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Grero’s associates & police intimidate injured teacher

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A group of associates of former minister Mohan Lal Grero and the Nittambuwa Police are attempting to sweep a bus accident that occurred near Pasyala Primary School under the carpet, the Sri Lanka Mirror learns.

W. Tennakone, a 44-year-old lecturer at the Hapitigama National College of Education, was injured in the accident which occured on the day before yesterday (14).

Hospital sources said that one of her fingers was broken and her foot was injured in the accident. She has also lost consciousness on several occasions.

She is currently undergoing medical treatment at the Wathupitiwala Hospital and shows symptoms of vomiting.

The injured lecturer boarded the bus number ND 8598 plying from Kandy to Panadura at the Pasyala Junction at around 12.45 pm.

She was thrown out of the bus and fell to the ground as the bus which was travelling at high speed took the next turn near the Pasyala Primary School.

The onlookers had admitted her to the Wathupitiwala Hospital while the bus continued until the end of its journey.

The Sri Lanka Mirror learns that this bus is owned by the Lyceum Institute, which is owned by former Minister Grero. Due to the influence exerted on the Nittambuwa Police by the higher-ups associated with the institution, the injured teacher has been pressured several times to withdraw the complaint filed at the Nittambuwa Police.

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (29) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.

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Racecourse murder : Boyfriend further remanded

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The university student who was held in remand custody for allegedly murdering his girlfriend with a sharp weapon at Race Course grounds in Colombo has been remanded further.

Taking up the case today (30) Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis ordered him to be further remanded till February 13.

The magisterial inquest into the death was held today before Colombo Chief Magistrate and

A testimony of the deceased’s father was recorded before Chief Magistrate and further magisterial inquiry was fixed for February 13.

The suspect was not produced before Court by prison authorities since he is currently receiving treatment at the Mental Health Unit of prison hospital.

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Constitutional Council approves several judicial appointments

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The Constitutional Council met today (30) in Parliament presided by Speaker and the Chairman of the Constitutional Council – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Sajith Premadasa, Leader of the Opposition, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, MPs Sagara Kariyawasam, other council members Dr. Prathap Ramanujam, Dr. (Mrs) Dilkushi Anula Wijesundere, Dr. (Mrs) Dinesha Samararatne were present at the Council meeting held.

MP Kabir Hashim, had informed his inability to attend this meeting due to unavoidable circumstances.

The Constitutional Council considered the recommendation of the President to appoint K.P. Fernando, President of the Court of Appeal as a Judge of the Supreme Court, to the post which fell vacant with the retirement of L.T.B. Dehideniya, Judge of the Supreme Court. The Constitutional Council unanimously approved the above recommendation.

Further the Constitutional Council unanimously approved the nomination of N.B.P.D.S. Karunarathna, Judge of the Court of Appeal to be appointed as the President of the Court of Appeal, and the nomination of Mr M.A.R. Marikkar, High Court Judge to be appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal to the resultant vacancies.  

The Constitutional Council further decided to publish the advertisement on newspapers of 1st February 2023, calling for applications for the appointment as Members of the Commissions specified in Schedule to Article 41B of the Constitution. Draft format of the application would be published on the Official Parliament website. The deadline to submit applications is 15th February 2023.

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