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6.9 million consented to sing the national anthem in Sinhala only – Bandula

The Govt defended a decision today to have the national anthem sung in Sinhala only at the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.


Gota meets the press; high in confidence, short on candour

In his first-ever press conference, amid increasingly embarrassing allegations of evading the media, presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa fielded questions today on his vision for the country as well as his performance and track record as Defence Ministry Secretary.


Upcountry Tamil voters are with us – Navin

Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake is confident that although Arumugam Thondaman and his party are supporting Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Tamil voters of the hill-country will only vote for Sajith Premadasa.


All powers granted by 13th Amendment should be given to Tamils – Navin

Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake said he personally believes that all powers in the 13th amendment should be given to Tamil people and provide them with a proper political solution.


Suspected ‘Awa’ member killed in clash with police in Jaffna

One person was killed when police opened fire at suspected members of the ‘Awa’ group who had attempted to attack several police officers in Manipai, Jaffna, on Saturday (20 July).


Vaiko sentenced to year in jail for pro-LTTE comments

Veteran Tamil Nadu politician V. Gopalaswamy, popularly known as Vaiko, was sentenced to a year in jail by a special court in Chennai on Friday (5 July) on charges of sedition.