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10 senior literary personalities have been awarded by the National Radio

'Senior writers awarding ceremony-2018' organized by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and Godage and company was held at the Kumarathunga Studio of the Corporation this evening. 10 senior literary personalities who rendered an yeoman service to the local literary field have been awarded by the National Radio. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was the chief guest at the event.

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President vows no return to dictatorship in the island

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday took serious exception to a top Buddhist monk urging former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to take over the country as a Hitler-type military dictator. President Sirisena said as a Buddhist he had the highest respect for the clergy, but could not agree with a senior monk of the Asgiriya chapter who invited Rajapaksa to “be a Hitler, take the military and take power.”

He said the voters toppled former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa because they wanted to end a decade-long iron-fisted rule and win back their personal freedoms.

Addressing a meeting in Nikawaratiya yesterday the President said, in January 2015, people did not vote for food or jobs. They voted for freedom and democracy. President added that he has restored both and will not allow this country to slip back to a dictatorship.

He was saddened by the call of Ven. Venduruwe Upali Thera who sought a return to an era when citizens were deprived of their basic human rights and any dissent was immediately crushed.

He said he was being criticised as a weak leader because he did not oppress the people unlike his predecessor. Former Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike too was criticised using the same language and he was assassinated three and a half years into his term, the President noted.

Despite the threats, the President said he will not waver and will not allow the hard-won democracy to be undermined in the country.

The Prime Minister says the government will develop the country by upgrading export and the service sector

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the government's aim is to develop the country by enhancing export and service sectors. Each city in the country will be developed under a proper plan. The government acquire plan for development projects in transparent manner. The Prime Minister made these remarks at a ceremony held in Boralesgamuwa yesterday to declare open the newly constructed children park for the children of special needs and the walking path. The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development has conducted this development project with the help of the Land Reclamation and Development Board. There are 19 food and trade stalls in this area as well. Joining this occasion Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the good governance rule will provide more relief to the general public. The government officials should also work in responsible manner to achieve the government's targets. He added that such a special children's park will be set up close to the Kottawa interchange of the Southern Express Way. A light railway will be established from Moratuwa to Fort to ease the traffic congestion along the Galle road. It will be connected to Colombo-Piliyandala road as well.

Provincial council election will be held in December under preferential vote system

 

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says provincial council election will be held in December under preferential vote system. A relevant amendment will be tabled in parliament in September. The Minister further said majority of peoples representatives and common masses feel more comfortable with the old system which is preferential voting system. The Minister made these comments at a media conference held in Colombo.

The first special high court to hear the investigations of large scale fraud and corruption opens on the 2nd week of July

 

The first special high court to hear the investigations of large scale fraud and corruption opens on the 2nd week of July. Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said Effective steps will be taken to establish the remaining two high courts in near future

The President instructs the relevant officials to implement a special work plan for the benefit of the children of war victims

 

President Maithripala Sirisena instructs the relevant officials to implement a special work plan for the benefit of the children of war victims. 765 children are in orphanage in Kilinochchi district. The officers of orphanage said the parents of these children died during the war time. The president focused its attention on the national work plan to protect the children

The postal workers strike may end today.

Secretary to the Ministry of Post R.M.D.B. Meegasmulla says the trade union action of the postal workers may come to an end today. He told the SLBC that there will be discussion with him and trade union representatives at 3.00 pm today. The Secretary says that at least a period of two weeks is needed to find a lasting solution for the problems of the postal workers. Their demands will be submitted to the relevant ministerial subcommittee and to the Cabinet for approval.

3,850 PT teachers will be recruited to the vacancies in the government schools.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says 3,850 Physical Training teachers will be recruited to the vacancies in the government schools. At a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday the Minister said they will train talented students to win local and international tournaments. The appointments will be made within next three weeks.

The Speaker of Parliament requests all parties to refrain from voicing allegations regarding the bond issue, until all documents are received legitimately through the President's Office.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya has requested all parliamentarians and media units to refrain from voicing allegations regarding the bond issue, until all documents pertaining to the issue are received by him legitimately through the President's Office. He cautions, such allegations could cause a slur to the good name of individuals.
Speaker Jayasooriya observes, when the reputation of the Parliament and its members is tarnished, the adverse effect on the image of the country is not negligible.