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Civil Defense Department entrusted to protect archeological sites

The Department of Civil Defense has been entrusted to protect artifacts and archeological sites from the 1st of January. A programme in this regard will be jointly implemented by the Department of Civil Defense Force and the Department of Archeology.

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Outgoing UN secretary general praises the Sri Lanka’s social economic and political progress under the leadership of the president.

UN secretary general Ban Ki moon praises the Sri Lanka’s social economic and political progress under the leadership of the president. Before leaving his office the secretary general has telephoned president Maithreepala Sirisena and expressed his satisfaction towards the national reconciliation program in Sri Lanka. He has also praised the president’s commitments to enhanced Sri Lanka’s good governance policies. He has pledged all possible support to Sri Lanka in the future as well.

The president stresses the need to have a joint programme to conserve the places of archeological value.

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses the need to have a joint programme to conserve the places of archeological value. A meeting in this connection was held at the president’s official residence today. Representatives from many ministries including law and Order, Buddhasasana, Cultural Affairs, Defence and Home Affairs participated in this meeting.

Addressing the officials the president said many places of archeological value are facing severe threat at present and pointed out the need to have a rapid programme to protect them. The president also pointed out support of district secretaries, divisional secretaries and the public should be obtained for this purpose. People should be made aware of protecting such places as national heritage disregarding religious and racial differences. The President added that all required infrastructure facilities will be provided to the archeological department to carryout its duties efficiently.

Meanwhile, a special discussion on the strategic approach to the national programme of eradicating poverty from Sri Lanka was also held at the presidential secretariat under the patronage of the president. Many programmes are scheduled to be implemented next year to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development goals.

The aim of the government is to eradicate poverty from the island by 2020 and to achieve the global sustainable development goals. The president pointed out that all government institutions should fulfill their duty on implementing short term programmes in this regard from the 1st week of next month.

The Prime Minister will meet all chief ministers tomorrow.

Minister Dilan Perera says the SLFP acts purely on its political principles despite so many accusations leveled against it by various elements. Those who accuse the party are attempting to divide it. Therefore, the party leaders are aware of this situation.

At a press briefing held in SLFP Headquarters today the Minister says constitutional reforms should be done with the consensus of all parties without having a referendum. The SLFP will strongly contest the upcoming local government polls under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena.

Addressing the media chief minister of western province Isura Devapriya says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will meet all Chief Ministers tomorrow. The Chief Ministers have been invited for a meeting at Temple Trees at 3.00 pm.

A programme has been organized to accelerate future development programme throughout the Island.

A programme has been organized to accelerate future development programme throughout the Island. It has been titled as the “Beginning of the 3rd year of a sustainable era”. The vision in this regard will be declared at the president’s secretariat on the 2nd of January.

The National Ceremony in this connection will be held at the BMICH in Colombo on the 8th of January. At a press briefing held in Colombo today President’s Secretary P.B Abeykoon says eradication of poverty is the main objective of this programme.

Addressing the media president’s media director Dharmasri Bandara ekanayaka said that programmes will be implemented in 15,000 villages island wide.  He added that this is not a ceremony to mark the president’s assuming office, but a programme aimed at the people.

New investments to generate more jobs next year

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake says number of jobs are to be generated next year. The country is due to receive many foreign investments next year. An investment of more than one billion US dollars is to be made when the Hambanthota harbor will be salvaged as a joint venture with the support of an investor of the Chinese government. Furthermore direct foreign investments are expected for the fields of Petroleum, Electricity, Livestock and Fisheries. It would pave the way for a speedy development as well.

India grants 180 scholarships to SL students

India has announced 180 scholarships for Sri Lankan students for the academic session 2017-2018.
Hundred scholarships are to be granted under the Nehru Memorial Scholarship Scheme for all undergraduate courses except Medicine including Engineering, Science, Business, Economics, Commerce, Humanities and Arts. In addition Twenty five scholarships are to be given under the
Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship Scheme. They will be granted for the undergraduate courses in the fields of IT, business studies and business technology. Furthermore another five scholarships are to be granted under the Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme for the doctorates in all subjects except Medicine.

Number of tourist attraction locations in Galle to be developed

A programme to develop places with tourist attractions in Southern province has commenced. Chief Minister of the province Shan Wijeylal says ten places are to be developed in this regard. Another five locations have been identified. They will be developed next year. The southern provincial council hopes to train 100 tourist guides as well. A sum of 20 million rupees have been allocated for this purpose.

Bad habits main reason for 90 percent of diseases - Docs

Southern Provincial community physician Amila Chandrasiri says bad habits are the main cause for 90 percent of the diseases reported at present. Addressing a programme held at the auditorium of the Galle district secretariat he pointed out non epidemic diseases and lack of vitamin and iron are the most common diseases reported. Not having proper nutrition in the younger ages have resulted this situation. This can immensely affect pregnant women as well.

Minister S.B Dissanayake says there is nothing wrong to discuss about a super minister post.


Minister S.B Dissanayake says there is nothing wrong to discuss about a super minister post. The Minister made these remarks at an opening ceremony of Samurdhi market complex at Wanathamulla, Borella held yesterday

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