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Court told Gnanasara Thera indisposed

President’s Counsel Manohara de Silva yesterday told the Court of Appeal that Ven. Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera had been hospitalised.   A medical certificate was submitted to support the claim.   Consequently, the Court of Appeal fixed the contempt of Court application against the Thera for June 12.   The Thera …

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Minister blames prison officers for Negombo jail breakout

Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D. M. Swaminathan has found fault with prison authorities for the escape of four inmates from the Negombo remand Prison on Tuesday.   Four prison officials, a jailer, sergeant and two guards have been interdicted after the escape and an investigation …

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Deputy Ministers reshuffled

A Cabinet reshuffle of a number of deputy ministers took place at the Presidential Secretariat a short while ago, our news sources said. Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva tweeted Palitha Range Bandara, Eran Wickramaratne, Ranajan Ramanayake, Anoma Gamage and Karunaratne Paranavithane were at the Secretariat. Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena …

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Prime Minister leaves for U.S. on a private visit

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has left the island for medical treatment in the United States, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. Addressing a media briefing held Tuesday at the Disaster Management Center, Minister Senaratne said the Premier left for two weeks for a routine medical examination that he has been postponing …

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No vehicles for MPs

The Cabinet has decided to stop purchasing vehicles for all Ministers and MPs this year due to the current disaster situation, our news sources said

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SC orders Water Board to complete two drinking water projects

The Supreme Court yesterday directed the National Water Supply and Drainage Board to complete by June 25, 2017, the drinking water projects at Weheragala Thanne and Makulualle, Bandarawela, designed to supply drinking water to villagers, affected by the Uma Oya Project. Deputy Solicitor General Parinda Ranasinghe yesterday told the court …

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Corruption case against Gotabhaya et al on July 12

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara yesterday fixed the next date of inquiry of the corruption charges against former Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Nissanka Senadhipathi and a few others for July 12. They are suspected of running an illegal floating armoury off the shores of Galle. The complainants, the …

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