Presidential poll on Nov. 16

Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said today the presidential election would be conducted on November 16, 2019. He said the nominations for the elections would be called for on October 7.

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MR hits back at AG’s report on Lotus Tower allegation

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa in a statement said yesterday that the Auditor General on April 2019, published a 670-page special report on the Lotus Tower project, but it did not specify about a Chinese contractor who disappeared with Rs.2 billion.

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CID tracking down digital footprint of ISIS

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed court yesterday that it was probing several plans devised by ISIS based on information received from Interpol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on communication techniques of the terrorist outfit.

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UNP will decide on prez candidate next week: Akila

UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today the party, together with its allies, would decide on its presidential candidate next week.

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Easter Sunday suicide attack

Qatar Police interrogate main suspect - CID informs court

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake through a B-report that Qatari police is interrogating the main suspect of the terrorist network in Sri Lanka which had maintained direct relations with the ISIS.

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COPE to probe Lotus Tower Project

The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) today decided to conduct a full-scale investigation on the alleged misappropriation of government funds on the Lotus Tower project.

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PSC’s term extended by one month

Parliament today granted a one-month extension to the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed to probe the Easter Sunday attacks to complete its final report.

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GMOA strike: Countrywide healthcare services crippled

Healthcare services in hospitals countrywide came to a virtual standstill today due to the 24-hour strike launched by the GMOA.

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Former MP Mithrapala passes away

Former Kegalle District UPFA MP H. R. Mithrapala passed away at the age of 73 today. He passed away at the Karawanella Hospital.

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Lotus Road closed due to protest

The Lotus Road from Lotus Roundabout towards Ceramic Junction was closed due to a protest march carried out by a group of employees of the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), police said.

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Court orders to bury Kingsbury bomber’s remains at Borella Cemetery

Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake issued an order directing the Thimbirigasyaya Divisional Secretary to bury the remains of suicide bomber Mohammed Mubarak, who blew himself up at the Kingsbury Hotel, at the Borella Cemetery.

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Interim order issued on disabled soldiers

Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake today issued an interim order preventing the protesting disabled soldiers from entering the Lotus Road and the vicinity of the President’s Office and the Prime Minister’s Office.

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Heavy traffic in Town Hall

Traffic congestion is reported from around the Colombo Town Hall area due to a protest march carried out by the non-academic staff of the universities, police said.

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Explosives found buried in Palamunai

A T-56 weapon, a magazine, 30 ammunition, seven detonators and four gelignite sticks were found buried in Akkaraipattu, Palamunai, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said.

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Restructuring SriLankan: Ministers told to submit views on Eran’s proposals

At yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have asked the ministers to submit their views on the recommendations made by State Minister of Finance, Eran Wickramaratne on restructuring SriLankan Airlines on the basis of a public-private partnership.

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Allegation of fraud on Lotus Tower

JVP wants TRC before COPE

JVP MP Vijitha Herath said yesterday that the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) should be summoned before the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) to probe the allegation made by President Maithripala Sirisena on the misuse of Rs. 2 billion from the Lotus Tower project.

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Cabinet approves Bill to deal with ISIS terror

The Cabinet is reported to have endorsed a new Anti-terrorism Bill to deal with the latest threat of terrorism in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks by terror groups linked to ISIS.

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J R will be happy, the day executive presidency is abolished: Karu

Late President J. R. Jayewardene will be happy on the day when the executive presidency is abolished, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday.

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How stock brokers misled investors in 2011

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Ashara Mubaraka in all its glory

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Societal role in ending suicide

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Courage in the face of police brutality

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Coastal Degradation threatens Sri Lanka


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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Next President Should be the last : Karu Jayasuriya

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in a candid interview with the Daily Mirror said the country could have saved billions of rupees had the respective Presidents...

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Main battle is to ensure security and development -Dinesh Gunawardane

Leader of Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) MP Dinesh Gunawardane speaks about the Presidential Elections and the current status of the economy in the co...

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“We’ll contest elections under a new symbol” Anura Kumara Dissanayake

Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Anura Kumara Dissanayake, who is the nominee for presidential candidacy of the National People’s Power...

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I was utterly betrayed by the Rajapaksas -Sajin de Vass Gunawardena

The Rajapaksa era introduced many people into the political arena, who once stood as close associates. They were vested with various tasks and some of...

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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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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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INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock praised the steps taken by President Maithripala Sirisena, for taking swift action in apprehending the criminals responsible for the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks and was presented with the INTERPOL Medal at the President’s Office in Colombo recently. However, Colombo’s Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith recently stated that he is yet to receive a positive response from those in power for his call to have an independent probe on the Easter Sunday attack and to provide relief to those killed and injured in the attack. Do you think an independent probe into the Easter Sunday attack is still necessary in order to apprehend any criminal on the loose?