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Budget 2023 : Vote on 2nd reading today

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The vote on the second reading of the 2023 Budget is scheduled to be held today (22) evening after a week of debating.

The second reading of the 2023 Appropriation Bill or the Budget speech was delivered in Parliament by President Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the Minister of Finance on the 14th of November.

This was also the maiden annual budget speech of President Wickremesinghe.

Last night, the main opposition party – Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) as well as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party CC announced that they will not be voting in favour of the Budget 2023 today.

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Police protection for Shani Abeysekara

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The Attorney General today informed Court of Appeal that police protection will be provided to former CID Director Shani Abeysekara, taking into account the existing security threats.

Additional Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysuriya appearing for the National Authority for the Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses gave this undertaking when the writ petition filed by Shani Abaysekara seeking adequate security to him and his family was taken up before Court of Appeal.

In his writ petition, Shani Abeysekara had sought an order directing the police to provide the security to him and his family in compliance with the directives of the National Authority for the Protection of Victims of Crimes and Witnesses.

ASG Abeysuriya informed Court that two armed policemen will be deployed for the security of former CID Director and an additional policeman to be deployed for the security of Shani Abeysekara’s residence.

President’s Counsel Upul Jayasuriya appearing for the petitioner told court that his client is satisfied with this arrangement. However he said they will file contempt of court papers in the Supreme Court against the respondents if they failed to implement this undertaking that was given to the court.

The petitioner had named National Authority for the Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses, IGP Chandana Wickremaratne, Western Province Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon and several others as respondents.

The Petitioner states that evidently the he and his family is exposed to severe security threats, and the provision of a security of an unarmed police constable is clearly inadequate and does not suffice the required protection to the petitioner or his family. He further said this threats are existing as long as he is alive so these unidentified threats are life time Life threats towards the petitioner.

Shani Abeysekara states that the failure to comply with the requirement imposed by the Victims Protection Authority is an offence under the Section 14 (2) Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Act, No. 4 of 2015 shall be guilty of an offence of contempt of the Authority.

(dailymirror.lk)

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India to provide technical assistance to uplift local milk production

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a committee consisting of representatives of the public and private sectors of Sri Lanka to work with the multidisciplinary team of the National Livestock Development Board of India to prepare a short, medium and long-term plan to increase local milk production to reduce the country’s dependence on imported milk powder.

Accordingly, India’s National Dairy Development Board’s (NDDB) and the Indian Amul Milk Company have taken steps to provide the necessary technical support for the production of liquid milk in Sri Lanka, and a preliminary discussion was held in this regard at the Presidential Secretariat today (05) under the chairmanship of President’s Secretary Mr Saman Ekanayake.

It was discussed at length about doubling local milk production by implementing short and medium-term plans and making Sri Lanka self-sufficient in milk in the long run through a targeted program.

Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Nimal Samaranayake, Chairman of the National Livestock Development Board, Professor H.W. Cyril and other committee members and officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and line agencies, Indian National Livestock Development Board Senior General Manager Rajesh Onkarnath Gupta, General Manager Sunil Shivprasad Sinha, Senior Manager Rajesh Kumar Sharma and other representatives participated in this discussion.

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Youngest student to get university acceptance, felicitated (Pics)

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A 14-year old who has been selected for university education, has been felicitated by his school today (05).

Staff of the Nenamal Royal College in Mawaramandiya had organised a special felicitation function and the star student was accompanied to the venue by the school principal Mr. N.G. Ranbanda.

Despite being just 14 years of age, student had passed his GCE O/L exam in 2020 and passed the GCE A/L exam with 3 ‘B’ passes from the Commerce stream.

He has been accepted by the University of Sri Jayawardenapura to join the degree programme on Sports Science and Management.

He is said to be the youngest student selected for a local university.

(Pics : Lankadeepa)

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