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    • President opens Southern Expressway extension linking Colombo to Hambantota-Mattala for public Sun, Feb 23, 2020, 09:22 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka. Feb 23, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa inaugurated the final stage of Southern Expressway- the extension from Palatuwa to Barawakumbuka, today (23). The Southern Expressway links the Mattala Airport and Hambantota Harbor to the Commercial Capital, Colombo.  After opening the road near Godagama, Palatuwa interchange, the President and Prime Minister travelled on the Southern Expressway from Palatuwa to Barawakumbuka.        The length of the extension commissioned today from Palatuwa to Barawakumbuka of the Southern Expressway is 58 km and it cost Rs. 169 billion. The distance from Palatuwa to Hambantota is 96 km. The sections from Matara to Beliatta, Beliatta to Barawakumbuka, Barawakumbuka to Andarawewa and Andarawewa to Mattala were completed under four stages and the cost for these four stages was Rs. 225 billion. The main objective of the project is to connect the Hambantota harbor and Mattala International airport to Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. It is expected to bring about greater economic and social development. Tourism is the main focus of it. The 222 kilometer long Southern Expressway is the longest expressway in the country. With the opening of the new extension of the Southern Expressway, motorists will be able to travel to Kataragama from Colombo within three and a half hour. Sooriyaweva International Cricket Stadium can also be reached in a short time along the Expressway. The existing Matara- Godagama interchange will no longer be used in the future and the new Palatuwa interchange will replaced it. After Godagama, there are interchanges at Aparekka, Beliatta, Kasagala, Angunakolapelessa, Barawakumbuka and Sooriyaweva. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the public rally held near the Barawakumbuka interchange said that the government will start again the mega development projects abandoned by the previous government. He further said that the national security will be ensured in the country in a similar manner as the government constructs the expressways. He also said that a Trade and Finance Centre will be built centering the Colombo Port and Katunayake International Airport. Steps have been taken to build an International Technical and Services Centre focusing the Hambantota Port and Mattala Airport, he added. Prime Minister Rajapaksa further said that the government will take actions to create nine economic corridors that will include the Port of Trincomalee and the port at Kankesanthurai. He further said that all these initiatives are mentioned in the ‘Rata Hadana Saubhagyaye Dekma’, the policy manifesto of the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.  Ministers including Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and Minister Johnston Fernando, Members of Parliament including Namal Rajapaksa and D.V. Chanaka, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan, public servants and a large number of people participated on this occasion.
    • இவ்வளவு நாளும் தமிழ் மக்களை ஏமாத்தின கூட்டமைப்பு இப்ப காலம் கடந்து தானும் ஏமாந்ததாக நாமம் போடுது.
    • சிங்களவனுக்கு தமிழ் படிக்கும் ஆர்வம் இல்லையாம். அதுக்காக இந்த அரசு ஏதாவது ஜில்மால் செய்யும் என்று எதிர்பார்க்கலாம்.
    • Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son apologises for his distressing comments PTI Rohitha Rajapaksa, son of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Monday apologised for making distressing remarks on social media while responding to a person’s “offensive comment” about his family. Rohitha said he made the remarks as a result of a “targeted offensive comment” and had no intention to deliberately cause distress to any individual and or community. “I recently made a statement as a result of a targeted offensive comment. It was not my intention to deliberately cause distress to any individual and/or community. Therefore, I sincerely apologise,” he said in a tweet. The apology came after an individual wrote to him in a tweet that “all what we have achieved is to see you three brothers get married in the same year with nine ceremonies and your in-laws become most eligible for state positions and you live out of public money...”  Rohitha responded to the tweet saying, “There is no clause I have to declare my private assets and show off. But trust me no public fund is used for our personal benefits. Why don’t you get ur self a proper job and an education so you won’t be jealous of another person’s success. Get a wife and make children.”  To another tweet he responded saying: “You seem to know a lot more than the CID, please join and make them finish these cases soon so you can find ur self a boyfriend who can keep you company.”  Rohita faced flak online for his tweets.
    • தமிழ்மொழியில் சித்தி இல்லை..! 5536 அதிபர் வெற்றிடங்கள் நிரப்பபடாமலிருக்கிறது. இலங்கையில் தமிழ் மொழிக்கு வந்த சோதனை.. இலங்கையில் தமிழ் மொழியில் சித்தியடையாமை யினால் 5,536 அதிபர் வெற்றிடங்கள் நிரப்பப்படாமலிருக்கும் விடயம் கோப்குழுவால் வெளிச்சத்திற்கு வந்துள்ளது. இந்த விடயம் நாடாளுமன்றத்தின் கோப் குழு நடத்திய விசாரணைகளில் தெரிய வந்துள்ளது.2019 பெப்ரவரி 20, முதல் 2019 நவம்பர் 7 வரையான காலப்பகுதி தொடர்பான 42 விசாரணைகளின் அவதானிப்பு, மற்றும் பரிந்துரைகளில் இந்த விவகாரமும் தெரிய வந்துள்ளது. அதிபர்களின் சேவையில்  மொத்த வெற்றிடங்களின் எண்ணிக்கை 5,536 ஆகும். தரம் I இல் 1,750 வெற்றிடங்கள், தரம் II இல் 1,868 வெற்றிடங்கள், மற்றும் தரம் III இல் 1,918 வெற்றிடங்கள் உள்ளன. சுற்றறிக்கை எண் 1/2014 இன் படி தமிழ் மொழி தேர்ச்சி பெறாதது அந்த வெற்றிடங்களை நிரப்ப தடையாக உள்ளது என்பது தெரியவந்துள்ளமை குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது https://jaffnazone.com/news/16053