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Opp. Leader’s office previously confined to one area: MR

The Opposition Leader’s office was previously used to represent a particular group of people and a region, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.
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Opp. Leader’s office previously confined to one area: MR

The Opposition Leader’s office was previously used to represent a particular group of people and a region, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.

HR activists decry President's praise for Duterte's drugs war

Human rights groups have expressed alarm at President Maithripala Sirisena for praising Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his ‘bloody war’ on drugs as an “example to the whole world”, Reuters said today.
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HR activists decry President's praise for Duterte's drugs war

Human rights groups have expressed alarm at President Maithripala Sirisena for praising Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his ‘bloody war’ on drugs as an “example to the whole world”, Reuters said today.

PM agrees to NPDM reflecting Eastern Prov. as well

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe acceded to a request made by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to change the name of the Northern Province Development Ministry (NPDM) to reflect the Eastern Province as well, Jaffna District TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said ye
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PM agrees to NPDM reflecting Eastern Prov. as well

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe acceded to a request made by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to change the name of the Northern Province Development Ministry (NPDM) to reflect the Eastern Province as well, Jaffna District TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said yesterday.

Italian man hit and killed by train in Mt.Lavinia

A 67-year-old Italian man died after being hit by a Railroad inspection train near a hotel in De Seram Road, Mount Lavinia last evening, Police said.
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Italian man hit and killed by train in Mt.Lavinia

A 67-year-old Italian man died after being hit by a Railroad inspection train near a hotel in De Seram Road, Mount Lavinia last evening, Police said.

First SL women graduate from army school of ceremonial in UK

The first women from Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka Air Force) will graduate from the Army School of Ceremonial in Catterick, in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, this week.
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First SL women graduate from army school of ceremonial in UK

The first women from Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka Air Force) will graduate from the Army School of Ceremonial in Catterick, in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, this week.

Mahinda assumes duties at Opp. Leader’s office

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed duties at the Opposition Leader’s office at No 30, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 07, after a religious ceremony, this morning.
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Mahinda assumes duties at Opp. Leader’s office

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed duties at the Opposition Leader’s office at No 30, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 07, after a religious ceremony, this morning.

Dual citizenship: Gota says US can’t block individual rights

Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said the matter of dual-citizenship was something personal to him and he did not think the US could block individual rights. He said this in response to journalists at the Special High Court premises when they aske
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Dual citizenship: Gota says US can’t block individual rights

Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said the matter of dual-citizenship was something personal to him and he did not think the US could block individual rights. He said this in response to journalists at the Special High Court premises when they asked him about renouncing his dual citizenship and reports that he may not be allowed to do so.

Delay to return leased aircraft: SriLankan incurs US$12mn loss

SriLankan airlines has incurred a loss of US$12.5 million or Rs.1.72 billion between 2006 and 2018 because of its failure to re-deliver 14 leased aircraft to the lessor before the deadline, the PCoI on irregularities at SriLankan, SriLankan catering and Mihi
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Delay to return leased aircraft: SriLankan incurs US$12mn loss

SriLankan airlines has incurred a loss of US$12.5 million or Rs.1.72 billion between 2006 and 2018 because of its failure to re-deliver 14 leased aircraft to the lessor before the deadline, the PCoI on irregularities at SriLankan, SriLankan catering and Mihin Lanka was told yesterday.

Gota case: 18 witnesses banned from travelling abroad

Acceding to a prosecution request in the case filed against former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Special High Court today directed the Court Registrar to notify the 18 prosecution witnesses attached to the Land Reclamation and Development Corporat
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Gota case: 18 witnesses banned from travelling abroad

Acceding to a prosecution request in the case filed against former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Special High Court today directed the Court Registrar to notify the 18 prosecution witnesses attached to the Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (LRDC) not to leave the country without prior permission from the Court.  

Carbon tax is a burden on motorists: Bandula

A future UPFA government would amend the recently introduced carbon tax and implement a single tax for all motor cars, buses, vans, motor cycles and trishaws in a manner that will not be a burden to the tax payers, UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardana said today.
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Carbon tax is a burden on motorists: Bandula

A future UPFA government would amend the recently introduced carbon tax and implement a single tax for all motor cars, buses, vans, motor cycles and trishaws in a manner that will not be a burden to the tax payers, UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardana said today.

Germany arrests LTTE suspect involved in Kadirgamar’s killing

German authorities have arrested an LTTE suspect alleged to have been involved in the 2005 assassination of foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, foreign media reports said.
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Germany arrests LTTE suspect involved in Kadirgamar’s killing

German authorities have arrested an LTTE suspect alleged to have been involved in the 2005 assassination of foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, foreign media reports said.

PHU wants Speaker to recognise TNA as part of govt.

The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) today requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to recognize the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs as government MPs and to allocate seats in parliament accordingly.
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PHU wants Speaker to recognise TNA as part of govt.

The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) today requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to recognize the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs as government MPs and to allocate seats in parliament accordingly.

President inks 3 loan agreements with ADB in Philippines

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena signed three loan agreements with Asian Development Bank (ADB) president Takehiko Nakao on Thursday in the course of his 5-day state visit to the Philippines.
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President inks 3 loan agreements with ADB in Philippines

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena signed three loan agreements with Asian Development Bank (ADB) president Takehiko Nakao on Thursday in the course of his 5-day state visit to the Philippines.

Political crisis in SL threatens justice efforts: HRW

Sri Lanka’s political upheaval undermined stalled processes aimed at providing truth and justice for abuses from the country’s civil war, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2019.
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Political crisis in SL threatens justice efforts: HRW

Sri Lanka’s political upheaval undermined stalled processes aimed at providing truth and justice for abuses from the country’s civil war, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2019.

Change uni curriculum to produce industry-related manpower: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today he would advise Higher Education and Southern Region Development Minister Rauff Hakeem to discuss with China Harbour and China Merchant Companies on changing the university curriculum to produce manpower needed f
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Change uni curriculum to produce industry-related manpower: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today he would advise Higher Education and Southern Region Development Minister Rauff Hakeem to discuss with China Harbour and China Merchant Companies on changing the university curriculum to produce manpower needed for the industries coming up in areas such as Hambantota.

Special high court to hear Gota’s case daily from Jan. 22

The Special High Court today decided to hear the case against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over the alleged misappropriation of public funds for the construction of the D. A. Rajapaksa memorial museum at Weeraketiya continuously from January 2
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Special high court to hear Gota’s case daily from Jan. 22

The Special High Court today decided to hear the case against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over the alleged misappropriation of public funds for the construction of the D. A. Rajapaksa memorial museum at Weeraketiya continuously from January 22.

Duterte drug war 'an example to the whole world': SL Prez

After his government vowed last year to “replicate the success” of the Philippines’ drug war, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena again heaped praises on President Rodrigo Duterte’s top crusade, saying it is an example to the whol
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Duterte drug war 'an example to the whole world': SL Prez

After his government vowed last year to “replicate the success” of the Philippines’ drug war, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena again heaped praises on President Rodrigo Duterte’s top crusade, saying it is an example to the whole world.

Govt. urged not to present new Constitution without Maha Sangha’s blessings

Buddha Sasana Karya Sadaka Mandalaya urged the Government not to present in Parliament a Constitution without the blessings of the Maha Sangha and to appoint a Constitutional Making Committee comprising of Maha Sanga, if a new Constitution was required.
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Govt. urged not to present new Constitution without Maha Sangha’s blessings

Buddha Sasana Karya Sadaka Mandalaya urged the Government not to present in Parliament a Constitution without the blessings of the Maha Sangha and to appoint a Constitutional Making Committee comprising of Maha Sanga, if a new Constitution was required.

Many are ministers today because of late Sobhitha Thera: Sajith

Many have forgotten that they managed to receive ministerial portfolios because of the late Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa said.
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Many are ministers today because of late Sobhitha Thera: Sajith

Many have forgotten that they managed to receive ministerial portfolios because of the late Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa said.

Probe into attack in Angunakolapelessa ‘Super Prison’

A three-member committee was appointed today to launch a special inquiry into the alleged attack on Angunakolapelessa Prison inmates on November 22 last year, the Prison Reforms and Justice Ministry said.
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Probe into attack in Angunakolapelessa ‘Super Prison’

A three-member committee was appointed today to launch a special inquiry into the alleged attack on Angunakolapelessa Prison inmates on November 22 last year, the Prison Reforms and Justice Ministry said.

Spread of ‘fall armyworm’; Not an act of sabotage: Harrison

Agriculture Minister P. Harrison said today the spreading of ‘fall armyworm’ (Sena Dalambuwa) among food crops was not an act of sabotage.
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Spread of ‘fall armyworm’; Not an act of sabotage: Harrison

Agriculture Minister P. Harrison said today the spreading of ‘fall armyworm’ (Sena Dalambuwa) among food crops was not an act of sabotage.

Philippines, SL sign five deals including military exchange

President Maithripala Sirisena today held bilateral talks with the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacañang Palace in Manila.
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Philippines, SL sign five deals including military exchange

President Maithripala Sirisena today held bilateral talks with the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacañang Palace in Manila.

TNA pact aimed at regaining political clout: Yapa

The Tamil National Alliance’s pact with the government is an attempt to regain its lost political authority in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said today.
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TNA pact aimed at regaining political clout: Yapa

The Tamil National Alliance’s pact with the government is an attempt to regain its lost political authority in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said today.

Bank of China offers Sri Lanka US$300m loan

Sri Lanka is considering an offer from Bank of China for a loan of US$300 million, which could be raised to US$1 billion, to help it meet repayments during coming months, two sources in Colombo with knowledge of the offer told Reuters on Tuesday.
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Bank of China offers Sri Lanka US$300m loan

Sri Lanka is considering an offer from Bank of China for a loan of US$300 million, which could be raised to US$1 billion, to help it meet repayments during coming months, two sources in Colombo with knowledge of the offer told Reuters on Tuesday.

IMF team to visit SL in Feb

While claiming that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) remains ready to support Sri Lanka, its Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that an IMF team is scheduled to visit Colombo in mid-February to resume program discussions.
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IMF team to visit SL in Feb

While claiming that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) remains ready to support Sri Lanka, its Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that an IMF team is scheduled to visit Colombo in mid-February to resume program discussions.

SI and two PCs injured in assault

Three police officers including a Sub Inspector (SI) were injured when a group of sand miners assaulted them and tried to run them over with a tractor at Keppely in Jaffna.  
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SI and two PCs injured in assault

Three police officers including a Sub Inspector (SI) were injured when a group of sand miners assaulted them and tried to run them over with a tractor at Keppely in Jaffna.  

Chief booze distributor of Ella’s unlicensed tourist pubs netted

The main man behind the entire distribution network of beer and soft alcoholic beverages to over 100 unlicensed pubs, restaurants and hotels of the country’s ‘most happening’ tourist destination, Ella was identified when the Colombo Excise f
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Chief booze distributor of Ella’s unlicensed tourist pubs netted

The main man behind the entire distribution network of beer and soft alcoholic beverages to over 100 unlicensed pubs, restaurants and hotels of the country’s ‘most happening’ tourist destination, Ella was identified when the Colombo Excise flying squad seized a lorry full of booze over the weekend.

Possibility of holding PC polls under old system: Ajith Perera

Non-cabinet Minister Ajith P. Perera yesterday said he would speak to Home Affairs, Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Vajira Abeywardana to see the possibility of presenting a motion in Parliament to hold PC polls under the old system as soon
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Possibility of holding PC polls under old system: Ajith Perera

Non-cabinet Minister Ajith P. Perera yesterday said he would speak to Home Affairs, Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Vajira Abeywardana to see the possibility of presenting a motion in Parliament to hold PC polls under the old system as soon as possible.

Any alliance must be led by the SLFP: Party organizers

A group of SLFP organizers said yesterday that they would only support an alliance headed by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and its leadership.
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Any alliance must be led by the SLFP: Party organizers

A group of SLFP organizers said yesterday that they would only support an alliance headed by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and its leadership.

Some UPFA ministers yet to hand over official residences

Some of the UPFA Ministers who left the government last year is yet to hand over their official residences, government sources said yesterday.
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Some UPFA ministers yet to hand over official residences

Some of the UPFA Ministers who left the government last year is yet to hand over their official residences, government sources said yesterday.