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CID records a statement from the local employee of the Swiss embassy for the third day

The local staffer of the Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo, who was allegedly abducted and threatened in late November, has arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department for the 3rd day to record a statement. The travel ban on her was been extended until the 12th of this month by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathna yesterday.

The Prime Ministerial Public Relations Unit, declared open today

The Prime Ministerial Public Relations Unit was declared open by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, this morning.

This Public Relations Unit is located at No: 101, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colpetty, and is in close proximity to Temple Trees.

The public can submit their complaints to this office.
The complaints will be directed to the relevant ministries and state institutions.
The Premier said, in addition, the complaints will be followed-up, to check whether they are being addressed.

The office will be open five days a week.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reiterates that he is committed to provide a long lasting solution to the problems face by Tamil people in this country

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reiterates that he is committed to provide a long lasting solution to the problems face by Tamil people in this country. The President made these comments during an interview with Hindustan Times. When speaking about 13th amendment of the Constitution, the President there are few areas which cannot be implemented. Therefore, the President suggests an alternative solution to this problem. The government expects to solve all problems related to Tamil issue at once rather than addressing the issues one by one. The government also expects to focus on many sectors including fishing, job opportunities, agriculture and other related areas as well.

President Rajapaksa will hold bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today

President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who is on a two-day state visit to India has arrived in New Delhi yesterday. The President and the Sri Lankan delegation were received at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The Sri Lankan delegation was welcomed by Indian Minister of State for Transport and Highways Dr. V.K. Singh. Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in India Austin Fernando and Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu were also present. The reception was also decorated with colorful cultural items. During his visit, President Rajapaksa will meet Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and will hold bilateral talks with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The President will also meet other Indian dignitaries

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa undertakes a two-day State visit to India today

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa undertakes a two-day State visit to India today on an invitation extended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the visit President Rajapaksa will meet Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and hold bilateral talks with the Indian Prime Minister as well.

President Rajapaksa will also meet the other Indian dignitaries.

The State visit to India is the first overseas visit by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa since his assumption of office as the President of Sri Lanka this month. The President will be accompanied by Secretary to the President Dr. P. B. Jayasundara, Ravinatha Aryasinha, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Secretary to the Treasury Sajith Attygalle and Honorary Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunge.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the appointments were a great responsibility placed on them by the people of the country

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressing the newly appointed State and Deputy Ministers reminded that the appointments were a great responsibility placed on them by the people of the country who voted to create a change, and not a privilege.

President Rajapaksa noted that he was not able to give appointments to everyone who worked for him during the campaign and everyone who delivered a large number of votes from their districts, due to constitutional restraints. He added that he would have preferred to reduce the number of state and deputy ministers. The President explained that such a high number of appointments had to be made because of the large number of responsibilities, mentioned in his manifesto, that need to be fulfilled.

The President went onto state that some of the newly appointed members could have doubts about their portfolios. Speaking to these ministers the President states that the ministries were assigned and broken down based on the needs of the people and urged them to understand the great responsibilities that each of them has been entrusted with.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also reiterated his call to the 15 cabinet Ministers, to grant the newly appointed state and deputy ministers the opportunity to carry out their activities.

Minister Bandula Gunawardena says that the new government will introduce a significant media culture to the country

Minister of Information & Communications Technology, Higher Education, Technology & Innovations Bandula Gunawardena assuming duties this morning at the media ministry said that the new government will introduce a significant media culture to the country. This media culture will help to build a country where every communities can live together with self respect. He assured to protect the media freedom utmost and not to leave rooms for media hunt and taking hatred revenge.

President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says Hambantota port deal will be renegotiated to benefit the country and the people

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in an interview with Strategic News International states that the agreement to lease the Hambantota Port was a mistake.

President Rajapaksa speaking on foreign policy stated that Sri Lanka should remain neutral, as the country cannot survive if it gets into a balancing act between superpowers. The president reiterated that Sri Lanka should not get in between the power struggles of superpowers, adding that Sri Lanka wants to work with all countries. He also noted that Sri Lanka does not want to do anything to harm any other country.

Addressing the issue of China’s involvement in Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated that the involvement which took place under the tenure of his brother, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was purely “commercial.” He went onto state that even though China saw the Hambantota port as part of its “String of Pearls,” the then Government looked at it as a requirement. He also stated that Sri Lanka should have never given “control of the Port to China,” adding that it was a mistake.

The President stated that he is not afraid to say that it was a mistake even though China is a good friend of the country and even though Sri Lanka requires China’s assistance for development. President Rajapaksa added that he would request China to renegotiate the 99-year lease of the Hambantota port to come up with a better deal for Sri Lanka, as the people of the country are not happy with the existing agreement.

The Defence Secretary says the armed forces will maintain law and order, to better guarantee public security

Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratne says the president issued a gazette extraordinary tasking the armed forces with maintaining law and order, to better guarantee public security. The retired Major General says there is no intention whatsoever to take the country towards a military rule. He made the comments when he called on Chief Incumbent of Mihintale Raja Maha Vihara Venerable Walawa Henguna Wewe Dhammarathana Thera today.

The Defence Secretary noted the people have correctly understood the situation despite attempts by some to cause unwarranted fears. He assured to create an atmosphere in which all citizens from different communities and religions could live with dignity. The Defence Secretary requested support from everybody to curb the drugs menace.

The sworn in ceremony will take place tomorrow morning in Anuradhapura sacred city

Winner of the presidential election Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be sworn in as the 07th executive President of Sri Lanka at a ceremony to be held at the historical sacred city in Anuradhapura. The sworn in ceremony will take place at the Ruwanweli Seya premises at the auspicious time tomorrow morning.

Bangladesh beat west indies in ICC world cup match through a record chase

Bangladesh beat West Indies by seven wickets in an ICC world cup match played at Taunton yesterday. Many teams struggled a lot to chase more than 300 runs in the recent matches. However Bangladesh overcame this challenge through a record chase.

Shakib Al Hasan produced one of the great World Cup performances, stringing a domineering 124 not out to his two-wicket haul as he anchored Bangladesh's highest chase in an ODI. In the process, he reached 6000 ODI runs, became Bangladesh's highest run-scorer at a World Cup, the second after Mahmudullah to make two centuries for Bangladesh in the tournament, and added his name to yet another one of the six Bangladesh century stands in World Cups.

Scores: West Indies batted first and made 321 for 8 in 50 overs. In reply Bangladesh reached the victory target losing only 3 wickets and 51 balls to spare.

The government says the cabinet meeting will be convened today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena

The government says the cabinet meeting will be convened today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The government has written to the President citing clauses 42 and 43 of the constitution with regard to the responsibility of the President convening the cabinet meeting. The 42nd clause of the constitution clearly states the responsibility of the president calling for a cabinet meeting periodically.

Seven Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna members including former Chairman of North Central Province are remanded

Seven Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna members including former Chairman of North Central Province are remanded with regard to the allegation of a hand bomb attack during 1999 presidential election. These members are remanded till 24th of this month. Anuradhapura Mayor H.P. Somadasa of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna is also among the suspects.

The Attorney General has informed the High Court that a petition is submitted against the appeal made by former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

The Attorney General has informed the High Court that a petition is submitted against the appeal made by former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

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Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says that one common law and an educational system are needed for the country

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says that one common law and an educational system are needed for the country. The support of all parties is needed in this regard. Sri Lankans should live according to the way that matches the country's culture. Not only that, it is necessary to create a society that is suitable for the future generation of the country.

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Minister Sajith Premadasa says that some politicians have forgotten the people's problems due to being greedy for power

Minister Sajith Premadasa says that some politicians have forgotten the people's problems due to being greedy for power. He made these remarks while addressing the ceremony to lay the foundation stones for another 5 re-awakening villages under the "Semata Sevana" re-awakening village concept.

Spice Girls' UK Stadium Tour ends with Geri Horner's apology

Geri Horner apologised for quitting the Spice Girls in 1998, as the band played on the last day of their reunion tour, at the Wembley Stadium in the UK.
Geri, also known as 'Ginger Spice', walked away from the band at the height of their fame, 21 years ago. At the time, she said she was suffering from exhaustion and needed a break.
Geri's apology came, just before the band played 'Goodbye', the number one single that addressed her departure.
At Wembley Stadium she told fans and her bandmates, "I need to say something I should have said a long time ago, I'm sorry, I'm sorry I left, I was just being a brat. It is so good to be back with the girls that I love".

And that wasn't the only emotional moment.
The band brought their mothers and children onto the stage during the encore, to serenade them with 'Mama', while Emma Bunton was reduced to tears during 'Viva Forever'.

Protesters return to streets despite the suspension of Hong Kong extradition bill

Hundreds of thousands of people are protesting in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, despite the bill having been suspended. The densely-packed crowds are demanding that the bill be completely scrapped. It will allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China.

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The government says it has taken no decision to halt the first phase of the 'Battle of solar power'

Minister Ravi Karunanayake says the government has taken no decision to halt the first phase of the 'Battle of solar power'. He requests the public not to be misled by false propaganda.

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