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Five arrested over arson attack on birthday party

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Five suspects were arrested in connection with the incident of setting fire to a house where a birthday party was being held in Thonikkal, Vavuniya.

Police said the suspects were arrested in Medavaithyakulam, Sivapuram, Pampemaduwa and Nelakkulama last evening (31).

Officers of the Vavuniya Police and Vavuniya Crime Investigation Division have conducted the raid to arrest the suspects along with three motorcycles on charges of aiding and abetting the crime.

The suspects aged 24, 27, 31 and 34 are to be handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.

On July 23, a group of unknown men entered a house where a child’s birthday party was held and attacked the people before setting the house on fire.

Ten people in the house were injured and a married couple who were taken to the hospital succumbed to injuries.

A two-year-old male child, seven-year-old and 13-year-old female children, four females between the ages of 19 and 41, and a 42-year-old male are still undergoing treatment at the Vavuniya Hospital.

Police said that it received CCTV footage showing a masked group setting fire to the house and attacking the residents. The suspects were arrested through investigations done based on the footage.

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Electricity tariffs reduced

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The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved a reduction of electricity tariffs by 22.5 per cent overall, PUCSL chairman Prof. Manjula Fernando said today (July 15).

The tariff revision, which will be effective from midnight today, is as follows :

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FR petition filed over Presidential Election dismissed with costs

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The Supreme Court has dismissed the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed seeking an order to prevent holding of the Presidential Election as the 19th Amendment to the Constitution has not been properly passed in Parliament, subject to costs.

This verdict was issued when the relevant petition filed by Attorney-at-Law Aruna Laksiri was taken up for consideration today (15) before a Supreme Court judge bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justices Arjuna Obeysekara and Priyantha Fernando.

Accordingly, the court ordered the petition dismissed with costs of Rs 500,000 to be paid by the petitioner before July 31, 2024.

The petition argued that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was not properly passed in Parliament and therefore called for a referendum to ensure its proper passage.

The Election Commission and its members, the General Secretary of Parliament and the Attorney General had been named as respondents of this petition.

The petitioner claimed that through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Article 70 of the Constitution has been amended to deprive the President of the power to dissolve an elected Parliament after one year has passed.

The petitioner asserted that the amendment has not been approved by a referendum, even though a Supreme Court bench ruled that the amendment should be referred to a referendum.

The petitioner pointed out that the amendment cannot be considered as a law because it has not been approved by a referendum and signed by the President.

Therefore, the petitioner had argued that it is wrong to continue to accept the 19th Amendment as a law.

(adaderana.lk)

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Sabry to visit Romania & Poland

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Foreign Minister Ali Sabry will pay official visits to Romania and Poland from 16 to 19 July 2024.  

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo, he will meet with his counterparts and other senior government ministers and officials.

Minister Sabry will also formally open the new Sri Lanka Embassy in Bucharest which commenced operation in 2023.

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