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Momentous occasion
Yesterday saw yet another symbolic bridge being erected to bring together the long separated people of the North and South when the first CTB Jaffna - Colombo bus service was inaugurated by the Government. The bus which was to ply on the A-9 route was flagged off at the auspicious time of 10.32 am by Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa MP at the famous Alfred Duraiappa Stadium in Jaffna to rousing cheers by the Jaffna public. Here Senior Presidential Advisor MP Basil Rajapaksa is seen jubilantly hugging his Parliamentary colleague Minister Douglas Devananda at this momentous occasion. (Left) One of the CTB buses ready to leave for Colombo. Pictures by Sarath Weerasinghe


Central Transport Board launches:

Colombo-Jaffna bus service

Government restrengthens North - South link:

The Government yesterday restrengthened the link between the South and the North with the symbolical restarting of the Jaffna – Colombo CTB bus service along the A-9 road which was abandoned for the past two decades, enabling the people of Jaffna to reach the South through a land route.

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Patriotism or terrorism or otherwise:

Public will decide

Defence Secretary tells BASL:

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has responded to the concerns underscored by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) on an article published on the www.defence.lk.

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Reactivation of Press Council:

Not a move to suppress journalists

Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told Parliament yesterday the moves taken by the Government to reactivate the Press Council has not been taken whatsoever to suppress journalists or impose restrictions on media personnel as highlighted by Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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Galle MC Opposition Leader shot dead

Galle Municipal Council Opposition Leader Dushantha Seneviratne (40) was gunned down by unknown suspects yesterday morning in Beligaha junction, Galle. Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekera said Seneviratne was shot dead by two unidentified persons who arrived on a motorcycle around 7.15am.

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