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MCC Pact should not be signed hurriedly before poll MR
SLPP and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa today said no agreement including the MCC Pact should be hurriedly signed with a foreign government, just days before a decisive presidential election. Issuing a statement, Mr. Rajapaksa said the Cabinet has decided to enter into a pact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the US. He said the Prime Minister has said that the government intended signing this agreement before the presidential elections. “It is now ....
EC says final results could be announced by Nov 17 morning
The Elections Commission (EC) would be able to announce the winner of the Presidential poll 2019 in the morning of November 17 and if none of the top two candidates fail to obtain 50%+ votes for an absolute majority, the releasing of the final results would be delayed till the dinner time of the same day, Chairman of the EC, Mahinda Deshapriya said today. Mr. Deshapriya added that if the EC was led to count preferential votes to decide the winner, the results could be announced by November 17....
Prez assures that MCC wold not be signed before Nov 16
President Maithripala Sirisena had today assured that Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) agreement will not be signed before November 16. The President had given this assurance to MPs Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila and Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera, who had gone to meet him to verify reports that the MCC was to be signed at 3.00 pm today.    “When we informed this to the President, he telephoned Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera in our presence and asked him about it....
We will protect all ethnic groups not extremists Sajith
New Democratic Front (NDF) Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa today pledged to ban all forms of extremism in the country, but not to harm any religious or ethnic group under the pretext of doing so. Speaking during an election rally in Kinniya in the Trincomalee District, Mr. Premadasa said a government headed by him will not allow anyone to promote any form of extremism. “We will destroy terrorism but will not harm any religion or an ethnic group in the guise of doing it. We wi....
Senanayake challenges UNP to remove him from portfolio
While saying he would not quit from politics despite his previous statement, Foreign Affairs State Minister Wasantha Senanayake categorically said he would continue to function as the State Minister despite reports about moves to suspend him from the ministerial portfolio. He also challenged those concerned to remove him if possible. Party General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said UNP decided to suspend State Minister Wasantha Senanayake from the party. Addressing a news briefing....
NDF still to release manifesto Dayasiri
SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara today questioned the rationale behind the New Democratic Front (NDF) releasing its manifesto after the start of postal voting and said it was an indication that the NDF had neglected 1.5 million public servants. He said this was the first time that a major political party in Sri Lanka had failed to do so and that he hoped President Maithripala Sirisena would be on Gotabaya Rajapaksa's stage at least at the last moment. He told the SLFP-SLPP ne....
Conspiracy to pin Easter Sunday attacks on Gota Gammanpila
The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Leader MP Udaya Gammanpila today said the United National Party (UNP) is allegedly conspiring to put the blame for the Easter Sunday attacks on the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa . Speaking at a news briefing, he said the UNP, out of fear of facing the biggest defeat in history, is carrying out this conspiracy called “Maha Helidarawwa” which is to be carried out in five steps. According to MP Gammanp....
Wasantha Senanayke expelled from UNP
UNP has decided to expel State Minister Wasantha Senanayake from the party, Party General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today. Mr. Kariyawasam told Daily Mirror that action will be taken to remove his State Ministerial portfolio as well. State Minister Senanayake had earlier announced that he will not support the presidential candidate of the party, Sajith Premadasa. ....
Voting time extended till 5 pm EC
The voting duration for the presidential election has been extended from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm considering the length of the ballot paper, Elections Commissioner General Saman Sri Rathnayake said. He said this was communicated to the political party representatives during the meeting held with them at the EC office this morning. “All the presidential candidates and party officials agreed to the proposal to extend the voting time considering inconvenience faced by people in finding time,....
Gota pledges to take Tamils in NE to the future
SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa today pledged to take the Tamil community in the North and East to the future from the past to which they have been confined. Mr. Rajapaksa, who is in the North attending election rallies, said some people did their best to confine Tamils to the past. “I am ready to show you the future and I have an action plan to do that. We have already forwarded our plan to generate employment and educational opportunities,” he said addressing a....
Opposition deems Sajith incompetent
Defending SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa of not accepting the challenge thrown at him by New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa for an open debate, the opposition said today Minister Premadasa was not qualified enough to debate with Mr. Rajapaksa. Addressing a news briefing held at the Viyath Maga Office in Colombo, MP Dr. Bandula Gunawardana said all MPs in the opposition were against Mr. Rajapaksa taking part in a debate with Minister Premadasa. ....
Sajith to unveil manifesto on Oct 31 in Kandy
The election manifesto of National Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa will be launched on October 31 in Kandy, Minister Lakshman Kiriella said. “This is the first time the manifesto of a presidential candidate will be launched in Kandy. Mr. Premadasa is a leader who could feel the pulse of ordinary people,” he said. ....
Allocating Rs 8bn for Prezs use PMD rejects allegations
President’s Office yesterday refuted allegations made by JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath that Rs. 8000 million had been allocated for the personal use of the president in the future. Media reports quoting the MP, who held a press briefing on 25th October, stated that a further Rs. 2400 million had been allocated for the president through a vote on account. The President’s Office emphasised that no funds had been allocated for the personal use of any former or current preside....
Country has a duty to protect democracy Ranil
One year after the 52-day political crisis, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that the country has a responsibility to protect the democracy that was protected through the 19th Amendment. “Today I look back on the day that democracy in Sri Lanka faced its biggest threat. I thank everybody who fought to save their country from anarchy. It was not my fight but our fight and together we prevailed.” He also thanked Speaker Karu Jayasuriya for safeguarding the democracy....
Gotas affidavit to US has put country in jeopardy UNF
The affidavit which has been submitted to California District Court by SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa is dangerous as it gives an opportunity for the international community to take the Sri Lankan Government before international courts, UNF led alliance leaders said yesterday. Senior representative of the UNF led alliance, Minister Rajitha Senaratne told a news conference yesterday that the affidavit was dangerous as he had said in it that the Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wic....
Anura Kumara launches election manifesto
National People's Power presidential candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake launched his election manifesto in Colombo today. ....
Easter Sunday attack PSC overlooks holding Govt. responsible JVP
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said yesterday the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to probe the Easter Sunday attacks has overlooked to mention in its report the failure of the government to prevent the attack. Party propaganda secretary Vijitha Herath told a news conference that the report had categorically mentioned the names of those responsible for the attack such as the President, the Prime Minister, State Minister of Defense, Defense Secretary, IGP and the SIS, which ....
PM justifies paddy storage at Mattala
While asserting that the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) is a white elephant, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has today justified the current government’s decision to store paddy at the airport storage facilities in 2015. He said this while providing the evidence at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) to investigate corruption of the current administration on the decision to store paddy at MRIA. Accordingly, Commissioners questioned the losses occurred th....
JVP objects appointment of Thilanga to COPE
JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake today raised objections to the appointment of UPFA MP Thilanga Sumathilapa to the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) in place of Chandrasiri Gajadeera, who died recently. When Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri announced that Mr.Sumathipala had been appointed to the COPE by the Speaker to fill the vacancy left after the death of Chandrasiri Gajadeera, MP Ratnayake said it was immoral to appoint him as a COPE member as there was an ongoing inquiry against him at the CO....
Wasantha questions Sajith on PM Ravi and Rishad
State Minister Wasantha Senanayake today questioned presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa on his stance on giving posts to Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ravi Karunanayake and Rishad Bathiudeen in a Premadasa Cabinet. In a letter to Minister Premadasa, the State Minister said he needed further clarification from the former on the role of Minister Rauff Hakeem in a future Premadasa Government. “If your answers to these questions are not satisfactory, I will have to withdraw from your....
Case filed in US against Gota dismissed
The California District Court has said it lacks jurisdiction to maintain the case filed against former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on the basis that he is immune from the law suit under the doctrine of ‘common law foreign immunity’, which includes the acts performed in his official capacity as Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary. Initially, Plaintiff Ahimsa Wickramatunge filed a case in the US District Court against Mr. Rajapaksa under the Alien Tort Statute and the Tortur....
Mahesh Senanayake hospitalised
Presidential candidate, former Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake, has been hospitalised because of a sudden illness, hospital sources said. He has been admitted to the Balangoda District Hospital.  ....
BIA Duty Free shop employee arrested with gold biscuits jewellery
An employee of a Duty-Free shop at the arrival lounge of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) had been arrested this morning with gold biscuits and jewellery worth Rs.39 million, while attempting to smuggle them into the country, Customs Additional Director General and media Spokesman Sunil Jayarathne said. He said the raid was conducted by the officers of the Customs Narcotics Division at the arrival lounge at BIA today. Customs Director and Acting Spokesman Lal Weerakoon said the....
Wont give in to any condition demanded by TNA MR
Leader of both the SLPP and opposition, Mahinda Rajapaksa said today they were not ready to give in to any condition set by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Addressing a rally held today at Beliatta, the former President said TNA had not presented any condition to them though it said conditions were presented to two factions. "There is no need to agree to any of the conditions. The country should come first. No one should be allowed to divide the country," he said. He said i....
Honour diplomatic immunity FM urges the UK
Referring to the case against the former Defence Attache of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London Brigadier Priyanka Fernando at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the Foreign Ministry has requested the UK government to honour the diplomatic immunity which Brigadier Fernando is entitled to as per the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961. According to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, the retrial in the case of Majuran Sathananthan vs. Brigadier Andige Priyanka....