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Wednesday 17 January 2018
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Wickramasinghe urges Sri Lankans to unite and usher in new leader

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Leader of Opposition and the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickramasinghe called upon all Sri Lankans to join hands and usher in their new leader. Addressing the first media briefing on Friday,...

Maithripala returns to Colombo

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Main opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena returned to his home in Colombo from Polonnaruwa, this morning. Earliar on press secretary Vijayananda Herath was quoted by local media as...

US looks forward to work with new president

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The United States Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that he is looking forward to working with the President-elect Maithripala Sirisena and commending outgoing Sri Lankan President...

Prime Minister Modi reaffirms India’s continued solidarity

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed India’s continued solidarity & support for Sri Lanka. In a twitter message he said “As a close friend & neighbour, reaffirmed India’s...

Jaffna District Poll Results at Glace

  Jaffna district divisional wise final results except Manipay division   Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2015 – Jaffna District Mahinda Rajapaksa Maithripala Sirisena Kayts 5959 8144...

MR concedes defeat and leaves

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded defeat at the 2015 Presidential elections and left Temples Trees, the President’s office said. Director of the President’s media unit Vijayananda Herath...

Poll: Maithri leads Mahinda (Updated)

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Batticaloa District – Batticaloa Polling Division Maithiripala Srisena-                                      97, 779 (80.4%) Mahinda Rajapaksha-                  ...

Presidential poll is contest between Democracy and Anarchy: Wigneswaran

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Northern Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has observed that the current presidential poll is between Democracy and anarchy. He made this observation to the media after casting his vote at the polling...

Maithri calls an urgent meeting tomorrow morning

The opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena has arranged a meeting tomorrow in the morning in Colombo with all supporting parties to decide on the next steps. Preliminary results are...

Higher voter turnout at the election

The voters appeared to set to register an improved turnout at the polls today in comparison with previous presidential elections. Average voting was more than 70% as at 4pm. A 70 % turnout was...

Police Deploys 800 Officers To Protect Temple Trees

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Strong security measures are now in place around Temple Trees in Colombo, the residence of incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana told Media on Thursday evening. It...

Monitors say voters obstructed in Sri Lankan election

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Election monitors said Thursday that voters in northern Sri Lanka were prevented from casting their ballots in an election that pits President Mahinda Rajapaksa against an ally who suddenly defected...

Remarkable Voter Turnout In Many Parts Of Sri Lanka

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The total voter turnout of the Presidential Election 2015 exceeded 45 per cent in many parts of the country by 12 noon on January 08. The voter turnout in Colombo stood at 50 per cent and 38 per cent...

People purchasing good in haste in Colombo

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People were observed to be purchasing essential items in great haste in various parts of Colombo, from yesterday. It seemed that people are purchasing goods expecting post-election curfew and...

Sajith wants polls chief to act on false report‏

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UNP MP Sajith Premadasa has called the Elections Commissioner to stop false propaganda over the Independent Television Network which is carrying false reports that he was supporting President Mahinda...

Minor incidents reported so far

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Several minor incidents were reported during the first few hours since voting began at 7 this morning in the 2015 Presidential election. The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) said that...

Polls chief demands correction from SLRC

The Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya today visited the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) and demanded a correction on a false news report saying Deputy leader of United National Party...

Grenade explosion near polling booth in Jaffna

A hand grenade was thrown at a abandoned house located near by a polling centre in Alwai, Point Pedro, Center Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) said today. A polling booth has been set up at Alwai...

Activists now get death threats

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Three local activists, including two who this week found the severed heads of dogs near their gates, have now been threatened with death, a London based human rights group said. Amnesty International...

Kerry calls MR, wants free poll

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United States Secretary of State John Kerry has telephoned President Mahinda Rajapaksa and urged him to ensure a free and fair Presidential election. The US State Department said that the United...

Vatican team in Lanka on Friday

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A Vatican advance team is due to arrive in Colombo on Friday for the final preparations prior to the arrival of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka. On the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, His...

British High Commissioner meets Economic Development Minister

British High Commissioner John Rankin met Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapakse at the office of the Ministry. They have discussed the arrangements made to hold a free and fair poll, reports...

Highest number of violations reported at Jaffna

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The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) reported that there had been a rise in major incidents of election violence between 20th November and 5th January. 420 incidents of election...

12 Dead in ‘Terrorist’ Attack on Paris Satirical Newspaper

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Twelve people were killed today when gunmen carried out a massacre at the offices of a notoriously anti-Islamist newspaper in Paris – including a police officer who was executed as he begged...

Catholic Church on Pope’s visit

Catholic Church has observed that Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka between Jan 13 and 15 is confirmed and that there is no truth in reports that his visit is postponed. It also states that Pope will...

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Authorities in Sri Lanka should ensure that voters have safe and secure access to the polls to vote in presidential elections on January 8, 2015, and that state media is not misused in favor of the...

Jaffna University Students Union urges people to vote in the poll

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Jaffna University Students Union has called upon the Tamil people to vote without fail in the upcoming presidential election on Thursday. Releasing a report today, the Students Union said that it...

Monitors Fear Military Presence May Deter Sri Lankan Voters

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A monitoring group expressed concerns Tuesday that the military presence in the former war zone of northern Sri Lanka may lower voter turnout in the presidential election Thursday. Pakiasothy...

Human rights at risk as violence surges ahead of poll

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“Amidst a surge in election-related harassment and violence ahead of the 8 January presidential poll, Sri Lankan authorities must ensure that people’s right to political participation is...

Rajapaksha may refuse to leave office in the event of defeat

Senior Analyst of International Crisis Group (ICG) Alan Keenan, in an article entitled ‘ Hope and fear battle for supremacy in Sri Lanka’s presidential election campaign’, written on the blog...

Natrajan, new Indian Consular General in Jaffna

A.Natrajan assumed duties as Indian Consular General in Jaffna on Monday. He was formerly Indian Consular General in Kandy. He succeeds V.Mahalingam who went on transfer. Thereafter Deputy Consular...

New alliance formed in Tamil Nadu to safeguard Rights of the Tamils

A new alliance was formed  yesterday in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, under the name of TAMIL MOLYURIMAI KOOTIYAKKAM ( Joint Movement for the Rights of Tamil Language) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of...

The news that is being spread that we are supporting Mahinda Rajapakse is false: Gajendrakumar

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The Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) has strongly denied the news that has been publicized that, their party is supporting Mahindha Rajapakse in the President’s Election. Their stand...

Catholic Bishops’ Conference appeals for peaceful poll

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka has appealed to all political parties and government officials to strive to hold a free and peaceful poll in the island. It issued the following statement:...

Tamils don’t see the election as their election: The Hindu article says

Meera Srinivasan, reporting for the Hindu Newspaper, in a feature article has highlighted that Tamils don’t see the presidential election as ‘their election’ and can’t see how their lives...

UN reiterates concerns on polls

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The United Nations (UN) has reiterated its concerns on the violence ahead of Thursday’s Presidential elections, nad called on the Government to ensure an inclusive process. Responding to a question...

Maha Nayakkasurge IGP, EC to hold peaceful poll

Most Venerable Tibbatuwe Siddhaartha Sumangala Thera of Malwatte Chapter and Most Venerable Udugama Buddharakitha Thera of Asgiriya Chapter have urged the Commissioner of Elections and the Inspector...

Land issue can be solved if Rajapakse wins: Ankajan

Sri Lanka Freedom Party Jaffna Organizer Ankajan Ramanathan has stated that a solution can be found to the problem of land acquisition by the military in the north if President Rajapakse wins for all...

North beats Western Province in banking density

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The Northern Province has beaten the Western Province in the latest banking density rankings. According to the Central Bank, the Northern Province’s bank branch density (bank branches per 100,000...

16 points demands by War Affected Women to the future President

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War Affected Women of Sri Lanka and a few human rights organisations around the world have jointly presented a list of 16 points demands to the next president of Sri Lanka including repeal of the...

“TNA Will Not Accept Positions In Maithri Govt; But Will Support Advisory Council”

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The Tamil National Alliance today indicated that it would not accept ministerial portfolios under Maithripala Sirisena’s government; but assured to play an active role in the process of making...

Freshly severed heads of dogs strewn in front of the houses of two human rights activists

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Two severed heads of dogs have been strewn on Sunday night in front of the houses of Brito Fernando and Prasanga Fernando, who are human rights defenders and campaigning for Maithripala Sirisena....

AHRC expresses concern over the safety of Maithripala Sirisena

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Releasing a report today, the Asian Human Rights Commission said it has been alerted by many people who are anxious about the safety of the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena due to the...

Don’t commit blunder by boycotting the poll: Selvarasa

Batticaloa District Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Pon. Selvarasa has appealed to the Tamil people not to commit a historic blunder by boycotting the presidential poll. He was addressing an...

We are not supporting Maithree, expecting him to give solutions – Says Ariyanenthran in Kalkudah

Mahinda has not delivered any solution, but please don’t vote Maithree thinking he will give solutions. No body should think that he will give solutions, said Mr.Pa.Ariyanenthiran, the MP for...

Sri Lanka monitors fear voter intimidation before election

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International observers said Sunday they had received complaints of voter intimidation before this week’s Sri Lankan presidential election, in which the incumbent faces a tough battle to win an...

Mangala assures security; Urges smooth transition

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The Opposition, while assuring that the security of the incumbent President and his family would be ensured in the event of his defeat at Thursday’s Presidential Election, urged him to allow...

Vote without fail and vote for Maithripala: Wigneswaran

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Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has appealed to the people to cast their votes without fail at the presidential poll and do so in favour of common opposition candidate...

Wigneswaran urges President to suspend DCC Meetings

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Accusing Minister Douglas Devananda’s conduct at Jaffna District Coordinating Committee (DCC) meeting held on 15 December, as violent and anti-democratic undermining the democratic process, the...

Vote for Maithripala: Sampanthan

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Sampanthan has stated that the government has missed an opportunity to find a reasonable, lasting political solution to the ethnic problem, wherer all can live with honouy and self respect after the...