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Treasury bond scams:
JO asks Maithri to quit govt., appoint new PM


Alleging that the ruling UNP had been grossly implicated in the alleged Treasury bond scams involving the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Perpetual Treasuries Pvt. Limited, the Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to quit the unity government without further delay.

President Sirisena committed a section of the SLFP to the UNP-led government after the latter’s failure to secure a simple majority at 2015 Aug parliamentary polls. President Sirisena’s move caused a split in the SLFP with the majority of 95 members elected on the UPFA ticket throwing their weight behind former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Kandy District MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage made a public appeal on behalf of the JO at a hastily arranged media briefing at a Punchi Borella temple, in the wake of startling CID exposure of some UNP MPs of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) having clandestine contacts with Arjuna Aloysius of PTL.


Speaker urged to restore credibility now


Former Chairman of COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises) D. E. W. Gunasekera yesterday told The Island that his successor JVPer Sunil Handunetti should immediately request Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to remove the members who had been in touch w...

Fort Magistrate issues arrest warrant on ex-ambassador to US


The Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday issued a warrant to arrest and produce in court, a former Sri Lankan Ambassador to America Jaliya Wickramesuriya, who is suspected to having abused public property act up to USD 100,032.The Court had ear...

Aava gang poses new threat


Information about some ‘masterminds’ controlling the local underworld from overseas had been received, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said yesterday.The police had launched special operations against underworld criminal groups i...

Govt. decision to abolish SAITM medical schoolGMOA urges AG to update SC on latest development


The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), yesterday, appealed to the Attorney General’s Department (AGD) to submit to the Supreme Court with up- to-date information about the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAIT...

WPC 2018 Budget to be presented on November 21

The Financial Statement for the year 2018 of the Western Provincial Council will be presented to the Council by Chief Minister and the Minister of Finance, Planning and Local Government, Isura Devapriya, on November 21 at 10.00 a.m. in the council cham...

Dayasiri urged to seek judicial remedy through Speaker’s intervention


Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader Udaya Gammanpila yesterday urged Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera to clear his name by seeking Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s intervention to initiate a probe.Gammanpila said Jayasekera could easily clear his na...

Venomous snake in parliament

Parliament workers found a cat snake – (mapila in Sinhala and poonai pambu in Tamil) in a committee room of the Parliament complex yesterday morning.The snake was first detected by some cleaning workers in a corner of the C...

Assaulted journalist given leave by SC to proceed with FR case


Susantha B. Karunaratne, a journalist, has complained to the Supreme Court that he was slapped across the face, at Hambantota, on October 6, 2017, by a senior police officer of the Hambantota police while he was in custody.The petitioner has alleged...

Now Dayasiri accuses JO and UNP of having secret pact


Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera told Parliament yesterday that the UNP and Joint Opposition had entered into a secret deal to sling mud at the SLFP.Sports Minister Jayasekera said so while explaining the situation that cropped up following a sta...

Prez warned not to put off LG polls


JVP says it would like to join with the devil or devil’s grandmother to defeat the government’s plans to delay elections using courts.JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake participating in the third reading stage debate in parliament yester...

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