If Prez keen to make a statement, best to do so after 6 pm on Nov.16: EC
Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday that if President Maithripala Sirisena was keen to make a special statement before his term expires he should do so after 6.00 pm on November 16.
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No move to block social media sites: EC
Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday ruled out any plans to block social media websites during the last leg of the election period.
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Easter Sunday attacks
Politicians who diluted intelligence services should take responsibility : Gota
The politicians of the incumbent government who diluted the intelligence services should take the responsibility of the Easter Sunday attacks, SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa said yesterday.
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Will convert SriLankan into a profitable venture: PM
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the world-famous SriLankan airlines would be restructured and converted into a profitable venture.
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GTF asks Tamils to select between the two
Underscoring that presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa’s election manifesto is progressive on furthering democratic reforms including key Tamil considerations such as continuing with the constitutional reform process, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) urged the Tamil people in the Northern and Eastern provinces and throughout Sri Lanka to freely exercise their franchise at the November 16 election.
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Bishop of Galle clarifies President’s Media Division statement
In reference to the Sinhala translation of the statement issued by the President’s Media Division about the presidential pardon for Royal Park murder convict, Most Rev. Dr. Raymond Wickramasinghe, the Bishop of Galle, said he had not made any request on behalf of the convict.
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I’ll strengthen media freedom: Sajith
Sajith New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa said today he would further liberalise media freedom giving journalists an unrestricted access to criticise anyone whether it was fair or unfair.
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Indian tribunal confirms five-year ban on LTTE
The five-year ban imposed by the Indian Government on the LTTE has been confirmed by a tribunal set up by the Narendra Modi government to examine whether the prohibitions on the terror organisation should continue, India Today reported today.
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Both main camps creating fear psychosis to obtain votes: JVP
JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath said today the two main camps were creating a fear psychosis among the people to secure their votes and stressed the need to defeat both of these corrupt political camps.
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Drug smuggler shot dead
A suspect who was arrested with 33.6 grams of heroin was shot dead today by police when he attempted to escape police custody, Police Spokesman SSP Ruwan Gunasekera said.
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EC has no documents on Gota relinquishing US citizenship: Milroy
Former MP Milroy Fernando said yesterday the Election Commission (EC) Chairman had informed them that there were no documents submitted to the EC to verify whether SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa had relinquished his US citizenship.
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Poll related complaints top 3,627 since Oct 8.
Complaints regarding election law violations and election-related violence have increased to 3,627, the Elections Commission said citing the District Elections Complaint Management Centre.
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Not our business to ask for renunciation documents: EC Chairman
It is none of the business of the Election Commission to inquire about candidates’ citizenship and as such the EC had not asked them to furnish any documents pertaining to their citizenship, EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said.
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US embassy on renunciation of citizenship:
Will take months for name to appear in Federal Register: US
In the wake of people disputing the renunciation of citizenship by SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the US embassy said it would take several months for an individual’s name to appear in the Federal Register after he or she had renounced citizenship.
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Approval for permanency of personal staff
Prez withdraws joint Cabinet memo
President Maithripala Sirisena has withdrawn the Cabinet memo he submitted with Minister Vajira Abeywardena last week seeking approval to make permanent the personal staff of the President, Prime Minister, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, saying the move gained unnecessary publicity.
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Gota did not submit renunciation docs: EC Chairman confirmed to us - Upul Jayasuriya
Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has informed us that SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa has not submitted any document regarding the renunciation of his US citizenship to the Commission, President’s Counsel Upul Jayasuriya said yesterday.
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No fuel price revision this month
The monthly fuel price revision would not come into effect this month due to no fluctuations in fuel prices in the world market, the Finance Ministry said
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