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Bandula should be questioned: Ravi

Joint Opposition MP Bandula Gunawardene should be questioned by the CID if he is possessing information pertaining to the alleged Govi Setha lottery scam, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake told Parliament . “Either Gunawardene should lodge a complaint with the CID if he has information on a scam or …

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Nomination for 3 Provincial Councils polls on October 2

The Elections Commission would issue the Gazette notification calling for nominations on October 2, 2017 for the elections to the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and the Eastern Provincial Council, an official said yesterday. The term of all these three Provincial Councils will lapse by October 1. Accordingly, the Commission has authority …

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AG allowed to file amended plaint against Johnston

The Attorney General yesterday told the Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara that he needed time to file an amended petition against Johnston Fernando, former Minister of Co-operative Services, who is suspected of having deployed CWE employees for other service, causing a loss of Rs. 50 million to the state. …

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Austin Fernando to be appointed Presidential Secretary

Governor of the Eastern Province Austin Fernando is to be appointed as the new Secretary to the President following the resignation of P.B. Abeykoon. Mr Abeykoon, who has been serving as Presidential Secretary since the election of President Sirisena in January 2015, tendered his resignation yesterday (30) due to personal …

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Presidential Secretariat P.B. Abeykoon resigns

The Secretary to the President Mr P.B. Abeykoon has resigned due to personal reasons, our news sources said. He had tendered his letter of resignation to the President this evening (30). The Senior SLAS officer and former Public Administration Ministry Secretary was appointed as the Secretary to the then newly-elected …

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Anti Corruption Committee Sec ceases to function ?

The functions of the Anti-Corruption Committee Secretariat (ACCS), which determines the nature of the complaints of major corruption cases to be probed, will cease to exist from tomorrow (1) as no Cabinet nod had been received to date validating its existence, its sources said. The commission was established in 2015 …

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Namal and two others released on bail

The Colombo High Court has ordered the release of MP Namal Rajapaksa and two others who were remanded on charges of alleged money laundering. When the hearing of the relevant case took place today (28), Colombo High Court Judge Piyasena Ranasinghe ruled that the three defendants be released on personal …

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Former President’s driver re-remanded

Colombo Magistrate Chanima Wijebandara yesterday further remanded till July 11, Tissa Wimalaratne, the driver of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and another person named Lal Priyantha.   The Financial Crimes Investigation Division has complained that they were operating a quarry stone crusher on a land belonging to the Land Reform Commission. …

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