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PC Polls (Amendment) Bill passed

The third reading of the Provincial Council (PC) Elections (Amendment) Bill passed in Parliament a short while ago with a two-thirds majority. The Bill was passed with 159 MPs voting for it and 34 against.

Earlier, the second reading of the Bill passed with 154 MPs voting for it and 43 against.

Mathews falls injured again!

Former Captain Angelo Mathews might miss the first test against Pakistan, it is reported.

This is because he encountered an injury during practice sessions today.

He sustained injuries in his calf, it is reported.

Trump hosts dinner for Maithri

President Donald Trump hosted dinner for president Maithripala Sirisena who is in the US attending the 72nd UN general assembly.

Lalith, Anusha released on bail

Former presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga and TRC’s former director general Anusha Palpita were today released on bail by Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga.

They were earlier sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment after they were found guilty of misappropriating Rs.600 million belonging to the TRC and using it to distribute ‘Sil Redi’ during the 2015 presidential election campaign.

Sarana Gunawardena further remanded

Former Petroleum Industries Deputy Minister and former Chairman of Development Lotteries Board (DLB) Sarana Gunawardena was ordered to be remanded till October 2, today.

He is alleged to have misused a state vehicle valued over Rs.8 million, while he was serving as the Chairman of Development Lotteries Board during the previous regime.

We had to go to prison because of Basil

“It was Basil Rajapaksa who ordered us to distribute Sil clothing. When I tried to explain to him that it was against the law, he used the filthiest language I have ever heard on me. Then, I told the then TRC chairman Lalith Weeratunga about it. Mr. Weeratunga asked Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa about it. Without thinking much, he told Lalith Weeratunga to distribute if Basil said

Terror on the Tube - Parsons Green terror attack

LONDON: At least 22 people were injured when a suspected terrorist set off an improvised explosive device on a London subway train during the Friday morning rush hour. It is the fifth attack this year.

Police appealed for photos and information, and had no word on the whereabouts of the perpetrator as a manhunt appeared to be under way. Images of a small fire in a white bucket with protruding wires were broadcast by Sky News, which said the device had probably failed to detonate fully. It may have had a timer, Sky reported.

Mahinda’s statement on ‘sil redi’ project

Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa has issued a statement with regard to the ‘sil redi’ project.

Many people including the media have asked me about this matter and I feel I should make my views known to the public, he says.