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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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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.

The President says some leaders are adopting western agenda and western thoughts in Sri Lanka.

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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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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.