Mahinda wants Parliament dissolved and early elections

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today called on President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament and hold early Parliament elections.Speaking to reporters at a media briefing, Rajapaksa said that the victory at the just concluded Local Government elections by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) was historic as it was achieved within a short period of time since the party was formed. He said that the outcome of the elections showed that the public had rejected the policies and the actions of the Government.The former President was of the opinion that one of the most serious issues was that the Government took “revenge” on the soldiers who fought against the LTTE. Rajapaksa said that the Local Government election was like an unofficial referendum to see the pulse of the public on the achievements of the Government since it took office in 2015. He said that the SLPP was able to win 232 councils at the Local Government elections while the other two main political parties suffered a heavy defeat. Rajapaksa said that the public have now clearly called for an early General Election to establish a stable Government. (Colombo Gazette)Picture by Lalith Perera read more

SD Supreme Court denies ABC bid to avoid pink slime trial

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2017 5:03 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SD Supreme Court denies ABC bid to avoid ‘pink slime’ trial PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Supreme Court has rejected a move by ABC to avoid trial in a defamation lawsuit over the television network’s reports on a beef product that critics dubbed “pink slime.”The high court denied the petition on Monday. The network and correspondent Jim Avila had asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s order denying summary judgment.A spokeswoman for ABC declined to comment.Beef Products Inc., based in Dakota Dunes, sued in 2012. The company says ABC’s multiple reports misled consumers into believing its lean, finely textured beef product was unsafe and led to plant closures and layoffs.The company praised the high court’s decision and said it looks forward to presenting its case to a jury. A trial is scheduled to start in June. read more