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558 trees identified as dangerous in Colombo city

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It has been revealed that a total of 558 trees that are more than 100 years old have been identified as being dangerous in Colombo city, Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Commissioner Bhadrani Jayawardena said.

She said that following information from various parties, only 330 trees were identified as dangerous.

However, the Commissioner said that during a subsequent inspection, 558 trees had been identified as dangerous, and 214 of them had been removed with the intervention of the CMC.

“Compared to other towns, Colombo has more trees and certain trees are more than 100 years old. The CMC is putting in a huge effort to balance the trees by cutting branches in a bid to conserve these trees.

“Apart from the trees that have been identified as being dangerous, other trees in Colombo City are also at risk of falling. The topic of falling trees in Colombo was discussed again when a large tree near Gregory’s Road, Cinnamon Garden, Colombo, fell across the road. Earlier too, many trees have fallen across several roads in Colombo,” Commissioner Jayawardena said.

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Former Minister Ronnie de Mel no more

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Former Minister – Ronnie de Mel has passed away today (27) while being treated at a private hospital, reports say.

He was aged 99 years old.A former civil servant, he was the Minister of Finance from 1977 – 1988 under the United National Party government and holds the record for the largest number of budgets presented by a finance minister.

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NPP to also back NCM against Speaker

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The National People’s Party (NPP) has also decided to back the No Confidence Motion against Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kieirella, Professor G. L. Peiris, Tissa Attanayake, Chandima Weerakkody, Shan Wijayalal de Silva, and others have signed the motion on behalf of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and Samagi Jana Alliance.

Meanwhile, Dullas Alahapperuma, the leader of the Freedom People’s Congress has also said that they would back the NCM.

Yesterday (26), the Uttara Lanka Sabhagaya had stated they would back the motion as well. 

The motion cites several reasons, including the Speaker’s failure to appropriately present the amendments proposed by the Supreme Court for the Online Safety Bill before its passage. 

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Muthukumarana to take up Uddika Premarathne’s MP seat

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S.C. Muthukumarana is set to be named to the Parliamentary seat  left vacant after the resignation of Anuradhapura District MP – Uddika Premarathne.

It is reported that the Secretary General of Parliament – Mrs. Kushani Rohanadheera has informed of this to the Election Commission, in accordance with Section 64(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act No. 1 of 1981.

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