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Mahinda Rajapaksa says in a newspaper interview that he will take legal action against the New York Times paper.


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday rejected the allegations made by the New York Times article and said no contribution was made by the China Harbour Company to his presidential election campaign in 2015.

In a media statement, Mr. Rajapaksa said if any election campaign contributions had been made to him by China Harbour Company, the Port City contract would not have been restored to them and neither would they have been allowed to bid for the lease of the Hambantota harbour.

Mahinda Rajapaksa says in a newspaper interview that he will take legal action against the New York Times paper.

Parliamentarian Wasudeva Nanayakkara reiterates that the journey of joint opposition is not the same of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.


Parliamentarian Wasudeva Nanayakkara reiterates that the journey of joint opposition is not the same of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The Parliamentarian made these remarks during a media conference held in Colombo yesterday. Addressing the media personnel he further said the concept and the journey of joint opposition is completely different from Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's agenda.

The Prime Minister says the Mattala International Airport will be upgraded to an operational level before the end of this year.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the Mattala International Airport will be upgraded to an operational level before the end of this year. The premier also said an effective work plan will be devised in near future. The Mattala international airport will be developed with the necessary industrial environment like the Katunayaka airport and Biyagama industrial zone. The Premier made these remarks at a commemoration conference of late Dr. Saman Kelagama in Colombo recently. The Hambantota port premises has been identified with a largest swimming pool. This water resource will be filled from next year.

Former president has taken large amount of funds from Chinese company for his presidential election campaign. It is stressed that an investigation should be conducted in this regard.

Civil activists and artists stress that Hitler type rule is not suitable to the country. Expressing views on the statement made by Anunayaka thero of the Asgiriya chapter, Co-convener of the Purawesi Balaya organization Saman Rathnapriya said that the thero's anusasana is detrimental to the constitution. He added that people are not ready to give executive powers to Gotabaya Rajapaksha.
Co-convener of the Purawesi Balaya organization Gamini viyangoda said that Gotabaya Rajapaksha has been clearly proved a dictator by his actions and behaviour.
Ven. Dambara Amila thero said tht a presidential commission should be appointed to investigate this matter.
Veteren singer Jayatilaka Bandara says that Hitler type leaders are not suitable to a peace loving country like Sri lanka.
In the meantime, it is revealed by a New York Times newspaper that the former president has taken large amount of funds from Chinese company for his presidential election campaign. An investigation should be conducted in this regard. Ven. Dambara Amila thera speaking to the media stated a presidential commission should be appointed to investigate this matter.
Joining the media conference, convener of Left Centre Chameera Perera alleged as a Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa acted like an authoritarian during the Rajapaksa regime.
Meanwhile, the artistes point out that this country does not need any military rule. A society which is marching forward by defeating the brutality and inhumanity will never approve a military rule in this country. Recently, the Sri Lanka's human rights records has been appraised by the international community has upgraded to 'A' Grade. This is a great victory to the country. Given this situation all Sri Lankans will never approve an authoritarian rule in this country. Popular singer Jayathilaka Bandara made these remarks while speaking to SLBC.

Minister Dr. Vijayadasa Rajapaksa said the local cinema industry faces many challenges at present.

Minister Dr. Vijayadasa Rajapaksa said the local cinema industry faces many challenges at present. The minister emphasized the importance of solving these problems through effective discussion with the relevant stakeholders. The Minister made these remarks at a function held at University Grants Commission auditorium yesterday. Addressing the gathering he further said the problems at the grass root level should be identified first. The main reason for this situation is that four film screening companies were granted this responsibility in the year 2000. The Film Corporation protested for this move at that time. The operating companies received a 10 percent service charge also in this process. Although these companies earned large amount of profit, they have not invested those funds for the betterment of cinema industry.

A consensus arrived at holding the Provincial Council Elections as soon as possible.

A special discussion on holding the Provincial Council Elections was held this morning in the Parliamentary premises, headed by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.
The Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, the Chairman of the Election Commission and the Chairman of the Delimitation Commission also participated.

They arrived at a consensus to hold the election as soon as possible. The meeting focused on the Delimitation Committee Report regarding the elections, and on holding the election according to the old and new electoral systems.

The Speaker said, a debate will be held in parliament on the 5th of next month, regarding the Provincial Council Elections. He requested the officials of the Delimitation Commission to take into consideration the points that will be raised at the debate.

The Director General of the Government Information Centre says, those who say that a rigid form of governance is needed, should call to mind the type of governance that prevailed earlier.

Director General of the Government Information Centre: Attorney at Law Sudarshana Gunawardhene says, when the government moves forward ensuring human rights and easing the country's debts, it faces various threats. Those who say that a rigid form of governance is needed, should call to mind the type of governance that prevailed earlier. He points out, under that regime, not only were human rights abused, but the country's financial administration and discipline, and all other sectors also collapsed.

The Supreme Court orders the former Chief Minister of the North Central Province to pay compensation to a school principal over an unfair transfer.

The Supreme Court has ordered the former Chief Minister of the North Central Province, Peshala Jayaratne, to pay 250,000 rupees as compensation to a school principal who had filed a case over an unfair transfer.

The former Principal of the Niwaththaka Chethiya Maha Vidyalaya in Anuradhapura had filed a Fundamental Rights Petition with the Court stating that his transfer from the school in 2016 was unfair.

Delivering the verdict today, the Court ordered the former Chief Minister to compensate the petitioner, and also ordered the government to pay 50,000 rupees as compensation.

The Postal Work-To-Rule Strike Action, called off.

Convenor of the Joint Postal Trade Union Collective: Chinthaka Bandara has announced, the decision to engage in a work-to-rule-protest has been called off with effect from 12 noon today.
He further states, mail that was held due to the postal trade union action that was underway, have been distributed. Overseas mail that was held at the Katunayake Airport, is also being distributed.

All new investments and businesses should pay a sum of 25,000 rupees to the Inland Revenue Department and seek advise with regarding to taxation prior to commencing the venture.

The Commissioner General of Inland Revenue Department Ivan Dissanayaka said all new investments and businesses should pay a sum of 25,000 rupees to the department and seek advise with regarding to taxation prior to commencing the venture. He further said this is an international standard adopted by many world countries. The external parties and investors have to pay more than 200,000 rupees to obtain a taxation report form the government. However, the department suggests a consultation fee from each new external party to understand the local taxation mechanism. Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena levelled an allegation against the government recently, but the Commissioner General vehemently rejected the claims of the parliamentarian.