Colombo: Sri Lanka’s election commission on Wednesday announced to hold presidential polls in the country on November 16.Filing of the nomination papers will start from October 7, the National Election Commission said. Nearly 15.9 million people are eligible to vote, it said. According to constitutional provisions, the polls must be held one month before the end of the current president’s term. President Maithripala Sirisena’s five-year term is scheduled to end on January 8, 2020. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USOn May 30, speaking to media in New Delhi after attending Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, Sirisena had said that he was yet to decide on seeking another term. With today’s announcement Sirisena would be making his exit as president two months before the expiry of his full term. Sirisena was elected for a five year-term on January 8, 2015 when he challenged the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa. The former strongman had called snap elections two years ahead of the end of his second term. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSirisena, backed by the then main Opposition United National Party (UNP), became the common Opposition candidate against his former boss Rajapaksa. Although Sirisena has not so far declared his intention for a re-run, his souring of relationships with the UNP of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has indicated that the UNP would be fielding its own candidate. Sirisena in October last year sacked Wickremesinghe, who elevated him to the presidency, and replaced him with Rajapaksa. The move led to a constitutional impasse, which lasted over 50 days. After the intervention by the Supreme Court, Wickremesinghe was restored as the prime minister.
NEW DELHI: Delhi Transport Corporation and cluster scheme buses will now have 5,500 new bus marshals, as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal gave his nod for the appointment of former home guards in these public transport services.The appointment of marshals in buses will start from Diwali, said Kejriwal. In a meeting at his residence, Kejriwal appealed to the former home guards to protect women in buses with all sincerity. “The move has been announced to ensure the safety of women in the city. Marshals have also been appointed in cluster buses for the first time,” he said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarOn Friday, thousands of former home guards had arrived at the chief minister’s residence. Addressing them, Kejriwal said: “I hope that you will work to protect women, and you will take full responsibility for women safety in Delhi buses. If a woman is harassed, it is your responsibility to stop the perpetrators and hand them over to the police.” “The DTC only has marshals in the evening shift at the moment. It has been decided to deploy marshals in the morning shift in buses. Marshals will now be appointed in both the shifts as well as in buses running under the cluster scheme,” he added.