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* Election Commission says unlawful to use war and war victory for presidential election campaign

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's National Election Commission today stressed that use of war, war-victory or war crimes for the presidential election campaigns is prohibited. "The victory of the war does not belong to any party or group but to the citizens of the country,"
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* Sri Lanka calls for making BIMSTEC a more robust organization

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Rationalization of areas of cooperation of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) and draft Charter of the organization were deliberated during the second meeting of the BIMSTEC Permanent Working Committee (BPWC) recently in Colombo.
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* Sri Lanka's third International Airport to be opened in Jaffna tomorrow

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Adding a new chapter to the civil aviation sector, President Maithripala Sirisena will declare open Sri Lanka's newest international airport, the Jaffna International Airport in the Northern Province Thursday (October 17) for public service.
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* Poll monitors invited by Election Commission to arrive in Sri Lanka on November 11th

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- A group of poll monitors on the invitation of the Election Commission will arrive in the island on the 11th of November to observe the 2019 presidential elections, the Elections Commissioner General Saman Sri Ratnayake stated.
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* Prime Minister summoned to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing corruption and fraud in state institutions has issued notice to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to appear before the Commission on Friday, October 18.
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* Special allowance for all police officers in addition to salary

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to grant a special subsistence allowance of 20 days per month in addition to the monthly salary for all officers belonging to the Sri Lanka Police Service. A spokesman for the Treasury said about 75,000 policemen of the police force would receive this special allowance
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* Former SLFP leader CBK vows to protect the party from conspirators

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Former President and former leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has urged the supporters of the SLFP to act intelligently during the presidential election to protect the SLFP as the party is in peril due to the current leadership of the party.
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* Prominent members of Ceylon Workers Congress to support Sajith

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- A large number of supporters of the Ceylon Workers Congress joined the National Workers Union led by Minister Palani Digambaram to support the United Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa and to further the work of Minister Digambaram in the plantation sector.
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* Audit report of President's Fund to be presented to Parliament

Oct 16 (Times) The Auditor General Deparment's report of the President's Fund for 2017 is to be presented to Parliament in the near future. Cabinet approval in this regard was granted upon considering a proposal put forward by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
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* No matter who bakes the cake - Ranil will apply the icing: Chandima

Oct 16 (DM) Kekirawa United National Party (UNP) organiser and MP Chandima Gamage told a media briefing at Dambulla that whoever bakes the cake, it would be Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who had the icing. He said the Premier would address meetings in the South after addressing the election propaganda rallies in the North and East.
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* Rajapakse vows to scrap Sri Lanka war crimes probe if elected

Oct 15 (AFP) Sri Lanka's front-running presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapakse vowed Tuesday that if elected he will scrap Colombo's pledge to investigate war crimes committed during his brother Mahinda's decade in power.
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* Rajitha claims Rajapaksas sold priceless land that housed the Army HQ and relocated various entities in17 different locations

Oct 15 (Island) If the Rajapaksa regime had not been defeated in 2015, planes that flying over the Port City would have had to obtain permission from China, Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne said addressing a meeting at Kesbewa recently in support of New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate Minister Sajith Preamadasa.
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* SLPP-TNA talks end on sour note

Oct 15 (DN) Talks between TNA spokesman Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo ended on an unsuccessful note, TNA Parliamentarians said.
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* Prime Minister inspects development projects in the North

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today inspected several development projects in the Northern Province. The Prime Minister inspected the housing project in Kalundai, Jaffna.
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* Gotabhaya lied to the world about war victory for 10 years - Sajith

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa says it is ironic that Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa himself revealed the truth that the credit for the victory of the 30-year long war should be given to the then army commander.
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* Rs. 14 billion financial assistance from the Netherlands to construct bridges, vocational training institute in Sri Lanka

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Sri Lanka has signed two agreements with the Government of Netherlands for Rs. 14 billion financial assistance for the construction of 200 rural brides and the establishment of a vocational training institute in Polonnaruwa.
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* Election Commission ready for distribution of official ballot papers for presidential election

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- The Elections Commission says everything is ready for the distribution of official ballot papers for the Presidential Election 2019. The certification of postal ballot lists took place yesterday (15) while the issuing of postal ballot papers and handing them over to the post will take place on October 18.
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* Tamil political parties present a set of proposals to presidential candidates

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Five Tamil political parties have agreed to submit a 13-point proposal to the candidates contesting the presidential election. Representatives of Tamil political parties stated that the agreement was reached during a discussion held in Jaffna.
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* Saman Sri Rathnayake appointed as Elections Commissioner General

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Constitutional Council has approved appointment of Elections Secretariat Director General Saman Sri Rathnayake as the new Elections Commissioner General of the National Elections Commission.
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* Sri Lanka kicks off island wide awareness campaign on licensing of electricians

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Policy Development Office of the Prime Minister's Office together with Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has launched an Island-wide national awareness program on the framework for licensing of electricians in Sri Lanka.
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* Sri Lanka army chief sparks uproar over political endorsement

Oct 16 (AFP) Sri Lanka's army chief came under fire Wednesday after apparently endorsing Gotabhaya Rajapakse for next month's presidential election, a day after the front-running candidate vowed to scrap a UN-sanctioned probe into alleged war crimes.
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* Rajitha vows to remove sand mining restrictions on November 17

Oct 16 (Island) A large number of elected representatives of the SLFP would soon pledge support to Minister Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Health, Rajitha Senaratne said on Monday taking part in a series of rallies in Balangoda, Pelmadulla and Eheliyagoda.
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* Former SLFP Dy. Minister to support Sajith

Oct 16 (DN) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP) Puttalam organiser and former Deputy Minister Victor Anthony Perera pledged his support to the New Democratic Front (NDF) and its presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa yesterday.Addressing a news media conference in Colombo, Perera urged Sri Lanka Freedom Party supporters not to vote for the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) if they want to safeguard the SLFP.
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* EC issues guidelines to establish voter identity at polling centres

Oct 15 (Times) The Election Commission (EC) has released guidelines in order to establish voter identities at polling centres during the presidential election on November 16. Issuing a statement, the EC said that voters should produce any one of the documents listed below to confirm their identity;
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* Sajith vows to provide mid-day meals for students

Oct 15 (DM) New Democratic Front presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa yesterday pledged to revive his late father Ranasinghe Premadasa’s concept of providing free mid-day meals and two sets of uniforms to children in all schools. Mr. Premadasda who made this pledge at an election rally in Balangoda said he would find funds to provide these to school children by cutting down unnecessary expenditure.
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