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Last Updated = Sun, Nov 23, 2014, 02:25 pm SL Time

* President’s victory is crystal clear

Nov 23 (SO) President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s victory at the forthcoming presidential election is pretty certain with the kingpin rice mafia and fish mafia who opposed the supply of rice and fish at an affordable price joining forces with the Ranil Wickremesinghe bandwagon, according to political analysts.
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* Sri Lanka opposition candidate says no foreign conspiracy behind decision to challenge President

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena Saturday dismissed the government's charge that a foreign conspiracy is behind his decision to come forward to challenge the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential election. Refuting the allegations levelled against him in a TV program aired on the Sirasa TV, the former health minister said he has been a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party for 47 years and he is still a member of the party although the government has said that he was expelled from the SLFP. (Video)
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* About a dozen SLFPers identified as potential defectors

Nov 23 (Island) About a dozen SLFP MPs have been identified as potential defectors and action would be taken against them, the AFP news agency reported yesterday quoting an official close to the president who asked not to be named.
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* Foreign conspiracy behind Sri Lanka's common opposition candidate, new ruling party secretary says

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- There is a foreign hand behind the decision to nominate former government minister and the general secretary of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala as the common opposition candidate, the new general secretary of the party Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa says.
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* Sri Lanka's television service providers accused of blocking the common candidate's first interview

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's private television service providers have allegedly blocked the common opposition candidate's first TV interview, media reports said here. Peo TV cable television network and Dialog TV satellite television network have reportedly blocked the Sirasa TV from broadcasting the "Satana" program which interviewed the common opposition candidate and several other members of opposition. The program was live streamed on the internet.
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* UNP deputy leader backs Sri Lankan President's challenger

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- The deputy leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has pledged to extend his 'utmost support' to Maithripala Sirisena, the common opposition candidate challenging the incumbent president at the presidential polls.
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* Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa appointed as general secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Petroleum Industries, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa has been appointed as the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of Sri Lanka's ruling alliance.
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* CBK, Sirisena asked for UNP approval before going public

Nov 22 (Island) Dissident SLFPer Maithripala Sirisena publicly announced his decision to switch allegiance to the Opposition yesterday soon after the main Opposition UNP unanimously accepted him as the Common Candidate. Both Sirisena and twice-President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga had insisted that UNP officially approve Sirisena’s candidature before they went public.
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* Australia supports Sri Lanka's long term development - High Commissioner

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Australia has been a long term partner in supporting Sri Lankans to help achieve the national development goals of the country, the Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Robyn Mudie said recently.
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* Three Provincial Councils Up For Grabs

Nov 23 (Nation) Following the cross over of former SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena and several other ruling party parliamentarians to the opposition, a lot of horse-trading is being done at the provincial council level to seize the power of at least three provincial councils before the next presidential election. Highly placed political sources told The Nation that three provincial councils – namely Uva, Western and Central – are vulnerable to an unexpected development of that nature.
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* Govt. may consider dissolution if there is mass defection

Nov 23 (ST) Government seniors were this week considering the possible early dissolution of Parliament, the Sunday Times learns. Consultations at the highest levels were held on the pros and cons of dissolving Parliament. This comes against the backdrop of the revolt by a section of ruling UPFA Ministers and MPs who have opted to back the opposition’s common candidate, former SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena at the January 8th presidential election against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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* Cabinet reshuffle pending in Sri Lanka; Nimal Siripala de Silva likely to be named Prime Minister

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan government is considering a major reshuffle in the cabinet soon, political sources in the country say. Certain local media reports say it would take place within 72 hours and a change in Prime Minister's position is under consideration.
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* President commissions Deduru Oya irrigation project in Sri Lanka's North Western Province

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday declared open the Deduru Oya irrigation and hydro power project, the largest irrigation project in North Western Province. The Deduru Oya irrigation and hydro power project, located in Kurunegala District, will supply drinking water to 50,000 families and irrigation water for the cultivation of 33,000 acres of lands
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* Sri Lanka's JVP and JHU take time to announce support to the common opposition candidate

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- The secretary of Sri Lanka Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Tilvin Silva said that the party was observing the developments in politics and take a decision soon regarding the presidential poll.
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* After the tigers are gone in Jaffna

Nov 22 (HT) To write about a train, you don't need to run with it. So I will, instead, first talk about Jaya Perera, a hairdresser from Muscat, who in the 1970s, had married a man from Jaffna, had his child, whom they had taken to meet his grandparents on a train, with her wearing a sari and speaking in self-conscious Tamil, to escape being noticed she was Sinhala.
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* House takes up expenditure heads of Transport Ministry

Nov 22 (DN) Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa presided when Parliament met at 9.30 a.m. yesterday. After the presentation of papers and oral questions, the House took up the committee stage debate on the Appropriation Bill 2015 for the 22nd day. The committee took up the expenditure heads of the Transport Ministry.
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