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* Constitutional Council holds final meeting before the next Parliament

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Constitutional Council held its final meeting before the next Parliament on Monday (03) at 5.30 pm at the Speaker’s Residence under the patronage of its Chairman and former Speaker of the 8th Parliament Karu Jayasuriya.
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* Chairperson of Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission resigns

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has resigned from the post. Sri Lanka parliament media unit said the Constitutional Council which met Monday noted that Dr. Deepika Udagama has tendered her resignation from the post
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* EC: HC judgment won’t bar Premalal from contesting

Aug 04 (Island) Election Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday (3) said that the recent Ratnapura High Court ruling, in respect of the 2015 January Kahawatte killing, wouldn’t bar SLPP candidate Premalal Jayasekera from contesting the parliamentary polls on August 5.
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* Weapons assigned to Police officers on duty not to brush teeth:EC

Aug 04 (DM) Election Commission’s Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday the police officers on duty had been assigned weapons to be used if necessary. “We would like to remind the police officers on duty that they are not given weapons to brush their teeth but to use them if the need arises,” he said.
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* Over 3,400 complaints about social media misuse during election campaign

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Election monitoring organization Peoples for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) says it has received 940 complaints about propaganda on social media in the past 9 hours after Election campaigning ended at midnight on Sunday (02) until 9 am Monday (03).
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* Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections will hold lessons for India’s Election Commission ahead of Bihar polls

Aug 03 (IE) After successfully containing the spread of COVID-19, Sri Lanka is set to hold parliamentary elections on August 5.
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* Sri Lanka President to build a people-centric economy

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that he will build a people-centric economy that will be fully owned by the people of the country. The President said the objective of the government is create a National Economy for the future that will strengthen the local entrepreneurs instead of vending national resources and financial assets of the country to foreigners.
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* Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Elections: Pragmatic Tamil Leaders Should Be Elected

Aug 03 (ER) With the new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa winning the election in Nov 2019 almost exclusively with the majority Sinhala-Buddhist vote, Tamil peoples struggle for justice and equality in Sri Lanka has undoubtedly entered a grave and challenging phase yet again.
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* President pledges to develop Hambanthota District as a ‘Great Commercial City’

Aug 02 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that the Hambantota district will be developed as one of ‘Four Multi-dimensional Commercial Cities’ that was expected to function as International Coordination Centers. Colombo, Jaffna, and Trincomalee are the other districts expected to be developed as ‘Four Multi-dimensional Commercial Cities’.
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* Not afraid of acts of sabotage, strikes - President

Aug 02 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says that saboteurs carry out various conspiracies every time a leader who thinks about the country comes to power.
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* All election campaigning and propaganda activities end midnight today

Aug 02 (CP) Colombo- The Elections Commission announced that all election campaigning and propaganda activities for the Parliamentary Election 2020 must end at midnight today. All types of canvassing or election campaigning activities for the Election should end 48 hours before the election.
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* Comprehensive monitoring of Victoria Dam

Aug 02 (CSE) An automated monitoring system, optical total stations, GNSS receivers and other structural monitoring instrumentation continuously monitors Sri Lanka’s tallest dam — providing a 360-degree view in real-time — of all dam movements.
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* NEWSTamil diaspora extend support to TNA

Aug 03 (Island) The Global Tamil Forum has called on all Tamils to cast their precious vote wisely at the forthcoming Parliamentary Election in Sri Lanka. The GTF in a post published by the Canadian Tamil Congress said the Tamil people’s struggle for democratic rights in Sri Lanka has a long history
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* People will be made stakeholders in country’s development: PM

Aug 03 (DM) A new government formed by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) following the General Election will make the people from Point Pedro to Point Dondra, stakeholders of the development in the country, SLPP Leader Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said .
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* New technology for local election monitors

Aug 02 (SO) Local election monitors despite low funds will use the latest technology to collaborate with international observers to monitor the August 5 election. This follows the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that has restricted movements among countries since international airports remain closed.
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* Elect people who can make decisions for the betterment of the country to Parliament - Archbishop

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- The Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said in a special statement to the media yesterday requested the public to fulfill their duty properly to elect a suitable group of people who can make decisions for the future prosperity of the country in this general election.
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* New Parliament will meet on August 20th, President issues proclamation

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has summoned the new Parliament to meet on 20th August, 2020 (Thursday) following the General Election tomorrow, August 05th.
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* Parliamentary Election: counting of votes to commence on Thursday

Aug 04 (DN) The Election Commission stated in a communiqué, yesterday, that it has made arrangements to start the counting of votes in the Parliamentary Elections to be held tomorrow in the respective districts, at 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., the following day.
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* Sri Lanka’s Southern Political Parties Need the LTTE at Election Time

Aug 04 (IPD) Sri Lanka’s governing political parties use the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a foil to win elections and justify lapses in good governance.
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* All polling centers to be disinfected today and tomorrow

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- The health authorities have made arrangements to disinfect and sanitize all polling centers island wide today (03) and tomorrow (04) with the assistance of Municipal Councils, Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas and under the supervision of Health Officers.
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* Special arrangements for security of ballot boxes

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has said that a number of special measures have been taken regarding the security of ballot boxes as the counting of votes will begin the day after the election due to the Corona epidemic.
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* Sri Lanka first runner-up in World Schools Debating Championship 2020

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka National Debate Team became the first runner-up in the online World Schools Debating Championship 2020 while Canada beat Sri Lanka to win the Championship, in the final held on Sunday.
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* Come to the polling centers without fear – EC Chief

Aug 02 (CP) Colombo- The Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says that there is no coronavirus risk at the polling stations and requests the public not to be afraid to cast their ballots at the upcoming Wednesday’s election.
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* Port workers call off strike, operations at port to return to normal tomorrow

Aug 02 (CP) Colombo- The trade unions of the Colombo Port say they have decided to call off the strike they launched on 31st July after discussions with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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* Solutions to drinking water problems from the annual budget

Aug 02 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said this year’s budget will allocate funds to solve the drinking water problem faced by the people in many districts.
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* Another group of stranded Sri Lankans arrive in the island

Aug 02 (CP) Colombo- A group of 373 Sri Lankans who were unable to return to Sri Lanka due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions have arrived in the country early this morning onboard three different plights.
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* Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas hope to tighten grip on power in election

Aug 03 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa hopes to tighten his hold on the nation’s fractious politics in an election on Wednesday that could elevate his brother and allow the two to change the constitution if they prevail.
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* Only UNP has action plan to solve country’s burning issues - Ranil

Aug 03 (DN) UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said that the government should address the burning issues of the people before seeking a two thirds majority in Parliament at the upcoming General Election. “The government should guarantee job security and restore the livelihoods of the people
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* Ballot boxes to be placed in containers sealed and signed before counting begins the next day

Aug 02 (ST) For the first time, political parties and independent groups have been requested to send two representatives to each counting centre to stay overnight on August 5 until the counting begins the following morning.
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