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LSSP unhappy over being cold shouldered on Cabinet portfolio

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BY SURESH PERERA

The Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) expressed bitterness over the denial of a Cabinet portfolio to its leader in recognition of the role the Trotskyists played in the hustings to ensure the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) cantered home with an overwhelming majority.

“We actively supported the SLPP’s hectic parliamentary polls campaign in anticipation of a Cabinet slot just as much as the other constituent parties”, LSSP sources said.

“While the other partners in the alliance have been rewarded for their efforts, we have been left out in the cold”, the sources complained.

The LSSP was targeting the Science and Technology Cabinet portfolio for the party’s leader Prof. Tissa Vitarana, a position he held during the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa presidency.

Though there is speculation that Vitarana will be absorbed into the Cabinet later as the portfolio still remains vacant, LSSP sources said there has been no official intimation so far on a pending appointment.

Asked why the LSSP, as a constituent party of the alliance, was not considered for a Cabinet portfolio, Vitarana said that he was unaware of the reason, but was optimistic that justice would prevail.

“We threw our weight behind the SLPP and worked hard with the other parties to ensure its victory at the last parliamentary election”, he said.

Founded in 1935 by Leslie Goonewardene, Dr. N. M. Perera, Colvin R. de Silva, Philip Gunawardena and Robert Gunawardena in then British Ceylon, the LSSP is the oldest political party in Sri Lanka.

 



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Embassy officer arrested at BIA remanded

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The Embassy official who was attached to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman who is accused of being involved in a human trafficking racket was arrested by officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and remanded till the 13th of December when he was produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate

The official was arrested on his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning (29 November).

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Easter Sunday terror attack suspect hacked to death

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By Norman Palihawadane

A 38-year-old Easter Sunday terror attack suspect was hacked to death yesterday morning (28) in Mattakkuliya.

The victim, Mohamed Badurdeen Mohamed Harnas, was a resident of Safiya Avenue, Mattakkuliya, police said.

A suspect in the Easter Sunday terror attacks, he had been released on bail.

The suspect was rushed to the National Hospital, Colombo, after three individuals, who arrived in a car around 10. 00 am, attacked him.

Two persons attacked the man while the other was keeping the car engine running, according to eyewitnesses. The attackers thereafter fled in the same car.

Harnas was pronounced dead on admission to hospital.

Further investigations in this regard are currently underway.

The victims family members said that Harnas had been taken into custody, following the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, but later released as there was no evidence of his involvement in terrorist activities.

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Rail service between Mahawa and Jaffna to be suspended for five months

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Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardena told Parliament yesterday that the railway services between Mahawa and Jaffna will be suspended for a period of five months in 2023.

The Minister said that operations will be suspended from January 15, 2023.

The Minister said it was to repair work on the railway line.

He said so in response to a question raised by Vanni District MP Selvam Adaikalanathan.

“We are focusing our attention on the request made by you. We have to halt railway operations between Mahawa and Jaffna for five months from January 2023. Train services have been continuously operating to Jaffna, but now we have faced a situation as we have not been able to carry out any repair work thus far,” the Minister said.

Assuring that this issue can be rectified in five months, Minister Gunawardane said that, thereafter, a good railway service can be provided for this route.

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