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5 dead, 50 missing as smugglers throw 180 migrants into Yemen sea.

At least five migrants drowned and 50 went missing Thursday when smugglers forced 180 Africans off a boat bound for Yemen, a day after a similar incident left 50 dead, the International Organization for Migration said. Twenty-five people were being treated for injuries on a beach on Yemen's Red Sea coast,

the UN migration agency told reporters. It could not immediately confirm the nationalities of the casualties. Despite a war that has left over 8,300 people dead since March 2015, Yemen continues to draw migrants from the Horn of Africa seeking work in the prosperous Gulf countries further north.

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake resigns.

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake resigns from his portfolio. Making a special statement in Parliament this afternoon he said that a he took this decision to maintain the respect and the dignity of parliament and the government. This is a move to protect democratic rule of the consensus government.

Minister Karunanayake added that he sacrificed his portfolio to build up a positive and exemplary political tradition in the country. Some conspiring movements are attempting to disrupt the democratic process in the country and to topple the government.

Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake said he is not guilty of any offence and always appear for truth. He noted that he has not earned undue wealth from politics. As a frontline leader of the government he always respects law and order. He further said that the time will reveal the truth and will prove his innocence.

The Prime Minister says that this move proves that the government does not influence the investigations on bond issue in any way.

Prime minister Ranil Wickramasinghe making a special statement in parliament in the aftermath of the  resignation of foreign minister Ravi Karunanayake said that this move proves that the government does not influence the investigations on bonds issue in any way.

He further said that this is an example in showing the difference between former government and the present government. The premier questioned whether any one of ministers in the previous regime resigned as a result of such controversial issue. It is clear that the fate of the journalists who had criticised the past regime.

Lasantha Wicramathunga had to pay the price by his life. Whereabouts of Pradeep Ekneligoda is still uncertain. The prime minister stresses that total freedom of press is available in the country at present.

The Finance Minister pointed out that former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake had directed the fallen economy into the right path.

Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera says there is no base or truth in the allegations made by some opposition elements that Sri Lanka's economy has receded. Joining the debate on 2016 annual report of the Central Bank in Parliament today the Minister said Sri Lanka economy has achieved a satisfactory progress in the past period.

The IMF has also expressed satisfaction on the economic development in Sri Lanka. Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake had been able to direct the broken economy into the right path. As a gentlemen Mr. Karunanayake has resigned from his portfolio. Majority of the join opposition should also follow the suit.

Minister Samaraweera further said that ruining public money and lavish expenses committed by the Rajapaksa regime have led to the economic downturn in Sri Lanka.

Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said a separate commission has to be appointed to find out financial irregularities of the past government.

Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that a separate presidential commission has to be appointed to find out financial irregularities of the past government. Greek bond issue, as well as Hedging issue should also be investigated.

Previous governor of the central bank Dr. Ajith Niwrad Cabraal also has not taken part in the parliamentary committee. He has not answered the questions of the COPE committee too. He made these remarks in parliament today.

Joining the debate Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said resignation of Minister Ravi Karunanayake is a good example for the country and the politicians. This is not the first financial fraud revealed by the COPE. Over 3,000 million rupees of frauds had been revealed by the COPE committee.

When it was presided by Wijedasa Rajapaksa. The former regime was defeated as the then leaders did not take any action against the offenders. Addressing the house Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said the economy of the country has now fallen into the right track.

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunayeke resigns.

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunayeke resigns from his portfolio. Making a special statement  in Parliament this afternoon he said that a he took this decision to maintain the respect and the dignity of parliament and the government.

This is a move to protect democratic rule of the consensus government. Minister Karunanayake added that he sacrificed his portfolio to build up appositive and exemplary political tradition in the country. Some conspiring movements are attempting to disrupt the democratic process in the country and to topple the government.He further said that the time will reveal the truth and his innocence.

The president stressed that the government will not harm the sovereignty of the country in signing agreements with foreign investors.

President Maithripala Sirisena says that, the government holds a policy of acting in a manner to safeguard the sovereignty of the country in foreign investments. The President was speaking at a intellectual forum held yesterday at BMICH in Colombo.

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The final draft bill of ethics for MPs was presented to the parliament.

The final draft bill of ethics for MPs was presented to the parliament. According to Sri Lanka Mirror website the final draft has been presented to the house by the speaker Karu Jayasuriya. The Speaker says this bill is to be passed without delay. Meanwhile, Minister Mano Ganeshan says language classes will be conducted to parliamentarians from next week.

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