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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,

 

 

Independence Sqare at Torrington in Colombo 7 - the landmark of the country’s Independence.

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Husband and wife taken in for questioning:

Police bust large scale foreign liquor racket

A large scale foreign liquor racket was busted following the arrest of a husband and wife last week who allegedly sold well-known brands of imported foreign liquor without a permit by using a mobile luxury van with dark tinted windows, Police Media Spokesman SSP Prishantha Jayakody told the Sunday Observer.

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65th Independence Day celebrations on grand scale in Trincomalee

Sri Lanka’s 65th Independence Day celebrations will be held in Tincomalee on a grand scale tomorrow under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. A series of mega development projects have already been completed in the Eastern Province to coincide with the Independence Day celebrations. This is the second time that the country’s main Independence Day celebrations are being held in Trincomalee after a lapse of 60 years.

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At UN Human Rights Council sessions:

Sri Lanka will stand its ground

Sri Lanka will stand its ground if there is a move for a procedural resolution by the US and its allies at the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva next month. External Affairs Ministry Secretary K. Amunugama said, “Our position is that if the USA or any other country puts forward a resolution against Sri Lanka, we will stand our ground,” in response to a query by the Sunday Observer if Sri Lanka was ready to face a negative resolution at the UNHRC in March.

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More investments to cushion impact on economy:

Two months’ natural disasters cost over Rs 100 billion

The impact on the national economy from natural disasters within the past two months may exceed Rs.100 billion as the damage to the national road network alone has been estimated at Rs.17 billion, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told the Sunday Observer. He said the Government will invest more on disaster mitigation projects to cushion the impact on the national economy.

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