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A major effort will be undertaken in the next two years to develop rural areas

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he hopes to develop the war-torn eastern province and its economy through the eastern development plan. He was speaking at the opening of a new divisional secretariat building at Eravur in Batticaloa yesterday. He said the development plan includes the construction of an airport to boost tourism in the province.


August 01st sees the enforcement of the National Audit Act

August 01st will see the enforcement of the National Audit Act, a key promise given by the government. The related gazette extraordinary has already been issued by the President. With the implementation of the act, the National Audit Services Commission will come into being. Also, it will see that a national audit office is in place to facilitate the responsibilities of the Auditor General.

Minister Sajith Premadasa speaks about an inherent exception of the present government

Minister Sajith Premadasa says the present government has an inherent exception of serving the people instead of fighting for power. He made the remark at the opening of Thatchanapuram and Kailasapuram housing schemes in Trincomalee yesterday. Kailasapuram is the 100th in the reawakening villages programme.

The anti-corruption high courts will begin hearing cases from next week

According to Justice Ministry sources, the anti-corruption high courts will begin hearing cases from next week. Contrary to certain reports, the number one anti-corruption high court is already in place and its sitting judges named. The anti-corruption high courts will take up cases pertaining to bribery, money laundering, criminal breach of trust, fund raising for terrorism, organized crime and misuse of public funds and properties.

Restrictions come into force next month on holding private tuition classes

Restrictions will come into force next month on holding private tuition classes. Minister of Buddha Sasana told the SLBC that there would be bans on private tuition on Full Moon Poya Days and in the mornings on Sundays.


The President says the best way to develop the country’s economy is to uplift farmers’ economy

The water filling ceremony of the Kalu Ganga Reservoir of the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Reservoir Project took place, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, this morning. Speaking at the event, the President pointed out, the best way to develop the country and strengthen the economy, sans fraud and corruption, is to empower the country’s farmer community and strengthen their economy.

The President requested, him to be personally notified, if incidents of fraud and corruption are reported in connection with the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Project. He emphasized, he will take stern actin, against anyone involved in corrupt practices.

Electricity generation from the Moragahakanda Reservoir was connected to the national grid, by the President this morning. Construction work of the tunnel connecting the Moragahakanda Reservoir and the Kalu Ganga Reservoir also commenced under the patronage of the President.

The Kalu Ganga Reservoir is the last of the five reservoirs to be completed, under the last phase of the Mahaweli scheme

There is a drop in crime rate in the country

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka there is a drop in crime rate in the country. Most number of crimes occurred in 2013 during Mahinda Rajapaksa's regime. That time Mahinda Rajapaksa was the President and the Gotabhaya Rajapaksa served as the Defence Secretary. Minister further said the crime rate and drug trafficking activities were also seen during that period. The statistics say there is a drop in crime activities during 2017. Around 30,000 crime activities were reported during last year. But in 2013 it was around 80,000. The present government has established the rule of law which brought fruitful results in controlling the crime rate of the country

Minister Sajith Premadasa points out that disputes have arisen in Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna about the presidential candidate

Minister Sajith Premadasa says that disputes have arisen in Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna about the presidential candidate. The Minister added that the presidential candidate selection crisis deepens inside joint opposition. The Minister said this while attending the ceremony to lay the foundation stone of 953rd model village built under the reawakening village programme. It is the 4th village built for public servants in the Hambantota district.

The Prime Minister plays down newspaper claims of a revival of the LTTE

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says national unity and brotherhood among the communities became possible only in 2015. According to him, the end of the war six years earlier was a victory for the extremists and a defeat for the country. He made the remark at a discussion at the Jaffna district secretariat today.


Discarded vegetables and fruits will feed wild elephants at Horowpothana

Vegetables and fruits discarded from the Dambulla economic centre are to be used for the feeding of wild elephants at the Horowpothana elephant detention centre. Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma today oversaw the transportation of one consignment by lorries. He says the step will help pacify the wild elephants at the detention centre.