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Semi-Govt sector employment tomorrow

Director General of the Department of Census and Statistics Amara Satharasinghe has requested the cooperation of all employees to make the census on Public and Semi-Government sector employment successful. 
 
All employees are urged to provide correct information to the given questionnaire. The Director General added arrangements have been finalized for the census. It will be held from 9.30 to 11.30 am. Issuing of the questionnaire and instructions will be carried out by the coordinating officials. Main objective of this census is to enumerate all employees of the public and semi government sector, and to compile demographic and socio economic information of these employees.
 
The Director General says it would pave the way to enhance the quality of the services of the public and semi government sector. One of the special features of this year's census is that it also includes estate workers. All information of the employees serving on casual, substitute and contract basis will be collected. 
 
All the information regarding the census can be obtained by browsing the website www.statistics.gov.lk

The President says some good governance policies fulfilled as he was able to secure the leadership of SLFP.

The 30th anniversary of Ravaya Newspaper was marked with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe at the BMICH this afternoon. An intellectual debate has been organized to in line with the anniversary. The President said that he and the Ravaya Newspaper have same objective that making the country a better place. He added that he had been criticized by Ravaya many times. The President also pointed out that accepting the leadership of Sri Lanka Freedom Party was criticized by Victor Ivan and several other friends of him. He also noted that Ravaya played a crucial role in regard to shaping the public opinion when certain goals of good governance were achieved like passage of 19th amendment to the constitution. The President highlighted that after the January 8 transformation the parliament was imbalanced and more parliamentarians were with the opposition. But the administration was able to fulfill the targets as he was able to secure the leadership of SLFP.

Addressing the gathering Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that he had many pros and cons with Ravaya.

The Prime Minister said that it is essential to pay serious attention on changing the current system. The ethnic harmony is one of major areas that has to be strengthened. The Premier said that racists have tarnished true freedom in the country. Advisor to the Ravaya Newspaper Victor Ivan said that the judiciary system should earn confidence and respect of the general public.

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"Aava" group not led by the army, emphasizes State Min of Defence

Minister Sagala Rathnayake told the parliament today that the so-called "Aava" group in Northern Province is not engaged in any terrorist activity. It has been formed as
a result of a dispute that broke out between two factions in 2011. Majority of its members are between the ages of 18 to 25. They have carried out various robberies, assaults and are also involved in ransom incidents. Responding to
a question raised by parliamentarian Anura Dissanayake the minister said the group is engaged in such activities to show their heroism and to be different from the society. However, its members have been arrested recently as they are involved in various crimes.

Some of them were imprisoned while the others were released on bail. Certain persons have been freed as they had paid the fines. Speaking further, Minister Sagala Rathnayake disclosed some of the imprisoned members have linked up with dangerous criminals while they are in prison. The total number of members of the Aava group is 60. Out of them 38 have been arrested.

Investigations are being carried out regarding six persons. Judicial measures have been taken against 32. The first leader of the so-called Aava group is currently in prison. Operations are underway to arrest 8 more leaders.

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijeyawardena who also spoke in the parliament emphasized that the Aava group is not led by the army. The security forces do not have any requirement to form such a group. However, one of its members who is currently in custody is an army deserter.


Meanwhile, Minister Daya Gamage told the parliament today that a propagated programme is now in progress to increase the production of cardamom. The sector faced a set back over the last couple of years due to the wrong policies of the previous government. However, the present government has taken measures to support the businessmen. The World Bank has also extended its assistance in this regard. Free training is also provided to them.

Cardamom has been cultivated in 2,800 hectares at present. In 2014, the country's cardamom production was 87 thousand kilos. It had increased upto 91 thousand kilos last year. Responding to a question raised by parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana the minister added various measures including conducting researches and implementing investment projects are being carried out to increase the production.

Navy earns more than Rs.2b from Onboard Security Team Operations

The Navy has been able to earn 2.33 billion rupees for the government the Onboard Security Team Operations during last year. It undertook the Onboard Security Team Operations from the Avant Garde Maritime Services Limited on 13th November last year.

The Galle and Colombo operation centers have carried out a total of 6,646 ship movements during the period. The earnings generated were deposited in the Consolidated Fund of the government.

Budget has open up investment sector - Min Vajira

The debate on the budget commenced in the parliament for the third day today. Minister Vajira Abeywardena who commenced the debate said the budget has open up the investment sector which was confined to several businessmen.

The budget for the next year has encouraged local investments and has increased foreign investments as well.  Furthermore, it has not forgotten the northern and eastern provinces.  Therefore, the government has taken measures to strengthen the divisional administration in the tow provinces.

 Speaking further, the minister disclosed that a forum of district secretariats will be held to address the issues faced by the public.  All parliamentarians will be able to submit their problems to the forum.

An international conference on the reuse of water resources and seeking alternative measures to improve the water management will commence today in Colombo.


An international conference on the reuse of water resources and seeking alternative measures to improve the water management will commence today in Colombo.

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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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