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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. 

The Leader of NSSP Dr. Wickramabahu Karunararhna says the wrongdoers and the people who violates the rule of law are punished at present due to the implementation of democracy and rule of law in the country.

The Leader of Nawa Samasamaja Party Dr. Wickramabahu Karunararhna said the wrongdoers and the people who violates the rule of law are punished at present due to the implementation of democracy and rule of law in the country. Accordingly, the government with the help of the police has implemented many programs and operations to nab the wrongdoers and fraudsters.

4-hour countrywide raid: 2,322 arrested for various offences


Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said nearly 2,322 people were arrested for various offences while 5,254 were charged with traffic violations during a four-hour countrywide raid. He said the Police carried out the raid from 10 p.m to 12 midnight on Tuesday and 3.00 a.m to 5 a.m yesterday.

Police Spokesman Ruwan her Gunasekera said Some 14,070 police officers took part in the raid carried out under the direction of IGP Pujith Jayasundara. More than 58,000 people and 29,090 vehicles were inspected after setting up 1,796 road blocks.

He said 650 were charged with drunk driving while 635 people wanted for various crimes were also arrested.

SP Gunasekara said among those arrested were 423 on warrants and 531 persons were arrested on charges of peddling drugs and illegal liquor while 78 people were arrested for unruly behavior and five on charges of possessing weapons.

150 development projects in Polonnaruwa will be vested with the public in the 1st week of August

President Maithripala Sirisena says, 150 new development projects will be vested with the public from 1st to the 3rd of August under the "Re-awakening Polonnaruwa programme". The president made this comment participating in a religious programme held at the Dimbulagala Forest Hermitage this morning. The president declared open the newly constructed Sanga Wasaya and building complex at the Dimbulagala pirivena. The president further said that, drinking water schemes irrigation and road development projects health facilities development programmes are also among the development activities implemented in the Polonnaruwa district.

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According to a Chinese survey, Sri Lanka has been selected as the top global safety destination for women travellers in 2018

In a survey conducted, by the People’s Daily newspaper of China recently Sri Lanka has been selected as the top global safety destination for women travellers in 2018. A statement from Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing states that Sri Lanka topped the list of 20 countries that were selected, including USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Switzerland and the Maldives.

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Minister Duminda Dissanayake says, economic development will be achieved under the concept of " village, temple tank and stupa"

Minister Duminda Dissanayake says, economic development will be achieved under the concept of " village, temple tank and stupa" . Parents should take the responsibility of mending the children to practice ancient buddhist policies based on righteous living. The minister made these remarks participating in a programme at the Sri Maha Nama ancient temple in Ipologama this morning. The newly constructed Buddha statue was declared open at this ceremony. Addressing the gathering the minister further said that,  Buddhist policies of living lead to peaceful and contended  society.

Today is Poson Full-Moon Poya Day

Today is Poson full-moon poya day. The day celebrates the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. Poson, held on the full moon day of June, commemorates the occasion when Arahat Mahinda, the son of Emperor Asoka of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism. The main focal point of celebration is Mihintale, the ancient monastic complex where the royal missionary monk Mahinda preached the first sermon to the ruling king and at Anuradhapura.

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'Enterprise Sri Lanka' defined as a turning point in the country's economic and development drive

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says, the Enterprise Sri Lanka Investment Promotion Programme is fundamental in building a prosperous country. For economic growth to be attained, employment generation is a must. Therefore, the Premier requests the Private Sector to formulate their strategies to reap the maximum benefits from Enterprise Sri Lanka. The government has allocated more than 10 billion rupees for this program. A development finance corporation will also be established to support this programme. The cabinet paper in this regard is being prepared.

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Sandya Ekneligoda rejects allegations that her husband had connections with the LTTE

Sandya Ekneligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda rejects allegations that her husband had connections with the LTTE. In the court cases taken up for hearing in connection with the journalist, no details in connection with the LTTE can be identified. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday, Mrs. Ekneligoda said, the previous administration, in order to gain political mileage and attain hidden objectives, raised false allegations that her husband was connected to the LTTE outfit.