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20A submitted to Cabinet

* Sub committee to consider party proposals


The government said yesterday that it wanted to pass the 20th Amendment to the Constitution prior to holding the next general election, but did not set a date for the polls.

Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne told a news conference in Colombo, that a concept paper on the proposed electoral reforms meant to introduce the First Past the Post and Limited PR had been presented by President Maitripala Sirisena to the Cabinet of Ministers yesterday.


Ex-President complains of an alleged hatchet job by FCID


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday complained that the controversial police unit Financial Crimes Investigation Division had filed a B report in the Kaduwela Magistrate Court that it had begun an investigation on the basis of an anonymo...

She grapples with rare illness courageously


Pawani was a healthy and playful girl like the other children of her age. Her destiny changed after she reached the age of 13.

UPFA asks whether UNP feared elections


UPFA rebels yesterday demanded that the government dissolve Parliament and hold an election as the minority government’s mandate had expired after 100 days.

Constitutional reforms should be marketed  internationally – Mahinda

Sri Lanka must start marketing what it had put in place in the 19th Amendment not only locally but internationally, Finance State Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said yesterday.

Most of returning refugees from India head for Mannar, Vavuniya and Jaffna


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) yesterday said that most of the refugees returning through its facilitated repatriation programme had been going to the Northern Districts of Mannar, Vavuniya and Jaffna.

Ranawaka cancels 3 power agreements


The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) would save Rs. 3,600 million annually due to the cancelation of agreements with three privately owned costly oil based power plants, Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday.

Lanka ahead of neighbours in global Human Capital Index

Sri Lanka has ranked 60th, beating other South Asian nations, on the global Human Capital Index, which measures countries on development and deployment of human capital.

Five shops raided for selling imported sweets with improper labelling

The Public Health Department of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC PHD) yesterday said it would take legal action against five shops in the Pettah, Grandpass and Kocchikade North and South areas for retailing imported sweet and dairy products in ...

CIABOC not probing sale of MPs’ duty free vehicle permits: Writ application filed in SC

Attorney-at-Law Nagananda Kodituwakku has filed a writ application in the Supreme Court requesting the Court to compel the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption to probe the alleged disposal in the open market of tax free...

Snatch thief, a constable

KANDY – A thief after snatching a gold chain from a woman on Tuesday afternoon along the Kandy Lake drove away in a small car.



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