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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 sterling achievement: Lance Corporal Pradeep Sanjaya of the Sri Lanka Army who brought honour to Sri Lanka by winning the bronze medal in the 400 m T46 event at the London Paralympics met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday. The President presented him a cash reward of Rs.4.5 million. Here the President holds Sanjaya’s new born baby while Sanjaya, his mother, wife and Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage look on. Army Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya was also present. Pic. Sudath Silva

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Scanners find high concentration of Cobalt 60 :

Container of radioactive goods seized at Colombo Port

Sri Lanka Customs has detained a container load of highly radioactive stainless steel and aluminium household articles imported from India. Tests conducted by the Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka have determined that the goods (125 items) unloaded at the Colombo Port on Thursday contained high concentrations of Cobalt 60, a radioactive substance usually used to treat cancer.

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Fleet of ships deployed:

Navy steps up patrolling in coastal areas

The Sri Lanka Navy has deployed its fleet of ships and its resources to patrol all 'vulnerable' coastal areas that could be used by illegal immigrants as the illegal immigrants bound for Australia were reported from many coastal areas in the country during the past few weeks, Navy Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya told the Sunday Observer.

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Caught hiding in luxury apartment with mistress:

Wanted drug kingpin in police net

The second most wanted drug dealer who had been evading arrest for several years was apprehended on Friday night by a team of policemen led by the OIC, Inspector Duminda Balasuriya of the Walana Vice Squad at Panadura, On the direction of SSP, Walana Vice Squad, Palitha Fernando, the Vice Squad surrounded his house on Friday evening, police sources told the Sunday Observer.

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Envoys free to witness country’s development

The Government maintains cordial relations with the US and other Western countries and welcomes visits of any of their envoys or representatives as observers of the development under way, but would not heed to pressure from any of them on what and how soon the Government should act on any of those issues, Media Minister and Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told the Sunday Observer.

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Niroshan crowned

Niroshan Dickwella of Trinity College was crowned Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year at the 34th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer mega awards ceremony at the Galadari Hotel Brand Ballroom last week. He received his glittering trophy from former Sri Lanka captain and current batting coach of the Sri Lanka national team Marvan Atapattu.

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