Medical services in island-wide hospitals come to standstill

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Medical services in more than 900 hospitals island-wide, except children’s and maternity hospitals have ground to a halt today due to the token strike launched by doctors against certain budgetary decisions.

Treasurer of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Dr. Nalinda Herath said strike was not carried out at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, de Soysa Maternity Hospital, and Castle Street Hospital for Women, National Cancer Institute, Maharagama and Sirimavo Bandaranayake Specialist Children’s Hospital in Peradeniya.

Reduce the tax on internet usage for students - WDJS

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The 25 per cent internet charges should be reduced for schoolchildren and university students, a government minister told Parliament today.

Labour and Trade Union Relations Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne expressed these views during last morning’s debate on the second reading of the budget.

Countrywide bus strike tomorrow against minimum penalty

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Private bus owners will launch an island wide strike protesting against the government’s decision to impose a minimum penalty of Rs. 2,500 for traffic offences, which was proposed in the 2017 budget.  

Chairman of the Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) Chairman Gemunu Wijeratne today said the Union had not changed it stance on the matter. The move will lock horns with the government, which has made it clear that its decision will not be changed.

Donald Trump, The new President of USA

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Donald J. Trump, the Republican Party candidate won the US presidential election with 276 electoral against the 218 electoral secured by Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump is scheduled to take office as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017.  Meanwhile, Clinton has phoned Trump to concede the election. According to SKY News, Trump gave his victory speech in New York after clinching swing states such as Florida, Ohio and North Carolina. As fans chanted "USA, USA", he told his supporters:

Small car prices come down in SL ahead of budget

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Car dealers were aggressively advertising discounted prices on small cars amid expectations that Thursday's budget could see another revision of tariffs that will favour smaller vehicles.

Associated Motorways, the agents for the popular Suzuki brand was offering discounts of up to 200,000 rupees and urged buyers to "beat the change, own it today."

Micro cars were also advertising a 100,000 rupee reduction on their small car Panda.

Usually, car dealers urge prospective buyers to beat the budget through which duties are increased, but this time they are careful not to suggest a duty increase.

Update : Police tear gas Ravana Balaya at disabled soldiers protest march

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The police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a group of monks, who are members of the Ravana Balaya, who attempted to forcefully enter the Presidential Secretariat today.  

The monks were present at a protest march organized by the disabled soldiers demanding for a pension.  

Three disabled soldiers hospitalized

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Three disabled soldiers who were engaged in a fast outside the Fort Railway Station were admitted to the Colombo National Hospital yesterday. 

Hospital sources said one of the soldiers who were a blind had been discharged after being treated for an eye infection while other soldiers are still undergoing treatment at the hospital. 

Afghan forces retake district from Taliban

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Afghan forces have recaptured a district that had fallen briefly to the Taliban, officials and residents said Sunday, after thousands of people fled their homes in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province. 

Khan Abad district, which is around 30 kilometres east of Kunduz city -- the provincial capital where militants last year scored their biggest ever victory -- had fallen to the Taliban after they launched a pre-dawn attack on the district centre on Saturday, according to local officials. 

12-year-old boy goes to police against father

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A 12 year-old-boy, in his school uniform, had arrived at the Bandaragama Police Station and had reportedly complained that his father was constantly beating up him, his mother and one of his two sisters brutally for a long period of time. 

However, he had told the police that his father refrained from beating up his elder sister. 

Some people tried to lure Amaradeva for voice cuts by paying money for political gains

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"Though various elements on various occasions made an attempt in turning the Late Dr. Amaradeva's prestige for political gains when he was among the living, because he was watchful and therefore was able to turn them down", Amaradeva's wife had told a newspaper. She had revealed this during preparations for the Sasara Danawwa music concert adding that since Amaradeva was someone who used to think as a child and was free of cunningness; there was an environment where he could get trapped for anything. This is how she revealed this when Amaradeva was listening with a smile 
adorning his face: