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President – SLPP leaders conclude meeting, No final decision on alliance

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The recent meeting between President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) leaders Mahinda Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa concluded without reaching a final decision on the formation of an alliance ahead of the upcoming national elections, according to reports from the media.

The purpose of the meeting, held to address outstanding political matters in anticipation of the presidential elections later this year, saw discussions centering on two key policy issues: the alienation of national assets and power devolution.

It is reported that the SLPP leaders sought clarity from President Wickremesinghe on these matters to determine the party’s stance regarding a potential alliance.

The SLPP holds the belief that its leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa, only brought state institutions such as SriLankan Airlines and Sri Lanka Insurance under government purview during his presidency. 

The party appears to be adhering to this original ideology and is seeking compromises from President Wickremesinghe in his restructuring plans for these institutions.

Additionally, concerns were raised about the proposed framework for power devolution, particularly regarding the political question in the northern and eastern provinces.

Despite the absence of a final decision, both parties have agreed to intensify their political activities. 

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Five killed, 21 injured in accident at ‘Fox Hill SuperCross’ event

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Tragedy struck at the “Fox Hill Super Cross 2024” racing event in Diyatalawa, resulting in the death of five individuals and leaving 21 others injured, according to Police Media Spokesperson DIG Nihal Thalduwa.

The incident occurred when a race car veered off the track and collided with a group of spectators, DIG Thalduwa explained.

The 28th edition of the ‘Fox Hill SuperCross,’ organized by the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa with the support of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS), commenced in Diyatalawa on Sunday (21).

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Southern province governor Willy Gamage resigns

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The Governor of the Southern Province Willy Gamage has handed over his letter of resignation effective from 02 May, 2024, to the President’s Secretary.

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5 years marked since the Easter Sunday bombings

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Today (April 21) marks 05 years since the brutal Easter Sunday bombings in 2019.

All churches across Sri Lanka will observe 02 minutes of silence at 8:45 am today (21) to remember those lost in the attacks.

Several memorial events centering the St. Anthony’s church in Kochchikade and the St. Sebastian’s church in Katuwapitiya will be held.

Police spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa says that security has been beefed up to areas where memorial services are being held.

In 2019, a spate of bombings that took place across the country claimed 273 lives while injuring hundreds.

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