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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,

 

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at Temple Trees, Colombo yesterday. Pic: President’s Media Unit

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Extreme political elements in North can spell disaster

Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody said if any extreme political elements in the North attempt to realise their political dreams under the pretext of the Provincial Council system, the whole country will suffer again. Those elected should have a proper understanding about their responsibilities. If they try to use the mandate given to them by the people to destabilise the country,

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New regulations soon to prevent Indian fishermen encroaching

Special regulations will be introduced to prevent Indian fishing vessels encroaching into Sri Lankan waters, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said. He said that the fishing vessels will be detained after releasing the Indian fishermen. The advice of the Attorney General will also be sought in this regard,

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Prof. Vitharana takes TNA to task

Leftist leader and Senior Minister of Scientific Affairs Prof. Tissa Vitharana vehemently criticised the TNA’s confrontational role which is detrimental to the interests of the Tamils. As leader of the LSSP which had always stood for the genuine cause of the Tamils, the TNA has failed in its duty by the Tamils in not helping the Government to find a solution,

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Livelihood project loans for ex-combatants

Nearly 4,700 applications from rehabilitated ex-combatants are now being processed to provide loans to them to start livelihood projects. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has allocated Rs. 525 million to assist the rehabilitated cadres and those affected by terrorism, Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Major General Jagath Wijetilleke told the Sunday Observer.

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Woman shows up alive after her funeral

 A Philadelphia woman turned up alive nearly two weeks after her family held a funeral and burial for her. The woman, 50-year-old Sharolyn Jackson, showed up at a mental health centre last week. A body found on July 20 on a Philadelphia street had been identified as Ms Jackson.

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Woman settles $ 4,470 parking ticket bill

A Chicago woman who racked up more than $105,000 in parking ticket fines has reached a settlement with the city, officials said. Jennifer Fitzgerald’s lawsuit against the city alleged her ex-boyfriend registered the offending vehicle in her name without permission before abandoning it at an O’Hare International Airport parking lot,

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