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Awareness on Reproductive Health & Sexuality Education to be done online

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The Parliamentary Caucus for Children Chaired by Ms. Rohini Kumari Wijerathna which met recently in Parliament directed its attention towards the Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education of school Children and Cyber Violence Against Children in Sri Lanka.

The officials present stated that educating school children of Sri Lanka regarding Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education is initially aimed at being carried out online through modes of new media. The Chair of the Caucus – Mrs. Rohini Kumari Wijerathna, commending officials of their efforts, stated that the Caucus wishes to launch this initiative by October officially.

The Caucus also discussed the need to create content pertaining to Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education for the purpose of catering to different categories and groups in the society for better understanding.

The Caucus also looked into the spread of drugs among children and the rights of children.

The Caucus also looked into re-introducing the complaint box kept in all schools where children can submit their concerns incognito. The Caucus further discussed to make aware of children on 1929 hotline service.

The Caucus also looked into the current context and the application of laws pertaining to Cyber Violence Against Children in Sri Lanka. The Caucus expressed that the Cyber Security Bill is in the draft stage and for the officials to submit their recommendations and observations accordingly.

The Caucus also looked into the harassment against children online and the existing measures to take action against such harassment. It was also disclosed that there are many child pornography sites, Facebook pages including other social media platforms with harassing comments against children which is concerning.

Moreover, the need for a proper Media policy in place was highlighted as many media reports on cases pertaining to children are been reported in a very unethical and an insensitive manner.

Leader of the Opposition – Sajith Premadasa, Deputy Co-Chair of the Caucus – Velu Kumar, Dr. V. Radhakrishnan, Eran Wickramaratne, Ms. Thalatha Athukorala were present at the Committee meeting held.

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Cabinet decision to suspend ‘Parate Executions’

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All Parate Executions have been suspended until Dec. 15, as per a Cabinet decision made today (26 Feb.).

The relevant proposal was furnished by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, following a request made by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, and Minister of Industries Ramesh Pathirana.

Accordingly, the relevant amendments are due to be presented before the Parliament soon.

State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya had informed Parliament last week that steps will be taken to suspend the powers of the ‘Parate execution’ law for a certain period for the purpose of protecting the small and medium-scale entrepreneurs (SMEs).

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Deshabandu Tennakoon appointed as IGP

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Deshabandu Tennakoon has been appointed as 36th Inspector General of Police in Sri Lanka.

President’s Secretary, Saman Ekanayake had handed over his appointment letter earlier today afternoon (Feb. 26).

Since Nov. 29, 2023, Tennakoon served as the Acting IGP. Deshabandu Tennakoon joined the police service in 1998 as an Assistant Superintendent of Police.

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Palestinian PM resigns

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Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has announced the resignation of his government, which rules parts of the occupied West Bank, due to the escalating violence in the occupied territory and the war on Gaza.

“The decision to resign came in light of the unprecedented escalation in the West Bank and Jerusalem and the war, genocide and starvation in the Gaza Strip,” said Shtayyeh, who submitted his resignation to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday.

“I see that the next stage and its challenges require new governmental and political arrangements that take into account the new reality in Gaza and the need for a Palestinian-Palestinian consensus based on Palestinian unity and the extension of unity of authority over the land of Palestine,” he said.

Shtayyeh’s comments come as US pressure grows on Abbas to shake up the PA and begin work on a political structure that can govern a Palestinian state following the war.

However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has on numerous occasions rejected calls for the PA under Abbas to take control of a Palestinian state and govern Gaza.

Last week, Israeli lawmakers backed Netanyahu’s rejection of any “unilateral” recognition of a Palestinian state.

“The Knesset came together in an overwhelming majority against the attempt to impose on us the establishment of a Palestinian state, which would not only fail to bring peace but would endanger the state of Israel,” said Netanyahu.

(Aljazeera)

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