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21 lands currently owned by Rajapaksa family – Anura

Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayaka said  that there are 21 lands scattered across the island that are owned by Yoshitha, Namal and Shiranthi Rajapaksa at a media briefing held at Ratnapura. He further stated that he has conclusive proof of the prices which the lands were purchased at …

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Samurdhi Amendment Circular cancelled

The Cabinet Sub-Committee has decided to cancel the Samurdhi Amendment Circular, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. In the wake of protests from Samurdhi beneficiaries who staged countless protests and objections from politicians including members of the government, President Maithripala Sirisena last week assured that the government will not cut off or …

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Tilak Marapana sworn in as new Foreign Minister

Minister of Development Assignments Tilak Marapana has been sworn in as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs before President Maithripala Sirisena. He was appointed to the position which was left vacant following the resignation of Ravi Karunanayake over allegations leveled against him over the Central Bank treasury bond scam. Marapana …

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Increase of sugar import levy effective from midnight

The Ministry of Finance has announced that the special import levy imposed on sugar will be increased by Rs. 8 per kilogram. The increase will be made effective from 12.00 am tomorrow (16). The existing levy of Rs. 10 will accordingly be increased to Rs. 18. The Ministry stated that …

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Rohitha Rajapaksa grilled at FCID

Rohitha Rajapaksa, the youngest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, arrived at the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) . He was reportedly summoned to record a statement regarding the satellite, “The SupremeSAT-1” which was launched in 2012. Meanwhile, Rohitha’s mother Shiranthi Rajapaksa was summoned for questioning by the Criminal Investigations …

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Shiranthi Rajapaksa summoned for questioning

Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa arrived at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) a short while ago. She was summoned to provide a statement over the murder of rugger player Wasim Thajudeen. Shiranthi Rajapaksa is accordingly due to be questioned on the alleged use of a defender vehicle belonging by the …

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Navy arrests 4 Indian fishermen in trawler

Naval personnel onboard Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command on routine patrol arrested four Indian fishermen and took into custody their fishing trawler for poaching in the Sri Lankan territorial waters 18 nautical miles north of Point Pedro on Sunday. The fishers, their trawler and fishing gear …

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GMOA urges President to probe government takeover of NFTH

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday appealed to President Maithripala Sirisena to initiate a thorough investigation into the government takeover of the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH).   In a letter to President Sirisena, President, Dr Anuruddha Padeniya and its Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge have said neither their union …

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