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Lanka Coal Company to be summoned before COPE

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A number of committees including the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) are scheduled to meet next week.

Accordingly, Lanka Coal Company (Pvt) Ltd has been summoned before the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) on the 9th.

Furthermore, the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) is scheduled to meet on the 8th, and is scheduled to look into the special audit report on performance in the process of producing vegetable seeds locally. Also, the respective departments have been summoned before the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) on the 11th to for the purpose of the evaluation of the performance of clinical waste management.

Meanwhile, several Ministerial Consultative Committees are scheduled to meet next week. Accordingly, the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Justice, the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Education and the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government are scheduled to meet on the 8th.

Furthermore, the Ministerial Consultative Committees on Women, Children Affairs and Social Empowerment and the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Foreign Affairs are scheduled to meet on November 10th.

The Parliamentary Caucus for Children and the Committee on Ethics and Privileges are scheduled to meet on the 8th.

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Cabinet decision to suspend ‘Parate Executions’

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All Parate Executions have been suspended until Dec. 15, as per a Cabinet decision made today (26 Feb.).

The relevant proposal was furnished by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, following a request made by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, and Minister of Industries Ramesh Pathirana.

Accordingly, the relevant amendments are due to be presented before the Parliament soon.

State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya had informed Parliament last week that steps will be taken to suspend the powers of the ‘Parate execution’ law for a certain period for the purpose of protecting the small and medium-scale entrepreneurs (SMEs).

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Deshabandu Tennakoon appointed as IGP

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Deshabandu Tennakoon has been appointed as 36th Inspector General of Police in Sri Lanka.

President’s Secretary, Saman Ekanayake had handed over his appointment letter earlier today afternoon (Feb. 26).

Since Nov. 29, 2023, Tennakoon served as the Acting IGP. Deshabandu Tennakoon joined the police service in 1998 as an Assistant Superintendent of Police.

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Palestinian PM resigns

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Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has announced the resignation of his government, which rules parts of the occupied West Bank, due to the escalating violence in the occupied territory and the war on Gaza.

“The decision to resign came in light of the unprecedented escalation in the West Bank and Jerusalem and the war, genocide and starvation in the Gaza Strip,” said Shtayyeh, who submitted his resignation to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday.

“I see that the next stage and its challenges require new governmental and political arrangements that take into account the new reality in Gaza and the need for a Palestinian-Palestinian consensus based on Palestinian unity and the extension of unity of authority over the land of Palestine,” he said.

Shtayyeh’s comments come as US pressure grows on Abbas to shake up the PA and begin work on a political structure that can govern a Palestinian state following the war.

However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has on numerous occasions rejected calls for the PA under Abbas to take control of a Palestinian state and govern Gaza.

Last week, Israeli lawmakers backed Netanyahu’s rejection of any “unilateral” recognition of a Palestinian state.

“The Knesset came together in an overwhelming majority against the attempt to impose on us the establishment of a Palestinian state, which would not only fail to bring peace but would endanger the state of Israel,” said Netanyahu.

(Aljazeera)

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