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Lure of the new ship

SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake and UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera joined Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the commissioning of a new Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV), acquired from India, at the Eastern Container Terminal, last Thursday. Amaraweera and Dissanayake have drawn heavy fire from the rebel SLFPers, who allege that they colluded with the UNP to defeat the no-confidence motion against PM Wickremesinghe recently. Both Dissanayake and Amaraweera skipped the vote, together with 21 other UPFA MPs.

Fuel pricing formula, an IMF condition – JO

‘Petroleum prices to be increased on May Day’

Joint Opposition (JO) spokesman Bandula Gunawardena, MP, yesterday alleged that the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government was about to introduce a fuel pricing formula at the behest of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Addressing the media at Vajirasharma temple, Punchi Borella, Gunawardena accused the government of having given in to IMF dictates. The JO strongly opposed the pricing formula, as the people were struggling to make ends meet, Gunawardena said.

Predicting that the pricing formula would be introduced on May Day, Gunawardena said that JO May Day rally would focus on the ill-effects of the IMF-government agreement.Responding to a query by The Island, Gunawardena, however, admitted that a fuel pricing formula was necessary.



Prez wants numbers reduced


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An invincible legacy


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