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Video: Will take a decision on CBK after election: Dayasiri

Nov 11 (AD) General Secretary of SLFP MP Dayasiri Jayasekara stated that a decision will be taken against former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who acted against the decision of the party, after the Prez Election. Jayasekara said that their top priority at this moment is to ensure the victory of SLPP Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the prez election. Meanwhile, it has been decided to remove the SLFP electoral organizers who attended the convention of Organization to Protect SLFP, more..

Video: Gota not a US citizen, says his attorney

Nov 11 (AD) SLPP Prez Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa had legally renounced his citizenship of the US, said President’s Counsel Ali Sabry. Attorney to the prez candidate mentioned this holding a special press brief today (10). He says that there is no truth in the rumors that he is still a citizen of the US. All documents related to the renouncement of citizenship have been handed over to the EC, Sabry further said. more..

'Rajapaksa regime behind abduction, killings'

Nov 11 (DM) Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that to bring justice to enforced disappearances and abductions, there was a considerable need to investigate extra-judicial killings and the atrocities that were said to have taken place during the Rajapaksa regime. At a media briefing, Dr Senaratne said that the cases related to the murder of the prominent journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and the abduction of Prageeth Ekneligoda should be investigated. more..

3 Indian fishermen arrested in SL waters

Nov 11 (SLN) Navy apprehended 3 Indian fishermen along with a fishing trawler belonging to them for engaging in illegal fishing in SL territorial waters on 9th Nov. The arrest was made by the Northern Naval Command, during a routine patrol in the seas North-West of Kovilan Point. The arrested fishers were brought to SLNS Uththara and seized fishing trawler was brought to the naval base SLNS Elara. The fishers will be handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries in Jaffna for onward legal action, more..

Video: Do not be deceived by baseless mudslinging: Gotabaya

Nov 11 (AD) As it has been revealed that groups frustrated before the defeat are conspiring to carry out baseless mudslinging propaganda in the days leading up to the prez election, refrain from being misguided, SLPP Prez Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa requests the public. He expressed these views addressing a public meeting held Nochchiyagama. Rajapaksa says that while he and SLFP is educating the public on their policies, more..

Not allow southern politicos use NE people for their ends: Sajith

Nov 11 (DM) The NDF prez candidate Sajith Premadasa said yesterday he would end the use of people in the North and the East as a trump card by southern politicians for their ends. Speaking at an election rally in Paddiripu in the Batticaloa District, Mr Premadasa said that he would usher in an era where all citizens of the country would be treated equally. He pledged to have two separate donor conferences for the East and the North to attract investors to develop the two provinces. more..

After 70 years in power both main parties yet promising development: Lalkantha

Nov 11 (DN) None of the two main Prez candidates would be able to exceed the 50% vote margin, JVP politico K.D. Lalkantha yesterday said. At the initial stage of the election campaign there was no such situation, however the election campaign has now developed into a three way battle. He made these observations at a media brief held at Devon Hotel, Kandy recently. Accordingly, Lalkantha requests people to use their first preference for NPP prez candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake more..

Sri Lanka presidential candidate eyes youth to beat pro-China rival

Nov 11 (NAR) As campaigning enters the final stretch in Nov. 16 prez polls, Sajith Premadasa, the leading political moderate in the fray, is staking his hopes for victory on the country's first-time voters. He aims to garner support from those who came of age after the strategically located South Asian island ended a decade of increasingly authoritarian rule. Youth vote accounts for 1.5 million ballots out of 16 million registered voters. more..

Landmark verdict of Indian Supreme Court!

Nov 11 (CT) Indian Supreme Court proved its credibility in a superior manner by maintaining the unity and integrity of India with its landmark judgment over the Ram Janmabhoomi and Babri Mosque case in Ayodya on Saturday (9). A five-judge Constitutional Bench led by CJ of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi delivered the judgment over the Ram Janmabhoomi case, which is also known as the Babri Mosque dispute in Ayodya, safeguarding even the Hindu-Muslim unity in India. more..

Rienzie factor in banking

Nov 11 (FT) During my long attachment to the Central Bank, there was one banker with whom I had a close association. That was Rienzie T. Wijetilleke, known only as Rienzie in the banking circles, who rose to the pinnacle of the Hatton National Bank or HNB to take over its chairmanship but not before holding many other positions including the post of Managing Director. When he started a novel banking arm for the rural sector of the country, Gemi Pubuduwa, more..

JICA funds 2 more Doppler radars despite disastrous Rs 400m attempt earlier

Nov 11 (ST) The Meteorological (Met) Department has secured Japanese funding for two more Doppler radars, after its first Rs 400 million attempt to install one, with World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) collaboration, ended in a costly disaster. But the new Doppler radars, for which agreements were signed with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in June 2017, have not been set up either, more..

Sajith refutes Rajapaksa’s claims that NDF manifesto pledges federal Govt

Nov 11 (FT) NDF prez candidate Sajith Premadasa rejected accusations by Opp. Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa that he had agreed to a federal form of govt to win the support of the Tamil community, saying that what he pledged in his manifesto was maximum devolution under a unitary State. Premadasa also condemned Rajapaksa for his attempts to drag members of the Buddhist clergy into a political debate more..

Video: Harsha condemns distribution of mudslinging leaflets against Gotabaya

Nov 11 (AD) Non-Cabinet Minister Harsha de Silva says he condemns the act of distributing mudslinging leaflets against Prez Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa with absolute disgust. Two persons have been arrested, yesterday over distributing derogatory leaflets against SLPP candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa. One of the arrestees was identified as a coordinating secretary employed under Minister Harsha de Silva. more..

Mannar Bishop says no to poll boycott urged by some northern parties

Nov 11 (Island) Religious leaders in Mannar would thwart attempts being made in some quarters to stage a polls boycott on 16 Nov, Bishops of Mannar, Lionel Emmanuel Fernando told NDF prez candidate, Sajith Premadasa, last Friday. Bishop Fernando said so when Premadasa visited his office to seek blessings. Premadasa was in Mannar to address a series of rallies in support of his candidacy. more..

MCC: AKD opposes land section of compact

Nov 11 (Island) NPP prez candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake says while the MCC agreement will not create a fairy tale country as the govt claims, it is not a bogeyman as the opposition wants the people to believe. He said Premadasa camp that includes Mangala Samaraweera says MCC agreement is an exceptionally good agreement, and it would make available Rs. 88,000 million to develop the road network. more..

Kantha Saviya pledges support to Gotabaya

Nov 11 (FT) A long time Colombo-based UNP women’s group, Kantha Saviya, led by Ferouza Muzammil pledged its fullest support to the prez candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at its convention held in the presence of SLPP, National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa at the Public Library auditorium in Colombo . Kantha Saviya is a group comprising members from all faiths, dedicated to work for women’s welfare in Colombo district. more..

White van driver, victim recall abductions, mystery of LTTE gold

Nov 11 (DN) The Govt will begin investigations into the rest of the murders and abductions committed during the Rajapaksa era after its affirmation in power on Nov 17, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. He stated this addressing a press conference in Colombo at which the flamboyant Minister presented to the news media two persons he claimed were a White van driver and a victim of an attempted abduction in such a white van. more..

47 motorcycles destroyed in fire at PSD building

Nov 11 (AD) 47 motorcycles and a three-wheeler parked within the Prez Security Division (PSD) building in Colombo Fort have been destroyed by a fire last night. Vehicles parked in the ground floor of the PSD building were destroyed in the fire. Fire had broke out at around 10 p.m. last night in PSD vehicle yard at Mudalige Mawatha, Col 1. Five fire trucks were dispatched to the location as firefighters had assisted to extinguish flames. more..

Video: Five-judge bench to consider petitions against MCC deal

Nov 11 (AD) Supreme Court has appointed a five-judge bench to consider the fundamental rights petitions filed seeking for an injunction order against the signing of the MCC Agreement with the US. The 5-judge bench appointed by the Chief Justice is to be chaired by the SC Judge Buwaneka Aluvihare. Accordingly, 5-judge bench is comprised of SC Justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, L.T.B. Dehideniya, Murdu Fernando, S. Thurairajah, more..

Name given by Sri Lanka to be used for next cyclonic storm

Nov 11 (AD) After Cyclone Bulbul, the next tropical cyclone that would be formed in the Indian sub-continent would be named Pawan. According to the existing list, Pawan is the name given by Sri Lanka. The names of the cyclones that form in the Indian Ocean are sequentially listed in a table in alphabetical order of the names of the eight countries. The cyclonic storm Pawan, pronounced as Pavan, means wind. more..

Elections, poverty and shortage of essentials

Nov 11 (DM) In Sri Lanka, the period just after election results are announced, is often chaotic, marked by trade union action, blockading of the roads by worker and student organisations, as well as a bending and breaking of the rules guiding elections as well as day-today activities. It is also a time when governments of the day ensure that essentials are available and prices remain stable to a greater extent. But in this aspect, the November 16 presidential election has been different. more..

TELO Leader is in doubt: Sivajilingam

Nov 11 (CT) Although many members of the TELO have said that they will extend their support to him, Party leader Selvam Adaikalanathan is uncertain about it, Prez Candidate K. Sivajilingam said at a rally held in Vavuniya yesterday. "TELO's Jaffna District Executive Committee meeting was held yesterday and a vote was held regarding supporting a candidate at the upcoming Prez Election. Eleven members, including Adaikalanathan said that they will support Sajith Premadasa. more..

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CBK led Hansa Poottuwa to challenge Pohottuwa

Nov 11 (DM) Gorgeously dressed in a greenish-blue sari and crawling majestically on the red carpet surrounded by her UNP loved ones last Tuesday at Sugathadasa indoor stadium, was the daughter of two former heads of state, and two times President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Kumaratunga who did not hesitate to make known her preferences, before she wound up her speech to a fairly well attended, including a few of disgruntled SLFP electoral organizers and their supporters plus more..

Santani wins Gold award at World Travel Market

Nov 11 (AD) Santani Spa and Resorts won the Gold Award for Best in the World for wellness and spa at a celebrity event held at London’s Brand new venue Magazine on 5th Nov. This award is a recognition to the entire wellness and spa sector in SL. Located in the misty mountains, Santani Resort and Spa is SL’s first purpose built luxury wellness resort. Since its opening in Sept 2016 Santani has been celebrated for its one-of-a-kind setting, architecture, cuisine, service and world-class Ayurveda-focussed more..

'Muslim voters have decided to whom they should vote'

Nov 11 (DM) One of the young Muslim leaders, former Minister Faizer Musthapha spoke to Daily Mirror on the viewpoint of the Muslim community about next week’s Prez poll and other issues relating to Muslims. Q: The Muslim community in Sri Lanka distanced themselves from the Rajapaksa clan after the anti Muslim violence in June 2014 that led to the defeat of Prez Rajapaksa in 2015. The antipathy further escalated after anti-Muslim more..

CEB to buy from small solar power at Rs14.24 a unit

Nov 11 (EN) State-run CEB is to purchase power from a small solar power plant at 14.24 rupees a unit, under own operate (BOO) basis. The cabinet of ministers had approved the purchase of power from a plant build by Gold Corporation Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, under Soorya Bala Sangramaya II or the operation to expand solar power. The plant will be connected to the Moneragala grid sub-station, the state information office said. The contract awarded by a cabinet appointed negotiations committee. more..

HRCSL requests EC to ensure voting rights of Bhikkunis

Nov 11 (DN) Human Rights Commission of SL has written to the Election Commission requesting to ensure the voting rights of some 8000 female Buddhist monks who are not in a position to cast their votes at next Saturday’s prez election. In a letter to the Election Commission, the HRCSL informed that thousands of female Buddhist monks are unable to cast their votes, as the Department for Registration of Persons has not issued National Identity Cards identifying them as Bhikkhunis more..

Money Politics?: President defends pardoning Royal Park murder convict

Nov 11 (PMD) Many religious leaders, former SC Judges, lawyers, civil society leaders and youth leaders have made representations to Prez Sirisena, recommending granting a sympathetic consideration to the appeal for granting Presidential pardon to 34-year old Don Shramantha Jude Anthony Jayamaha, who is serving a life imprisonment on the murder taken place at Royal Park, Rajagiriya. MP Ven Athraliye Rathana more..

Cabinet paper proposing ministers’, president’s staff confirmation withdrawn

Nov 11 (RN) A cabinet paper proposing confirmation of appointments made to various ministers’ and the president’s personal staff was withdrawn a short while ago. The proposal had reportedly been submitted by President Maithripala Sirisena and Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena, calling for the confirmation of staff appointments to a number of ministers, non cabinet ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers as well as the President’s personal staff. more..

Video: If possible, Rajitha will bring Zahran back from dead: Mahinda

Nov 11 (AD) Some UNP MPs are creating mudslinging propaganda in the face of defeat, according to Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa. He expressed these views to the media following a religious event. As opponents have nothing left to say, they will get liars to say many things, Rajapaksa points out. Stating that they might bring even Zahran’s wife to make statements, Mahinda Rajapaksa said that if possible, Rajitha [Senaratne] might bring Zahran himself back more..

Most SLFPers wanted an SLFP Prez candidate: CBK

Nov 11 (DN) The MoU signed between the SLFP and SLPP is an undemocratic and unlawful political manoeuvre for it was a political exercise executed against the aspirations of the majority of the party membership, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga charged. She made the above accusation against the SLFP Central Committee while addressing a large gathering of party members in Galle on Saturday. more..

CBK’s stance questioned at Puttalam meeting

Nov 11 (DM) A tense situation arose when participants asked former President Chandrika Kumaratunga at a meeting to declare her stance on the Aruwakkalu Garbage Recycling Plant. The people asked her about her stance on Saturday in Wanathawilluwa, Puttalam when she was addressing a meeting in support of presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa. Former Prez and the present SLFP Patron Ms Chandrika Kumaratunga and MP Kumara Welgama participated with more..

Navy intercepts 8 India-bound illegal immigrants in Talaimannar

Nov 11 (SLN) The Navy held 08 Sri Lankans attempting to illegally migrate to India by boat, at Sandbank 07 in Talaimannar this morning. Accordingly, the North Central Naval Command, during a patrol conducted at Sandbank 07 in Talaimannar, managed to apprehend these 08 Tamils who were on an attempt to illegally migrate to India by boat. Among the apprehended persons are 05 males, 01 female, 01 boy and a girl. Further investigation into the incident is underway. more..

Draft bill on prevention of offences relating to sports approved

Nov 11 (AD) The draft of the Bill on Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports has been approved by the Parliament. The aforementioned draft bill was debated at the parliamentary session this morning. Accordingly, the draft of the Bill was approved unanimously by the parliament without any amendments. Prevention of Offences relating to The Sports Bill with the objective of investigating and preventing match-fixing, corruption, more..

Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thera blesses Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Nov 11 (CT) SLPP Prez Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa received the blessings of the founder of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thera. While attending a religious programme to bless Gotabaya Rajapaksa, which was held at Kaduwela on 10 Nov, the monk said that Gotabaya Rajapaksa should win the upcoming Presidential Election to protect the country, race and religion. The monk added that Gotabaya Rajapaksa agreed to seven requests made by more..

Video: Two death row inmates protest demanding presidential pardon

Nov 11 (AD) Two inmates at the Welikada Prison, who have been sentenced to death, are engaged in a protest on top of the Prison roof. Reportedly, they demand that they, too, be granted the prez pardon. They say that if the murder convict of the Royal Park incident can be granted with a prez pardon, they too demand a presidential pardon for themselves. Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha, who was sentenced to death over Royal Park murder case in 2005, has been released on prez Pardon, more..

PAFFREL urges EC to stop giving permanency to Prez, Ministers personal staff

Nov 11 (DM) PAFFREL has written to the Chairman of the Election Commission today urging to take relevant actions to stop giving permanency to the services of the staff attached to ministers and the President’s personal staff. PAFFREL Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi said that usually, the tradition has been that the personnel staff to the President and ministers have been suspended after the dissolution of the govt or more..

‘Pardoning Sharmantha, an attack on the law’

Nov 11 (NR) Prez candidate of NPP Anura Kumara Dissanayake says granting of a Prez pardon on a person who was sentenced to death after a judicial review, is a huge attack on the supremacy of the law. Issuing a statement, MP deemed the pardoning of the convict of the Royal Park murder by Prez Sirisena, as illegal unfair and unethical. He is of the view that revoking by means of a signature, the order issued following an extensive court hearing, is an attack on the supremacy of the law, more..

CID to probe fire that destroyed PSD vehicles

Nov 11 (AD) The investigation into the fire at the vehicle yard of the Presidential Security Division (PSD) located at Mudalige Mawatha in Colombo Fort has been handed over to the CID. A total of forty-seven motorcycles and a three-wheeler were destroyed in the fire which erupted at around 10.00 p.m. last night while these included three personal motorcycles of police officers. The cause for the fire is yet to be ascertained while Colombo Fort Police had launched preliminary inquiries. more..