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President orders liquor-free 66th anniversary celebrations

SLFP leader President Maithripala Sirisena had asked party members to ensure that the 66th anniversary celebrations of the party on Sunday (3) at Campbell Park would be totally free from alcohol, UPFA General Secretary Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said yesterday.   Addressing the media at the …

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Money laundering case against Mahindananda: Trial fixed

Colombo High Court Judge, Gihan Kulatunga, yesterday fixed the trial against former Minister of Sports, Mahindananda Aluthgamage for November 20, 21. He has been indicted with money laundering up to Rs. 27.4 million to purchase a house in Borella while he was a minister. Counsel Kanchana Ratwatte appeared for the …

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UNP will come to power in 2020 – Daya

The present government that listens to the people will rule the country until 2020 despite whoever likes it or not, says primary industries minister, stressing that the UNP will come to power in 2020. He was speaking to journalists after the launch of a sea cucumber rearing project at the …

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Last minute amendments to LG polls bill taken to SC

A Samurdhi Development Officer, G. A. Neel Shantha of Athurugiriya, has complained to the Supreme Court, that, during the third reading of the Bill titled, “Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill”, major amendments had been introduced to the original Bill though they had not been included in the gazetted bill.   …

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Local Polls in early Dec. or January next year

Local government elections would be held in early December or January next year, the government said yesterday. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne told the weekly Cabinet news conference in Colombo that polls would have to be conducted prior to the GCE O/L examination, which was scheduled to commence on December 12 …

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Sri Lanka rejects war crime allegations against former commander

The Sri Lankan government today dismissed the war crime allegations raised by an international human rights group against former commander of Sri Lanka Army General Jagath Jayasuriya. Military Spokesman, Brigadier Roshan Senevirathne said the allegations against the former Army Commander were baseless. The International Truth and Justice Project had filed …

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Swaraj to arrive in Sri Lanka for Indian Ocean Conference

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will arrive in Sri Lanka on Thursday to attend the two-day Indian Ocean Conference taking place in Colombo. During the visit, Swaraj will be calling on the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, a statement from the External Affairs …

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