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The Prime Minister says the Mattala International Airport will be upgraded to an operational level before the end of this year.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the Mattala International Airport will be upgraded to an operational level before the end of this year. The premier also said an effective work plan will be devised in near future. The Mattala international airport will be developed with the necessary industrial environment like the Katunayaka airport and Biyagama industrial zone. The Premier made these remarks at a commemoration conference of late Dr. Saman Kelagama in Colombo recently. The Hambantota port premises has been identified with a largest swimming pool. This water resource will be filled from next year.

Former president has taken large amount of funds from Chinese company for his presidential election campaign. It is stressed that an investigation should be conducted in this regard.

Civil activists and artists stress that Hitler type rule is not suitable to the country. Expressing views on the statement made by Anunayaka thero of the Asgiriya chapter, Co-convener of the Purawesi Balaya organization Saman Rathnapriya said that the thero's anusasana is detrimental to the constitution. He added that people are not ready to give executive powers to Gotabaya Rajapaksha.
Co-convener of the Purawesi Balaya organization Gamini viyangoda said that Gotabaya Rajapaksha has been clearly proved a dictator by his actions and behaviour.
Ven. Dambara Amila thero said tht a presidential commission should be appointed to investigate this matter.
Veteren singer Jayatilaka Bandara says that Hitler type leaders are not suitable to a peace loving country like Sri lanka.
In the meantime, it is revealed by a New York Times newspaper that the former president has taken large amount of funds from Chinese company for his presidential election campaign. An investigation should be conducted in this regard. Ven. Dambara Amila thera speaking to the media stated a presidential commission should be appointed to investigate this matter.
Joining the media conference, convener of Left Centre Chameera Perera alleged as a Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa acted like an authoritarian during the Rajapaksa regime.
Meanwhile, the artistes point out that this country does not need any military rule. A society which is marching forward by defeating the brutality and inhumanity will never approve a military rule in this country. Recently, the Sri Lanka's human rights records has been appraised by the international community has upgraded to 'A' Grade. This is a great victory to the country. Given this situation all Sri Lankans will never approve an authoritarian rule in this country. Popular singer Jayathilaka Bandara made these remarks while speaking to SLBC.

Minister Dr. Vijayadasa Rajapaksa said the local cinema industry faces many challenges at present.

Minister Dr. Vijayadasa Rajapaksa said the local cinema industry faces many challenges at present. The minister emphasized the importance of solving these problems through effective discussion with the relevant stakeholders. The Minister made these remarks at a function held at University Grants Commission auditorium yesterday. Addressing the gathering he further said the problems at the grass root level should be identified first. The main reason for this situation is that four film screening companies were granted this responsibility in the year 2000. The Film Corporation protested for this move at that time. The operating companies received a 10 percent service charge also in this process. Although these companies earned large amount of profit, they have not invested those funds for the betterment of cinema industry.

A consensus arrived at holding the Provincial Council Elections as soon as possible.

A special discussion on holding the Provincial Council Elections was held this morning in the Parliamentary premises, headed by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.
The Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, the Chairman of the Election Commission and the Chairman of the Delimitation Commission also participated.

They arrived at a consensus to hold the election as soon as possible. The meeting focused on the Delimitation Committee Report regarding the elections, and on holding the election according to the old and new electoral systems.

The Speaker said, a debate will be held in parliament on the 5th of next month, regarding the Provincial Council Elections. He requested the officials of the Delimitation Commission to take into consideration the points that will be raised at the debate.

The Director General of the Government Information Centre says, those who say that a rigid form of governance is needed, should call to mind the type of governance that prevailed earlier.

Director General of the Government Information Centre: Attorney at Law Sudarshana Gunawardhene says, when the government moves forward ensuring human rights and easing the country's debts, it faces various threats. Those who say that a rigid form of governance is needed, should call to mind the type of governance that prevailed earlier. He points out, under that regime, not only were human rights abused, but the country's financial administration and discipline, and all other sectors also collapsed.

The Supreme Court orders the former Chief Minister of the North Central Province to pay compensation to a school principal over an unfair transfer.

The Supreme Court has ordered the former Chief Minister of the North Central Province, Peshala Jayaratne, to pay 250,000 rupees as compensation to a school principal who had filed a case over an unfair transfer.

The former Principal of the Niwaththaka Chethiya Maha Vidyalaya in Anuradhapura had filed a Fundamental Rights Petition with the Court stating that his transfer from the school in 2016 was unfair.

Delivering the verdict today, the Court ordered the former Chief Minister to compensate the petitioner, and also ordered the government to pay 50,000 rupees as compensation.

The Postal Work-To-Rule Strike Action, called off.

Convenor of the Joint Postal Trade Union Collective: Chinthaka Bandara has announced, the decision to engage in a work-to-rule-protest has been called off with effect from 12 noon today.
He further states, mail that was held due to the postal trade union action that was underway, have been distributed. Overseas mail that was held at the Katunayake Airport, is also being distributed.

All new investments and businesses should pay a sum of 25,000 rupees to the Inland Revenue Department and seek advise with regarding to taxation prior to commencing the venture.

The Commissioner General of Inland Revenue Department Ivan Dissanayaka said all new investments and businesses should pay a sum of 25,000 rupees to the department and seek advise with regarding to taxation prior to commencing the venture. He further said this is an international standard adopted by many world countries. The external parties and investors have to pay more than 200,000 rupees to obtain a taxation report form the government. However, the department suggests a consultation fee from each new external party to understand the local taxation mechanism. Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena levelled an allegation against the government recently, but the Commissioner General vehemently rejected the claims of the parliamentarian.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella says all political parties representing the parliament have agreed to have a special debate in parliament on the FTA established with Singapore.

The Leader of House Minister Lakshman Kiriella said all political parties representing the parliament have agreed to have a special debate in parliament on the free trade agreement established with Singapore. The Minister further said the debate will be conducted on the next sitting of the parliament. The Minister made this announcement in reply to a question raised by joint opposition parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena. Accordingly, the party leaders will meet once again on or before 18th of July to decide on the debate.

New York Times says Chinese funds financed Mahinda Rajapaksa election campaign

The New York Times newspaper has reported that a Chinese company has granted over sum of 7 million US dollars for the election campaign of Mahinda Rajapakse in 2015. The newspaper has stated that close allies of former president Mahinda Rajapakse had received the money prior to the 2015 presidential election. Money has been transferred to an account in the Standard Chartered Bank maintained by the China Harbour company. The funds were transferred from the accounts of Standard Charted Bank and China Harbour Company. The leader of Nawa Samasamaja party Dr. Wickramabahu Karunarathna said this is an incident of a previous regime which showcased malpractice and misuse of foreign funds. Foreign funds have been used to carryout to personnel agenda. The people of this country will never accept this type of political character. Meanwhile, the convenor of the Left Centre Chameera perera also expressed his views on this subject.