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The President says some leaders are adopting western agenda and western thoughts in Sri Lanka.

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The Prime Minister emphasizes the importance to take the local fruit production activities and related investment promotion activities forward without any obstacles.


Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa emphasized the importance to take the local investment promotion activities forward without any obstacles. The Premier made this remark at a meeting held yesterday at Prime Minister's office with local investors. The Premier instructed the secretary of Finance ministry to reduce the tax on sugar which is used for the production of organic and mixed fruit soft drinks. This move will ease the burden of local fruit drink producers. As a result, the prices of these local fruit drinks can be brought down by 30 percent. This could promote the local fruit drink producers to invest more in the industry.

Parliamentarian Keheliya Rambukwella points out the UNP along with TNA is trying to introduce federal system in the country.

Chief government Whip Minsiter S.B.Dissanayake says, the government led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse is continuing. There is no vacancy to appoint a Prime Minister. During a media briefing at the parliamentary complex yesterday, he said that, the Speaker should maintain the government appointed by the President in Parliament. People in the entire country are expecting, a general election.

The Maha Nayakas of the three sectors have also emphasized it. Minister Dissanayake pointed out that only, a minister with the cabinet approval can submit a financial Motion or an Act in Parliament.

Joining in the Media Briefing parliamentarian Keheliya Rambukwella said that, if there is a conflict between the legislature and the executive, it should be solved by the judiciary. He further said the UNP along with TNA is trying to introduce federal system in the country. The government is prepared to accept the decision of the judiciary.

Ven. Dambara Amila Thera in Litro gas company payroll

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The Leader of the House has sent a letter to the Speaker notifying that Parliament sessions held this month were against Standing Orders and the Constitution

The office of the Leader of the House has sent a letter to the Speaker notifying that Parliament sessions held on the 14th, 15th, 16th, 19th, 21st and 23rd of this month were against Standing Orders and the Constitution. A copy of the letter has been sent to the Secretary General of Parliament.  The letter states, the Hansard copies of these sessions cannot be accepted, and calls for the reports not to be published.  The letter has been signed by Leader of the House: Minister Dinesh Gunawardhana, Chief Government Whip: S.B.Dissanayake, and Ministers: Nimal Siripala De Silva, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila, Mahinda Amaraweera, Chamal Rajapakse, and Douglas Devananda.

The Leader of the House says, they did not attend today's parliamentary session because the Speaker is acting against Standing Orders.

Speaking at a media briefing held at the Parliament Complex this evening, Leader of the House: Minister Dinesh Gunawardhana said, they did not attend today's parliamentary session because the Speaker is acting against Standing Orders. He says, Parliament has not been convened according to Standing Orders and the order paper. He also says, they cannot accept the Parliament as a "Sirikotha Mansion". Joining in the media briefing, Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said, the Speaker has destroyed parliamentary traditions, and said he is not prepared to be part of what he describes as a "hidden agenda of the Speaker".

At another media briefing held at the Prime Minister's Office, Minister Susil Premajayantha said, the United People's Freedom Alliance maintains that a general election needs to be held to solve the crisis that he says has occurred due to the behaviour of the Speaker.

The Commissioner General of Examinations says, action will be taken against school principals who have failed to distribute Admission Cards for students sitting their GCE Ordinary Level Examination

Commissioner General of Examinations: B. Sanath Pujitha says, Admission Cards for students sitting their GCE Ordinary Level Examination which is to begin on the 3rd of next month have been posted, and action will be taken against school principals who have failed to distribute Admission Cards amongst students.
The Commissioner General says, should there be discrepancies in the Admission Card, such as mistakes in candidate's names or subjects, they should be corrected and certified.

The President directs the police to take stern actions to eliminate the underworld.


President Maithripala Sirisena says that the services of the Police department should be strengthened and made efficient service to render more friendly and quality service to the people. He has appreciated the services done by all police officers from top to the bottom level. The President made these remarks while addressing the Senior DIGs and of DIGs at the President's office today. The president pointed out the ability of resolving the problems of the police service through discussions. A new committee will be appointed to solve the issues of the lower grade police officers. The President reviewed the progress of the measures taken to curb the drugs menace in the country. He requested to submit a report of measures taken by police during last few months to control the drug menace. He also requested to submit a report on monthly basis from today in this regard. He stressed the need to control the underworld activities as well.

MP Lakshman Sevevirathna says the previous government was reluctant to recover the bond scam money.

MP Lakshman Sevevirathna says that the some people who argue the decisions of the President have forgotten the incidents in the past three and half years. Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo today he said many have forgotten the Central Bank bond scam. Even after some years after the issue, the government is still unable to recover the money stolen through this scam. Mr. Sevevirathna says that it can be done by adding one clause to the set of laws of the Bribery Commission.  It can be done by adding a clause to accept the evidence taken by the presidential commission appointed to investigate the bond scam. The president has given instructions to add it. MP Lakshman Sevevirathna alleges that the former leader of the house Lakshman Kiriella didn't present it in parliament. He said the government was unable to recover those stolen money due to Mr. Kiriella's actions.

Grama Niladhari Association reveals they will get permanent solutions to their problems.

The Sri Lanka United Grama Niladhari Association says that the new government has agreed to a service minute with a new salary system which will provide to many problems of the grama niladharies. They pointed out that although they were making demands for several years, it was not implemented. They further said that following discussions with Minister Susil Premajayantha, it was agreed to submit a draft cabinet paper to resolve the problem. The Association said that the draft has been sent to the cabinet at present.