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Issuing a greeting message for the New Year the President said that every passing moment adds to our knowledge and experience and at the same time, each and every moment of the future will judge our capabilities to face new emerging challenges

 

Issuing a greeting message for the dawned New Year President Maithripala Sirisena said that every passing moment adds to our knowledge and experience and at the same time, each and every moment of the future will judge our capabilities to face new emerging challenges. The great commitment and determined courage shown by us to face those challenges and achieve our goals will take us to the level of excellence. The message also stated that all Sir Lankans should bid farewell to the year that ends and welcome the New Year, with new expectations, while prioritizing that vision.

Accordingly, as a country we can consider the past year, as a year in which many positive expectations have been fulfilled Furthermore, we enter 2018 with many challenges that we must face with courage in order to accomplish our goals. The economic prosperity we should gain as a country, the reconciliation which should be deeply instilled in the society, human freedom and a further endorsement of the glorious image of Sri Lanka at the international fora are among those priorities. Our determination and commitment towards making the New Year, an amazing one, will depend on how far we succeed in achieving these goals. The New Year dawns at a time when a miraculous beginning of a new chapter of development with a gigantic hydro irrigation project being vested with the people to take the nation speedily towards prosperity.

The media guidelines gazetted by the Election Commission month will be presented to parliament after the Prime Minister signs the document tomorrow

The media guidelines gazetted by the Election Commission early this month will be presented to parliament after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe signs the document tomorrow. Once passed by parliament and made part of the law, all media institutions are bound by these guidelines to ensure their role in free and fair elections

The president requested the public not to cast their votes for the candidates who are addicted for drugs whatever party he represented

 

 

President Maithripala Sirisena says that an extensive programme will be implemented to build disciplinary society by enhancing quality and ethics of the people by conducting the forthcoming local government polls. Earlier, the Local government institutions were limited to develop physical resources. He requested the public not to cast their votes for the candidates who are addicted for drugs whatever party he represented. He also emphasized that it is essential to elect the public representatives who will give example to the country and the future generation.
He made these remarks at a public meeting in Palugasdamana area of SLFP candidates who will contest for the Urban Council and Pradeshiya Sabha in Polonnaruwa. He also stated that an island wide programme will be implemented than forever gathering SLFP candidates. Several squads will be established for the betterment of the future in the country. Action will be taken to create anti-narcotic force by gathering women representatives who will contest for the forthcoming local government polls.
It will also hope to implement several programmes with youth representatives to minimize the suicide attempts which is harmful for the reputation of the country. He said the contribution of these youth will be obtained to safeguard the environment and the natural resources of the country, without party politics. The President also stated that all should be dedicate to fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the future of the motherland.

Sri Lanka looks forward to the renewal of the US GSP program.

The United States’ Generalized System of Preferences or “GSP program” expires tomorrow. The US Congress did not re-authorize the GSP before adjourning for the year. The immediate effect of GSP expiration is; GSP eligible imports to the US from Sri Lanka and other GSP beneficiary countries will be subject to non-preferential duties, beginning from the 1st of January.

The United States’ GSP Program provides duty-free treatment to goods of 120 designated beneficiary countries and territories. The program was implemented on the 1st of January 1976.

The GSP expires periodically, and must be renewed by the US Congress to remain in effect. The 2015 GSP reauthorization will expire on the 31st of December 2017, which is tomorrow.

This is not the first occasion on which the GSP reauthorization by the US Congress has been delayed. However, whenever GSP renewals eventually took effect after similar lapses, on previous occasions.

The GSP alliance countries, including Sri Lanka, are lobbying for the renewal of the GSP program, and remain hopeful that the program will be renewed by the US Congress. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that like other countries and territories, Sri Lanka is eligible to benefit by an extension of the GSP.

Pakistan has agreed to send 40,000 metric tons of fertilizer subsequent to a request made by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Pakistan has agreed to send 40,000 metric tons of fertilizer subsequent to a request made by President Maithripala Sirisena. Pakistan has further consented to send fertilizer stocks up to 75,000 metric tons to Sri Lanka.

The Director General of the Education Publications Institute says there is no truth in rumors that school textbooks will have to be purchased.

Director General of the Education Publications Institute I.M.K.V. Ilangasinghe says there is no truth in rumors that have been spreading recently saying that the Ministry of Education hopes to put school textbooks for sale instead of distributing them free of charge. The Commissioner General points out that certain groups with vested interest and with the intention of attaining narrow political gains spread such falsehood to aggravate the public. He added that the government has spent a sum of three billion rupees for the printing of textbooks this year. He also rejected rumors that vouchers will be issued instead of distributing textbooks free of charge.

The United People’s Freedom Alliance launches its “Nidahase Sammuthiya” (“නිදහසේ සම්මුතිය”) - "Pledge for Freedom"

The launching ceremony of the ‘Nidahase Sammuthiya’ (නිදහසේ සම්මුතිය) - "Pledge for Freedom", with the participation of leaders and representatives of 31 political parties affiliated to the United People’s Freedom Alliance, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, at the BMICH, today.

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Applications for university admissions for the next academic year, to be issued from the beginning of next month.

Secretary to the University Grants Commission Dr Priyantha Premakumara says that applications for university admissions for the academic year 2017 to 2018, will be issued from the beginning of next month. Speaking to the SLBC, he said that students will be educated on the particulars in filling out the application, once the issuance commences. According to the released GCE A/L examination results, 163,104 students are eligible to apply for university entrance.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says all political parties extended their support to conduct the forthcoming local government polls in free and fair manner.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says all political parties extended their support to conduct the forthcoming local government polls in free and fair manner. He made this remarks after the conclusion of the meeting held yesterday with the elections commission. Minister Amaraweera further said that he has instructed the candidates strictly about the rules and regulations of the LG polls. Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said UNP expects to win the forthcoming LG polls based on the policies put forward by the good governance.

Police media spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said a separate security unit has been established to address the complaints of contestants of the local government election. The Police have set up a Special Hotline for female candidates contesting the forthcoming polls to lodge complaints if they face harassment, intimidation and abuse. “The Hotline number is 0113024884. Complaints will be promptly investigated by the Police Child and Women Bureau offices established at every station,” Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

The Government recently brought laws to make it mandatory for all political parties to have 25 percent of females making up their candidates’ lists, at the LG polls.

Meanwhile, a Party Secretaries’ gathering was held yesterday in view of the forthcoming Local Government Polls. Special attention was focused upon violation of election laws and the penalties involved. A gathering of District Returning Officers and Deputies and Assistant Election Commissioners will be held, today.

Meanwhile, all propaganda activities in view of the Polls need to cease by the 7th of February next year.

The Commissioner General of Examinations explains the status quo surrounding the Mathematics paper of the GCE Ordinary Level Examination.


Commissioner General of Examinations Sanath Poojitha explains the status quo surrounding the Mathematics paper of the GCE Ordinary Level Examination. Certain media reports pointed out difficulties that students faced in answering the paper. The commissioner said that he has conducted a round of discussions with the board overseeing the preparation of question papers, in order to arrive at a solution that is fair by the students. Supervisors in paper marking and even Mathematics teachers at school level were involved in the discussions. Subsequently, it was revealed that it cannot be concluded that students will fail to obtain a simple pass. However, ending parts of certain questions required analytical and problem solving answers that students with a high competence in Mathematics can provide. Therefore, it has been observed that average students would have found it difficult to score full marks for such questions. The Commissioner General stated that necessary amendments will be incorporated in to the marking scheme and paper marking will go ahead without causing any injustice to the students.