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The President says the main reason for the increase of poverty in the rural areas is the high use of drugs by the low income family members.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the main reason for the increase of poverty in the rural areas is the high use of drugs by the low income family members. AS a result, many problems have cropped up in the society. Therefore, preventing the drug menace is an important task which should be carried out collectively by the stakeholders of the society.

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The Prime Minister says the cabinet reshuffle will take place with the mediation of president.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says the cabinet reshuffle will take place with the mediation of president. The premier revealed this information during a meeting with UNP ministers held at temple trees this afternoon. The UNP is committed to create new young leaders. The premier further said that a special committee will be appointed next week to restructure the party.

The GMOA commended the President's decision to enroll the SAITM students to the KDU

The Government Medical Officers' Association commended the President's decision to enroll the SAITM students to the Medical Faculty of Kothalawala Defence University in order to solve the SAITM issue. The GMOA representatives made these remarks at a media conference held in Colombo today.

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Sri Lanka is invited to the International Solar Alliance Founding Conference and Solar Summit which is scheduled to be held in New Delhi on 11th March.

The International Solar Alliance Founding Conference and Solar Summit is scheduled to be held in New Delhi on 11th March 2018. An invitation to grace the Conference, jointly signed by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the President of France Emmanuel Macron, was handed over today to President Maithripala Sirisena jointly by High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Ambassador of France Jean-Marin Schuh.

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A new Fertilizer Subsidy Policy to be introduced.

The National Economic Council appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena has focused its attention on introducing a new policy for providing the fertilizer subsidy, in order to minimize problems faced by farmers.

The Fertilizer Subsidy Policy was discussed when the National Economic Council met for the first time under the patronage of the President at the Presidential Secretariat.

During the meeting, the council decided to revise the current policy of providing financial assistance for farmers to purchase fertilizer, and to ensure that there will be no fertilizer shortage.

At the discussion the National Economic Council and the Ministry of Agriculture were directed to prepare and submit an appropriate program to meet the fertilizer needs of farmers, while ensuring that the agricultural land is not polluted.

Legal experts advice there is no issue with the continuation of the Unity Government, when the related parties have expressed their willingness to continue.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya observed in Parliament yesterday that legal experts had advised there was no issue with the continuation of the Unity Government when the related parties have expressed their willingness to continue.

He added however, that he would look into the matter again, to decide if the two parties of the Unity Government are required to fulfil further legal formalities.

The Speaker made these observations in response to a question raised by Joint Opposition member Dinesh Gunawardena challenging the validity of the Unity Government in the House.

The Speaker also pointed out that since the matter was taken up on Wednesday as well, and the relevant parties have already expressed their views, there is no point in dwelling on the same matter repeatedly.

The annual feast of St Anthony's Church Kachchativu begins today

The annual feast of St Anthony's Church Kachchativu begins today, with the hoisting of the flag staff. Speaking to the SLBC, Jaffna District Secretary, N. Vedhanayagan said all necessary arrangements are in place to provide basic facilities to the devotees expected to flock to the island from both Sri Lanka and India.

The Sri Lanka Navy has been vested with the responsibility of providing transportation, sanitary and lodging facilities for the devotees. Special ferry services have been operational from Kurikattuwan and Delft to Kachchativu, from 5.00 am today. Special security arrangements are also in place.

Holy Mass will be celebrated in both the Sinhala and Tamil languages.

The term of office for representatives selected for 340 local government bodies of the recently concluded Polls, begins on the 6th of next month.

The term of office for representatives selected for 340 local government bodies of the recently concluded Polls, begins on the 6th of next month. Chairman of the Elections Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya states that the number of members that need to be appointed have been notified to the party secretaries.

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Sri Lanka in 91st place among 183 countries in the the Corruption Perceptions Index

According to a report released by Transparency International, the Corruption Perceptions Index ranks Sri Lanka in 91st place among 183 countries.

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The Government decides to enroll SAITM students to Kothalawala Defence University

Presidential Media Unit said yesterday that the government has decided to enroll the students of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) to the medical faculty of the Sir John Kotelawala Defense University.

It said in a statement that the decision was taken at a meeting held with the President at the Presidential Secretariat last evening.

The Attorney General, the Vice Chancellor of the KDU, Dean of the KDU Medical Faculty, and Chairman of the University Grants Commission participated in the discussion.

It was decided to enroll about 1000 students who are currently studying at the SAITM to the KDU after considering their basic qualifications.