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Iranian Foreign Minister in SL for official visit

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Hossein Amir Abdollahia, arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday night (Feb. 19) for a three-day official visit.

The 20 strong delegation led by the Iranian Foreign Minister, was welcomed at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake by State Minister of Foreign Affairs Tharaka Balasuriya.

Dr. Abdollahia’s visit comes following an invitation extended by his Sri Lankan counterpart – Ali Sabry. Dr. Amir Abdollahia is scheduled to stay in Sri Lanka from February 19 to 21, during which he will pay courtesy calls on President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

Official discussions between the visiting Iranian Minister and Sri Lankan Minister Ali Sabry will take place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, covering various aspects of bilateral cooperation and regional issues.

The visit underscores the diplomatic ties between Sri Lanka and Iran and provides an opportunity for both nations to strengthen and expand their collaboration across different sectors.

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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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