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New Secretary General of Parliament, assumes duties

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Mrs. Kushani Rohanadeera, who was newly appointed as the Secretary General of the Parliament, assumed her duties today (23) in the morning.

Mrs. Rohanadeera, who arrived in Parliament this morning to begin her new duties, was received by Assistant Secretary Generals Mr. Tikiri K. Jayathilake and Mr. Hansa Abeyratne.

post giving the official oaths/affirmation before the Hon. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, Speaker, blessings were added by the recital of Pirith by the Maha Sangha.

She then began her duties as the Secretary General of Parliament by certifying that the Ratanathissa Peace Foundation (Incorporation) Bill, which was passed by Parliament, as a true copy, which is to be certified by the Speaker.

Former Secretary General of the Parliament Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake, Mrs. Rohanadeera’s family members, heads of the departments of Parliament and others were present at this occasion.

Today at 9:30 a.m. the Hon. Speaker, the new Secretary General and the Assistant Secretary generals entered the chamber, led by the Serjeant-at-arms.

In accordance with the provisions of Article 65(1) of the Constitution, Hon. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, Speaker, announced that the Chief of Staff and Deputy General Secretary of the Parliament, Mrs. Kushani Anusha Rohanadeera, has been appointed as the General Secretary of the Parliament with effect from May 23rd, 2023.

Furthermore, according to the provisions of the Constitution, the Speaker officially informed that Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake, who held the position of Secretary General of the Parliament, retired from the said position on May 23rd, 2023.

Mrs. Rohanadeera, who completed her primary and secondary education at Ambalangoda Dharmashoka College, is a graduate of the University of Colombo in Biology. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the Open University of Sri Lanka and is an Attorney-at-Law in profession.

In 1999, she joined the staff of the Secretary General of Parliament as a parliamentary officer. There on, she was promoted to the positions of Assistant Principal Officer, Deputy Principal Officer, Assistant Secretary General, Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary General of Parliament.

Before joining the Parliamentary service, she has worked as a junior executive officer at Sampath Bank, a junior scientist at Environment Foundation, secretary to the director of the National Institute of Education (Distance Education), and a center coordinator at Informatics Private Institute.

Moreover, she has received training on parliamentary process and legislative process in many countries including India and Canada.

Married to Mr. Harigupta Rohanadeera, an Attorney-at-Law, she is a mother of three children and loves cooking and singing.

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Russian Embassy issues statement on controversial night event in Unawatuna

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The Russian Embassy in Colombo has issued a statement condemning all forms of racial discrimination and nationalism in response to the recent controversy surrounding a planned night event in Unawatuna.

The statement clarified that the event, organized with a “dress-code: white” theme, was planned by a group of entrepreneurs.

The Embassy acknowledged that, according to unconfirmed data, the main promoter and the bar owners who agreed to host the party have been identified as Russian citizens.

However, amidst confusion and concerns over entry conditions, the organizers issued apologies, clarifying that their intentions were not to cause harm, and subsequently called off the event.

The Russian Embassy emphasized Russia’s firm stance against such injustices and expressed a commitment to combating them.

Additionally, the embassy urged all Russian citizens visiting or residing in Sri Lanka to strictly adhere to the country’s laws and respect local customs.

The statement aimed to address the controversy and reinforce the importance of promoting inclusivity and cultural sensitivity.


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TM Dilshan granted Australian citizenship

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Former Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan has been granted Australian citizenship, confirmed by Australian MP Jason Wood in a social media post.

Dilshan, renowned for his explosive batting style, played a pivotal role in numerous victories for the Sri Lankan cricket team throughout his career. 

The 47-year-old’s acquisition of Australian citizenship marks a new chapter in his life post-retirement from professional cricket.

“Today’s citizenship ceremony was made even more special with the attendance of Tillakaratne Dilshan, a former Sri Lankan cricketer and captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team.

“Dilshan is regarded as the best Sri Lankan player in run-chases in ODI history. 

He also holds the record for being the top run-scorer in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup with 500 runs and scored a century against England in the semi-final. 

Additionally, he was part of the Sri Lankan team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20,” posted MP Jason Wood on social media.

MP Jason Wood, welcoming Dilshan as a new Australian citizen and local resident, expressed hope that the veteran would consider joining a local team.

“It was great to hear that his daughter Resandi is following in her father’s footsteps,” he added.

Tillakaratne Dilshan amassed over 10,000 runs from 330 ODIs since his one-day international debut in 1999 against Zimbabwe. 

His Test career spanned 87 matches, during which he accumulated 5492 runs, including a high-score of 193. 

In 80 T20I matches, Dilshan made 1889 runs, featuring one century and 13 half-centuries.

Renowned for his unorthodox style, including the innovative scoop shot, Dilshan proved to be an extremely effective and versatile batsman across formats throughout his career.

Source: ABP News Bureau

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Chinese woman arrested for Financial Fraud

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A 52-year-old Chinese women has been arrested by the police for her alleged involvement in financial fraud amounting to nearly Rs. 8.4 million.

The female suspect was apprehended in the Kollupitiya police division on Saturday, following investigations initiated based on a complaint received by the Colombo Fraud Investigation Bureau on January 31.

According to the police, the arrested individual had reportedly obtained Rs. 8.4 million in total from multiple persons. 

She allegedly claimed that the funds were for a business venture and assured the amount would be returned.

The Colombo Fraud Investigation Bureau is conducting further investigations into the case to gather more details about the nature of the fraud and the individuals affected by it. 

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