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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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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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