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All powers pertaining to the distribution of films, vested with the National Film Corporation.

All powers pertaining to the distribution of films have been vested with the National Film Corporation.
For the past 18 years, the distribution of films was handled by 4 companies.
Chairman of the National Film Corporation: Sithendra Senarathne says, upon the recommendations of the experts committee appointed by the President to inquire into the issues faced by the Cinema Industry, Minister Wijedasa Rajapakse has instructed that this decision be implemented urgently.

Mr Senarathne points out, since private companies were involved, cinema hall owners were faced with an unfair competition. As a result, around 400 cinema halls that were spread across the country, have now come down to 177.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court permits the FCID to inspect bank accounts of the Former Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Roadways: H.D Premasiri

The Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court today permitted the FCID to inspect 6 bank accounts of the Former Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Roadways: H.D Premasiri and his family members, in connection with an alleged financial irregularity taken place in the purchase of two ships for the Shipping Corporation, in 2014. It has been identified, the former secretary's daughter and her husband have purchased properties amounting to 57.4 million rupees from 2011 to 2015. A brother-in-law of Mr Premasiri has purchased a hotel in Galle for 20 million rupees. Filing a 'B Report', the police informed the Court that investigations are underway pertaining to three Chinese individuals who are said to be connected with the cash flow of the transaction.

These investigations are being carried out, subsequent to a complaint filed by Parliamentarian Nalin Bandara.

The minister of agriculture says the agriculture will be made a profitable industry

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the agriculture industry will be made a profitable industry by strengthening farmer community. The farmers will be trained with modern technology in order to make more contribution towards national production.  The programme "We eat what we grow" has been implemented to achieve this target. Under the programme short term, middle term and long term plans will be activated. The minister made these remarks in programme over the SLBC this morning.

The Poson week begins on Sunday

The Poson week begins on Sunday.  Many religious programmes will be implemented within this week under the title Let us calm the mind through compassion. Many programmes have been organized in Anuradhapura sacred city and Atamasthanaya, Mihintale and Thanthirimale sacred areas.  Anuradhapura district secretary R.M. Wanninayake told the SLBC that over one million devotees will come to Anuradhapura during the Poson season.  The Poson committee has already finalized the essential services for them. Over 200 Dansals will be conducted by various organisations.

New variety of petrol for motor cycles and three-wheelers

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says new variety of petrol will be introduced for motorcycles and three wheelers. At a ceremony held at the Kolonnawa installation today he said the government had to increase the price of fuel under unavoidable circumstances. However, the government is committed to provide relied to the people in alternative ways. A group of new engineers have been recruited to the petroleum corporation and the appointment letters were distributed among them at this ceremony.

The President points out that all relevant stakeholders should join hands without any condition to safeguard the future generation of the country

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the Government is paying close attention to save children from various menaces in society, and all the parties should support in this regard to the Government unconditionally.

The Daruwan Surakimu (Let’s Protect Children) National Programme is a prominent step towards that vision, the President said that adding the main objective of this programme is to build a prosperous future for the children while ensuring their safety, education and health.

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All leave of postal workers, cancelled - Employees who do not report for duty today, will be regarded as those who have abandoned their employment

All leave of postal workers have been cancelled. Post Master General Rohana Abeyrathne says employees who do not report for duty today will be regarded as those who have abandoned their employment. Issuing a release he stated the Department of Posts will not hold itself responsible for temporary, casual, substitutional, and non-permanent staff who do not report for duty.

The Speaker says the government shows full transparency in each and every monetary transaction

The Parliament will meet today at 1.00 pm. The report on the financial situation of government institutions submitted by parliament subcommittee will be taken up for debate today. Accordingly, the performance of 873 government institutions in the year 2016 will be taken up for debate today. A media conference on this subject was held yesterday at the Parliamentary complex. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya briefed the media personnel on the accounts and votes of the fund allocations. The speaker also said the present government showed a clear transparency in each and every monetary transaction of the government institution. Speaking at this occasion Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna said the main objective of this exercise is to minimize the waste and the inefficient processes in the government mechanism.

The case of Roshena Chanaka's death during a protest in previous regime was taken for hearing yesterday

The case of Roshena Chanaka's death during a protest in previous regime was taken for hearing yesterday. Roshen Chanaka succumbed to the injuiries during a protest campaign carried out by Katunayake free trade zone employees during the previous regime. The protest was carried out to show the agitation with regard to misuse of EPF funds by the then rulers. During this protest Roshen Chanaka was injured due to a unruly attack by the police. Roshen Chanaka was pronounced dead when he was admitted to the hospital. The mother of the diseased stated that she expects justice for this loss.

The President says, the government will give wide attention to salvage the children from the various vices that are rampant in society.

President Maithripala Sirisena says, the government will give wide attention to salvage the children from the various vices that are rampant in society. He emphasizes, everyone should render their unrestricted support in this endeavour. The National Programme titled "Daruwan Surakimu" - "Let Us Protect The Children" is a prominent step taken in this direction. Speaking at the Kilinochchi District Conference of the Daruwan Surakimu Programme held at the Kilinochchi Madya Maha Vidyalaya the President said, his sole intention is to secure children's education and health requirements, and guarantee a prosperous future for them.