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Ven. Rathana Thera arrives at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday to hand over a petition to President Maithripala Sirisena as regards the alleged illegal sterilisation of women at the Kurunegala hospital. The Thera was accompanied by a group of women who identified themselves as victims. The MP handed over the petition to an official as President Sirisena was not available. (Pic by Ranjith Wimalasiri)

Halt in registration of

new parties exploited

* Top Election Office post remains vacant

* DUNF Chief says outfits fetch as much as Rs 30 mn now

The ongoing court case in respect of Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha election may prevent attorney-at-law Nagananda Kodituwakku from contesting the 2019 presidential election as the registration of political parties was on hold pending the conclusion of the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha election case.

The presidential election is scheduled to take place between late Nov and early Dec 2019.In accordance with the Parliament Elections Act (No 01 of 1981) only a present or former lawmaker can contest presidential election as an independent whereas any other should be nominated by a party.



Opp. brings to notice of Parliament UN attempt to influence judiciary


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Union Bank records strong growth of 52% in profit before all taxes in 1H19


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Puppets on strings?


Are we a nation of puppets? The answer to this question is simply YES!   Why?It is because we have been behaving (or should we say performing?) according to the scenarios dictated by alien elements,

    Umayanga wins Under-14 best athlete award


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