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Local polls date to be announced today

The date of elections to 93 local government bodies will be announced by the Elections Commission (EC) after ending the nomination period at noon today.   According to the EC, 557 political parties and independent groups had paid their deposits by noon yesterday.   Most political parties and independent groups …

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Daya is confident of UNP’s victory

Minister Daya Gamage is confident of achieving a big victory for the UNP at the upcoming election for local government institutions. He said so after the party placed deposits today to contest the LG bodies of Padiyatalawa, Dehiattakandiya, Alayadiwembu and Karativu in Ampara. He noted that the previous regime had …

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Acceptance of deposits ends

The time period for making deposits for 93 Local Government (LG) institutions for the upcoming LG polls terminated at noon today (13) ,the Election Commission announced. The acceptance of deposits with regard to the elections was made with effect from November 27. District Returning Officers called for nominations for elections …

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Malaysian Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka on December 17

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will pay a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka starting from 17 December, the Malaysian Foreign Ministry said in a statement today. The Foreign Ministry Wisma Putra said in a “planned movement” the Malaysian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah …

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State Minister Palitha Range Bandara acquitted

he Colombo High Court today (12) acquitted Skills Development and Vocational Training State Minister Palitha Range Bandara from all charges levied against him . This was when the case was taken up for hearing before Colombo High Court A.A.R. Heiyanthuduwa today. The Colombo High Court ordered the release of the …

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Ministerial committee to look into railway strike

A four-member ministerial committee headed by Minister Sarath Amunugama has been appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to look into the grievances of the protesting railway employees, President’s Media Unit said. It said the other members of the committee are Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and Ranjith Maduma Bandara.

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Election laws to be enforced

The Police issued a statement declaring that the Local Authorities Election Ordinance will be enforced from yesterday. Speaking to the media at a press briefing held at the Elections Commission Police media spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara stated that legal action will be sought against any party or individual infringing upon …

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‘Focus was on repaying loans, not development’

Developing Ampara has not been possible as the government formed after the last general election had to focus on repaying the loans obtained during the Rajapaksa regime, says primary industries minister Daya Gamage. The minister was speaking at a workshop held at Daya Apparel auditorium in Ampara yesterday for the …

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