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The higher education minister alleges that ragging has become a major underworld menace in this country.

Higher Education Minister Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa alleges that ragging has become a major underworld menace in this country. The Minister made these remarks in parliament yesterday. He said the laws relating to ragging will be strengthened to give severe punishments to the wrongdoers. There is no pardon to the wrongdoers and culprits of ragging. Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayaka also expressed his views on this subject. Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena also made similar remarks during a function held in Bandarawela yesterday. The president said the inhuman activities taking place in the university education mechanism should be condemned.

The Prime Minister says the former president should reveal the methods to reduce the taxes in this country.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa should reveal the methods to reduce the taxes in this country. The former president stated in a function that he will reduce the tax by 20 percent when he comes to power. However, Mr. Wickremasinghe alleged that the former president has made a world record in obtaining loans during his tenure. The premier made these remarks at a function held in Ranwala to open a bridge. The premier also said the previous regime has taken loans upto 7,391 billion rupees. As a result, the monetary system and the economy are facing major crisis in the country.

The government focuses attention on revising already imposed taxes.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the government focuses attention on revising already imposed taxes. The government has imposed various taxes to increase the national income. However, this tax system is a simplified tax which has focused in direct taxing. The lament and others could understand the logic behind this taxing exercise. The Minister assures this tax system will be revised in future to reduce the burden on the common masses.

100,000 entrepreneurs will be established by 2020.


Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the government expects to create 100,000 new entrepreneurs by 2020. Accordingly, 16 loan schemes will be introduced to promote local production and export. The state banks have been educated in this regard. These proposals were also included in the 2018 budget. The first priority will be given to the agriculture sector in the country. Every potential citizen should come forward to become a stakeholder in this process.

The President stresses the need to prepare a common exercise to eliminate inhuman ragging in the universities

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses the need to prepare a common programme without delay to eliminate inhuman ragging that takes place in the university system. All relevant sections should work collectively to make this a success. University students met a number of bad experiences due to inhuman ragging during the past few years. Some power craving political organizations are also behind such incidents. The President said therefore, all segments of the society should come forward to end student's terrorism in universities.

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Minister Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa rejects the allegations levelled against the government that it had betrayed the war heroes

Minister Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa vehemently rejects the allegations levelled against the government by some elements that it had betrayed the war heroes. He said that it was the previous regime that betrayed them by signing an agreement with UN General Secretary Ban-Ki Moon during that period. It pave the way to present the Darusman Report which led to produce war heroes at the international court of justice. Minister Wijayadasa Rajapaksa made these comments when the national defense fund bill was taken up for debate in the House today.

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Kerosene subsidy will be issued to fishermen without delay

The Ministry of fisheries says Kerosene subsidy will be issued to fishermen without delay. A sum of 4 billion rupees has been allocated for this purpose.  The fishermen who are eligible to obtain the subsidy have already been earmarked.  Secretary to the Ministry Mrs. Renuka Ekanayaka says that all measures have been finalised to transfer the money to the bank accounts of the relevant beneficiaries. About 5000 fishermen have already qualified for the Kerosene subsidy.

The country has lost 12 billion rupees through improper purchase of coal during the previous regime

Deputy minister Ajith P. Perera says that the country has lost over 12 billion rupees as the former government not purchased coal for Norochcholai power plant properly.  The deputy minister told the SLBC that the previous regime has purchased coal amounting to 350 million US dollars for the Norochcholai plant from 2009 to 2014 from the same company without considering the fluctuation of prices.  The deputy minister says however the present government purchases coal under proper procurement procedures. Over 20 local and foreign bidders present quotations to sell coal to the Norochcholai power plant at present.

The future programme on agricultural development has been launched

The future programme on agricultural development has been launched. It was launched by minister Mahinda Amaraweera at the Hector Kobbekaduwa agricultural research and training institute in Colombo this morning. Addressing the gathering, minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that the aim of this programme is to increase the productivity of agriculture and to enhance food safety and to achieve national prosperity.

The Uva provincial office and resources centre of the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau will be vested with the public today by the President.

The Uva provincial office and migrant resources centre of the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau will be vested with the public this evening under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The Centre has been located at the address 202, Badulla Road in Hali-ela. A sum of 540 million rupees has been spent for this office complex. There are two, six storied buildings, two storied hostels and a training centre which can provide facilities for 200 individuals at a time in this centre. Korean and Japanese languages and several other migrant employment oriented courses will also be held in this centre.