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Keheliya not paid rent in 04 months!

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The Central Provincial Chief Minister’s Office has reported that it is still awaiting a response from former minister Keheliya Rambukwella regarding the deduction of rent from his salary for the official residence he occupies. 

Despite a letter sent 19 days ago requesting permission to deduct the amount due, there has been no reply from Rambukwella.

Following the destruction of his home during recent unrest, Rambukwella was temporarily housed in the official residence of the Central Provincial Chief Minister on Malabar Street, Kandy. This arrangement was based on an agreement to deduct 10% of his monthly salary as rent.

While Rambukwella served as Minister of Health and Minister of Environment, the payments were made to the Central Provincial Council through the respective ministry secretaries. However, these payments ceased after his imprisonment in February. As a result, the Central Provincial Chief Ministry has made a written request to the parliamentary secretary to resume the deductions.

The parliamentary secretary has responded, stating that he has the authority to collect payments from MPs for residences located in Madiwala, but lacks the authority for houses outside this area. He further indicated that if Rambukwella consents in writing, the deductions could be resumed.

The Chief Ministry has sent a letter to Rambukwella, currently in remand prison, seeking his consent to deduct 10% of his salary. As of now, no response has been received, according to a spokesperson for the Chief Ministry. The situation remains unresolved as the office continues to seek a solution to collect the due payments.

(asianmirror.lk)

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Prasanna urges Ranil to declare candidacy promptly

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“The people of Gampaha eagerly await your decision. Please do not delay any further in declaring your intention to contest,” Minister Ranatunga urged with conviction.

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Harin awards Rs. 1M to Olympic athletes

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Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Harin Fernando has awarded financial sponsorship cheques of Rs. 1 million each to six athletes participating in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. 

Additionally, prize money totaling Rs. 1280 lakh was distributed to athletes and coaches who secured medals and top-eight positions in the last Asian and Paralympic Games in Hangzhou, China.

Young sprinter Tharushi was among the highly rewarded, receiving Rs. 15 million for her Asian Games gold medal along with another Rs. 2.5 million for her relay medal.

Minister Fernando emphasized the significance of encouraging athletes even amidst the country’s financial crisis. 

He expressed his commitment to promoting sports and highlighted the importance of discipline in representing Sri Lanka. He urged athletes to dedicate themselves to achieving victory, meeting the high expectations of the nation.

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Former INSSSL Director General Asanka Abeygunasekara arrested

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The former Director General of the Institute of National Security Studies of Sri Lanka (INSSSL) Asanka Abeygunasekara has been arrested by police.

Abeygunasekara, against whom there was a pending open warrant over a case filed by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this morning (21), police said.

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