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Funds to purchase Paddy harvest of the Maha season from the farmers will be released to relevant district secretaries soon.

Secretary to the Treasury Dr. R S S Samarathunga says that the required funds to purchase paddy harvest of the Maha season from the farmers will be released to relevant district secretaries soon.

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A special note of thousand rupee denomination will be issued

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The central bank issues a special 1000 rupee note to mark the 70th independence day.

A special note on  thousand rupee denomination will be issued by the central bank to commemorate the 70th independence day. The special note is to be presented to President Maithripala Sirisena by the governor Dr.Indrajith Kumaraswammy today.

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Buddhist religious programes prior to the independence day celebrations begin today.

The religious programmes in line with the 70th independence day celebrations will begin today. Accordingly an all-night pirith chanting ceremony will be held at the independence square in Colombo.  The chanting of pirith will be live broadcast by Sinhala national service of the SLBC from 9.30 pm to 4.45 am tomorrow.  An alms giving will be offered to Maha Sangha tomorrow morning at the Sri Lanka Vidyalaya Piriven in Maradana.

Intellectuals say that the president has taken positive measures on bond scam.

Senior lecturer of the commerce faculty in the north western university Aminda Methseela Perera says,  the president has taken very  positive measures regarding the bonds scam.  Participating in a programme over the SLBC this morning he said, 

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The Voters are able to make election complains through mobile phones.

People will have the opportunity  to forward complaints  regarding the breach of laws at the upcoming polls through  their mobile phones via SMS.  The SMS system was launched by the Chairman of the Election commission Mahinda Deshapriya at the Rajagiriya election office this morning. Accordingly the relevant complain should be typed and sent to 1919 by typing ec.space.e.space. name of the relevant district.

The President earnestly requests the citizens of Sri Lanka to exercise their franchise at the forthcoming local government polls against bribery, corruption, nepotism and dictatorship.


President Maithripala Sirisena earnestly requests the citizens of Sri Lanka to exercise their franchise at the forthcoming local government polls against bribery and corruption & nepotism and dictatorship. He pointed out that to deliver the country the first and foremost need is to overcome this malignance. He expressed these views participating at a public rally held in Mahiyanganaya yesterday. He further stated that although those who are connected to many acts of fraud and corruption put on a hero's mask, the citizens of the country have recognised the culprits. He added that such nefarious actors will receive the reply they deserve when the citizens cast their vote at the forthcoming polls.

The premier promises an industrial zone for Ampara.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the country which experienced a minus economic growth in 2001 has now embarked on a development drive. The primary balance of payments has shown a positive trend after 66 years. Addressing an election rally held in Ampara yesterday to ensure the victory of the UNP, the premier said a number of industrial zones will be established centered around the Hambantota district. One such industrial zone will launched in Ampara. Agriculture in the Ampara district will be upgraded in order to increase the income of the farming community. The tourism industry will also be enhanced in the area. He pointed out that the government has been able to bring about political stability in the country.

Colombo High Court extends freeze on Perpetual group bank accounts.

The Colombo High Court has extended the freeze on bank accounts of Perpetual Treasuries and 24 related companies that were involved in the securities 'scam' involving rigged bond auctions and the dumping of pumped up securities on state managed funds. The High Court has extended an order originally issued by the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank, by 30 days. Thus, future efforts of the Attorney General, to have the proceeds of crime confiscated and forfeited to the State, will not be frustrated, as the monies in the frozen accounts will remain intact. This decision will increase the confidence of the initiatives to bring the perpetrators before the law and recover the losses incurred to the state.

The President emphasizes that although many point accusatory fingers that the country is to be divided, he will never leave for such a division.

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes that although many point accusatory fingers that the country is to be divided, he will never leave room under his leadership, for such a division. He made this emphasis, addressing a public rally held in Sevanapitiya, in Polonnaruwa, today.

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