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Last Updated = Sun, Nov 18, 2018, 12:30 pm SL Time

* TNA, UNP to attend President's all party meeting, JVP, Speaker will not

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says the party will attend the all-party conference called by the President Maithripala Sirisena. President Maithripala Sirisena will chair a meeting of representatives of all the political parties represented in Parliament at 5.00 p.m. Sunday (Nov 18) at the President's office, the President's Media Division said.
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* President calls all party leaders for a conference today to resolve the crisis

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has called for an All Party Conference with the participation of all political parties represented in Parliament today. The ALL Party Conference will be held under the leadership of the President at the Presidential Secretariat on Sunday, November 18 at 5:00 p.m., the President's Media Division (PMD) announced.
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* Behind-the-scene battle in Sri Lanka parliament riot

Nov 18 (ECONOMYNEXT) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya resisted ordering police into parliament on Friday, but changed his mind 42 minutes after being denied entry into the chamber by an aggressive mob of MPs who occupied his desk and chair.
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* The unsung people’s resistance movement at Temple Trees

Nov 18 (ST) Since October 26, Temple Trees has been a camping ground for United National Party (UNP) supporters who see themselves as defenders of its beleaguered resident, Ranil Wickremesighe.
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* Sri Lanka PM says he cannot be removed forcibly

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka's current government Mahinda Rajapaksa says he cannot be removed easily by force and if a no-confidence motion is presented legally he is ready to leave the Premiership.
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* Sri Lanka President instructs state officials to continue public services without interruptions

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has directed heads of state institutions to continue to provide public services in a timely and efficient manner through appropriate plans and targets and not to let the services lapse for any reason.
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* Sri Lanka Muslim party hails Speaker, calls for high level inquiry

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Muslim party, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) hailed the Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya for his "courageous stand against anti-democratic forces" and called to initiate a high level inquiry into the violence unleashed in parliament on Friday (16) by the lawmakers supporting former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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* Facebook asked to protect users in simmering Sri Lanka

Nov 17 (AFP) Sri Lanka's largest political party Saturday asked Facebook to protect the identity of its supporters, fearing a crackdown by what it called the "illegal" government.
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* GTF urges int’l community to ensure democracy here

Nov 17 (Island) Concerted actions by domestic pro-democracy elements and the international community must continue to restore parliamentary democracy in Sri Lanka, the UK headquartered Global Tamil Forum (GTF) spokesman Suren Surendiran says.
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* Will not prorogue Parliament - President

Nov 17 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will not prorogue Parliament under any circumstances. He also urged all parliamentarians to uphold the principles of democracy and parliamentary traditions at all times.
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* Bringing Rajapaksa back to power would be ruin of Sri Lanka

Nov 18 (Guardian) The dangers of a return to power of Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot be overstated. When he was president, torture in Sri Lanka was routine.
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* Bishop asks President to uphold rule of law, good governance and respect true spirit of democracy

Nov 18 (Island) The Diocese of Colombo of the Church of Ceylon notes with shock and great dismay the dissolution of Parliament by the President. "This arbitrary act appears to us to be a direct and blatant violation of the clear and express provisions of the Constitution, following the passage of the 19th Amendment.
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* STF guards ministries

Nov 18 (ST) The Special Task Force (STF) has been deployed to thirty ministries to enhance security, Police Headquarters said last week. The STF deployment will supplement Police officers already assigned to the ministries.
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* Thondaman to hold talks on workers’ basic wage hike

Nov 18 (SO) The Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) Vice President and Chairman of the Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT) S. Arusamy told the Sunday Observer that party leader and Minister of Upcountry New Villages, Estate Infrastructure and Community Development Arumugan Thondaman will continue discussions this week with different stake holders on getting the plantation workers’ demand of Rs.1000 basic wage.
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* US underscores a democratic outcome to political developments in Sri Lanka

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- The United States sharing commitment with Indo-Pacific nations to advance regional interests has stressed to achieve an outcome consistent with democratic principles to political developments in Sri Lanka.
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* Sri Lanka calls for strengthening of UNCTAD and its programs

Nov 17 (CP) Geneva- Sri Lanka, underscoring the role of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in providing technical assistance for developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy, has called for further strengthening the intergovernmental body and its varied programs.
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* Disgraceful incident in parliament today shames the whole nation - Ousted Prime Minister

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said the behavior of the government lawmakers in the parliament today shames the whole nation and should be condemned in the harshest possible terms.
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* North Korea 'tests new high-tech weapon'

Nov 17 (BBC) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has supervised the successful test of a new "high-tech" tactical weapon, state-run media say. The KCNA news agency gave no details on the type of the weapon, saying only it had been developed over a long period.
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* Darkest day in Parliamentary history: Dayasiri

TNov 17 (DM) The government blamed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya for the ugly and shameful actions by a some government MPs yesterday and said it was a conspiracy hatched by him.
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