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President Maithripala Sirisena left for the Republic of Korea on Monday (27) commencing a three-day State visit on the invitation of the Korean President, Moon Jae-in.

 

Sri Lankans will vote-in their Local Government representatives next month, after a long and challenging two and half year wait.

 

This is pronounced as experienced by the recent prolonged drought which affected both the recent Yala and Maha seasons, driving people to poverty, only to be followed by the prevailing rains and stormy weather.

 

Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) are marking the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic ties this year. The two countries have however been very close culturally for centuries and are joined by the common thread of Buddhism.

 

President Maithripala Sirisena has cleared the air regarding his relationship with the UNP. Meeting with a group of civil society activists, at his official residence, the President made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that on no account would he jettison his association with the UNP.

 

The Ven Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera, who has lent his Abayaramaya Temple, to be used as a headquarters of sorts, to the Joint Opposition, has, once again come out roaring against the government, on behalf of his political sponsors.

 

The Vidya Sivaloganathan rape and murder case highlighted one of the most gruesome cases of violence against women in Sri Lanka in recent memory.

 

Leader of the House, Minister Lakshman Kiriella, on Monday, raised a privilege issue, in parliament, pertaining to the recording of telephone calls of members of the COPE, which investigated the alleged Central Bank bond scam.

 

Exactly three years ago, the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Maithripala Sirisena, took a giant step in his personal, and, political life that was to transform the political landscape of this country, perhaps irrevocably so.

 

Joint Opposition firebrand Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who has a string of corruption cases pending against him, before the courts, has assumed the role of anti-corruption crusader, these days, and, has come out like a knight in shining armour, to assail the UNP members of the COPE, who are alleged to have been in contact with Arjun Aloysious, during the COPE sessions probing the alleged Central Bank Bond scam.

 


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