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Over 4,000 more LG members heavy burden on taxpayers

100% increase under new system


Doubling of the number of members of local authorities from current 4,000 to 8,000 in accordance with the newly introduced hybrid electoral system would be a massive burden on the taxpayer, civil society grouping, the ‘March 12 Movement’ said yesterday.

People’s Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) spokesperson Rohana Hettiarachchi said the very purpose of the new system would be lost if electors failed to choose honest candidates who hadn’t been jailed, received suspended sentences, embroiled in corruption or abuse of political power.


UNP, SLFP scared of facing electorate – civil society group


A civil society group, calling itself the March 12 Movement, yesterday alleged that the ruling coalition was scared of facing the electorate and, therefore, did its utmost to delay local government polls further.

Manjula Gajanayake, ...

A majority prefers military/autocratic rule in India!

More than four-fifths of Indian citizens trust their government, but interestingly, a majority of people in the world’s largest democracy also support military rule and autocracy, a latest Pew survey said. 

"In India, where the econo...

PM to receive survey reports on proposed constitution

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will accept three reports of surveys conducted on the proposed new constitution by three institutes, including the Sri Lanka College of Journalism at 11 am today at the Parliamentary Complex, the PM&rsqu...

Pakistan to extend credit lines, assistance to students , public servants


The Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua said yesterday that her government would extend credit lines, ongoing scholarship and training assistance to Sri Lankan students and public servants.

Addressing the launch of the Pakistan Alumni S...

North: 6,500 schoolchildren in landmark event to forge ethnic reconciliation

A landmark event calling for ethnic and religious harmony and protection of children was held in Mullaitivu last week.

Organised by the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation in collaboration with World Concern, 6500 schoolchildre...

Lanka suffers sharpest drop in worker remittances

Sri Lankan workers in the Middle East sent back fewer dollars in the first eight months of this year, the sharpest  drop yet owing to adverse economic and geopolitical conditions in the region, its central bank said Wednesday.


JVP to defeat Maithri if he seeks second term


The JVP yesterday vowed to defeat President Maithripala Sirisena if he sought a second term.

JVP Propaganda Secretary MP Vijitha Herath, addressing a press conference, at the party headquarters in Pelawatte, said President Sirisena had no mor...

Mahinda to take action against Namal

UPFA General Secretary Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday said he would complain to the Attorney General and Chief Justice seeking an investigation into a statement made by MP Namal Rajapaksa and his la...

Ruwan Chief Guest at centenary cadets’ parade

State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene will grace the Hermann Loos Camp’s centenary school cadets’ parade as the Chief Guest at the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Training Centre at Rantambe today.

This year’s camp’s pass...

IUSF turns to BASL for help

 The Inter- University Students’ Federation (IUSF) has appealed to the Sri Lanka Bar Association (BASL) for a discussions on the South Asian Institute for Technology and Medicine (SAITM), which, it claims, is being protected by a few poli...

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