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* Ranil was Prime Minister before the national government - Jayampathy

Feb 20 (CP) Colombo- Ranil Wickremesinghe became the Prime Minister following the election held at the end of August 2015 and was sworn in as the Prime Minister more than a week before the national government was created, said constitutional expert and Parliamentarian Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne.
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* President continues to keep PM without removing him: MR

Feb 20 (DM) Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa today said it was none other than President Maithripala Sirisena who keeps Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his post without ousting him. The former president said this in response to a question asked by a journalist when he was leaving Parliament.
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* Bill presented to raise loans to improve debt management

Feb 20 (DN) The Government yesterday presented in Parliament a new Bill to authorise the raising of loans in or outside Sri Lanka for the purpose of Active Liability Management to improve public debt management.
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* Sri Lanka parliament debates Code of Conduct for parliamentarians and revising Standing Orders after 24 years

Feb 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka parliament today held a debate on the revising Draft Standing Orders of Parliament after 24 years and on the draft Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said the debate will be recorded as an important moment in the history of the country's parliament.
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* Parties to be officially notified of number of members elected to local councils soon

Feb 19 (CP) Colombo- Additional Commissioner of Election M. M. Mohamed has said that measures are being taken to officially notify today (19) the political parties of the number of members elected to Local Government bodies from the respective party.
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* Looking Beyond the Current Political Gridlock: Future of Tamil Nationalist Politics by Dr. Sara Dissanayake

Feb 19 (INSSL) The landslide victory of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in the recently concluded local government (LG) elections naturally attracted much attention to assessing the future trajectory of the domestic political landscape.
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* Removing PM: President still undecided

Feb 19 (Island) A late night meeting President Maithripala Sirisena had with the UPFA parliamentary group on the current political crisis ended inconclusively yesterday, according to sources. Before meeting his parliamentary group, the President had met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya also at his Pajet Road residence.
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* Govt. and opposition MPs received cash from Mendis distilleries - Ranjan claims

Feb 19 (DM) Documents pertaining to payments made by Mendis Distilleries owned by Arjun Aloysious to a set of MPs from government and opposition has been recovered and are being held by President Maithripala Sirisena,Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake said yesterday.
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* JVP: SLFPs traditional support base has shifted to a new camp

Feb 20 (Island) JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told Parliament yesterday that the results of the local government election had proved that the SLFPs traditional support base had shifted to a new camp.
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* Sampath Bank tops Rs 3.9 bn earnings for 4Q17

Feb 20 (DN) Sampath Bank, reported earnings of Rs.19.95 a share or Rs.3.9 billion in earnings for the December quarter (4Q17), a 52.5% increase from a year ago. The bank, made this bottom line performance amid a 23% year-on-year (YoY) growth in net interest income and 3.91% net interest margin maintained for the year.
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* Delimitation Committee on Provincial Councils hands over report to Minister

Feb 19 (CP) Colombo- The Delimitation Committee for the conduct of Provincial Council elections today handed over its report on the delimitation of electorates to the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faizer Mustapha today.
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* Sri Lanka President's party decides to stay in unity government ending political crisis

Feb 19 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Freedom Party led by (SLFP led by President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday decided to stay in the unity government with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) ending the political crisis resulted after the local government elections.
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* Sri Lanka parliament to debate current political crisis

Feb 19 (CP) Colombo- When the Sri Lankan parliament convened this morning, political party leaders have decided to hold a debate on the prevailing political situation in the country in the aftermath of the Local Government election.
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* Alliance divided: on Sri Lankan politics

Feb 19 (Hindu) Sri Lanka is in the throes of a political crisis after the two main parties in the ruling coalition suffered a dramatic defeat in the recent local government elections.
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* Minister requests private hospitals, SJH to Provide free treatment to organ donors

Feb 19 (DN) Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne yesterday requested the Managements of Private hospitals and the Sri Jayawardenepura Hospital (SJH) to offer free treatment to patients who donate parts for organ transplants, since some relief should be granted to such donor patients.
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