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Basil – Ranil at loggerheads over elections!

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Although President Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed the Cabinet last week to prepare for a Presidential election first, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna founder – Basil Rajapaksa has informed the President that a General Election should be held soon in the prevailing political backdrop. 

He had said this during talks with the President on Thursday night (March 21).

Noting that they had no intention to cause a commotion, Mr. Rajapaksa has said that the SLPP’s sole intention is to hold a General Election soon and that he hoped for a favourable response from the President in this regard.

He has added that the final decision should be taken while considering the mandate and well-being of the country.

Mr. Rajapaksa has also stated that a public opinion is being spread citing that the government is attempting to postpone elections due to the proposed change to the voting. In response, the President had stated that he has no intention of postponing elections.

The SLPP founder has also pointed out that many administrative issues had risen due to the postponement of LG and Provincial Council Polls. He has further pointed out to the President that decisions taken regarding the privatization of government institutions should be discussed with the Maha Sangha and the nationalist camps first.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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