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New LG members to assume duties on March 6

The 8,325 newly-elected members for the 340 local government bodies countrywide would assume duties in their respective local bodies on March 6. According to the Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry, the gazette notification in this regard will be handed over to the Government Printer tomorrow (15). Meanwhile the Elections …

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Stay order preventing action against Gotabaya extended

The stay order issued by the Appeal Court, preventing the FCID from taking action against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa under the Public Property Act, has been further extended until February 28. The FCID had lodged a case against the former Defence Secretary for the misappropriation of public funds for …

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Some SLFP Ministers to join UNP

Some Ministers belonging to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are planning to team up with the United National Party(UNP) to form the new coalition government, while others are trying to align with the opposition. The two parties are trying to part ways, in the aftermath of the electoral defeat …

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Dilhani wins women’s javelin throw

Sri Lanka’s track and field team continued to make most of the opportunity with another first place winning performance at the pre Asian Games Invitational Championship in Jakarta on Tuesday.   Dihani Lekamge won the women’s javelin with a feat of 55.13 metres to join young sprinter Tharusha Dananjaya and …

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Government earnings from cigarettes see drop in 2017

Government tax earnings from cigarette sales are likely to see a reduction in 2017 for the first time in five years. According to provisional data, the government earned LKR 86 billion from tobacco excise in 2017 compared to LKR 88.7 Billion in 2016, a drop of Rs. 2.7 billion, a …

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Hung LG bodies cause headache for political parties

Executive Director of Transparency International Sri Lanka Asoka Obesekere has warned of political turmoil for want of a particular party gaining absolute majority in about 160 local government bodies at just concluded local government polls.   Countrywide elections were held for 340 local government bodies. Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha is the …

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Travel ban on Namal Rajapaksa temporarily lifted

The court has temporarily lifted the travel ban imposed on Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court  upon consideration of a request put forward by Namal Rajapaksa granted permission for the MP to travel abroad. The travel ban was imposed following his arrest for allegedly obtaining Rs. 70 million from …

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