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Over 50-year delay in releasing land deeds to owners

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Releasing land deeds to its owners has been delayed for over 50 years, it was revealed during a Ministerial Consultative Committee on Tourism and Lands held recently.

This matter was raised and discussed at the Ministerial Consultative Committee held on August 09 in Parliament under the Chairmanship of Tourism and Lands Minister Harin Fernando.

The Committee questioned the Land Reform Commission Chairman as to why there is such a prolonged delay.

In response, the officials of the Land Reform Commission said that these lands have been disposed of to various parties and the third or fourth generations now occupy them.

Accordingly, the officials stated that there is an issue in awarding documents. They said that they are now in the process of sorting out this matter.

However, Committee Chair Minister Fernando said that a speedier process needs to be implemented. Accordingly, the minister suggested that a schedule be initiated from Kandy District as a pilot project and to gradually move to other districts to clear out the deeds.

The minister further stated that the Land Reform Commission should be more proactive and look into the concerns of the people.

Moreover, the Committee took into discussion the request made regarding the provision of new annual licenses for stone quarrying to around 7,000 people in Balangoda Damahana area who are traditionally engaged in the quarrying industry.

Furthermore, the Chair of the Committee also took into discussion the progress of all Committees  which were conducted with the participation of MPs in each tourism area in order to identify and promote new tourist locations and the progress regarding the development of the Deniyaya Eco Tourism Zone.

Committee Members State Minister Geetha Kumarasinghe, MPs Kapila Athukorala, Amirthanathan Adaikkalanathan and many other MPs representing both the Opposition and the Government were present at the meeting.

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Term tests for Western province suspended

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The term tests for grade 10 and 11 in the Western province schools has been postponed after some of the question papers were shared on social media ahead of the examination.

A senior official said that the decision had been taken after complaints that several question papers had been leaked out before the examinations.

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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SL over 60s cricket team ranked 4th in the world

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The Sri Lanka Over-60s cricket team, led by Garry Gunasekara, achieved a commendable 4th place in the recently concluded Over-60s Cricket World Cup in Chennai. 

Twelve teams, including all major cricketing nations except Pakistan and Bangladesh, participated in the tournament.

In the group league stages, Sri Lanka secured victories against India, Wales, and the Rest of the World. 

They also tied with the West Indies and suffered their only defeat to Australia, finishing 2nd in the group. 

Sri Lanka faced England in the first semi-final, resulting in a loss, while New Zealand lost to Australia in the second semi-final. Australia went on to convincingly win the final against England.

In the third-place match, Sri Lanka faced New Zealand and narrowly lost by 20 runs, ultimately securing the 4th position in the Over-60s Cricket World Cup.

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