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GCE O/ Level examination commences tomorrow

Commissioner General of Examinations Jayantha Pushpakumara says arrangements have been finalized for the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination which begins tomorrow. The exam will start at 8.30 a.m. The Exams Chief urges all candidates to report to the relevant examination centers at least by 8.00 a.m. It is compulsory to produce the admission card and the national identity card or the passport when entering the center.

The candidates should review their admissions before coming to the examination. The Commissioner General of Examinations informs all candidates to check whether they include correct information regarding them and the subjects as well as the medium they have applied for. No candidate is allowed to have mobile phones, notes, blue tooth devices in their possession or to obtain any kind of support to answer the question papers. An examination ban or cancellation of results can take place if they violate these rules.

Meanwhile, parents or the candidates can inform any examination fraud to the Examination Department via its hot-line 1911. The telephone number of the school development branch of the department is also open for complains. In addition they can be informed to the police headquarters or the number 119. Special investigative teams have been appointed to conduct investigations regarding the complaints. Furthermore activities of the examination will be monitored by the coordinating centers established in provincial and zonal levels.

The President says base of the development is spiritual values.

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses that religious freedom in Sri Lanka has been established at its utmost. Spiritual philosophies of all faiths lead to do good. Therefore, each individual should have the right to follow a faith of his choice.

The President made these remarks participating in a ceremony to mark the bicentenary anniversary of the Methodist church in Raddolugama this morning. The President pointed out that the spiritual values are essential for development of the country than the physical progress of resources. The President pledged to solve the problems pertaining to the catholic students in school admissions. Bishop of the Sri Lanka Methodist Church Rt. Rev. Asiri Perera also spoke.

State tax income has improved.

Ministry of Finance says there is a significant growth in tax income this year. The tax income has increased upto 19.6 billion rupees during the first nine months of the year. It is a growth of a 27 percent when compared to the same period last year. The payee tax has also increased upto 2.1 billion rupees during this period by 8 percent. The tax income has increased mainly due to the government's pragmatic measures taken to upgrade tax management.

Basil Rajapaksa has been accused for the deterioration of the SLFP.

Kotte Media Organization of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party says the party will definitely win the upcoming local government election. SLFP Organizer of the Kotte electorate Janaka Ranawaka says unity of the party members is essential for this victory. At a press briefing held this evening Mr. Ranawaka said that Basil Rajapaksa's behaviour was the major cause for the SLFP's

The Health Minister says salaries for Professionals should be decided according to the market value.


Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratna says salaries for Professionals should be decided according to the market value. The present system of deciding the salaries on a ratio for the professionals like Doctors and Engineers is not fair. Participating over a SLBC this morning, the Minister said all stents required for heart patients will be provided free of charge, at present. Government spends 340 million rupees annually for this free service. A committee has also been appointed to decide the charges of all medical tests


The GCE Ordinary level examination begins on Tuesday.

The GCE Ordinary level examination begins on Tuesday. Over 700 thousand candidates will sit for the Examination at 5,400 centers islandwide. About 40 thousand members of staff will be deployed for exam duties. Commissioner General of Examinations Jayantha Pushpakumara says stern action will be taken against the students who violate regulations at the GCE O/L examination this year.


An International Day of Disabled Persons was held under the patronage of the President.


President Maithripala Sirisena said a National Education Policy will be prepared for the disabled children. He also said necessary Institutional and Statutory backgrounds will also be prepared to avoid the existing shortage when implementing the International Charters.


Drinking Water Supply Project for Kilinochchi will be vested with the public during this month.


Today is the 13th day of the Committee stage discussion of the budget. Votes on Accounts of the Ministries of Megapolis and Western Development, Urban Planning and Water Supply are taken up for discussion today.


A special board to study issues of private bus operators & in the transport sector

President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to appoint a special board to study and take necessary measures regarding issues of private bus operators and in the transport sector.


MPs should be allowed to arrive and leave the parliament freely - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says parliamentarians should be given the opportunity to arrive and leave the parliament without any interruption. Three parliamentarians have informed that they were obstructed by a group of persons who had engaged in a protest in the parliamentary road recently.