Appointing Shantha Bandara as MP illegal: SLPP

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) raised a legal point on the move to appoint Shantha Bandara as an MP to fill the vacancy that had arisen in the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Kurunegala district list with the death of MP Salinda Dissanayake.

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US warns SL on investment, military ties after army chief promotion

A senior U.S. State Department official warned on Tuesday that Sri Lanka’s appointment of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as head of its army could affect U.S. military cooperation and investment in the island nation.

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Shavendra Silva assumes duties

Newly appointed Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva assumed duties at the Army Headquarters this morning amidst military honours.

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Shavendra is as important to us as Gen. Grant to Americans

In the same way, General Ulysses S. Grant who led the government forces against the separatist civil war in the USA became important to Americans, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva is also important to the Sri Lankan Government, said the Minister of Megalopolis and Western Development Patalie Champika Ranawaka at a press briefing held yesterday at his ministry.

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SIS should be made an independent body, governed by legislation

The special three-member committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to investigate the April 21 bombing yesterday said state intelligence services should be made an independent body while it should be governed by legislation.

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Prez seeks time till Jan. ’20 to approve

At yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have sought time till January next year to approve the agreement with the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) but Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had insisted it should be signed as soon as possible.

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Agriculture Building

Duminda says building rented out with AG’s approval

Former agriculture minister Duminda Dissanayanke denied the statement made earlier at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) that the lease agreement was signed with D.P.A. Jayasinghe & Company without the Attorney General’s approval said he had signed the lease agreement in 2016 with the AG’s approval.

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Local and international schools will come under the ministry: Minister

According to the new Education Act, the power of regulating all schools including International schools would come under the Education Ministry, the Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.

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What right has US to criticise new Army Chief: Wimal

The US has no right to criticise the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander based on the OISL report at the UN Human Rights Council, from which it withdrew describing it as a cesspit, MP Wimal Weerawansa said.

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Shavendra’s promotion sends a worrying message to victims of war: EU

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) today said the promotion of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva to the post of Army Commander undermined Sri Lanka’s efforts towards national reconciliation and sent a worrying message to victims and survivors of the war.

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Two Moulavis trained by Zahran arrested

Two Moulavis who had undergone weapons training under National Thowheed Jamaat (NTJ) leader Zahran Hashim at a camp in Nuwara Eliya, was arrested today, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said.

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Criticisms on Army Chief’s appointment

Unwarranted and unacceptable: SL tells critics

The appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander is a sovereign decision by the Head of State and the comments made by foreign entities over the appointment were ‘unwarranted and unacceptable’, the Sri Lankan Government said today.

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Govt. withdraws State Lands (SP) Bill

The government today withdrew the State Lands (Special Provisions) Bill, against which several petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court.

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Gota assures solutions to northern people’s concerns

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa today assured he would resolve the plight faced by the northern people.

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Former Sathosa Acting General Manager released on bail

Former Acting General Manager of Lanka Sathosa, Wimal Perera, who was sentenced to one-year imprisonment, was released on bail by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court later today.

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Shavendra’s appointment undermines accountability efforts: Canada

The appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as the Army Commander undermines reconciliation and accountability efforts in Sri Lanka, the Canadian High Commission said today.

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SC rejects three petitions submitted against death penalty

The Supreme Court has rejected three petitions submitted against the implementation of the death penalty, Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri informed parliament today.

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Former Lanka Sathosa acting General Manager sentenced to prison

Former Acting General Manager of Lanka Sathosa, Wimal Perera, was sentenced to one-year imprisonment after he was found guilty of selling 1,000 metric tonnes of white rice at a price lower than the control price and incurring a loss of Rs.4 million to the government.

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Maga Neguma on the road to nowhere!

Road Planing and Development Company, which at one time existed under the Road Development Authority (RDA), was terminated to establish the institutes Maga Neguma Emulsion Private Company, Maga Neguma...

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Purchasing of generators to generate power Allegations and violations mar tender proceedings

Following our recent expose ‘Deals and Deals Behind Procuring Emergency Power’, facts that have now emerged reveal how another deal had taken place in the power sector unscrupulously....

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Cartoon of the day

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It certainly looks like Sajith can beat Gotabaya Harsha de Silva

Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr Harsha de Silva, in an interview with Daily Mirror, shares his views on the curren...

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Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, who is in the centre of controversy over allegations linked to Easter Sunday’s terrorist attack, s...

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I will not care about any pressure in future…

Newly appointed Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe was much remembered for her outgoing role as the Director General of the Commission to...

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Free legal help for women and kids

Violence against women and children remains to be another one of those social issues which are poorly highlighted and addressed. From time to time we ...

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He had his wife’s underskirt in his bag

A visit to Colombo to meet a politician by a group of villagers from Moragollagama was thrown into chaos when their leader found out the hard way that he did not possess the proper attire to meet with...

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Man, using Viper to kill wife, arrested

An individual suspected of attempting to kill his wife by causing a viper to sting her and his mistress who aided and abetted the alleged crime were produced before Gampaha Chief Magistrate D.A. Ruwan...

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Man arrested for cruel killing of pet dog

A suspect had been taken into custody from Udupeellagoda Hakmana for severing the tongue and killing of a German Shepherd Pet. This was informed by the Hakmana Police....

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