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New constitution will further strengthen reconciliation - Min Ganeshan

Minister Mano Ganeshan says building reconciliation among communities is not a task that should be shouldered by the government only. It is a duty of the entire nation as well. Taking part in the Subarathi Discussion Programme of the SLBC this morning the minister said building reconciliation has become a timely requirement.

It is regrettable the efforts made by certain groups of opposition to disrupt the government's process to introduce a new constitution for the country that paves the way for reconciliation. Their only objective is to create a divided country. The minister pointed out therefore, a dialogue should be created within the grass root level to enlighten the people on devolution of power.

Meanwhile, Editor of the Rawaya newspaper K.W.Janaranjana who joined the programme pointed out the need of educating the general public on the importance of introducing a new constitution to the country. Certain parties are attempting to divide the country when a government tries to introduce political reforms. Their only objective is to gain power by creating a fear among the public that the country will be divided.

The Prime Minister emphasizes the importance of community literature and other cultural values to promote reconciliation and co-existence in the country.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe reiterates community literature and other cultural values cannot be promoted if there is no reconciliation and co-existence in the country.

Mr. Wickremasinghe also emphasized the importance of building a national reconciliation, peace, and religious harmony among the communities to achieve better results and output on literature productions. Prime Minister made these remarks at a function to exhibit poetry skills of lyrists held at Apegama premises in Battaramulla yesterday.

The function was organized by the ministry of national co-existence, dialogue and languages. Speaking further at this function Mr. Wickremasinghe expressed confidence that reconciliation and unity can be established among the communities with the help of poems written on this subject.

He also stated there is a strong relationship between the poems and the history of the country. The Tamil and Sinhala leaders should understand the values of poems and other literatures which could help to build real reconciliation among the communities.

Speaking at this function, minister Mano Ganeshan highlighted the importance of poems which have the ability to deliver a strong message to the society with regard to reconciliation and co-existence.

A new pension scheme is in the pipeline.

Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara says a new pension scheme on par with systems of developed countries will be introduced in the future. He added that the relevant act will be presented in parliament next month. The old pension system will be abolished.


Drug Prevention Committees will be setup in 3,200 schools.

The presidential task force for prevention of drugs has planned to setup drug prevention committees in 3,200 schools islandwide. The programme will be inaugurated on the 19th of next month where the 2nd anniversary of President Maithripala Sirisena's ascendance to presidency is celebrated.


Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva rejects false propaganda on the new constitution.

Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva rejects false propaganda circulated by certain groups over the new constitution. He added that some elements are trying to make wrong picture over the constitution saying that it leads to damage unitary status of the country and remove the foremost place given for Buddhism.


The number of medical student to be enrolled will be increased by 50 percent.

Chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof. Mohan Silva says the number of students to be enrolled to medical degrees in government universities of the academic year of 2016/2017 will be increased by 50 percent. He added that the approval from the university academic staff has been taken in this regard. It is very difficult to increase the number of medical students as the facilities required for the degrees are limited.

It is stressed that dengue treatment services in the government hospitals are at the highest standard.


National Coordinator of the Dengue Prevention Unit of the Health Department Dr. Hasitha Thissera says dengue treatment services in the government hospitals are at the highest standard. Even though the number of dengue cases has increased the number of deaths can be controlled due to proper treatment systems. About 48,700 dengue cases have been reported in the Island this year so far. However, only 77 persons have succumbed to disease.


Stern actions will be taken against the persons who breached the law during Hambantota Harbour protest.


Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says that stern actions will be taken against the persons who acted illegally during the protest campaign at the Hambantota Harbour. A report in this regard is expected during next few days. The persons who have acted violently will be identified after a proper investigation. The Minister made these remarks while addressing a media briefing at the Hambantota Harbour yesterday.

Malaysia is ready to start a number of new investments in Sri Lanka.

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdhul Razak says his country is ready to start a number of new investments in Sri Lanka. He made this remark at the official discussion held with President Maithripala Sirisena, at the Prime Minister's Office in Malaysia, this morning. The Sri Lankan President was warmly welcomed by the Malaysian Prime Minister and other top officials. A guard of honour was also conducted by the Malaysian Army in honour of the Sri Lankan leader.

The two leaders signed 5 M.O.Us pertaining to promote bilateral relations in foreign employment, youth development, tourism, Culture and Agricultural Sectors. The Malaysian Prime Minister further said that the entire world is satisfied with the Sri Lanka's national reconciliation programme. Malaysia will strengthen bilateral relations with Sri Lanka. The two leaders also discussed the measures to upgrade tourism industry between the two countries.

President Maithripala Sirisena said that his government is committed to establish national reconciliation and stable economic development in Sri Lanka. He expresses confidence that the MOUs signed with Malaysia will lead to revive the economic development in Sri Lanka. President Sirisena appealed to the Malaysian Prime Minister to expand Educational opportunities to Sri Lankan students in Malaysia. He also request Prime Minister Razak to provide technical support to upgrade the Sri Lanka's Agricultural Sector.

Today is the 2nd day of the President's visit to Malaysia. He met King Sultan Mohammad of Malaysia and held discussions as well. The Sri Lankan President is engaged in an official visit to Malaysia after 19 years. The President expressed his gratitude to Malaysian Prime Minister for invite him for this tour.

President holds bilateral discussions with Malaysian PM

Today is the second day of President Maithripala Sirisena's visit to Malaysia. The President held talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak today. The President was accorded with a guard of honour when he came to the Prime Minister's office. Bilateral discussions with regard to agricultural, education, tourism and employment promotion were held subsequently.