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Defeated candidates demand recount

[August 23 2015]

Several candidates defeated at the August 17 polls have urged the Department of Elections to conduct urgent recounts of the preferential votes they polled, top sources from the Department said.

 

New US Ambassador presents credentials

[August 23 2015]

Atul Keshap, the new US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, presented his credentials on Friday (21) to President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo. Ambassador Keshap is a career diplomat with the US Department of State, and has spent much of his career focusing on South Asia, including Sri Lanka.

 

Eighth Parliament to convene on Sept 1

[August 23 2015]

The Eighth Parliament of Sri Lanka will convene on September 1 under the new national government formed by the UNP- led United National Front (UNF) for Good Governance and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

 

6100 candidates vie for 196 seats

[August 16 2015]

Over 6100 candidates from a record 35 political parties and 200 independent groups are vying for 196 parliamentary seats at Monday’s General Elections. Polling will conducted in 12,314 polling centres island-wide, including in the seven islets in the Northern Province, from 7.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

 

Over 80 bhikkhus in the fray

[August 16 2015]

Over 150 bhikkhus are contesting the Parliamentary elections tomorrow. A large number of Bhikkhus are contesting and campaigning for good governance with civil society organisations.

 

Facilities for 10,000 IDP voters in Puttalam

[August 16 2015]

Ballot papers of nearly 10,000 displaced persons in the Puttalam District have been delivered and they have been assigned polling booths close to their residences to exercise their franchise at tomorrow’s Parliamentary Elections, Assistant Commissioner of Elections (ACE) for the Vanni Electoral District A.O.M.Nafeel told the Sunday Observer.

 

Atul Keshap sworn in as US envoy to Sri Lanka

[August 16 2015]

Indian-American Atul Keshap has been sworn in as the US ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives."American people want to partner with the people of Sri Lanka as they forge a diverse, prosperous, unified, reconciled and democratic nation,"

 

Info Desk to help new MPS

[August 16 2015]

An information desk to facilitate arrangements for the first meeting of the first session of the new Parliament is being set up at the Parliamentary Complex for the convenience of the new MPS. It will be open from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., from August 23 to August 25.

 

Bonanza for Govt. pensioners

[August 09 2015]

Pension anomalies of public servants will be rectified with this month’s pension and pensioners will receive an additional payment ranging from Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 10,000 with their August pension tomorrow (10).

 

FMM urges impartial and swift probe into disappearance of Eknaligoda

[August 09 2015]

The Free Media Movement (FMM) has called upon the Criminal Investigation Department to continue the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Pregeeth Eknaligoda following information obtained from the suspects and not to cow down to political pressure.

 

Lakshman Kadirgamar remembered

[August 09 2015]

The tenth death anniversary of the late Lakshman Kadirgamar PC and Member of Parliament will be held at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) on August 12 at 5 30 pm.

 

340 long-term observers in each DS Division - PAFFREL

[July 26 2015]

People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) hopes to deploy around 15,000 election monitors to observe the elections and has appointed its 340 long-term observers in each Divisional Secretariat Division, Executive Director,

 

 

“The war against terrorism is now over and we have to focus more towards developing the country,” thus President Mahinda Rajapaksa emphasized the importance of putting development activities on the ‘Fast track’ when he reopened the tea factory at Handugalla in Wallasmulla yesterday, which was set on fire during 88-89 Insurgency by the JVP. The factory was re-constructed at a cost of Rs. 45 million. Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa and D. M. Jayaratne were also present. Pic: Indrajith Perera.

Three decades ago even the lorries from the Southern part of Sri Lanka lined up on the streets of Kankesanthurai, the coastal city at the Northern tip of the island to load the bags of cement produced by the Kankesanthurai cement factory. The Tigers in the North destroyed this industrial marvel. The damage done to the KKS cement factory had also struck a blow to over two-thousand Jaffna men who depended on the factory for their living. Steps have also been taken to rebuild the factory along with the reconstruction activities to rebuild Jaffna. Pic: Chaminda Hittatiya

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Several political parties in the fray:

‘Election fever’ in Jaffna

Jaffna is caught up with election fever after many years with political parties holding several public rallies. For more than a decade Jaffna based political parties were unable to engage in any form of election-related activities due to LTTE threats in Jaffna.

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Indian External Affairs Minister assured:

IDPs will be resettled soon

Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa MP who led the three-member high level delegation to New Delhi this week assured Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna that the Sri Lankan Government had no intention whatsoever of keeping Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in welfare villages.

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Over 100,000 targeted:

Boost for foreign tourists in NE next year

The Tourism Ministry will launch hotel construction projects at selected locations in the Northern and Eastern Provinces to attract over 100,000 foreign tourists during 2010. Deputy Tourism Minister Faizer Mustapha told the Sunday Observer that the ending of the 30-year war and the emergence of peace in the North and the East has encouraged the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Board and private sector hoteliers to recommence their business activities in the region.

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UNP’s standpoint on 13th Amendment

The main opposition UNP said it would extend its fullest support to implement the 13th Amendment, if the proposals of the Amendment could bring fruitful results to achieve a lasting solution to the present crisis.

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