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New laws to check multiple voting by the displaced

Displaced people found to have registered to vote in several electorates by submitting false information and documents risk being fined, sentenced to a prison term or both, under new laws now being drafted. Under the new laws, internally displaced people have been allowed to register to vote in the electorate …

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FCID tells Court it has sought AG’s advice

The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) yesterday told the Colombo Magistrate Jayaram Trotsky that they had sought the advice of the Attorney General in respect of the investigations against UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa and four others over having abused Rs. 15 million in public funds for the setting up of …

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I don’t blame university students -President

President Maithripala Sirisena says some politically indecent groups are trying to show the country that the government is acting to emasculate the free education by depriving the opportunities of the students of the medical faculties in government universities. “They are misleading the university students. I don’t blame any university student …

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Investigations on allegations made against Namal not over

The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID)  has informed the Court that investigations on the allegations made against Namal Rajapakse regarding the purchasing of a service supplier to Sri Lankan Airlines, have not concluded as of yet. The FCID added that they still have not received the requested bank account information …

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U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka visits Eastern Province

United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap visited the Eastern Province this week to commemorate a milestone in U.S.-supported demining efforts and to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at a school to construct facilities to help communities displaced by natural disasters. During the visit, Ambassador Keshap also met leaders and …

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Sri Lanka asks for additional help from IMF, WB

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday that Sri Lanka had asked the support of International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) to provide further support for people hit by recent disasters.   Responding to a question raised by MEP Leader Dinesh Gunawardena, the Prime Minister said that the …

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UNP parliamentarian complains of being treated unjustly

UNP Badulla District MP Chaminda Wijesiri said yesterday the new MPs in parliament were treated unjustly when they raised questions. Wijesiri said four of his questions had been postponed till August this year. “When we submit questions we do so after consulting the Secretary General and taking lot of trouble …

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PAFFREL proposes retirement age for politicians

Strongly condemning the conduct of several elderly politicians, Executive Director of PAFFREL Rohana Hettiarachchi yesterday said there should be a retirement age for politicians. Hettiarachchi, without naming names, said that as there was a retirement age for all employees in both public and private sectors the same rule should apply …

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