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Monthly Archives: December 2017

PAFFREL asks EC to prevent Samudi officers backing their kith and kin

People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) requested Elections Commission to take immediate measures to stop the undue interference by Samurdhi field officers to promote candidates at the February 10 Local Government election. PAFFREL Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi said that even though the government had passed legislation barring field …

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Colombo could be like Delhi soon

Colombo could face air pollution issue like New Delhi soon, Central Environment Trust Director Sajeewa Chamikara said yesterday. He said that the city of Colombo could face an air pollution issue like New Delhi as a result of increased emissions. “These emissions remain in the lower atmosphere with the increase …

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Tea shipments to Russia to resume on Saturday

The Colombo Tea Traders’ Association has said that the export of tea to Russia will resume on Saturday, 30th of December. Chairman of the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association Anslem Perera said there was no major impact from the ban on the tea industry of Sri Lanka as the temporary ban …

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All election campaign activities to end by February 7

A special discussion between officials of the Election Commission and secretaries of political parties will be held today at the Presidential Secretariat on the forthcoming local government polls. The discussions will mainly focus on the election campaigns and adhering to election laws, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said. Speaking at a …

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80 pecent of fake FB accounts will be removed this week: CERT

The Principal Information Security Engineer of the Computer Emergency Readiness Team Co-ordination Centre (CERT|CC), Roshan Chandragupta said 80 per cent of the fake Facebook accounts would be removed by the end of this year by the Facebook head office. He said CERT had received 3,400 complaints by November regarding the …

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End LG polls propaganda by Feb 7-EC

All propaganda activities related to the upcoming Local Government election should come to an end by the midnight of February 7, the Election Commission said today. The election for the Local Government bodies to be held on February 10 next year.

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Sri Lanka surprisingly scores big in food security index

Sri Lanka, dependent as it is on food imports, has been ranked the first in South Asian region on the recently published Global Food Security Index 2017 whereas its global ranking is 66th.   Bangladesh’s neighbours, Nepal and Myanmar, have been ranked at 81st and 80th positions respectively in the …

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More than 300,000 affected due to drought

Nearly 300,000 persons had been affected by the prevailing drought in five districts the Disaster Management Centre announced yesterday.   Assistant Director of the DMC Pradeep Kodippili says that 293,764 persons of 90,612 families had been affected in the districts of Puttalam, Kurungela, Anuradhapura, Mannar and Vavuniya.   The highest …

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Murali no-balling ‘disrespectful’-Waugh

Former Australian captain Steven Waugh has said that the no-balling Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan during the famous Boxing Day Test match in MCG back in 1995 was ‘disrespectful’ and ‘should have been sorted out beforehand.’ “I just felt it was a bit unfair the way it unfolded. We all knew …

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