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 SLPP Convention at Sugathadasa Stadium today

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The Second National Convention of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) under the leadership of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, Colombo today (15).

A large number of SLPP members including the founder and national organizer of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, former Economic Developmet Minister Basil Rajapaksa, ministers and leaders of other political leaders are expected to participate in the convention. 

All political parties and groups which are in alliance with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna have been invited for this convention. It is also special that the party members living in every electorates of the country have been also invited. 

SLPP Founder and National Organizer Basil Rajapaksa said the Party will announce its programme or to move the country forward at this convention. He pointed out that the convention is scheduled to start at 2 pm and more than 5,000 people representing every constituency in the country will participate in the convention.

The SLPP, formed in 2016 amid many challenges, has gone down in history as a political party that has achieved many victories in a short period and the strength of the party was well demonstrated by achieving a great victory in the first local Government election held after the establishment of that party. After that, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, which won the 2019 Presidential Election and the General Election, managed to record all the achievements in the country’s history in a short period.

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna General Secretary MP Sagara Kariyawasam said the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna has managed to hold the largest May Day rally in the political history of Sri Lanka shortly after this party was created, and this party was able to win 85 percent of the Local Government elections with the “the lotus bud” symbol.

After that, we also participated in the Presidential Election, and with the agreement of the party, Gotabaya Rajapaksa was nominated by this party and was able to appoint him as the President, setting a historic record with the votes of 6.9 million Sri Lankans.

(dailynews.lk)

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IMF approves Sri Lanka program review

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The International Monetary Fund has approved a review of Sri Lanka’s program, Foreign Minister Ali Sabry has said.

On a X post, he has said, “This achievement is a testament to our dedication to driving forward economic reforms and securing a prosperous future for all Sri Lankans.”

According to the State Minister of Finance – Shehan Semasinghe, “a favorable outcome from the review is expected to unlock the 3rd tranche of approximately USD 330 million”.

The IMF had earlier said Sri Lanka had made “sufficient progress” on debt restructuring for a review on June 12, despite final deals pending with bilateral creditors and private creditors.

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Another probe related to Easter Sunday attacks

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a Committee of Inquiry to investigate the actions taken by the State Intelligence Service (SIS), Chief of National Intelligence (CNI), and other relevant authorities concerning prior intelligence received about the bomb attacks on April 21, 2019. This decision follows the findings of the Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry, dated January 31, 2021, which highlighted that Indian Intelligence agencies and other sources had provided advance warnings about the impending attacks.

The Committee of Inquiry will be chaired by Ms. A.N.J. De Alwis, Retired Judge of the High Court. Other esteemed members of the committee include SLAS special grade Officer Ms. K.N.K. Somaratne and Senior Lawyer Mr. W.M.A.N. Nishane, AAL. 

The committee’s mandate includes examining whether actions or measures were taken by the SIS, CNI, and other relevant authorities based on the prior information or intelligence on an impending attack on April 21, 2019 by Indian intelligence agencies and any other sources and if so, adequacy of the actions and measure taken by the SIS, CNI and other relevant authorities. 

Additionally, the committee will investigate the circumstances surrounding the Directorate of Military Intelligence’s (DMI) and Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID) initial belief that the Vavunathivu killing of two police officers on November 30, 2018, was connected to the LTTE. This belief was held for four months before suspects with alleged links to the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) were identified.

A compact disk containing the Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Bomb Attacks of April 21, 2019, has been provided to the committee. The President has authorized the committee to inquire relevant officials and examine pertinent documents to thoroughly investigate these matters.

Ms. Sarathanjali Manoharan, Senior Assistant Secretary to the President, will serve as the Secretary to the Committee of Inquiry. The committee is expected to submit its report, including findings and recommendations, to the President by September 15, 2024.

(President’s Media Division)

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New, free train ride for pilgrims visiting Mihintale (Video)

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Cabinet Spokesman Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena has said that a new short train ride between Anuradhapura and Mihintale will be arranged for pilgrims during the Poson season.

He said this at the Cabinet briefing held today (June 12) at the Government Information Department.

Since work on the Northern railway line have been delayed, 400 special buses will be deployed to Anuradhapura instead during the Poson season, he added.

Noting that a special railway line from Anuradhapura to Mihintale has been reconstructed,  the minister said that Sri Lanka Railways has been directed to arrange special, free train rides on this line for pilgrims.

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