Anura to be appointed as Opposition Whip

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JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake is tipped to be appointed as the Chief Opposition Whip.

Even though, the TNA was to appoint one of its members to the post with its Parliamentary Group Leader R. Sampanthan being the Opposition Leader, the party has decided to appoint Dissanayake to the post.

TNA parliamentarian confirmed that they had discussions with Dissanayake and that the latter gave his consent 

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EU ready to partner with Sri Lanka to face challenges

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The European Union (EU) today stressed that it truly remains committed to supporting a healthy democracy and looks forward to partnering with the Sri Lankan government to address some of the challenges it faces. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Bangladesh NDC delegation calls on Secretary Defence

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A delegation of the Bangladesh National Defence College (NDC) paid a courtesy call to the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. BMUD Basnayake at the Ministry premises today (3rd Thursday, September 2015). Read the Full Article

Gotabaya at Presidential Commission for second time

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Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has arrived at the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Large Scale Corruption and Fraud, a short while ago, to record a statement before the Commission.


He appeared before the commission on 24 August as well, to record a statement.

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Sri Lanka Navy enhances ties with Australian Navy

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Two Sri Lankan navy ships engaged in a joint naval exercise with a visiting Australian naval ship in the seas off Colombo yesterday (2nd Wednesday, September 2015). Read the Full Article

Samapanthan appointed Opposition Leader

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R. Samapathan has been appointed the Opposition Leader today (3).

Sampanthan is the first Tamil MP to be appointed the Opposition Leader after 1977. Appapillai Amirthalingam functioned as the  Opposition Leader from 1977 to 1983.

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Sarath Mayadunne resigns

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Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Sarath Mayadunne will resign today (3), after making a special statement in parliament.


Former Auditor General Sarath Mayadunne was appointed through the JVP national list.

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Wallapatta found in Yakkalamulla

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An individual and the trishaw they were travelling in were taken into Police custody, in Yakkalamulla police division yesterday (3), during an investigation conducted by the Police acting on a tip-off they had received. Police have been informed that these individuals had parts of the endemic plant Wallapatta in their possession. Police have seized 1 kg 20 g of Wallapatta in the suspects' possession.

The suspect is a 49-year-old resident of Imaduwa, Police told Ceylon Today Online. He will be produced to Galle Magistrate today (3).

Yakkalamulla Police is carrying out further investigations into the incident.

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Millions strike over Modi labour reforms

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Workers across India are staging a day-long strike to protest at the economic policies of the government.

They say the "pro-business" policies of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government will put their jobs at risk and hurt ordinary people.

The unions are demanding the government drop plans to sell off stakes in state-run companies and change labour laws.

Response to the strike has been mixed. Some banks are closed and public transport has been disrupted.

Reports say some 150 million workers - mainly in banking, manufacturing, construction and coal mining industries - belonging to 10 major unions are expected to stay away from work on Wednesday.

The strike appears to have hit public transport, with long queues of commuters and school children seen at bus stops in many cities, including the capital, Delhi. Many passengers were also stranded at railway stations and airports.

A large number of schools and businesses were shut in the states of West Bengal and Kerala, where unions enjoy significant clout, and public transport was disrupted, reports said.

Mr Modi won in a landslide at the general election last year, promising to revive a slowing economy and introduce reforms.

But the opposition has blocked some of his key tax and land acquisition reforms, and unions are also angry over the moves.

India's economy grew at an annual rate of 7% between April and June, official figures have shown.

(BBC)

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Parliament approves proposal to increase Ministers

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The proposal to increase the number of ministers in the National Government was approved by Parliament with a majority of 127 votes today. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Atapattu resigns as Sri Lanka cricket coach

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Marvan Atapattu has resigned as head coach of the Sri Lanka cricket team while his resignation has been accepted by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). Read the Full Article

Unidentified man hit by train in Anuradhapura

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An unidentified man was killed after being hit by a train in Anuradhapura police division yesterday (2) at around 2.05p.m., Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.


Anuradhapura Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Gotabaya to appear before CoI tomorrow again

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Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been asked to appear before the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Large Scale Corruption and Fraud on Friday (03) as well. MORE... Read the Full Article

Notices issued to Mattala airport protesters

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The Tissamaharama Magistrate's Court on Thursday (03) issued notices on several persons including the former Chairman of the Lunugamwehera Pradeshiya Sabha for allegedly being a part of a protest held outside the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport yesterday. MORE... Read the Full Article

Anura proposed for the post of Chief Opposition Whip

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The name of JVP Leader and Colombo District MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake has been proposed for the post of Chief Opposition Whip, a source said. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Culture of excessive number of ministers must end - Sampanthan

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Sri Lanka's new Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan today said that while a national government in the present context in the country may be a national need, it would have been better if the two parties would have been able to come together without an increase in the number of ministries. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Don’t act like monkeys, says PM

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The decision on the opposition leader post sparked uproar in parliament when Colombo district MP Wimal Weerawansa this morning (3) questioned the government on the validity of the new appointment. MORE... Read the Full Article

Navy enhances ties with Australian Navy

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Two Sri Lankan navy ships engaged in a joint naval exercise with a visiting Australian naval ship in the seas off Colombo, the Defence Ministry said. MORE... Read the Full Article

Gotabaya arrives at CoI to give statement for the second time

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Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa a short while ago arrived at the BMICH to give a statement before the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Large Scale Corruption and Fraud. MORE... Read the Full Article

Sampanthan appointed Opposition Leader

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TNA parliamentary group leader and Trincomalee District MP R. Sampanthan has been appointed as the Opposition Leader of the 8th Parliament. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Mayadunne resigns from parliamentary seat

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JVP National List MP and former Auditor General S. Mayadunne says he will resign from his post after making a special statement in Parliament today. MORE.. Read the Full Article

MS predicts SLFP will win future polls

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President Maithripala Sirisena welcomes Kalutara District MP Kumara Welgama for the dinner hosted by.. Read the Full Article

Coca-Cola fiasco: GMOA says country lacks toxicologists

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The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) today said that there were not enough specialists.. Read the Full Article

Cabinet size increase: Debate today

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A resolution calling for the enlargement of the Cabinet in the proposed national unity government .. Read the Full Article

Won t stop my journey: Maithri

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President Maithripala Sirisena today said he won t stop his journey though it might be a steady and .. Read the Full Article