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LG Polls postponed due to economic crisis, SC told

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Director General of Government Information Dinith Chinthaka Karunaratne through his lawyer informed the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday (6) that the Supreme Court does not have jurisdiction to hear the Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions filed against the non-holding of Local Government (LG) elections.

When the relevant petitions were called up before a five-member Supreme Court bench of Judges for further hearing, Eraj de Silva, PC, who appeared for the Director General of Government Information, stated this while presenting his objections regarding the petitions.

These petitions were called for hearing before a five-member Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and Judges Vijith Malalgoda, Murdu Fernando, Gamini Amarasekara and Yasantha Kodagoda.

President’s Counsel Eraj de Silva, who appeared on behalf of the Director General of Government Information, who is a respondent in the petitions, presented the facts at length.

He submitted facts that the allocation of money related to an election comes under state funds.

He submitted further that Parliament has all the powers related to the collection, allotment and administration of public money and neither the Supreme Court nor any other Court has any power to interfere in any matter of Parliament.

(dailynews.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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