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  • Chamal Rajapaksa to be named as PM candidate?

    Chamal Rajapaksa to be named as PM candidate?

    A request has been made to nominate former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Higher Education and Research Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said. The observation was made at a press conference held in Colombo on Thursday (02). ...

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  • Maithripala refuses to give nomination to Mahinda - sources

    Maithripala refuses to give nomination to Mahinda - sources

    President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the upcoming General Election under the UPFA ticket, political sources told Ada Derana. The party leaders of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) convened a special meeting thi...

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  • Mahinda to contest under the UPFA ticket, says Bandula

    Mahinda to contest under the UPFA ticket, says Bandula

    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will likely contest under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) ticket at the forthcoming general election, Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena said. “Rajapaksa has already declared that he will lead the campaign. The opposition leader has also agree...

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  • We will contest at the General Election, says Mahinda

    We will contest at the General Election, says Mahinda

    We will contest at the next General Election and form a new government, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said at his home in Medamulana this morning (01). “The fight that started in Nugegoda has become a major driving force in the country. I have no right to reject the request by people to ...

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Local & Political

  • ‘We’ve incriminating info about 25 MPs of last parliament’

    ‘We’ve incriminating info about 25 MPs of last parliament’

    The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board yesterday urged all political parties contesting the Aug. 17 general election to clear all nominations lists with it before being submitted to the Election Secretariat. The 10-day nomination period commences on July 6. The NDDCB head Dr. Chamira N...

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  • COPE report on bond scam: DEW to go public today

    COPE report on bond scam: DEW to go public today

    The on-going controversy over the investigation carried out by a special 13-member committee into alleged Central Bank bond scam has taken a new turn with former Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Dew Gunasekera deciding to go public today. The Gunasekera commi...

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  • Ceypetco suspends fuel contracts worth millions

    Ceypetco suspends fuel contracts worth millions

    Sri Lanka’s state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corp (Ceypetco) has suspended oil contracts worth millions of dollars that were signed last year for fuel deliveries, the company chairman has told on Thursday. “We have suspended some previous contracts ... due to (Ceypetco) not following standard c...

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  • Colombo-Dubai flight lands in Mumbai after medical emergency

          Colombo-Dubai flight lands in Mumbai after medical emergency

    An international Colombo-Dubai flight had to be diverted to Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) on Tuesday and make an emergency landing due to a medical emergency onboard the plane. 35-year-old Uwaisa Mohideen Pichchai Abdul Raseedu, a female Sri Lankan citizen, who wa...

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  • Not the PM post, they should be in jail by now, says Chandrika

    Not the PM post, they should be in jail by now, says Chandrika

    Despite our lives are in danger, we will fight any battle for the sake of the country, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said. The observation was made at a special event held in Negombo today (01). “It is the responsibility of the people to safeguard the freedom of this country. D...

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  • General election 2015: The Diaspora factor, foreign policy issues

    General election 2015: The Diaspora factor, foreign policy issues

    President Maithripala Sirisena has set the stage for an early general election, ahead of the next session of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), in early September. The UNHRC holds three regular sessions a year, for a total of ten weeks. The sessions take place in Marc...

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  • Bringing Style And Colour To Your Hair

    Bringing Style And Colour To Your Hair

    Making people look good is not always easy. It is a challenge at times. Jeewan Gunasekara is one person who takes on that challenge. A professional hairstylist and beautician, Jeewan Gunasekara makes his customers look good by introducing new trends and styles to them. Jeewan’s attraction to...

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  • UPFA members complain to the polls chief

    UPFA members complain to the polls chief

    A group of United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) members filed a complaint with Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya today alleging that the Government was violating election laws. Former UPFA Parliamentarian and Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader Dinesh Gunawardena led the UPFA membe...

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  • Survey finds public divided on key issues

    Survey finds public divided on key issues

    According to the latest ‘Democracy in Post War Sri Lanka’ survey conducted by Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, divisions between people’s opinions on key issues still persist. On the topic of a credible mechanism look into accountability for ...

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  • BBS to contest election from Bodu Jana Peramuna

    BBS to contest election from Bodu Jana Peramuna

    The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is due to contest the upcoming General Election. According to reports, the BBS will be contesting the election under the Bodu Jana Peramuna (BJP). ...

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  • Caretaker govt. to finalise countrywide ambulance service with Indian largesse

    Caretaker govt. to finalise countrywide ambulance service with Indian largesse

    Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe’s caretaker government will shortly finalise a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India’s GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) for the establishment of a countrywide ambulance service Deputy Policy Planning and Economic Affairs Minister Dr ...

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  • Central Bank Governor says

    Central Bank Governor says

    Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran yesterday said that he would respond to Prof Peiris’s letter on July 1. Speaking to The Island from Japan last night, Mahendran said that the new administration hadn’t borrowed money under terms and conditions inimical to the national economy. The CB...

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  • Halt foreign borrowings till polls are over – Opposition

    Halt foreign borrowings till polls are over – Opposition

    The Opposition has called upon the government to refrain from taking any further action with regard to foreign borrowings until the conclusion of the August 17 elections. UPFA National list MP Prof G. L. Peiris, in a letter addressed to the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Governor of...

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  • Sri Lanka President dashes Rajapaksa PM hopes; Mahinda to go it alone

    Sri Lanka President dashes Rajapaksa PM hopes; Mahinda to go it alone

    President Maithripala Sirisena today ruled out granting nominations to former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest as a prime ministerial candidate at up coming general elections. President Sirisena in a special announcement broadcast over state television, rejected opposition-initiated report...

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  • Maithri - now a goose perched on mud

    Maithri - now a goose perched on mud

    Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, who contested the presidential election under swan’ symbol promising he would, like the swan that separates milk from water, take legal action against all fraudsters and the corrupt, is now involved in protecting all fraudsters and the corrupt complains the Leader of the ...

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  • FLSP opens office in Jaffna

    FLSP opens office in Jaffna

    Front Line Socialist Party’s (FLSP) Jaffna office was declared open today by Saranga, the daughter of disappearance victim and political activist Kugan Muruganandan. Speaking at the even General Secretary of the party Senadheera Gunathilaka said the location of the office is one of significance...

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  • Pradeep Nilanga Dela appointed acting Diyawadana Nilame

    Pradeep Nilanga Dela appointed acting Diyawadana Nilame

    Pradeep Nilanga Dela has been appointed as the acting Diyawadana Nilame of the Dalada Maligawa from July 1 until an election is held for the next Diyawadana Nilame. Dela’s term as Diyawadana Nilame came to an end today ...

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  • The President’s moral obligations

    The President’s moral obligations

    P resident Maithripala Sirisena has reason to be grateful to Ranil Wickremesinghe and the UNP. True, gratitude-reason is a two-way street, but we are talking of the President, what he owes and to whom. He might owe something to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga too but probably not as much a...

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  • Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya, who has reached the age of retirement

    Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya, who has reached the age of retirement

    Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya, who has reached the age of retirement, says that he will continue to function in his post until the Elections Commission is established in line with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Deshapriya today visited the Department of Pensions on order to ...

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  • Rajapaksa also denies meeting with Sirisena

    Rajapaksa also denies meeting with Sirisena

    Reports published regarding an urgent meeting between former Mahinda Rajapaksa and incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena at the Speaker’s official residence are untrue, Rajapaksa’s Media Coordinator Rohan Weliwita said...

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Business

  • Sri Lanka to use central bank profits to bailout Golden Key

    Sri Lanka to use central bank profits to bailout Golden Key

    Sri Lanka is planning to use central bank profits expected to be earned in 2015 to fund an 8.5 billion rupee bailout of Golden Key Credit Card Company, an unregistered Ponzi-scam style firm that collapsed after promising high interest rates. A total of 8,545 million rupees are needed to bailout ...

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  • Sri Lanka inflation 0.1-pct in June 2015

    Sri Lanka inflation 0.1-pct in June 2015

    Sri Lanka's consumer prices rose 0.1 percent in the 12-months to June 2015, falling back to the rate in March and April, the central bank said. Prices rose 1.0 percent during the month of June, the highest rate since January, it said in a statement. Sri Lanka's consumer prices are now at the...

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Sports

  • Our finances are in very good shape says Wettimuny

    Our finances are in very good shape says Wettimuny

    Interim committee chairman Sidath Wettimuny stated that the finance position of Sri Lanka Cricket was in ‘very good shape’ thanks to a tightly controlled budget enforced by the current administration after it took office three months ago....

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  • Lanka keen on getting Dennis Lillee for coaching stint

    Lanka keen on getting Dennis Lillee for coaching stint

    Sri Lanka Cricket is exploring the possibility of getting down a top bowling coach to uplift the standard bowling in the national team. Following the success Sri Lanka had by inviting former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes for a ten-day fielding coaching stint, Sidath Wettimuny the SLC inter...

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