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The government says no decision has been taken to raise electricity charges

Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says no decision has been taken to raise electricity charges following the increase in fuel prices. He assures that the government will continue to supply electricity to consumers at concessionary rates.

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Minister Mano Ganeshan says building national reconciliation could begin from schoolchildren

Minister Mano Ganeshan says building national reconciliation could begin from schoolchildren. He was participating in a uniform and educational equipment distribution at Deniyaya Central College yesterday. The Minister added that the foundation could be laid at school level for unity among the communities to take the country forward.

The Army agrees to release 522 acres of more land in the North and the East back to civilians.

The Army has agreed to release 522 acres of more land in the North and the East back to their civilian owners. These civilians, presently living in welfare camps or in the homes of relatives or friends, will be resettled in their own land. More than 4,900 acres of land have so far been returned to civilians following their acquisition by the military during the war.

Several bi-lateral agreements signed to enhance trade and economic relations between Iran and Sri Lanka

 

Several bi-lateral agreements to enhance trade and economic relations between Iran and Sri Lanka have been inked. President Maithripala Sirisena and his Iranian counterpart: Hassan Rouhani signed the agreements. President Sirisena, who is on an official tour of Iran, visited the President's House with his delegation, this morning.

President Sirisena is also due to participate in a special Business and Investment Summit organized by Iran's Chamber of Commerce

The Poson Week is to be from the 24th to the 30th of June

The Poson Week will be from the 24th to the 30th of June. President of the Poson Committee, Anuradhapura District Secretary R M Wanninayaka says, many religious activities have been organized separately at the Jaya Srimaha Bodhiya, the Ruwanveli Seya, Mihinthale, Thanthirimale and Atamasthana.

It is anticipated, close upon one million devotees will converge to Anuradhapura this Poson season. The Poson Committee has taken all steps to provide basic facilities to all visitors

Another 400 families to be awarded dual citizenship this Wednesday

The Department of Immigration and Emigration says, another 400 families will be awarded dual citizenship this Wednesday. Controller of the Department of Immigration and Emigration: Chaminda Hettiarachchi says, of all the 210 countries, it is permitted to offer dual citizenship for 14 countries only. Since countries such as China, Japan and India do not permit the awarding of dual citizenship, Sri Lankans residing in those countries will not be able to enjoy this opportunity.  Mr. Hettiarachchi explained, the purpose of awarding dual citizenship is to encourage Sri Lankans residing overseas towards new investment opportunities, which add to enhancing Sri Lanka's reputation. So far, 30,000 individuals have been awarded dual citizenship.

The President says if the war heroes are used to achieve the petty political goals by any political party, then it should not be allowed and cannot be considered as an ethical practice.

President Maithripala Sirisena says if the war heroes are used to achieve the petty political goals by any political party, then it should not be allowed and it cannot be an ethical practice. The President made these remarks at a ceremony to unveiled war heroes monument in the North-Western province yesterday. Addressing the gathering the President further said the present government never betrayed the war heroes during its tenure. The present government has provided all necessary facilities and relief assistance to the war heroes and their families. The government also has taken effective measures to provide the due privileges of the security forces.
The President vehemently rejects the allegations against the security forces. President Sirisena also said these allegations levelled against security forces have internal motives and conspiracies of certain external elements. The President also stated it is the previous regime which inflicted various inconveniences and harassments to the security forces.
The present government created a good image about the Sri Lankan security forces in the international arena. The present government also took effective measures to prevent the electric chair punishments against individuals and security forces. The government also successfully rejected the inclusion of foreign judges for the investigations about the last stages of the civil war in 2009.
The newly constructed war heroes monument was complete replacement of temporary removal of the old monument due to road construction work of Kurunegala - Dambulla main road

Many development projects in Galle district will be vested in the public under the patronage of Prime Minister.

Many development projects in Galle district will be vested in the public today under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The projects include District Secretariat building complexes, renovated and modernized divisional secretariat buildings as well. The Premier will declare open the newly constructed building complexes attached to Akmeemana, Habaraduwa, Hikkaduwa, and Gonapinuwala Divisional Secretariat Offices. Minister Vajira Abeywardena said that these buildings were constructed within a short period of time.

The Central Bank has taken effective measures to make the rupee value stable in the world market.

The Central Bank has taken effective measures to make the rupee value stable in the world market. Assistant Director of Economic Research Department Dr. Anil Perera said the Central Bank has taken effective measures to keep the rupee value stable, so that it will help to reduce the gap of Balance of Payment and trade deficit. He made these comments at a media conference held in Colombo yesterday.

It is reported the financial institutions are planing to waive off the interest of the loans less than 150,000 taken by the small scale entrepreneurs from micro finance institutions.


It is reported the financial institutions are planning to waive off the interest of the loans less than 150,000 taken by the small scale entrepreneurs from micro finance institutions. Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera says this decision will promote the small scale entrepreneurs. This will also help to create more entrepreneurs in future. The Minister made these remarks at a function held in Southern Province to establish 2,000 export entrepreneurs.