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Theresa May suffers three Brexit defeats in Commons

Theresa May has suffered three Brexit defeats in the Commons as she set out to sell her EU deal to sceptical MPs. Ministers have agreed to publish the government's full legal advice on the deal after MPs found them in contempt of Parliament for issuing a summary.

And MPs backed calls for the Commons to have a direct say in what happens if her deal is rejected next Tuesday. Mrs May said MPs had a duty to deliver on the 2016 Brexit vote and the deal on offer was an "honourable compromise".

UNP appeals to the president to re-convene the UNP government which ruled the country until October 26

Deputy leader of the UNP Sajith Premadasa appeals to the president to re-convene the UNP government which ruled the country until October 26. At a press briefing held in the Temple Trees yesterday he says it is the only alternative to strengthen democracy in the country.

Parliament convenes today at 10.30 am

Parliament convenes today at 10.30 am. A Party leaders' meeting will be held prior to the parliamentary session.

Meanwhile, Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena says their parliamentary group will not take part in the today's parliamentary proceedings. At a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday he said joint opposition parliamentary group will continuously agitating for a general election.

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says that giving the power to people is the only solution to stabilize the country

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says that giving the power to people is the only solution to stabilize the country. Responsibility of stabilizing the country lies with all citizens of the country.

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Nigerian President Buhari denies death and body double rumours


Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has denied rumours that he had died and had been replaced by a lookalike. Some people thought he had been cloned. Mr Buhari said it was real him. Rumours that he had been replaced with a body double called "Jubril" from Sudan had been widely shared online.The 76-year-old Mr Buhari, who is seeking re-election in
February next year, has been beset by ill health since taking office in 2015.

The United National Party Leader says he is prepared to conduct an election with the approval of all political parties.

The United National Party Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe says the Prime Minister and the Cabinet suitable to the country is the United National Party cabinet including him. He said that the tourism industry has collapsed and the price of goods has increased. During a meeting in Galle he said that according to the constitution the person with the majority in Parliament should become the Prime Minister. He said that he was prepared to hold an election after gathering all political parties and with their approval.

A protest rally held in Colombo today to emphasize the need to conduct a general election soon to end present instability in the country.


A protest rally organized by intellectual civil society organization collective was held in Maradana today. The aim of the rally was to emphasize the need to conduct a general election soon to end present instability in the country. Speaking at the rally retired Major General Bonipus Perera said that under the United National Party, the country's security, culture and economy collapsed. He pointed out that the national security is also endangered. Former chief justice Sarath N. Silva said that the country has become unstable. Retired Major General Kamal Gunarathne said that everyone should come forward to protect the country.

Expressing his views Channa Jayasinghe pointed out that the JVP together with Tamil National Alliance and Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe was trying to divide the country.

Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa says that a motion will be filed in the Supreme Court tomorrow against the restraining order given by the Appeal Court.

Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa says that a motion will be filed in the Supreme Court tomorrow against the restraining order given by the Appeal Court suspending the Cabinet. The statement issued by him states that the Supreme Court is constitutionally empowered with interpreting the constitution and taking the final decision.

The Prime Minister emphasizes the importance to take the local fruit production activities and related investment promotion activities forward without any obstacles.


Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa emphasized the importance to take the local investment promotion activities forward without any obstacles. The Premier made this remark at a meeting held yesterday at Prime Minister's office with local investors. The Premier instructed the secretary of Finance ministry to reduce the tax on sugar which is used for the production of organic and mixed fruit soft drinks. This move will ease the burden of local fruit drink producers. As a result, the prices of these local fruit drinks can be brought down by 30 percent. This could promote the local fruit drink producers to invest more in the industry.

Parliamentarian Keheliya Rambukwella points out the UNP along with TNA is trying to introduce federal system in the country.

Chief government Whip Minsiter S.B.Dissanayake says, the government led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse is continuing. There is no vacancy to appoint a Prime Minister. During a media briefing at the parliamentary complex yesterday, he said that, the Speaker should maintain the government appointed by the President in Parliament. People in the entire country are expecting, a general election.

The Maha Nayakas of the three sectors have also emphasized it. Minister Dissanayake pointed out that only, a minister with the cabinet approval can submit a financial Motion or an Act in Parliament.

Joining in the Media Briefing parliamentarian Keheliya Rambukwella said that, if there is a conflict between the legislature and the executive, it should be solved by the judiciary. He further said the UNP along with TNA is trying to introduce federal system in the country. The government is prepared to accept the decision of the judiciary.

Ven. Dambara Amila Thera in Litro gas company payroll

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Brexit: Minister resigns over Theresa May's 'naive' deal

A UK minister has resigned saying a row over involvement in the EU's Galileo satellite-navigation system exposes Theresa May's Brexit deal as "naive". The UK had wanted to stay part of Galileo after Brexit, but the EU said it would be banned from the extra-secure elements of the programme. Mrs May confirmed on Friday that the UK was pulling out of the project. Science minister Sam Gyimah said it was "a clarion call" and that any deal with Brussels would be "EU first".(BBC)

The Leader of the House has sent a letter to the Speaker notifying that Parliament sessions held this month were against Standing Orders and the Constitution

The office of the Leader of the House has sent a letter to the Speaker notifying that Parliament sessions held on the 14th, 15th, 16th, 19th, 21st and 23rd of this month were against Standing Orders and the Constitution. A copy of the letter has been sent to the Secretary General of Parliament.  The letter states, the Hansard copies of these sessions cannot be accepted, and calls for the reports not to be published.  The letter has been signed by Leader of the House: Minister Dinesh Gunawardhana, Chief Government Whip: S.B.Dissanayake, and Ministers: Nimal Siripala De Silva, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila, Mahinda Amaraweera, Chamal Rajapakse, and Douglas Devananda.

The Leader of the House says, they did not attend today's parliamentary session because the Speaker is acting against Standing Orders.

Speaking at a media briefing held at the Parliament Complex this evening, Leader of the House: Minister Dinesh Gunawardhana said, they did not attend today's parliamentary session because the Speaker is acting against Standing Orders. He says, Parliament has not been convened according to Standing Orders and the order paper. He also says, they cannot accept the Parliament as a "Sirikotha Mansion". Joining in the media briefing, Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said, the Speaker has destroyed parliamentary traditions, and said he is not prepared to be part of what he describes as a "hidden agenda of the Speaker".

At another media briefing held at the Prime Minister's Office, Minister Susil Premajayantha said, the United People's Freedom Alliance maintains that a general election needs to be held to solve the crisis that he says has occurred due to the behaviour of the Speaker.

The Commissioner General of Examinations says, action will be taken against school principals who have failed to distribute Admission Cards for students sitting their GCE Ordinary Level Examination

Commissioner General of Examinations: B. Sanath Pujitha says, Admission Cards for students sitting their GCE Ordinary Level Examination which is to begin on the 3rd of next month have been posted, and action will be taken against school principals who have failed to distribute Admission Cards amongst students.
The Commissioner General says, should there be discrepancies in the Admission Card, such as mistakes in candidate's names or subjects, they should be corrected and certified.

Touchdown triumph for NASA's Mars probe

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The US space agency: NASA has landed the new robot 'InSight' on Mars, after a dramatic seven-minute plunge to the surface of the Red Planet.

Confirmation of touchdown came through at 7.53pm GMT.

The 'InSight' probe, aims to study the planet's deep interior, which makes it the only planet - apart from Earth - that has been examined in this way. Scientists want to know how the planet is constructed - from its core to its crust.

InSight is now sitting on a vast, flat plain known as Elysium Planitia, close to the Red Planet's equator. The first picture of this landscape came back very quickly. The image was taken through the translucent lens-cap of a camera positioned on the underside of the lander. The dust kicked up in the descent obscured much of the scene, but it was still possible to make out a small rock, and the sky on the horizon.

The President directs the police to take stern actions to eliminate the underworld.


President Maithripala Sirisena says that the services of the Police department should be strengthened and made efficient service to render more friendly and quality service to the people. He has appreciated the services done by all police officers from top to the bottom level. The President made these remarks while addressing the Senior DIGs and of DIGs at the President's office today. The president pointed out the ability of resolving the problems of the police service through discussions. A new committee will be appointed to solve the issues of the lower grade police officers. The President reviewed the progress of the measures taken to curb the drugs menace in the country. He requested to submit a report of measures taken by police during last few months to control the drug menace. He also requested to submit a report on monthly basis from today in this regard. He stressed the need to control the underworld activities as well.

MP Lakshman Sevevirathna says the previous government was reluctant to recover the bond scam money.

MP Lakshman Sevevirathna says that the some people who argue the decisions of the President have forgotten the incidents in the past three and half years. Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo today he said many have forgotten the Central Bank bond scam. Even after some years after the issue, the government is still unable to recover the money stolen through this scam. Mr. Sevevirathna says that it can be done by adding one clause to the set of laws of the Bribery Commission.  It can be done by adding a clause to accept the evidence taken by the presidential commission appointed to investigate the bond scam. The president has given instructions to add it. MP Lakshman Sevevirathna alleges that the former leader of the house Lakshman Kiriella didn't present it in parliament. He said the government was unable to recover those stolen money due to Mr. Kiriella's actions.

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