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Entire road system to be developed

Today is the 4th day of the committee stage discussion of the budget. Votes on accounts of the ministries of higher education and highway, science, technology and research as well as skills development and vocational training are being taken up for discussion today. Speaking at the debate state minister Dilan Perera said a programme to develop the entire road system of the country is now in progress.

Tenders have been called to develop the road from Badulla to Chankaladi. High road projects have been implemented in Northern and Eastern Provinces as well as in the Uva province and in two districts of the Western Province. State Minister Dilan Perera also added attention has been focused on completing the development activities of the road from Badulla to Kandy which has come to a standstill.

The president urges the commitment of scientists and researchers for the development of the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena states that the scientists and researchers should question themselves about their works whether they are focused on maximizing local resources for the betterment of country.

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Ethnic harmony should be safeguard - FM

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera accuses certain persons are attempting to create conflicts between Sinhala and Muslim communities. Their objective is to reverse the forward march of the country. Speaking in the parliament today, the minister pointed out the need of taking measures to safeguard ethnic harmony.

Today is the 3rd day of the committee stage discussion held in parliament. Votes on accounts of the ministries of education, internal affairs, Wayamba development and cultural affairs are taken up for discussion today. State minister of education V Radhakrishnan who joined the debate said the government has given priority to develop schools in rural areas.

Under this the sanitary facilities will be developed while power will also be supplied to those schools. Infrastructure facilities of 3000 primary schools are to be developed as well. He also added 29,000 schools in plantation areas will also be developed.

Electric trains soon in SL

Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil aviation Ashok Abeysinghe says a feasibility report is being prepared to introduce electric trains to the country.  The project had commenced on 7th of July this year.  Preliminary planning has already been completed. A project management institution and a steering committee have been appointed as well.  Speaking in the parliament the deputy minister disclosed a staff will be enrolled within the next month.  Special attention has also been focused on the Kelani Vallley railway line.  All activities will be completed within the next five years.

Govt has created a socio-economic & political transformation - Min Soyza

Minister Vijith Vijayamuni Soyza says the government has created a socio economic and political transformation in the country. It has received support of all communities in this regard. Taking part in the Subarathi discussion programme of the SLBC this morning, the minister added the people have placed the fullest trust on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

Commenting on the Sri Lanka freedom party minister Vijith Vijayamuni Soyza said the party is headed by President Maithripala Sirisena. Therefore, all party members should support him. The Minister was of the view that the President has the ability to make the party stronger.

SL admitted to GCSP

Sri Lanka has been admitted to the Governing Body of the Geneva Center for Security Policy. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha represented Sri Lanka for the first time at the Foundation Council Meeting held last week
in Geneva. Welcoming Sri Lanka, Chairman of the Center Professor François Heisbourg expressed confidence that Sri Lanka would actively contribute towards the work of the organization.

The International Defence Attache Seminar to be organized by the Governing Body of the Geneva Center for Security Policy is scheduled to be held in Colombo next month. The Ministry of Defence and the Kotelawala Defence University will also assist the organizing activities. It will be the first ever seminar to be organized by the center in the South and East Asia region. The Governing Body of the Geneva Center for Security Policy is an international foundation established in 1995, which focuses on promoting peace, security and stability through education, research and dialogue.

An amended bill on new contributory pension scheme and local government elections will be submitted to the Parliament in near future.

The government says an amended bill on new contributory pension scheme and local government elections will be submitted to the Parliament in near future. A special cabinet sub committee appointed to look into this matter met recently to discuss about the bill.

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Minister Thalatha Athukorala says the present government has put a full stop to the racism era which existed in the past.


Minister Thalatha Athukorala said the present government has created a peaceful atmosphere without any racism or divisions among the communities. The government has taken effected steps to establish reconciliation and peace.

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The budget proposal for 2017 of Western Province will be submitted today.


The budget proposal for 2017 of Western Province will be submitted today. Chief Minister of Western Province Isuru Devappriya is scheduled to submit the annual budget proposals today. This is the 3rd financial statement of 6th western provincial council. It is reported there are 28 financial statements submitted from the inception.

The President says today is a significant day of his life as he accepted a great challenge two years ago on the same day.


President Maithripala Sirisena says today is a significant day of his life as he accepted a great challenge two years ago on the same day. It is on the November 21st in 2014 then Minister Maithripala Sirisena gave up all portfolios and left the government to contest the presidential election as the common candidate.

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