Mini Budget before Parliament tomorrow

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The mini budget will be presented by the Finance Minister in Parliament tomorrow (29) and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is also due to make a brief statement on this. MORE... Read the Full Article

Removal of Shirani was void from the beginning- Saliya Pieris

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Explaining the Constitutional background of the reappointment of Chief Justice 43rd, Senior Counsel Saliya Pieris told Ada Derana that Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake was impeached by the former Government without a request from the Parliament. MORE... Read the Full Article

Asylum seeker returns not our job- Australian govt.

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The Australian government insists it's up to Papua New Guinea to return Indonesian and Sri Lankan asylum seekers to their home countries, but is happy to help in the process. MORE... Read the Full Article

Shirani assumes duties as CJ; will resign tomorrow

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The Government has removed all obstacles for Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayaka to hold her position as the 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, Bar Association President Upul Jayasuriya said. She has assumed duites and will resign from her post tomorrow, Jayasuriya added. MORE... Read the Full Article

Peshala Jayaratne takes oath as Chief Minister of the NCP

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Peshala Jayaratne was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the North Central Province before the North Central Provincial Governor P.B. Dissanayaka, a short-while ago. MORE... Read the Full Article

British minister to visit Sri Lanka today

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A British minister will arrive in Sri Lanka Wednesday for a three-day visit to the country, the British High Commission in Colombo said on Tuesday. MORE... Read the Full Article

Lawyers at Hultsdorf call for CJ’s resignation

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A group of lawyers attached to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has staged a protest, in front of the Hultsdorf Court complex for the second time, and called for the immediate resignation of Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, this morning. MORE... Read the Full Article

157 asylum seekers legally detained at sea, Aussie High Court rules

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A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers were legally detained at sea by Australian authorities last year, the High Court finds. MORE... Read the Full Article

Obama says there is new hope for democracy in Sri Lanka

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President of the United States, Barack Obama, said that there is new hope for democracy in Sri Lanka and that India can play a positive role in helping countries like Sri Lanka forge a better future. MORE... Read the Full Article

Sobhitha Thera wants CJ to go home gracefully

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The National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) today urged Chief Justice (CJ) Mohan Peiris to step down from the post of Chief Justice willingly and in a dignified manner.

Convener of the NMSJ, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera said; “The current Chief Justice was appointed following an unfair impeachment of the 43rd CJ, Shirani Bandaranayake. CJMohan Peiris’s appointment was a political appointment made by the previous regime. Therefore it is his responsibility to step down from his post willingly in a dignified manner.”

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Police after Duminda

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Police have obtained a court order to investigate financial accounts of Colombo District Parliamentarian Duminda Silva.

 

Accordingly, accounts in all financial institutions will come under CID probe. 

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Go home!

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Hundreds of university workers protested in front of the University Grants Commission (UGC) today, demanding the removal of Chairperson Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama .

The protesters demanded the removal of the Chairperson citing her being not fit for the job and her involvement in various malpractices during last regime. They also demanded to rectify salary anomalies of the non-academic staff.

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Permanent jobs for volunteer health workers

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Health Ministry is to take measures to incorporate all 127 volunteer workers in Jaffna Teaching Hospital into the permanent cadre.

Minister Rajitha Senaratne said he has issued directives to Health Services Director Dr. Palitha Mahipala to make arrangements to recruit these 127 volunteer workers as health service assistants following a proper assessment and interview.

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Independence Day ceremony at Parliamentary grounds

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This year's Independence Day celebration will be held on February 4th at 8 am at the Parliamentary ground in Sri Jayawardanepura, Kotte. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka to limit the term of Presidency to 5 yrs - President

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the term of office of the President of Sri Lanka will be reduced to five years from the original six when the new amendments to the Constitutions are proposed. Read the Full Article

New York shuts down as ‘historic’ snowstorm approaches

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New York City and other areas in the north-east US have shut down ahead of a snowstorm that is expected to dump as much as 90cm (36ins) of snow. Read the Full Article

Indo-Lanka relations have matured - Sinha

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Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Y.K. Sinha said that he witnessed democracy at the beginning the this month with the formation of the new government in Sri Lanka. Read the Full Article

Drunken PS Chairman goes behind bars

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Chairman of Padiyatalawa Pradeshiya Sabha and another PS member were arrested last night for behaving in an unruly manner under the influence of liquor causing disruption to residents of Padiyatalawa Town.

 The suspects are being produced before Dehiattakandiya Magistrate's Court, Police Media told Ceylontoday online.

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‘Diplomatic’ passport of a ministerial spouse probed

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Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has launched an investigation on a diplomatic passport of Shashi Weerawansa-wife of former minister Wimal Weerawansa.

According to police, the CID has confiscated and investigating how she has obtained a Diplomatic Passport based on a complaint received.

It was earlier reported that Shashi Weerawansha is in possession of two different NICs under different registration numbers. 

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Three killed within 90 minutes in road mishaps

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Three motorcyclists were killed yesterday in road accidents occurred within 90 minutes in the Southern Province alone.

According to Police media unit, the first accident reported from Sudugala area on Galle-Matara main road where the rider died in a mishap occurred while attempting to overtake a lorry. Police said he was seriously injured after being run-over by another lorry came from the opposite direction. The 20-year-old victim succumbed to injuries upon admission to the Matara Hospital.

Elsewhere, a 61-year-old rider succumbed to injuries in an accident occurred while he was attempting to overtake a private bus in Baddegama area.

Police also said another 65- year- old motorcyclist died upon admission to Karapitiya Teaching Hospital after colliding with the same lorry he was trying to overtake. 

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Greece debt repayment in full ‘unrealistic’ - Syriza

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It is unrealistic to expect Greece to repay its huge debt in full, the chief economics spokesman for the victorious Syriza party has told the BBC.

"Nobody believes that the Greek debt is sustainable," Euclid Tsakalotos said.

The far-left Syriza, which won Sunday's general election, wants to renegotiate Greece's €240bn (£179bn; $270bn) bailout by international lenders.

EU leaders have warned the new Greek government that it must live up to its commitments to the creditors.

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras - who was sworn in as prime minister on Monday - is expected to unveil his new cabinet later on Tuesday

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Former President denies military coup attempt allegations

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has denied allegations leveled at him that he had attempted to stage a military coup in the early hours of the 9 January to remain in power even after the Presidential elections. MORE... Read the Full Article

Six new Governors sworn in

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Six new Governors took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena today (27) at the Presidential Secretariat. MORE... Read the Full Article

Maldives-Lanka mariculture project under discussion

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Governments of Maldives and Sri Lanka have expressed interest in conducting a joint mariculture project. MORE... Read the Full Article

Wela Sudha made payments to MP Duminda Silva- Police confirm

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A court order has been obtained to probe bank accounts of Colombo District Parliamentarian Duminda Silva, as drug kingpin 'Wela Sudha' testified to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) he paid money to the politician, police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said. MORE... Read the Full Article