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Kataragama Basnayake Nilame suspended pending inquiry

The Ministry of Buddha Sasana yesterday suspended the Basnayaka Nilame of Ruhunu Kataragama Devalaya, D. P. Kumarage for three months pending an investigation into allegations against him.   Minister of Buddha Sasana Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said 16 allegations had been levelled against the Basnayaka Nilame and the decision to suspend …

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Poll monitors to discuss concerns

Election monitors would hold a consultative meeting on April 25 to address the concerns about the new laws governing provincial council elections, Rohana Hettiarachchi, Executive Director of People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said.   Representatives of election monitoring organisations, political parties, academics and other concerned parties will …

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SLFP PS Chairman, two others remanded

Polonnaruwa Chief Magistrate Isuru Netti Nuwan Kumarage, yesterday, remanded till April 24, the Chairman of the Polonnaruwa Pradeshiya Sabha and two others for allegedly assaulting two policemen, on Monday (09), till April 24.   The suspects are Chairman of the Polonnaruwa Pradeshiya Sabha, Premasiri Munasinghe (SLFP), WM Samithra Heshan and …

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System needed to ensure equal representation

Deputy minister Dr. Anoma Gamage says it is unfortunate that the recent local government polls failed to elect representatives to ensure that all the voters are equally represented at the LG bodies. She called for the establishment of a system to ensure that all the voters are equally represented, when …

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Election of new UNP office bearers by April 30

A 12-member UNP Politburo, elected by the Working Committee and Parliamentary Group members on Saturday, will decide on party reforms including amendments to the UNP constitution.   A member of the Politburo, describing the decision taken at a joint meeting of the Working Committee (WC) and Parliamentary Group (PG) after …

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Cabinet reshuffle before Sinhala and Tamil New Year

The President and the Prime Minister have decided to reshuffle the Cabinet before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said. He stated that the decision was taken by the two party leaders during a meeting held last night. Kariyawasam also said that the United National Party …

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Malik resigns as UNP Chairman

Minister Malik Samarawickrama says that he has resigned from the Chairmanship of the United National Party (UNP). The Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade stated that he handed over his letter of resignation to the party leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. On Thursday (5), Minister Kabir Hashim had also …

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