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Daya appointed to ICAPP Asia-Europe Bureau

The International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) has appointed Sri Lankan minister Daya Gamage as vice chairman of its Asia-Europe Bureau. His appointment came at the ICAPP standing committee meeting in Korea recently. ICAPP was launched in Manila in September 2000 to promote exchanges and cooperation and to enhance …

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Gnanasara Thera’s FR petition fixed for support on Oct 08

The Supreme Court yesterday fixed for support on Oct. 9, the fundamental rights violation petition filed by the Ven. Galabodatte Gnanasara Thera against an alleged illegal arrest by the Homagama police. The petitioner was arrested consequent to a complaint made by Sandya Ekneligoda that he had abused her within the Homagama …

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President to undertake state visit to Bangladesh

President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for Dhaka today on a three-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina. During his visit, the President will hold talks with the Bangladeshi Prime Minister and the President, Abdul Hamid while the Bangladesh Foreign Minister, Health Minister, the Speaker …

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Investigation against CID by DV Upul concludes

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has informed the Court, that they have concluded the investigations carried out on former Southern Provincial Minister, D.V. Upul. Allegations were made against Upul stating that he had made threatening statements to the CID on previous occasions. The investigations on the allegations made have concluded, …

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Two including MR’s driver further remanded

The Colombo Magistrate’s Court has extended former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s driver’s placement in remand custody till July 18, our news sources said. The chauffeur and another individual were previously arrested over the alleged misuse of state-owned property. The court correspondent stated that the Court today (11) ordered that the two …

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Corruption case against Mahindananda fixed for trial

The Colombo High Court yesterday fixed the trial against UPFA member of parliament for Kandy District Mahindananda Aluthgamage for Nov. 21. He has been indicted for his inability to explain how he earned Rs. 27 million to purchase a house in Colombo 7 during the former regime.   The complainant …

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Dinesh questioned for three hours

Presidential Commission inquiring into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) yesterday questioned Joint Opposition Parliamentary Group and MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena for nearly three hours.   The PRECIFAC questioned Gunawardena on an alleged fraud running to Rs 3,000 million in implementing a …

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Travel ban on Jaliya Wickramasuriya temporary lifted

Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, who is under investigation for allegedly misusing state funds, was permitted to travel abroad by the Fort Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne lifted the travel ban following a request made by a Counsel who appeared on behalf of …

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa at CoI today

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa Monday morning (10) arrived at the Commission of Inquiry (CoI), an official said. Gotabaya was summoned to certify the fact through a Justice of Peace that the Defence Ministry granted permission to remove pieces of scrap metal at the Kankesanthurai Cement Factory. Meanwhile, Joint Opposition …

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