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India, Sri Lanka need to discuss fisheries issue: Envoy

Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Chitranganee Wagiswara on Tuesday advised the governments of India and Sri Lanka discuss the fisheries issues. Wagiswara’s statement comes days after Colombo said the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill would be detrimental to the traditional fishing rights of Indians. “Fisheries issue is something …

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PAFFREL records 706 violations

Election watchdog People’s Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) says it has received 615 complaints of 706 electoral and general law violations by yesterday afternoon.   Of them 98 are related to incidents of violence and 115 incidents of other forms of violations of the law.   As per …

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Workers must be given leave to vote

The Elections Commission has received a large number of complaints from employees that their employers are not willing to grant them leave to cast their votes on February 10.   Chairman of the Commission Mahinda Deshapriya, issuing a press release, urged all private and public sector organizations to ensure that …

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SC orders not to hold election for Elpitiya PS

The Supreme Court today issued an interim injunction preventing elections being held for the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha, after considering a petition filed in connection with the upcoming Local Government polls. The petition was filed by the Democratic United National Front (DUNF) alleging an injustice. The Supreme Court issued the order …

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Naval and fishing communities warned of rough seas

The Department of Meteorology says that due to an atmospheric disturbance over vicinity of Sri Lanka, heavy showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the deep and shallow sea areas off the coast extending from Trincomalee to Matara via Batticaloa and Pottuvil. The deep and shallow sea areas around …

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I will not lie to capture power-Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he has nothing to hide and has never lied to come to power or remain in office.   The Presidential Commission Report on Treasury Bonds issued in 2015 and 2016 had been given various politically motivated interpretations, but the truth would prevail , Wickremesinghe told …

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HRCSL sets up help desk

Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson, HRCSL, has set up an Elections Complaints Desk to receive complaints regarding rights violations pertaining to the Feb. 10 Local Government polls. Dr. Udagama has said special emphasis will be placed on rights violations of female candidates. The following are the 24-hour hotlines: 077 3088135 and …

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