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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.

Minister Bandula Gunawardena says, Foreign Direct Investments alone cannot be relied upon to strengthen the financial sector of the country, therefore the government is focusing its attention on uplifting the local producers

Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today, Minister Bandula Gunawardena said, an Investment Promotion 'Vimukthi' Package will be introduced with the intention of uplifting the country's foreign currency reserves. He also says, by this move, the value of the dollar can be brought down to 160 rupees in the first year, and 140 rupees in the 2nd year.

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says the income received by agricultural sector will be made free of income tax

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This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Uva-Wellassa Independence Struggle

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The Suwa-Seriya Emergency Ambulance Service will be operational in the Central Province

The Suwa-Seriya Emergency Ambulance Service will be operational in the Central Province. Thereby, the service is to be functional in the Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Matale districts, from today.

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Several MPs point out the image loss caused to the country during the last regime.

Parliamentarian Indika Anuruddha says that sole solution for the prevailing political crisis is the holding of a general election. Addressing a news conference at the Prime Minister's Office this morning he said that the president has constitutionally appointed the new Government and the Prime minister. If the opposition says that these appointments are not made legally they can go before the Supreme Court.
Mr.Anuruddha also said that, Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe is mis-appropriating public property, while remaining at Temple Trees. He said that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna did not oppose him when the United National Party was putting the country towards destruction.
MP Sanath Nishantha said that, the security of the country has collapsed during the last three and a half years. The previous regime cut fertilizer subsidy and change the provision of school uniforms and the payment of Samurdhi allowances. Duty on wheat flour was changed and the decision has affected the farmers. The milk farmers didn't get a fair price.
The Hambanthota port has been given to a foreign country. MP Sanath Nishantha said that, the central bank was brought under the former prime minister and a foreigner was appointed as the governor of the central bank and a huge bond scam occurred. Information on an assassination attempt on president was revealed and it was prevented after the appointment of the new prime minister

Health authorities commend the public contribution in the dengue control programmes.

The National Dengue Prevention Unit says that there is a considerable decline of dengue patients reported this year up to date compared to the corresponding period last year. 41,349 dengue patients have been reported so far this year. Last year the amount was one hundred thousand and 70. There were 400 deaths reported same period of last year. But the amount this year was 50. Consultant Dr. of the Dengue Prevention Unit Presila Samaraweera says that the public support and contribution for the dengue prevention is commendable. The dengue mosquito density in the schools and public places are still high. She said that awareness programmes are being conducted these days through public health inspectors. Measures have been taken to conduct mosquito prevention programmes in the schools and vicinity before the commencement of the GCE Ordinary Level examination.