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Vasu says attempt to unify UPFA futile

President Maithripala Sirisena had refused to give former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations from the UPFA to contest the upcoming Parliament elections.The decision paves the way for a major split in the UPFA which will see several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members joining Rajapaksa to contest the polls. Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/AAAAA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. However Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that President Sirisena had refused to agree to the proposal so the talks were completely futile. The proposal was that the common list of UPFA candidates be headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Parliament election. General Secretary of the Democratic Left Front and United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member Vasudeva Nanayakkara says talks held with President Maithripala Sirisena this evening, in an attempt to unify the alliance, ended in failure.He said that a proposal was put forward for a common list of candidates for the August 17 election to be agreed on, which will include UPFA members supporting and against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The SLFP, which is part of the UPFA, and UPFA party leaders had key talks with President Maithripala Sirisena today.At the meeting a decision was to be taken with regards to giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 Parliament elections.At the meeting the President has said that he, as chairman of the SLFP and UPFA, will not give nominations to Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Python found lurking in Essex toilet may have been on the loose

first_img Laura Cowell The snake Credit: Laura Cowell Although royal pythons are in fact harmless, Mr Yardley was unwilling to cause panic amongst his neighbours by publicising the missing snake on social media.He had eventually resigned himself to losing Reggie, fearing that he could have been eaten by a fox or a cat, until he heard of the snake’s emergence in Mrs Cowell’s bathroom. He has apologised on social media to the Cowell family for the “total accident” and thanked Reggie’s rescuers for saving him from the sewers.For now, Reggie is staying at Scales and Fangs with Mr Yeldham, as a disheartened Mr Yardley had given away Reggie’s enclosure, believing he would never get his pet back.Reggie also was suffering from scale rot from bleach in the sewer system, and so Mr Yeldham said that he wants to keep the snake “until his skin problem is gone and I am sure that he is feeding alright.”Mr Yeldham has also donated a new enclosure to Mr Yardley for Reggie on his return. A snake that shocked a five-year-old boy after it was found lurking in a toilet seems to have been on the loose for more than two months.”Reggie”, the baby royal python, escaped from Tim Yardley when he moved house, and had been missing until it emerged in Laura Cowell’s bathroom when her son went to the toilet last Wednesday. The snakeCredit:Laura Cowell Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “But when Mr Yardley came in he quickly proved it was his with photos on his phone – snake’s skin patterns are like fingerprints and Reggie has a very recognisable stripe on the back of his head.”The snake had been lost as the air vent of its enclosure had been dislodged during Mr Yardley’s move, he added.“During the night, the python must have found its way up the enclosure to the air vent and pulled it off, which opened a hole. From this it escaped and made its way to the toilet.” After the snake’s appearance gained attention in the news and on social media, Mr Yardley telephoned the pet shop Scales and Fangs, whose owner, Rob Yeldham, had retrieved the python from the toilet.Mr Yeldham said: “After seeing the social media activity we received a few phone calls from people claiming the snake was theirs.last_img read more