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Lanza takes over Liberal Party

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The Liberal Party or the Liberal Democratic Party has been acquired by MP Nimal Lanza and other MPs who are currently acting independently in Parliament.

The Liberal Party was established about four decades ago in 1981 by Dr. Chanaka Amaratunga, a long-time member of the United National Party (UNP).

The Liberal Party broke away from the UNP in 1982 following a 1982 referendum that postponed parliamentary elections for six years.

After four years of efforts to promote liberalism in Sri Lanka, particularly Constitutional reforms promoting decentralisation, Dr. Amaratunga and others registered the party in 1987.

Following Mr. Amaratunga’s death in a car accident in 1996, Professor Rajiva Wijesinghe was the outstanding political leader of the Liberal Party.

In 2022, the Liberal Party changed its name to Liberal Democratic Party along with the first party convention held in July, 2022.

Kamal Nishanka is the current leader of the party and Amal Randeniya is the general secretary.

Once Lanza’s group joins the Liberal Party, a new board of officials will be appointed and the Elections Commissioner’s Office will be informed of the changes.

Future political activities of the Lanza’s group will be conducted under the Liberal Party.

Meanwhile, it was reported that MP Anura Priyadarshana Yapa has been appointed to lead the operations of the new alliance formed by the Lansa’s party.

Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Nalin Fernando and MP Piyankara Jayaratne are the other activists.

This group is reportedly planning to make its first political rally in January 2024 in a grand manner.

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Fire breaks out in workers’ living quarters near Colombo Port

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A fire has reportedly broken out in the living quarters of highway access road workers near the Colombo Port.

The Colombo Fire Brigade said it has dispatched four fire trucks to assist in extinguishing the flames.

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President Wickremesinghe meets Elon Musk to discuss starlink implementation in Sri Lanka

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has met with billionaire and investor Elon Musk on the sidelines of the 10th World Water Forum High-Level Meeting being held in Indonesia.

During the meeting, Wickremesinghe and Musk discussed the implementation of ‘Starlink’ in Sri Lanka.

It was emphasized that Sri Lanka is committed to expediting the application process to connect the country to the global Starlink network, according to the President’s Media Division (PMD).

Minister Jeevan Thondaman, accompanying the President on his two-day visit to Indonesia, tweeted: “President and Elon discussed Sri Lanka’s recovery, economic potential, and new opportunities for investment. Great to have two visionary leaders come together for Sri Lanka.”

Elon Musk arrived in Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on Sunday to launch Starlink satellite internet service in the world’s largest archipelago nation.

The billionaire head of Tesla and SpaceX, and owner of social platform X, arrived by private jet on the idyllic “island of the gods,” renowned for its tropical beaches, terraced rice paddies, mystical temples, and colorful spiritual offerings.

Musk is slated to launch the service alongside Indonesian President Joko Widodo in a ceremony later Sunday at a public health clinic in Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali. 

Musk will also sign an agreement to enhance connectivity in the country’s health and education sectors.

During his first in-person visit to Bali, Musk is also scheduled to participate in the 10th World Water Forum, which seeks to address global water and sanitation challenges.

–With agencies inputs

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Senior diplomat to oversee Sri Lankan embassy in Russia

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It is reported that the government has planned to send a senior officer of the foreign service to the Sri Lankan embassy in Russia until a new ambassador is appointed due to the lack of an ambassador.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Taraka Balasuriya has told the media that the absence of an ambassador is just a gap in the work procedure, and based on the current situation in Russia, a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be directed to supervise its affairs.

He emphasized that a retired foreign service senior is being sent and the lack of an ambassador is not a major problem.

The Minister further stated that there is already a senior Foreign Service officer there, and given the urgent need, a very senior Foreign Service officer is being sent not because the officer currently in Russia is inadequate.

Mr. Balasuriya has stressed that this is being done to strengthen the operation and that the work will be done according to the normal protocol.

However, even though an ambassador has been appointed to Russia, Mr. Balasuriya has made arrangements not to reveal who it is to the media.

The former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation, Prof. Janitha A. Liyanage, was given three extensions, and she ended her service at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Moscow on April 29.

At present, Counsellor Ruvini K. Munidasa serves as the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy.

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