India’s External Affairs Minister in SL

Hours after the new President assumed duties today, Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar accompanied by two officials arrived in Sri Lanka this evening on a short visit, informed sources said.

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SLPP considering interim Govt. if PM steps down

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and its alliance partners are reportedly considering an interim government to be formed under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa should Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe step down from office.

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Madduma Bandara opposes dissolution of Parliament

Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara, known to be a Sajith Premadasa loyalist was critical of a move by the United National Party (UNP) to support a resolution to dissolve Parliament saying the government should step down as soon as possible to pave the way for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to form a new administration.

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Transfer of Govt : PM to discuss with party leaders and UNP MPs

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today and said he would discuss with party leaders and ruling party members what the next move would be regarding the handing over of government and brief him about the final decision.

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PM should step down immediately: Ven. Dhammananda Thera

Chief Lekakadikari of the Asgiri Chapter Ven. Dr. Medagama Dhammananda Thera said today it was most suited for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to step down immediately giving the opportunity to President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to govern the country according to his policies.

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C’wealth polls monitors urge more inclusivity at future elections

At the conclusion of its presidential election monitoring programme in Sri Lanka, election observers from Commonwealth countries urged all Sri Lankans and their newly-elected leaders to be more inclusive at future elections.

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President to make maiden foreign visit to India

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to visit India on November 29, Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar said in a tweet.

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D.M Jayaratne passes away

Veteran Sri Lankan politician and former Prime Minister D.M Jayaratne passed away at the age of 92 at a private hospital in Kandy today.

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Ravinatha Aryasinha appointed Foreign Secretary

Ravinatha Aryasinha has been appointed as the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the President with effect from today, Foreign Ministry said.

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Harsha resigns, wants Suwa Seriya under President

Non-Cabinet Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva resigned from his ministerial portfolio today and requested President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to place the 1990 Suwa Seriya Foundation under his purview.

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BBS to be dissolved after general elections: Gnanasara Thera

A decision has been taken to dissolve the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation after the general election, BBS general secretary the Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera said.

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Maithripala to function as SLFP chairman

Former president Maithripala Sirisena will resume his duties as the chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), party’s senior vice president Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa said today.

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Speaker, party leaders to decide next course of action

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said today he was prepared to call a meeting of all political party leaders in parliament to decide on the next course of action on conceding the government to the newly-elected President this week.

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Former cricketers congratulate President

A number of former star cricketers including Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena extended their wishes to newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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Attygalle appointed Fin Min Secretary

Former Central Bank Deputy Governor S.R. Attygalle has been appointed as the Secretary to the Treasury and the Finance Ministry by the President today.

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Kamal Gunaratne Defence Secretary

Major General (retired) Kamal Gunaratne was appointed as the Secretary to the Defence Ministry by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today.

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P.B. Jayasundara appointed President’s Secretary

Former Treasury Secretary Dr. P. B Jayasundara has been appointed as the Secretary to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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President assumes duties

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa assumed duties at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo a short while ago. The President assumed duties following religious observances and the event was attended by former President Maithripala Sirisena as well.

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Bond indictment under spotlight

Attorney-General Dappula de Livera has come under scrutiny for several decisions and arrests in a number of high-profile cases. One case where it was widely believed that the Attorney General (AG) had...

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Cartoon of the day

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MCC and the transition to economic growth W. A. Wijewardena

The much-debated Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact for Sri Lanka promises funding for transport infrastructure development and land acces...

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‘Use brains not emotions when voting’ -Duminda Nagamuwa

While much of the election spotlight is focused on the presidential candidates of the major parties, those of smaller parties struggle to have their v...

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Economics numbers in Gotabaya’s manifesto not credible -Eran Wickramaratne

State Minister of Finance, Eran Wickramaratne, one of the members of the team which penned the manifesto of New Democratic Alliance’s Presidential c...

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Rajapaksas are playing the Racist card - TNA

All the political parties affiliated to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) representing the Tamil community especially in the North and East, have pled...

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Lorry with 200 broilers topples

More than 200 poultry fowls have been killed when a lorry transporting them along the Minneriya - Hingurakgoda Main Road veered off the road and toppled near the Kothalawala Junction last morning (29)...

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Son dumps mother’s body into forest

The Watawala Police in Hatton has launched an investigation into the incident in which a man had thrown the corpse of his mother (81) into a forest claiming he could not bear funeral expenses....

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There are four types of elections in Sri Lanka - Presidential, Parliamentary, Provincial Council and Local Government. Should all four elections be held together?