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India asks for compensation from SL in writing!

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Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that Sri Lanka has to pay an amount of 890 million Indian rupees to the Indian Government for the aid and support extended when the X-Press Pearl and the New Diamond vessels were in distress in Sri Lankan waters.

Mr. Rajapakshe said this during the Derana 360 programme aired last night (22) on “TV Derana”.

The minister said that the Indian Government has informed this request in writing.

“The Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force and the Indian Navy worked hard to put out the fire aboard the New Diamond vessel and prevent the environmental damage at our request. In terms of the contribution made by the Indian Navy, they have asked us for 400 million Indian rupees (INR) as compensation. These are not rumours. The document they have sent must be in the file. I shall disclose it later. They have requested 490 million INR for X-Press Pearl and 400 million INR for New Diamond,” he said.

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G.L. hints at Impeachment against President

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MP of the Freedom People’s Congress – Prof. G.L. Peiris has warned of a possible impeachment motion against President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Speaking at a media briefing today (Dec. 11) Prof. Peiris has said that an impeachment can be brought forth on the grounds of the constitution being violated by the President’s arbitrary interference in the affairs of the Constitutional Council.He also emphasized that the opposition will stand united against the President’s dictatorial rule.

Pointing out that 2024 is a year of elections with the Presidential election and General Election already announced, Prof. Peiris emphasised that it is of utmost importance that the Constitutional Council is allowed to function independently during elections.

He also said that there is a reasonable doubt that the vacancy at the Election Commission is not being filled with the objective of scrapping future elections.The MP also said that there is a possibility of Sri Lanka losing the GSP+ concession due to the violation of international conventions.

He further noted that the international community has already given Sri Lanka a red light due to the implementation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and has notified that democracy should be secured during the election period.

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Around 50 escape from Kandakadu Rehab. Centre

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At least 50 inmates at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre have escaped, Police said today (11).

However, around 15 have been recaptured and are currently in police custody, police spokesperson – SSP Attorney-At-Law – Nihal Thalduwa says.

The escape had taken place during a tense situation at the centree and measures are underway to recapture the remaining persons.

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Full list  of VAT exempted list, released

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The amended list of items exempted from the VAT was tabled in Parliament today (Dec. 11).

The Third Reading of the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill was passed in Parliament earlier this evening by a majority of 45 votes.


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