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UPFA general secretary says the President will commit himself in future to move the country on a better path.

General secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance MP Mahinda Amaraweera says that the President will take step in future to guide the country on a better path. He said this during a function in Colombo which was held in connection with the agriculture modernization project.  He said that the President will act accordingly after the judgement of the supreme court on the dissolution of parliament was received.

The supreme court judgment on the petitions related to the dissolution of parliament is expected this evening.

The supreme court judgement on the  13 petitions filed against the dissolution of parliament by the President,  is expected around 4.00 pm today.  The fundamental rights petitions were heard before a seven judge bench of the supreme court.  A  restraining order is also effective at present on the gazette issued by the President dissolving the parliament on the 9th of last month.

Speaking in Parliament today, Former Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremasinghe pledged to act in a manner which ensures the rights of the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, and all communities within a unitary state

Speaking in Parliament today Former Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremasinghe said, the issues faced by the Tamil community have still not been resolved He pledged to act in a manner which ensures the rights of the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, and all communities within a unitary state.

He further stated, the Provincial Council system will be strengthened. He acknowledged, there have been drawbacks during his government. He noted, when he assumed power in 2015, democracy had been weakened.

Parliament convened at 1.00pm today, chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasooriya. MPs representatives the United People’s Freedom Alliance boycotted today’s parliamentary session, saying the Speaker’s actions are biased and unconstitutional. Speaking in Parliament today, Parliamentarian: Lakshman Kiriella said, no one can move Courts against affairs taken up in Parliament. Also speaking in Parliament today, Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera said, the United National Front has been able to win the world.

However, Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna: Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake expressed his disappointment that the main political parties have converted politics into a business.

Parliament is set to reconvene on the 18th of this month, at 1.00pm.

The appeal filed against the Interim Order issued by the Court of Appeals restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning, has been fixed for support on the 14th of December

The appeal filed against the Interim Order issued by the Court of Appeals restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa from holding the office of Prime Minister and his Cabinet from functioning, has been fixed for support on the 14th of December, by the Supreme Court.

On the 3rd of December, the Court of Appeals issued an Interim Order restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning, until the hearing of the Writ of Quo Warranto filed against them is concluded.
However, the following day, an appeal was filed with the Supreme Court against the Interim Order. The appeal was filed by attorneys on behalf of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The 122 MPs who had signed the Writ of Quo Warranto petition, against Mahinda Rajapaksa holding office as Prime Minister, have been named as respondents in the appeal.

The appeal states that the Interim Order issued by the Court of Appeal is unconstitutional, and that the Court of Appeals has no authority to issue such orders.

Ranil Wickremesinghe wins Vote of Confidence in Parliament

The motion expressing confidence in the Leader of the UNP: Ranil Wickremesinghe to function as the Prime Minister has been passed in Parliament.
The motion was passed with 117 votes.
The United National Party and the Tamil National Alliance voted in favour of the motion, while the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna abstained from voting. The parliamentarians of the United People’s Freedom Alliance were not present at the voting, as they had decided to boycott today’s parliamentary session.
The motion did not receive any votes against it.

A petition has been filed with the Court of Appeals requesting for a Writ of Quo Warranto preventing Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from being a Member of Parliament

A petition has been filed with the Court of Appeals requesting the Court to issue a Writ of Quo Warranto preventing Ranil Wickremesinghe from being a Member of Parliament. The case has been filed by the Co-President of 'Women for Justice' and Colombo Municipal Council Member of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna: Sharmila Gonawala.

She has cited as respondents, Former Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremasinghe, General Secretary of the UNP: Parliamentarian Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, and Secretary General of Parliament: Dhammika Dissanayake.

The petition states, Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe functions as a shareholder of Lake House Printers & Publishers, and thereby while holding a Parliamentary seat has entered into an agreement with a state entity with the intention of earning personal profits.

The Planters' Association of Ceylon states, it is still focussed on arriving at an agreement with Estate Sector Trade Unions, on wages

The Planters' Association of Ceylon and the Plantations Owners Association states, it is their intention to arrive at an agreement with the Estate Sector Trade Unions on the issue concerning estate worker wages.

Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today, Representative of the Planter's Association of Ceylon: Roshan Rajadurai said, they have no reluctance in increasing wages, but face difficulties in this regard. He further stated, the revenue of the tea industry has come down by 250 million rupees, owing to the strike launched by Estate Sector Trade Unions.

The Police have launched a computer programme on recovering lost or stolen mobile phones

The Police have launched a computer programme on recovering lost or stolen mobile phones. Assistance in this regard has been provided by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission. The inauguration ceremony was held at the Police Headquarters, under the patronage of IGP Pujith Jayasundera, this morning. Representatives of mobile service providers were also in attendance.

Through this new programme the public can lodge a complaint with the Police over the internet, with regard to lost or stolen mobile phones. The programme also provides the facility to verify the genuinely of a mobile phone, at the time of purchase. It is reported, currently, between 800 to 1000 complaints pertaining to lost or stolen mobile phones are received by the Police, on a daily basis.

The Police have launched a computer programme on recovering lost or stolen mobile phones.

The Police have launched a computer programme on recovering lost or stolen mobile phones. Assistance in this regard has been provided by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission. The inauguration ceremony was held at the Police Headquarters, under the patronage of IGP Pujith Jayasundera, this morning. Representatives of mobile service providers were also in attendance.

Through this new programme the public can lodge a complaint with the Police over the internet, with regard to lost or stolen mobile phones. The programme also provides the facility to verify the genuinely of a mobile phone, at the time of purchase. It is reported, currently, between 800 to 1000 complaints pertaining to lost or stolen mobile phones are received by the Police, on a daily basis.


This service can be accessed on:
www.ineed.police.lk

Thailand election date set

Thailand's military government has announced: political parties are free to start campaigning ahead of a long-awaited election scheduled for 24th February.
The announcement ends a ban on political campaigning, brought in when the military ousted the elected government in a coup, four years ago.

The military took power in Thailand in 2014, overthrowing the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the hugely popular Pheu Thai party. At the time, Military leaders said, they were restoring order after months of political unrest which had at times turned violent. They later drew up a new Constitution with changes to the Electoral System, which were approved by the public in a referendum last year.
The Constitution effectively ensures that even after the election, the military will remain an influential force in politics. It will be able to appoint the Senate, which in turn will help choose the next Prime Minister.

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.

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