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Parliament sittings for 2024 to commence on Jan. 09

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Acting Secretary General of Parliament Mr. Chaminda Kularatne stated that the Parliament is scheduled to meet from Jan. 09 – 12.

This was decided at the Committee on Parliamentary Business held on the 12th of December under the chairmanship of Speaker – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana.

Accordingly, on the 09th of January 2024 from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. time has been allotted for Questions for Oral Answers. Thereafter from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation Bill (Second Reading) and the National Hydrographic Bill (Second Reading), Regulations under the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Act published under the Gazette No. 2355/30, Regulations under the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka Law published under the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2334/39 have been scheduled to be taken up for debate.

Immediately after the Government Business is over Second Reading of the following Incorporation Bills; Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers of Sri Lanka and Chiththa Advanced Psychological Studies Open Institute of Sri Lanka have been scheduled.

Thereafter, from 5.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. the Motion at the Adjournment Time by the Government will be taken up.

On the 10th of January 2024 from 9.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m., time has been allotted for 04 Questions to be asked from the Prime Minister. Thereafter, time has been allotted for 05 Questions for Oral Answers from 10.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

Thereafter, from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. the debate on the Contempt of a Court, Tribunal or Institution Bill (Second Reading) which was previously adjourned on 08th November 2023 will be taken up for the second consecutive day.

Furthermore, the Second Reading of the Recognition and Enforcement of International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation Bill, Mediation Board (Amendment) Bill, Powers of Attorney (Amendment) Bill, Notaries (Amendment) Bill and the Prevention of Frauds (Amendment) Bill will also be taken up for consideration.

From 5.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. two Questions at the Adjournment Time will be taken up thereafter.

On the 11th of January 2024 from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. time has been allotted for Questions for Oral Answers. Thereafter, from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. the Adjournment Debate to be moved by the Opposition will be taken up.

On the 12th of January 2024 from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. time has been allotted for Questions for Oral Answers. Thereafter, from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. time has been allotted for Private Members’ Motions and the following Motions will be taken up for debate.

Accordingly, Ensuring welfare for migrant workers by Hon. Chaminda Wijesiri, Strict regulation of microfinance institutions and leasing companies by Hon. (Mrs.) Kokila Gunawardene, Educating the public on the nutritious value of traditional, local rice varieties by Hon. Buddhika Pahthirana, Establishment of Tea small holding system in place of Tea Industry by Hon. Velu Kuma and Issuance of a circular outlining the methodology to be followed in school development activities by Hon. Sagara Kariyawasam will be taken up.

From 5.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. two Questions at the Adjournment Time will be taken up thereafter.

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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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