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Pipe case against Keheliya on Jan. 26

Chief Magistrate of Colombo Lal Ranasingha Bandara yesterday fixed for trial on January 26, an alleged misuse of money belonging to the Sri Lanka, Rupavahini Corporation, by former Media Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella, former SLRC Chairman Wimalasena Rubasinghe and former SLRC Managing Director, Chandrapala Liyanage.   They are suspected of having …

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Parliament to convene a special session on Wednesday

Acting Secretary General of the Parliament, Neil Iddawela has informed that Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has summoned a special Parliamentary sitting on Wednesday (10th Jan.) at 10.30 a.m. on the request of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Government Information Department announced. According to Mr. Iddawela, the Speaker, in pursuance of Standing Order …

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No election activities in religious places

Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says that election propaganda activities in religious places are prohibited regardless of the faith. “Politics at religious places, be it Buddhist, Islam, Catholic, Christian, or Hindu, is not allowed,” the Election Chief said. The Election Commission Chairman made this comment while speaking at …

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Bond issue will be debated in parliament-PM

The Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that there will be a parliamentary debate regarding the bond issue commission report. He said that there will be possibility of having the facts reveled on the bond scam that occurred during the 2008- 2015 period. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe made these remarks while addressing …

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‘Price reduction through raising revenue’

Minister Daya Gamage says it is difficult to reduce commodity prices without raising revenue of the state first. He was speaking at a UNP rally at Wijayapura in Ampara yesterday in support of the party candidates contesting the Uhana Pradeshiya Sabha. The minister also addressed public rallies at Rajagama, Udayapura …

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PM today at UNP’s 70th anniversary celebration

The United National Party is scheduled to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding at Campbell Park ìn Borella today.   The event was due to be held in Ratnapura last September but had to be postponed due to adverse weather.   Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is expected to …

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Police beef up operations during election period

Sri Lanka’s Inspector General of Police has instructed all island wide police stations to beef up security operations within the next three months covering the local government election period Police Media Spokesman, Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara said. The IGP has given instructions to seize illegal firearms, set up instant …

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D.S. secured independence for an undivided Sri Lanka

Mahatma Gandhi secured independence for a divided India, but the Rt. Hon. D.S. Senanayake brought everybody together and gained independence for an undivided Sri Lanka, notes minister Daya Gamage. He was addressing UNP rallies at Nugelanda, Rajagalatenna, Gonagolla for the upcoming local government polls. Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa divided all in …

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80 percent of voters ignorant of new electoral system

The People’s Action for Free and Fair Election says that more than 80 per cent of the country’s eligible voters lack proper understanding of the new electoral system.   Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachchi told The Island that lacuna had been noticed during several workshops his outfit had conducted …

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Speaker summons meeting of political party leaders

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has decided to summon a meeting of leaders of political parties represented in Parliament on Jan. 09.   The meeting has been summoned to discuss the issues pertaining to the sittings during the new year and several other matters, according to sources.   Some party leaders were …

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