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A new cabinet sub-committee will be appointed to address grievances relating to harassment faced by journalists, from 2005 to 2015.

Minister Gayantha Karunathilleka says that, a new cabinet sub-committee will be appointed to address grievances relating to harassment faced by journalists, from 2005 to 2015. Cabinet approval was received for this proposal that was voiced by President Maithripala Sirisena. The members of the sub-committee will be Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Gayantha Karunathilleka and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.

The Prime Minister says that he will discuss with the state monetary committee chairman to investigate the malpractices committed in bond issues in 2008 to 2014.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says malpractices have been committed in the treasury bond issues from 2008 to the 2014.  Making a special statement in parliament today the Prime Minister says that Mahinda Rajapakse who held the portfolio of finance ministry during that period should make reply to the parliament in this issue.  Majority of bond issues have been done during the 2008-2014 as private direct issues without any transparent. None of the bond issues during that period has been approved by the monetary board of the central bank. Therefore, the prime Minister stressed that he expects to discuss this matter with the chairman of the state monetary committee in order to conduct investigations into this malpractices.  The present government has given back the power of finance management of the country to the parliament.  The COPE committee had also conducted an investigation into the bond issue. The attorney general department is also taking action in this regard.  The central bank has suspended a sum of 12 billion rupees from the accounts belonged to the Perpetual treasuries company limited. The Prime Minister further said that the attorney general will report this matter to the courts and will take legal action to recover the loss occurred to the government.  This is the first time in Sri Lanka’s history such an investigation process is conducted at utmost transparent and impartial manner.

The Presidential commission report on bond issue will be submitted to the parliament on the 17th of this month.


Secretary to the President Austin Fernando has informed today that copies of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Central Bank bond issue report will be handed over to the Parliament on 17th of this month.
He said accordingly, 26 copies of the report will be sent to the general secretary of parliament Dhammika Dassanayake. The President’s Secretary informed that this decision has been taken in accordance with the advice of the Attorney General.
In his reply, Mr. Fernando indicated that AG has advised that the report should be first handed over to the relevant institutions mentioned in the report.
Mr. Fenranndo further added that reports of 34 investigations done by the PRECIFAC will also be presented to the Parliament when those reports were received from the particular Commission Secretaries.

Minister Sarath Amunugama says that SLFP will never allow anyone to insult the parliament .


Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama says that SLFP will never tolerate any attempts from any party to insult the parliament. The SLFP is always appearing to protect the dignity of the parliament. However, the a group of joint opposition parliamentarians had a clash with the other parliamentarians on an unwanted irrelevant issue. At a press briefing held in parliament complex minister Amunugama said it is ridiculous for the joint opposition have a clash based on the bond commission report.

The UNP accused the joint opposition of attempting to disrupt democracy and traditions in the parliament.

UNP parliamentarian Chaminda Wijesiri accused the joint opposition of attempting to disrupt democracy and traditions in the parliament today. They are aim is to disrupt the hard established parliamentary democracy in the country again.  UNP Parliamentarian  Hector Appuhamy said the behaviour of the former senior ministers in the very first day of the New Year in the  House today is appalling. He pointed out that as senior parliamentarians they should protect the dignity of the parliament.

The Prime Minister says there has been a malpractice in respect of issuance of bonds between 2008 and 2015.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe making a special statement in Parliament this morning said that there has been a malpractice in respect of issuance of bonds between 2008 and 2015. He added that the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who held the portfolio of finance should make a statement in parliament in this regard.

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Minister Kabir Hasheem says the Rajapaksa regime had implemented inappropriate and money wasting programmes caging the public in a debt trap.

General Secretary of the UNP Minister Kabir Hasheem says the former regime headed by President Rajapaksa had implemented inappropriate and money wasting development programmes in the country. Therefore, the country has been put on a debt trap. By implementing very expensive development programmes the supporters of the Rajapaksa regime have grabbed billions of public money.

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The Paddy Marketing Board is to purchase paddy harvest from the farmers at the certified prices.

The Paddy Marketing Board is ready to purchase paddy harvests of the farmers in the Maha season. Many farmers have complained that private sector businessmen purchased their paddy harvest at lower rate. Chairman of the Paddy Marketing Board M.B. Dissanayake says the board is ready to purchase paddy government certified prices.

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The proposed trade union action of the Postal Department has been called off.

The Joint Trade Union Front of the Postal Department says that the proposed trade union action has been called off. Convener of the Trade Unions Front Chinthaka Bandara told the SLBC that they had taken this decision in order to continue distribution of poll cards and other activities of the LG polls without any disruption.

The propaganda program of the SLFP and the UPFA for the forthcoming local government election commenced this evening.

The propaganda program of the SLFP and the UPFA for the forthcoming local government election has commenced this evening under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The campaign office was setup at No. 65 Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Borella.

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