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Chairman arrested

Chairman of Horowpothana PS Charika Udayanga Wijeratne and five others were arrested yesterday. Police said they had allegedly assaulted the manger of a private company involved in maintenance work of Wagollakada-Horowpothana road and robbed Rs. 480,000 in cash from him.

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Parliament has the role to play

Parliament has the role to play to ensure that the provincial council elections are held, says election commission chairman Mahinda Deshapriya. He made the remark during a seminar in Colombo yesterday. He also said the shortcomings evident at the recent LG polls would be rectified.

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New appointments of the UNP

The UNP has appointed Akila Viraj Kariyawasam as its general secretary. Meeting at Temple Trees yesterday with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe in the chair, the praty made appointments as per its reorganizing process. Navin Dissanayake is the national organizer and the chairman is Kabir Hashim. Dr. Harsha de Silva is the …

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Discussion on UNP’s new office bearers continues

The UNP Politburo which met yesterday to discuss the election of new office bearers, was scheduled to continue deliberations today , the party’s Assistant Secretary Ravi Karunanayake said last night.   Asked if a consensus had been reached on the names proposed for the key positions of Chairman General Secretary …

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Renovation of House: Rs. 200 mn allocated

The government has allocated Rs 200 mn for urgent repairs and maintenance of the parliamentary complex.   A spokesperson for Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s Office said that Rs. 200 mn had been allocated to undertake long overdue repairs and maintenance which couldn’t be delayed any further. The spokesperson said that much-needed …

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President signs gazette proclaiming next parliamentary session

President Maithripala Sirisena has signed the gazette notification proclaiming the next parliamentary session. Accordingly, parliament is summoned on May 08, at 2:15 pm, the extraordinary gazette notification issued on Monday said. The President by virtue of the powers vested in him by Article 70 of the Constitution prorogued Parliament with …

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UNP politburo meeting today

The UNP politburo will meet today at Temple Trees to discuss the methodology to be followed when electing the main officer bearers and the names of those to be selected to these posts, a politburo member said. It was reported that there was a suggestion during the previous meeting that …

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MS wants numbers reduced

President Maithripala Sirisena had told the UNP to reduce the number of Cabinet ministers to 43 from the proposed 49, well informed sources told The Island last night.   Sources said that several ministers would retain the same ministerial portfolios, though the UNP and the SLFP were yet to agree …

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Sirikotha responsibilities to be shared – UNP

The UNP has divided the administration of its headquarters, Sirikotha, into three sections in keeping with its restructuring plan. Three senior party officials will be placed in charge of communications and propaganda, running the main office and strengthening the party at the grassroots level. Besides, three secretaries, too, will be …

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