MR invited to contest from Kurunegala

MR invited to contest from Kurunegala

🕔16:35, 4.Jul 2015

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been invited to contest the Parliament elections from the Kurunegala District. Speaking to reporters in Kandy, former Minister T.B. Ekanayake said that Rajapaksa will contest the election under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) as this

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Construction of Matara – Hambantota expressway launched

Construction of Matara – Hambantota expressway launched

🕔16:00, 4.Jul 2015

Construction work on the Southern expressway linking Matara and Hambantota, was launched today by President Maithripala Sirisena. President Sirisena unveiled a plaque at the site where construction will begin, in the presence of Government Ministers and the Chinese Ambassador to

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Harin reiterates threat to quit politics

Harin reiterates threat to quit politics

🕔12:27, 4.Jul 2015

Uva Provincial Council Chief Minister Harin Fernando today reiterated that he will quit politics if former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is given nominations to contest the upcoming elections from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). Speaking to reporters in Badulla, Fernando

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Maithripala expected to make another u-turn

Maithripala expected to make another u-turn

🕔10:20, 4.Jul 2015

President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to make another U-turn with regards to the decision on giving former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations to contest the Parliament elections. An official in the President’s office, who was to resign over Sirisena’s decision to

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Ex LTTE members to contest as ‘Crusaders For Democracy’

Ex LTTE members to contest as ‘Crusaders For Democracy’

🕔09:45, 4.Jul 2015

Former militants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and their supporters have decided to form a political party named “Crusaders for Democracy” and seek tickets from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to contest the August 17 Sri Lankan

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Rajapaksa and UPFA members hold meeting

Rajapaksa and UPFA members hold meeting

🕔22:04, 3.Jul 2015

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) members met late this evening following the announcement that the UPFA had agreed to give nominations to Rajapaksa to contest the Parliament election. The meeting took place at Western Province

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President briefs newly appointed diplomats

President briefs newly appointed diplomats

🕔20:26, 3.Jul 2015

President Maithripala Sirisena today briefed newly appointed Sri Lankan Ambassadors and High Commissioners who will be taking up their new posts soon. The President’s office said that 33 newly appointed Ambassadors were briefed by the President in the presence of

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UNHRC told to maintain scrutiny on Lanka

UNHRC told to maintain scrutiny on Lanka

🕔17:44, 3.Jul 2015

Human rights groups, have in a letter to Ambassadors of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), urged them to maintain the fullest scrutiny of Sri Lanka on questions of justice and accountability. In the letter, released by the Asian Forum

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UPFA decides to give Mahinda nominations

UPFA decides to give Mahinda nominations

🕔15:54, 3.Jul 2015

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has decided to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 Parliament elections. The decision was taken when UPFA party leaders met today to discuss the issue over giving Rajapaksa

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Part of light aircraft falls in Thalangama

Part of light aircraft falls in Thalangama

🕔13:34, 3.Jul 2015

Part of a light aircraft fell in Thalangama this morning on a playground in the area, the police media unit said. The object from the aircraft was said ti be approximately 2 fee long. Investigations are underway.

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Sri Lanka saddened by Indonesia crash

Sri Lanka saddened by Indonesia crash

🕔13:18, 3.Jul 2015

The Sri Lankan Government today said that it was saddened by the crash of a military aircraft carrying armed forces personnel and their families in Medan, Indonesia, which has resulted in the loss of many lives. “In this hour of

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UN refuses to comment on MR contesting

UN refuses to comment on MR contesting

🕔12:15, 3.Jul 2015

The United Nations (UN) refused to comment on reports that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be contesting the August 17 Parliament elections. When asked for a comment at the daily press briefing at the UN yesterday, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for

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Passenger arrested with 124 tortoises

Passenger arrested with 124 tortoises

🕔07:28, 3.Jul 2015

A passenger was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport with 124 tortoises in his possession. The Customs Department said that the tortoises were concealed in the baggage of the passenger. The passenger is a Sri Lankan and a resident of

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India and Lanka still sorting fishermen issue

India and Lanka still sorting fishermen issue

🕔06:51, 3.Jul 2015

India and Sri Lanka are still sorting the fishermen issue, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Sudharshan Seneviratne has said. He also said that countries making their presence in the Indian Ocean should respect the geographical reality, individuality, and

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Vasu says attempt to unify UPFA futile

Vasu says attempt to unify UPFA futile

🕔23:34, 2.Jul 2015

General Secretary of the Democratic Left Front and United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member Vasudeva Nanayakkara says talks held with President Maithripala Sirisena this evening, in an attempt to unify the alliance, ended in failure. He said that a proposal was put

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President refuses to give MR nominations

President refuses to give MR nominations

🕔19:46, 2.Jul 2015

President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to give former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to contest the upcoming Parliament elections. The decision paves the way for a major split in the UPFA which will see

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Ceypetco suspends oil contracts worth millions

Ceypetco suspends oil contracts worth millions

🕔19:35, 2.Jul 2015

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 told Reuters on Thursday. “We have suspended some previous contracts … due to (Ceypetco)

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Prassana denies allegations on corruption

Prassana denies allegations on corruption

🕔18:42, 2.Jul 2015

Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga denied allegations of corruption made against him and his wife. Ranatunga said that the allegations are part of an attempt to scuttle the election campaign of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Prasanna Ranatunga is backing Rajapaksa at

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John says UNP will reject Mahinda’s invite

John says UNP will reject Mahinda’s invite

🕔17:24, 2.Jul 2015

Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party (UNP) on Thursday rejected an invitation from former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to work with him at the upcoming parliamentary elections, the Xinhua news agency reported. Rajapakse had invited the UNP and other

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TULF seeks to form Tamil common front

TULF seeks to form Tamil common front

🕔16:12, 2.Jul 2015

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has called on Tamil Political Parties including those of the South and the Upcountry to get united under one banner to form a common front, as an alternative to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in

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