Summoning Int. Chief by Speaker questioned
Joint Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardane yesterday raised a point in parliament that Intelligence Chief had been summoned by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya before a meeting with foreign dignitaries last week and that it was not a practice adopted by any of the Speakers.
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Govt. to cut capital expenditure by 15 percent
The Finance Ministry is reported to have instructed all ministries to curtail their capital expenditure announced in the budget by 15 per cent because of financial constraints faced by the government.
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Esala Perahara will be held in a grand scale
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday assured that the annual Esala Perahara will be held in a grand scale this year.
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We informed Office of Prez, PM and IGP about extremist groups: Sahlan Maulavi
Maulavi K. R. M. Sahlan who represents the Sufi Sect yesterday said the Sufi Islamic leaders in Kattankudi had informed the President’s office, Prime Minister’s Office and Attorney General’s Department and the IGP about the extremism that was visible in the area.
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State lands - Prez opposes freehold rights
President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to be opposed to the piece of legislation introduced by the government to give people freehold rights of State lands used by them under permits issued in terms of the Land Development Ordinance.
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No complaints on Zahran’s extremism: only clashes between sects: Ex. OIC
Former OIC of the Kattankudy Police Ariyabandu Wedagedara said he had not received any complaints of Zahran’s extremist activities except for some clashes between Muslim sects in Kattankudy over religious matters.
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Electronic tablets: Prez not agreeable
President Maithripala Sirsiena Sirisena has once again registered his protest to Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam over the plan to distribute free electronic tablets among schoolchildren.
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Ban on chainsaw imports - Cabinet approves memo by Prez
The Cabinet is reported to have yesterday approved the memorandum submitted by President Maithripala Sirisena to ban the import of chainsaws.
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Zahran was not in Katankudi when I took over in 2017: OIC
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Madrassa issue still unresolved - One reopened in Modara: Bandula
A Madrassa has been reopened in Modara causing panic among the residents because the government has failed to resolve the setting up of such schools, UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardana said today.
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AG asks A-IGP for report on Apr. 21 bomb attacks
The Attorney General yesterday instructed the acting IGP to immediately send him a report about the current status of the investigations into the Easter Sunday bomb attacks and the incidents of vandalising the Buddha statues in Mawanella.
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Supplementary estimate presented again
The government today presented a supplementary estimate in parliament to allocate funds for various subjects such as to purchase a vehicle for Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and renovation of official residence of Public Enterprise Minister Lakshman Kiriella though it was withdrawn in the morning claiming that it was defective.
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MS can’t hide behind another 'lamp and pot referendum': SLPP
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said today the President cannot shy away from holding the presidential election by hiding behind another lamp and pot referendum or a ’Lampu Kalagedi Sellama’.
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Won’t lead to dissolution of Parliament: Dayasiri
The President has the authority to call for a non-binding referendum on whether the people prefer a general election prior to a presidential election but the President will not be able to dissolve Parliament based on such a referendum, SLFP General Secretary and MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said.
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Shavendra gets service extension
President Maithripala Sirisena has given a service extension to Army’s Chief of Staff Major General Shavendra Silva until December 31, 2019 with effect from June 22, Army Spokesman Sumith Athapaththu said.
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Supplementary estimate withdrawn
Claiming the supplementary estimate -- seeking funds for various items such as the purchase of a vehicle for Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and the renovation of Minister Kiriella’s residence -- was today withdrawn though it was earlier presented in Parliament.
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SL sign agreement to send unlimited skilled workers to Japan
An agreement will be signed by the Sri Lankan and Japanese governments tomorrow (19), enabling Sri Lanka to send an unlimited number of skilled workers to Japan for a period of 10 years, monitoring MP for the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, Manusha Nanayakkara, said today.
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