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Night navigation system for Trinco port handed over (Pics)

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Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka – Mr. Mizukoshi Hideaki, attended the handing over ceremony of the Night Navigation System of the Port of Trincomalee supported by the Government of Japan under the Trincomalee development Programme in the Eastern Province today (17).

Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation – Nimal Siripala de Silva, along with other officials of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority joined to grace this occasion.

The Government of Japan assisted the Night Navigation System of the Port of Trincomalee in Eastern Province with Rs. 2.63 Billion under the Trincomalee Port Development Programme of the Economic and Social Development Project.

The agreement was signed in April 2017, as a result of the Japan – Sri Lanka summit held in 2016, which recognized the port development in Sri Lanka as a significant hub in the Indian Ocean. The main aim of this project is to ensure smooth port management enhancing safety for night-time navigation and 24-hour operation of the Port of Trincomalee.

Previously, the port of Trincomalee was unable to navigate in the night, as lighthouses and other navigational aids were destroyed during the civil war. Mooring buoys, Navigation signs, Automatic Identification System (AIS) and other port equipment, manufactured by Japanese companies, were handed over under this programme.

The Government of Japan hopes that the significant outcome of this project will enhance the growth of the regional connectivity and rehabilitation of conflict-affected areas will improve the overall Socio- economic development in Sri Lanka while enabling it to become economic, trade and logistics hub for the South Asian region, utilizing its geographical advantage.

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Wijedasa requests Speaker to summon key officials of JSA

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Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has formally requested the Speaker to summon key officials of the Judicial Service Association (JSA) to the Committee on Privileges. 
This follows a JSA statement, which the Minister alleges, has breached his parliamentary privileges.

In a letter addressed to the Speaker, Minister Rajapakshe highlighted his concerns regarding the recent statement made by the Chairman and Secretary of the JSA.

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Five-member judge bench appointed to hear ex-Navy chief’s writ

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The Court of Appeal has decided for the writ petition filed by former Sri Lanka Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda over the alleged abduction of 11 youths in 2008 and 2009, to be taken up for hearing before a five-member judge bench.

The former Navy Chief has filed the relevant petition seeking an order preventing the hearing of a case filed before the Colombo High Court against him and several others, related to the alleged abduction of 11 youths in Colombo and its suburbs in the 2008 and 2009.

Accordingly, the petition will be taken up for hearing before a five-member judge bench comprising Justices Menaka Wijesundera, Sampath B. Abeykoon, Mayadunne Corea and Chamath Morais on September 25, 2024.

The petitioner’s attorney has alleged through this petition that despite the investigations into the case stretching out for 10 years and statements being recorded from over 150 persons, the police had failed to uncover evidence to prove his client guilty of abducting and killing the said 11 youths.

(adaderana.lk)

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

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Rulers can’t decide whether country isn’t bankrupt anymore – Sajith

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Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa has slammed the government, saying that rulers themselves cannot decide if the country is bankrupt any longer.

He said that making the relevant  decision is up to international rating agencies, and they are yet to find the country eligible to be so.

“When the debt repayment system is prepared, the international rating companies such as Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard and Poor’s, will use the financial data to declare whether our country is bankrupt or not because our country has entered into a debt repayment system,” he pointed out. 

“One of the reasons for the decline of this country is the deception, desperation and trickery of the people. The people of a bankrupt country should pay attention to the information and data provided by international financial rating agencies which decide whether the country is bankrupt or not,” he added.

Mr. Premadasa was speaking after donating smart classroom equipment to St. John’s College, Kalutara yesterday (June 24).

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