Connect with us

News

Express Pearl compensation : No coordination among agencies

Published

on

The Sectoral Oversight Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Sustainable Development inquired about the progress made in providing compensation due to the Express Pearl disaster and further seeking the support of the expert committee appointed by Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) to assess the damages.

This was discussed when the committee met in Parliament recently under the chairmanship of Member of Parliament – Ajith Mannapperuma.

The MEPA officials said that although they had asked the Attorney General’s Department in a letter about the activities of the expert committee appointed by MEPA and its future needs, they had not received a proper reply. However, the officials said that they had received information from the Ministry of Justice that an international, independent expert committee would be appointed to continue the assessment of the damages. As a result, the MEPA expert committee has not made a firm decision on how to proceed further, the MEPA officials said. Also, they pointed out that it is a problem that their institution is not aware of the work being carried out in this regard by the Attorney General’s Department.

It was revealed in the committee that since the payments related to the research activities carried out by the expert committee appointed by MEPA have not been made, the Ministry has been informed to submit a cabinet paper to look into the ability to make payments.  It was also disclosed that no appointments have been made to the expert committee for the year 2023.

Prof. Ajith De Alwis, co-chairman of the expert committee appointed by MEPA, who participated in the committee, said that the relevant universities have been questioned regarding his educational qualifications. The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has inquired about the appointment and the educational qualifications of two members appointed to the expert committee, the MEPA officials told the committee.

The attention of the committee was focused on the issues that have arisen due to the lack of good coordination between the Marine Environmental Protection Authority, the Ministry of Fisheries and the Attorney General’s Department. Due to this, it was revealed before the committee that several issues have arisen for the compensation of fishermen. Accordingly, the Committee Chair instructed that the Attorney General’s Department, the Ministry of Fisheries, the MEPA and the members of the expert committee appointed by MEPA jointly prepare a program and submit a related report to the Committee.

Also, since the disaster caused by this ship incident is the biggest destruction caused by microplastics in the world, the committee decided to seek the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers for the research of the expert committee and to provide facilities for the same.

News

CID investigates blackmail case involving actress and ex-boyfriend

Published

on

By

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis that they have launched an investigation into a complaint by a popular actress. 

The actress alleged that her ex-boyfriend, currently residing abroad, blackmailed her by threatening to publish nude photos online unless she transferred money to him.

The CID stated that the actress and her boyfriend were in a relationship for about four years, and after her rise to fame, she ended the relationship. 

The ex-boyfriend retaliated by threatening to publish nude photos, prompting the actress to transfer money to prevent the act. 

The CID requested permission to obtain reports on the relevant bank accounts, and the Magistrate granted the request, instructing the CID to complete the investigation and report its findings to the Court.

Continue Reading

News

Google maps error leads drunken men to scale wall of ‘Temple Trees’

Published

on

By

Two individuals who scaled the wall of ‘Temple Trees,’ the official residence of the Prime Minister in Colombo, have cited a Google Maps error for their presence within the highly fortified premises. 

The suspects, aged 28, claimed that they were following Google Maps directions to their rented residence on Muhandiram Road when the route ended near a large wall.

According to their confession, after having drinks at a bar in Kollupitiya, they believed their residence was on the other side of the wall and decided to scale it. 

Officers of the Prime Minister’s Security Division apprehended the individuals, subsequently handing them over to the Kollupitiya Police.

The suspects, one working as a software engineer and the other as a merchant seaman, were released on Police bail. They are scheduled to appear in court on March 14. 

Continue Reading

News

SL wins 1st T20I by 3 runs

Published

on

By

Sri Lanka won the 1st T20I match against Bangladesh by 03 runs, after a thrilling game.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh invited the visitors to bat first, where the visiting Sri Lankans scored 206/3 before limiting the Bangladesh team to 203/8.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2023 Sri Lanka Mirror. All Rights Reserved