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National Economic Council meets for the first time

The National Economic Council (NEC) appointed by the President Maithripala Sirisena to take decisions on strengthening national economy met for the first time today at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. The President, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, ministers and government officials took part in the discussion. Main responsibility of the NEC …

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Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando removed

Arundika Fernando has been removed from his portfolio as the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Christian Affairs with immediate effect. The President’s Media Division said that he has been removed from the Deputy Minister post as per the powers vested with the President under Article 46(2) (a) of the Constitution …

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Expressways will not be privatised

Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella yesterday said that the government was exploring the possibilities of improving the efficiency of the management of existing highways.   In addition, the government was planning to obtain Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to build new highways as well as to develop the present …

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Poll chief ready to hold LG election

The Election Commission is prepared to hold the local government elections and the deputy election commissioners at district level are being educated on the process, Additional Elections Commissioner M. M. Mohammed has said. A discussion on local government elections was held with the participation of the Chairman of the Commission …

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Eastern PC places confidence in 20A

The proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution to hold PC polls on the same day was passed at the Eastern Provincial Council earlier today (11), with 25 votes for and 8 votes against. Reporters confirm that the decision was arrived at following a majority of the members agreeing to the …

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Keheliya granted bail

The Colombo Magistrate granted bail to the former Minister of Mass Media, MP Keheliya Rambukwella, and former Director-General of the State Printing Corporation, Jayampathi Bandara. The Chief Magistrate, Justice Lal Ranasinghe Bandara granted personal bail of the amount Rs. 500,000 to each of the suspects. The Commission to Investigate Allegations …

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