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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,

 

 

Latest human rights violation spotlighted:  The latest human rights violation by the US forces was spotlighted last week when American soldiers opened fire at civilians in Afghanistan killing 16 civilians including nine children in southern Kandahar Province. Eyewitness reports said the US soldiers, who appeared to be drunk, had gone on the rampage, reminding us of the thousands of Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese who were brutally massacred by LTTE terrorists. Unfortunately, the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) sessions now on in Geneva may not discuss anything on these grave human rights violations.
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‘Nobody to prove photographic evidence’:

Channel 4 recycling old footage as new evidence

One of the world’s leading experts on digital video systems and former head of CISCO’s Global Broadcast and Digital Video Practice division Siri Hewavitharana commenting on the latest video by Channel 4 (CH4) said CH4 was recycling old footage as new evidence with a compliant forensic pathologist called Prof Derrick Pounder to evaluate photographic evidence, but with nobody to prove.

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Probe on theft at museum

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been called in to investigate the theft of priceless treasures and artifacts from the Colombo National Museum on Friday night by burglars who broke into the building, Police Media Spokesman Ajith Rohana told the Sunday Observer . When the theft was discovered by employees of the museum on the following day,

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Independent report sent to all embassies and DPL missions:

Channel 4’s video footage debunked

The Government has already sent the independent report and the video footage produced by the Defence Ministry to counter the bogus claims by the first “concocted Channel-4 documentary” to all embassies and diplomatic missions in Geneva to debunk the brazen falsehood of the second Channel-4 documentary telecast on Wednesday, Acting Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

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More international bids for offshore drilling

Several offshore oil blocks in the North and Northwest coast will be given to international oil companies for exploration, Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat (PRD’s) Director General Saliya Wickramasuriya said. He said that the Government will conduct an international licensing auction in several oil exploration blocks.

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Facelift for Galle Road with WB funds

The remaining section of Galle Road within the Colombo city limits and Duplication Road will be brought on par with the Galle Road in Kollupitiya at a cost of Rs. 2.5 billion as part of the World Bank funded project to improve infrastructure within the greater Colombo area, Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil told the Sunday Observer.

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