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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,

 

 

A special exposition of the Sacred Relics of the Buddha sent from the Taxila Museum, Gandhara, Pakistan, commenced yesterday at the Vidyodaya Pirivena, Maligakanda. The Government of Pakistan made this gesture following a request by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari in the backdrop of the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi 2600. Here President Rajapaksa takes a closer view of the Sacred Relics yesterday morning in the presence of Viharadhipati of the Vidyodaya Pirivena Ven. Balangoda Sobhitha Thera and Advisor to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Minority Affairs Dr. Paul Bhatti. Pic: Nalin Hewapathirana

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Move to clear heavy backlog:

New Commission to clear 3,000 bribery cases

The newly appointed members of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption are in the process of clearing a staggering 3,000 bribery cases which had piled up during the 13 months of its inaction, Chairman Justice D. J. de S. Balapatabendi told the Sunday Observer.

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UNP MP’s son held over assault on policeman

Kollupitiya police took in for questioning Dinuk Bandara Kiriella, a son of UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella for allegedly assaulting a police officer on duty at the Kollupitiya junction when a policemen intervened to save the driver from being assaulted, Police Media Spokesman SP, Prishantha Jayakody told the Sunday Observer.

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Rs 30.8m tome on Ferrari with 1,500 diamonds:

Lankan buys world’s most expensive book

A Sri Lankan has become the first in the world to buy the world’s most expensive book currently in print - an astounding Rs.30.8 million (US$ 275,000) worth tome on carmaker Ferrari encrusted with 1,500 diamonds. In comparison, a Ferrari 458 Italia car costs only around US$ 225,000.

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Workers’ collective agreement to be signed soon

Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) President and Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Muthu Sivalingam told the Sunday Observer that their fifth round of talks with the Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) on Tuesday made considerable headway towards signing a fresh Collective Agreement over the wage increase for workers and added that they were optimistic of striking a deal at the next round of talks.

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Govt’s policies open to constructive criticism

Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said that the Government always welcomes any constructive criticism of its policies so that it can implement what is best in a very consensual way. The Minister said a proper democracy could function only if the Government responds positively to constructive criticism.

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