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Watareka Vijitha Thero arrested

Venerable Watareka Vijitha Thero, who is the general secretary of the Jathika Bala Sena organization, has been arrested by Fort Police. He was arrested for behaving in an unruly manner in front of the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. The Thero has reportedly been hospitalized following arrest.

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Ravi before Commission tomorrow

Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunayake has been summoned to testify before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the alleged bond scams tomorrow.   The Commission Chairman Supreme Court Justice K. T. Chithrasiri had told Karunanayake’s Counsel Rienzie Arsecularatne PC to inform his client to appear before the Commission tomorrow at …

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Court grants permission to Aluthgamage to go to US

Colombo High Court Judge Sampath Wijeratne yesterday granted UPFA Member of Parliament Mahindananda Aluthgamage permission to visit his daughter in the US between August 8 and August 25.   Aluthgamage has been indicted with the abuse of Rs. 39 million belonging to the Sri Lanka Labour Congress when he was …

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Two police officers assaulted in Jaffna

An unidentified gang has attacked two police officers attached to the Kopai Police station in Jaffna, local media reported. Nine assailants wielding swords and clubs have come on four motorcycles while the police officers were inquiring a complaint. The police officers were hacked with the weapons and assaulted with clubs, …

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Prasad Kariyawasam appointed as new Foreign Secretary

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the USA, Prasad Kariyawasam, has been appointed as the new Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will take over from Mr. Esala Weerakoon, who has been appointed as Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism Development. Kariyawasam, a longtime member of his country’s Foreign Service, …

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Parliament postponed for a week due to uproar during vote

Parliament has been postponed until August 04 following a tense situation which arose within the chamber during a vote on the Gazette issued by the government declaring the storage, transport and distribution of petroleum as an essential service. A heated exchange between MPs representing the government and the opposition broke …

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Former UNP Gen-Sec Senarath Kapukotuwa passes away

Former General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP), Senarath Kapukotuwa has passed away. Senarath Kapukotuwa was appointed to the post of UNP General Secretary in the year 2001. He was suffering from diabetics for sometime has under went a toe amputation recently, Afterwards he was on and off in …

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