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* Peshala Jayaratne appointed as Sri Lanka Freedom Party organizer for Polonnaruwa

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President and chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today appointed Chief Minister of North Central province Peshala Jayaratne as party's Organizer for Polonnaruwa electorate.
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* Sri Lankan government has no influence on bribery commission - PM

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe today stressed that the government has no influence on the tasks of the anti-graft commission investigating the charges of bribery or corruption.
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* Former ruling party of Sri Lanka denies moves to remove parties and individuals

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's former ruling party, the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has denied media reports of moves to remove certain political parties and individuals from the Alliance.
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* Sri Lankan parliament adjourns following uproar over summoning ex-president to bribery commission

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's parliament on Monday adjourned following an uproar over the summoning of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Bribery Commission. Opposition parliamentarians staged a demonstration in Parliament today (20),
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* Former Sri Lankan minister accused of financial irregularities to return to country tomorrow

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Basil Rajapaksa, former Economic Development Minister of Sri Lanka and the younger brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to arrive in the country Tuesday (April 21).
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* Parliamentary dissolution only after electoral reforms:MS

Apr 20 (DM) President Maitripala Sirisena assured yesterday that he would not dissolve Parliament until the electoral reforms were enacted, a party leader said yesterday. Democratic Left Front Leader Vasudeva Nanayakkara, who attended the all party meeting chaired by the President, confirmed this.
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* CPM Urges SL to Hold Credible Enquiry

Apr 20 (NIE) CHENNAI- The 21st Congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Sunday noted that six years after the end of the civil war, the problems of Sri Lankan Tamils have not been resolved in any meaningful manner and called for the withdrawal of wartime deployment armed forces from Tamil provinces.
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* Former Sri Lanka President denies existence of foreign bank accounts

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- Former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa has rejected allegations that he and his family members maintained illegal or secret offshore accounts in foreign banks.
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* Sri Lanka's Central Bank Governor cleared of any misconduct in bond issue

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- The committee of eminent lawyers appointed by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to probe the alleged irregularities that had taken place in the 30-year Treasury Bond issuance has cleared Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran from any wrongdoing.
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* Sri Lanka Freedom Party finalizes electoral reforms

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) that has continuously urged for the implementation of electoral reforms has finalized a draft 20th Amendment to the Constitution.
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* Sri Lanka's minority political parties to meet today to discuss electoral reforms

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- Several minority as well as minor political parties in Sri Lanka are to hold a meeting this evening to discuss and reach consensus on the proposed electoral reforms. The parties are expected to prepare their own set of recommendations for the proposed electoral reforms.
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* No clear reasons for Somawansa’s exit from the JVP

Apr 19 (Island) Despite a highly publicized exit from the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) of Somawansa Amerasinghe, its former leader has to-date not clearly articulated reasons for his actions. "Comarade Somawansa Amerasinghe went ahead and acted in a personal capacity and had not even notified the party," said JVP propaganda Secretary, Vijitha Herath,.
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* Urgent talks to win back former JVP leader

Apr 19 (SO) The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will hold urgent discussions with the party’s former leader Somawansa Amarasinghe to persuade him against his publicly-announced decision to form a new political party, top JVP sources said.
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* Opposition MPs hand over letter to President against summoning former President to Bribery Commission

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Parliamentarians of Sri Lanka's opposition today handed over a letter against summoning former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC).
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* Sri Lanka apex court gets FR petition seeking Fonseka's reinstatement to parliament

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- The Supreme Court in Sri Lanka has received a fundamental rights petition seeking Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka's reinstatement to parliament. Private Secretary to Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Captain Senaka Haripriya De Silva has reportedly filed the fundamental rights petition at the Supreme Court requesting Fonseka's reinstatement as a parliamentarian.
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* Sri Lankan President agrees to general elections after introducing electoral reforms

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has decided that the next general election will be held only after the implementation of both, the 19th and 20th Amendments to the Constitution. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Sirisena has decided that the next general election should be held only after the passing of the 19th Amendment targeting constitutional reforms and the 20th Amendments aimed at electoral reforms. The decision was made by the SLFP parliamentary group at a meeting held last evening under the patronage of President Sirisena.
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* International Conference on Religious Tolerance and Harmony held in Sri Lanka

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- The Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka will hold a two-day International Conference on Religious Tolerance and Harmony on April 22, 23 at the main auditorium of the University in Homagama.
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* 19 A: Debate deferred

Apr 20 (Island) President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition political parties led by the SLFP yesterday agreed to defer the debate on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution by a day to enable them to reach an agreement on both constitutional and electoral reforms, political sources told The Island.
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* Artistes bat for 19A

Apr 20 (DN) Academics, artistes and civil society activists of the Puravasi Balaya, yesterday urged the government and Members of Parliament to approve the 19 Amendment to the Constitution, stating that if any member tries to stall its approval, or drag on with the process to gain petty political advantage, it would be an overt act of betrayal committed against the franchise exercised by the people at the last Presidential election.
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* Sri Lankan government committed to strengthen private sector - President

Apr 19, Colombo: The current government of Sri Lanka is committed to strengthen the private sector as well as the public sector, the President Maithripala Sirisena said today. The President, emphasizing that the Government gives priority to build a local economy based on agriculture irrespective of foreign investments, said it is committed to provide necessary inducements to the private sector as well as the state sector.
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* Sri Lanka Marxist party says 19th Amendment is not perfect, but better than nothing

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution was not a perfect piece of legislation but better than nothing.
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* Sri Lanka's former ruling party to be re-launched this week by the President

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's former ruling party, the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) says that President Maithripala Sirisena has taken steps to re-launch the Alliance. The President has reportedly invited all constituent parties of the UPFA for the re-launch.
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* Sri Lankan President to meet his party members today to discuss 19th Amendment

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena will meet Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members this evening to discuss and reach a final agreement on the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
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* Lankan Minorities Opposed to Changes in Electoral System

Apr 19 (OL) Sri Lanka's Tamil and Muslim political parties are opposed to any change in the country's electoral system and believe the current proportional representation method is best suited to serve their interests.
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* President skips Bandung jubilee

Apr 19 (ST) President Maithripala Sirisena will skip the 50th anniversary of the Asia-Africa Summit, better known as the Bandung Conference, which will be held in the Indonesian capital Jakarta next week. A President’s Office spokesmen cited personal reasons for the decision by the President not to attend the conference, which Sri Lanka co-sponsored with Burma, India, Indonesia and Pakistan in 1955.Instead Sri Lanka will be represented at the conference by Higher Education Minister Sarath Amunugama.
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