JVP to go it alone at presidential polls

Common candidate was a term that no longer had any political value in the country thanks to the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government, JVP Kalutara District MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa said, addressing the media at the party headquarters in Pelawatte.

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Sri Lanka dumping ground for world’s garbage – Customs union

A consignment of 102 container loads of garbage imported from the United Kingdom now lies in the Colombo port while another 122 containers of garbage have already been cleared out of the port to unknown destinations within the country because of a loophole in import regulations created during the previous government, the country’s Customs officers’ union claimed yesterday.

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Postal strike disrupts mail exchange in Colombo

The current postal strike has interrupted the mail exchange procedure in the Colombo area.

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Price of a loaf of bread up by Rs. 5

The price of a loaf of bread has been increased by Rs. 5 with effect from midnight today (17), stated the Bakery Owners’ Association.

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Muslim Marriage and Divorce – Muslim politicos agree to amend Act

Muslim politicians are reported to have agreed to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) on four categories including that of increasing the marriageable age to 18, but disagreement over four other categories had hampered the process of enacting the amendments,

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‘Easter Sunday attackers must be sentenced to death’ – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says all perpetrators of the Easter Sunday attacks should be sentenced to death.

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“Government harassing Buddhist clergy” – Mahinda Rajapaksa

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said, there is no other group that suffered more under this Government than the Buddhist clergy, as they even remanded monks.

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PM to resolve national question within two years

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, on Monday, in Jaffna that he would do his utmost to find a political solution to the national question within the next two years.

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‘Contacted Singapore PM for extradition of Arjuna Mahendran’ – President

President Maithripala Sirisena disclosed yesterday that he had personally spoken with Singapore’s Prime Minister concerning the extradition of Central Bank bond scam suspect former Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran.

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Postal workers to go on strike today

Due to several demands not being met, the Joint Postal Trade Union Alliance stated that a token strike will be launched from 4 pm today(July 16) to 4 pm tomorrow (July 17) at the Central Mail Exchange.

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I only referred to a ‘handful of monks’: Ranjan

State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday said there was no need for him to seek an apology from the Maha Sangha as he had not made any statement insulting the Maha Sangha and said he only spoke about a ‘handful of monks’.

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President says new government within five months

Sri Lankans would have the opportunity to appoint a new government within five months and they should ensure that a government of humane, patriotic and clean politicians would be elected, President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday at Nuwara Eliya.

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“They bombed our livelihoods”: Sri Lanka’s tourism firms struggle after attacks

Pearl Divers, a diving school on one of Sri Lanka’s most popular southern beaches, shut shop for two months after suicide bombers attacked churches and hotels on the island on Easter Sunday, killing about 250 people. It had no customers as tourists canceled holidays, and its manager Nuwan Harshana says he took two months leave and a pay cut.

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EU gives counterterror support package to Sri Lanka

The European Union says it has agreed to provide an 8.5 million euro ($9.6 million) package to help Sri Lanka battle terrorism following Easter Sunday bomb attacks that killed more than 250 people.

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290 detonators found from a house in Hadigama, Piliyandala

Four persons have been arrested while in possession of 290 electric detonators at Hedigama, Piliyandala, says the Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara.

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Panadura North OIC interdicted over missing T-56 rifles

The officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Panadura North Police Station, Prabath Paranawithana has been interdicted on the National Police Commission’s covering approval after two T-56 assault rifles went missing from his police station.

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