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President Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Sri Lanka

United States President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives hopes to advance U.S. values for a stable, rules-based regional order in South Asia. Testifying before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations at confirmation hearing, nominee for Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina Teplitz said …

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PM asks President to temporarily remove Vijayakala

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to temporarily remove State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran from her ministerial portfolio until inquiries are completed. An investigation is being carried out regarding certain controversial comments made by the State Minister regarding the now defunct LTTE, during an event in Jaffna yesterday …

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No hurry to name Presidential candidate says UNP

Amidst various statements and  names being mentioned about possible presidential candidates, the UNP said yesterday that there was no hurry and it’s nominee would be announced at the right time.   Asked if a decision had been taken on the UNP’s presidential candidate , a senior UNP Minister said ” …

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Udayanga is in UAE jail

The Attorney General’s Department yesterday informed the Fort Magistrate’s Court that ex-Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga was currently in jail in the United Arab Emirates and, therefore, he would not be able to arrive in Sri Lanka of his own volition to appear in Court over the MiG …

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Phone recordings submitted to Bond Commission altered by PTL

The Attorney General’s Department today informed the court that four CDs containing telephone conversation recordings submitted to the Bond Commission have been altered by Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL). Senior State Counsel Lakmini Girihagama, appearing on behalf of the Attorney General, notified Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that certain conversations in the …

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