Avant Garde chairman arrested

Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi has been arrested after he returned to Sri Lanka.
The Police said he was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) when he arrived from  Singapore.

Suspicious vehicle in Mattakkuliya a false alarm, Police clarifies

Mattakkuliya Police Station has launched an investigation into a tip-off received by them regarding a suspicious vehicle parked near a church and a school in Mattakkuliya.

Upon inspection, the police have discovered a luxury vehicle parked in the mentioned area, stated the Police Media Spokesperson.

Battaramulle Seelarathana Thero complains against ‘fake’ social media posts about his manifesto

Leader of the Janasetha Peramuna, Venerable Battaramulle Seelarathana Thero has informed the Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) that posts being shared on social media regarding his election manifesto are false.

This seems to be a deliberate ploy to embarrass his party by an organized group, the Thera told CaFFE.

Number of ballot papers per ballot box drops from 700 to 400

As the ballot paper for this time’s presidential election is extremely long in comparison to previous elections, the number of ballot papers each ballot box can hold has reduced to 400.

In previous elections, the number of ballot papers each ballot box could hold was around 700.

Sajith hands over national security to Fonseka!

After winning the upcoming presidential election, the country’s national security would be handed over to Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, said the New Democratic Front presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa.

He said this during the maiden election rally of the New Democratic Front at the Galle Face Green yesterday.

MoU between SLFP and SLPP inked

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) a short while ago.

The MoU was signed by SLFP General Secretary MP Dayasiri Jayasekara and his SLPP counterpart Attorney-at-Law Sagara Kariyawasam.

Pujith, Hemasiri ordered to be remanded

The Colombo High Court today (09) ordered to revise the bail order of the Colombo Magistrate’s Court and remand IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando.

The  High Court today delivering its decision on the revision application filed by the Attorney General, against the granting of bail to Inspector General of Police (IGP) and former Defence Secretary.

Six former JVP members in presidential race

Six former active JVP members are contesting the upcoming presidential election.

They are Siripala Amarasinghe, Piyasiri Wijenayake, Duminda Nagamuwa, Anuruddha Polgampola, Samansiri Herath and Aruna de Soysa. They had all handed in their nominations.

All 35 nominations accepted; 2 objections rejected

All 35 nominations submitted to the Elections Commission have been accepted, stated the Chairman of the Elections Commission.

Two objections submitted to the Elections Commission regarding the nominations have been rejected by the Commission.

Prez polls to cost over 4.5 bil - EC

The estimated cost of the Presidential election will exceed Rs 4.5 billion, says the Chairman of Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya.

According to the Elections Commissioner in history of Presidential elections in Sri Lanka this is the election with most number of candidates, which has caused the increase in cost.

Presidential candidates to share stage tomorrow

Eight presidential hopefuls have officially confirmed that they will be participating in a program organized by the Election monitoring organizations.

The programme will see all candidates of the upcoming presidential election appear on a single platform.

Kumara Welgama to enter presidential race

The Organization to protect the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to nominate parliamentarian Kumara Welgama as their presidential candidate, its acting secretary Rajitha Kodithuwakku said.

Appeals Court begins hearing petition against Gotabaya’s citizenship

A three-judge bench of the Court of Appeal has commenced considering the petition filed against recognizing former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a Sri Lankan citizen, says Ada Derana reporter.

The petition was filed by two social activists Gamini Viyangoda and Prof. Chandraguptha Thenuwara on Monday (30).

IGP arrested by CID

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), stated the Police Media Spokesperson.

The arrest has been made over an incident of assaulting a lift operator at the Police Headquarters in 2017.

If SLFP joins SLPP they lose Welgama- if they don’t they lose Siripala?

A crucial meeting of the SLFP Central Committee is scheduled to take place under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at his official residence today (30).

According to SLFP Central Committee member Weerakumara Dissanayake, they are expected to take several important decisions at this meeting.

Several crossovers with nominations

With the handing over of nominations for the presidential election, there is a possibility of several crossovers between the two main camps, it is reported.

According to reliable sources, there have been several secret meetings between members of both camps already. The crossovers are most likely between parties who are disgruntled over certain issues.

I will protect the UNP policies, commit to abolishing of Executive Presidency - Sajith

UNP Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa said that he would strive to implement the policies of the UNP.

He also noted that there is a set of democratic reforms that was initiated by the United National Front (UNF) government in 2015 across many fields and he would obtain the input of all stakeholders and take forward these initiatives.

Chandimal joins Army: will undergo military training shortly

Sri Lanka’s former test, ODI and Twenty20 captain Dinesh Chandimal, has been enlisted to join the Army as a Commissioned Officer.

Chandimal who so far played for NCC will represent the Army Cricket Team from now on. According to military sources, there are around 350 cricketers under the Sri Lanka Army.

Yoshitha Rajapaksa reinstated to Navy

Yoshitha Rajapaksa, son of Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been reinstated as a Lieutenant of the Sri Lanka Navy.

The Navy Commander has signed the order issued by the President to reinstate Yoshitha Rajapaksa with effect from February 28, 2016, the Navy Spokesperson said.

Postal voting for presidential poll on Oct. 30 & 31

The Election Commission has announced the dates for the postal voting of the Presidential Election 2019.

Accordingly, the postal voting election will be held on the 30th and 31st of October.

Dilrukshi confesses before Dappula !

Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe had accepted before Attorney General President’s Counsel Dappula de Livera that the telephone conversations released on social media by the Avant Garde Chairman Nishshanka Senadhipathi are those which she had with Senadhipathi.

Civic rights suspended if election laws are violated

The Election Commission will take stern measures according to the election Act against any politician or supporters who violate the laws and behave in an unruly or violent manner during the presidential election season, it is reported.

Date fixed for verdict on revision application against Pujith-Hemasiri bail order

The Colombo High Court will be delivering its decision of the revision application filed by the Attorney General, against the granting of bail to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, on the 9th of October.

President calls urgent Cabinet meeting

An emergency meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers has been called at 3.00 p.m. today (19).

President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly called the special Cabinet meeting while all Cabinet Ministers have been notified to attend the meeting.

Was liquor license issued demanding 10 million for Sirikotha?

The *Chief Opposition* Whip MP *Mahinda Amaraweera* requested Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri yesterday (17) to inquire into allegations that 84 liquor licenses had been issued by demanding Rs. 10 million for the Sirikotha fund.

Hathurusinghe paid even without work

The Sri Lankan Cricket Team Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe who has been ousted from his post has no intention of leaving as his contract is valid for another 16 months.

PM leaves PCoI after recording statement

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left the Presidential Commission of Inquiry a short while ago, after recording a statement with the Commission.

Madush’s second wife on mission to save him

Underworld kingpin’s second wife is said to have arrived in India and met with AngodaLokka’s gang in a bid to have him released from all his cases, it is reported.

Madush’ssecond wife is the wife of ‘Kalu Thushara’ another underworld gang leader whowas killed in the Welikada Prison riot.

FM sends Arjuna Mahendran extradition docs to Singapore HC

The Foreign Ministry has forwarded the 21,000-page extradition documents concerning former central bank governor Arjuna Mahendran to the Sri Lankan High Commission in Singapore, the Attorney General (AG)'s Department said.

Elec. Com. Calls for list of vehicles of state institution heads

The Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has called for a list of all vehicles in the possession of state institutions and ministries within two weeks to be deployed for election duties throughout the country.

He has notified the heads of state institutions through a circular to provide him with this list within two weeks.

Lotus Tower to be opened on Sept. 16

The Lotus Tower, South Asia’s largest tower measuring 350 metres, would be declared open on September 16 at 5.00 pm under the aegis of President Maithripala Sirisena.

USD 104 million has been spent for construction of the tower and eighty per cent of the cost has been funded by the EXIM Bank of China.

Rupavahini under Defence Ministry

President Maithripala Sirisena took the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) under his purview last night, official sources confirmed. Accordingly, a gazette notification last night announced that the SLRC, which was previously under the Ministry of Mass Media, would come under the Defence Ministry, headed by the President.

Sri Lanka’s yorker king Lasith Malinga defies logic again

Lasith Malinga claimed four wickets in four balls for the second time in his career to lead Sri Lanka to a 37-run consolation win over New Zealand in the third Twenty20 international on Friday.

SLFP candidate for Presidential election: Dayasiritells Elec. Com.

TheGeneral Secretary of the SLFP Dayasiri Jayasekara told the media that he had notifiedthe Elections Commission yesterday that an SLFP candidate would be contestingthe Presidential election.

Kanjipani Imran appeals for reduced jail term

Organized crime leader, Mohammed Najeem Mohammed Imran alias ‘Kanjipani Imran’ has filed an appeal requesting that his six-year term of imprisonment for possession and trafficking of ganja be reduced.

Good news from Maldives, UNP presidential candidate ‘Karu’

“We congratulate you on being the presidential candidate. We received this news from the Maldives,” UPFA Genberal Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera had congratulated Speaker Karu Jayasuriya prior to the commencement of the
party leaders meeting yesterday (03).

President agrees to testify before PSC

President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have agreed to testify before the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed to investigate the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

This was revealed during the meeting held between the PSC members yesterday (03).

Progressive Party also fields presidential candidate!

The need has arisen for a true leader to resolve the issues faced by the people and therefore the Progressive Socialist Party will contest the next presidential election, said its Education Secretary Pubudu Jagoda.

He made this statement to the media subsequent to meetings being held in Baddegama and Horagampitiya.

Chandika’s compensation 60 million: won’t move if not paid

Although a decision had been taken to remove the Sri Lankan team Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe based on an order by the Sports Minister, the Cricket authorities have decided to retain him until his contract ends, it is reported.

Sajith recruits workers to Housing Development Authority

The National Housing Development Authority which is under the Ministry of Sajith Premadasa has recruited 2,300 employees exceeding then approved cadre, said former Administrative Officer of the Authority L.H.T. Priya Perera giving evidence before the Presidential Commission of inquiry to investigate into acts of corruption & frauds occurred in state institutions.

Maithri-Mahinda oppose the abolition of the Executive Presidency

President Maithripala Sirisena and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa have decided to oppose the decision taken by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to abolish the Executive Presidency.

The two leaders had taken this decision during an hour long meeting held at the President’s Official residence on August 27th.

MS, MR meets again last night

Hot on the heels of the discussion between the SLFP and the SLPP yesterday morning, President Maitripala Sirisena and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa met last night for a one on one meeting, informed sources said.

SLFP: Samarasinghe out – Posts for Weerakumara, Thilanga, Lasantha and Ranjith

The SLFP has decided to take immediate action against the MPs who violated the Central Committee code of conduct. Accordingly, MP S. B. Dissanayake was removed from the post as the party Treasurer and replaced by MP Lasantha Alagiyawanna.

Two officers responsible for Parliament slippery floors, slip to China

It is reported that 24 persons had slipped and fallen in parliament due to the slippery wax applied onto the tiles.

Some of the victims had been hurt badly and some of them are seeking Ayurveda treatment for their damaged spines.

Dilrukshi retreats, Shirani to contest for presidency?

Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe who was scheduled to resign to contest the forthcoming Presidential Elections, had withdrawn her resignation.

She had notified her resignation to the AG last Monday (19) having more time for her retirement.

Taxpayers' children to national schools

The Ministry of Education is reportedly focusing on ensuring that the children of the income taxpayers are given a special opportunity to receive admission to the Grade 1 of national schools.

Cabinet nod to amend MMDA

Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers has approved to amend the Muslim Marraige and Divorce Act (MMDA), a statement said.

A Government Information Department statement said that amendments will be brought on the minimum age of marriage, how marriages are registered and consent to marriage.

Dananjaya, Williamson reported for suspect action

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya have been reported for suspect action, following the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, which took place from August 14-18 in Galle.

The match officials' report, which was handed over to the management of both teams, cited concerns about the legality of the bowling actions of both the players.

Anura to contest Prez polls ; UNF candidate from UNP

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday (18) announced the party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake as the presidential candidate of the National People's Power (NPP), the alliance headed by the JVP at the upcoming presidential election.

Election Commission prepares to hold PC polls

Chairman of Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has told the BBC Sandeshaya that the Elections Commission is ready to hold any election after the Supreme Court ruling.

Political critics have expressed doubts whether he had made these comments to hold provincial council elections before the presidential election as the comments were made at a time when the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leader Maithripala Sirisena has asked the Chief Justice to inform the Supreme Court before August 30 whether the provincial council election could be held in the absence of the limitation report.

However, the President's request will be taken up before a five-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sisira de Abrew, Prasanna Jayawardena and Vijith Malalgoda on 23 August.

"There is nothing we can do regarding this. We are ready to hold any election as per the directives given to us," Deshapriya said.

8 Provincial Councils which have completed their official term

Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council - 1 year and 10 months from the end of official term.

North Central Provincial Council - 1 year and 10 months from the end of official term.

Eastern Provincial Council - 1 year and 10 months from the end of office term.

Central Provincial Council - 10 months from the end of official term.

Northern Provincial Council - 10 months from the end of official term.

North Western Provincial Council - 10 months from the end of official term.

Western Provincial Council - 4 months from the end of official term.

Southern Provincial Council - 4 months from the end of official term.

According to what the Constitution states regarding the term of a Provincial Council, unless a provincial council is dissolved in advance, its term lasts five years from the date fixed for the first meeting of the provincial council. When that five year period has elapsed, the Provincial Council will be considered dissolved.

When is the Presidential Election?

According to the Election Commission, the President can call the Presidential Election at any time from January 8, 2019.

If the President decides to complete his term, the presidential election will be held in November or December.

As the term of the President expires on January 8, 2020 it is necessary to hold a presidential election at the latter part of this year.

Source - BBC Sandeshaya