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New Year will usher in joy and prosperity – President

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The first term of education activities of schools commences tomorrow

The Ministry of Education has announced that the school term for next year will commence tomorrow. The Health Promotional Bureau has pointed out that it is essential to certify before the commencement of New Year all school premises are without mosquito breeding places.

It has requested the relevant authorities to clean the school premises before the commencement of school terms and to ensure health of students and teachers.

Minister Sajith Premadasa says a programme to solve housing problems of the flood affected people in the Kilinochchi and Mullativu districts will be launched

Minister Sajith Premadasa says the programme to solve housing problems in the Kilinochchi and Mullativu districts which were affected by floods will be launched on the 12th of next month. Another programme to provide relief to the affected people took place under the patronage of the Minister. He appreciated the services performed by the armed services to provide relief to the people.

Minister Palani Digambaram and the staff of his Ministry left today to Kilinochchi with relief to the affected people in the Northern Province. The Minister handed over relief items valuing more than two million rupees to the flood affected people in Kilinochchi, Malayalapuram. The Minister said that the importance of reconciliation was evident on the occasion. He said that many Sinhala people in the south assisted to provide aid to the flood affected people.

Meanwhile, the distribution of relief packs collected by Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation for the disaster affected people took place today. The Yaal FM service of SLBC collected 900 relief packs and distributed those under the supervision of Jaffna and Kilinochchi district secretaries.

UPFA general secretary says the President will commit himself in future to move the country on a better path.

General secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance MP Mahinda Amaraweera says that the President will take step in future to guide the country on a better path. He said this during a function in Colombo which was held in connection with the agriculture modernization project.  He said that the President will act accordingly after the judgement of the supreme court on the dissolution of parliament was received.

Speaking in Parliament today, Former Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremasinghe pledged to act in a manner which ensures the rights of the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, and all communities within a unitary state

Speaking in Parliament today Former Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremasinghe said, the issues faced by the Tamil community have still not been resolved He pledged to act in a manner which ensures the rights of the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, and all communities within a unitary state.

He further stated, the Provincial Council system will be strengthened. He acknowledged, there have been drawbacks during his government. He noted, when he assumed power in 2015, democracy had been weakened.

Parliament convened at 1.00pm today, chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasooriya. MPs representatives the United People’s Freedom Alliance boycotted today’s parliamentary session, saying the Speaker’s actions are biased and unconstitutional. Speaking in Parliament today, Parliamentarian: Lakshman Kiriella said, no one can move Courts against affairs taken up in Parliament. Also speaking in Parliament today, Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera said, the United National Front has been able to win the world.

However, Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna: Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake expressed his disappointment that the main political parties have converted politics into a business.

Parliament is set to reconvene on the 18th of this month, at 1.00pm.

The appeal filed against the Interim Order issued by the Court of Appeals restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning, has been fixed for support on the 14th of December

The appeal filed against the Interim Order issued by the Court of Appeals restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa from holding the office of Prime Minister and his Cabinet from functioning, has been fixed for support on the 14th of December, by the Supreme Court.

On the 3rd of December, the Court of Appeals issued an Interim Order restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning, until the hearing of the Writ of Quo Warranto filed against them is concluded.
However, the following day, an appeal was filed with the Supreme Court against the Interim Order. The appeal was filed by attorneys on behalf of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The 122 MPs who had signed the Writ of Quo Warranto petition, against Mahinda Rajapaksa holding office as Prime Minister, have been named as respondents in the appeal.

The appeal states that the Interim Order issued by the Court of Appeal is unconstitutional, and that the Court of Appeals has no authority to issue such orders.

Ranil Wickremesinghe wins Vote of Confidence in Parliament

The motion expressing confidence in the Leader of the UNP: Ranil Wickremesinghe to function as the Prime Minister has been passed in Parliament.
The motion was passed with 117 votes.
The United National Party and the Tamil National Alliance voted in favour of the motion, while the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna abstained from voting. The parliamentarians of the United People’s Freedom Alliance were not present at the voting, as they had decided to boycott today’s parliamentary session.
The motion did not receive any votes against it.

A petition has been filed with the Court of Appeals requesting for a Writ of Quo Warranto preventing Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from being a Member of Parliament

A petition has been filed with the Court of Appeals requesting the Court to issue a Writ of Quo Warranto preventing Ranil Wickremesinghe from being a Member of Parliament. The case has been filed by the Co-President of 'Women for Justice' and Colombo Municipal Council Member of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna: Sharmila Gonawala.

She has cited as respondents, Former Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremasinghe, General Secretary of the UNP: Parliamentarian Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, and Secretary General of Parliament: Dhammika Dissanayake.

The petition states, Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe functions as a shareholder of Lake House Printers & Publishers, and thereby while holding a Parliamentary seat has entered into an agreement with a state entity with the intention of earning personal profits.

'Harvest 2018' - the modern agriculture exhibition organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, commences at the BMICH

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