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AL exams to start tomorrow

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GCE (Advanced Level) examination – 2022 which will be held from tomorrow, (23) to February 17, 2023.

More than 8,000 police officers are to be deployed for the security of examination centers and coordination centers established throughout the island.

Nearly 18,000 school teachers and school heads and Directors of the Education Ministry will be deployed from tomorrow for examination duties. 

Candidates are warned that indecent behaviour would result in the Examinations Chief cancelling their candidature during the period of the examination..

Commissioner General of Examinations, Amith Jayasundara told the media that some candidates are getting ready for liquor parties on the final day of the examination and if these take place, their candidature is liable to be cancelled after conducting inquiries against them for violating examination rules.

About 300 incidents of malpractices and frauds take place annually and 800 investigators of the Examinations Department will be deployed to conduct sudden visits to the examination centres to see whether the examination is being held in keeping with the instructions of the Department.

About 2,200 examination centres will be set up countrywide to conduct the examination. Principals have been told to apprise candidates on the examination rules.

source – Sunday Observer

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Electricity tariffs reduced

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The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved a reduction of electricity tariffs by 22.5 per cent overall, PUCSL chairman Prof. Manjula Fernando said today (July 15).

The tariff revision, which will be effective from midnight today, is as follows :

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FR petition filed over Presidential Election dismissed with costs

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The Supreme Court has dismissed the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed seeking an order to prevent holding of the Presidential Election as the 19th Amendment to the Constitution has not been properly passed in Parliament, subject to costs.

This verdict was issued when the relevant petition filed by Attorney-at-Law Aruna Laksiri was taken up for consideration today (15) before a Supreme Court judge bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justices Arjuna Obeysekara and Priyantha Fernando.

Accordingly, the court ordered the petition dismissed with costs of Rs 500,000 to be paid by the petitioner before July 31, 2024.

The petition argued that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was not properly passed in Parliament and therefore called for a referendum to ensure its proper passage.

The Election Commission and its members, the General Secretary of Parliament and the Attorney General had been named as respondents of this petition.

The petitioner claimed that through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Article 70 of the Constitution has been amended to deprive the President of the power to dissolve an elected Parliament after one year has passed.

The petitioner asserted that the amendment has not been approved by a referendum, even though a Supreme Court bench ruled that the amendment should be referred to a referendum.

The petitioner pointed out that the amendment cannot be considered as a law because it has not been approved by a referendum and signed by the President.

Therefore, the petitioner had argued that it is wrong to continue to accept the 19th Amendment as a law.

(adaderana.lk)

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Sabry to visit Romania & Poland

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Foreign Minister Ali Sabry will pay official visits to Romania and Poland from 16 to 19 July 2024.  

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo, he will meet with his counterparts and other senior government ministers and officials.

Minister Sabry will also formally open the new Sri Lanka Embassy in Bucharest which commenced operation in 2023.

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