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A high level Chinese delegation visiting Colombo met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees yesterday. PM Wickremesinghe with head of the Chinese delegation, Assistant minister of International Department, Central Committee of CPC, Wan Yajun (Pic courtesy PM’s Office)

MR fires damaging first salvo against UNP, SLFP, JVP in run-up to LG polls


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday fired a broadside at the UNP, SLFP and JVP for working hand in glove to promote all anti-democratic and anti-national causes.

Text of Rajapaksa’s statement: Nominations have now been accepted for the local government elections which had been delayed by nearly three years due to the government’s fear of the voting public. Even though a local government election is not an election at which political power changes hands, this election is of special significance because this is the first time the people will have an opportunity to use the ballot to demonstrate their opposition to the present government. The only election held previously under the so called yahapalana government was the parliamentary election of August 2015. The president ensured the victory of the UNP at that election through stratagems such as issuing public statements to destablise the UPFA election campaign and by sacking the general secretaries of the SLFP and the UPFA on the eve of the poll. Thereby the message that was conveyed...

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Sagala in damage control exercise after John’s faux pas

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Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka yesterday assured that the UNP was fully committed to ensure a free and fair election. His assurance came in the wake of Minister John Amaratunga’s recent declaration that the UNP...

Mathews’ form, a huge relief for Sri Lanka

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Amidst the rubbles of Sri Lanka’s heavy 141-run defeat in Mohali on Wednesday, former captain Angelo Mathews stood tall with his second hundred on the tour. Sri Lanka desperately need their leading batsman to fire and on this tour, he has come...

Govt.’s accession to Optional Protocol of Convention against Torture: Implications and dangers

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The decision to accede to the Optional Protocol of the International Convention against Torture, and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment was taken by the yahapalana Cabinet on 14 November 2017. The decision was implemented soon af...

    Fed interest rate hikes likely to benefit frontier markets like Sri Lanka: analysts

    Overall performance of the Colombo Stock Exchange turned out to be favorable yesterday as U.S. Federal Reserve raised short term interest rates for a third time this year and predicted more increases to follow in 2018.Backed by this sentiment, the ma...

     
     
     
     
     
     
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