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Two Cabinet Ministers and five State Ministers take oaths before the President.

Two new cabinet ministers and five state ministers took their oath before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's house this morning.
The list of names is as follows.

Bandula Gunawardena: Minister of International Trade and Investment Promotion

Susil Premajayantha: Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs and Justice

Anura Priyadarshana Yapa: State Minister of Finance

C B Rathnayake: State Minister of Transport

Salinda Dissanayake: State Minister of Indigenous Medicine

Lakshman Wasantha Perera: State Minister of International
Trade and Investment Promotion

S.M. Chandrasena: State Minister of Social Empowerment

  Professor Gamini Samaranayake says the formation of the new government is a wide decision taken by the President

Professor Gamini Samaranayake says that the formation of new government by the President is a wise decision taken by him as a politician for the sake of the country and the people. The previous government did not fulfill the pledges made by them and worked on another agenda. While participating in Subarathi programme over the SLBC this morning, Professor Samaranayake further said that the decision taken by the President on the 26th of October reflects his political maturity.

Dr. Jayatissa de Costa said that according to the constitution the President has the power to dissolve the parliament at any time when a political crisis exists.

Appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister has been announced by a special gazette

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The President has vested with the public a middle income housing project at Mulleriyawa, Mandawila

The middle income housing project at Mulleriyawa, Mandawila was vested with the public yesterday, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The president said that, the programme to provide a secured house with basic facilities for each family in the country was successful as the housing projects were implemented under a national plan. The target group of the project was the professionals who are working in the main city of the country. Bank loan facilities have been provided to them to purchase houses.

Speaking on the occasion minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka said that, an aesthetic village would be built in Piliyandala under the Chinese government assistance.

MP S.M.Marikkar said that, government has given 2.3 billion rupees to the people affected by floods in Kolonnawa.

Education Minister has instructed the relevant officials to educate the parents to make maximum use of RTI Act to seek justice for any complaints regarding the year one admission

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed the relevant officials to educate the parents and the children to make maximum use of RTI Act to seek justice for any complaints regarding the year one admission. The Minister also instructed the school principals in this regard. The Minister further stated the year one admission process has been streamlined and structured after the present government took office. He also said the students who are not selected for a particular school can make an appeal and a complaint against the relevant authorities. This mechanism showcases the transparency and accountability of the process.

Title deeds will be distributed among the landless families in 6 districts by the Prime Minister from today

Title deeds will be distributed among the landless families in 6 districts by the Prime Minister from today. Handing over of 2,000 land deeds in will be held Ratnapura today and 1,000 land deeds in Deniyaya under the theme 'Husma Gatta Wasara Thunak' to mark the 3rd anniversary of the good governanance rule. 4,000 land deeds will be distributed among people at a ceremony to be held in Baddegama town on the 21st of this month. Land deeds for the families in Moneragala District will be distributed tomorrow at Kotiyagala in Siyambalanduwa. Distribution of deeds for the families in the Matara District held on Saturday at the Urubokka National School.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will also hand over appointment letters to 4,130 graduate recruits at Temple Trees on August 20th.

Many Private bus associations say that they do not join the proposed strike

Lanka private bus owners association chairman Gamunu Wijeratne said that his union and several other unions will not support the strike mainly due to the GCE Advanced Level examination which is currently underway.

Former Central provincial councilor Raja Uswatakeiyawa said that the private bus strike is an attempt against the government's measures to eliminate accidents.

General Secretary of the SLFP stresses that parliamentarians of the party have no intention to be independent in parliamen

General Secretary of the SLFP Prf. Rohana Lakshmana Piyadasa stresses that parliamentarians of the party have no intention to be independent in the parliament. They can perform the role of opposition in parliament as they wish being member of the party.

The Prime Minister said that the government has taken steps to identify and conserve archeological important heritages

The conserved and renovated stone wall and the pond of the Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi were vested with the public by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe yesterday. This 397 meter long stone wall was initially built at the King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe era. Renovation was done by the Maha Vihara Project under the Central Cultural Fund.

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Cabinet approval received for the appointment of the Special Salaries Commission

The Government has decided to appoint a Special Salaries Commission to make necessary recommendations to increase the salaries of the entire public sector staff, and to do away the salary anomalies that were reported in certain public sector institutions, inclusive of the Railways. The Cabinet of Ministers gave its approval to appoint this Salaries Commission, on a recommendation made by the Minister of Finance: Mangala Samaraweera, yesterday. The commission will make its recommendations to the government within the next two months.