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The Leader of the House has sent a letter to the Speaker notifying that Parliament sessions held this month were against Standing Orders and the Constitution

The office of the Leader of the House has sent a letter to the Speaker notifying that Parliament sessions held on the 14th, 15th, 16th, 19th, 21st and 23rd of this month were against Standing Orders and the Constitution. A copy of the letter has been sent to the Secretary General of Parliament.  The letter states, the Hansard copies of these sessions cannot be accepted, and calls for the reports not to be published.  The letter has been signed by Leader of the House: Minister Dinesh Gunawardhana, Chief Government Whip: S.B.Dissanayake, and Ministers: Nimal Siripala De Silva, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila, Mahinda Amaraweera, Chamal Rajapakse, and Douglas Devananda.

The Leader of the House says, they did not attend today's parliamentary session because the Speaker is acting against Standing Orders.

Speaking at a media briefing held at the Parliament Complex this evening, Leader of the House: Minister Dinesh Gunawardhana said, they did not attend today's parliamentary session because the Speaker is acting against Standing Orders. He says, Parliament has not been convened according to Standing Orders and the order paper. He also says, they cannot accept the Parliament as a "Sirikotha Mansion". Joining in the media briefing, Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said, the Speaker has destroyed parliamentary traditions, and said he is not prepared to be part of what he describes as a "hidden agenda of the Speaker".

At another media briefing held at the Prime Minister's Office, Minister Susil Premajayantha said, the United People's Freedom Alliance maintains that a general election needs to be held to solve the crisis that he says has occurred due to the behaviour of the Speaker.

The Commissioner General of Examinations says, action will be taken against school principals who have failed to distribute Admission Cards for students sitting their GCE Ordinary Level Examination

Commissioner General of Examinations: B. Sanath Pujitha says, Admission Cards for students sitting their GCE Ordinary Level Examination which is to begin on the 3rd of next month have been posted, and action will be taken against school principals who have failed to distribute Admission Cards amongst students.
The Commissioner General says, should there be discrepancies in the Admission Card, such as mistakes in candidate's names or subjects, they should be corrected and certified.

The President directs the police to take stern actions to eliminate the underworld.


President Maithripala Sirisena says that the services of the Police department should be strengthened and made efficient service to render more friendly and quality service to the people. He has appreciated the services done by all police officers from top to the bottom level. The President made these remarks while addressing the Senior DIGs and of DIGs at the President's office today. The president pointed out the ability of resolving the problems of the police service through discussions. A new committee will be appointed to solve the issues of the lower grade police officers. The President reviewed the progress of the measures taken to curb the drugs menace in the country. He requested to submit a report of measures taken by police during last few months to control the drug menace. He also requested to submit a report on monthly basis from today in this regard. He stressed the need to control the underworld activities as well.

MP Lakshman Sevevirathna says the previous government was reluctant to recover the bond scam money.

MP Lakshman Sevevirathna says that the some people who argue the decisions of the President have forgotten the incidents in the past three and half years. Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo today he said many have forgotten the Central Bank bond scam. Even after some years after the issue, the government is still unable to recover the money stolen through this scam. Mr. Sevevirathna says that it can be done by adding one clause to the set of laws of the Bribery Commission.  It can be done by adding a clause to accept the evidence taken by the presidential commission appointed to investigate the bond scam. The president has given instructions to add it. MP Lakshman Sevevirathna alleges that the former leader of the house Lakshman Kiriella didn't present it in parliament. He said the government was unable to recover those stolen money due to Mr. Kiriella's actions.

Grama Niladhari Association reveals they will get permanent solutions to their problems.

The Sri Lanka United Grama Niladhari Association says that the new government has agreed to a service minute with a new salary system which will provide to many problems of the grama niladharies. They pointed out that although they were making demands for several years, it was not implemented. They further said that following discussions with Minister Susil Premajayantha, it was agreed to submit a draft cabinet paper to resolve the problem. The Association said that the draft has been sent to the cabinet at present.

Minister Bandula Gunawardena says, Foreign Direct Investments alone cannot be relied upon to strengthen the financial sector of the country, therefore the government is focusing its attention on uplifting the local producers

Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today, Minister Bandula Gunawardena said, an Investment Promotion 'Vimukthi' Package will be introduced with the intention of uplifting the country's foreign currency reserves. He also says, by this move, the value of the dollar can be brought down to 160 rupees in the first year, and 140 rupees in the 2nd year.

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says the income received by agricultural sector will be made free of income tax

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This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Uva-Wellassa Independence Struggle

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The Suwa-Seriya Emergency Ambulance Service will be operational in the Central Province

The Suwa-Seriya Emergency Ambulance Service will be operational in the Central Province. Thereby, the service is to be functional in the Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Matale districts, from today.

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