U.S. says Sri Lankan army chief appointment will curtail cooperation
Sri Lanka’s appointment of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as head of its army will significantly curtail U.S. security cooperation with the country, U.S. officials said yesterday.
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Wasantha questions Sajith on PM, Ravi and Rishad
State Minister Wasantha Senanayake today said his decision on continuing support to presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa would be decided on the latter’s stance on giving posts to Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ravi Karunanayake and Rishad Bathiudeen in a Premadasa Cabinet.
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Sajith challenges Gota for debate
New Democratic Front (NDF) Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa has challenged Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa for a debate on live TV show.
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Tri-forces to be deployed to maintain law and order
President Maithripala Sirisena issued an extraordinary gazette calling out all armed forces members for the maintenance of public order from October 22 in view of the upcoming presidential poll.
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Hambantota Mayor granted bail
Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando, who was sentenced to five-years imprisonment for threatening a group of UNP MPs, was granted bail by the Hambantota High Court today.
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PCoI questions PM
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was questioned at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating corruption in the current administration for one and half hours this morning.
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Rs.1474 billion Vote on Account presented in Parliament
The Vote on Account of Rs.1474 billion seeking State expenditure for first four months of 2020, was presented in Parliament a short while ago.
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Easter attacks: PSC’s final report presented to parliament
The final report of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to inquire into the Easter Sunday attacks was presented in parliament today.
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Mangala wants IGP to probe letter sent on security threat
Finance Minister, Matara District MP Mangala Samaraweera said yesterday he had requested Acting IGP Chandana Wicremaratne to probe a letter sent by the Southern Province Assistant Education Director (National schools and school affairs) A.M.I.S.R.B. Abeyratne over security threat to schools in Matara District, despite there is no such imminent threat.
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If SLPP comes to power, SLFP will be destroyed: Welgama
Victory for the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) at next month’s presidential election would result to the dissolution of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party founded by late Prime Minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, SLFP Kalutara District MP Kumara Welgama said.
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Dismissal of court case in USA
Attempts to disqualify Gota fails: SLPP
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), commenting on the dismissal of a court case in the United States against its presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said these were unsuccessful attempts at disqualifying him.
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Lasantha’s killing - Ahimsa to challenge US District Court verdict
Ahimsa Wickrematunge, daughter of the Sunday Leader Newspaper’s slain Editor-in-Chief Lasantha Wickrematunge, is to challenge the verdict delivered by the United States District Court for the Central District of California in the lawsuit filed against the former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the extrajudicial killing of her father.
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Presidential Secretariat rejects report of security threat
President’s Secretary Udhaya R. Senaviratne said certain state institutions and officials had used a circular issued by him on April 23, 2019, after the Easter Sunday attacks, to mislead the public on an imminent security threat.
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EU observers highlight absence of campaign financing law
The European Union Election Observation Mission which is currently in town has highlighted the absence of ‘a regulatory framework on campaign financing’ which was recommended in its report presented after the 2015 Presidential Election.
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Rains show no signs of easing: DMC
The rains which prevailed during the past few days will continue while minor flood threat in the Colombo and Gampaha districts had lessened somewhat, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Deputy Director Pradeep Kodippili said.
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Dengue on the rise, 74 deaths so far this year
A total of 57,850 dengue cases and 74 confirmed dengue deaths have been reported from all parts of the country during this year as at October 22, National Dengue Control Unit Director Dr. Aruna Jayasekara said.
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Countrywide gas shortage, stocks on the way
There is a countrywide shortage of domestic gas because of the recent drone attack on Saudi oil facilities and the decrease in the gas prices, a senior official of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) said.
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