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The new Cabinet of Ministers will be sworn in at 6pm today at the Presidential Secretariat.

Full Article Monday, 12 January 2015 16:40

January 14 has been declared as a Public And Bank holiday due to Pope's visit to Sri Lanka.

Full Article Monday, 12 January 2015 15:37

The leftist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) stresses that they have no intention of being a party to the proposed national Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena. Its leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake addressing a press briefing this morning said what can be done within 100 days is very minimal and one cannot expect “big changes”.

Full Article Monday, 12 January 2015 12:57

President Maithripala Sirisena invited all political parties represented in the parliament to join him to form a All Party National Government. The President said he intends to obtain the support of all political parties to establish a country with good governance, democracy and rule of law for the future of the people and the country. He made these observations while addressing the nation from the historic Paththirippuwa of the Temple of Tooth in Kandy Sunday; January 11.

Full Article Monday, 12 January 2015 12:24

Uva Provincial Council Minister Senthil Thondaman has surrendered to the Bandarawela Magistrate Courts a short while ago.

Full Article Monday, 12 January 2015 11:33

An estimated 3.7 million people joined by dozens of world leaders have marched across France in honour of the 17 people killed in attacks in Paris, according to the country's Interior Ministry.

Full Article Monday, 12 January 2015 11:21

The nation decided last week that Maithripala Sirisena would become Sri Lanka's sixth Executive President. In doing so, Sirisena went from being the 'common candidate' to Executive President overnight. Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe meanwhile, was sworn in as Prime Minister. The 'Maithri Era' has now begun.

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00

Newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena will enjoy the support of a Parliamentary majority since over 30 United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Members have pledged him support, sources close to the New Democratic Front (NDF) told The Nation.
Even after 27 MPs defected to the Maithripala camp before the election, there were 133 MPs in the UPFA fold, raising concerns...

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) yesterday claimed that they have no issue in supporting the Maithripala Sirisena led new government to implement the promised 100 day program. The party representatives who are affiliated with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to form the UPFA at a media briefing said that they acknowledged the election result and wished strength and...

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:24

The new government led by President Maithripala Sirisena will stick to the promised ‘100 Day Program’ and create an environment where justice and compassion reigns, key backers of his campaign said yesterday.  SLFP stalwart Maithripala Sirisena who secured victory on Thursday’s polls was sworn in as the sixth Executive President of Sri Lanka on Friday evening at Independence Square. He appointed...

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:22

Contrary to certain media reports and claims by spokespersons of President Maithripala Sirisena, ex-LTTE leader Selvarasah Pathmananthan, alias Kumaran Pathmanathan, alias ‘KP’ has not left Sri Lanka but is still in Kilinochchi under protective custody, it has been revealed.

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:20

Police today said they will continue to hunt for those involved in election violence incidents. According to Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana, the Police were continuing to hunt for a provincial councilor and the chairman of the Kahawatta Pradeshiya Sabha who are alleged to be involved in the shooting and subsequent death of a supporter of President Maithreepala Sirisena in Kahawatta.

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:18

Election Monitors yesterday urged politicians to control their supporters and not let the calm that prevailed on Election Day descend into violence during the post-election period. This followed a series of violent incidents that were allegedly connected to the just concluded presidential election. However, police maintained there were no major incidents of violence, adding some...

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:16

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (January 10) made two key appointments after swearing in as the country’s sixth executive president on Friday evening. Former Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs, P.B. Abeykoon was appointed as the Secretary to the new President. Abeykoon assumed duties at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. Abeykoon...

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:14

In a land of crossovers,  one day you are in the Government and the next you find yourself in the Opposition. Representatives of the two sides faced the press yesterday to deliver their respective takes on the recently concluded Presidential Election.

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:12

Media Secretariat for the Pope’s Visit today confirmed that preparations for the visit of Pope Francis are underway smoothly. “Everything will go as scheduled along with the support of country’s new leadership,” a media secretariat official said when contacted by The Nation. On Friday (January 9) Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith releasing a statement through the Media Secretariat for...

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:10

The Army has vehemently denied social media claims that there had been incidents of unrest in the north following the release of the results from the 2015 Presidential Election. Issuing a media release yesterday (January 10), Military Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said some social media reports claimed that several Army camps in Jaffna and elsewhere in the north had been pelted with...

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:08

Independent election observers from Asian nations praised Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya for conducting a free and fair presidential election but also called for the introduction of a ceiling of expenditure and code of conduct for the candidates at future elections.

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:06

The residence of UPFA Kolonnawa Urban Councilor, WD Sudath Senaka had been attacked by a group of persons on Friday night around 9.40 pm. According to him, six people had arrived at his house in Sedawatta, Kolonnawa, brandishing machetes and had attempted to break down the gate. “My wife and I were watching television when we heard a noise around,...

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:04

My dear people, Today I accept with great respect the people’s verdict. Accordingly, I hand over the post of President that I held to Mr Maithripala Sirisena today. In 2005, as per the Mahinda Chinthana, I stated that I was not the ruler of this country but only its temporary custodian. And just as I fulfilled all that I promised in...

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:02

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