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COPA focuses on Auditor General reports of WPC

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The attention of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) was drawn to the performance of the Western Provincial Council and the Department of Cooperative Development, when it met in Parliament recently under the chairmanship of State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna.

Discussions were held based on the Auditor General’s reports for the years 2020, 2021 and 2022, and the current performance of the Western Provincial Council and the Department of Cooperative Development.

The chair of the committee pointed out that there should be a lengthy discussion regarding the Western Provincial Council and therefore this discussion will be conducted in three parts. The first session was held on that day.

Attention was drawn to the crisis situation that has arisen due to the issuance of loans by cooperative societies without a proper mechanism due to the weak regulation of the Western Province Cooperative Development Department. The committee pointed out
that the Western Province Cooperative Development Department should act with responsibility and it is important to take a general policy decision in this regard.

Attention was also drawn to the establishment of three Deputy General Manager posts as control,running and finance of the Western Province Passenger Transport Authority, 2 of which were appointed on an acting basis and the payment of Rs. 33,8872 as allowances. Also, facts regarding the submission of fake certificates to get these positions were revealed. Thus, the committee chair
recommended to the Provincial Chief Secretary to conduct an investigation and submit a report to this committee.

Attention was also paid to the issuance of road permits by the ‘Road Passenger Transport Authority’ and the committee asked the officials about the issuance of bus routes for passenger transport through special permits. Thus, the officials pointed out that some buses have been given more turns to run on the expressway. The reason given was that luxury buses should be used to travel on the highway, but there are only a few such buses. They pointed out that because of this, buses will have to be deployed more frequently.

The committee chair further pointed out that buses are not deployed for certain routes at essential times. Thus, the chair of the committee instructed the officials to focus on preparing a schedule to deploy the existing buses in a formal manner.

The committee also instructed the officers to prepare an action plan to streamline the bus operation using modern technology.

Members of Parliament Tissa Attanayake, Jayantha Katagoda,  Sahan Pradeep Withana, (Major) Pradeep Undugoda, (Dr.) Upul Galappatti,  Weerasumana Weerasinghala, Madura Vithanage and (Dr.) Harini Amarasuriya were present at this meeting.

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MP Ali Sabri Raheem released on bail (Update)

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Puttalam District MP Ali Sabry Raheem has been granted bail after being produced before the Puttalam Magistrate’s Court today (July 20).

The Puttalam Acting Magistrate has ordered the MP to be released on a surety bail of Rs. 200,000 and also to appear before court on 22 July.


(Previous News on 20th July, 2024 at 11:51am)

MP Ali Sabri arrested

Puttalam District MP Ali Sabri Raheem was arrested by Kalpitiya police earlier today (20). 

The parliamentarian, against whom a warrant had been issued recently, had appeared before the Kalpitiya Police this morning (20), after which he was arrested, police said.

Police said that he will be produced before the court today.

In March, the Puttalam District MP was suspended from Parliament for a period of one month, after a resolution proposing the suspension of Raheem from parliamentary proceedings was approved in the Parliament.

Raheem was embroiled in controversy last year after he was detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo along with a stock of undeclared gold and mobile phones.

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Teachers and principals to work to rule for two weeks starting Monday

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The Teacher-Principal Trade Union Alliance has announced that the work-to-rule campaign will begin for two weeks starting Monday, as previously decided.

The Alliance stated that this action is due to the failure of negotiations held yesterday (19), which included Education Minister Susil Premajayantha, Treasury officials, Public Service Commission officials, and others.

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105 killed in Bangladesh protests; nationwide curfew imposed

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At least 105 people have been killed in Bangladesh as police cracked down on unrelenting student-led protests against govt job quotas despite a ban on public gatherings.

The govt has decided to impose a nationwide curfew and deploy the army.

Earlier in the day, telecommunications were disrupted and television news channels went off the air.

Authorities had cut some mobile telephone services the previous day to try to quell the unrest. 

According to reports, police and security officials fired bullets and tear gas at protesters and banned all gatherings in the capital Dhaka. 

The protests, which began weeks ago but escalated sharply this week, represent the biggest challenge to PM Sheikh Hasina since she won a fourth consecutive term in office after the January polls.

The government has deployed police and paramilitary forces across the capital to lock down campuses and break up protests. 

On Wednesday, universities including the country’s largest suspended classes and closed dormitories, and on Friday police in Dhaka said they were banning all gatherings and demonstrations in the capital. 

According to foreign media, border guard officials fired at a crowd of more than 1,000 protesters who had gathered outside the head office of state-run Bangladesh Television, which was attacked on Thursday. 

The border guards shot at the crowd with rifles and sound grenades, while police officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Bullets littered the streets, which were also marked by smears of blood. 

Internet services and mobile data were widely disrupted on Thursday night and remained down on Friday in the capital, Dhaka. 

Social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp were also not loading. A statement from the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission said they were unable to ensure service after their data center was attacked by demonstrators, who set fire to equipment. 

Student protesters said they will extend their calls to impose a shutdown on Friday, and urged mosques to hold funeral prayers for those who have been killed.

Source: Times Of India

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