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Ranil to be sworn in as an MP on Wednesday if Elections Commission gives the nod

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UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to be sworn in as a Member of Parliament on Wednesday (23) if the intimation by the Elections Commission is received accepting his nomination to fill the party’s long-delayed, solitary National List seat.

UNP sources said that if the Speaker announces the Elections Commission’s acceptance of Wickremesinghe as the party’s National List MP, as requested by the UNP General Secretary, on Tuesday, he will attend Parliament for the swearing in the following day.

Wickremesinghe is expected to be given a seat in the front row as a party leader but the seating arrangements have still not been finalized, the sources said.

Whether it means moving out a SJB member to another row to accommodate the UNP leader remains to be seen, they said.

As in the case of other party leaders, Wickremesinghe will have to occupy a front row seat, the sources said.

In all probability, he will be accommodated next to National People’s Power leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake with Vijitha Herath moved to another row, the sources added.

“We are in the process of finalizing the arrangement”, they said.

(Suresh Perera)



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At least 17 killed after explosion in Peshawar mosque

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BBC reported that at least 17 people have been killed in an explosion at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

The blast happened when the mosque was packed with worshippers and more than 90 people were injured.

A section of the building was destroyed, and officials say people are buried under the rubble. Several others are being taken to local hospitals.

The cause of the explosion is unclear.

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More heavy rain ahead for New Zealand’s largest city

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Auckland experienced an unprecedented amount of rainfall on Friday (picture BBC)

BBC reported that residents in flood-hit northern New Zealand are bracing for more heavy rains as officials issued severe weather alerts.

At least four people have died and a state of emergency was declared in Auckland, which on Friday experienced its worst downpour on record.

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Information Dept. media release: EC Chief asks public not to be misled

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by Priyan de Silva

Chairman of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Nimal Punchihewa, asked to comment on a special news release, purportedly issued by the Director General of the Department of Government Information, on Sunday (29), told  The Island  that preparations for the 09 March local government elections were going ahead, as planned, and that the media statement at issue was misleading.

The media statement says: “The gazette notice with signatures of the Chairman and other members of the Election Commission required for the commencement of the Local Government election process has not been sent to the Government Press for printing.”

Punchihewa requested the public not to be misled by any misinformation being spread in an attempt to create doubts in their minds.He also  reiterated that the EC would not be deterred by any acts of intimidation.

Three of the EC members have been threatened with death by an unidentified caller to resign from their posts. They are S. B. Divaratne, M. M. Mohamed and K. P. P. Pathirana. The Opposition has accused the government of trying to sabotage the LG polls.

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