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Colombo City has been developed to an extent over the past four years more than it has ever been in the previous six decades, Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed yesterday when he inaugurated a commuter boat service on the Beira Lake, Colombo.

“I will contest the upcoming Presidential Election if Muslim intellectuals and Muslim political parties and representatives give the go-ahead, former Eastern Province Governor Dr. M.L.A.M. Hizbullah said.

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday said they will discuss their presidential candidacy plans with Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the party’s presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has expressed displeasure over the delays in finalising the constitution of the proposed National Democratic Front (NDF) and has asked United National Front (UNF) leaders to finalise it as soon as possible, informed sources said.

The group of UNP MPs backing the presidential candidacy of Minister Sajith Premadasa has given the party leadership time till next Monday, to call for a meeting of the Working Committee (WC) to take a final decision on the party candidate, a Minister said.

Cabinet yesterday approved a proposal by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera to revise the the Sri Lanka- US cooperation agreement on the ‘Programme of Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth’ to include ‘modern energy services’.

Thursday, 22 August 2019 06:13

GMOA strike today

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) will go on strike on eight counts today (22nd), according to a GMOA announcement yesterday. GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told the Daily News that the strike would continue if the Health Minister presents the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Bill to Parliament today.

The Joint Opposition politicians loyal to Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna on Tuesday unanimously agreed to form a broader political alliance, with the expectation to contest the upcoming election, which will be publicly declared before the Presidential polls, Parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma said yesterday.

SAARC Development Fund will hold its 31st Board Meeting in Colombo this week, taking decisions on key issues to further promote regional integration and economic cooperation among its eight Member States.

Once the alliance led by the United National Party (UNP) is formed, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will resign from the post to contest the presidential election, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said yesterday.

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