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Pope s Lanka visit will still go ahead
Monday, 24 November 2014 - 1:02 PM SL Time

The Catholic Church of Sri Lanka says the visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka will go ahead as scheduled despite the presidential elections taking place less than a week before his arrival.
Reverend Father Cyril Gamini Fernando, the Media Secretary for the Pope s visit to Sri Lanka, said that the visit would go ahead as scheduled.

Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on 13 January while the presidential election will be held on 8 January.
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Maithripala promises to scrap presidency within 100 days * Ranil to be PM * Many govt. MPs, ministers will join me Nominations on Dec 8 election on Jan. 8, 2015
Saturday, 22 November 2014 - 9:21 AM SL Time

Health Minister and SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena yesterday declared that he would be the common candidate of the Opposition at the next presidential election to be held on January 8 next year.

Addressing the media at the New Town Hall, Colombo Minister Sirisena said that he had sacrificed all positions and privileges for the sake of the country and its people. He was flanked by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Education Services Minister Duminda Dissanayake, Deputy Minister of Buddasasana M. K. A. D. S. Gunawardena, UPFA National List MP Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe. UPFA MP who joined the UNP on Thursday Wasantha Senanayake also joined with Minister Sirisena and Democratic National Alliance MP Arjuna Ranatunga.
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Presidential poll on January 8
Saturday, 22 November 2014 - 9:07 AM SL Time

The Presidential election will be held on January 8, 2015 (Thursday), Election Department sources stated yesterday.

Nominations for the Presidential election will be received until December 8, 2014, the sources added.
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Attack on temple only a rumour Rathana Thera
Friday, 21 November 2014 - 1:27 PM SL Time

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) MP, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera, said there were no attacks on his temple although he is expecting trouble after the JHU`s decision to resign from positions in the government.
During a press conference yesterday at the Buddhist Information and Research Institute (BIRI) Rathana Thera said, there were rumours that the temple would be attacked.

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) MP, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera, said there were no attacks on his temple although he is expecting trouble after the JHU`s decision to resign from positions in the government.
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Elections Chief to set date for poll
Friday, 21 November 2014 - 1:26 PM SL Time

Having received President Mahinda Rajapaka`s proclamation as regards the next presidential election yesterday (Nov 20), Polls Chief Mahinda Deshapriya said that 16 to 21 days would be given for nominations from the date of the publication of the presidential order. In accordance with the Presidential Election Act, Deshapriya will fix the date on which the poll can be held, being a date not less than four weeks and not more than six weeks from the date of nomination.
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Sri Lankan government to hold budget debate on Ranawaka`s Ministry without his presence
Thursday, 20 November 2014 - 10:02 AM SL Time

Sri Lankan parliament will hold the budget debate on the Ministry of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy without the presence of relevant minister after its Minister, Jathika Hela Urumaya parliamentarian, Patali Champika Ranawaka resigned from his ministerial portfolio yesterday.

Chief Opposition Whip of Sri Lanka parliament UNP parliamentarian John Amaratunga today questioned from the government at the parliament how it was going to hold the debate on the budget of the Ministry of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy.
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Mahinda SLFP candidate
Thursday, 20 November 2014 - 9:54 AM SL Time

The SLFP Central Committee, last night, unanimously decided to field President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Party`s candidate at the next Presidential election, Party sources told Ceylon Today last night.
They said SLFP Senior Vice President and Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva proposed the name of Party Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, while it was seconded by Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne.
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Senior ministers treated worse than MPs JVP
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 - 9:49 AM SL Time

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) alleged in Parliament yesterday that senior ministers have become so unimportant that even the Chairpersons of various companies have more power than them.
JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti said the senior ministers had lost their respect and that they were treated worse than some deputy ministers and MPs.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) alleged in Parliament yesterday that senior ministers have become so unimportant that even the Chairpersons of various companies have more power than them.
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JHU gives up ministerial posts but remains in UPFA
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 - 9:47 AM SL Time

Having failed to clinch an agreement with the SLFP on a seven-point plan to address several contentious issues including parliamentary democracy and good governance among other matters ahead of the next presidential election, JHU General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday announced an action plan to pressure the government.
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Accident kills 3 security officers of Uva CM
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 - 8:58 AM SL Time

Three persons including two MSD officers attached to the Uva Province Chief Minister`s security detail were killed and four others injured when their vehicle met with an accident in Buttala this morning,police said.

They said that the backup vehicle carrying the security detail had collided with a parked lorry.
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Govt. will turn U`grads into animals Handunnetti
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 - 8:56 AM SL Time

While government has proposed to make Sri Lanka an education hub by 2020, the move will fall short, the JVP told the House, yesterday. The education sector had already collapsed, Colombo District MP Sunil Handunnetti said.


Falling short of being an advanced centre for education, Sri Lanka will be a place for educating animals, Handunnetti said.
`The Minister of Higher Education himself calls university students, animals. If he treats university students as animals, there is no hope of making Sri Lanka an education hub by 2020,` Handunnetti said. Besides, the Minister of Higher Education, S. B. Dissanayake was using the universities for political purposes. For instance, Handunnetti said, `the minister sees senior staff members in universities as UPFA supporters and uses them as political tools. You (gov.) accused us (JVP) of having a political representative in universities when it is you all who have politicized the university system,` Handunnetti said. Handunnetti pointed out that the banning of the Student Associations within universities was a violation of the human rights of the students.
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Sri Lanka coalition party central committee to meet tomorrow to decide on presidential election
Monday, 17 November 2014 - 10:10 AM SL Time

The central committee of Sri Lanka ruling party`s coalition partner Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) will meet Monday to make a final decision on its support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his third term bid.

JHU Spokesperson Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe told local media that the Central Committee of the party will gather to make its final decision on its support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming Presidential Election.
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Signing of Opp. Parties MoU postponed
Monday, 17 November 2014 - 9:11 AM SL Time

The signing of the MoU, which was to be conducted today between Opposition political parties to come to an agreement on the policies to be adhered to by the Common Opposition Candidate, has been postponed due to the illness of the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, sources said.

Earlier it was decided that the convener of the People s Movement for a Just Society, the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, the convener of Pivithuru Hetak, the Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thera, former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, former chief justice Sarath N. Silva and several Opposition political parties and organisations would sign the MoU.
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Karu J s role compared with that of Fonseka in Jan 2005 Presidential poll 2015
Saturday, 15 November 2014 - 9:03 AM SL Time

North Western Province Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera yesterday asked how one-time UNP Deputy Leader and MP Karu Jayasuriya could provide leadership to a coalition which may include those who had been supportive of the eelam project.

CM Jayasekera alleged that the much touted Opposition vow to restore parliamentary democracy by doing away with JRJ s Constitution within six months after winning the next presidential election was nothing but an attractive slogan to mobilize all anti-Rajapaksa elements under one umbrella.
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