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Sri Lankan government to consult Supreme Court regarding presidential election
Monday, 1 September 2014 - 10:01 AM SL Time

The Sri Lankan government has decided to consult the Supreme Court to get an interpretation on the 18th Amendment to the Constitution on the holding of a Presidential election.

The government will seek an interpretation on the holding of a presidential election during the second term of office of an incumbent President, government sources said.
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Namal and Harin SECRET TALKS
Saturday, 30 August 2014 - 10:32 AM SL Time

In a dramatic turn of events, in the political scene in Uva, where Provincial Elections are scheduled for 20 September, the UNP`s Chief Ministerial candidate, Harin Fernando has had a secret meeting with UPFA Hambantota District MP, Namal Rajapaksa, last Thursday (28) at the residence of UPFA parliamentarian, Chamika Buddhadasa, well informed sources revealed yesterday.

The meeting had lasted over 45 minutes, the sources said adding the details of the talks were not known. The duo had met at 2.30 p.m. on Thursday.
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Dayasiri discharged but told to rest
Friday, 29 August 2014 - 9:59 AM SL Time

North Western Province Chief Minister, Dayasiri Jayasekara has been advised by doctors to take a break from the hectic election campaign after he fell sick while campaigning in Badulla Wednesday (27) night.

Jayasekara, who was engaged in election campaign work, in Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva`s electorate, continuously for three days, was rushed to the Badulla General Hospital with breathing difficulties and giddiness, hospital sources said.
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Provisions for voters with disability to cast vote
Friday, 29 August 2014 - 9:54 AM SL Time

Provisions exist in Section 38 (2) of the Principal Act by Elections (Special Provisions) Act No 28 of 2011 for a person who is totally or partially visually handicapped or physically disabled to be accompanied by another person to assist in marking of the ballot paper, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya stated in a media release yesterday.

The release added: ` The person who accompanies the disabled person should be more than 18 years and not a contesting candidate at the election. Similarly, he should not be an authorised agent or a polling agent of a political party at the election. In addition he should not be a person subject to any disability.
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UPFA set for landslide in Uva
Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 10:05 AM SL Time

The UPFA will record a landslide victory at the forthcoming Uva Provincial Council Election, UPFA General Secretary Minister Susil Premajayantha said.

Meeting the press at the SLFP headquarters in Colombo, the minister said the people are ready to vote for the Government to take the development program forward.

Minister Premajayantha said the people of the Uva are experiencing the fruits of development that has taken place in the entire province . All sectors including health, education, infrastructure, agriculture, transportation, electricity etc have achieved tremendous progress.
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BBS ties up with Hindu Federation for reconciliation
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 9:47 AM SL Time

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today charged that the Government and the National Languages and Social Integration Ministry had failed in the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka and as such would work with the All Ceylon Hindu Federation (ACHF) to complete this task.

BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera expressed these views at a joint news conference with the All Ceylon Hindu Federation (ACHF) in Colombo.
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Political UPFA victory unstoppable - Wimal
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 9:46 AM SL Time

A close study of previous elections prove that the government`s futuristic vision wins the hearts of masses, said Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa.

The minister said so addressing the UPFA rally at Dambagalla, Moneragala on Monday.

He said the Uva Provincial Council election is the final PC election and the victory of the UPFA is unstoppable.
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Sri Lanka main opposition party to decide on deputy leader soon
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 9:44 AM SL Time

The Working Committee of Sri Lanka`s main opposition United National Party (UNP) will meet soon to make a decision on the partys Deputy Leader position, UNP media spokesman Gayantha Karunatilaka told a media conference on Monday.

He said a date has not been decided for the Working Committee to meet yet since the members are busy with the election campaign in the Uva Province.

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Sri Lanka Marxist party election offices in Uva Province destroyed allegedly by government supporters
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 9:39 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna alleged today that supporters of the ruling party had destroyed 14 election offices of the party in the Uva Province and displayed the posters of the ruling party Chief Ministerial candidate Sashendra Rajapaksa.

A communiqu issued by the JVP said during the past 48 hours a band of thugs of the ruling United People`s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has set fire to 14 legally put up election offices of the JVP candidates for the Uva PC election and pasted posters of the UPFA candidate Sashendra Rajapaksa.
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SF has extremely short memory Election Secretariat responds to DP Leader s allegations:
Monday, 25 August 2014 - 10:31 AM SL Time

The Election Secretariat yesterday said that former Army Commander Gen. Sarath Fonseka had conveniently forgotten the circumstances under which Polls Chief Mahinda Deshapriya recognised his Democratic Party (DP) in early April 2013.

A senior Election Secretariat spokesman said that either the DP Leader had an extremely short memory or was playing politics at the expense of Deshapriya. The official was responding to Gen. Fonseka s allegation that the Polls Chief had failed to create a level playing field in the run-up to the Uva Provincial Council election.
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Sri Lanka`s main opposition party to appoint Sajith Premadasa to Deputy Leader post after Uva PC election
Monday, 25 August 2014 - 10:30 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) is considering to appoint the Hambantota district parliamentarian and former deputy leader Sajith Premadasa to the deputy leader post once again after the upcoming Uva Provincial Council election.

According to the party sources, Premadasa`s appointment was to be done at the upcoming working committee meeting of the UNP as the Party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe hoped to make the appointment before the Uva Provincial Council election that will be held on September 20.
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Ranil asks whether EPF has no money to grant its members 30 per cent of their savings
Saturday, 23 August 2014 - 10:29 AM SL Time

UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday demanded to know from the government in Parliament why it delayed the proposed plan to enable the members of the Employees Provident Fund to receive 30 percent of their savings.

Making a special statement Wickremesinghe said that a problem had arisen today affecting some 1.5 million members of the Employees Provident Fund.
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Third International Conference on Community Water Services begins in Sri Lanka`s hill capital
Saturday, 23 August 2014 - 10:08 AM SL Time

The Third International Conference on Community Water Services 2014 began today at Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy, Pallekele, Kundasale in Kandy District.

The conference titled `Water for Community Development and Prosperity` will be held from 22nd - 24th August 2014.

The conference will run over two days and field visit on following day will feature presentations by authors of all accepted papers, as well as keynote lectures.

It is organized by the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage together with National Community Water Trust (NCWT), National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWSDB) and Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF).
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Govt. accuses JVP of violating polls law
Friday, 22 August 2014 - 11:16 AM SL Time

The JVP was accusing the ruling UPFA of violating election laws on a massive scale but the accusers themselves were breaking the laws through their publicity campaign and using public property in the run up to the Uva Provincial Council election, the government claimed yesterday.

Addressing the weekly media briefing at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) headquarters in Colombo, UPFA General Secretary, Minister Susil Premajayantha said that the JVP also criticised the government s development drive as a waste of public money, but it used them for their publicity campaign.
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