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Aragalaya activist found dead!

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Buddhi Prabodha Karunaratne, an active member of the Aragalaya, has died mysteriously after sending a text message to his friends indicating that he would end his life, the Mulleriyawa Police said.

The 28-year-old deceased who was originally from Natthandiya had been living in Himbutana, Mulleriyawa temporarily.

It was reported that he was the first person to set up a tent in Galle Face Green during the Aragalaya.

He had sent text messages to several of friends saying that he would take his life.

Upon seeing the message, a doctor from the Apeksha Hospital in Maharagama had arrived at his room in Himbutana along with his brother to find the door closed.

The two had broken down the door with the permission of the landlord and found the deceased lying unconscious on the bed.

He had been rushed to the Mulleriyawa Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police found two types of painkillers and sleeping pills, a pack of cigarettes and a lighter on the bed, believed to have been used by the deceased.

The post-mortem examination of the deceased has been carried out by Judicial Medical Officer Kularatne at the IDH Hospital on the instructions of Kolonnawa Coroner Kanchana Wijenayake.

An open verdict was given on the cause of death based on medical reports and evidence.

Police said the government analyst will conduct further investigation into the death.

Further investigations are being conducted under the instructions of Mulleriyawa Police OIC Chief Inspector A. G. S. Susantha. 

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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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