Category: Local News

Last ditch move to scrap executive presidency thwarted

A last ditch attempt to abolish executive presidency by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was thwarted in the Cabinet today.

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Railway workers to begin work-to-rule action tonight

Locomotive Engine Operators’ Union (LEOU) has decided to launch a work-to-rule campaign from midnight today over the accusations that the locomotive operators did not follow the speed rules.

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Postal vote applications accepted from today

The Elections Commission said that application for postal voting of the Presidential Election is possible from today onwards.

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Lotus Tower project directly under me – Mahinda

Opposition Leader and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that the Lotus Tower project was implemented by an agency directly under his supervision during his presidency.

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Decision on UNP Candidate next week – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has announced that a decision on the Presidential Candidate of the United National Party will be taken next week.

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Disabled soldiers’ issue will be solved – Kiriella

The government will solve the issue of the disabled war heroes who are staging a sathyagraha in front of the Fort Railway station, Leader of the House and Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament yesterday.

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Teachers lack teaching skills – President

According to latest research carried out by the Ministry of Education, around 10 per cent of teachers were unsuitable for the teaching profession, stated President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (18).

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Sri Lanka to hold presidential election on November 16

Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election on Nov. 16, the elections office said Wednesday, amid calls for a strong leader to boost national security as the country recovers from deadly Easter Sunday bomb attacks.

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Presidential Election on November 16

Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said today the presidential election would be conducted on November 16, 2019.

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Former Minister H.R. 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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Weapons hidden by Zahran’s group recovered in Palamunai

Police officers have recovered a stash of weapons and explosive material believed to have been hidden by members of NTJ leader Zahran Hashim’s terrorist group at Palamunai, Ampara.

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Ex-TRC Director General Palpita denies President’s allegation

Former Director General of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) Anusha Palpita, yesterday, denied President Maithripala Sirisena’s allegation, on Monday, that Rs. 2 billion paid by the Sri Lankan government, in 2012, to Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co. Ltd (ALIT), China, for the construction of the Lotus Tower had disappeared from the books.

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Party democracy displayed Sajith throws down the gauntlet

Deputy Leader of United National Party (UNP), Minister Sajith Premadasa, in a letter addressed to UNP Leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, urged the latter to immediately call for the conduct of a secret ballot with the participation of the UNP Working Committee and Parliamentary Group, so that they can go for a democratic decision on the Party’s Presidential Candidacy.

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Sri Lanka PM faces party challenge in presidential battle

Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition became embroiled in a power struggle Tuesday as two challengers came forward to oppose Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to be candidate for a looming presidential election.

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Will abolish Executive Presidency if contesting – Speaker Karu

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday that if he were to contest the presidential election, his main objective would be to abolish the Executive Presidency.

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FR petition filed against the Elpitiya PS Election

Three residents of Elpitiya have filed a Fundamental Rights petition at the Supreme Court calling for the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha Election to be called off.

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