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Ranil best option for presidency: Prasanna

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Claiming that President Ranil Wickremesinghe should be given another chance to revive the economy and stabilize the country, Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said the incumbent President is the most suitable person to resolve the economic debacle the country is facing.

He said this during a meeting with SLPP local government members in Gampaha and Minuwangoda yesterday.

The Minister said the country is not in a situation to try out options and said any attempts to do so would plunge the country into deeper trouble.

“Presidential candidates are rampant today. There are various types of candidates. One cannot rule the country just like running a boutique or institute. Anyone can boast. But, everyone cannot perform. We have limited time to resolve the economic crisis and to establish a people-friendly government. Therefore, we have no chance to try out other candidates. This is not a time to experiment,” he said.

He said the SLPP has not decided to field a candidate from the party and added that he personally believes that the SLPP must support Ranil Wickremesinghe.

“People had elected presidents in the past to resolve national issues. Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected in 2004 to eliminate the war. Maithripala Sirisena was elected in 2015 to ensure good governance and Gotabaya Rajapaksa in 2019 to establish national security. So, today, we need to elect Ranil Wickremesinghe to presidency to revive the country’s economy,” he said.

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Political parties urged to publish their National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes 

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A public appeal has been made to several mainstream political party leaders to  immediately publish their respective National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes for social discourse.

The request has been formally addressed to the political party leaders of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), the National People’s Power (NPP), United National Party (UNP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC).

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Govt. to provide free fertilizer to all paddy farmers

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Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries – Mahinda Amaraweera has said that the government has decided to provide MOP fertilizer free of charge to all the paddy farmers in Sri Lanka during the 2024/25 Maha season and 2025/26 Maha season.

Sri Lanka will thus receive 55,000 metric tons of MOP fertilizer as requested by the government from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera, expressed his views on this in a meeting held in Tissamaharama today (June 24).

(dailynews.lk)

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8 arrested over gang rape of teen, remanded

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Eight youths who were arrested in connection with the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in the Jalthara area of Hanwella, have been remanded until June 28.

The suspects were produced before the Homagama Acting Magistrate Padmasiri Jayawardena today (June 24).

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