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600 model housing villages will be established during this year.

Minister Sajith Premadasa has given instructions to national housing development authority to complete all pending housing constructions by 31st of March this year. The construction work of 507 housing villages commenced last year.

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Special election broadcasting service under the name of ‘Election FM’ of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation commences today.

The SLBC launched the special election channel “Election FM” this morning under the patronage of chairman of the election commission Mahinda Deshapriya. He expressed confidence that this channel will act impartially providing equal opportunities to every political party and candidates to ensure free and fair election.

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A sum of 7000 million rupees has been allocated to provide compensation for the farmers affected by the draught condition.

The Disaster Management Center says that a sum of 7000 million rupees has been allocated to provide compensation for the farmers affected by the draught condition. Accordingly, monthly allowance of 5000 rupees will be provided to each affected family.

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The President points out that the reason for the increase in poverty in the country is due to large scale fraud and corruption that was practiced various elements.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the reason for the increase in poverty in the country is due to the large scale fraud and corruption that was practiced by politicians state officials and various corrupt businessmen, in every government that came into power in the past. He points out that the citizens elected him as the head of state to eradicate fraud and corruption and create a clean political movement. He expressed these views participating at a public rally held in Medirigiriya, yesterday. The President also called to mind that during the period between 2008 and 2016 irrespective of party differences billions of funds had been subjected to theft. He observed that there is no shortage of intellectuals in the country. In the same way there is no shortage of resources. The only obstacle that has thrown a spanner in the path of development has been the formidable errors committed by politicians. The President added that bringing an end to that corrupt era all should join hands in taking the first steps in a cultured political journey, with genuine love for our Motherland.

The Prime Minister says that the objective of the UNP is to make Colombo a city free of drugs.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that the objective of the United National Party is to make Colombo a city free of drugs. The premier disclosed this intension participating at the public rally held to launch the election propaganda activities of Rosy Senanayake. The premise emphasized that within a strong Sri Lanka we need to build a strong Colombo. He added that three liquefied natural gas power plants will be established to provide an uninterrupted power supply to the city. He pointed out that the present government has to pay for the unnecessary expenses incurred due to various beautification projects carried out by the previous government in Colombo. He further stated that the government has launched many programmes to provide solutions to the housing and drinking water issue and to control vehicular traffic.

The Presidents Media Division says that the President has sought the opinion of the Supreme Court regarding the term of his office, in order to douse misinterpretation.

President Maithripala Sirisena sought the opinion of the Supreme Court, regarding his term of office. After the enactment of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, there have been two interpretations regarding the term of office of the present president.

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The possibility of forwarding notifications of traffic offences, to the offender’s residence, to be look into.

Minister Sagala Rathnayake says that the possibility of forwarding notices regarding traffic offences to the offender’s residence, will be looked into. It is intended to send a photograph of the offence with the notification, to the residence of the individual in concern.

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The president says the proposals of human rights commission were made in favor of Sri Lanka during the recent past due to the establishment of independent judicial system in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes the importance of all stakeholders to dedicate themselves to build a prosperous country. The relevant members should dedicate themselves to build a strong economy. Any trade union action should not hamper the economic growth of the country. Trade union actions should be conducted in such a way which does not disturb the day-to-day life of the common masses. The president made these remarks while participating in a television program yesterday. The president further said the country badly needs to build a national political movement. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party has dedicated itself to achieve this goal. The party has undergone mega scale reform and restructures in the recent past. The president also emphasized the importance of creating pure political culture in the country. The president determines to achieve this goal during the forthcoming LG polls. A group of honest, intelligent and educated professionals are important to rule the country. The president also mentioned the rule of law, democracy and reconciliation are established at present. The independent judicial system has been strengthened to the country. The president also points out the importance of safeguarding the national and regional interest. Many countries have come forward to extend their support in terms of foreign aid and infrastructure to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was able to win the confidence of the international community. As a result the proposals of human rights commission were made in favor of Sri Lanka during the recent past due to the establishment of independent judicial system in the country.

The Prime minister says that treasury bond issuances from 2008 to 2014, will be probed.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says malpractices have been committed in Treasury Bond issuances from 2008 to the 2014.  Making a special statement in parliament yesterday the Prime Minister said that Mahinda Rajapakse who held the portfolio of Finance Minister during that period should respond to this question to the parliament regarding this issue. A Majority of the bonds issued have been done during the period between 2008 and 2014, as private direct issues without any transparency. None of the bond issues during that period had been approved by the Monetary Board of the Central Bank. Therefore, the prime Minister stressed that he expects to discuss this matter with the chairman of the State Monetary Committee in order to conduct investigations into these malpractices.  The present government has restored back the power of finance management of the country to The Parliament.  The COPE committee had also conducted an investigation into the bond issue. The Attorney General’s Department is also taking action in this regard.  The central bank has suspended a sum of 12 billion rupees from the accounts that belonged to Perpetual Treasuries. The Premier further said that the Attorney General will report this matter to the courts and will take legal action to recover the losses incurred to the government.  This is the first time in Sri Lanka’s history that such an investigation process is conducted in a transparent and impartial manner.

Health Minister points out the country will not loose 11 billion rupees on bond scam because the Central Bank has already blocked 12 billion rupees worth funds of Perpetual Treasuries.

Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne points out the country will not lose 11 billion rupees on bond scam because the Central Bank has already blocked 12 billion rupees worth funds of Perpetual Treasuries. The Minister further said certain sectors of the public do not understand the real situation of this issue. The minister also called for a specialist in foreign currency transactions to explain this situation. The minister made these remarks at a media conference held in Colombo yesterday in Colombo.