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* A UPFA government will restart all the suspended projects within a week - Susil Premajayantha

July 29 (CP) Colombo- The General Secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said a UPFA government will restart all the projects suspended by the current government and reinstate the employees who have lost their jobs due to suspension.
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* Government is bound to ensure every citizen's rights, Sri Lankan President tells northerners

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the current government, as well as a new government that will be formed after the election, is bound to ensure every citizen's rights to the best. Speaking at a ceremony held Tuesday (July 28) in Kilinochchi town to open a modern supermarket-style Sathosa Mega Complex for the district, the President said the demographic divisions of the country such as North, South, East, and West are only in maps.
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* Another batch of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees returns home from India

July 29 (CP) Tiruchi- Another batch of 45 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees have left the refugee camps in the Tamil Nadu state of India for their homeland from the international airport in Tiruchi on Tuesday, according to a report in The Hindu.
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* Several key UPFA figures dodge election manifesto launch

July 29 (DN) Several key figures of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) 'dodged' the launch of the party's election manifesto yesterday, informed party sources told the Daily News. Among them were Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva, UPFA Ratnapura District Leader John Seneviratne, Kandy District Leader S.B. Dissanayake several other district leaders and senior ex-Pariamentarians.
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* Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner tells Private Sector to grant leave for workers to vote

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has emphasized that workers in the Private Sector should be granted leave to exercise their franchise without being deprived of their personal leave or pay.
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* Civil organizations and trade unions sign MOU with UNF for good governance

July 28 (CP) Colombo- A collective of 75 civil organizations and trade unions Tuesday signed an agreement with the United National Front to consolidate the January 8th victory and to continue the good governance.
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* Mahinda Rajapaksa 'ready for struggle' in Sri Lanka comeback bid

July 28 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa vowed on Tuesday to reclaim power in a general election, eight months after he was ousted as president, saying he was "ready for struggle" against an international war crimes investigation.
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* New Constitution needed: TNA

July 28 (Hindu) The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a coalition of Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka, has demanded that the country frame a new Constitution to address a host of issues it’s grappling with, including the Tamil question.
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* Replies to MR’s letters of demand

July 28 (DM) Several ministers including Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Ranjan Ramanayake, Nalin Bandara, Anura Kumara Dissanayake and the leader of the Gypsies band, Sunil Perera have been accused of engaging in activities that have defamed ex-President Mahinda Rajapakse during various TV talk shows.
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* Rajapaksa-led UPFA Sees Eelam Spin in TNA Manifesto

July 28 (NIE) COLOMBO- The manifesto of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for the August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections has become a major issue among the Sinhalese majority in the island nation.
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* Former Indian President's ideas will influence Sri Lanka's development initiatives - PM

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Condoling the demise of former Indian President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said his innovative ideas on sustainable development will influence Sri Lanka's development initiatives and practice for years to come.
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* Sri Lankan President condoles the death of former Indian President

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said he is deeply saddened by the demise of former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam describing him as an "an outstanding visionary, a great teacher and an unparalleled human being."
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* Poster removal costs taxpayer an arm and a leg EC to consult AG on preventive action

July 29 (Island) Acknowledging that the Parliamentary Elections Act of 1981 lacked provision to deal with those candidates pasting posters at public places, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday said that he would consult the Attorney General in that regard.
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* Ex-Sri Lanka leader vows to reclaim power amid war crimes probe

July 29 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka’s former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has vowed to reclaim power in a general election eight months after he was ousted as president, saying he was “ready for struggle” against an international war crimes probe.
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* President removes five SLFP members who joined the UNF

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Tuesday suspended the membership of five members of the party who joined the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG).
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* Sri Lanka opposition party presents election manifesto to President

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's opposition party United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today presented its election manifesto to the party chairman, President Maithripala Sirisena.
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* Sri Lanka opposition says no autonomy for Tamils

July 28 (AFP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main opposition party Tuesday scrapped a longstanding promise to give greater autonomy to minority Tamils, as it tries to win over hardline sections of the Sinhalese majority before a general election.
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* Youth will defeat MR’s PM aspirations – UNP

July 28 (Island) Plantation Industries Minister Lakshman Kiriella, addressing a UNP-led UNFGG election campaign meeting at Poojapitiya in Kandy, said that Mahinda Rajapaksa was trying to woo the youth by making bogus promises, but they were now politically mature and would not fall for his tricks once again.
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* Dilan wants list of politicians’ names connected to drug mafia revealed

July 28 (DN) The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board Chairman (NDDCB) should immediately reveal the names of all politicians who have connections to the drug mafia because it seems the list of names are not reliable as it is biased, UPFA Media Committee Chairman Dilan Perera said.
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* QRC completes two housing projects in Sri Lanka

July 28 (Peninsula) DOHA- Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has completed two housing projects in the Mannar district of northern Sri Lanka, for families internally displaced by the armed conflict.
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