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Parliament to convene on Jan. 05th after tomorrow

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The Committee on Parliamentary Business has decided today (12) that following the sitting of Parliament to be held tomorrow (13), Parliament will meet again on January 05, the Secretary General of Parliament Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake said.

This decision was taken at the Committee on Parliamentary Business met in Parliament today (12) under the patronage of Deputy Speaker – Ajith Rajapakse.

Accordingly, the Parliament is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 05, 2023 at 9.30 am and the time from 9.30am – 10.30am has been allotted for Questions for Oral Answers.

Subsequently, from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm, it was also decided to hold the second reading debate of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Bill and the Recovery of Possession of Premises Given on Lease Bill, the Secretary General said.

After that, according to the motion to be moved by government, the debate at the adjournment time, will be held from 5.00 pm – 5.30 pm.

Meanwhile, as previously decided, tomorrow (13) from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm has been reserved for Questions for Oral Answers.

Then, it has been decided to present the motion for the appointment of a Select Committee of Parliament to investigate in to incidents of infringe of privileges of the Members of Parliament and of the Parliament and to make suitable recommendations in that regard will be presented.  The committee has also decided to present the motion to appoint a Select Committee on Parliament to make suitable recommendations over the expansion of higher education opportunities in Sri Lanka.

The selection of youth representatives required for the Sectoral Oversite Committees (SOCs) has also been discussed in the committee. The Secretary General also said that it is expected to prepare a data bank of young representatives who are interested in joining the Sectoral Oversite Committees and who have expertise in each subject area. The secretary general said that the committee also agreed to complete and publish the necessary translations of newspaper advertisements related to the calling of applications from the youth community. He added that after the formation of the Sectoral Oversite Committees, youth representatives are expected to be called from the data bank as needed.

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Political parties urged to publish their National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes 

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A public appeal has been made to several mainstream political party leaders to  immediately publish their respective National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes for social discourse.

The request has been formally addressed to the political party leaders of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), the National People’s Power (NPP), United National Party (UNP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC).

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Govt. to provide free fertilizer to all paddy farmers

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Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries – Mahinda Amaraweera has said that the government has decided to provide MOP fertilizer free of charge to all the paddy farmers in Sri Lanka during the 2024/25 Maha season and 2025/26 Maha season.

Sri Lanka will thus receive 55,000 metric tons of MOP fertilizer as requested by the government from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera, expressed his views on this in a meeting held in Tissamaharama today (June 24).

(dailynews.lk)

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8 arrested over gang rape of teen, remanded

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Eight youths who were arrested in connection with the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in the Jalthara area of Hanwella, have been remanded until June 28.

The suspects were produced before the Homagama Acting Magistrate Padmasiri Jayawardena today (June 24).

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