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Court summons Harin over violating Beer Licensing rules

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The Court of Appeal yesterday (24) ordered to send notices to Tourism Minister Harin Fernando, the Excise Commissioner General, the Finance Ministry Secretary and the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Chairman to present their facts to the court on the 13th over allegedly violating beer licensing rules.

Court of Appeal President Judge Nissanka Bandula Karunaratne and Justice M.A.R. Marikkar made the order after hearing two writ petitions filed by the Sri Lanka Bar Owners’ Association and two Bar owners seeking an order to invalidate the soft liquor licenses (beer licenses) issued to areas outside tourist zones.

President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena, who appeared for the petitioners, told the court that licenses for the sale of beer or other liquor should be issued following the 100-meter regulation. According to this regulation, liquor licenses should be issued to restaurants or bars situated 100 meters away from schools and places of worship. He said that it is illegal to issue liquor sales licenses in violation of that regulation by citing tourism promotion or any other reason.

The President’s Counsel further told the court that the interim restraining order issued by the court after considering the submissions of all the parties, was removed after considering a petition submitted by the Attorney General’s Department without following the proper procedure. He said that this move of the Attorney General was flawed.

The Judge-Bench fixed November 13 for the hearing of the petitions.

Lawyers Anjana Ratnasiri, Manujaya De Silva, Rukshan Senadheera, President’s Counsels Saliya Peiris and Sanjeewa Jayawardena appeared for the petitioners while Deputy Solicitor General Kanishka De Silva appeared for the respondents including the Attorney General.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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