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President Maithripala Sirisena has withdrawn the Cabinet memo he submitted with Minister Vajira Abeywardena last week seeking approval to make permanent the personal staff of the President, Prime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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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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