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JAFFNA, SRI LANKA - SEPTEMBER 21: A sign directing voters to the polling station during the northern provincial council election on September 21, 2013 in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Ethnic Tamil voters in Sri Lanka's war-ravaged north have gone to the polls on Saturday to form their first functioning provincial government since 1988 following 26-year long civil war that ended in the country in 2009.. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
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Colombo, Voting in Sri Lanka parliamentary polls on Monday showed an increase compared to previous turnouts, poll monitors said.

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“It is a good sign to see the people enthusiastically casting their votes to elect the members of the new Parliament. The situation at election centres has so far been trouble free,” Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) Executive Director Ranjith Keerthi Tennakoon said.

He said CaFFE has deployed about 9,000 election monitors at voting centers across the country in addition to 430 mobile units, Daily Mirror reported.

Meanwhile, Centers for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) Media Coordinator Anuradha Guruge said queues began to increase after 8 a.m. with more people coming out to cast their votes.

“The CMEV has deployed around 5,000 local monitors, 21 foreign observers, 75 mobile units in addition to about 100 monitors who will be at counting centers.

(IANS)

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Colombo, Dec 26, 2017: Sri Lanka will convert two large garbage dumps here into urban parks next year as part of a city beautification programme, a minister announced on Tuesday.

Addressing the Colombo City Beautification Awards Ceremony in Colombo, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka said that garbage could no longer be dumped at the Meethotamulla or Bloemendhal garbage mountains and plans were afoot to construct a large scale national landfill site in Aruwakkaluwa in Puttalam, to address the government’s garbage disposal issue, reports Xinhua news agency.

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