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LG polls under proposed system; party leaders agree
[Tuesday 2017-01-10 17:00]

eaders of political parties representing Parliament, have decided to hold the forthcoming local government election under the proposed mixed system, a party leader said. The decision had been taken during a special party leaders meeting, that was held to discuss the delimitation committee report. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the party leader said after attending the meeting yesterday at the Parliamentary complex.

eaders of political parties representing Parliament, have decided to hold the forthcoming local government election under the proposed mixed system, a party leader said. The decision had been taken during a special party leaders meeting, that was held to discuss the delimitation committee report. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the party leader said after attending the meeting yesterday at the Parliamentary complex.

  

He also said that they would discuss about the matter in-depth after the Prime Minister returns from Switzerland. Accordingly, during the meeting, Ministers Rauf Hakeem, Rishad Bathiudeen and JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake spoke in favour of the existing systems as there are a few shortcomings in the proposed new system. The SLFP and Joint Opposition had spoken in favour of the proposed new system. After heated arguments, the SLFP and UNP collectively agreed to hold the local government election under the proposed system.

  
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Poverty down to 4.1% But highest in the North
[Saturday 2017-10-21 18:00]

Sri Lanka's poverty headcount declined to 4.1 per cent last year, from 6.7% in 2012/13, when the last of such censuses were taken, the Census and Statistics Department (CSD), in a report released on Thursday (19), said. The Official Poverty Line (OPL) for last year was Rs 4,166 per soul per mensem, as opposed to real per capita expenditure per month for a person fixed at Rs 3,624 in 2012/13 to be poverty neutral then.



One person stabbed to death in Vavuniya
[Saturday 2017-10-21 18:00]

A 56- year-old was stabbed to death in Vavuniya following a heated argument. The victim was pronounced dead upon admission to Vavuniya Hosptal, according to police. He was identified as a resident of the same area. The suspect had been arrested by the Vavuniya Police and further investigations into the incident are being carried out.



Court orders prison authorities to submit a report on absence of former Navy Spokesperson Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake in court
[Saturday 2017-10-21 18:00]

The court today ordered a report from the prison authorities on the absence of former Navy Spokesperson Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake in court. Dassanayake, who is in remand custody, was not produced in court today when the case against him was taken up for hearing. Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered the Superintendent of Prisons to report on reasons for his absence.



MR to preside at SLPP rallies
[Saturday 2017-10-21 18:00]

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has decided to conduct a series of rallies, throughout the country, targeting the 2018 Provincial Council polls, party sources said. They said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will preside at these rallies, while among those expected to speak will be MPs from the Joint Opposition and parties who have consented to contest the polls on the SLPP ticket. The sources added that the series of rallies will be kicked off in Anuradhapura on 12 November.



PC polls campaigns Nimal, John lead SLFP team
[Saturday 2017-10-21 18:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a committee, headed by Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva and John Seneviratne, tasked with conducting the forthcoming campaigns, for the Provincial Council polls, on behalf of the SLFP. UPFA General Secretary, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera stated that this committee will also include several other SLFP stalwarts and the SLFP will contest the polls on the UPFA ticket He said that under no circumstance would the SLFP align itself with the UNP or any other party or contest the upcoming polls under the swan symbol.



Navy brings Indian crew of sinking vessel to Galle
[Saturday 2017-10-21 18:00]

The Navy says it brought a seven member Indian crew of a sinking vessel to Galle and they will be repatriated.The Navy rescued the seven member India crew from a Maldives-bound Indian Merchant Vessel, which had sunk in the seas south of Sri Lanka due to a mechanical fault. Upon being informed by the Maldivian Government about the ill-fated ‘Maria Iurudaya’, a medium-scale merchant vessel sinking in the seas 68 nautical miles south of the Galle lighthouse, the Navy Headquarters alerted all merchant ships plying in that area as well as SLN ships/craft patrolling in the southern seas to render assistance.



Jaffna Uni. students boycott lectures
[Friday 2017-10-20 18:00]

Students of the University of Jaffna have started a boycott for five days over the solution suggested by President Maithripala Sirisena during a discussion held regarding the political prisoners. The students had decided to boycott lectures till October 25. The fourth year examinations, which were scheduled to be held today, were also cancelled by the University administration due to the boycott.



Northern protesters meet President for discussions on Tamil prisoners
[Friday 2017-10-20 18:00]

A group of protesters including the Northern Provincial councilor K. Shivajilingam held a discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday at the Presidential Secretariat regarding the Tamil prisoners. The group including councilor K. Shivajilingam staged a protest demonstration carrying black flags when President Sirisena was visiting Jaffna on October 14.



Human Rights Watch makes submission concerning Sri Lanka's military occupation of schools to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
[Friday 2017-10-20 18:00]

The New York-based global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has made a submission to the 77th Working Group of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) focusing on Sri Lanka's military use of educational facilities during armed conflict. The submission relates to Articles 28 and 38 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and focuses on the protection of students, teachers, and schools during armed conflict.



Not satisfied with UNP’s present conduct - JR’s grandson
[Friday 2017-10-20 18:00]

While pledging to defeat the new proposed Constitution, the grandson of the first Executive President of Sri Lanka Pradip Jayawardena said he has decided to contest the upcoming local government polls from the SLFP because he is not satisfied with the United National Party (UNP) conduct. Mr. Jayawardena said yesterday at a press briefing that his grandfather introduced the present Constitution because there was a credible reason to introduce it but said there was no such need to bring in a new constitution today.



Sri Lanka military offers another amnesty period for Army deserters
[Friday 2017-10-20 18:00]

Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense has declared another general amnesty period for deserters of the Army. The Ministry at a media briefing held in Colombo Thursday said the amnesty period will be offered to Army absentees enabling them to receive legal discharge from the Army. The General Amnesty will be effective from October 23 to November 15, 2017.



Sri Lankan President calls on journalists to present truth
[Friday 2017-10-20 18:00]

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the country's mainstream journalists to be truthful in what they are reporting to the people. He said the journalists have a responsibility to give correct, qualitative and valued information and news to the society for the betterment of the future generation. He made these remarks speaking at a ceremony held today (Oct. 19) at the National Library and Documentation Services Board in Colombo to issue a souvenir stamp in memory of the late senior journalist D. B. Dhanapala.



No need of a new Constitution or Amendments - Malwatu & Asgiriya Chapters
[Thursday 2017-10-19 18:00]

The Karaka Maha Sangha Sabha, of the Malwatu & Asgiriya Chapters today decided that there was no necessity of a new Constitution or amendments to the present Constitution of the country and urged to stop the Constitution drafting process.



Joint search operations for missing youths
[Thursday 2017-10-19 18:00]

Joint Operations were carried out by the Navy and Police in search of two youths, who went missing yesterday while bathing in the sea off Mullaithivu. The two missing youths are 18-years-old and residents of Mullathivu. Four youths had gone for a sea bath and two of them were rescued by the Navy. “Area residents also helped out with the search operations,” the Police said.



Strange light, noise disturbs people in South
[Thursday 2017-10-19 18:00]

A strange light in the sky, followed by a loud noise disturbed people in several areas in the Southern Province last night. The strange sound had been heard by people in the Galle, Matara, Akuressa and Deniyaya areas between 8.45 pm–9.00 pm, according to our provincial news correspondents. Meanwhile, some people living close to the sea in the Western Province too had seen a bright light streaking across the sky.



Construction of a new prison room in Mannar area
[Thursday 2017-10-19 18:00]

Currently suspects in Vavuniya prison has to be taken to Mannar Courts by travelling 85 km and are detained temporarily in a room of Customs Department with minor facilities and accordingly, the proposal made by Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D. M. Swaminathan, to construct a new prison room at Uduppukulama (South) Grama Niladhari Division near the Mannar Courts Complex, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.



J.R Jayawardene’s grandson set to enter politics
[Thursday 2017-10-19 18:00]

Pradeep Jayawardene, grandson of the late President of Sri Lanka, J R Jayawardene is set to enter politics. Jayawardene is expected to announce his move to enter politics at a media briefing tomorrow.



Government insists no final decision on Mattala airport
[Thursday 2017-10-19 18:00]

The Government today insisted that no final decision has been taken with regards to the Mattala international airport. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told reporters that cabinet has agreed the airport needs private investments. He said the airport has been running at a major loss and is in need of private investments to cover the losses, pay the staff and to make it fully operational.



Release all prisoners detained under PTA: Sampanthan
[Wednesday 2017-10-18 18:00]

Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan yesterday in Parliament urged the Government to release all prisoners detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) without further delay.



Delay in provincial polls irks election watchdogs
[Wednesday 2017-10-18 18:00]

Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya who is in receipt of a draft gazette notification on the much anticipated Provincial Council polls, said the Commission cannot act on its own to declare the elections until the Provincial Council and Local Government Ministry decides to do it first. Speaking to the Daily News, the Commissioner who had met with election watchdogs said they were irked at the delay and repeatedly questioned the reason as to why the Election Commission was not proactive on the matter.


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