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A special programme to eliminate Corporal Punishment meted out to children in all settings.

The National Child Protection Authority has initiated a program to eliminate Corporal Punishment meted out to children in all settings. Chairperson of the Authority, Attorney at Law, Marini De Livera says, the authority hopes to sensitize Principals and Attorney at Law Teachers on the contents of the circular relating to the Right of the Child to Protection from Corporal Punishment. Awareness Raising methods such as street-drama, interactive workshops and discussions will be used to create public opinion on this mode of cruel and degrading form of punishment. The National Child Protection Authority calls on the general public to inform the authority through its 24 hours child-line ‘1929’, if children are being subjected to this type of institutionalized and systematic violence. The recently released Concluding Observations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, highlights the need to combat corporal punishment in the home, in alternative care settings, in penal institutions, as well as in schools.

Venerable Professor Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thero bids farewell to the nation.

President Maithripala Sirisena participating at the final rites ceremony of the late Venerable Professor Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thero stated that the Thera made a magnanimous contribution to the Sangha.


The President conducts an observation of the new bridge constructed across the Kumbukkan Aaru.

The new bridge that was constructed across the Kumbukkan Aaru, came under the observation of President Maithripala Sirisena, today.  The Kumbukkan Aaru flows through the Laksha Uyana village in Polonnaruwa and reaches the Mahaweli River, near the Somaawathee region.


The Chairman of the Elections Commission has made it compulsory for all officers to report for their respective elections duties without fail.

Information has surfaced that certain officials scheduled to be deployed on Elections Duty are attempting to keep away from their duties, giving unjustifiable excuses. It has also surfaced that there are attempts to refuse releasing vehicles necessary for the conduct of the election.


A new unit to be established under the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to look into 'family economy'.

A new unit will be established under the Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs, to look into 'family economy'. The unit will look into income and expenses of family units, its effect on the economy and the impact the country's economy has on the economy of the family.


All arrangements have been finalised for the LG polls.

The election commission says all arrangements have been finalised to conduct the local government polls on Saturday. 8,325 councillors will be selected 340 local government bodies by this poll. The voting will take place at 13,374 polling centers from 7.00 am to 4.00 pm on Saturday.


An election monitoring group complaints of some election candidates violating laws during the pre-election period.

National convener of the CMEV Manjula Gajanayake says some candidates are illegally carrying out election propaganda campaign during the pre-election period. Such incidents have been reported from Medigiriya, Gampaha, Kadawatha and Bandarawela areas.  He said that the CMEV has made complaints to the election commission regarding these incidents.

The southern development plan will be launched next month.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the southern development plan will be launched next month at a special discussion held on southern development at the Temple trees today. The Premier said  industrialisation is the pillar of the development in the south.  Accordingly, huge industrial zones only second to Colombo will be set up.  Two gigantic tourism zones will be established in Galle and Matara. Sinharaja rain forest area development plan is also a major feature.  The Prime Minister pointed out that a significant development in plantation and agricultural sector will be carried out.

Over 66 thousand police officials will be deployed for the security of the election.

Police media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera about 66 thousand police officers will be deployed for the security of the local government election to be held on Saturday.  In addition, about 600 officers from civil defence department will also be deployed.  They will start duties from Friday.  The police have been instructed to enforce the election law strictly. The violators of rules will be strictly dealt with. The election propaganda campaign will end from midnight today.  The police media spokesman requests the party leaders and members of political parties to adhere to election regulation thoroughly.

The President expresses confidence that the people will take correct action against corruption at the upcoming polls.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the general public may take a correct decision at the LG polls on the 10th for the government's move against corruption.  A clear political vision is essential to build up a country. Mere political characters without proper policy or political ideology are useless for the development of a country.  Such political parties based on charismatic leader have no future.  Their sole aim is to grab power to avoid from being punished for the offences they have committed.   At a election propaganda rally held in Alawwuwa area today the President said the former leader who was twice rejected by the majority of people is attempting again to grab power by deceiving the people through marketing his personal characteristics.  The President further said that he will take immediate action to accelerate development in the Kurunegala district.