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First results expected between 7.00 and 8.00 pm

The first results of the relatively smaller wards of the February 10 local government elections could tentatively be announced about three to four hours after polling closes at 4.00 pm, a senior elections official said.   “It is difficult to specify an exact time, but we are looking at between …

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Elections Chief frowns on people selling their votes

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday said that selling votes or bartering them for goods was a sign of slavery.   “Some candidates are in the habit of distributing everything under the sun, but I urge voters to refrain from selling their voting right,”   Addressing a news conference, Deshapriya said …

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Man arrested for attempt to bribe Beruwala OIC

A suspect has been arrested for attempting to bribe the officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Beruwala Police Station. He had allegedly attempted to bribe the police officer with Rs 25,000 in order to release a van in custody over cattle theft. The 35-year-old resident of Beruwala was arrested by police while …

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Mahendran, Aloysius and Palisena named suspects in bond scam

The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today named former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius and former Perpetual Treasuries CEO Kasun Palisena as suspects in the CID’s investigation into the bond scam case. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today filed its first ‘B Report’ in court over the …

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HC rejects Gotabaya’s petition

The Colombo High Court today rejected the petition filed by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa seeking to discharge him from the Avant-Garde case. The Bribery Commission had filed a case against 8 defendants including Rajapaksa accusing them of causing Rs. 11.4 billion in losses to the government by allowing Avant …

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