld menace. The Minister made these remarks at a conference titled "Nidahas Vedikawa" held in Matara recently. Addressing the gathering the Minister further said the Rajapaksa regime had many links with underworld elements. As a result there were many extra martial killings occurred during that time.

Mahinda Rajapaksa says in a newspaper interview that he will take legal action against the New York Times paper.


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday rejected the allegations made by the New York Times article and said no contribution was made by the China Harbour Company to his presidential election campaign in 2015.

In a media statement, Mr. Rajapaksa said if any election campaign contributions had been made to him by China Harbour Company, the Port City contract would not have been restored to them and neither would they have been allowed to bid for the lease of the Hambantota harbour.

Mahinda Rajapaksa says in a newspaper interview that he will take legal action against the New York Times paper.