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Upali Marasinghe assumes duties

Newly-appointed secretary to the ministry of petroleum resources Upali Marasinghe assumed duties today. Subject minister Arjuna Ranatunga and deputy minister Dr. Anoma Gamage were present on the occasion. A senior administrative officer, Mr. Marasinghe is also a lawyer in the Supreme Court.

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Donations from decentralized budget

A distribution of chairs and loudspeakers worth Rs. 5.84 million from the decentralized funds of minister Daya Gamage and Dr. Anoma Gamage among volunteer organizations in Mahaoya and Padiyatalawa is now taking place. Marking the occasion, Dr. Gamage has handed over the donations at the two divisional secretariats.

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President to meet families of missing persons today

President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to visit Jaffna today to attend a special meeting of the Jaffna District Development Committee this morning to review the progress of the development activities in the North and future projects. During the visit the President is expected to hold a special meeting with the …

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Provincial Council elections cannot be postponed

Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said when the official term of a provincial council ends; the date of election to appoint new members must be announced by the Commission within a week. “A provincial council election could be postponed only in the case of a tragedy like the one which …

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Sri Lankan Ranil Jayawardena wins UK election again

Ranil Jayawardena of Sri Lankan origin has emerged victorious in the June 8 British parliamentary elections for the second time, bagging 65.5% of the votes cast in the Hampshire North East constituency. A “traditional conservative” Jayawardena had no difficulty in beating his nearest rival, Barry Jones of Labor. Jones got …

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PM returns

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe returned to the country today after a private visit to the USA. A group of UNP ministers and MPs were at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake to welcome the Premier. Earlier, several government ministers confirmed that Premier Wickremesinghe was in the United States for medical …

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