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Last Updated = Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 12:40 pm SL Time

* Sri Lanka's Chief Justice to resign today making way for the appointment of a new Chief Justice

Jan 29 (CP) Colombo- Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake is to resign today after she resumed duties as Chief Justice yesterday. Dr. Bandaranayke resumed office as Chief Justice yesterday after she was unceremoniously removed from office by the previous government.
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* Sri Lanka says to return private lands in civil war areas

Jan 29 (AP) COLOMBO- A Sri Lankan minister says the country's new government plans to give back military-held private land in the country's war-ravaged north and release detainees in apparent moves at post-civil war reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils.
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* Harithagama residents demand drinking water

Jan 29 (DN) The residents of Harithgama, Pilana, Galle staged a protest campaign opposite the Galle District Secretariat yesterday, blocking its main entrance demanding drinking water which they alleged had been deprived for over 10 years.
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* Tamil Nadu CM feels conditions in Sri Lanka's North and East not conducive for repatriation of Tamil refugees

Jan 28 (CP) Chennai- The conditions in Sri Lanka's Northern and Eastern provinces are still not conducive for the voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, the Chief Minister of that state O. Panneerselvam told the central Indian government today.
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* Sri Lanka's North Central Province gets a new Chief Minister

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member of the North Central Provincial Council Peshala Jayaratne was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the Province before the new Governor P.B. Dissanayake this morning.
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* Sri Lanka lawyers' body and civil society protest demanding resignation of Chief Justice

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- Lawyers and representatives of trade unions and civil society in Sri Lanka Wednesday commenced a protest campaign demanding the resignation of Chief Justice Mohan Peiris. Carrying placards and shouting slogans protesters gathered opposite the Supreme Court complex premises in Hulftsdorp this morning at 8.30 a.m.
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* Sri Lanka's Bribery Commission receives over 100 complaints of corruption following the Presidential election

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption in Sri Lanka says it has received over 100 complaints of corruption following the conclusion of the Presidential election. Director General of the Commission R. Dharmawardena has told the media that the Commission has received about150 complaints after the conclusion of the Presidential election.
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* Sri Lanka's NGOs test limits of new freedoms

Jan 28 2015 (IRIN) MANNAR- Less than three weeks since Sri Lanka voted in a new president, rights activists and other NGOs say there are already encouraging signs that they may have more freedom to work under the new administration, including in the former conflict zone in the north.
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* I regret the decision -Tissa

Jan 28 (DM) Former General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP), Tissa Attanayake who crossed over to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential elections said he regrets the decision he took.
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* Shifting sands of Lankan politics

Jan 28 (Arab News) The first foreign envoy to call on the new Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, within hours of his Jan. 9 victory over Mahinda Rajpaksa, was India’s High Commissioner in Colombo Yashwant Sinha.
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* Urgent bill in Sri Lankan parliament today to amend previous government's 2015 Budget

Jan 29 (CP) Colombo- The government of Sri Lanka will present to parliament today an urgent bill in the form of an amendment to the 2015 Appropriation Act that was presented by the previous government. The proposed amendment will give legal effect to the new government's budgetary proposals.
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* Jt trade union alliance accuses govt of reneging on key promise

Jan 29 (Island) Joint Secretary of the joint trade union alliance Anton Marcus on Tuesday (Jan. 27) accused the new government of reneging on one of its key promises to increase the salaries of private sector employees by Rs, 5,000.
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* Sri Lanka's new president reverses 'revenge politics' of Rajapaksa regime

Jan 29 (Guardian) Sri Lanka's new president has reinstated the country's chief justice, who was impeached two years ago after she refused to back a law granting wider powers to the former president's brother.
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* Sri Lanka's impeached Chief Justice returns to Supreme Court to resume duties

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's former Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake returned to the Supreme Court complex today two years after she was unjustly impeached by the previous government. The 43rd Chief Justice arrived at the court complex in Hultsdorf this morning amid a grand welcome from the President of Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Upul Jayasuriya. Dr. Bandaranayke who was unceremoniously removed from the Supreme Court in 2013 says she was still the "legal" Chief Justice of the country.
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* Sri Lankan government to allocate 6 percent of GDP for education sector

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- The Education Ministry of Sri Lanka has decided to increase the annual budgetary allocations to the education sector. Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that the allocations to the education sector will be increased to 6 percent of the GDP.
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* Rain Forest Protectors of Sri Lanka launch native tree planting project

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka successfully completed a native tree planting project in a four-acre tea estate in Atabage, Gampola on January 24, 2015. Fourteen volunteers participated in this program, ranging from children to senior citizens.
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* Sri Lanka's government coalition reaches agreement on constitutional proposals

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- The National Executive Council of Sri Lanka has reached an agreement on proposed constitutional amendments to be introduced during the 100 day programme. The proposed amendment will look at introducing a dual executive system of governance and re-establishment of the independent commissions.
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* International audit firms tasked with probing Basil, Wimal

Jan 28 (Island) Housing and Samurdhi Minister Sajith Premadasa has engaged two internationally renowned auditing firms, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers to probe Housing and Samurdhi portfolios previously held by National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa and former SLFP National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa, respectively.
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* Govt. has given priority to rule of law - Archbishop

Jan 28 (DN) The government has undertaken the important task of ensuring the rule of law in the country and peace and harmony among different communities by appointing Ministers for Religious Affairs who believe in their particular religion, Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said.
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