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Last Updated = Thu, Nov 27, 2014, 11:42 pm SL Time

* Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa holds discussions with leaders of SAARC countries

Nov 27 (CP) Kathmandu- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa held bilateral discussions with the leaders of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries on the sidelines of 18th SAARC meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal. During the meeting with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening, the President requested the Prime Minister Modi to consider releasing Sri Lankan fishermen in Indian prisons, some in the state of Andhra and some in Tamil Nadu.
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* Fielding a common opposition candidate for Sri Lanka presidency is an unprecedented move of solidarity - UNP

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main opposition United National party said today that party's decision to join its historic political rival to field a common opposition candidate is an unprecedented move of solidarity to restore democracy and good governance in the country.
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* Sri Lanka Buddhist party submits three proposals to common opposition candidate

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has decided to set forth three proposals to common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena. At a special assembly of the JHU held today, JHU policymaker Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the party would support a candidate who accepts the proposals.
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* UK urged to ask EU to remove preferential trade tariffs if Sri Lanka doesn't cooperate with UN investigation

Nov 27 (CP) London- British lawmakers have urged the UK government to ask the European Union to remove the preferential trade tariffs for Sri Lanka if the Sri Lankan government does not cooperate with the UN investigation and address human rights concerns.
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* Maithripala to contest under lotus or dove symbol

Nov 27 (DM) Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena is to contest the presidential election under the symbol of either the lotus or the dove, political sources said yesterday. While Mr. Sirisena had already decided on a party name, ‘Ape Jathika Peramuna,’.....
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* Elections Commissioner accepts Minister Yapa as SLFP Gen. Sec.

Nov 27 (DN) Higher Education Minister S B Dissanayake yesterday said that the Elections Commissioner has accepted that the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa. He stated that Maithripala Sirisena cannot declare that he is still the General secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party as he has been removed from the post according to the party constitution.
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* Sri Lankan government to reduce prices of imported ric

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has decided to reduce the price of imported rice from Thursday (27). Accordingly the price of Imported Samba will be Rs. 60, Nadu Rs. 55, and white rice Rs. 50 per kilogram
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* Another Sri Lanka ruling party MP joins opposition

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian from Wanni district Hunais Farook has joined the opposition United National Party (UNP). The UPFA MP crossed over to the opposition at the UNP meeting held today at SiriKotha to welcome the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena, the party headquarters, party sources said.
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* 18th SAARC Summit begins in Kathmandu

Nov 26 (CP) Kathmandu- The 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) got off to a start in Nepal's capital of Kathmandu on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. According to the SAARC Charter, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen handed over the SAARC Chairmanship to Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koirala who formally inaugurated the conclave by lighting a traditional oil lamp.
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* Sri Lanka Becoming China's New Best Friend?

Nov 26 (EW) A sea change is occurring in Sri Lanka’s strategic orientation. Recent developments suggest that Sri Lanka is becoming China’s new best friend and security partner in the eastern Indian Ocean. This would represent a major change in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy and could have significant consequences for regional security.
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* UNP monks back Sirisena though confused about his post-election role

Nov 26 (Island) Two organisations of Buddhist monks, affiliated to the UNP, yesterday pledged their support for Maithripala Sirisena as the common presidential candidate, though both seemed confused about his post-presidential election role.
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* President Rajapaksa the last Executive President of SL

Nov 26 (DN) When all international challenges, the LTTE threat and the threat of separatism ends, President Mahinda Rajapaksa will himself declare that he is the last Executive President of Sri Lanka, SLFP Treasurer and Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma told the Daily News yesterday.
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* Sri Lanka's left parties to field candidates for the presidential election

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Two left parties of Sri Lanka have announced that they would contest the presidential election. Frontline Socialist Party has decided to field former student leader Duminda Nagamuwa as a candidate with the support of several leftist parties and groups.
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* Sri Lanka's Western Provincial Council rule firm despite rumors, says Chief Minister

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Western Provincial Council Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said that the government rule of the council was firm despite rumors to the contrary. He said that the Western Provincial Council would pass the budget which is being debated from today.
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* Sri Lanka Election monitor asks opposition party's stance on cutouts of presidential candidates

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- An election monitoring group in Sri Lanka, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has written to the United National Party (UNP)General Secretary Tissa Attanayake asking him about the party's stance on the party's prominently displayed election cutouts in Colombo City Limits.
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* A fault in his stars?

NOv 27 (Economist)"AN INVINCIBLE personality, a blessed man, he will win a big victory." In the opinion of Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena, issued from his swish astrological headquarters in the southern port of Galle, the prospects for Sri Lanka's president are unambiguously bright.
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* Sirisena offers to form national govt

Nov 27 (Island) Opposition Common Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena received a rousing welcome when he arrived at the UNP headquarters, Sirikotha, yesterday. Sirisena, flanked by UNP national leader Ranil Wickremeisnghe, Chairman of the Leadership Council Karu Jayasuriya, General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayake and several other MPs, addressed a gathering there for the first time.
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* Indian PM thanks Sri Lankan President for fishermen release

Nov 26 (CP) Kathmandu- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Wednesday (Nov 26) held a bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed a range of issues important to both nations regionally and individually.
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* Sri Lankan President calls on SAARC nations to join forces against external threats

Nov 26 (CP) Kathmandu- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today called on all South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries to join forces against external threats. "While SAARC practice has been to abstain from involvement in bilateral issues of a political nature, we must resist external manipulations," President Rajapaksa said.
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* UNP General Secretary will not crossover to government, pledges to support common candidate

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- General Secretary of Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) Tissa Attanayake strongly denied the rumors that he was considering to crossover to the government. Speaking to the party members and organizers gathered at the UNP headquarters in Sirikotha to welcome the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena, Attanayake dismissed the media reports that said he was offered Rs. 500 million to join the Government.
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* Ex-minister to pose 'serious challenge' to Sri Lankan President

Nov 26 (DW) The announcement by Maithripala Sirisena on November 21 came as a blow to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had declared the previous day that he would seek an unprecedented third term as president and called a snap election. The vote is scheduled to take place in early January.
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* Vaiko’s celebration of the LTTE chief’s birthday should be condemned

Nov 26 (HT) The timing could not have been more off the mark. When the nation was observing the sixth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, some political leaders in Tamil Nadu were celebrating the 60th birth anniversary of Velupillai Prabhakaran.
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* Southern PC a white elephant - Geetha

Nov 26 (DM) Southern Provincial Council is a white elephant and three ministers, including the Chief Minister have used to share its resources; said Provincial Councillor Geetha Kumarasinghe at a news briefing held after the Provincial Council meeting yesterday.
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