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UNP – SLPP to contest LG polls together

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The United National Party will contest the upcoming Local Government Election together with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, said the UNP General Secretary on Tuesday (10).

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and the United National Party met for talks again on Tuesday (10) at the President’s Office.

UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara told reporters that the SLPP and the UNP decided to contest the Local Government Election together.

He said the matter was discussed with the district leaders.

He also said that discussions took place on which Local Government Institutions will be contested under the symbol of the Elephant, and which will be contested under the symbol of the Flower Bud.

He also added that an agreement was also reached with regard to using a common symbol for certain Local Government Institutions.

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Skill or professional stream to be added to O/Ls

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State Minister for Social Empowerment Mr. Anupa Pasqual, emphasized that new laws are being introduced to facilitate the use of uncultivated land for agricultural purposes as land is vital for social empowerment. 

The state minister also announced that the government has decided to incorporate a skill or professional stream into the G.C.E (Ordinary Level) Examination to promote social empowerment.

“A fundamental ideology we have advocated is the need for educational system reform to uplift society. Hence, individuals should not be labelled as exam failures solely due to struggles in subjects like maths, religion, or language at the G.C.E (O/L) examination. Therefore, the government has resolved to integrate skill-based or vocational streams into the G.C.E (O/L) Examination syllabus. This concept reflects societal acceptance. Accordingly, the Ministry of Education plans to implement this initiative from the beginning of next year. It is imperative to note that forthcoming educational reforms aim to cultivate skilled professionals,” he said.

The State Minister made these remarks during a press briefing titled “Collective Path to a Stable Country” held at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC) today (May 21).

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Move to sell LSD-infected cattle amid disease outbreak

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With the outbreak of the Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) among cattle in the Nuwara Eliya District, there is a growing tendency among dairy farmers to sell off their affected livestock.

Dr. Suresh Kumara, the Government Veterinary Surgeon in charge of the Kotagala-Talawakele division, reported that the district contributes 12 percent of the Central Province’s milk production. 

The outbreak has led to the death of many milch cows, resulting in a sharp decline in milk output.

In response to the outbreak, affected dairy farmers have begun selling their LSD-infected cattle to slaughterhouses. 

Dr. Kumara emphasized the need for vaccination to control the disease but noted that the necessary vaccine is currently unavailable.

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Puttalam District schools to reopen tomorrow

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Schools in the Puttalam District are scheduled to reopen tomorrow (May 22) for academic activities, according to the Provincial Director of Education of the North-Western Province. 

However, the Zonal Directors of Education have been authorised to decide otherwise depending on the weather conditions, the Provincial Director adds.

All schools in the Puttalam District remained closed yesterday and today due to adverse weather conditions.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the Education Ministry states that news reports claiming that tomorrow is a school holiday, is false.

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