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Will Rajapaksa lend his support to SLFP in LG polls?  
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2017-01-22

The so-called beginning of the change of world's political geography started last Friday with business tycoon Donald John Trump swearing-in as the 45th President of the United States.
His inauguration featured smaller crowds and more subdued ceremony than previous inaugurations – but still ushers in a transformative shift in the country's leadership.

Is Yahapalanaya trapped in CNN Effect?  
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2017-01-15

European Commission (EC) last Thursday proposed to restore the special concessions under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP Plus) facility to Sri Lanka, probably the only silver line in sight amongst many dark clouds that are looming over the current Unity Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
However, the removal of customs duties would be accompanied by rigorous monitoring and conditional on continued commitment to sustainable development, human rights and good governance.

Yahapalanaya to continue struggling in a swamp  
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2017-01-08

Just one week into the newly dawned year, Yahapalana Government, and its stakeholders appear to be in a swamp without being able to proceed in any direction.

Will Maithri extend an olive branch to Mahinda?  
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2017-01-01

The year 2017 dawns with new hopes of prosperity, coexistence and reconciliation in our hearts. The twenty two million people of Sri Lanka look forward to an era of sustainability with a determination to alleviate poverty in all its forms, President Maithripala Sirisena said in his New Year message to the people.

Seeking divine blessings as clouds of uncertainty looms over Yahapalanaya  
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2016-12-25

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday (21), left for Chennai to visit the Tirupati Kovil, a sacred place where almost all rulers of this country pay homage to. Wickremesinghe was visiting the shrine after a lapse of 16 years. The last time he visited the sacred shrine was when he was in office as the Prime Minister of President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Interestingly, his visit to the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala to offer prayers comes at a time he is holding the same position when a President who is from the main opponent party is heading the country – a scenario similar to that in 2002.

Why Mahinda asked his fellow Joint Opposition members to take a break  
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2016-12-18

President Maithripala Srisena arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Thursday (15) afternoon kicking-off his three-day State visit to Malaysia.

Maithri plans New Year surprises One to gain ‘superpowers’ while three tipped to be stripped  
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2016-12-11

Rescinding a colonial-era British order naming 19 Kandyan chiefs as traitors did little to help momentary suppression of public outcry against the current government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for its failure to live up to the expectations of the people in it, soon after 8 January 2015.

Will IGP bring down the curtain on Yahapalanaya?   
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2016-12-04

Back to back protests that rocked Colombo made last week tearful, with Police using tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of protesters who blocked predominantly the Parliament Road, at the beginning of the week followed by university students and labour officers.

Who is China trying to warn by inviting Rajapaksas to its soil?  
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2016-11-27

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara was on his way to attend the passing out ceremony of the 73rd Batch of Special Task Force (STF) Probationary Sub Inspectors of Police at the STF Training College, Katukurunda on 23 November afternoon when he got the news of former STF Commandant retired DIG K.M.L. Sarathchandra being remanded over an allegation of misusing a State vehicle.

Why Ranil wanted Mahinda’s Sino tour sponsored by FM?   
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2016-11-20

President Maithripala Sirisena participating at the 47th Anniversary of the Public Services United Nurses' Union (PSUNU) held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday (16) said the use of given freedom and democracy, to achieve narrow political gains or to spread racism and religious differences, is an obstacle to the future development of the country.
He added that the government is moving forward step by step, towards good governance, meeting the aspirations of the people. He also said that the government is committed to fulfil the aspiration of the people to the maximum level through comprehensive plans, even though it could not provide instant solutions as some sections of the society expected.

Outcome of Maithri-CBK Horagolla talks expected soon  
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2016-11-13

Prior to the 71st National Budget being presented last week, government came under severe criticism by opponents as well as those who openly supported the consensus government alike for allegedly assaulting disabled war veterans, who were agitating for pension entitlements with tear gas and water cannons in Colombo.

Top diplomat in Colombo has got ‘his wires crossed’?  
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2016-11-06

The entire nation was saddened and silenced by the death of legendary music maestro W. D. Amaradeva, giving a fleeting break to all heated political battles and arguments that prevailed for the past few days.

Maithri warns NGOs as Aava sends ripples of fear in North  
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2016-10-30

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were seen in the same frame last Friday (28) as the duo took part in the National Deepavali Festival 2016 held at Temple Trees.

JO to launch a new mode of protest against VAT (AMdt) Bill in Parliament  
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2016-10-23

President Maithripala Sirisena in a rare departure from his modest and judicious political conduct took the country by storm when he made several sensational public statements in quick succession on the eve of his departure for India to attend the BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach summit.

What India’s next step in East?  
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2016-10-16

Last Wednesday (12) could have been just another day had not President Maithripala Sirisena taking institutions such as the CID, FCID and Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption to task during a public gathering in Colombo where he lambasted those saying those were established to build a country that protects independence, democracy and human rights and free of bribery, corruption and malpractices and not to fulfil agendas of certain individuals or political parties.

What SL political game is taking place in Indian soil this October?   
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2016-10-09

President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the Suwarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on Friday to attend the Asia Corporation Dialogue (ACD) Summit that brings together 34 nations in the Asian region. The President was accompanied by First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena and they were received at the airport by Thai Minister of Culture, Vira Rojpojchanarat, as the representative of the Royal Thai Government and Ambassador Kshenuka Seneviratne and the staff members of the Sri Lanka Embassy. 

Who is plotting to build pressure on Maithri?  
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2016-10-02

Sri Lanka condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stresses in this regard, the need to deal with the issue of terrorism in the region in a decisive manner, Sri Lanka announced.
With five out of eight countries in SAARC already expressing their intention to stay away from the planned summit in Islamabad, Pakistan too announced the Summit will be postponed and blamed it on India for 'derailing' it.
The continuity of the 30 years old SAARC is also in question with the ceasefire that prevailed in Jammu and Kashmir since 2004 coming to a virtual end.

Maithri talks about reconciliation efforts as Wiggy calls Tamils to rise  
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2016-09-25

President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York amidst tight security as the city suffered a major security threat with an explosive device going off on the previous day injuring 29 persons, last Sunday (18). He was received at the Loews Regency Hotel by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera, Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ajith P. Perera, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to UN, Dr. Rohan Perera, Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Washington, Prasad Kariyawasam and other officials.

why maithri plans crucial meeting with Ranil after UNGA?  
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2016-09-18

Speaking at the event, President Sirisena questioned those who criticize him and the government what would have been the situation of the country if the 8 January transformation had not taken place.

Blackout at BIA to block out Mahinda  
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2016-09-11

A week after the UN Secretary General visiting Jaffna, President Maithripala Sirisena who was invited to the 200th anniversary celebration of Jaffna Central College on Friday (9) said the decisions that should be taken regarding the development of the country cannot be postponed under any circumstances. If that happened the people of the country will suffer from poverty, the President pointed out while adding that the swift measures will be taken to ensure the carrying out of the development work of the North without any delay.

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