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New Dy. Secretary General of Parliament assumes duties

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The new Chief of Staff and Deputy General Secretary of Parliament G.K.A. Chaminda Kumara Kularatne assumed duties recently.

He assumed duties in the post by taking oaths before Parliament Secretary General Kushani Rohanadeera.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana announced to the Parliament regarding the appointment of senior lawyer Kularatne with effect from September 15  2023 at the beginning of the session today (19).

Mr. Kularatne is an alumnus of Ruwanwella Rajasinghe Madhya Maha Vidyala and a Law graduate of the Open University.

He also holds a postgraduate diploma in Business Management from University of Colombo and University of Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.

He is also a member of the Sri Lanka Bar Association since 2005 and a member of the Bar Council since 2016.

Senior Lawyer Kularatne has worked as the Secretary to the Chief Government Whip in Parliament, Additional Secretary to the President, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister, Additional Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Minister Counsellor at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London, United Kingdom, Senior Assistant Secretary to the President, Assistant Secretary to the President, and has held many administrative positions at an executive level in public service about 20 years.

He is a senior public official with national and international experience in constitutional law, parliamentary affairs and proceedings, public administration and financial regulations.

Mr. Kularatne has represented Sri Lanka in many international conferences and training courses in many countries including the United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, China, Indonesia and Japan.

He has also worked as a member of the boards of directors of many government institutions including Bank of Ceylon, Merchant Bank, MBSL Insurance Limited, Grand Oriental Hotel (GOH), C/S Maganeguma Emulsion Private Limited, Colombo Financial City Founder Ltd.

Furthermore, Mr. Kularatne was the first South Asian diplomat to represent the Executive Council of the Consular Officers Association, the oldest association of ambassadors, when he served as a Ministerial Counselor at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London, United Kingdom.

Mr. Kularatne, who is married to lawyer Yogya Kularatne, is a loving father of two sons and a daughter, Parliament said.

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Cricket equipment distributed to 67 schools in the Gampaha district

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With the aim of developing cricket in the schools of the Gampaha district, cricket equipment was distributed to 67 schools yesterday (July 15) at the Presidential Secretariat. 

This event was held under the patronage of Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka, the Chief of Staff to the President and the President’s Senior Adviser on National Security.

The program was organized by the Youth Vision 2048 organization and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, following the vision of President Ranil Wickremesinghe. It was carried out under the full guidance and supervision of Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka.

In his address, Mr. Ratnayaka emphasized the importance of school cricket in nurturing talented players for the national level. He also highlighted President Wickremesinghe’s commitment over the past two years to rebuilding the country’s economy. The President aims to implement an economic program that ensures a prosperous future for the country’s children within a corruption-free framework.

Mr. Ruwan Wijewardena, Presidential Adviser on Climate Change, also spoke at the event, expressing his appreciation for all those contributing to the development of future generations’ sports skills.

President of Youth Affairs and Sustainable Development Director Sachira Sarathchandra, Youth Vision 2048 Advisor Dr. Lasantha Gunawardena, Youth Vision 2048 President Dan Poddiwela, along with officials and principals from the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, sports instructors, and students, were present at the event.

(President’s Media Division)

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Maithri, Pujith, Nilantha given time till August 30 to finish payments

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The Supreme Court yesterday ordered former President Maithripala Sirisena, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Chief of State Intelligence Service, DIG Nilantha Jayawardena to pay all the compensations stipulated by the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Easter Sunday terror attacks before August 30.

If they fail to pay the amount before that date, the Attorney General was ordered to take the necessary steps to prosecute them before September 20 for contempt of Court for not acting according to the judgement.

Also, according to the decision of the Supreme Court, the National Police Commission was ordered to take the necessary steps to conduct a disciplinary investigation against the former head of the State Intelligence Service Nilantha Jayawardena and report to the Court about its progress on September 20 through a motion.

Meanwhile, the Court was informed that out of the Rs. 75 million ordered by the Court, former IGP Pujith Jayasundera has paid only Rs. 1.9 million.

The Court was further informed that then Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando has paid the total amount of compensation ordered by the Supreme Court.

President’s Counsel Faizer Mustapha, appearing for Maithripala Sirisena, informed the Supreme Court that his client has already paid Rs. 58 million in compensation to the victims and further requested for six years to pay the remaining Rs. 42 million in equal installments.

(dailynews.lk)

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

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (July 15).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows :

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