US must take Sri Lanka as an example says Gammanpila

He said that there were reports that the army will prevent Sirisena from taking office as part of a coup in support of Rajapaksa.However Gammanpila said there was no coup and Rajapaksa accepted the results of the election and gracefully stepped down. (Colombo Gazette) The United States must take Sri Lanka as an example and accept the outcome of the Presidential election, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila said today.He said that no one protested when Maithripala Sirisena won the last Presidential election and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa ensured there was a smooth transition of power. Gammanpila recalled that hours before the final results were announced at the 2015 Presidential election, Rajapaksa met current Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and discussed the smooth transition of power. However, he says in the US, supporters of defeated Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have been protesting and have refused to accept Donald Trump as the new President. read more

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Opera buffs driven to drink by ENOs crazy water ban

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. Audiences turning up to the ENO’s controversial, new telling of Richard Struass’s Salome on Friday night were appalled to find their water bottles seized and the contents emptied out into the street before being allowed in. One opera buff complained that such strict security… They may have found it as puzzling as Salome itself, described by the Telegraph’s reviewer as “infuriatingly baffling as well as being mightily pretentious…[but] rather gripping in its arid, robotic way”. It’s enough to drive the head of a prestigious opera company to drink. For the English National Opera has begun a crackdown on opera lovers trying to smuggle colourless spirits into the auditorium disguised as mineral water. read more

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