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Vote of 3rd reading of the Budget to held this evening

The vote of the 3rd reading of the Budget for the next year will take place in the parliament this evening. The vote on account of the Ministry of Finance will be taken up for discussion under the committee stage discussion today.

The President urges the need of changing Electoral System.

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses that the current electoral system has to be changed to meet the standards of corruption and fraud free elections. The President was speaking at the Technical Session of the National Summit of Anti-corruption which was held in Colombo today.

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A discussion held under the patronage of the Prime Minister on formulation of the Constitution.


A special discussion was held at the Parliamentary premises under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe over the formulation of the new constitution and the role of Parliament in this regard. Opposition Leader R Sampanthan, Parliamentarians Mahinda Rajapaksa, Dinesh Gunawardena, Bandula Gunawardena, Vidura Wickramanayaka, Lohan Ratwatte and Shehan Semasinghe attended the meeting.

A new programme to enhance welfare of the war heroes.

State Minister Ruwan Wijeyawardena says a new programme will be started to ensure welfare of the war heroes. The programme will commence next year. It will be implemented in addition to Virusara Privilege Card programme.

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The president stresses that bribery and corruption in an organized manner are still prevailing in some government institutions.

President Maithripala Sirisena says bribery and corruption in an organized manner are still prevailing in some government departments and institutions. It is the duty of all heads of institutions to bring down these vile. They should help to collect state income properly without any malpractices or corruption.

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A cabinet sub committee has been appointed to achieve sustainable development goals.

Cabinet sub committee has been appointed under the guidance of the president to achieve sustainable development goals. The cabinet has given approval for this proposal submitted by the president.

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Public to be given opportunity to purchase rice conveniently


Minister P. Harison says the public will be given the opportunity to purchase rice without any difficulty during the festive season. Making a special statement in the parliament regarding the paddy and rice stocks of the country today, the minister emphasized there are sufficient rice stocks till April of the next year.

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I-Pads instead of text books for students

New Villages, Estate Infrastructure and Community development, rural development, rural economic affairs as well as telecommunication and digital infrastructure facilities are taken up for discussion in the parliament today.

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A group of representatives of LSSP meets President

A delegation of the political bureau of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party has called on President Maithripala Sirisena.  The meeting took place at his official residence last evening.  The discussion centered on the party's stance on proposed constitutional amendment and future political activities.

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The second phase of Viru Sara privilege card programme to commence from Gampaha district today.

The 2nd phase of the 'Viru-Sara' privilege card programme will commence from the ceremony to be held at Commando Regiment Headquarter Battalion at Ganemulla today. State minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena will grace the occasion as the chief guest. The cards will be issued to the tri-force members and their families in Gampaha and nearby districts.  1800 cards are to be given away on the occasion.  In addition lands, building materials and 60 scholarships are to be given away to family members of war heroes and their children respectively. 
 
The Viru Sara privilege card programme commenced in January this year under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.  It has already been given away to 25 thousand tri forces, police and civil security force members.