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Many Private bus associations say that they do not join the proposed strike

Lanka private bus owners association chairman Gamunu Wijeratne said that his union and several other unions will not support the strike mainly due to the GCE Advanced Level examination which is currently underway.

Former Central provincial councilor Raja Uswatakeiyawa said that the private bus strike is an attempt against the government's measures to eliminate accidents.

General Secretary of the SLFP stresses that parliamentarians of the party have no intention to be independent in parliamen

General Secretary of the SLFP Prf. Rohana Lakshmana Piyadasa stresses that parliamentarians of the party have no intention to be independent in the parliament. They can perform the role of opposition in parliament as they wish being member of the party.

The Prime Minister said that the government has taken steps to identify and conserve archeological important heritages

The conserved and renovated stone wall and the pond of the Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi were vested with the public by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe yesterday. This 397 meter long stone wall was initially built at the King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe era. Renovation was done by the Maha Vihara Project under the Central Cultural Fund.


Cabinet approval received for the appointment of the Special Salaries Commission

The Government has decided to appoint a Special Salaries Commission to make necessary recommendations to increase the salaries of the entire public sector staff, and to do away the salary anomalies that were reported in certain public sector institutions, inclusive of the Railways. The Cabinet of Ministers gave its approval to appoint this Salaries Commission, on a recommendation made by the Minister of Finance: Mangala Samaraweera, yesterday. The commission will make its recommendations to the government within the next two months.

The 10 percent tax charged from the artists who have a monthly income over 50,000 rupees has been reduced up to 5 percent

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says that the 10 percent tax charged from the artists who have a monthly income over 50,000 rupees has been reduced up to 5 percent. The Minister said that the decision has been taken as a concession for the artists. This decision is to be submitted to the parliament before the next budget.

Another 7,000 members are to be recruited to the Police service

Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara says, 25 special units will be established to curb Drug Smuggling and Organized Crime. Speaking at a media briefing held at his Ministry last evening he noted, the government has been able to curb Drug Smuggling and Organized Crime to a considerable extent, however, these new units will be established to further expand this task. He added that another 7,000 members are to be recruited to the Police service.

The first Kumbal Perahera of the historic Esala Maha Perehera will parade the streets of Kandy tomorrow

The Kumbal Perahara will parade the streets for the first five days from tomorrow to the 20th. The Randoli Perahera will begin on August 21 and will continue until August 25.The Esala festival will conclude with the traditional water cutting ritual at the Mahaweli River at Getambe on August 26, morning. Then, according to tradition, the Diyawadana Nilame of the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa, along with the Basnayake Nilames of the four Dewales, will officially present the traditional communication of successful conclusion of the Kandy Esala Perahera to the head of state, President Maithripala Sirisena.

President praises health minister's role in uplifting the medical sector

President Maithripala Sirisena said that around 150 people in Sri Lanka die of Non Communicable Diseases daily and the country should strive to bring down the deaths caused by NCDs to 50. The President noted that the health sector had made vast strides under the Good Governance government that came to power in 2015. President Sirisena said that Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Rajitha Senaratne has played a major role in bringing significant development in the health sector.


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.