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The President says the government will provide ample amount of resources and guidance to equip young generation with vocational skills.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the government will provide ample amount of resources and guidance to make young generation equipped with vocational and technical skills. Trained labour is the Sri Lanka's prime human resource. There is no shortage of employment opportunities in the country at present.

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Tajikistan President is ready to strengthen economic relations with Sri Lanka.


The visiting President of Tajikistan Ammolley Rehman says his country is ready to strengthen economic and bilateral relations with Sri Lanka. Addressing the Sri Lanka Tajikistan business meeting held in Colombo this evening, he said it is commendable that Sri Lanka has a conducive environment for business and investment. Tajikistan entrepreneurs are ready to invest in Sri Lanka. He also invited Sri Lankan business community as well to start business ventures in his country. Tajikistan expects to purchase more Sri Lankan products, such as tea, apparel, gem and jewelry, Ayurvedic products, spices, ceramic and rubber products.

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The SLFP district convention will begin on the 15th of next month from the Badulla district.

Chairman of the youth front of the SLFP Shantha Bandara says youth members are being enlisted party at rural level.  The Badulla district convention of the SLFP youth front will begin on the 15th of January from the Badulla district.

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Tajikistan President to meet the Sri Lankan business community this evening.

President of Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon who is engaged in a state visit to Sri Lanka will meet the
Sri Lankan business community today. The meeting will take place in Colombo this evening.

Meanwhile, the Tajikistan leader visited Kandy this morning. He visited number of places in Kandy including Sri Dalada Maligawa and its museum. The delegation led by Tajikistani President is scheduled to leave the country this evening.

Lists of cut-off marks required to enter schools based on grade five scholarship exam results to be sent to schools from today.

Director of School Affairs W.K.M. Wijetunga says the lists of cut-off marks required to enter schools based on grade five scholarship examination results will be sent to respective schools from today. Therefore, principals of schools will receive them within the next two days.

The lists will be uploaded to the website of the Ministry of Education from today. Information regarding cut off marks can be obtained by browsing the Ministry's website www.moe.gov.lk. The Ministry hopes to enroll new students to schools by 15th of next month.

The five persons who went missing at Sri Pada reserve saved.

Military Spokesman Brig. Roshan Senevirathne says the five persons who went missing at the Sripada Reserve have been saved. A search operation was carried out jointly by the army and the STF after the group went missing on Monday. The Brigadier told SLBC they were found by the STF troops this morning. The group is currently at Nallathanniya police station.

Expressway tolls to be reduced.

The government has focused attention on reducing expressway tolls. The budget for next year had also proposed to reduce the charges by 50 rupees. Director of Operation, Maintenance and Management Division of the Expressways
S. Opanayaka says it will come into effect after the relevant gazette notification is issued. The number of vehicles traveling along the expressways had increased from last Saturday. The long weekend and school holidays as well as year end has prompted the public to travel to various places using the expressways.

The total number of vehicles traveled along the southern expressway, Katunayaka expressway and the Colombo outer circular expressway on Saturday alone is 91,000. The revenue earned during that day is 26.5 million rupees. Responding to a query made by the SLBC the Director disclosed it is the highest revenue earned during a day. Furthermore, the total number of vehicles traveled along the southern expressway along has gone up from 43,000 to 60,000. A revenue of 17.5 million rupees have been earned on that day.

Meanwhile, the number of accidents reported in expressways have shown a decline over the last couple of days.
He pointed out drivers being careful to follow the road rules and signals have resulted this positive development.

Tajikistan President is scheduled to visit Kandy today.

President of Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon is scheduled to visit Kandy today. The delegation headed by Tajikistan President will visit Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy Museum and Peradeniya botanical gardens. The Tajikistan President leaves the country this evening after attending the business summit in Kandy. The Tajikistan President is expected to discuss the work plans with regard to trade and investment opportunities with the business community of Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka Navy decides to cooperate and assist with the naval activities of the Hambantota Harbour.

The Sri Lanka Navy decides to cooperate and assist with the naval activities of the Hambantota Harbour. Navy assisted the South Korean ship, Glovis, to transshipment activities of 1086 vehicles yesterday. The ship is scheduled to leave the port heading Durban, South Africa today. Day-to-day activities of the Hambantota harbour were affected badly with the trade union action of the port employees recently. Today marks the 8th day of the trade union action of Hambantota port employees. This has caused many difficulties to the port activities.

The President says the government is committed to take maximum efforts to spread the Theravada Buddhism among the world countries.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the government is committed to take maximum efforts to spread the Theravada Buddhism among the world countries. Buddhism will create peace of mind through the spiritual life. The western countries have realized the value of Buddhism.

Therawada Buddhism will create a peaceful atmosphere for the human being to live happily. President Sirisena made these remarks at a religious function held at Kobbekaduwa Nelligala International Buddhist Center this afternoon. President also made a courtesy visit to Nelligala Rajamaha Viharaya and had a cordial discussion with the chief incumbent of the viharaya Most Ven. Warakagoda Dhammassiddhi Sri Pagnanannda Gnana-rathanaa-bhidhaana thero. President also planted a Nelli sapling to mark his visit to the viharaya.