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    Wimal Weerawansa apologises to the President

    Wimal Weerawansa apologizes to the President, for using abusive language during the Presidential election campaign. But, the President Maithripala Sirisena tells Wimal Weerawansa let “bygones be bygones”. In what is called a dramatic turn of events in the local political arena, the NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa had tendered an apology to the President Maithripala Sirisena, when a UPFA delegation met the President yesterday. Wimal Weerawansa had tendered the apology to the President for using abusive language during the Presidential election campaign against the President. According to UPFA sources Weerawansa had tendered an apology to the President, during a discussion at the Paget road residence. The President in turn had told Weerawansa “let bygones be bygones”….

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    Defence seminar-2015 begins today

    The ‘Defence Seminar 2015’ organised by the Sri Lanka Army for the 5th time will be held in Colombo today. The seminar will be held with the participation of 72 representatives from 34 countries. The former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai arrived in Sri Lanka to attend the Sri Lanka Army’s annual Defence Seminar which begins today. Karzai was accorded a traditional welcome and was received by Secretary to the Ministry of Defence upon his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport. The former Afghan leader will be the chief guest at the Defence Seminar - 2015.

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    Mattala Airport becomes a paddy store from Today!

    The Paddy Marketing Board says that the unused stores complex of the Mattala Airport will be used for storing the surplus paddy harvest of the Hambantota District from today. The Paddy Marketing Board Chairman M.B.Dissanayake also said that in the recent past it had become impossible to store the paddy harvest in several areas of the island. The Paddy Marketing Chairman further said that as a result, different sites had been selected for thus storing the paddy harvest.

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    Gamanpila delivers controversial speech at parliament

    Group of parliamentarians strongly opposed the speech delivered by the United Peoples Freedom Alliance newly elected parliamentarian Udaya Gamanpila. New parliamentarian delivered controversial speech which briefs on separating this nation and violating parliamentary law by using weapons. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe strongly opposed this speech and noted according to the parliamentary law he is not permitted make such speech. Gamanpila forced to stop his speech. Gamanpila appreciates Kurunegala district parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa’s service to end of war in this country.

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    16 Fishermen arrested at Jaffna

    Sixteen fishermen from Jagadhapattinam in Pudukottai district were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on charges of violating the International Maritime Boundary Line this morning, Fisheries Department officials said here. Fishermen’s Association President S Emiret said the fishermen were fishing in Indian waters off Kodiakarai coast. The fishermen had been taken to Kangensanthurai in Jaffna district along with their three boats. Meanwhile, Selvaraj, a fisherman, fainted and died in a fishing boat while fishing in the mid sea last night. The cause of the death was not known immediately, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Ravichandran said.

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Wimal Weerawansa apologises to the President

Wimal Weerawansa apologizes to the President, for using abusive language during the Presidential election campaign. But, the President Maithripala Sirisena tells Wimal Weerawansa let “bygones be bygones”. In what is called a dramatic turn of events in the local political arena, the NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa had tendered an apology to the President Maithripala Sirisena, when a UPFA delegation met the President yesterday. Wimal Weerawansa had tendered the apology to the President for using abusive language during the Presidential election campaign against the President. According to UPFA sources Weerawansa had tendered an apology to the President, during a discussion at the Paget road residence. The President in turn had told Weerawansa “let bygones be bygones”….

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Defence seminar-2015 begins today

The ‘Defence Seminar 2015’ organised by the Sri Lanka Army for the 5th time will be held in Colombo today. The seminar will be held with the participation of 72 representatives from 34 countries. The former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai arrived in Sri Lanka to attend the Sri Lanka Army’s annual Defence Seminar which begins today. Karzai was accorded a traditional welcome and was received by Secretary to the Ministry of Defence upon his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport. The former Afghan leader will be the chief guest at the Defence Seminar - 2015.

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Mattala Airport becomes a paddy store from Today!

The Paddy Marketing Board says that the unused stores complex of the Mattala Airport will be used for storing the surplus paddy harvest of the Hambantota District from today. The Paddy Marketing Board Chairman M.B.Dissanayake also said that in the recent past it had become impossible to store the paddy harvest in several areas of the island. The Paddy Marketing Chairman further said that as a result, different sites had been selected for thus storing the paddy harvest.

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Gamanpila delivers controversial speech at parliament

Group of parliamentarians strongly opposed the speech delivered by the United Peoples Freedom Alliance newly elected parliamentarian Udaya Gamanpila. New parliamentarian delivered controversial speech which briefs on separating this nation and violating parliamentary law by using weapons. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe strongly opposed this speech and noted according to the parliamentary law he is not permitted make such speech. Gamanpila forced to stop his speech. Gamanpila appreciates Kurunegala district parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa’s service to end of war in this country.

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16 Fishermen arrested at Jaffna

Sixteen fishermen from Jagadhapattinam in Pudukottai district were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on charges of violating the International Maritime Boundary Line this morning, Fisheries Department officials said here. Fishermen’s Association President S Emiret said the fishermen were fishing in Indian waters off Kodiakarai coast. The fishermen had been taken to Kangensanthurai in Jaffna district along with their three boats. Meanwhile, Selvaraj, a fisherman, fainted and died in a fishing boat while fishing in the mid sea last night. The cause of the death was not known immediately, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Ravichandran said.

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M.K.Sivajilingam demands on international investigation

Northern Provincial Council member M.K.Sivajilingam today staged protest at the northern provincial council sittings on demanding to hold international investigations on war crimes reported in SriLanka. Councilor bought slogans along with him to the 34th session of the council. Earlier it was believed that United Nation’s Human Rights Commission will carry out international investigations of Lankan war crimes however at present pressures imposed to hold internal mechanism on Lankan war crimes. However other members of the council failed to support this protest. According to the request made by the Chief Minister Sivajilingam agreed to call off his protest.

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Thilanka is deputy speaker while Adaikkalanathan appointed as deputy chairman of committee

UPFA National List MP Thilanga Sumathipala was appointed unanimously as the Deputy Speaker of the Eighth Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Former opposition leader Nimal Siripala Desilva proposed his name and it was seconded by the parliamentarian Rauff Hakeem. Meanwhile, Selvam Adaikkalanathan of TNA, an MP from Vanni District, was appointed Deputy Chairman of Committees short while ago.

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After three decades married couple elected to the parliament

United National Party Digamadhula district candidate Daya Gamage and the UNP national list candidate Anoma Gamage took oaths as new parliamentarians today. Daya Gamage is leading businessmen and also serves as United National Party organizer. He also served as Eastern Provincial Council member. Anoma Gamage was member of parliamentarian and also served as deputy agriculture minister in the good governance government. 35 Years ago United National Party candidates (couple) contested from the Harispattuwa and Kundasale electorates in Kandy district Mr.R.P.Wijeyasiri and his spouse Mrs.L.M.Wijeyasiri elected to the parliament.

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Dignity of the Parliament has Eroded over the last few years : R.Sampanthan

The dignity of the parliament has eroded over the last few years, the TNA leader R.Sampanthan, while speaking during the maiden session of the 8th parliament session said a short while ago. The TNA looks forward to fully cooperate with the new speaker; he added congratulating the newly elected speaker Karu Jayasuriya. This new parliament needs to face several issues in its session of sittings. One of these is to formulate a new constitution to restore democracy, pluralism, equality, equity and justice. This is a fundamental need, the TNA Leader R.Sampanthan said.

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Sri Lanka should be vigilant on external security threats

The Defense Secretary B.M.U.D.Basnayake said today that, Sri Lanka should be on alert of its external security threats. Despite the end of the war Sri Lanka remains vigilant of its external security threats, Defense Secretary B.M.U.D.Basnayake said today. The Defense Secretary said this, while speaking at ‘Defense Seminar - 2015’, themed as ‘National Security in the context of Emerging Global Threats’ at the Colombo Galadari Hotel.

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Sajin De Vass Gunawardena’s case has been fixed for 10th of December

The Case against Sajin De Vass Gunawardena has been fixed for the 10th of December. The case filed by the Bribery Commission against Sajin de Vass Gunawardena was fixed for the 10th of December by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya. The Bribery Commission filed this case on charges of withholding the details of the assets and the liabilities. The Deputy Secretary General of the Parliament, Neil Parakrama was due to appear as a witness in the case today. But, however, he had informed the court that, he is unable to attend due to the inaugural session of the Eighth Session of the Parliament. Therefore, the Colombo Magistrate fixed the case for the 10th of…

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For the Full-face helmet ban stay order Extended

Stay order on full-face helmet ban extended. The interim order issued staying the operation of the police circular banning the use of full-face helmets, was extended till October 13 by the Court of Appeal today. The ruling was given by the Judge Vijith K.Malalgoda, subsequent to the two writ petitions filed by a Chartered Accountant and a Retired Army Major seeks an order prohibiting the authorities from taking action on banning the use of face-covered helmets.

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Mahinda Rajapaksa has become an MP!

The Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been sworn-in as a parliamentarian and a Member of the new parliament today. Mahinda Rajapaksa was seated in the second seat in the front row next to the UPFA stalwart Nimal Siripala de Silva. Mahinda Rajapaksa was welcomed by the other parliamentarians and by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and commended Mahinda Rajapaksa’s assistance extended in the parliamentary affairs.

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Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam demands on international investigations

Tamil National People’s Front general secretary Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam has released special statement on urging to organize protest on demanding to hold international investigations. Tamil National People’s Front demands to hold international investigations on war crimes and genocide attacks reported against Tamils in SriLanka.

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Former ITN chairman summoned today

Anura Siriwardene, Former Chairman of the ITN television channel was ordered to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI)over financial scam reported inside the channel. PCoI Secretary Lacille De Silva said the probe into the losses incurred by the TV channel had revealed that whilst the ITN was running ads for Mr.Rajapaksa without payment, the rates for commercials had been double quoted for his chief opponent Maithripala Sirisena. The ITN had recently reimbursed a sum of Rs.89.9 million paid by President Maithripala Sirisena for his presidential campaign commercials, as the channel had failed to broadcast those for reasons best known to them. Former ITN Chairman Anura Siriwardena who was summoned to be questioned on…

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Australia ready to cast fullest support to SriLanka

Australian High Commissioner, Robyn Mudie, said that Australia supported the government’s democratic reform and good governance agenda and would continue to encourage the Sri Lankan government to maintain its commitment to this agenda, to the improvement of human rights, to meaningful progress on reconciliation, including accountability, and to continued engagement with all relevant stakeholders, including the diaspora. She said this while giving a guest lecture at an event organised by the Sri Lanka Association of Australia Awards Alumni at the Lakshman Kadirgamir Institute, the Australian High Commission said toda

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Dignity of parliament eroded over last few years – Sampanthan

The dignity of the parliament has eroded over the last few years, TNA leader R. Sampanthan speaking during the maiden session of the 8th parliament said a short while ago. The TNA looks forward to fully cooperating with the new speaker, he added congratulating the newly elected speaker Karu Jayasuriya. This new parliament needs to face several issues in its sittings. One of these is to formulate a new constitution to restore democracy, pluralism, equality, equity and justice. This is a fundamental need, Sampanthan.

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Nimal Siripala De Silva Calls For Electoral Reform Within One Year

Badulla District UPFA MP Nimal Siripala de Silva stated that the new parliament should introduce electoral reform within one year. Speaking at the parliament following taking oaths as a new MP, de Silva said that the new system should ensure a Member of Parliament to all electorates.  The electoral reform was a promise made by President Maithripala Sirisena during his Presidential Election campaign. However, the attempts at passing introducing electoral reform through a 20th Amendment to the Constitution during the last days of the former parliament were unsuccessful.

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Report On Sri Lanka’s Missing ‘Almost Ready’

The Presidential Commission on Missing Persons has almost completed its task, according to Justice Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama, chairman of the panel.  In a chat with The Hindu on Monday, Justice Paranagama said the Commission had virtually finalised its findings. However, he refused to say when he would submit the final report to President Maithripala Sirisena. “The President is busy these days,” he said. Constituted in August 2013, the Commission has looked into complaints about the disappearance of thousands of people in the Northern and Eastern Provinces during June 1990 to May 2009. In early April, the Commission submitted its preliminary report to the President. Asked about the procedure of making the reports public, the chairman…

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Inaugural Session Of Eighth Parliament Held Today

The inaugural session of the Eighth Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka takes place today. The session will begin at 9am. The first task of the Parliament will be to select a Speaker. Once he is chosen, he will take oath. Thereafter, all parliamentarians will take their oaths in front of the Speaker. Following this, the Deputy Speaker and the Deputy Chairman of Committees will be elected. Thereafter the meeting will be adjourned until 3pm. The President will make a special announcement at 3pm. He is likely to outline the policy of the government.

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