French director Jacques Audiard (C) poses on stage with Sri Lankan actress Kalieaswari Srinivasan (L) and Sri Lankan actor Jesuthasan Antonythasan after he was awarded with the Palme d’Or for his film "Dheepan" during the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 24, 2015.
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Maithri wants drug
dealers et al ousted
President Maithripala Sirisena says he is committed to eliminating drug dealers and other social undesirables from Parliament and the proposed new electoral system will help achieve that goal.
Informed sources told The Island when some UPFA MPs asked the President during their group meeting held in Colombo last week if the next general election would be held under the current electoral system or the proposed First Past the Post System coupled with Limited PR (FPP&LP) he had replied, "Don’t ask me that question. But, remember, one of the main pledges that I was elected to office on, was to eliminate Kudukarayas (drug dealers) and Rasthiyadukarayas (undesirables) from the legislature. I am also committed to ending the scourge of the Manape (preferential vote) and expect you to back me to the hilt."