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Daily Archives: January 15, 2018

166 including 19 Local Government hopefuls detained – Police

The Police Headquarters issued a statement that 166 persons including 19 candidates contesting at the upcoming Local Government election have been arrested for violating election laws and crimes committed during the nomination submission process. The arrests were made during the period from January 9, to 6.00am today (15). Accordingly 57 …

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President’s term is five years – Supreme Court

Conveying its decision on the reference made by the President, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka has said that President Maithripala Sirisena’s term in office is five years. The Supreme Court has conveyed the opinion that the President’s term of office is five years, the PMD confirmed. The Supreme Court …

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New passport with biometric data in microchip

A new passport to be issued this year will contain a microchip which could store personal details including biometrics of the holder, the Immigration Department said. Immigration and Emigration Controller General S. Ranasinghe says  that the new passport would have additional security features to minimise chances of anyone making forged passports. …

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Election officials check backgrounds of local council candidates

The Election Commission has directed District Assistant Commissioners to check on the backgrounds of local council candidates contesting the upcoming local council elections to ascertain whether any of them has criminal records. The Commission’s Director General R.M.A.L. Ratnayake said they would also verify if former public servants contesting the polls …

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Govt receives USD 97.365 million as second instalment

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority announced that the Sri Lankan government has received a payment of 97.365 million US dollars from China Merchant Port Holdings as the second tranche of their investment. Subsequent to the agreement signed between Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the China Merchant Port Holdings Co. Ltd., …

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President’s term is only five years- SC

The Supreme Court has communicated to the Presidential Secretariat that President Maithripala Sirisena’s term was only five years, it is learnt. Last week the President had made a reference to the Supreme Court seeking its opinion whether he could serve up to six years. The five-member bench of the Supreme …

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Two foreign leaders to visit SL

Ministry of Foreign Affairs says state leaders of two foreign countries are scheduled pay official visits to the island next week on the invitations of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. The two leaders who are scheduled to arrive in the island are Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian …

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