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A special meeting of the National Buddhist Intellectual Council was convened yesterday under the patronage of the President.

A special meeting of the National Buddhist Intellectual Council was convened yesterday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. This is the 5th time a special meeting was organized. The meeting focused on the betterment of the Buddha Sasana and the measures to be taken in future to promote Buddhism and its religious values. The discussion also paid special attention on piriwen education, samanera institutions and the establishment of Buddhist centers islandwide. The 2017 Vesak celebration will also be conducted under the four sectors. The participants also recommended many suggestions with regard to training of the piriwen teachers and establishment of piriwen education centers.

Special condolence message and a resolution will be passed in parliament to respect the leader of Cuba Fidel Castro.

Special condolence message and a resolution will be passed in parliament to respect the leader of Cuba Fidel Castro. It was decided yesterday at the party leaders' meeting, to commence this special session at 5.00 pm today in parliament. The special condolence presentation session will be held from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm in parliament.

Another 269 teachers have been recruited.


Another 269 teachers have been recruited. The appointment letters to the respective teacher recruits were given during a special function held yesterday at the Auditorium of Ministry of Education.

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The world AIDS prevention day falls today.

The world AIDS prevention day falls today. The World Health Organization has published a set of comprehensive guidelines on self examining process for any suspected AIDS cases. This testing process can be conducted with a drop of blood.

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that generous politicians sans corruption often respected by the masses.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that a free democratic society prevails over rules of kings in the contemporary world.

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A process to register tea cultivation lands from tomorrow.

Minister Naveen Dissanayake informs that the tea board has initiated necessary steps to register tea cultivation lands from tomorrow.

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An extensive investigation about adulteration of diesel using kerosene oil.

A comprehensive investigation is underway into the alleged incident of mixing kerosene oil with diesel.

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Govt has been able to regain respect & diplomatic recognition for SL - FM

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera says the present government was able to regain the respect and diplomatic recognition for the country within a short period which was lost during the previous regime. Speaking at the Parliament today the Minister pointed out the political situation in the country during the post war period,
authoritarian rule and covering up the theft of Rajapaksa family members from the war victory distanced Sri Lanka from the world. Furthermore, the country did not have a proper foreign policy. Appointing of inappropriate persons for the Foreign Service further worsened the situation. Theft and unruly behaviours became common. 
The expense for the foreign tours of Rajapaksa family members from year 2012 to 2014 was 2.3 billion rupees. 
The government bore more than two million rupees for the visit undertook by youngest son of former President to Japan in year 2014. Furthermore, a house has been rented in year 2013 when there was no consular general in 
Los Angeles. 27 million rupees have been spent to rent the house for a period of one year and nine months. Son of former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had lived in the house. 
 
Investigations are now being carried out regarding such fraud. The Minister pointed out former Minister Professor G.L. Peiris is directly responsible for these fraud and malpractices. The Foreign Service will be updated in accordance with the requirements of the modern world. 
An Embassy will be opened in Ethiopia instead of Uganda. Ties with Palestine will be strengthened as well. 
 
Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi who spoke on the occasion proposed to appoint a parliamentary select committee to investigate alleged fraud and malpractices that have said to be taken in the Foreign Service from year 2010 to 2015. 
 
MP Bimal Rathnayake said the Ministry itself should also conduct an investigation in this regard. Today is the 10th day of the committee stage discussion. The votes on accounts of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Employment, Labour and Trade Union Relations are taken up for discussion today. 

Public servants can now forward their problems to PPC

Chairman of the Public Petitions Committee State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe says his committee is rendering an immense service to the public. The public servants can forward the problems they face to the committee and obtain solutions for them.

Addressing a media briefing held at parliamentary complex this morning the State Minister pointed out the committee has been given more powers with the introduction of 19th constitutional amendment. 

Former Deputy Min Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan arrested

Former Deputy Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan has been arrested. The Financial Crimes Investigation Division of the Police has arrested him over the charges of misusing government vehicles. He had been summoned to the FCID this morning to record a statement.