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A special programme todevelop agri sector

A special programme is to be implemented for the development of the agricultural sector. Secretary to the Ministry of Primary Industries Bandula Wickremarachchi says it will be implemented targeting the next four years. Taking part in the Subharathi discussion programme of the SLBC this morning he disclosed 120 million US dollars will be invested for the initiative.

It is expected to generate 200,000 jobs under the government's programme to generate one million job opportunities.
The government also hopes to increase the export income by developing the production.

Director of the innovation Project of the Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Kumuduni Gunasekara who joined the programmes said more opportunities should be created for the small and medium scale farmers to reach out for local and international markets.

A special international award was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena for his commitment and dedication shown on preventing the chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka.

A special international award was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena for his commitment and dedication shown on preventing the chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka. The award was presented yesterday to the President at a special function organized by the international association of specialist doctors. The function was held at Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.

The Chairman of the Association, Professor Mrs. Adheera Levin presented this award to the President at this occasion. President Sirisena was honoured on this occasion for taking this challenge to provide a sustainable solution to innocent kidney patients to overcome their grievances. President Sirisena thanked the international community for providing all important support to this project in Sri Lanka.

The local government election will be conducted during the first quarter of next year.

The executive committee of the UPFA has agreed on the decision to conduct the local government election during the first quarter of next year. The decision was taken at the executive committee meeting of UPFA held yesterday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

Speaking after the conclusion of the meeting the Chairman of the SLFP Youth Front Shantha Bandara said UPFA will make the necessary preparations to face the local government election during the first quarter of next year.

The state income of the first nine months of this year has increased by 23 percent compared to the same period last year.

The state income of the first nine months of this year has increased by 23 percent compared to the same period last year. The income has increased upto 1,180 billion rupees. The effectiveness of the Sri Lanka Customs, Inland Revenue Department and Excise Department have resulted with this growth.

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The President says the construction sector should be carried out with the fullest attention to conserve natural resources.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the construction sector should be carried out with the fullest attention to conserve natural resources. All should think about the use of natural resources in frugal manner in the rapidly expanding construction sector. The President made these remarks at the national construction awarding ceremony held in BMICH in Colombo this evening.

The ceremony has been organized to felicitate the individuals and organizations who are engage in construction sector. The President further said use of sand, granite and cement has decreased in the developed countries.

They have introduced new technologies and raw materials for construction sector. Excessive use of natural resources such as sand, granite and gravel causes severe environmental hazards. Therefore, the constructors should think about echo-friendly construction systems in future.

The President pointed out that use of sea sand should be encouraged to overcome the shortage of river sand in Sri Lanka.

Former Arch Bishop Rt. Rev. Oswald Gomes says the genuine values of the Christmas should not be distorted for the purpose of business.

Retired Arch Bishop Rt. Rev. Oswald Gomes says the genuine values of the Christmas should not be distorted for business purposes. The Christmas has become a method of income generation for some business oriented people.

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A sum of 250 million rupees has been allocated for youth parliamentarians for rural development.

Chairman of the National Youth Services Council Erandika Weliange says a sum of 250 million rupees has been allocated for the members of the youth parliament for development work in rural areas and enhancement of youth affairs.

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Leave for all postal workers has been cancelled from midnight today to the 21st of this month.


The Post Master General has canceled the leave for all staff of the Postal Department from midnight today to the 21st of this month. He has taken this decision to continue essential postal services uninterruptedly as some trade unions of the postal department have decided to start a strike from tomorrow.

The President says a reasonable salary system for those who are employed in the field of judiciary will be ensured.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that steps are being taken by the Government to establish a reasonable salary system for those who are employed in the field of judiciary. He made these remarks participating at the Annual Conference of Judges held at the Pegasus Reef hotel in Wattala, today.

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The SLBC marks the 50th anniversary of becoming a corporation

Director General of SLBC Erananda Hettiarachi says Christmas carols should be organized to make the peaceful situation and reconciliation meaningful. He was speaking at the Christmas carols performances at the Ananda Samarakone studio of the SLBC this afternoon. The event was organized by the Christian advisory Board of the SLBC Christian affairs department.

The Director General appreciated the support extended by the Catholic Church and former Arch Bishop Rt. Reverend Oswald Gomis. The 50th anniversary of turning the National Radio as a Corporation will be marked on the 5th of next month. A special celebration has been organized under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in this regard.

The Director General further said that the SLBC will be renovated at a cost of 220 million rupees to mark the anniversary,. Four choirs under the Sinhala medium and another four choirs under the Tamil medium have been selected for the final round. Two more choirs in English medium are also in the final round.