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  • Guidelines of All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama pertaining to the General Elections
    The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama requests all Sri Lankan Muslims in the country to follow the guidelines given below in regard to the forthcoming General Elections, Insha Allah: As we believe that everything is happening according to the will of Allah, we should similarly believe the decision of the General Elections also to happens according to the will of Allah. As we believe that the success of this world and the Hereafter lies in following the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), we should bear the same in our minds even during the times of elections and act accordingly. Our biggest weapon is Dua (Invocation). Therefore excessive prayers should be made for peace and harmony of the country. We should also engage in good deeds that would bring the help of Allah. Many different political Parties may compete...
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  • Distribution of polling cards from today
    Printing of 14 million official polling cards completed.

    Government Printer Gamini Fonseka says that printing of  about 14 million polling cards relevant to the upcoming general election has been completed.

    The Government Printer said that about 2 million more polling cards were scheduled to be printed.
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  • කොඩියේ විවාදය දුරදිග යයිද?
    මැතිවරණ උණුසුම අතරට එන විවාදාත්මක තේමාවන් අතරට 'කොඩි' පිළිබඳව කථා බහත් එක්වෙමින් පවතී. ශ්‍රි ලංකාවේ ජාතික කොඩියට සමාන කොඩියක් භාවිතා කරමින් ජාතිවාදී ප්‍රවණතාවක් ඇති කිරීමට උත්සහ ගන්නා බව එක් පාර්ශවයක් කියා සිටින අතරවාරේ තවත් පාර්ශවයක් කියා සිටින්නේ සිංහලයාගේ අනන්‍යතාව විදහා දක්වන කොඩියක් ප්‍රදර්ශනය කිරීමට තමන්ට අයිතියක්...
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  • ෆෙඩරල් රාජ්‍යයකට ඉඩ නැහැ - එජාපෙ
    දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය සිය ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශනය එලි දක්වමින් ෆෙඩරල් රාජ්‍යයක් ඉල්ලා සිටින නමුත් ඊට එක්සත් ජාතික පෙරමුණ එකඟත්වය පල නොකරන බව නියෝජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය අජිත් පෙරේරා ප්‍රකාශ කරයි. මාධ්‍ය හමුවක් අමතමින් ඔහු කියා සිටියේ එක්සත් ජාතික පෙරමුණේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශනයේ ඒකීය රාජ්‍යයක් තුළ උපරිම බලය බෙදීමක් සඳහා ප්‍රතිපාදන...
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  • SL to get 'Google' support for Wi-fi
    WIFI connections will be freely available throughout the country by March 2016 with the aid of Google loon, a technology under which a special kind of balloon named Raven Aerostar. The technology had become available following a discussion held by the State Minister for Defense Ruwan Wijewardene with Chamath Palihapitiya who is considered as the richest Sri Lankan in the world. During the discussion, Mr. Palihapitiya had described the latest technology that had been introduced by Google. Thereafter, Mr. Palihapitiya and several ministers had met President Maithripala Sirisena to present a report on the new technology. With the instant approval of the President, an agreement between The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) and Google was signed at Temple Trees today. (Yohan Perera) http://www.dailymirror.lk/81217/the-island-by-2016 Please...
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  • ඔබාමා මහින්දගේ අඩි පාරේ නොයයි - ජනපතිත් නීතියට යටත් බව කියයි
    තෙවැනි වතාවටත් තමා තරග කළොත් ජයග්‍රහණය කරන බව ඇමෙරිකා ජනාධිපති බරක් ඔබාමා කියයි. කෙසේ වුවද තමන් ඇමෙරිකා ව්‍යවස්ථාවට ගරු කර එම අදහසින් බැහැර වන බව ද ඔබාමා පවසයි. ඇමෙරිකා ජනාධිපති මේ අදහස් පළ කළේ ඉතියෝපියාවේ සංචාරයකට නිරතවන අතරතුරදී ය. ‘මම ඇත්තටම හිතන්නේ මම හොඳ ජනාධිපතිවරයෙක්. මම හිතන්නේ මම තරග කොළොත් දිනන්න පුළුවන්. නමුත්...
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  • UNP rejects TNA federal demand
    The political environment is concerned about the recent election manifesto released by the TNA.

    The TNA manifesto has proposed to demand for maximum power under a federal system including the powers in the sectors of judiciary, land and administration.

    National Organization Collective Convener Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera clarified this issue during a media conference...
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  • Court wants JMO’s full report on Wasim Thajudeen
    The Colombo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday (28) ordered to produce a detailed report with respect to the post-mortem examination carried out on former national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
    The order was issued after the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed the Magistrate that the Colombo former Chief Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) has not submitted the final autopsy report yet.
    The mysterious death of former Wasim Thajudeen was not an accidental one, the CID apprised the Magistrate earlier.
    An inquest into the death of Thajudeen was launched following the emergence of new information in connection with the case, recently.
    Thajudeen represented S Thomas’ College, Mount...
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  • Sri Lanka opposition says no autonomy for Tamils
    Sri Lanka's main opposition party Tuesday scrapped a longstanding promise to give greater autonomy to minority Tamils, as it tries to win over hardline sections of the Sinhalese majority before a general election. Related Stories Sri Lanka leader predicts polls defeat, blames Rajapakse AFP Rajapaksa 'ready for struggle' in Sri Lanka comeback bid Reuters Former Sri Lanka leader to run for prime minister...
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Morsi camp claims Egypt presidency win

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Brotherhood claims victory based on unofficial tallies, but SCAF decree limiting presidential powers overshadows count.

The Muslim Brotherhood has declared their candidate, Mohammed Morsi, the winner of Egypt's presidential runoff, and unofficial vote tallies show him leading the race by more than one million votes.

The group held a press conference early on Monday morning to announce Morsi's victory. With 12,793 of the country's roughly 13,000 polling stations reporting, Morsi had 12.7 million votes, while his opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, had 11.84 million, the group said.

His staff and supporters broke into chants of "down with military rule" after the results were announced.

Morsi himself also spoke. He addressed the families of the martyrs killed during the revolution, and promised to restore their rights in a "state of laws".

He also reached out to Egypt's Coptic Christians, promising that everyone would be part of "his family". He also said he was not looking for "revenge", and promised to work for all Egyptians.

"Thank God, who guided the people of Egypt to this right path, the path of freedom and democracy," he said, vowing to work for a "civil, democratic, constitutional and modern state".

The Brotherhood's numbers matched with other unofficial tallies from local and international media. Shortly after 3am local time [00:00 GMT], Al Jazeera's tally had Morsi leading with 7,896,440 votes (52 per cent), and Shafiq trailing with 7,152,894.

El-Shorouk, an independent Egyptian daily, had Morsi with 6,820,944 votes, and Shafiq with 5,490,158, a margin of 55 per cent for Morsi.

All of the results released on Sunday night are unofficial and a final tally will not come out until later this week.

Representatives from Shafiq's campaign told several local media outlets that they would not accept the Brotherhood's tally, and would wait for final results.

In a statement, Shafiq, the final prime minister under deposed president Hosni Mubarak, also accused the Brotherhood of fraud.

"The Muslim Brotherhood supporters offered large sums of money and food supplies to bribe voters into voting for MB's candidate Mohammed Morsi," the statement said. "They used intimidation, threats and violence against supporters of candidate Ahmed Shafiq."

Turnout was lower than during the first round of voting in May, according to Hatem Bagato, the secretary-general of the presidential election commission, who held a press conference in Cairo on Sunday. About  46 per cent of Egypt's 51 million eligible voters cast their ballots during the first round.

SCAF issues its constitutional annex

The new president will take office amid great political uncertainty.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Egypt's military rulers, added to the confusion on Sunday night, when they released their long-awaited "constitutional annex", a decree outlining the powers of the new president.

Those powers are quite limited: He may declare war, for example, only after seeking SCAF's approval. The decree also reminds the president that he can call on the military to quell "unrest" inside the country.

SCAF dissolved parliament last week following a ruling by the supreme court, which found the legislature unconstitutional. The court ruled that provisions of the electoral law - which allowed political parties to compete for seats reserved for independent candidates - violated the constitution.

With the legislature gone, the generals reasserted control over the legislative process, and over the country's budget.

"The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces shall exercise the powers referred to under the first clause of article 56 [the article on legislative power]... until the election of a new People's Assembly," the decree states.

The decree issued on Sunday promises fresh legislative elections, but not until a new constitution has been drafted. Before it was dissolved, the parliament appointed a 100-member assembly to draft that constitution; it will be allowed to continue its work, though if it runs into "obstacles", SCAF will appoint a replacement.

The Muslim Brotherhood was quick to condemn the decree, calling it "null and unconstitutional" in a brief statement on Twitter. Asked about the decree during the group's press conference, Ahmed Abdel-Atti, Morsi's campaign co-ordinator, said he expected "popular action" against it in the near future.

Source: Al Jazeera

 

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