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Officials arrived from Pentagon disarmed SIS officers?

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SLPP MP Wimal Weerawansa alleged in Parliament yesterday (22) that a group of officials who arrived from the Pentagon in the US had visited the State Intelligence Service (SIS) Office carrying their own weapons, and then had disarmed the SIS officers who were present at the office. 

While making this allegation, the MP also made a request to inform Parliament about the decisions taken by the government during the discussions held with the officials from the Pentagon .

Making a statement prior to the parliamentary proceedings, the MP made this request and added, “A few days ago, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland arrived in the country. A few days later, a group of 20 Pentagon officials arrived in two American planes.”

“It was reported in the media that they met the President, the Defence Secretary and the heads of the intelligence agencies. Within a short time they left the country. The team was led by a head of that country’s defence department. They arrived from the VIP lounge at the Airport. As far as we know, the immigration affairs of these people had not been handled properly. Not only that, they have also visited the State Intelligence Service (SIS) Unit.”

“All the people in the SIS unit were disarmed but the officials of the Pentagon had entered with their weapons. As far as we know, these officers are trying to take all the information received by Sri Lanka’s intelligence to an American agency, and plan what information should be made public and what information should not be made public,” the MP said.

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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