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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I’ll strengthen media freedom: Sajith

SajithNew Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa said today he would further liberalize media freedom giving journalists an unrestricted access to criticize anyone whether it was fair or unfair.

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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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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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Cast your vote to one who preserves unitary status: Prelates

Issuing a statement yesterday, an independent group of eminent Buddhist monks requested people to cast their vote at the forthcoming presidential election to the most capable leader who would protect and preserve the unitary status of the country, ensure national security, enhance and promote local produce and production, pull the country out of the economic mess, strictly enforce law and order and restore civility by eliminating prevailing lawle

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Contenders sling mud because policies unchallengeable: Gota

SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa said opponents slung mud at and levelled false allegations against him because they were incapable of challenging his policies.

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PAFFREL tells Facebook:

Control election related propaganda during ‘cooling period’

The People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) has requested Facebook to control campaigning on its platform during the ‘cooling period’ where political propaganda for the forthcoming presidential election will cease.

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Sajith tenders apology

While making a public apology for the shortcomings in not being able to prevent Easter Sunday attacks, New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa today said he will not make any changes to the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) at any point.

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Shangri-La land deal

Champika alleges MR accepted USD 5mn bribe

Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka today alleged that former President and SLPP leader Mahinda Rajapaksa accepted a bribe of USD five million (Rs.900 million) from the Shangri-La land deal. He added that Basil and Namal purchased properties using the money.

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'Yahapalana' Government

Final Cabinet meeting culminates with exchange of pleasantries

The final Cabinet meeting of the ‘Yahapalana’ Government, held today at the Presidential Secretariat and chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena, concluded with an exchange of pleasantries and mending fences if there were any difference between the two parties.

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JVP denounces release of Royal Park murder convict

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today condemned the release of Royal Park murder convict Jude Shramantha Jayamaha by President Maithripala Sirisena claiming it was a disgrace to the country.

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Abduction of 11 youths

AG requests CJ to appoint three-judge bench

The Attorney General today requested the Chef Justice to appoint a three-judge bench to hear the case filed against all suspects, including former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda over the magisterial inquiry conducted into the alleged abduction and disappearances of eleven youth in 2008.

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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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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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Cartoon of the day

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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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Capitalism offers no solutions to the dangers facing workers: Pani Wijesiriwardena

Although one of the smaller parties contesting the presidential election, the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) has a history of over half a century of a...

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Those who withdraw should be heavily fined Mahinda Deshapriya

Elections Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya speaks to Daily Mirror on preparations for Sri Lanka’s 8th presidential election, and how vote...

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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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The gas shortage in the country is,