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Govt confirms Udayanga’s arrest in Dubai

Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunge has been arrested by Dubai authorities last Monday (26), Co-cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne confirmed today. Answering questions raised by a journalist at the weekly cabinet press briefing held today, the minister said that government officials are now in discussion with the …

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UNP leadership agrees to reorganize party in early April

The reorganization of the United National Party (UNP) will be carried out within the first two weeks of April, UNP parliamentarian Prof. Ashu Marasinghe said. At a media briefing held yesterday at the UNP headquarters, Sirikotha, Prof. Marasinghe said the reorganization work is essential to strengthen the party to go …

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Ranil seeks India, Japan investment to balance China

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said his country is seeking foreign investment from India, Japan and others amid criticism over his country’s reliance on Chinese loans for infrastructure projects.   In an interview to Bloomberg in Colombo, Wickremesinghe defended a deal last year that gave a joint venture led by state-owned …

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Udayanga Weeratunge arrested in Dubai

Former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunge had been arrested by the Dubai authorities yesterday, Ravi Waidyalankara, the Senior DIG in charge of the FCID said. He said that the Dubai authorities had arrested him based on the investigations and submissions made by the FCID. Currently, the FCID is in discussion …

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Garment exports income raised again

Income from garment exports has now been raised to 43 per cent, from the 32 pc income during the Rajapaksa regime, said primary industries minister Daya Gamage. The 800 garment factories that brought in 54 pc of the country’s income has reduced to 150 now, he said. The minister was …

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Government to introduce Freedom of Speech Act

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the government is contemplating introducing a freedom of speech Act as one of the alternatives for the racial and religious unrest. The Prime Minister who was speaking at the 44th convention of the Bar Association of Sri Lanaka (BASL) on Saturday said Sri Lanka …

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Visit to Australia by Women MPs from Sri Lanka

A Delegation of Women Members of Parliament from Sri Lanka will visit Australia on a study tour from 21-29 March 2018. The delegates are Chandrani Bandara MP, Minister of Women and Child Affairs, Thalatha Atukorale MP, Minister of Justice, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle MP, State Minister of City Planning and Water …

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Vast re-organization of UNP by coming May–Ruwan

The country would be able to witness a large-scale re-organization of the United National Party (UNP) before May this year, State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene said yesterday. Mr. Wijewardene made this comment at a ceremony held to mark the 66th death anniversary of the late Prime Minister D S …

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