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Gamini Senarath and others released on bail

Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday released on bail Gamini Senarath, the Chief of Staff of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and two other suspects, P. Kudabalage, the former General Manager of the Insurance Corporation and Neil Bandara Hapuhinna, the former Commissioner General of Samurdhi.   They have been charged with misusing …

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Speaker orders probe into phone tapping of MPs

Sri Lanka’s parliament Tuesday announced an investigation into how the private phone records of legislators were leaked in a scandal that has deepened acrimony between President Maithripala Sirisena and his coalition. Lawmakers allege their phones were illegally tapped by a commission selected by Sirisena to investigate a long-running insider trading …

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HC issues notice on sureties of Aluthgamage

The Colombo High Court yesterday noticed two sureties for UPFA Member of Parliament for Kandy District Mahindananda Aluthgamage to be present in court on December 13.   When the trial was called in court yesterday the accused Aluthgamage was not present. His lawyer informed the court that he had to …

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Prime Minister to meet Modi this week

In the backdrop of India’s interest in leasing out an airport in China-dominated Hambantota, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will be in New Delhi this week for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Wickremasinghe arrives in New Delhi on Tuesday and will speak at a key cybersecurity conference before …

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A foundation laying

The foundation laying for a three-storey multipurpose building at Sri Abhaya Rajamaha Vihara at Keppetipola in Mawanella has taken place under the auspices of president Maithripala Sirisena. Ministers Kabir Hashim, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Daya Gamage and Ranjith Siyambalapitiya as well as politicians and people of the area participated. Minister Gamage …

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We have nothing to hide – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today stated that mistakes can happen, but the government will continue forward with good governance as it has nothing to hide. The Premier was speaking to reporters outside the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, probing the Central Bank treasury bond scam, after appearing before the commission this …

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LG elections before January 31

“The 2018 local government elections will be held before January 31. The notice calling nominations would be made on November 27 and received them in December,” Power and Renewable Energy Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said. Addressing a meeting held at the G.M. Restaurant in Yatiyana, Agalawatta in support of …

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PM promises compensation

The Law and Order Ministry yesterday said that security measures currently in place at Gintota in the Galle District would be continued though the situation was back to normal.   IGP Pujith Jayasundera yesterday told The Island that among the 19 persons remanded till Nov 30 in connection with a …

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Committee appointed to prevent recurrences of communal clashes

A special discussion was held in Galle today between people in the Gintota area, security divisions, both Buddhist and Muslim religious leaders and people’s representatives. The meeting was presided by Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardena. The occurrence of minor damages to properties at several places due to the clashes …

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