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Civil groups boycott President’s dinner

Convener of the Puravesi Balaya Gamini Viyangoda said a majority of artistes who were invited by President Maithripala Sirisena to a function held at President's House on 13 October, had boycotted it in order to stress their disapproval of the remarks made by the President concerning the independence of the Bribery Commission, CID and the FCID. Members of the Puravesi Balaya and the National Movement for a Just Society were among the notable absentees at the event.