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Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera claims he has now been given an easy opportunity to become a billionaire all thanks to Thiniyawala Palitha Thera. Minister Samaraweera, who is currently abroad on an official visit, made these comments over the phone when questioned by The Leader on the statement made by Thiniyawala Thera at a press briefing held yesterday. 

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The discussions to form a political alliance between President Maithirpala Sirisena led Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has come to an end, it is learnt.

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Prime Minister and Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe had reportedly informed Rajitha Senaratne, Champika Ranawaka and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka of the United National Front (UNF) to prepare themselves to contest as the party’s candidate in the upcoming presidential election. However, Wickremesinghe is said to
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The government is to release the land around a palatial building constructed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Northern Province during his regime, as part of the ongoing programme to return civilian lands to the public. Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Rāghavan has made this revelation to the English weekly, The Sunday Morning.

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The division within the Joint Opposition (JO) in fielding former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as their presidential candidate has re-emerged with calls by some to field former Minister and Speaker, MP Chamal Rajapaksa as the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidate at the next presidential election.