US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unable to visit SL
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is unable to visit Sri Lanka as previously announced due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts, the US Embassy said today.
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Railway strike from midnight
Following the discussions with the Transport Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, the Railway Trade Union Alliance (RTUA) said they had decided to launch the 48-hour token strike from tonight.
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Hashim, Haleem back in previous seats
Former Ministers Kabir Hashim and M.H.A. Haleem, who resigned recently, were sworn in again in their previous portfolios before President Maithripala Sirisena a short while ago.
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Special HC allows Gota to stay overseas till July 24
The Special High Court today allowed former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to stay in Singapore till July 24 following the heart surgery he underwent there.
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Trafficker arrested with 1.2kgs of heroin worth Rs.7mn
A drug trafficker was arrested by the STF with 1.2 kgs of heroin worth over Rs.7 million in possession at Katubedda Junction in Ratmalana yesterday.
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Trump kicks off his 2020 re-election bid
US President Donald Trump has formally launched his re-election campaign, urging supporters to ’’keep this team in place’’ for four more years, BBC reports.
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GMOA wants WHO to clarify reason for giving Rs.1.5 for Rajitha’s event
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) had decided to lodge a complaint with the Sri Lanka Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) asking it to clarify on what grounds the WHO had spent over Rs. 1.5 million for the felicitation ceremony organized when Health Minister Rajith Senaratne was awarded with the “Suwapathi Kirula” title, GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Naveen de Soyza said.
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Summoning Int. Chief by Speaker questioned
Joint Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardane yesterday raised a point in parliament that Intelligence Chief had been summoned by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya before a meeting with foreign dignitaries last week and that it was not a practice adopted by any of the Speakers.
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Van-tractor accident kills 5, injures 12
Five persons including four women were killed while another twelve were injured following a collision between a van and a tractor at Welikanda on the Batticaloa-Polonnaruwa Road in the early hours of today, police said.
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We informed Office of Prez, PM and IGP about extremist groups: Sahlan Maulavi
Maulavi K. R. M. Sahlan who represents the Sufi Sect yesterday said the Sufi Islamic leaders in Kattankudi had informed the President’s office, Prime Minister’s Office and Attorney General’s Department and the IGP about the extremism that was visible in the area.
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State lands - Prez opposes freehold rights
President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to be opposed to the piece of legislation introduced by the government to give people freehold rights of State lands used by them under permits issued in terms of the Land Development Ordinance.
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No complaints on Zahran’s extremism: only clashes between sects: Ex. OIC
Former OIC of the Kattankudy Police Ariyabandu Wedagedara said he had not received any complaints of Zahran’s extremist activities except for some clashes between Muslim sects in Kattankudy over religious matters.
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Electronic tablets: Prez not agreeable
President Maithripala Sirsiena Sirisena has once again registered his protest to Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam over the plan to distribute free electronic tablets among schoolchildren.
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Ban on chainsaw imports - Cabinet approves memo by Prez
The Cabinet is reported to have yesterday approved the memorandum submitted by President Maithripala Sirisena to ban the import of chainsaws.
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Zahran was not in Katankudi when I took over in 2017: OIC
The Katankudi Police OIC Nishantha Kathuriarachchi yesterday said he stopped the motorcyclists from going without helmets when he took over in 2017. He said young people were defying the law and were going without helmets at that time.
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Madrassa issue still unresolved - One reopened in Modara: Bandula
A Madrassa has been reopened in Modara causing panic among the residents because the government has failed to resolve the setting up of such schools, UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardana said today.
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AG asks A-IGP for report on Apr. 21 bomb attacks
The Attorney General yesterday instructed the acting IGP to immediately send him a report about the current status of the investigations into the Easter Sunday bomb attacks and the incidents of vandalising the Buddha statues in Mawanella.
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