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UN calls for legal reforms

UN representatives speaking in Colombo on Friday, said Sri Lanka must reform its legal system to meet UN standards. The three-member Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, who were in Sri Lanka on a two-week official visit, commended the government for its continuing engagement with UN human rights mechanisms. “The visit …

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PAFFREL records complaints against unsuitable candidates

People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) says that many election-related complaints have been lodged thus far in the run-up to the Local Government elections. Complaints have been lodged against unsuitable candidates included in the nomination lists submitted by several parties, said Executive Director of PAFFREL Rohana Hettiarachchi. Meanwhile, …

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Sriyani Wijewickrama sworn in as State Minister

UPFA MP Sriyani Wijewickrama, who recently defected from the Joint Opposition to the SLFP, was sworn in as the State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government by President Maithripala Sirisena. She was sworn in at the Presidential Secretariat today (15) while Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer …

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Case against Namal and five others fixed for trial on Feb 16

Colombo High Court Judge, Sampath Abeykoon, yesterday fixed for trial on January 16, 2018, a case against UPFA Parliamentarian, Namal Rajapaksa and five other accused persons.   They are accused of allegedly misappropriating Rs. 30 million, in a deal the Gowers Corporate Private Limited owned by Rajapaksa did with another …

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Accepting nominations ends at noon

The acceptance of nominations for 93 local government bodies will come to an end at 12 noon today (14). Accepting nominations for those LG institutions commenced on December 11. The date for the election is most likely to be announced after nominations are handed in. Additional Elections Commissioner M.M. Mohammed …

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Restraining order on hearing of case against Basil extended

The Court of Appeal, yesterday, extended, till February 2, 2018, a restraining order issued earlier, suspending a trial against Basil Rajapaksa from being heard in Colombo High Court No. 6, before High Court Judge, Gihan Kulatunga. The petitioner, Basil Rajapaksa has filed a Writ of Mandamus in the Court of …

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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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