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JVP accused of getting Rs. 3000 mn. from India!

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Chief Prelate of the Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya – Ven. Walahagunawewa Dhammarathana Thero says the JVP leader – Anura Kumara Dissanayake must make a public statement on whether the party received Rs. 3000 million from India for their election campaign.

Speaking at a media briefing in Kandy yesterday (Feb. 13), the Thero said he learned that the JVP had received funds in this manner.

“What do they say today about the so-called patriotism of the JVP, that led to the deaths of thousands of youth and demanded that not a single medicine capsule should be brought from India in the 89-90s? plans have already been made to give Sri Lanka’s strategic locations such as ports, airports as well as telecom, electricity boards, insurance corporations, banks, animal farms to India. The JVP says that Anura Kumara Dissanayake, who studied this, went to India for discussions. Now, the JVP says that there is no issue if Indian companies obtain Sri Lankan assets through Tender procedures, seeking a commission themselves in return. We have learnt of all this…  It is said that the US ambassador paved the way to obtain over Rs. 3000 million for the election campaign. The JVP leader should make an open statement about this,” the Thera has said.

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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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