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A special walk organized by the Ministry of Health to mark the World Diabetes Day commenced this morning under the patronage of President.

The World Diabetes Day falls today. A special walk organized by the Ministry of Health commenced this morning at Independence Square under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Speaking at this function President Sirisena said the world population has faced many serious health problems due to Diabetes defect. He also noted around 15 to 17 percent of Sri Lankan population are affected with Diabetes. Even small children getting affected by Diabetes has become a national problem. President also pointed out the younger generation of this country should have healthy physic to push forward the development programmes of this country. Therefore, awareness programmes should be conducted from the school level to prevent this Diabetes menace.

President Sirisena also presented his views at the Subharathi live programme held at Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, this morning. Speaking at this function, Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna said a special colour code has been introduced in soft drinks to show the sugar level of those contents.

Railway Service will be developed as an effective service to serve the general public.

Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva says more funds are allocated for the Transport Service in this budget.


2878 youth will be recruited as government management assistant service next year.

2878 youth will be recruited as Government Management Assistant Service next year.  The Director General of Integrated Public Administration and Management Ministry K H P M G Gamage said the relevant gazette notification will be released next month.

 He further said another 1595 persons will be recruited to this service this year.  The relevant interviews for this recruitment will be held on the 15th, 16th and 18th of this month at the Ministry premises.  The candidates for this interview have been selected based on the marks scored at the competitive examination held in April 2015.

The first death anniversary of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha thero will be commemorated tomorrow under the patronage of the President

The first death anniversary of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha thero will be commemorated tomorrow at 4.00 pm in the Kotte Naga Viharaya premises under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Ven. Wathurawila Siri Sujatha will conduct the Anusasana at this ceremony. President Sirisena will launch commemoration stamp at this occasion.

Export income from Sri Lankan fish products has doubled in 3 months.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the foreign income from export of fishing products has doubled in three months due to the relaxation of the ban on Sri Lankan fishing products in European Union countries. He further said 37,860 metric tons of fishing products have been exported so far. 6,570 million rupees have been earned from these exports. The minister expressed confidence that the income from the fishing exports will increase further in future as well.

School text books will be distributed among students before the December vacation.

Distribution of school text books for next year has been further streamlined. Commissioner general of educational publications Mrs. Padmini Nalika Weliwatte says provincial educational secretaries have also been informed in this connection.

About 39 million text books have been printed and about nine million have already been distributed. Distributions of books in the northern and eastern provinces are successfully being carried out at present. All text books will be distributed among the students throughout the island before the December vacation.

Meanwhile, the ministry of education has focused attention to print the text books in lasting artificial paper. This may reduce costs as the books of artificial paper can be kept for several years. A sum of 3.8 billion rupees is needed annually for the printing of text books in the normal paper.

All municipal council will collect garbage separately as decaying and non-decaying.

Ministry of provincial council and local government says all municipal councils have decided to collect garbage separately from Tuesday.  Accordingly house owners have to hand over their decaying garbage and polythene waste separately.  

This programme will be initiated by a ceremony to be held at the President's House.  People in Municipal areas are advised not to dispose the garbage altogether.  The ministry requests the public to inform the police through the hotline 119 regarding the persons who dispose garbage improperly.

The President says the policy decision taken by the government to provide medicines at lower rates will be continued.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the policy decision taken by the government to pass the national pharmaceutical act has been implemented at present.  It was a long felt demand by the general public and the government is further committed to provide drugs and medicines to the people at concessionary rates.

All lapses in this Act will be solved through negotiations and agreement with the pharmaceutical companies.  The president revealed these facts at a ceremony held in Gampaha this morning to declare open the Sanasa six storied building which was built for the Gampaha general hospital. A sum of 100 million rupees has been spent for this building complex which has all health facilities.

 The President further said that it is the present government that created environment for the general public to buy quality and standard drugs at concessionary prices.  Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike and several ministers were present at this occasion.

The official mobile service by the ministry of Home Affairs will be held in the Galle district from tomorrow.

Official Mobile service organized by the ministry of Home Affairs will be held in the Galle district from tomorrow. Accordingly, a series of regional programmes will be held in Niyagama, Poddiwela Maha Vidyalaya tomorrow under the patronage of minister Vajira Abeywardene and the others ministers and the parliamentarians of the district.

Another mobile service will be held at the Divithura divisional secretariat on Monday.  More programmes will be held in other divisional secretariats in the Galle district upto the 4th of December.  People can obtain National identity cards and other certificates free of charge.  Housing and land problems, social services and vocational training opportunities and many other services are available at these mobile services.

Beautiful towns will be set up under the megapolis development plan.

Additional secretary to the ministry of megapolis and western development Madawa Waidyarathna says under the megapolis development plan, the government will create beautiful cities instead of concrete structures. The aim of this programme is to build up city complexes instead of single cities. Colombo city will be made the hub of economic and financial hub and the western province will become an attractive area for the investors.

Mr. Waidyaratne made these remarks participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning. Under the megapolis development plan special attention has been focused to recycle the garbage in the Colombo city. It will also introduce a systematic programme to solve the transport needs of the public.
Joining the programme, planning director of the ministry Mrs. Gothami Gannoruwa said about half of the population in the Colombo city live in shanties. They will be shifted to substantial houses under two stages.