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The Prime Minister studies the use of renewable energy sources in Belgium.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe met the Prince Laurent of Belgium at the renewable energy palace in Brussels today. The Belgium's main source of energy is nuclear power. However, the Belgium government has focused special attention to use more renewable energy in future.


Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says construction of the Colombo Finance City will be carried out without interruption.

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says construction of the Colombo Finance City will be carried out without interruption. The constructions are being carried out after conducting proper feasibility studies an environmental study. Obtaining sand from the sea for the construction is fully in compliance with the environmental evaluation reports.


100,000 high quality lenses have been ordered for the National Eye Hospital for cataract surgeries.

Director General of Health Services Dr. Palitha Mahipala says the health department has taken a policy decision to use high quality lenses for cataract surgeries. 100,000 such high quality lenses have been ordered to purchase in future. These lenses will be used for the cataract operations conducted by the National Eye Hospital the Health Department has already distributed 300,000 pairs of spectacles among children.

The biggest industrial park in the Southern Province is being constructed in Koggala at present.

Minister Vajira Abeywardena says the industrial park in the Koggala area is being constructed at present. It is scheduled to be opened in February next year. It will generate about 17,000 employment opportunities for the unemployed youth in the southern province.


The President says Sri Lanka is steering as a country with full economic potential.

President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka is steering as a country with full economic potential. He added that achieving shared prosperity is Sri Lanka's primary objective. Sri Lanka seeks to benefit from the opportunities arising from cooperation while also ensuring that others in the region to benefit.


A special committee has been appointed by the Prime Minister to establish the FCID in accordance with the regulations of the police department.

State Minister Dilan Perera said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has appointed a special committee to establish the FCID in accordance with the police department's regulations. He added that President Maithripala Sirisena's aim is to secure credibility of the judiciary system.


Duration of power cut reduced.

The Ministry of Power and Energy announces that the power-cuts scheduled for two-and-a-half hours in the morning, and an hour in the evening, had been reduced. Power and Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said the cuts now will last for an hour in the morning, and half-an-hour in the evening from midnight today. Earlier today, after the Mahaweli Authority agreed to release more water to generate hydropower, the Ministry of Power and Energy said the duration of power-cuts could be reduced.


24 new subjects will be introduced to the school curricula.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that the best investment that any country can make is improving education sector. He added that the present government has allocated a large money for improving country's school education. Minister Kariyawasam was speaking at the prize giving ceremony of the Vishaka College Colombo.


Russian President re-affirms fullest support to SL

Russian President Vladimir Putin has commended the recent transformation Sri Lanka has undergone. He assured Russia's support to Sri Lanka at any instance it requires. The Russian leader made these remarks when he met President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday on the sidelines of the BRICS-BIMSTEC Summit being held at Indian city of Goa.


Prime Minister will hold discussions with top level of officials of European parliament in Brussels today.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe who is on an official tour to Brussels is scheduled to meet the high officials of European parliament, European commission and European union today.  These discussions will focus on regaining the GSP plus

facility to Sri Lanka.