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Majority increasing each day – MP Akila

General Secretary of the UNP, MP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has challenged members of the SLPP to bring a no-confidence motion against Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. Speaking to reporters in Parliament today, Kariyawasam noted that there are a number of SLPP members who charge that the Speaker acted in an unlawful manner. He stated that if they believe this to be true, these...

Ex-Juventus CEO Marotta in China to discuss Inter Milan move

Former Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has travelled to China to seal a deal with Inter Milan's Chinese owners Suning for a move to the Serie A club, according to reports in Italy on Sunday. Marotta left Juventus earlier this month after eight highly successful years in Turin, and his arrival would be seen as a huge coup for Inter,...

Intense week of talks ahead of Brexit showdown summit

European governments get their own say on Brexit this week as they debate future ties with London in the run-up to Sunday's summit to sign Britain's divorce papers. Ministers from the other 27 EU member states are in Brussels on Monday at the start of what Prime Minister Theresa May calls "an intense week of negotiations." The British leader has said...

New tech regulation inevitable, Apple CEO says

Apple CEO Tim Cook predicts that new regulations of tech companies and social networks to protect personal data are "inevitable." In an interview with news website Axios being broadcast Sunday on HBO television, Cook said he expected the US Congress would take up the matter. "Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of regulation," Cook said in an excerpt released...

Public is gradually distancing from elections

Due to the prevailing political situation in the country, there will be a decrease of the voter turnout in the forthcoming elections, according to election monitoring organizations. The general public is gradually turning away from election at present, says the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL).

No visitors allowed in Gallery at parliament today (19)

No visitors other than the media will be allowed on the Gallery during today’s (19) proceedings in the parliament, according to a parliament official.

Parliament reconvenes today amidst crisis

The Parliament is scheduled to be reconvened today (19) for the fourth day following the formation of the new government. The Speaker’s Office announced that the parliamentary session headed by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will assemble at 10 a.m. The Parliament was convened for three consecutive days from 14th to 16th of November, however due to the tense situation that emerged within...

Showers to enhance over island from today (19)

The Meteorology Department says that rainy condition is expected to enhance over the island during the next few days from today (19) due to the low level atmospheric disturbance in the vicinity of Sri Lanka. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Northern, Eastern, North-central, Central and Uva provinces and Hambantota district. Showers or thundershowers will occur elsewhere after 2.00...

Take vote for no confidence by name or electronic system

President at the all party conference requests that the voting on the no-confidence motion in the parliament should be held by name or through the electronic system. The all-party conference held at the Presidential Secretariat this evening concluded a short while ago. Meanwhile, all parties have agreed to conduct parliamentary proceedings in a peaceful manner tomorrow (19), stated President’s Media Division. Party...

Governing party MPs to meet tomorrow (19)

Minister Bandula Gunawardena says that the parliamentarians of the ruling party will meet and arrive at a final decision on whether or not to attend the next parliamentary session. Accordingly, the MPs of the governing party will meet up under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, said Gunawardena. Reportedly, the meeting will be held at 11 am tomorrow (19).