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  • Shiranthi summoned by PRECIFAC
    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s wife Shiranthi has been asked to report to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PRECIFAC) tomorrow to obtain a statement on an order made by her to the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) directing it to allocate a house to one of her media officers at a valuation far below the market value. The estimated value of the house in Kahathuduwa is Rs.5.5 million but it had been grossly undervalued at Rs.500, 000.   http://www.dailymirror.lk/104763/Shiranthi-summoned-by-PRECIFAC Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.
  • Sri Lanka arrests ex-president's son over graft charges
    Yoshitha Rajapaksa among four detained after long probe into alleged financial offences linked to TV station. 30 Jan 2016 15:24 GMT | PoliticsAsiaMahinda RajapaksaRead More...
  • යෝෂිත සීඑස්එන් සභාපති බව හෙළි වුනා - පොලිසිය
    Image copyrightGettyImage captionසීඑස්එන් සමාගමට ප්‍රාග්ධනය වශයෙන් රුපියල් ලක්ෂ 2334 ක් යොදවා තිබූ අතර සමාගමේ කොටස් නිකුතුවෙන් ලැබී තිබුණේ රුපියල් ලක්ෂ 70 ක් පමණක් යැයි විමර්ශනයේදී අනාවරණය වූ බවයි පොලිසිය පවසන්නේ සිය පුතකු අත්අඩංගුවට ගනු ලැබීම දේශපාලන පළිගැනීමක් ලෙස හිටපු ජනපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ හඳුන්වන නමුත් යෝෂිත රාජපක්ෂ සීඑස්එන් සමාගමේ සභාපතිවරයා...
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    2014 අප්‍රේල් මාසයේ දී ජාතික බල සේනාවේ මහියංගන ප්‍රාදේශීය සභා හිටපු මන්ත්‍රී වටරැක විජිත හිමියන් කොළඹ නිපෝන් හෝටලයේ පැවැත් වූ ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්චාවකට බලෙන් අවුත් කඩාකප්පල් කළැයි කියන සිද්ධියේ හිමි වරුන් දෙදෙනෙකුට කොළඹ කොටුව මහේස්ත්‍රාත් ප්‍රියන්ත ලියනගේ මහතා වරෙන්තු නිකුත් කළේය. එම හිමිවරුන් අද අධිකරණයට නොපැමිණීම ඊට හේතුවයි. බොදු...
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    Three persons were arrested by police over the protests near Homagama Magistrate's Court on January 26. They include a three wheeler driver and two other individuals. A tense situation erupted on January 26 at the Magistrate's Court when Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera was remanded till February 9 on three charges.   http://www.hirunews.lk/124938/homagama-disturbance-police-arrest-three-people Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.
    THURSDAY, 28 JANUARY 2016 - 19:49 Cabinet Spokesman minister Rajitha Senarathna says that the government has drawn its attention to the necessity to recite the National Anthem in Sinhala and Tamil as part of the Independence Day celebrations this year. The remark was made during a media conference held today. In response to being questioned by a journalist who inquired about a statement made by the Prime Minister during an interview with UKs channel 4, minister Raajitha Senarathna responded that the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s name has still not been included in the list of names of those who have maintained foreign bank accounts.   http://www.hirunews.lk/124953/national-anthem-recited-in-sinhala-tamil-during-independence-day Please...
  • Bail application filed for Gnanasara Thero rejected
    Bail application filed at the Homagama Magistrate’s Court for the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation, Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, who was arrested and remanded for contempt of court has been rejected.   Attorney-at-law Sumudu Hewage had filed the bail application on behalf of the Bodu Bala Sena organization, Ada Derana reporter said.   The prisons spokesman said that the Buddhist monk was admitted to the hospital based on a request by the latter regarding his blood pressure.   Gnanasara Thero was remanded in custody until February 9 for threatening people, public officials and misbehaving in an open court.   He surrendered to the Homagama police on Tuesday (26) after an arrest warrant was issued against him by the court.   The monk had allegedly threatened the wife of missing journalist Pradeep...
  • Court rejects Gnanasara Thera’s bail application
    A bail application filed by the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena Ven. Galagod Atthe Gnanasara Thera has been rejected by the Homagama Magistrate’s Court today.

    Attorney-at-Law Sumudu Kantha Hewage submitted the motion to Court this morning making a plea to release the Ven. Thera, who is under remand custody at the Welikada Prison Hospital, on charge of contempt of court.(Muditha Dayananda)   http://www.dailymirror.lk/104529/court-rejects-gnanasara-thera-s-bail Please enable JavaScript to view the comments...
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Celebration in Egypt as Morsi declared winner

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Muslim Brotherhood candidate and president-elect in victory speech vows to unite the country and stand up for democracy.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi has officially won Egypt's presidential election and will be the country's next president, the electoral commission has announced.

Morsi picked up 13.2 million votes out of just over 26 million, giving him about 51 per cent of the vote. His competitor, Ahmed Shafik, the final prime minister under Hosni Mubarak, received 12.3 million. More than 800,000 ballots were invalidated.

The president-elected delivered a victory address on Sunday night. He spoke on state television, long a medium which demonised him and the Muslim Brotherhood. He thanked the Egyptian people for their votes, calling them "my family" and "my beloved," and promised to work to "restore their rights."

"I have no rights, only responsibilities," Morsi said. "If I do not deliver, do not obey me."

He also reached out to the army, the police, and Egypt's intelligence services, thanking them for their work in protecting the country, and promised to "preserve" the military.

Congratulations from abroad

Tens of thousands of people flocked to Tahrir Square to celebrate Morsi's victory, where they waved Egyptian flags and chanted "God is great" and "down with military rule."

Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt's military ruler, congratulated Morsi on his victory, state television reported. Reactions also trickled in from around the region: The governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the Palestinian Authority congratulated the winner.

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said in a statement that he "respects the outcome" of the election, and "expects to continue cooperation with the Egyptian administration". Morsi made an oblique reference to Israel in his victory speech, when he promised to "keep all international treaties," a vow which would include the 1979 Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt.

The White House also congratulated Morsi, and urged him to "advance national unity by reaching out to all parties and constituencies."

Bishop Pachomius, the caretaker pope of Egypt's Coptic Church, issued a short statement congratulating Morsi. The Coptic community makes up about 10 per cent of Egypt's population, and some were worried by Morsi's candidacy, fearing that his government would restrict their personal freedoms.

Gehad el-Haddad, Morsi's campaign spokesman, said in an interview shortly after the results were announced that Morsi would work to be a "president for all Egyptians".

The president-elect is expected to take his oath of office later this month in front of the country's supreme court - though a spokesman said on Facebook that Morsi would take the oath in front of parliament, the "only elected institution" in the country.

The Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement that Morsi had resigned his positions in both the Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party, fulfilling a campaign pledge.

There was no immediate reaction from Shafik's campaign.

Political uncertainty ahead

Morsi's victory caps off more than a week of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the Brotherhood and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). He claimed victory just hours after last week's runoff election, based on unofficial numbers tallied by the Brotherhood, but the commission delayed its official announcement until Sunday.

In the intervening days, Khairat al-Shater, the Brotherhood's political boss, met generals from SCAF at least once. Sources say they were negotiating exactly what powers the president will have.

Despite Morsi's victory, many of those questions about his power remain unanswered.

"This is not the end of the game, it's a start of a huge responsibility," el-Haddad told Al Jazeera.

"It comes with more challenges, turning from being the largest opposition group in Egypt to leading the country with its national front."

Shortly before the polls closed last week, the generals issued a decree sharply limiting the powers of the new president. It permitted him to declare war, for example, only with the approval of the military council.

SCAF will also keep control of legislative power, and the budget, until a new parliament is elected. Egyptians went to the polls in November to elect a legislature, which was dominated by the Freedom and Justice Party, but it was dissolved earlier this month after a high court ruling found parts of the electoral law unconstitutional.

Saad el-Katatni, the speaker of the now-dissolved parliament, also met with officials from SCAF, and told them that the Brotherhood would not accept the court ruling or the election-night decree. But it is unclear whether the Brotherhood ultimately accepted those decisions in exchange for the presidency.

Either way, the military council - which has promised to hand over power to a civilian government on June 30, in a "grand ceremony" - will remain a powerful force in Egyptian politics, despite the election of a civilian president.

Courtesy: Al Jazeera



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