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Prez instructs not to close roads inconveniencing public

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed law enforcement agencies not to close roads in a manner which would inconvenience the public when the VIPs were on the move.

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  Wellampitiya OIC transfered with immediate effect
  Bathiudeen willing to resign from all positions if found guilty


Indonesia to limit social media to prevent fake news

Indonesia would partially block social media to prevent the spread of fake news after violence broke out in Jakarta following the announcement of official election results, Reuters reported today.

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Nigeria shuts missions in Sri Lanka, Czech, Serbia

The Federal Government of Nigeria has closed it’s foreign missions in Sri Lanka, Czech and Serbia and downsized the mission in Ukraine due to insufficient funds, The Nation Nigeria reported on Tuesday.

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State of emergency extended by one month

President Maithripala Sirisena today issued an extraordinary gazette extending the State of Emergency by one month.

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It’s unfair to blame Bathiudeen: Naveen

While saying that it was unfair to find fault with someone like Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, who has not been found guilty, Plantation Minister Navin Dissanayake said yesterday Minister Bathiudeen turned emotional when he spoke at the Cabinet meeting about the false allegations levelled against him.

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Public officials to get Rs. 2,500 from July 1

The Finance Ministry today issued a circular to pay a Rs.2,500 monthly interim allowance to all public officials with effect from July 1.

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Showery condition to enhance

Showery condition was expected to enhance to some extent over most parts of the island, particularly in South-Western areas, the Department of Meteorology said today.

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UNP suspends membership of Weligama UC Chairman

The party membership of the Weligama Urban Council Chairman, Rehan Jayawickreme, has been suspended by the United National Party (UNP) for violating the UNP disciplinary code, UNP General Secretary and Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.

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Minuwangoda unrest: 32 suspects released on bail

Thirty two suspects who were arrested over violent incidents reported in the Minuwangoda area were released on bail by the Minuwangoda Magistrate’s Court today.

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Immunity to foreign servicemen in SL alarming: Namal

While calling on the government to provide details of the planned status of forces agreement with the US, opposition parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa said that ‘immunity being provided to foreign servicemen on Sri Lankan soil is just one of the alarm bells and point to much larger issues.”

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NCM against Bathiudeen should be listed first: GL

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) yesterday insisted that the no-confidence motion (NCM) against Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen should be listed first over a similar motion handed over by the JVP against the government.

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Restore normalcy and not an opportune time for NCM: Dayasiri

The need of the hour was not to bring ‘No confidence Motions’ (NCMs) but to restore normalcy, law and order and inter faith harmony in the country, General Secretary of the SLFP, former Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said yesterday.

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Bathiudeen faces no-faith motion - Govt. in a quandary

Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, who is facing a no-confidence motion is reported to have told the Cabinet today that he would step down from his post if President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe asked him to do so.

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I don’t think Prez will extend his tenure: MR

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said he did not think President Maithripala Sirisena would seek an extension of his tenure because he vowed to serve only one term.

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NCM against Bathiudeen: No date given for debate

It was decided at the party leaders’ meeting held at the Parliamentary complex that no date could be given to debate the no confidence motion against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen in Parliament, MP Dinesh Gunawardena said.

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Bathiudeen, Asath Sally and Hizbullah must resign: TNA

Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and the two Governors Asath Sally and M.L.A.M Hizbullah who are alleged to have links with National Thowheed Jama’at (NTJ) should be asked to resign and subjected to an investigation, TNA MP Sivashakthi Anandan told Parliament today.

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Don’t make irresponsible statements: Speaker tells MPs

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today requested MPs to desist from making irresponsible statements and passing false information to the media.

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No Agreement for Permanent US Base in SL - US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina Teplitz

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina Teplitz in her first interview with the print media after the Easter Sunday attack exclusively told the ...

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“President doesn’t trust anybody other than Namal Kumara,” SF

Former Army Commander, the first Field Marshal and the 2010 Presidential Candidate, Sarath Fonseka in an interview with the Daily Mirror airs his view...

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Cartoon of the day

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Didn’t police ‘chiefs’ know of Rathgama killings ?

We received information about the killing of two persons after being abducted from Rathgama while we were engaged in an investigation to unearth the truth regarding a complaint of an alleged abduction...

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Stafford Sri Lankan School Doha issue Allegations of Intervention in School Affairs

The former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Qatar ASP Liyanage is alleged to have run riot against fellow Sri Lankans in Doha Qatar whilst holding office. According to Sri Lankan expatriates this has had a ne...

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Man flees leaving ducks, chicken in a sack to police

A man who was carrying a ‘suspicious looking sack’ in the early hours today at the Balummahara Junction had run away from the police when he was told to stop, leaving the sack with three ducks and...

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He built three houses while begging for 25 years

A blind man (65) who had been begging on trains for 25 years which had enabled him to build three houses and own a bank account with Rs. five hundred thousand in it, was arrested by the Railway Securi...

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Deceased mother had partaken of fried fish on alms giving day

The story of a deceased mother visiting her home on the seventh day and eating a slice of fried fish from the Pideni Thattuwa is related from a village in Ambalangoda....

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President Maithripala Sirisena left for China on a three-day official visit this week, accompanied by a 27 member delegation to attend the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing. Do you think the head of state leaving the country during a volatile period, is justified?