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2 more court orders over SJB protest rally (Update)

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Another court order has been issued with regard to the protest rally of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) which will be held in Colombo this afternoon.

The Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court prohibited blocking roads within its jurisdiction from noon today until 10 am tomorrow.

However, it designated the P. D. Sirisena Grounds and Hyde Park ground as safe spaces for protests, citing that there will be no restriction in exercising the freedom of speech.

At the same time, the Fort Magistrate’s Court also issued an order against Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and others from the SJB preventing them from entering into several roads in the Fort and Kompanna Veediya police jurisdictions.

These roads are:
Ceramic Junction to NSA Roundabout
NSA Roundabout to Galle Face Roundabout
D. R. Wijerama Mawatha
Dharmapala Mawatha to Pittala Junction
Baladaksha Mawatha to Uttarananda Mawatha

In addition, the court order prohibits Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and others from the SJB from entering the Finance Ministry, President’s Office, President’s House, and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

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(Previous News : Published at 2024/01/30 at 12.15 pm)

Court blocks Opposition’s protest route in Colombo

The Colombo No. 04 Magistrate L. Manjula issued a court order today prohibiting opposition leader Sajith Premadasa, Samagi Jana Balawegaya general secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara, and others from hindering traffic on several streets in the Maligawatta police jurisdiction.

The court order specifically bans blocking activities on Sangharaja Mawatha via Pradeepa Mawatha, Saddharma Mawatha, Jayantha Virasekara Mawatha, Milton Perera Mawatha, and Jumma Junction from the Maligawatte Muslim Burial Ground.

Sri Lanka’s main opposition party, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), is gearing up for a significant protest in Colombo today (30).

The party aims to pressure the government into addressing pressing issues faced by the Sri Lankan people.

SJB General Secretary and Member of Parliament, Ranjith Madduma Bandara, announced that the protest will commence at 1:30 pm from two separate locations: Hyde Park and Panchikawatta in Colombo.

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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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