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Application forms for the students who have passed Grade five scholarship examination to apply for popular schools are available at relevant schools from today.

Director of school affairs in the ministry of Education W.K.M.Wijetunga says the application forms for the students who have passed Grade five scholarship examination to apply for popular schools are available at relevant schools from today.

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The President stresses that’s all institutions in the country should be independent and impartial.

President Maithripala Sirisena says he will apply an impartial policy for the well being of the country. Therefore all institutions an officials in the country should act impartial and independent. The president made these remarks today at a ceremony held in Maha-Oya to declare open the Maha-Oya water supply project.

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Minister Rajitha Senarathne says there is no any rift between the president and the prime minister.

Co-cabinet spokesman minister Rajitha Senarathne says there is no any rift between the president and the prime minister. There is no problem between the SLFP and the UNP as well. Media has wrongly published a statement made by the president recently.

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The ETF Board is to provide 9 thousand scholarships to grade five students.

The Employees' Trust Fund Board says applications are now accepted from its members to offer scholarships to their children who have passed Grade 5 scholarship examination with higher marks. The closing date is 30th of this month.

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Former MP Tissa Attanayake remanded till 5th of December

Former parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake has been remanded till the 5th of December. The police have filed a case against him for preparing a forged document using the signature of leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremasinghe. The case is heard before the Colombo high court.

PM holds discussions with various parties of European parliament on GSP +

The Sri Lankan delegation led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe who is engaged in a visit to Belgium has held discussions with various parties who represent the European parliament on the possibility of regaining the
GSP plus tax concession. The Prime Minister elaborated on the measures Sri Lanka has taken to restore good governance, democracy, human rights, reconciliation and social justice. Therefore, Sri Lanka's eligibility of regaining the tax relief was emphasized at the discussion.

The premier met the parliamentary representatives who belong to the European People's Party who are charged with foreign affairs first. Subsequently discussions were held with the members of the committee on international trade of the European Parliament. Views were also exchanged with the group who represent European People's party at the European parliament. Discussions with the Sri Lanka Friendship Group of the European parliament was held later. All of them urged the government to expedite the measures taken to restore good governance, democracy, social justice, reconciliation and to eradicate corruption.

SL's future will be strengthened under unison government - European Commission

Chairman of the European Commission Jean Claude Junker says Sri Lanka is engaged in a correct journey under the vision of the unison government formed with the support two main political parties. He pointed out it is the expectation of the European community to see Sri Lanka's future being strengthened under the unison government. He made these remarks when the Sri Lankan delegation led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe called on him at the headquarters of the European commission in Brussels.

Sri Lanka has now been able to gain the confidence of the international community. The premier elaborated on the socio economic reforms that are taking place after the victory achieved on 8th of January last year.

Rains to continue

The Met Department says the rainy weather condition will prevail in the next few days as well. Showers are experienced as a result of the inter monsoon weather condition. The highest rain fall of 87 millimeters was recorded from Benthotawaththa area in the 24 hours ended from 8.30 a.m. today. Many parts of the country experienced showers exceeding 50 millimeters. Water levels of Mahaaweli, Kelani, Nilwala and Walawe rivers have gone up considerably.

Meanwhile Director General of Irrigation Saman Weerasinghe says the water required for cultivation activities in Maha season will be issued between 1st and 15th of next month.

Meanwhile our correspondent says heavy showers are experienced in several areas of the Galle district from midnight yesterday ending the drought. However, many tanks and rivers including Ging Ganga, Maadu Ganga, Benthara Ganga as well as lakes can be polluted due to the garbage that have not been dumped properly for several months. Therefore the public should be careful when consuming the water of those rivers and lakes. Southern provincial minister U.G.D.Ariyathilleka says 8600 hectares of land will be cultivated as a result of the heavy showers.

The European Commission is ready to assist Sri Lanka’s new development journey.

The European Commission’s Vice President Federica Mogherini said that the European Commission is ready to assist Sri Lanka’s new development journey, focused on good governance, reconciliation and social justice. She stated this during her meeting with visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Brussels.

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An agreement signed between trade unions of the estate sector and owners of the estates.

An agreement between trade unions of the estate sector and owners of the estates were signed today. Representatives from several trade unions representing estate workers and representatives from the owners' federation signed the document. The agreement will be in effect for 2 years.

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