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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.

Admissions for grade one for the year 2017 will be carried out on the 11th of January.

The Ministry of Education announces that admission for grade one in all government and private schools for the year 2017 will be carried out on the 11th of January. The Ministry has instructed the relevant principals to complete the identification and selection of grade one students before this date. 

A programme to register the lands grown with tea.

The Ministry of Plantation industries has implemented a programme to register the lands grown with tea by large scale cultivators and small holders. Sri Lanka Tea Board, Tea Small Holders Authority and the Tea Research Institute also supporting this programme.

Accordingly, the tea growers and get them registered until the 31st of this month. Relevant applications can be obtained from the relevant Grama Niladaries. Under this programme each tea grower will be provided with a right deed for the land, an identity card and fertilizer subsidy. 

19 heroes of Uwa Wellassa struggle described as “traitors” officially cleared.

President Maithripala Sirisena officially cleared the names of 19 nationals described as “traitors” for leading an insurrection against colonial rule nearly 200 years ago.  The President has annulled the Gazette issued in 1818 listing 19 Wellassa heroes including Monarawila Keppetipola, Godagedara Rate Adhikaram, Ketakali Mohottala, Palangolle Mohottala, Wattekale Mohottala,

Kalugamuwe Mohottala as traitors. A recommendation was made to President Maithripala Sirisena to rescind the January 1818 gazette which declared 19 nationals, including Keppetipola Disawe, as traitors and make a fresh proclamation making them national heroes. 

Mechanism will be devised to identify the people who avoid paying taxes.

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake says mechanism will be devised to identify the people who avoid paying taxes. He highlighted that the government aims to reduce tax burden on the people.

He also said that the institutions like Inland Revenue Department should be streamlined and strengthened. Minister Karunanayake was speaking during an inspection tour at the Inland Revenue Department this morning.

Ferry service connecting Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka in the offing.

MMBL-Pathfinder Group along with Aitken Spence and Norled AS a leading ferry operator in Norway will set up a consortium and jointly invest to re-launch the much talked about ferry service connecting Tamil Nadu with Sri Lanka. As a first step, the joint venture proposes to establish a passenger and cargo ferry connection between Colombo and Tuticorin. In the second stage, the project seeks to re-establish the Talaimannar-Rameshwaram ferry link after a lapse of three decades. Finally, the consortium will expand the Colombo- Tuticorin ferry service to Kochi, the major port city in the state of Kerala, depending on the demand.
 
Over the years, there has been a steady growth of tourism with 316,000 Indians and 225,000 Sri Lankans visiting the two countries in 2015. The joint venture partners are of the view that a comfortable ferry service at regular intervals, low cost tickets and attractive free baggage allowances will entice a good a percentage of air travellers to modern ferries that will offer on board duty free shopping, entertainment and other facilities
 
. The consortium has already completed a pre-feasibility study. Connectivity between the two countries is strongly encouraged by the two governments. The Indo-Lanka ferry service commenced in 1914, connecting Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu with Talaimannar in Mannar in northwest Sri Lanka.

A programme to strengthen small scale tea and rubber plantation.

A programme has been initiated to strengthen small scale tea and rubber plantation. The aim of the programme is to empower the people engaged in the sectors. The project is in effect from 2016 to 2021. Minister Naveen Dissanayake says 8,500 rupees will be spent for the initiative. The government will work on to ensure better markets for the small scale tea and rubber cultivators.

The project will be carried out in eight districts of the country. The Minister made these comments at a opening of the new project. He pointed out that the contribution of small scale tea cultivators to the country's economy is strong. More attention will be paid on uplifting rubber plantation as well. 

The President assures that effective steps are taken to initiate a pension scheme for the betterment of migrated workers.

President Maithripala Sirisena assures that effective steps are taken to initiate a pension scheme for the betterment of migrated workers. President Sirisena also said the present government will take effective measures to safeguard the interest of these migrant workers. The migrant workers face many problems which are not solved as of this day. President Sirisena noted that the main problems of the migrant workers have been identified.

The President recalled the past event when the present government made a pledge to look into the grievances of the migrant workers during the last election. The government is in the process of fulfilling that pledge. The President also stated the government will take care and safeguard the interest of the family members of the Migrant workers as well. The President made these remarks at a special function to present scholarship awards to the children of the migrant workers.

The function was held at Temple Trees this morning. Speaking at this function Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that the migrant workers earn large amount of foreign income and which has been a healthy situation to this country for a long time.

President Sirisena emphasizes that instant solutions should be provided to the peoples problems with regard to law and order.

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes that instant solutions should be provided to the peoples problems with regard to law and order. President made these remarks at a special discussion held at parliamentary complex with the stakeholders of solid waste management.

President Sirisena further noted solid waste management has become a common issue to the general public. Therefore, President requested all peoples' representatives, representatives of local government and provincial councils should take the responsibility to provide a long lasting solution to this issue. The peoples' representatives should use their power and authority for the welfare of the common masses.

State Minister Dilan Perera says the SLFP's member promotional work of SLFP is being carried out very successfully.

State Minister Dilan Perera says the SLFP's member promotional work of SLFP is being carried out very successfully at present. He further said electorate executive committee will be established in each electorate by 21st of this month. The restructure and party reform activities are being carried out in a successful manner. Minister Dilan Perera made these remarks at a media conference held at the party headquarters this morning.

Speaking at this conference Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara emphasized the importance of taking action against the central bank bond scam issue. He further said action also should be taken against Hedging frauds which took place during the previous regime. Minister Chandima Weerakkody joining this conference stated that SLFP has become very strong under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena. The intellectuals and the supporters islandwide have rallied around the president at present.