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Fisheries Minister denies Indian media reports on Palk Bay boundary agreement

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Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda has refuted Indian media reports about any new agreement between Sri Lanka and India regarding the Palk Bay boundary or the Kachchathivu island.

Responding to reports from Indian newspapers, Devananda yesterday told the Sunday Observer that there had been no discussions in the Cabinet about maritime boundaries in the Palk Bay.

Devananda took to task some Indian political parties for revisiting the 1974-1976 India-Sri Lanka Agreement on the Palk Bay boundary during the Indian elections, using the issue of Kachchathivu island to garner votes.

He said that such claims are common during elections, referencing the recent Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu.

He said that the boundary agreement was more disadvantageous to Sri Lanka, limiting access to minerals, pearl grounds, and other resources in the Wadge Bank of the Palk Bay boundary.

(sundayobserver.lk)

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360 out of 400 corruption case files presented by AKD, empty – Ranil

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President Ranil Wickramasinghe has reportedly said that the portrayal of around 400 corruption case files portrayed by National People’s Power leader – Anura Kumara Dissanayake, is merely a ruse.

A news report on the ‘Monara’ newspaper has further said :

Speaking at a recent meeting with a group of lawyers, the President had said that although AKD had portrayed 400 cases, 360 of them were empty.

Noting that cases have been filed with regard to only 40 case files, the President had pointed out that it would have been more apt to portray those 40 casefiles.The President had further commented that he is ready to implement the Anti-Corruption Act and that he is proposing a mechanism to do so.

(Source – Monara)

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UNESCO DG arrives in Colombo

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A delegation led by Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay, arrived in Sri Lanka today (July 16).

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NEC authorized to announce Prez polls after midnight today

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The Election Commission will receive the authority to announce the date of the presidential election after midnight tonight.

According to the Chairman of the election commission R.M.A.L. Ratnayake, the date will be revealed before the end of this month.

A special news conference will also be held this morning under his chairmanship.

Meanwhile, officials from the Ministry of Finance have been summoned to the Election Commission tomorrow.

Chairman of the election commission said that matters such as obtaining funds for the presidential election and other related matters will be discussed with these officials.

He further announced that future activities related to the presidential election are already taking place.

The Ministry of Finance previously announced that Rs. 10 billion had been allocated for the presidential election.

A senior spokesperson of the finance ministry confirmed that funds could be released whenever necessary for election expenses.

(News1st)

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