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Gnanasara Thero sentenced to 6 months RI

The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation, Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, has been sentenced to 6 months of rigorous imprisonment, for threatening Sandya Ekneligoda. He was sentenced for 6 months each for both charges to be served at once. The sentence was delivered today by the …

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Cabinet endorses reparation bill

As part of implementing the resolutions by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Cabinet endorsed a Bill to be enacted by Parliament for the payment of reparation in respect of war-affected and missing persons. However, there was resistance within the Cabinet for the reparation formula which includes benefits …

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CID questions Ex – intelligence chief

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday questioned National Intelligence Chief retired DIG Sisira Mendis in connection with the assassination of the Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga in January 2009 and the abduction and assault on the Associate Editor of The Nation Keith Noyahr in May 2008.   A senior police officer …

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MR and Gota very unpopular -Out going US envoy

Outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap has told former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that his brother, Gotabhaya was very unpopular.   Indian American Keshap has based his assessment on information received by him, a spokesperson for the former President’s Office told The Island yesterday.Career diplomat Keshap succeeded Michele J. Sison in March …

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Udapalatha PS Chairman and Opposition Leader hospitalised

The Chairman and the Opposition Leader of the Udapalatha Pradeshiya Sabha in Gampola have reportedly been hospitalised following a tense situation within the council premises today (12). Ada Derana reporter said that the Chairman of the Pradeshiya Sabha was injured admitted to the Gampola Hospital after he was allegedly struck …

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Range Bandara’s son further remanded

State Minister Palitha Range Bandara’s son Yasodha Range Bandara, who was arrested in connection with a traffic accident, has been further remanded until June 14 by the Chilaw Magistrate’s Court. He was arrested by officers of the Arachchikattuwa Police on June 8, on charges of drunk driving and misuse of …

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Six UNP MP’s to become Deputy Ministers

Six UNP junior back-benches are to be sworn in as Deputy Ministers today morning at Presidential Secretariat, our news sources said. Those MPs are Ajith Mannapperuma, Nalin Bandara, Ranjith Aluvihare, Lucky Jayawardhana, Edward Gunasekera and Buddhika Pathirana, our news sources said.

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ES requests public to fill in and hand over BC forms

The Elections Secretariat requests the public to fill in the relevant BC form (registration form) as soon as possible and hand it over to the enumerators, to prepare the electoral register. Reportedly, the process of issuing these forms to each house in the area has begun and already 90% has …

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Dayasiri arrives at CID to give a statement

MP Dayasiri Jayasekara has arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department a while ago, to give a statement. CID has called on the MP to obtain a statement on the allegations of accepting Rs 1 million from the Perpetual Treasuries Limited’s subsidiary company, Walt & Row Associates. Although the CID had …

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