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Last Updated = Mon, Sep 16, 2019, 10:49 pm SL Time

* Sri Lanka President alleges Chinese firm misappropriating Rs. 2 bn from Lotus Tower construction funds

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena dropped another bombshell today alleging that a Chinese company in 2012 has misappropriated Rs. 2 billion from the funds for the Lotus Tower construction.
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* Sri Lanka PM says will continue to ensure accountability

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the fraud and corruption in the state institutions. The Prime Minister came to the Commission to make a statement regarding the investigations into the lease of the Agriculture Ministry building.
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* Sri Lanka's 'Lotus Tower' declared open for public

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- The Lotus Tower in Sri Lanka, the tallest tower in South Asia, was declared opened to the public by President Maithripala Sirisena today.
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* Prime Minister before Presidential Commission today

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing corruption and malpractice of the government at the BMICH this morning to give testimony over the complaint regarding the lease of the Agriculture Ministry building.
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* TNA yet not satisfied with Sajith’s candidacy

Sept 16 (Island) The selection of the UNP’s presidential candidate would take some more time as the TNA, yesterday, has said it is not ready to accept Sajith Premadasa as the candidate of the coalition to be formed.
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* SLFP’s five dissident MPs un-fazed by expulsion threat

Sept 16 (DN) The five senior SLFP parliamentarians now threatened with expulsion from the party have denied receiving any formal notification of such punitive action while two of them would not even confirm that they have actually left the party and joined another.
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* Sri Lanka Disaster Management Center warns of floods and landslides

Sept 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center urges the public to be vigilant of floods and landslides with heavy rains. Disaster Management Center Assistant Director Pradeep Kodippili said that people living in low lying areas as well as in landslide prone areas should be cautious.
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* 15-20 candidates expected to contest presidential polls – EC Chairman

Sept 15 (Island) Seventeen registered political parties have so far informed Elections Commission Chairman, Mahinda Deshapriya, that they will be fielding their respective candidates for the forthcoming presidential election. "In addition, a former parliamentarian has also indicated that he will throw his hat into the ring
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* Sobitha Thera’s movement calls for Sajith-Karu alliance

Sept 15 (SO) The United National Front (UNF) can attain victory at the 2019 Presidential polls, only if all three leaders of the camp, Party Leader Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, Deputy Leader Minister Sajith Premadasa and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya stand together on the same stage, the Bhikkhu Front of the National Movement for Social Justice announced yesterday (14).
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* UNP Deputy Leader requests PM to name party's presidential candidate soon

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Minister Sajith Premadasa says he has written to the Leader of the party, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, requesting him to nominate the candidate from the UNP for the upcoming presidential election soon.
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* Finance Ministry warns public on false reports of granting duty free vehicle permits to immigrant Sri Lankans

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance today said it has received reports that fraudulent documents with the heading of the Department of Trade Investment Policy of the Ministry of Finance and the name and title of its Director General have been sent to Sri Lankans immigrants, stating that Sri Lankans working abroad will be granted duty free vehicle permits.
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* Seventy percent of the Palaly airport development work completed

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Seventy percent of the construction work by the Road Development Authority (RDA) in the first phase of the development of Palaly Airport, which is being developed as a regional and international airport, has been completed, according to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.
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* I will not let anyone underestimate SLFP - President

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday stressed that he would not allow anyone to underestimate the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and if that happens he is ready to show the strength of the party to all.
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* Sajith and UNF decide not to drag the issue

Sept 16 (DM) UNF leaders and UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa had decided to end the present deadlock on the nominee issue for the candidacy for the upcoming presidential election this week, Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) Leader Mano Ganesan said today.
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* Country cannot be developed with a dictatorship - PM

Sept 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says a country cannot not be developed with a dictatorship and to develop the country everybody must work with commitment and dedication.
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* Sri Lanka's 'Lotus Tower' grand opening tomorrow

Sept 15 (CP) Colombo- The Lotus Tower in Sri Lanka, the tallest tower in South Asia, will be opened to the public tomorrow under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena with the participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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* Hashim, two ministers face expulsion from UNP

Sept 15 (ST) United National Party Chairman Kabir Hashim and two Non-Cabinet Ministers face expulsion next week whilst a partnership between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) may not materialise, according to new political developments this week.
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