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3 new diplomatic envoys present credentials to the President

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In a formal ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat today (23), two newly appointed Ambassadors and a High Commissioner to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The appointments of two distinguished Ambassadors for the Republic of Italy and the Federal Republic of Germany, along with the designation of a new High Commissioner for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, assumed their roles as representatives of their respective countries and had the honour of formally introducing themselves to President Wickremesinghe.

The diplomats who formally presented their credentials are :
• Mr. Damiano Francovigh –  Ambassador of the Republic of Italy in Colombo.
• Mr. Andrew Patrick – High Commissioner of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland.
• Dr. Felix Neumann – Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The ceremony was attended by Mr. Sagala Ratnayake, Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff, who warmly received the envoys upon their arrival.

After the presentation of their credentials, President Wickremesinghe engaged in a friendly exchange with the newly appointed diplomats, reflecting the spirit of mutual respect and cooperation that underpins diplomatic relations.

Among those present during this significant event were State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Tharaka Balasooriya, Secretary to the President, Mr Saman Ekanayake, and Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms.  Aruni Wijewardena.

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Presidential election candidates must declare canvassing expenditure for first time

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Election Commission (EC) Chairman R. M. A. L. Rathnayake announced that the date for the forthcoming Presidential Election will be set by the end of this month. 

For the first time, candidates must declare their election expenditure, in accordance with the Election Expenditure Act of 2023.

The regulations, which were not applied in the last postponed election, will be fully enforced this time to promote accountability and reduce unethical fundraising practices. 

The election is anticipated to be held between September 16 and October 17 this year.

EC Chairman Rathnayake confirmed the readiness of the Government Printer, the Inspector General of Police, the Postmaster General, and other relevant parties for the election. 

The Finance Ministry has allocated Rs. 10 billion for the election from the 2024 Budget, and EC officials will meet with Finance Ministry key officials this week to discuss funding arrangements.

The Supreme Court has clarified the Presidential term as five years, suggesting that this be enshrined in domestic legislation to avoid ambiguity. The EC will also address the media this week regarding election organization.

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Revised schedule for India’s tour of Sri Lanka announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Saturday that the schedule for India’s upcoming white-ball tour of Sri Lanka has been revised, with the series now starting on July 27, a day later than originally planned.

The revised schedule is as follows:

T20Is

  – July 27, 2024 – 1st T20I at Pallekele

  – July 28, 2024 – 2nd T20I at Pallekele

  – July 30, 2024 – 3rd T20I at Pallekele

ODIs

  – July 31, 2024 – 1st ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

  – August 2, 2024 – 2nd ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

  – August 4, 2024 – 3rd ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

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Mahela and Namal Grace attend Ambani’s Wedding

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Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene and MP Namal Rajapaksa are among the invitees of Anant Ambani’s wedding

The wedding of Mukesh Ambani and Neeta Ambani’s youngest son, Anant Ambani, to Radhika Merchant has taken social media by storm, featuring some of the biggest celebrities and sporting personalities from around the globe.

Lavish wedding celebrations for the son of Asia’s richest man resumed on Saturday with a star-studded guest list including Hollywood celebrities, global business leaders, and two former British prime ministers.

Billionaire tycoon Mukesh Ambani’s youngest son Anant and fiancée Radhika Merchant, both 29, are tying the knot this weekend in Mumbai, India, following months of pre-marriage parties.

Saturday will see a blessing ceremony during which the world’s rich and famous will greet and pay their respects to the couple at a 16,000-capacity convention center owned by the Ambani family’s conglomerate.

This will be followed by a grand party where unconfirmed reports say pop stars Drake, Lana Del Rey, and Adele are likely to perform.

(dailymirror.lk)
(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by dailymirror.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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