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Budget for 2015 passed by majority

Budget for 2015 passed by majority

The budget for 2015 was passed in Parliament today by a majority despite earlier concerns some Government members may vote against it. The third reading of the budget was passed with 152 members of Parliament voting for and 57 against it. The UNP, Tamil National Alliance and JVP voted against it. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) […]

Wimal claims CBK was earlier choice

Wimal claims CBK was earlier choice

Government Minister and National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa claims former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunga (CBK) was the initial choice for common opposition candidate. Speaking in Parliament today, he claimed that a foreign diplomat had proposed to the former President to contest the polls. However her family did not back her and so she […]

Tissa rubbishes crossover allegation

Tissa rubbishes crossover allegation

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake has denied reports that he is going to join the Government ahead of the next Presidential elections. In a short statement, the UNP MP said that claims to the effect that he was going to crossover is false and that he will continue with the UNP. Earlier today UNP MPs […]

UNP MP denies endorsing GTF views

UNP MP denies endorsing GTF views

United National Party (UNP) MP Dr Harsha de Silva today denied claims that he had backed the views expressed by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) during an interview on Al-Jazeera television. Dr. Harsha de Silva, making a statement in Parliament, said that he had agreed to take part in the interview last week after he […]

John claims he has the SC document

John claims he has the SC document

Opposition United National Party (UNP) MP John Amarathunga told Parliament today that he has in his possession the Supreme Court (SC) opinion on President Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting for a third term in office. The UNP MP said that the document, written on November 10, has 29 pages and has been signed by ten judges of […]

JHU backs democracy not war claims

JHU backs democracy not war claims

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) says, while it will oppose any move to conduct investigations and bring war crimes charges against President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Defence Secretary or the security forces, it will also not allow democracy to be undermined. JHU General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka said that it is critical that there is good […]

Indians disappointed after new arrest

Indians disappointed after new arrest

Fishermen leaders expressed disappointment as the Sri Lankan Navy arrested 14 Tamil Nadu fishermen when their trawlers developed snags and drifted into Lankan waters on Sunday, The Hindu newspaper reported today. The Lankan navy arrested the fishermen – four from Rameswaram, 10 from Jagadapattinam – and confiscated three trawlers when the fishermen were drawing strategies […]

Ranil reaches out to Mahinda on 19A

Ranil reaches out to Mahinda on 19A

Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today reiterated that the United National Party (UNP) is ready to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa to implement the 19th Amendment to the constitution before the Presidential election. Speaking at an event in Kurunegala, the UNP leader said that the President can bring the 19th Amendment as an urgent bill to Parliament and […]

MR says he has files on the defectors

MR says he has files on the defectors

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today warned that he had “files” on those who had defected from the Government but will not use it against them. Speaking at an event after opening the newly reconstructed A12 road between Anuradhapura and Trincomalee, the President said that the doors of the Government is like a salon where anyone can enter and […]

Maithri makes polls campaign pledge

Maithri makes polls campaign pledge

Opposition Presidential common candidate Maithripala Sirisena today made a pledge not to engage in mud slinging during his election campaign. Speaking to reporters after a meeting at the Naga Vihara Temple in Pitakotte, Sirisena said that it has never been his style to speak in anger or hate. “I will not engage in hate or anger. […]

Sajith backs decision on candidate

Sajith backs decision on candidate

United National Party (UNP) deputy leader Sajith Premadasa says he backs the decision taken by the party working committee on the common candidate despite his firm belief that a UNP member should be President. Speaking at an event in Kurunegala today, Premadasa said that his father, the late Ranasinghe Premadasa, worked hard to make J.R. Jayawardena […]

SLFP believes no one else will leave

SLFP believes no one else will leave

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today insisted that no one else will leave the party or betray the party like former SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena. Power and Energy Minister Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said that as a Cabinet Minister she can give a firm assurance that SLFP members will not defect. She told reporters at […]

Top UNP member is to join Mahinda ?

Top UNP member is to join Mahinda ?

There is strong speculation a top opposition United National Party (UNP) member is to join President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government. UNP sources said that the party is aware of moves by this UNP member to join the Government and has decided to keep him out of key UNP meetings. The move comes as the opposition and the […]

Pre-polls related violence increases

Pre-polls related violence increases

Election monitors today reported pre-polls related violence, including shooting incidents in Puttalam and Madampe. The Campaign for a Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) said that the house of a staunch UNP supporter was shot at in Medagama, Madampe early this morning. The house of Sudeh Priyankara, at Second Lane, Medagama, was also attacked. CaFFE believes […]

Plea to release Sri Lankan refugees

Plea to release Sri Lankan refugees

Tamizhaga Vaazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) leader, Panruti T Velmurugan, on Saturday urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam to immediately release some 26 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees kept in a special camp in the Tiruchi central prison and give them medical assistance. The refugees have been on a fast since November 15 to demand that they […]

Pope’s Lanka visit will still go ahead

Pope’s Lanka visit will still go ahead

The Catholic Church of Sri Lanka says the visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka will go ahead as scheduled despite the Presidential elections taking place less than a week before his arrival. Reverend Father Cyril Gamini Fernando, the media secretary for the Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka, said that the visit will go ahead as […]

Lanka questions credibility of UNHRC

Lanka questions credibility of UNHRC

The Government has questioned the credibility of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as an investigation on Sri Lanka mandated by the Council continued despite objections being raised. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, Dr. Palitha Kohona, speaking at the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the 69th Session of […]

Maithripala says will not join the UNP

Maithripala says will not join the UNP

Common opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena says he will not join the United National Party (UNP) and obtain its membership. Speaking during a live television interview on Sirasa TV, Maithripala Sirisena said that he will always see himself as a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member despite his membership being cancelled. Meanwhile Maithripala Sirisena also called on the Government […]

Government slams CBK and the West

Government slams CBK and the West

The Government today accused former President Chandrika Kumaratunga of orchestrating the defections from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) saying it was part of a “mega teledrama” to destabilize the country. Minister Susil Premajayantha, speaking to the media at the SLFP Headquarters today, said that former SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena is being used as […]

Over 100mm of rain likely tomorrow

Over 100mm of rain likely tomorrow

The Department of Meteorology today warned that over 100mm of rain is expected in some places tomorrow and the General public have been urged to take precautions from strong winds and lightning. In a weather update released this afternoon, the The Department of Meteorology said that showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the […]