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Polls chief getting ready for Local Government election

The Election Commission has decided to carry out counting votes at the polling centres at the next local government polls.   This decision was made with the intention of facilitating counting of votes efficiently.   Election Commission sources said that while the new Election Act had made regulatory provisions for …

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Revenue surplus by 2020- PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka would turn its income-expenditure deficit into a surplus by 2020, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said while speaking at a ceremony held over the weekend in connection with the distribution of financial relief to tea factories which were affected by floods in May this …

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Sri Lanka has violated sanctions against North Korea – UN

The United Nations says that many countries, including Sri Lanka, have violated sanctions imposed on exporting commodities from North Korea. The UN says that North Korea illegally exported coal, iron and other commodities worth at least $270 million to China and other countries including India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka in …

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Former first lady summoned to Bribery Commission

Former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa has been called to the Commission investigating charges on bribery or corruption to obtain a statement on assets and liabilities of her charity ‘Siriliya Saviya’ organization. It has also been reported that she has been interrogated for a period of nearly four hours. The Bribery …

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SL should take concrete steps towards reform objectives: US

The Sri Lankan Government should take concrete steps towards its Constitutional, Legislative and Security sector reform objectives, US Acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells said on Thursday.   In her speech ‘Maintaining US Influence in South Asia: Fiscal Year 2018 Budget’, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ms. Wells …

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We will not receive WB, ADB aid post 2019 – PM

Speaking to the members of parliament yesterday (8), Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe stated that Sri Lanka will not receive concessionary aid from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB) after the year 2019. The Premier made this statement while addressing the concerns of the House over the …

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Foreign Minister to visit India

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Assignments Thilak Marapana will visit New Delhi from 8-10 September 2017, a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement said. This will be his first overseas visit after assuming office as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Minister Marapana will meet his Indian counterpart, Minister of External Affairs Sushma …

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71st UNP anniversary celebration postponed

UNP party leaders arrived at a collective decision to temporarily postpone the 71st Anniversary celebration of the United National Party which was scheduled to be held on September 10. Deputy Minister of Power and Energy Ajith Perera stated that the decision was taken due to the prevailing adverse weather conditions …

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Anusha and Lalith admitted to Prison Hospital

Former Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former Director General of the TRC Anusha Palpita who were found guilty over the ‘Sil Cloth’ case were admitted to the prison hospital today (8) morning. Sources confirm that they were admitted at 11.00am and are receiving treatment.

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