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Conspiracy to provoke Buddhists? Dilith also accused

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Police have launched a special investigation to find out whether there is a planned conspiracy to provoke Buddhists by insulting the Buddha, the “Aruna” newspaper reported.

The newspaper said that this investigation has been initiated following the alleged insulting statement made by Pastor Jerome Fernando and Natasha Edrisooriya.

Government sources said that the government led by President Ranil Wickremesinghe is paying special attention to this matter and that a special discussion will be held in this regard under the chairmanship of the President today (29).

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chandana Wickramaratne has instructed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to carry out an impartial investigation regarding the two incidents related to the statements made by Fernando and Edirisooriya.

There was great uproar among the Buddhists following the statement made by Pastor Fernando who has fled the country since.

When the CID was investigating this incident, a standup comedian by the name Natasha Edirisooriya, who hosted a comedy programme called ‘Modabhimanaya’ at a popular school in Colombo, had made several statements allegedly insulting the Buddha.

The woman in question was arrested by the CID on Saturday night at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake when she was about to travel to Singapore.

Edirisooriya, who is under the CID custody, was ordered to be remanded until June 7 after being produced in the Fort Magistrate’s Court yesterday (28).

However, she has told the CID that her statement was not a deliberate one. She has also apologized if her remarks had offended any Buddhist.

Dilith also accused

Meanwhile, people have expressed their opinions on social media platforms saying that an independent investigation should be launched into Derana TV and Aruna Newspapers Chairman Dilith Jayaweera and Samantabhadra Thera as well for making similar statements some time ago.

However, opposing views have been raised whether this is a plot to arrest Jayaweera since he has expressed willingness to contest the upcoming presidential election.

Facebook posts posted against Mr. Jayaweera.

Meanwhile, Derana TV presenter Sankha Amarjit Perera has also been blamed for criticizing Natasha by highlighting her arrest without saying a word about Derana Chairman who had allegedly made similar statements insulting Buddhism.

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (June 24).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows :

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GoSL pledges to support upcoming Bora Conference

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The Sri Lankan government has pledged full support for the Bora community’s upcoming spiritual conference and annual convention.

Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff, Sagala Ratnayaka, directed officials to ensure the event’s success during a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat.

The conference will be held at the Bambalapitiya Bora Mosque and the Sri Lanka Convention and Exhibition Centre from July 07 – 16.

This event will coincide with the Bora community’s spiritual conference in Karachi, Pakistan, and is expected to attract around fifteen thousand participants from various countries, including India.

The meeting highlighted the need for necessary infrastructure and facilities, particularly at the airport, to accommodate the large influx of attendees.

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8,000 UDA flat dwellers to get title deeds

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Urban Development and Housing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said yesterday that arrangements have been made to provide title deeds to 8,000 residents of the apartments owned by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) next month, under the Government’s programme to provide title deeds to dwellers in such apartments in Colombo.

In addition, the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) has also planned to give 1,070 title deeds to dwellers living in apartments in Colombo.

He said that this programme will be implemented according to the pledge given by President Ranil Wickremesinghe in the last Budget that 50,000 Colombo flat owners will be given their title deeds.

According to the UDA, 14,559 units of the 22 housing complexes have been given to low-income people.

Accordingly, the granting of title deeds will be made focusing on UDA housing projects of Mihindu Senpura, Sirisara Garden, Methsara Garden, Lakmuthu Sewana, and Sirimuthu Garden under the first phase.

In addition, title deeds of Laksandha Sevana, Randiya Uyana, Lakmuthu Uyana, Muwadora Uyana, Siyapath Sevana, Puradora Sevana, Jayamaga Sevana, Mihijaya Sevana, Helamuthu Sevana, Laksetha Sevana and Lakhiru Sevana housing projects are to be given to its dwellers before the end of this year.

The NHDA will first issue the title deeds for the apartments that have been built in the Colombo Municipal Council areas.

Transferring of ownerships of these houses to dwellers has been delayed due to the problematic situation arising from certain related rules and regulations. The Minister emphasised that he has already discussed with the Attorney General and obtained the necessary advice in this regard.

Minister Ranatunga further stated that all Colombo flat owners will be given their title deeds before the end of this year.

After giving the deeds to the owners of these houses, it is expected to carry out maintenance and management of these houses by a joint management corporation which will be established with the representation of the resident population.

An amount of Rs. 2 billion has been allocated in the 2024 Budget for providing ‘Urumaya’ freehold deeds to all who are eligible to receive and confirm landownership in the next two months.

(dailynews.lk)

 (This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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