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A special parliamentary sitting, on Wednesday.

Acting Secretary General of the Parliament, Neil Iddawela says that Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has summoned a special Parliamentary sitting on Wednesday at 10.30am, upon the request of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

According to Mr Iddawela, the Speaker, in pursuance of Standing Order No. 14 of Parliament, requests all Members of Parliament to attend this special sitting.

The Moragahakanda Reservoir Project was vested with the public by President Maithripala Sirisena

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The Rajagiriya flyover was declared open this morning

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Distribution of official poll cards begins on the 18th of this month.

The additional election commissioner M.M.Mohammed says, certifying the postal ballot papers will be carried out by the relevant district returning officers today. Then the name lists of government officials who are entitled for postal voting will be displayed at the relevant offices. The secured packets of postal ballot papers will be handed over to the postal department for dispatching on Thursday. Distribution of official poll cards will begin on the 18th of this month and the official poll cards will be delivered on the 28th Sunday as a special day

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Sri Lanka commemorates three years completion of the new political culture and political revolution today. The political culture was established on January 8th 2015.

Sri Lanka commemorates three years completion of the new political culture and political revolution today.  President Maithripala Sirisena was elected as the President of this country on the 8th of January 2015.  Today the government celebrates the victory of establishing democracy, peace, reconciliation and a new political culture. 

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A special party leaders meeting will be convened today under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasooriya.

A special party leaders meeting will be convened today under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasooriya.  The meeting will focus on the central bank bon scam report.  The Speaker and the leaders of political parties will discuss in detail to decide on a date to conduct a special debate on the central bank bond scam report.

The ban on conducting election propaganda activities at places of religious worship reiterated.

Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya reiterates that conducting election propaganda activities at places of religious worship is prohibited. He says the commission continues to receive complaints about the violation of this ban. The election chief was addressing police officers in the Southern province at the Galle district secretariat yesterday. He added that the election commission would take action against the violation of this ban.

The government says there are adequate stocks of fertilizer in the country.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says there are adequate stocks of fertilizer in the country. He assures that a shortage of fertilizer will not happen in the future either. Speaking at a public rally at Andara Wewa in Hambanthota yesterday, he admitted a certain delay in supplying fertilizer to the farmers recently. Minister Amaraweera added that the government would look into if any sabotage was involved in the fertilizer and fuel shortages under its administration.

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The Prime Minister requests the public to give a clear mandate to the UNP at the LG polls to accelerate development and good governance

 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinha requests the public to give a clear mandate to the UNP at the upcoming LG polls in order to accelerate development and good governance in the country. UNP is committed to strengthen the future of the youth by providing them employment opportunities and livelihood development programmes.

The party has a lasting solution for the housing problem in the country. Therefore, people should hand over the power in the village areas as well to the UNP candidates. He made this request at the UNP special convention held in Campbell park this morning.

The Prime Minister further said that he is ready to arrange a parliamentary debate on the Bond commission report. He said that he will inform the speaker to convene the parliament for this purpose. The Prime Minister further said that the bond auctions committed during 2008 to 2015 should also be investigated as recommended by the Bond Commission Report.
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The UNP General Secretary says that the party has been committed to strengthen democracy during the past 3 years.

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The UNP General Secretary Minister Kabeer Hashim says that the party has been committed to strengthen democracy and good governance during the past 3 years. Addressing the UNP’s Special convention today, he said the UNP came forward to stop the despotic presidential ruling system in the country, three years ago. The government has also taken measures to strengthen democracy within the parliament as well.

The judiciary, police and the public service have been made free of political influence. They are happy to see that the UNP initiated good governance system is now being practiced by all the political parties. Minister Kabeer Hashim emphasized that the UNP is a party that is truly abide by rules and regulations. Therefore, the UNP as a collective front will win the majority of seats in all Local government bodies.


Addressing the gathering Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasm said the UNP has implemented a convincing development programme in the country during the past period. The party will form a more powerful government following the LG polls.

Addressing the convention Mayor candidate of Colombo Municipal Council Rosy Senanayaka said that the government has done a commendable act by taking measures to give 25 percent representation in politics to women. She said that she is ready to lead the Colombo city by winning the Municipal council election with 80 percent majority.

The President says that state resources should not be used in any way for election propaganda activities

 

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses that election activities should not hinder with routine public duties. At a meeting held with the Secretaries to the Ministries yesterday at the Presidential Secretariat Office.   The President said it is the responsibility of the secretaries not to allow any party to misuse public property, resources or vehicles for election propaganda activities.