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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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Shooting incident ‘targeting’ former MP Uddika was self-orchestrated : Police

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Sri Lanka Police says it has been uncovered that the incident where several gunshots had been fired at the vehicle belonging to former Anuradhapura District parliamentarian Uddika Premaratne, had been orchestrated by the actor-turned-politician himself with the assistance of an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in the area.

Speaking during a press conference held in Colombo today (13), the Police Media Spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa said that the suspects connected to the incident have been identified so far following investigations carried out by the CID.

On September 17, 2023, a group of unidentified gunmen had opened fire at Premaratne’s car soon after he returned to his residence in Anuradhapura at around 10:35 p.m. The parliamentarian had managed to escape unharmed.

The perpetrators, who had arrived in a car, were said to have targeted the parliamentarian who was walking towards the house after parking his vehicle. The left rear door glass of Premaratne’s car was damaged in the shooting incident for which the gunmen were believed to have used a pistol.

Anuradhapura police initiated investigations soon after the incident was reported and Special Task Force (STF) personnel were deployed to beef up the security near the MP’s house. Later, investigations into the matter were handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

However, the former MP claimed that the existing system within the country was the reason behind the recent shooting incident targeting him.

Speaking in Parliament in this regard, MP Premaratne said that while he believed the system was the cause behind the recent shooting outside his residence, it is also the reason why the country is in the state it is today.

Later on 27 February 2024, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP resigned as a Member of Parliament, following which S.C. Muthukumarana of SLPP was appointed to fill the vacant MP seat.

However, Premaratne was later reported to have flown to Canada, seeking political asylum, which he refuted, and claimed that he was expecting a work visa in Canada.

In 2020, the popular actor was announced as a candidate for the 2020 parliamentary election from the Anuradhapura District as a member of the Sri Lanka People’s Freedom Alliance, a political alliance led by the SLPP formed in 2019. 

He obtained 133,550 votes and won a seat in the 16th Parliament of Sri Lanka.

(adaderana.lk)

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

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Apple is the world’s first $1 trillion brand: Kantar

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Kantar BrandZ’s Top 10 Most Valuable Global Brands 2024 has named Apple as the world’s first trillion-dollar brand, holding onto pole position for the third consecutive year. 

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon join Apple atop the rankings, with McDonald’s rounding up the top 5.

Demonstrating how effective AI has become for driving brand value, NVIDIA has lept 18 places to crack the top 10 for the first time, holding sixth position with a 178% year-on-year brand value increase. 

Facebook rejoined the Top 10 after a one-year absence, while Oracle joined the Top 10 for the first time. 

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The G7 Summit begins today

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Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries are meeting for a three-day summit, starting today (13 June) to discuss global affairs in the southern region of Puglia (Apulia), Italy.  

Heads of state of the seven members – the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom – as well as the chiefs of the European Council and the European Commission will be present at the event.

Italy, the host of this year’s event, has extended an invitation to more than 10 other countries for sideline discussions. These include UAE’s Mohamed bin Zayed, Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Notable absentees are Egypt and Saudi Arabia, who it  is reported, had been invited.

Support for Ukraine is top of the agenda. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is scheduled to arrive on the summit’s first day for two sessions dedicated to the war-torn country. The G7’s most anticipated outcome is an agreement over a $50bn loan for Ukraine backed by profits accrued on Russian assets frozen in the West. 

The war on Gaza is also expected to dominate talks. 

Pope Francis will also be among the guests – the first time a pontiff has been invited to the summit – for a session dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI). Other specific sessions will be on migration, financial issues and the situation in the Asia Pacific. 

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