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Last Updated = Wed, Jul 1, 2015, 01:09 pm SL Time

* Former Sri Lankan President announces intention to contest at elections

July 01 (CP) Colombo- Former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa making a special statement today announced his intention to contest the upcoming general election without stating from which party he would contest. The former president said "we will" contest the election but did not say which party would nominate him or whether he will be nominated as a prime ministerial candidate. Making the speech from his ancestral home in Medamulana, the former president, who was defeated at the 2015 election, said "We" should contest the forthcoming general election as the people's request cannot be ignored.
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* Efforts to bring MS, MR together irk JVP

July 01 (Island) The JVP yesterday claimed that the people would not approve of President Maithripala Sirisena tying up with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming general election.
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* Sri Lankan President highlights the need to change the education system

June 30 (CP) Kurunegala- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today highlighted the need to change the country's education system to suit the knowledge-based economy. President Sirisena said the educational system should be restructured in such a way that the children could win the competitive world through technology.
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* Sri Lanka government party UNP seeks majority at the election

June 30 (CP) Colombo- The minor party of Sri Lankan government, the United National Party , seeks to be the majority party in a new government that would be formed after the general election.
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* Sri Lankan government's assets or resources will not be used for election - Minister

June 30 (CP) Colombo- The current Sri Lankan government will not use its assets or resources or the government officers during the campaign for the upcoming election, a government minister affirmed today.
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* No nominations for former president from SLFP, left parties of Sri Lanka told

June 30 (CP) Colombo- Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will not be given nominations from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), President Maithripala Sirisena assured the left political parties in the country yesterday, local media reports said.
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* Mahinda dilly-dallying with no Prabhakaran to save him, says Ranil General Election

June 30 (Island) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was dilly-dallying on contesting the next general election because there was no Velupillai Prabhakaran to bail him out this time.
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* JVP urges govt. to postpone polls

June 30 (DM) The JVP today urged the government to postpone the general elections to the first week of September so that it won't affect students sitting the GCE Advanced Level examination.
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* Lanka challenges: Parliament poll, LTTE network

June 3 (DNA) The upcoming election to the Sri Lankan Parliament, slated for August 17, is yet another high-stakes gamble for not only President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe but also former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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* Former Sri Lankan President Kumaranatunga to contest if Rajapaksa nominated as SLFP PM candidate

July 01 (CP) Colombo- If former president Mahinda Rajapaksa is given nomination as Sri Lanka Freedom Party's Prime Ministerial candidate, then his predecessor Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga will also seek candidacy at the upcoming election, Kumaranatunga's Personal Secretary, P. Dissanayaka said.
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* Creates confusion within MR Camp

July 01 (DN) A strong sense of uncertainty looms large over the Sri Lanka Freedom Party with conflicting statements coming from different parties over former President Mahinda Rajapaksa getting nominations from the SLFP to contest the Parliamentary election.
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* Former Sri Lankan President says she has no intention to grab power

June 30 (CP) Colombo- Former Sri Lankan President and former leader of Sri Lanka Freedom Party Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga says she has no intention of grabbing power again unlike others.
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* Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist group to become a decisive factor in politics

June 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) says it will become a decisive factor in Sri Lankan politics in ten years' time. BBS General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera has said that his organization intends to become a decisive factor in Sri Lankan politics by 2025.
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* SLFP will not name Rajapaksa as PM candidate, Sri Lankan President affirms

June 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President has affirmed that the United People's Freedom Party of which Sri Lanka Freedom Party is the main constituent will appoint a prime minister after consultations with the members of parliament elected at the upcoming parliamentary election.
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* World Bank lending US$ 165 million to Sri Lanka to provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation

June 30 (CP) Washington, DC- The World Bank Board has approved a US$ 165 million credit for Sri Lanka to provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation in several districts. Funding will be provided to increase access to piped water services and improved sanitation in the Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Monaragala, Kegalle and Ratnapura Districts.
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* Sri Lankaís former President Rajapaksa to make special statement tomorrow

June 30 (LBO) Sri Lankaís former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to make a special public statement tomorrow morning, former Presidentís media coordinator Rohan Weliwita said.
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* JHU in limbo after dissolution

June 30 (DN) The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) is now in a dilemma on how it should contest the forthcoming Parliamentary election. Although the party had a plan to align itself with the SLFP after the passage of the 20th Amendment, the dissolution of Parliament has plunged the party into a fresh problem,
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