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Won t allow Jan. 8 silent revolution to be reversed: Maithri
Sunday, 5 July 2015 - 10:44 AM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena today said he will not allow the silent revolution carried out on January 8, to be revoked. He had made these remarks at the event held to lay the foundation stone for the Matara- Hambantota stretch of the Southern expressway. `I did not enter politics randomly or abruptly my experiences in politics spans close to 49 years. . . I will not let any party decision tarnish or harm the transformations that occurred in this country after January 8 I will protect it, he has said. Speaking further the President had noted that he would ensure that justice prevails in the country and that family rule and corruption is cast out and that good governance is preserved. Full Story     Post Reply To This


UNP to consult Dangerous Drugs Control Board before nominations
Saturday, 4 July 2015 - 10:32 AM SL Time

The United National party (UNP) said today it would request for a detail report from the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB) about those who involved in drugs, ethanol or any other illegal business before finalizing nominations. Buddha Sasana, Public Administration, Democratic Governance Minister Karu Jayasuriya said steps would be taken to cancel nominations of candidates if their allegations were proved even after giving nominations to them. Minister Jayasuriya was appointed to lead the election campaign of the UNP. Full Story     Post Reply To This


UPFA stifled efforts to raise TB limit - Mahendran
Saturday, 4 July 2015 - 10:15 AM SL Time

Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran said yesterday that the February issue of 30-year bonds amounting to Rs. 10 billion at 11.73 percent was a direct result of the irresponsible behaviour on the part of a section of the UPFA resulting in bids at lower rates drying up.

Addressing a news conference in Colombo, the Governor said that the UPFA by defeating a Bill presented by the Finance Ministry to raise the limit on the issuance of Treasury Bills had given the wrong signal to the market, resulting in it becoming aware that the government needed funds urgently to meet the increase in salaries to the public sector and also repayments on loans drawn by the previous government at very high commercial rates.
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Mahinda to contest on UPFA ticket
Saturday, 4 July 2015 - 10:14 AM SL Time

The UPFA yesterday announced that it had decided to field former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming general election. Addressing a packed media audience at Abhayaramaya yesterday, former minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that the district where the former President Rajapaksa would enter the fray would be announced shortly.

Gunawardena said that UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha had issued a statement yesterday afternoon that the party had decided to nominate Rajapaksa to contest the upcoming polls.
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MS to take final decision on MR today
Friday, 3 July 2015 - 9:47 AM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena had reportedly told a UPFA party leaders meeting yesterday that he was not in favour of making former president Mahinda Rajapaksa the prime ministerial candidate or the group leader of the UPFA at the forthcoming general elections. However he had informed the UPFA party leaders that he would inform them whether former president Rajapaksa would be given nomination from the UPFA by 10.00 am today. At the meeting, party leaders such as Dinesh Gunawardane, Vasudeva Nanayakkara,and Prof. Tissa Vitharana had insisted that Mr. Rajapaksa be nominated. However, there were others who were opposed to it. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) seniors had expressed views for and against it. But the president remained non-committal, it is learnt. Instead, the president had said he could not give a ruling on the matter at that time. He had said he would make an announcement by 10.00 am today after consulting his party. There seems to be a division within the group of SLFP MPs who took ministerial posts in the government of President Sirisena.
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We ve incriminating info about 25 MPs of last parliament
Friday, 3 July 2015 - 9:44 AM SL Time

The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board yesterday urged all political parties contesting the Aug. 17 general election to clear all nominations lists with it before being submitted to the Election Secretariat.

The 10-day nomination period commences on July 6.

The NDDCB head Dr. Chamira Nilanga Samarasingha yesterday told The Island that letters had been delivered to general secretaries of all registered political parties seeking their co-operation.

The official said that once political parties had shared proposed nomination lists with the NDDCB, they would be able to brief them as regards those whose names had transpired in investigations into narcotics trade.
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Bartleet Finance and Orient Finance to be merged
Friday, 3 July 2015 - 9:42 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka s Bartleet Finance Plc, and Orent Finance had been given approval by shareholders, to merge both companies, Orient Finance said in a stock exchange listing.

`Existing shareholders would get a payment of 14.97 rupees per share for every one ordinary share of Orient finance or 01 ordinary voting share in Bartleet finance for every 9.075 share held in Orient Finance, the company said.

However the company informs that the shares of Bartleet Finance will be listed upon receiving approval from Central Bank of Sri Lanka and subject to in principal approval from the Colombo Stock Exchange.
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We will go it alone unless threat from MR arises: SF
Thursday, 2 July 2015 - 10:43 AM SL Time

While claiming they would contest alone at the upcoming General Election, Democratic Party Leader, Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka said they would only join a common political front if there was a real threat of ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa returning to power. If a threat arises where Mahinda Rajapaksa and his associates could return to power, we will join an alliance that would defeat it. That is the only scenario that would compel us to change our stance, he said at an event held yesterday to appoint new organisers of the party. Commenting on requests from others parties to join other alliances, he said he had received an invitation from a committee of the President and the United National Party (UNP) had informed them that its Chairman, Malik Samarawickrema, would visit him within the next two days. However, we are certain of our stance and we will inform them about our decision. We hope we will be able to secure at least 1 million votes and send about 20 members to Parliament from the party, he said. Full Story     Post Reply To This


BBS to contest election as BJP under Cobra symbol?
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 8:32 AM SL Time

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) would contest the upcoming general elections under the name Bodu Jana Peramuna (BJP), BJP Leader and BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera said today. He said the BBS would remain as it is but for upcoming elections it would affiliate itself with the Eksath Maha Sabha Pakshaya (EMSP) which is a registered political party. The EMSP would in future be called the Bodu Jana Peramuna or the BJP with a new symbol and new officials. The Thera told the Daily Mirror that new officials have been appointed to the BJP and was waiting the Elections Commissioner s approval for its Cobra symbol. We have requested the Elections Commissioner to reserve the Cobra symbol for our newly formed party and looking forward to his approval, he said. He said the Elections Commissioner had earlier refused to register any new political party in keeping with election regulations and that was why they had affiliate with the EMSP. Full Story     Post Reply To This


No plans to come back into power: CBK
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 8:31 AM SL Time

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga today said she had no intentions to come back into power or grab power.

Addressing journalists during a visit to Kandy, where the former President took part in religious ceremonies to mark her 70th birthday and to pay her respects to the Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters, she said was not greedy to grab power or come back into power like others.

Those who are making every effort to come into power are those who have `robbed ` the country and are trying to come into power so that they could cover up those illegal acts, she told the media.
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I have a Presidential mania: Somawansa
Monday, 29 June 2015 - 11:16 AM SL Time

I have a Presidential mania and not a mania for Parliamentary membership, the former leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Somawansa Amarasinghe said. I have a Presidential mania, but it is aimed at the abolition of executive presidency as stressed by our leader comrade Rohana Wijeweera Amarasinghe stated while addressing the first convention of his newly formed party, Janatha Sevaka Paksaya (JSP). Addressing the gathering at the Colombo New Town Hall on Saturday he posed the question as to what is wrong in supporting President Maithripala Sirisena who had forgone powers of Executive Presidency. Amarasinghe said that the JVP founded by Rohana Wijeweera only with five members in order to fight for social justice and democracy had lost its identity now creating a huge void in the political arena and that he formed the new party to fill the gap. Referring to the alleged Temple Trees coup on the Election Day night, he said he had to launch a fast demanding an investigation into the allegation as the JVP did not intervene to expose the conspirators. He accused that the JVP leaders did not talk about the incident. I am not a youngster now, but I can teach politics to the lads he claimed. JVP leaders have told that I have gone mad. I challenge them to tell it in public, so that I would be able to take legal action against them and use the damages they would pay for the building of my new party Somawansa retorted. Full Story     Post Reply To This


Ranil challenges MR to defeat him
Monday, 29 June 2015 - 11:14 AM SL Time

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe challenged former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to defeat him if possible after securing the prime ministerial candidature.

Unless he can take up this challenge, Mr. Rajapaksa and his henchmen should stay confined to their houses and not contest, he said.

He made this observation at a meeting in Dambulla.

I do not know whether he will accept the challenge or run away from it, he said.
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Bond scam: UNP rejects COPE report as biased
Monday, 29 June 2015 - 11:10 AM SL Time

Alleging that Chairman of Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) D. E. W. Gunasekera, had unfairly used unsubstantiated information available to a Special Parliamentary Investigation Committee that probed alleged insider trading and favouritism in a recent mega treasury bond issue to undermine the UNP, Deputy Justice Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe insisted the report couldn t be presented in Parliament for want of a unanimous agreement.

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Basil attends Parliament
Saturday, 27 June 2015 - 10:08 AM SL Time

United People`s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Basil Rajapaksa who was in remand custody for two months attended parliament today for the first time after the new government was formed in January. Mr. Rajapaksa walked into the chamber amid loud applause by opposition members. He occupied a seat on the third row in the opposition benches. He had earlier obtained leave of absence from parliament. Full Story     Post Reply To This


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