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SLFP CC empowers Maithri to appoint ministers
Sunday, 30 August 2015 - 11:44 AM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena further consolidated his position in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) when the party s Central Committee entrusted him the power to decide on the nomination of members to the posts of Opposition Leader, Deputy Speaker and Chief Opposition Whip. The SLFP Central Committee met at his residence yesterday to discuss the way forward for the party and to endorse the party s decision to take up positions in the proposed National Unity Government. According to party sources, the President was also given the authority to decide on the nomination of MPs elect for ministerial posts in the government. The party discussed in detail its decision to be part of the national government for two years. Already, the SLFP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United National Party (UNP) to form the National Unity Government, primarily to boost the economic growth, to introduce a new Constitution and to evolve a new electoral system. The UNP will take up 33 Cabinet posts and the SLFP 12 posts in the government. SLFP members will hold portfolios such as agriculture, transportation, higher education , irrigation and Samurdhi Development. Alongside, the party appointed a committee to assess the situation and to make recommendations for reforming it politically. It comprises SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake, MPs Mahinda Amaraweera, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and former MP Jagath Pushpakumara. Meanwhile, the SLFP will hold its 64th Anniversary in Polonnaruwa on September 2 coinciding with the President s birthday
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Sri Lanka expedites Volkswagen assembly plant in Kuliyapitiya
Saturday, 29 August 2015 - 3:43 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka will expedite the setting up of a Volkswagen automobile assembly plant in Kuliyapitya considering it as high priority under the new government, officials said. Although it has been planned to commence operations within a time span of two years following the signing of the agreement recently between the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and M/s Senok Automobile (Pvt) Ltd and Volkswagen AG, the local company plans to launch the project as early as possible with the assistance of the authorities, Gerard Fernando, Senok Managing Director told the Business Times.
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30 ministers from UNP, 15 from SLFP
Thursday, 27 August 2015 - 12:38 PM SL Time

Breaking what seemed to be a `deadlock` in the national government formation, UNP Chairman and MP elect Malik Samarawickrema said yesterday that an agreement was reached with the SLFP over its mechanism after extensive discussions.

According to the agreement, the new Cabinet of the national government will be sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena on September 02 after Parliament approves the exact number of members to be in the Cabinet.
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U.S. officials discuss national reconciliation with Sri Lankan leaders
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 - 2:07 AM SL Time

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, accompanied by the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat Tuesday. During her meeting with the President Biswal appreciated his initiatives towards democracy, peace and reconciliation in the island nation. `The government`s initiatives towards democracy, peace and reconciliation are highly satisfactory to the international community,` she said.
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Sri Lankan President offers UK High Commissioner post to Sangakkara
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 - 1:50 AM SL Time

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today offered the post of Sri Lanka`s High Commissioner in the United Kingdom to retiring cricketing legend Kumar Sangakkara.

The President, accompanied by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe made the offer speaking at the farewell ceremony held for Sangakkara at the end of the second test match against India P. Sarawanamuththu Oval in Colombo today
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Eighth Parliament to convene on Sept 1
Sunday, 23 August 2015 - 11:32 AM SL Time

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).

The main business of the new Parliament during its inaugural session will be to appoint a Speaker, Deputy Speaker and the Deputy Chairman of Committees for the House. The presidential proclamation convening the inaugural session of the Parliament has already been been issued by President Maithripala Sirisena, top parliamentary sources said yesterday.
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Sobitha Thera slams appointment of defeated candidates to national list
Saturday, 22 August 2015 - 11:17 PM SL Time

While stating that it was wrong to appoint defeated candidates to the national list, leader of the National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera said yesterday the only solution to prevent such moves was to enact a new constitution. Ven. Sobitha Thera said the current constitution allowed for defeated candidates to enter parliament through the national list, and added that such loopholes should be amended and a new constitution introduced. It is wrong to appoint defeated candidates to the national list. Our constitution is full of shortcomings. We need a new constitution without shortcomings like the preferential voting system, he said. The Thera said the UNP had taken a policy decision not to appoint defeated candidates to the national list. The JVP and UPFA appointed candidates who were defeated at the elections to their national lists. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 155 )


Ranil sworn in as PM
Friday, 21 August 2015 - 2:42 PM SL Time

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat a short while ago.

He was elected for the fourth time as the Prime Minster in the 2015 Parliamentary Elections. He topped the UNP Colombo district list with 500,566 votes the most number of preferential votes at a parliamentary election obtained by a candidate.
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Big losers at general election
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 - 2:07 PM SL Time

S.B.Dissanayake (UPFA-Mahanuwara), Mahinda Samarasinghe (UPFA-Kalutara), Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa (UPFA-Moneragala), Shantha Bandara (UPFA-Kurunegala), Nirupama Rajapaksa (UPFA-Hambantota), Sunil Handunetti (JVP-Matara), R. Yogarajan (UNP-Nuwara Eliya), Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera (UPFA-Digamadulla). Jagath Pushpakumara (UPFA-Moneragala), Piyasena Gamage (UPFA-Galle), Milroy Fernando (UPFA-Puttalam), Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena (UPFA-Matara), V.K. Indika (UPFA-Kurunegala), Nandimitra Ekanayake(UPFA-Matale), Rohana Dissanayake (UPFA-Matale), Uditha Lukubandara (UPFA-Badulla), P. Dayaratne, Lakshman Seneviratne (UPFA-Badulla) and Tissa Karaliyadde (UPFA-Anuradhapura).
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Rajapaksa`s failure to make a comeback great news for India
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 - 3:51 AM SL Time

With the government looking at UAE`s commitment on terror as a snub to Pakistan, it had another reason to rub its hands in glee Tuesday as former Sri Lankan leader Mahinda Rajapaksa`s bid to make a comeback in the parliamentary elections fell through.

The results have validated the outcome early this year of the presidential polls which saw Rajapaksa lose to former ally Maithripala Sirisena, the incumbent president.
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Sri Lanka`s former president concedes defeat in parliamentary elections - report
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 - 12:18 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s former president Mahinda Rajapakse has accepted that his party has lost in the parliamentary elections held Monday but has said that he would work as an opposition member of parliament, AFP reported today. `My dream of becoming prime minister has faded away,` Mr Rajapaksa has told AFP. `I am conceding. We have lost a good fight.` The former president has reportedly accepted that United People`s Freedom Alliance had lost the election even before Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya could announce the final results.
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25 SLFP CC members sacked
Monday, 17 August 2015 - 8:08 PM SL Time

Hot on the heels of the general election which ended at 4.00 p.m. President Maitripala Sisrisena, in a further attempt to wrest control of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) party, is reported to have expelled 25 of its Central Committee (CC) members and replaced them by a new set of members.

Reportedly the new appointments had been made under the signature of newly-appointed General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake who replaced former SLFP general secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa .
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Comeback Hopes Dim for Sri Lanka s Ex-President Ahead of Parliamentary Elections
Monday, 17 August 2015 - 12:31 PM SL Time

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka At his final campaign rally on Friday, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa did his best to project supreme confidence that he would be swept back into power when Sri Lankans elect a new Parliament on Monday. Let s unite and win for the sake of our mothers_day.jsp' class=black>motherland, he told thousands of supporters, his voice deepening into a thunderous growl.
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Sri Lanka to decide tomorrow polling amid tight security
Monday, 17 August 2015 - 10:42 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka will vote on Monday in what promises to be a closely contested elections between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe s United National Party (UNP) and President Maithripala Sirisena United People`s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), as Mahinda Rajapaksa eyes a political comeback as prime minister months after being toppled as president.
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Outcome of tomorrow s poll crucial for Lanka
Sunday, 16 August 2015 - 2:31 PM SL Time

When a messenger from the Presidential Secretariat arrived at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa s temporary residence in Mirihana on Thursday morning, he was away. So the messenger left a letter he brought with a staffer at Rajapaksa s residence.
Rajapaksa was in Kurunegala, from which district he is contesting for tomorrow s parliamentary elections. When he learnt that a letter from President Maithripala Sirisena had come, he asked that it be opened and faxed to Basil Rajkapaksa. He was expected to read the contents and brief the former President on the telephone.
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I never knew Mr. Thajudeen: Yasara
Friday, 14 August 2015 - 10:17 PM SL Time

A name that has come up with the death of Rugby player Wasim Thajudeen was of Yasara Abeynayake. In her comments to the Daily Mirror, Yasara said, I never knew Mr. Thajudeen nor have I ever even spoken to him. These rumours started back in 2012 by a website named Lanka Leaks and it has spread like fire ever since then. I don t know why they attach me to this story but they unfortunately picked me and spread it far enough for people to believe their false story.

When asked whether the diplomatic position she was awarded to serve in Australia had any link with the incident she said Mr. Thajudeen passed away in 2012 and I got my posting in mid-2014 so my posting had nothing to do with the incident. Also this incident had nothing to do with my break-up as I never knew Wasim. We were engaged and it came to an end because our horoscopes did not match and his family was very superstitious about astrology related matters.This break-up was just like any regular break-up but the sad part is that most people in the country decided to make it their business.
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Maithri sends hard-hitting nastygram to MR.
Friday, 14 August 2015 - 2:45 PM SL Time

In a hard-hitting letter to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, President Maithripala Sirisena as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today asked Mr. Rajapaksa not to raise communalism and said that he will not be appointed Prime Minister even if the party gets more than 113 parliamentary seats as there are more senior SLFPers who could be appointed as the Premier.

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Ranil Turns Down Shiranthi`s Request On Investigations Into Thajudeen Killing
Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 1:27 PM SL Time

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Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa

Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa had contacted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the phone on a matter concerning investigations into Wasim Thajudeen`s death.

Responding to the former First Lady`s request, the Prime Minister had said he was not in a position to interfere with investigations into the Rugby player`s mysterious death.
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Preferential Number engraved in Champika s DOUGHNUTS
Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 11:06 AM SL Time

Colombo District Candidate of the United People`s Freedom Alliance Jagath Kumara lodged a complaint with the Elections Commissioner yesterday (12) that Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka who is standing in the 17 August parliamentary election as a candidate from the United National Party, had sent, as a bribe, sweets bearing his preferential number, in the guise of a gift.

Colombo District Candidate of the United People`s Freedom Alliance Jagath Kumara lodged a complaint with the Elections Commissioner yesterday (12) that Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka who is standing in the 17 August parliamentary election as a candidate from the United National Party, had sent, as a bribe, sweets bearing his preferential number, in the guise of a gift.
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General election 2015: UNP pushes for steady
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 - 9:56 PM SL Time

Finance Minister and Colombo District UNP candidate Ravi Karunanayake yesterday said that the national economy had been in such a bad shape with the then government experiencing a severe debt crisis at the time of what he called the Jan. 8 revolution.

Minister Karunanayake compared the debt crisis caused by the previous regime to the Maithripala Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration getting a hand grenade without its safety pin.
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