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Announcement on Ayurveda (Amendment) Bill

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Deputy Speaker – Ajith Rajapaksa, announced today (10) that the Speaker has received the Determination of the Supreme Court in respect of the Bill titled “Ayurveda (Amendment)” which was challenged in the Supreme Court in terms of Article 121(1) of the Constitution.

The determination of the Supreme Court as to the constitutionality of the Bill titled “Ayurveda (Amendment)” is as follows :

(1) Clauses 2, 3, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40 and 41 of the Bill are inconsistent with Article 9 of the Constitution and can only be passed with the special majority required under paragraph (2) of Article 84 and approved by the People at a Referendum by virtue of Article 83.
The inconsistency will cease if Clauses 2, 3, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40 and 41 of the Bill are amended by deleting the words Ayurveda Bhaisajjaka (ආයුර්වේද භෛසජ්ජක) and Bhaisajjaka (භෛසජ්ජක);

(2) Clause 46(4) of the Bill is inconsistent with Article 12(1) of the Constitution and can only be passed with the special majority required under paragraph (2) of Article 84.
The inconsistency will cease if the amendments as set out in page 53 of the Determination are made to the Bill;

(3) Clause 11(3) of the Bill is inconsistent with Article 12(1) of the Constitution and can only be passed with the special majority required under paragraph (2) of Article 84.
The inconsistency will cease if the amendments as set out in page 54 of the Determination are made to the Bill;

(4) Clause 13 of the Bill which seeks to amend the Main Act by, inter alia, repealing subsections (e) and (f) of Section 13 (1) of the Main Act is inconsistent with Article 12(1) of the Constitution and can only be passed with the special majority required under paragraph (2) of Article 84.
The inconsistency will cease if subsections (e) and (f) of Section 13(1) of the Main Act are retained;

(5) Clauses 24(1)(a), 25 and 46(2) of the Bill are inconsistent with Article 12(1) of the Constitution and can only be passed with the special majority required under paragraph (2) of Article 84.

The inconsistency will cease if those Clauses are removed; and

(6) Clause 46(1) of the Bill is inconsistent with Article 12(1) of the Constitution and can only be passed with the special majority required under paragraph (2) of Article 84.

The inconsistency will cease if the amendments as set out in page 55 of the Determination are made to the Bill.

The Deputy Speaker also directed that the Determination of the Supreme Court be printed in the Official Report of today’s proceedings of the House.

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President pays final respects to late Dr. Ariyaratne & Palitha Thewarapperuma (Pics)

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe today (April 19) paid his final respects to the late social activist and founder of the Sarvodaya movement, Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne as well as to former UNP Member of Parliament and former Deputy Minister, Palitha Thevarapperuma.Visiting the Moratuwa Sarvodaya Headquarters where Mr. Ariyaratne was laid to rest, the President offered his final respects and left a condolence note. He also shared condolences with the grieving family members. 

The President also paid his last respects and extended condolences to the grieving family and local community at the residence Palitha Thewarapperuma, in Yatadolawatte, Matugama.

UNP Chairman MP Wajira Abeywardena and several others attended the event.

(Pics : PMD)


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Flu & diarrhea cases among children on the rise

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Health Authorities have warned of a rise of diarrhea and flu cases among children after the New Year period.
Consultant paediatrician Dr. Deepal Perera advised parents to immediately seek medical attention if their children have been suffering from fever continuously for 3-4 days.

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Fortified rice distribution initiative commences

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The distribution of fortified rice, provided by the World Food Program (WFP) on behalf of the program initiated under the instructions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, to provide a nutritious meal for school students, commenced today, (19) at the Veyangoda warehouse complex.

In an effort to reduce iron deficiency among school children, fortified rice is provided for school meals. This distribution will be conducted under the supervision of Mr. M.H.A.M. Riflan, Director General for the Partnership Secretariat for World Food Programme Co-operation (PSWFPC), which operates under the purview of the Presidential Secretariat.

As planned, the distribution of 735 metric tons of rice to provincial-level schools commenced today as part of the first phase and will continue tomorrow (20). This rice stock is being delivered to schools under the supervision of officials from the respective Provincial Departments of Education and Public Health Inspectors (PHIs).

Meanwhile, Director General for the PSWFPC, Mr. M.H.A.M. Riflan stated that 378.835 metric tons of dhal, 412.08 metric tons of sunflower cooking oil, and 300 metric tons of dates will be distributed to schools following the start of the new school term on May 19.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Education has implemented measures to provide a main meal at school for all students in grades 1-5 across the country. Following nutritionists’ recommendations, students receive breakfast between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. daily before engaging in educational activities.

Under the theme of ‘Healthy Active Generation,’ the 2024 school meal program aims to reduce nutritional problems among students, increase daily school attendance, foster good eating and health habits, contribute to the improvement of educational achievement levels, and fulfil the fundamental objectives of promoting local food culture.The school feeding program for this year extends its benefits to 1.6 million students, including primary students from 9,134 government schools, as well as smaller schools with fewer than 100 students. A budget of Rs. 16.6 billion has been allocated to the nine provincial councils by the government, supplemented by sponsorship from entities such as the World Food Program (WFP) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

(President’s Media Division) 

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