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Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Musthapha said yesterday that Provincial Council elections will be held on one day and the specific date will be determined by Parliament.
The government's claim that there was a plan to sell the Hambantota Port in its entirety to the Chinese under his government is a 'diabolical lie', former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
BY RAVI LADDUWAHETTY
Skipper of the 1996 Wills World Cup winning Sri Lanka Cricket team-turned Minister of Petroleum Industries Arjuna Ranatunga said last night that he...... does not watch Sri Lanka playing cricket anymore!
By Rathindra Kuruwita
If a No-Confidence Motion is brought against Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake, without any concrete evidence, the United National Party (UNP) will defend him, UNP General Secretary Minister Kabir Hashim said yesterday.
BY K. S. UDAYAKUMAR
Former Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa said, that no minister in the previous government has been levelled with such serious accusations as Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake has earned following the Treasury Bonds Incident Investigating Commission.
The government asks the workers of Petroleum Corporation to report for duties to avoid the inconvenience faced by the people.
The fuel distribution has been declared an essential service from midnight yesterday by a gazette notification and the government informs all the employees related to fuel distribution to immediately report for work.
By Niranjala Ariyawansha
President Maithripala Sirisena has yesterday rejected three Cabinet Papers presented by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ravi Karunanayake, following severe criticism...... by Cabinet Members, Ceylon Today reliably learns.
By Skandha Gunasekara
Opposition MP, from the UPFA, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, in Parliament yesterday called for the resignation of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ravi Karunanayake, following the revelations made at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry concerning the latter's connection to the controversial Treasury Bonds scam.
By Shaahidah Riza
There is a 'Cocaine Prince' on the loose and he must be identified, said former President Mahinda......Rajapaksa commenting on the massive cocaine haul in Ratmalana last week.
Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that Sri Lanka's economic ties with Australia have now transformed itself into a dynamic partnership due to growing trade, investment, and new business interests.
President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informed, through their attorneys, Colombo High Court Judge, Vikum Kaluarachchi, that they will not be able to be present in Court during the trial against former United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake yesterday due to prior official engagements.
Matara District Joint Opposition (JO) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene yesterday charged that the United National Party (UNP) should be held directly accountable for the Central Bank (CB) bond issue, which he termed as Sri Lanka's largest daylight robbery in its recent history. He further alleged that it could also be identified as the biggest such scam that had taken place in the entire South Asian region in recent history.
BY Natasha Siribaddana and Denagama Ranaweera
President Maithripala Sirisena removed Arjuna Mahendran from his post as the Governor of the Central Bank against the wishes of the Prime Minister and if the Ministry of Law and Order does not perform, there might be another Cabinet change, State Minister Dilan Perera said.
BY Cassendra Doole
Minister Vijith Wijayamuni Soysa said yesterday that the Yahapalana Government will not forcibly retain members by granting them special privileges as the previous government did.
The Mannar Water Supply Project launched by the Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply will be declared open today (7th July) by Prime Minister Ranl Wixkremesinghe in Eluthur, Mannar.
Opposition Leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, in Parliament this week, while speaking during the debate on the Draft Bill on the Registration of IDPs as Voters said most of the Tamil people who fled the country due to threats to their lives would like to come back if an environment free of violence is created in the country.
By Umesh Moramudali
The Government will never forget the important tasks performed by soldiers in development and winning the goodwill of the international community, President Maithripala Sirisena said recently.
BY PANCHAMEE HEWAVISSENTI
Tension was triggered through the whole of Kulamarippu in Oddusuddan, Mullaithivu for a while yesterday when civilians engaged in a heated argument with members of a committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena demanding that lands in the North be returned without delay to the people.
By Skandha Gunasekara
The Joint Opposition (JO) informed the Government yesterday that it would support the Government in making the necessary amendments to the Local Government Elections Bill, if the legislation was presented to Parliament within the week.
By Anuradha Herath
If the Cabinet subcommittee appointed to look into the issues relating to the Uma Oya Multi Purpose Development Project fails to provide an acceptable solution, the forces protesting against the project will be compelled to take drastic action, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Provincial Councillor, Samantha Vidyaratna warned yesterday.
By Ravi Ladduwahetty
Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon has tendered his resignation, top political sources told Ceylon Today last night.
By Niranjala Ariyawansha
President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday he intends initiating a new probe into everyone in the previous regime about whom he was personally aware had plundered billions of rupees in State funds and concealed the frauds behind fraudulent estimate reports pertaining to the Uma Oya Multi Purpose Project.
By Rathindra Kuruwita
The date for Parliament to debate amendments to the Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Act No. 22 of 2012 will be decided at the party leaders' meeting next week, Cabinet Spokesman, Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said.
By Methmalie Dissanayake
Sri Lanka's foreign policy would be geared to preserving the position given to Buddhism and promoting unity within the country, Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake said.
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran has refuted the allegation that he has 'misused' 50,000 Canadian dollars allocated to the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) by the Canadian Tamils.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the Sri Lankan Armed Forces were provided unrelenting support, backed by actual and concrete actions on part of the government and it was a difficult...... task, one that could not be possible without public buy-in.
President Maithripala Sirisena will vest the 'Sandapahanagama' Uda village in Hambantota District with public and launch the new 'Sewana' lottery tomorrow (23rd June), when the National Housing Day falls.
The Northern Provincial Council is to sit today (22) as the crisis within the Council seems to have been solved with the parties to the conflict reaching a consensus.
No one has the right to misuse assets belonging to the government or the general public. Those who have stolen public assets have been interdicted, said Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister Fisheries, while on an inspectional visit to Embilipitiya at Mahaweli residential business office.
By Shaahidah Riza
Politicians cannot remove Lawyers. If that is permitted there won't be any lawyers in this country, as politicians will oust all dissenting voices said Attorney-at-Law Lakshan Dias, in response to Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe's threat to remove him from the legal profession.
State Minister for State Enterprise Development, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, who was reported to be in dispute with the Minister Kabir Hashim over office space, is to assume duties officially today (19).
BY Mirudhula Thambiah
Chief Minister of the North C.V. Wigneswaran, during yesterday's sitting of the Northern Provincial Council, instructed two of his ministers to voluntarily resign their positions before 12 noon today (15).
BY Kavindya Chris Thomas
The government yesterday reiterated that land within the country will not be sold to foreign entities.
Co-Cabinet spokesman Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said that the government wants to create co-existence among all communities and they have already done the needful.
The Srilankan Airlines is making losses and President Maithripala Sirisena has said that it will be discussed at the next cabinet meeting.
By Ananth Palakidnar
The Northern Provincial Council is in a fresh crisis after a report submitted to Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran has called for the sacking of two ministers on serious allegations of graft.
Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremeisnghe at UN Permanent Representative's office in New York recently.
Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake on his first visit overseas as Minister of Foreign Affairs called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held discussions with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday (6th June).
By Rathindra Kuruwita
Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faiszer Musthapha and Chairman of the Elections Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya...... will meet today to discuss the possibility of holding the local government elections, which have been postponed for over a year.
The Joint Opposition (JO) has proposed that a sum of Rs 1 million be paid as compensation for a death caused by natural calamities such as floods, landslides and earth slips etc.
The government's policies are being implemented on three main pillars, Democracy, Reconciliation, and Development, said Newly Appointed Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
President Maithripala Sirisena thanked the government and the people of Maldives for the assistance provided for flood relief work.
Under the new Cabinet reshuffle, four State Ministers and three Deputy Minister were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena today (31st May) at the Presidential Secretariat.
MR to Japan today 2778
By Sidath Mendis
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to leave for Japan later today, JO sources said.
Newly appointed Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera assumed duties this morning (25th May) at the Finance Ministry.
By Sidath Mendis
The Joint Opposition (JO) says that with the Cabinet reshuffle that took place last morning the so-called UNP-SLFP Unity Government will encounter more hurdles and it will further underscore the lame duck leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the country was a 'grand success' and it enabled both countries to finalize a number of projects, including the Trincomalee Port project, Minister of Special Assignments Sarath Amunugama said.
By Shaahidah Riza
Muslim MPs and Ministers have sent a missive to the President yesterday asking for an appointment to discuss escalating hate crimes against the minorities in the country.
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- Market enjoys $ 88M NFIs 2545
- Political controversies laid to rest Stock Market makes gains 2548
- Implementation of sticker proposal on Liquor Delay costs Govt Rs 40B 2591
- CBK secretly invited Norway Only two people in Colombo knew when I first met Prabhakaran – Solheim 2559
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