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New office premises for Grama Niladaris

The government has taken steps to construct 14,000 office premises for Grama Sewakas. Under the first phase 1,000 officers will be constructed. The Ministry of Home Affairs says that in order to make efficient the services of Grama Niladaris laptop computers and office equipment will also be provided.

The President requests all communities to join hands with him to build up a society sans religious or ethnic differences.

President Maithripala Sirisena says even though the war was ended militarily.  The responsibilities of the post war era have not been achieved. Therefore, the  national reconciliation is yet to be built up in the country.  Addressing several election propaganda rallies in Batticaloa area, the President said the present government is now committed to strengthen ethnic and religious reconciliation in the country.  A peaceful environment should be established in the country for all Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities to live in peace and harmony without fear and suspicious.  During the past regime, journalists and political opponents were killed and abducted in brought day light. Many journalists left the country seeking asylum for life.   Some extremist elements carried out violence against some ethnic and religious groups causing fear among minor communities.  However, the present government has initiated to create national reconciliation with the support of the international community. The war affected areas are now being subjected to rapid development.

The President declares open several development projects in Polonnaruwa area.

New building constructed at the  Kalahagala Sri Saddammaraja Dhamma school in Polonnaruwa under the Pibidemu Polonnaruwa programme was opened by the President this morning.  Five million rupees has been spent for the construction work.  The water purification network constructed by the presidential task force at a cost of 26 million was also vested with the public.

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga recalls that drug dealers had state patronage during the past regime.

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga says the government has taken strong measures against drug dealers and racketeers.  The customs and security forces are now  conducting intensive investigation to unveil hidden network of drug dealers.  Massive hauls of drugs are also being taken into custody.  Addressing a rally in Negambo area Mrs. Bandaranaike said drug dealers had state sponsorship during the past regime.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the collapsed economy is now on the right track.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the President, prime Minister or the government will not be changed after the local government election. The President and the Prime Minister is committed to carry forward the good governance rule until the end of its full term.  The government has been able to steer forward the collapsed  national economy.  The minister made these remarks at a rally held in Weligama area.

The President emphasizes that he is committed to realizing the dream of co-existence amongst the citizens of Sri Lanka.

President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing a public rally held in the Ampara area yesterday, reiterated that he will dedicate himself fully to his pledge, to build a country that lives in co-existence. Focusing on the economic development of the country the President stated in order to make the country for prosperous the benefits of development should be enjoyed by the entire population. He pledged that he will personally look into development activities that will be initiated at village level once victory is attained at the forthcoming local government polls.

The Premier reiterates that it is only the United National Party that is able to develop the country in the backdrop of co-existence.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, addressing a rally held in Mannar yesterday emphasized that it is only the United National Party that is able develop the country in a background of co-existence. The premier pledged that the UNP is committed to protecting the Sri Lankan identity.  He promised that by 2025 Sri Lanka will be a country developed in all sectors.  He expressed his confidence that the UNP has the capacity to affirm victory at village level at the forthcoming local government elections.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam points out the lands allocated for cultivation should not be utilized for housing.

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam points out the lands allocated for cultivation should not be utilized for housing. The Minister also emphasized the importance of maintaining a balance between cultivation and housing in a developing nation. The Minister made these remarks at a UNP election rally held at Kurunegala yesterday. Addressing the gathering Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam further said the identified suitable cultivation lands should be protected. These lands are important to improve the production of agricultural crops.

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says stepping out of the National Unity Government concept, is a betrayal to the mandate received by the citizens.

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says stepping out of the National Unity Government concept, is a betrayal to the mandate received by the citizens. Expressing his views participating at a programme held at the Puraana Raja Maha Viharaya, in Kolonnawa,yesterday, he emphasized that the President and the Prime Minister are committed in taking the consensus government forward.

PAFFREL says this time the election campaign activities are comparatively peaceful

The executive director of PAFFREL Rohana Hettiarachchi said this time the election campaign activities are comparatively peaceful. Mr. Hettiarachchi told SLBC that various election campaigns conducted by political parties have been peaceful so far. According to the information from the monitoring mission, he further said the election campaign activities being carried out islandwide by political parties have adhered to the election regulations to a certain extent. Compared to the previous elections, few complains have been received on election violation incidents.