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Sajith opposed the death penalty in the past – Bandula Lal Bandarigoda

UNP MP Bandula Lal Bandarigoda, who presented a Private Member’s Bill to the parliament proposing the abolition of the death penalty, said that UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa who seems to be in favour of the death penalty at present favoured the contrary few years ago.


Mixed generation plan to meet power shortage soon – Ravi

A mixed generation plan that uses both thermal and renewable energy will be implemented to meet the growing electricity demand, Power & Energy Minister Ravi Karunanayake told Parliament today.


No-Confidence Motion against government on Thursday

Parliament is due to vote on a Motion of No Confidence (NCM) against the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tomorrow, an exercise United National Party leaders are saying, they will win.


Court decision on Pujith & Hemasiri historic; proves judicial independence – Hirunika

Those responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks cannot wash their hands by laying the blame on IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Ministry Secretary Hemasiri Fernando alone, UNP parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra said.


JO trying to win over minorities by making them feel unsafe – Marikkar

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday accused sections of the main Opposition of harassing minorities to make them feel unsafe in Sri Lanka under the present government.


Ethnically mixed schools good for social reform but unrealistic – Marikkar

Despite post-Easter conversations about introducing government schools that are not divided along lines of religion or ethnicity, Sri Lanka's education system will allow such a transformation to take place, UNP Parliamentarian S. M. Marikkar said.


UNP presidential candidate will hold internationally accepted degree – Hesha

The presidential candidate of the United National Party (UNP) will be an educated person who can be trusted to run the country responsibly, UNP backbencher MP Hesha Withanage said.


No SOFA proposed to Cabinet; MCC will need Oversight Committee review – PM’s Office

The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) to be signed between Sri Lanka and the United States has yet to be proposed to the Cabinet while the equally controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact will be subject to Parliamentary Oversight Committee review, the Prime Minister's Office said yesterday.


JO criticism of SL-US agreements just like its stance on 1990 ambulance – UNP

The United National Party today challenged Opposition criticism of the controvesrial Sri Lanka-US agreements, charging that it's purely for political gain.


Ceylon Chamber seeks transparency on SOFA/MCC

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) today called for an “enhanced level of transparency” on the controversial Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement that Sri Lanka is poised to sign with the United States.


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