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Court vacates enjoining order against Capri Club

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The District Court of Colombo on Thursday vacated the ex-parte enjoining order it issued against Capri Club situated in Colombo.
Additional District Judge Chandani Dias also refused to issue an interim injunction against the Trustees of the Club.
Accordingly, the enjoining order issued against Messrs Eddie Wijesuriya, Razik Zarook PC and Hiran Soyza, said to be the Trustees of the Capri Club, and which prevented the Club from conducting business, was dissolved in a 12-page order by the judge.
The Defendants took up the position that they are not the Trustees of Capri Club and as such they had no authority to suspend the operations of the Club. The Plaintiff has obtained the original enjoining order on the basis that the Capri Club premises was owned by Laxman Gunasekera, and after the demise of Laxman Gunasekera his heirs Anusha Gunasekera and other heirs have inherited the property by means of a Testamentary case.
The Defendants, however, argued that the Club premises were owned by the late Seetha Damayanthi Corea who had bequeathed the property to a trust that was created by her in her name for her daughter, and others. The Defendants have also charged the Plaintiff for Contempt on the basis of a false affidavit asserting that the property of the Capri Club was owned by Laxman Gunasekera when in fact it was owned by the Seetha Damayanthi Corea Trust.
Defendants Eddie Wijesuriya, Razik Zarook and Hiran Soyza were represented by Upul Jayasuriya PC, Sandamal Rajapaksha instructed by Razmara Associates.
(sundaytimes.lk)

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Decision on water tariff reduction, soon?

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Minister of Water Supply and Estate Infrastructure Development Jeevan Thondaman, announced that the reduction of water tariffs is being studied alongside the new electricity tariff revision, with a decision expected by the end of this week.

The Minister also highlighted that the Water Supply Board, previously experiencing a monthly loss of LKR 2.8 billion, has now achieved a profit of LKR 6.2 billion.

Minister of Water Supply and Estate Infrastructure Development Jeevan Thondaman made these remarks during the ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’ press briefing today (17)  at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC).

Minister Jeevan Thondaman, elaborating further, also stated:

We commend Minister Kanchana Wijesekera for initiating steps to lower electricity tariffs. The water supply sector is closely tied to electricity tariffs, making it likely that this revision will also lead to reduced water tariffs.

Water availability is influenced by various factors. We previously committed to lowering water tariffs in tandem with reductions in electricity charges. Currently, the Ministry is not only focusing on electricity but also assessing the impact of reduced interest rates, down from 26% to 11%. Additionally, we are studying the potential reduction in water tariffs based on changes in the dollar exchange rate. It’s important to note that the cost of chemicals procured by the water supply board is influenced by the dollar exchange rate.

It is expected that by the end of this week, a decision will be made regarding the extent of the reduction in the water tariff. When I assumed office in January 2023, the Ministry faced challenges, unable to even provide 1,000 new water connections. Moreover, I inherited a Ministry burdened with an USD 800 million debt and a Water Supply Board experiencing monthly losses of approximately LKR 2.8 billion. The board’s monthly recurring expenses of LKR 4.5 billion had a significant national impact.

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4 females arrested over brutal assault on child

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Aranayaka Police say that 04 female suspects have been arrested over brutally assaulting a six year old child.

The arrests were made after a video of the incident had gone viral online.

Accordingly, the women including the child’s mother, have been arrested and are to be produced before the Mawanella Magistrate’s Court today (July 17).

The child, who is under the care of his father, is to be produced before the Mawanella Judicial Medical Officer (JMO).

Aranayaka Police is conducting further investigation into the incident.

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Price of several fertilizers to be reduced

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The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera today (17) instructed the State Fertilizer Company to take steps to significantly reduce the prices of fertilizers used for plantation crops such as cinnamon, tea and coconut.

Accordingly, the President of State Fertilizer Company, Dr. Jagath Perera stated that the prices of 5 types of fertilizers such as APM, YPM, Urea ( Cinnamon), SA ( Cinnamon) and TDM fertilizers produced by State Fertilizer Company will be reduced from Rs.1500 to Rs.2000 with immediate effect.

A discussion was held today at the Ministry of Agriculture and Plantation Industries regarding the reduction of fertilizer prices. The minister gave these instructions during the discussion.

(dailynews.lk)

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