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Budget debate from Nov. 13

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On the 19th of October 2023, the Committee on Parliamentary Business met under the Chairmanship of Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, the Speaker and has agreed in this regard. 

Accordingly, time has been allotted on Tuesday 7th November 2023, from 9.30 am to 10.30 am for Questions for Oral Answers.

The Second Reading of the Dassana Bauddha Sanvidhanaya (Incorporation) Bill has been scheduled for 10.30 am and time from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m has been allotted for the Second Reading of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill.

Thereafter, time has been allotted for Questions at the Adjournment Time from 5.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

On Wednesday, November 08th, time has been allotted for Questions for Oral Answers from 9.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and Questions to be asked from the Prime Minister has been scheduled from 10.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

Thereafter, time from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m has been set apart to take up the Second Reading of the Contempt of a Court, Tribunal or Institution Bill and the Second Reading of the Civil Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill.

From 5.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m, time has been allotted for the Motion at the Adjournment Time by the Government.

On Thursday, November 09th, following Questions for Oral Answers scheduled from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m, time has been allotted to take up the Order under the Sri Lanka Export Development Act, Regulations under the Imports and Exports (Control) Act, Regulations under the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Act from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Thereafter the supplementary estimate No. 01 is also scheduled to be submitted for the approval of 231.5 billion rupees for the fiscal year 2023.

From 5.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m, time has also been allotted for the Questions at the Adjournment Time (Two Questions)

On Friday, November 10th, following Questions for Oral Answers scheduled from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m, time has been allotted for the consideration of Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill, Second Reading of the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill 

Thereafter, the Second Reading of the Galaha Bhaddrawathie National Bhikkhu Care Centre Trust Bill is scheduled to be taken up from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

From 5.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m, time has been allotted for the Motion at the Adjournment Time by the Opposition.

Budget debate

The President Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to present the Second Reading of the Appropriation Bill for the year 2024 or the ‘Budget Speech’ to the Parliament at 12.00 pm on November 13th, Monday. Thereafter, from November 14th to 21st, the Second Reading debate of the Appropriation Bill (Budget) will be held for 7 days excluding Sundays, the Secretary General said.

Furthermore, the vote for the Second Reading of the budget is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 21st at 6:00 pm. Thereafter, it has been decided to hold the Committee debate for 19 days from Wednesday, the 22nd of November to Wednesday, the 13th of December, excluding Sundays. Accordingly, the vote on the Third Reading of the budget for the financial year 2024 is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, the 13th of December at 6:00 p.m.

During the budget debate period, the debate is scheduled to be held every day from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm and the debate will be held from 6.00 pm to 6.30 pm everyday except on the date of vote.

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Four national sports federations temporarily suspended

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A Gazette notification has been issued by the Minister of Sports, Harin Fernando, announcing the suspension of the Sri Lanka Cycling Federation, the Sri Lanka Rugby Federation, the Sri Lanka Automobile Federation, and the Sri Lanka Netball Federation, effective from Wednesday, May 29.

The Extraordinary Gazette also appoints Professor (Rear Admiral) Shemal Fernando, the Director General of the Department of Sports Development, as the competent authority for the limited purpose of organizing the elections of office bearers for these national sports governing bodies.

In a post on ‘X’ (formerly Twitter), Sports Minister Harin Fernando clarified that the government will not appoint any interim committees for any sport federation.

The Gazette notification states that the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs has temporarily suspended the registration of the aforementioned federations, exercising the powers vested in him under Sections 32 and 33 of the Sports Law, No. 25 of 1973, and its amendments.

Additionally, Professor (Rear Admiral) Shemal Fernando has been appointed as the competent authority effective from May 29, 2024.

His role includes managing administrative and other necessary activities for the federations, organizing and conducting relevant elections, and performing duties appropriately until the elections are completed.

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MoD clearance needed when ex-servicemen seek Russian visit visa – Sabry

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Sri Lanka ex-servicemen applying for visit visas to Russia will now have to get Defence Ministry clearance, Minister of Foreign Affairs M U M Ali Sabry said.

Sabry met the Russian Ambassador in Colombo Levan S Dzhagaryan today (May 29).

On a X post, the minister said, “We addressed the urgent situation of Sri Lankans being deployed in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and agreed on immediate steps to resolve these issues.”

“Russia will now require Sri Lanka Defence Ministry clearance for visit visas of ex-servicemen,” he said, adding that the upcoming visit to Russia will enable further discussions to find a solution to this matter.

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Japan announces skills new test in Building Cleaning

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The Embassy of Japan has announced that a new skills test in the field of Building Cleaning will be newly introduced in July 2024 in Sri Lanka for those seeking jobs in Japan as specified skilled workers. 

Together with the existing skills tests in Nursing Care, Food Service and Agriculture that have been in place since 2022 as well as recently added Construction, Airport Ground Handling and Accommodation Industry, skills tests will be available in seven fields in Sri Lanka with the addition of Building Cleaning.
Building Cleaning is the work to eliminate environmental pollutants in the buildings, such as offices, shopping centres and hotels to maintain the hygiene conditions of the interior of buildings such as the entrance hall, the passage, the toilet, the floor and the bed making work at hotels. House cleaning work is not included in building cleaning work.

The Embassy of Japan sincerely hopes that many talented and aspiring Sri Lankans will take advantage of this new opportunity to work in Japan in the Building Cleaning sector, which is estimated to welcome up to 37,000 foreign workers over a five-year period starting in 2024. The Embassy of Japan will continue to provide the necessary support and cooperation for Sri Lanka’s development, further deepening our long-standing friendship with Sri Lanka.

For more information on the skills test, please visit the following website of Japan Building Maintenance Association. It contains an Introduction video of Building Cleaning (available in Sinhala, English and Japanese), the textbook (available in Sinhala, English and Japanese) and a practical exam preparation video.

https://www.j-bma.or.jp/examination/94334

– The application period for the skills test will be from 5th June (6:30am) – 12th June (1:30pm) 2024 (Sri Lankan time).
– The skills test will take place from 16th – 18 July 2024 at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI).
– The examination fee is Rs. 5,000.
– The skills test details: A judgement test (paper test) and a practical test on building cleaning will be implemented. The paper test is an examination that uses photographs and illustrations. The practical test
consists of three tasks (Task 1: Routine cleaning of floor surfaces, Task 2: Routine cleaning of glass surfaces, and Task 3: Routine cleaning of western style large urinals).

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