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Plans underway to generate 200,000 jobs within next year

Minister Daya Gamage says, a project worth 500 thousand billion US dollars will be implemented with the support of World Bank to assist local entrepreneurs. The government hopes to provide a loan of 5 million rupees and a grant of another 5 million rupees for an entrepreneur who has a capital of one million rupees under this programme. Taking part in the Subarathi discussion programme of the SLBC this morning the minister disclosed main objective of this initiative is to generate 2 million jobs within next year.

The G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination commences today.


The G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination begins today. Over 700,000 candidates will sit for the Examination at 5,400 centers islandwide. About 40 thousand members of staff will be deployed for exam duties.

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The Police say those found guilty in damaging the public properties and made inconvenience to the general public during the private bus strike will be dealt with.


The Police say those who found guilty in damaging the public properties and made inconvenience to the general public during the private bus strike will be dealt with. The police also suspect some anti government elements are behind these activities. 31 persons from 11 areas were arrested so far in this regard.

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The President re-iterates that the government is not ready to accept any financial assistance provided by the tobacco manufacturing or cigarette companies.

President Maithripala Sirisena re-iterates that the government is not ready to accept any financial assistance granted by the tobacco manufacturing or cigarette companies. The government has its own revenue sources to implement the national health policy in this country.

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Minister Ravi Karunanayake promised that the fund allocation for the provincial budget proposals will not be reduced under any circumstances in future.

Minister Ravi Karunanayake promised that the fund allocation for the provincial budget proposals will not be reduced under any circumstances in future. Mr. Karunanayake rejected the allegations of some chief ministers with regard to cutting down the provincial budget allocations.

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Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka says the successful drug control national policy has been a victory to the common masses.


Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka says the successful drug control national policy has been a victory to the common masses. Karapitiya base hospital has been the third largest hospital in this country. A nine story building complex at a cost of 790 million rupees is being constructed at this hospital.

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A special investigation on frauds and malpractices of government chemical and laboratory equipment warehouse is being carried out.

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam made and urgent visit to Pattalagedara warehouse and inspected the sources there. Information received with regard to the large amount of chemical substance and scientific equipments worth millions of rupees are said to be destroyed at this premises.

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The gazette notification released in 1818 which named the leaders including Kappetipola Adhikaram of 1818 Udarata protest as traitors has been cancelled with immediate effect.

Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapaksa released a communiqué stated that the gazette notification released in 1818 which named the leaders including Kappetipola Adhikaram of 1818 Udarata protest as traitors will be cancelled with immediate effect.

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Tissa Attanayake granted bail

Former Minister Tissa Attanayake has been released on bail. He had been remanded over the charges of preparing forged documents. Colombo High Court Judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardena today ordered to release the former minister on a cash bail of 25,000 rupees and four sureties of 500,000 rupees each. A travel ban was also imposed on him.

Meanwhile, the bail application submitted by former Deputy Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman was rejected by Colombo high court today. It will be reconsidered on Wednesday. The Attorneys who appeared on behalf of him had submitted the bail application via a motion.

Police not to be blamed over the parliamentary roundabout incident - Speaker

Speaking in the Parliament today, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya stated that it is not justifiable to blame the police regarding the incident occurred near the parliamentary roundabout on Saturday. The protestors were allowed to engage in their protest without obstructing the traffic along the parliamentary road. However, the Speaker said the police have informed him that the group had act violating the public law and order and the court order.

It is the responsibility of the police to provide security to the parliament. The police had told parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena that only 5 persons can be allowed to meet the MPs and a large number of persons are not permitted to enter the parliamentary complex on one instance.The Speaker stated this in response to the query made by Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena at the Parliament.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe who also spoke at the parliament recalled how media had reported quoting the protestors that they will invade the parliament. It is certainly a threat leveled against the parliament. Therefore the police had to take necessary action against it.