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A special programme to provide agricultural equipments for low interest will commence in January next year.

The Director General of the Finance Development Department of Ministry of Finance A.M.P.M.B. Atapattu says a special programme to provide agricultural equipments for low interest will commence in January next year.

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The President has focused attention to construct a conservatory for Sri Lankan poetry.


President Maithripala Sirisena says Sinhalese poetry has rendered a unique service to the nation since history. Addressing a literary festival held in the Colombo Public Library Auditorium this evening.

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A fix deposit of 100 million rupees will be set up for the upliftment of Buddhist temples in Galle district.


Minister Vajira Abeywardena says a fix deposit of 100 million rupees will be set up for the upliftment of all Buddhist temples in the Galle district. At a ceremony held in Yakkalamulla today he said problems of the rural people in the Galle district will be solved without delay.

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The Navy has earned over 2.3 billion rupees in the past year through marine security services.

The Navy says it has earned over 2.3 billion rupees in the past year through marine security services. The navy has provided marine security for over 6,600 voyages of naval vessels. Earlier this marine security services were entrusted to private company and under a special order of President Maithripala Sirisena the services are being carried out by the Sri Lanka Navy.

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A cabinet paper has been issued to recruit food and medicine inspectors.

Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says over 150 complaints have been received to the public complains unit by the public regarding the sale of drugs at higher prices.

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The sugar cane research institute is to setup three more regional centers.

The National Sugar Cane Research Institute in Udawalawa is to setup three more regional centers. These research centers will be setup in Pelwatte, Hingurana and Sevenagala areas where the sugar cane plantations are in abundance.

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The president's mobile service in Galle has solved many problems in the Galle district.

Minister Vajira Abeywardena says the president's mobile service in Galle has solved many problems of the people in the Galle district. Many rural people have suffered immensely as they haven’t had opportunity to raise their problems with the relevant public officials

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World Diabetes Day falls today

The World Diabetes Day falls today. It was declared in 1991 by the World Health Organization together with the International Diabetes Federation. Today was chosen as the World Diabetes Day as it also marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best and John James Rickard Macleod,

first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922. The day was declared in 1991 since the number of diabetes patients increased in the year alarmingly. At least two persons who are having diabetes are identified from around the world in every 10 seconds. Around 7 million persons are infected with the disease annually and four million of them die each year.

In Sri Lanka the number of diabetes patients reported was two million in 2011. Another 2 million were vulnerable.


It has been revealed that one fourth of the Sri Lankan population are having diabetes. Limbs of 500 to 600 persons are removed annually due to the disease. Cardiac arrests, kidney diseases, visual impairment, liver ailments, diseases related to skin and bone infections are among the other diseases related to diabetes.

Spending more time in front of the television or the computer, not engaging in exercises and consumption of cigarettes are the main reasons for the diabetes. Therefore, it is important to engage in exercises at least 30 minutes a day and to reduce consumption of food with sugar and flour as well as to consume fresh fruits and vegetables to prevent the disease.

No Sri Lankans affected from earthquakes in NZ

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Sri Lanka's thoughts and prayers are with the people of New Zealand in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. Issuing a twitter message its spokesperson Mahishini Colonne says the government condoles on the loss of life and wishes speedy recovery to those injured. She also told the SLBC that there are no reports so far of Sri Lankans being affected from the earthquakes.

The president stresses the need of common agenda for the nation.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the country needs one common agenda to triumph national interests. He added that the common goals should not be led down by the petty interests of the individuals. The president made these comments at a function held at the BMICH today. The event was organized to celebrate art and culture that consolidate ethnic times.

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