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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.


The recent accident in Rajagiriya, which claimed the life of at least one school child and seriously injured several more, has once again focused our attention on the need to ensure road safety.


The Supreme Court, in a landmark judgement, has declared that the fundamental rights of a British woman, who had the image of a Buddha tattooed on her upper arm


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, addressing the pohottuwa party’s maiden rally, in Anuradhapura, on Sunday, claimed that the country was in crisis today, solely because his successor, President Maithripala Sirisena, appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister of the country.


There have been mixed reactions to Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera's budget announcement of a price reduction in beer, while effecting ‘strength’ based increase in the price of hard liquor.


Wednesday marked the second death anniversary of the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, a towering figure among the country's bikkhu fraternity, but for whose dedication, indomitable courage and pioneering spirit there would not be a Yahapalanaya regime today.


At the time of writing this piece, the much anticipated shipment, that will defuse the large scale crisis, caused by the countrywide petrol shortage, was set to arrive in the country.


Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, speaking at a function at St. Joseph's College, the other day, said he had written to President Maithripala Sirisena, asking him to ban tuition classes on Sundays and Poya days.


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