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Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins local council polls


September 9th, 2012 - 7:41 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 9 (IANS) Sri Lanka's ruling party was the overall winner at elections held in three local councils a day earlier, showed official results released Sunday.The United Peoples Freedom ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan Tamil party seeks support to form eastern province government


September 9th, 2012 - 7:38 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 9 (IANS) The main Tamil political party in Sri Lanka Sunday initiated talks with opposition parties to reach a majority to form a government in the eastern ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins local council elections


July 24th, 2011 - 7:18 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 24 (IANS) Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said Sunday that its landslide win in the local council elections over the weekend was the result of ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka passes laws to legalise gambling, betting


November 10th, 2010 - 9:26 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Nov 10 (DAP) Sri Lanka's parliament Wednesday passed legislation to legalise betting and gambling, saying the move would help to attract tourists following the end of the decades-long civil war on ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan parliament extends presidential term (Lead)


September 8th, 2010 - 9:31 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 8 (DPA) Sri Lanka's parliament approved constitutional amendments increasing presidential powers and extending term limits in a session boycotted by the main opposition Wednesday. The amendments allow President Mahinda Rajapaksa to ... Read more...

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Man who set himself on fire in Sri Lanka protest dies


July 27th, 2010 - 11:39 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 27 (DPA) A man who set himself on fire near the headquarters of Sri Lanka's main opposition party died of his injuries Tuesday, a hospital spokesman said. The man, identified as ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan main opposition to oppose constitutional reform


June 21st, 2010 - 9:26 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, June 21 (IANS) Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) said Monday it will oppose a proposed move to change the country's constitution. UNP spokesman Gayantha Karunathilake told reporters that the ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins big in parliamentary polls


April 21st, 2010 - 10:28 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 21 (DPA) Sri Lanka's ruling alliance secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections, according to official final results announced Wednesday after a re-vote in two districts. The United People's Freedom ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s opposition alliance promises salary hike


March 17th, 2010 - 9:01 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, March 17 (IANS) Sri Lanka's opposition alliance United National Front (UNF) has said it will raise the salaries of government employees if it comes to power in the April 8 parliamentary ... Read more...

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Fonseka’s wife to campaign in Sri Lankan election


February 24th, 2010 - 1:40 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Feb 24 (IANS) The wife of Sri Lanka's detained former army general and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka will campaign in the forthcoming parliamentary election on behalf of her husband, Xinhua ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s opposition invites Fonseka to contest polls


February 23rd, 2010 - 12:50 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Feb 22 (IANS) Sri Lanka's main opposition party United National Party (UNP) said Monday that the door is still open for the defeated presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka to join it ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s poll-related violence toll rises to four


January 19th, 2010 - 2:34 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 19 (DPA) A supporter of Sri Lanka's ruling party was killed in a hand grenade attack on a party office in the country's northwest Monday, bringing the toll in election-related ... Read more...

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Two LTTE leaders surrender, over 95,000 flee war zone (Second Lead)


April 22nd, 2009 - 6:44 pm ICT by IANS
By P. Karunakharan Colombo, April 22 (IANS) Two second-rung leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) surrendered to the Sri Lankan military as the civilians fleeing the no-fire-zone in the rebel-held ... Read more...

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Two LTTE leaders surrender, 95,000 flee war zone (Lead)


April 22nd, 2009 - 6:01 pm ICT by IANS
By P. Karunakharan Colombo, April 22 (IANS) Two second-rung leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have surrendered to the Sri Lankan military as the number of civilians fleeing the no-fire-zone ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka opposition leader to step down


March 18th, 2009 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, March 18 (DPA) Sri Lanka's opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, who signed a Norwegian-backed peace deal with Tamil Tiger rebels as the country's prime minister in 2002, is under pressure from his ... Read more...

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Ruling UPFA wins Lanka provincial polls


February 15th, 2009 - 3:24 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Feb.15 (ANI): The ruling United People''s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in Sri Lanka has won the provincial elections held on Saturday. According to results announced on Sunday, of the 40 polling divisions ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins provincial polls


February 15th, 2009 - 1:33 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Feb 15 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has swept provincial elections held Saturday, according to results announced Sunday.President Mahinda Rajapaksa's UPFA will thus retain control of both ... Read more...

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India-Lanka accord key to political solution: Sri Lanka


January 17th, 2009 - 12:27 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 16 (IANS) Appreciating the continued "understanding of India on issues of mutual concern", Sri Lanka said Friday that the 1987 Indo-Sri Lanka accord is still the key to seeking a ... Read more...

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Former Sri Lankan president is dead (Lead)


September 21st, 2008 - 4:34 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 21 (IANS) D.B.Wijetunga, who was Sri Lanka's president for over a year after the assassination of incumbent Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1993, died in a hospital in the central district of ... Read more...

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Tillakaratne continues as cricket manager


July 18th, 2008 - 10:42 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 18 (IANS) Former Sri Lanka captain Hashan Tillakaratne will continue as the manager of the national cricket team despite the sports minister's vehement opposition to his appointment. Tillakaratne, a veteran ... Read more...

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Minister irked at former Sri Lanka captain’s appointment


July 17th, 2008 - 6:12 pm ICT by IANS
By P. Karunakharan Colombo, July 17 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge has expressed concern over the appointment of the former captain Hashan Tillakaratne as the new manager of the Sri Lankan ... Read more...

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Shutdown called by Sri Lankan opposition has little impact


July 10th, 2008 - 1:12 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 10 (IANS) A nationwide shutdown called by the Sri Lankan opposition Thursday to demand an increase in salaries of public and private sector workers as well as postponement of provincial ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka braces for crucial eastern provincial poll


May 8th, 2008 - 7:15 pm ICT by admin
By Anthony David Colombo, May 8 (DPA) The government has set the stage for a crucial provincial election in eastern Sri Lanka Saturday, a year after wresting control of the area from Tamil ... Read more...

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Rajapaksa challenges Prabhakaran to direct clash


May 7th, 2008 - 12:24 pm ICT by admin
By P. Karunakharan Colombo, May 7 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday challenged the elusive leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Velupillai Prabhakaran to "clash with him directly" and ... Read more...

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Norway is not for Tamil Eelam, says envoy


April 13th, 2008 - 1:06 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Norway does not support the formation of an independent Tamil state in Sri Lanka, Norway's special envoy to Colombo has told an opposition MP from that country. ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka to hold eastern provincial elections in May


March 12th, 2008 - 9:16 pm ICT by admin
By P.K. Balachandran Colombo, March 12 (IANS) After the successful local body polls in Sri Lanka's war-hit eastern district of Batticaloa, the government has decided to hold elections to the eastern provincial council ... Read more...

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