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Krrish project  : Prasanna calls for speedy measures

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Minister of Urban Development and Housing – Mr. Prasanna Ranatunga has instructed ministry officials and the Urban Development Authority to expedite necessary measures to safeguard the public from the possibility of an accident in the area where the halted Colombo Krish building project is located.

This was discussed during a recent meeting of the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Urban Development and Housing.

The minister had emphasized the need to take immediate action in this regard as it would become the responsibility of the ministry and the government if such an accident should occur.

It was pointed out that construction aid equipment at the site could collapse due to the wind and the site also posed as a breeding site for mosquitos. Officials pointed out the risk of dengue fever being spread due to accumulation of water, especially as 03 floors of this building are located underground. They added that several leading tourist hotels in the vicinity have also complained in this regard.

The Minister had further instructed the Ministry Secretary to take necessary legal action immediately in case of failure to resume construction work within a specified time frame after talks with the investor. Officials had pointed out that a discussion is to be held with the relevant investment company regarding the resumption of construction work.

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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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