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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.