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Sarath (SLPP) and Sajith (SJB) heads Colombo district preferences

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With over 300,000 votes each

Sarath Weerasekara, a former senior naval officer, topped the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Colombo district preferences with 328,092 votes, while Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) leader, Sajith Premadasa secured 305,744 votes.

The SLPP, which polled 674,603 (57.04%), mustered 12 seats, while the SJB won six seats by polling 387,145 (32.73%).

The JVP-led Jathika Jana Balawegaya won one seat by obtaining 67,600 (5.72%) votes.

While Weerasekara headed the SLPP preferences in the Colombo district, Wimal Weerawansa came a distant second with 267,084 votes. Udaya Gammanpila was third in line with 136,331 votes followed by Wijedasa Rajapakse 120,626, Bandula Gunawardena 101,644, Pradeep Undugoda 91,958, Dinesh Gunawardena 85,287, Madura Vithanage 70,205, Premanath C. Dolawatte 69,055, Gamini Lokuge 62,543, Susil Premajayanth 50,322 and Jagath kumara 47,693.

Second in line to Sajith Premadasa on the SJB Colombo district preferences was S. M. Marikkar who secured 96,916 votes followed by Mujibar Rahuman 87,589, Harsha De Silva 82,845, Patali Champika Ranawaka 65,574 and Mano Ganesan 62,091.

Anura Kumara Dissanayake of the Jathika Jana Balawegaya polled 49,814 votes.

In the Gampaha district, the SLPP won 13 sears with Nalaka Godahewa topping the preferences by securing 325,479 votes. Prasanna Ranatunge was second with 316,544 preferential votes followed by Indika Anurudda 136,297, Sisira Jayakody 113,130, Nimal Lanza 108,945, Sahan Pradeep Vithana 97,494, Sudarshani Fernandopulle 89,329, Prasanna Ranaweera, 83,203, Harshani Gunawardane, 77,922, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, 73,061, Nalin Ruwanjeewa Fernando 69,800, Milan Sajith Jayathilake 68,449 and Upul Mahendran Rajapaksa 67,756.

Sarath Fonseka headed the SJB preferences with 110,535, Ranjan Ramanayake 103,992, Harshana Rajakaruna 73,612 and Kavinda Jayawardane 52,026. The party won four seats in the district.

The Jathika Jana Balawegaya won one seat with Vijitha Herath polling 32,008 votes.

SLPP’s Vidura Wickramanayake won the highest number of 147,958 preferential votes in the Kalutara district with Rohitha Abeygunawardena a close second with 147,472. The others elected were Sanjeewa Edirimanne 105,973, Piyal Nishantha 103,904, Jayantha Samaraweera 100,386, Anupa Pasqual 97,777, Lalith Ellawala 76,705 and Mahinda Samarasinghe 58,514

The party secured eight seats in the district.

The SJB won two seats with Rajitha Senaratne obtaining 77,476 votes and Kumara Welgama 77,083.

 



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Economic crisis: 100,000 families already starving

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Govt. to provide monthly assistance package – official

By Ifham Nizam 

Plans are underway to assist an average needy family of  four with a monthly package of Rs. 15,000, a senior adviser to President Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday, adding that the move was expected to help ameliorate the plight of nearly 65,000 families.

Food Security Committee Chairman Dr. Suren Batagoda told The Island yesterday that at present some 100,000 families across the country were starving.

He said financial assistance would be provided to those families for three months. Within three months, the government would design a package in the form of food stamps, etc.

Dr. Batagoda said the World Food Programme, UNICEF, the World Bank, and state agencies would also team up to strengthen food security, focusing especially on needy pregnant mothers and pre-school children.

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GR govt. ignored Chinese lenders’ request for debt restructuring

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

The Gotabaya Rajapaksa government had ignored suggestions by Chinese lending institutions that Sri Lanka to restructure the debt in 2021, Prof. Samitha Hettige said yesterday.

“The Rajapaksa government started talking of debt restructuring earlier this year. The Opposition had been asking for this before,” he said.  By 2021, before the Gotabaya Rajapaksa administration decided on debt restructuring, the Chinese institutions that had given Sri Lanka loans suggested that a restructuring process should start since Sri Lanka would have trouble repaying the loans, the Strategic Studies scholar said.

However, the request had gone unheeded, and if the government had started discussions then, Sri Lanka would not have been in crisis, Prof. Hettige said.

The Sri Lankan foreign policy, in the last few years, had also been misguided, Prof. Hettige said. A number of Indian and Chinese companies faced unnecessary issues by the behaviour of the government, he said.

Prof. Hettige said that the government must focus on establishing free trade ports and reducing negative lists for investments.

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SJB dissociates itself from SF’s call for protest

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By Chaminda Silva

MP Sarath Fonseka’s call for people to join anti-government protests was not a decision taken by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), party MP J.C Alawathuwala said.

The SJB believed that they had to help President Ranil Wickremesinghe stabilise the country, economically and politically, he said.

MP Alawathuwala said the President must be given some time to solve the problems faced by the people and that the SJB was holding discussions with the government to guide it on a people-friendly path.

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