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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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Victoria Nuland to visit Sri Lanka next week

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The United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka, next week.

During her visit to Sri Lanka, Under Secretary Nuland will mark the 75th anniversary of U.S.-Sri Lanka relations which coincides with Sri Lanka’s 75th anniversary of Independence.

The American Embassy in Sri Lanka says this in a statement.

Full statement is below.

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland Travels to Colombo for Bilateral U.S.-Sri Lanka Talks

United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland arrived in Colombo with an interagency delegation for meetings with the Government of Sri Lanka, as well as business and civil society leaders.  Other senior members of the interagency delegation include Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Amanda Dory.

Under Secretary Nuland and Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. Gamini Lakshman Peiris will co-chair the 4th U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue which will address strengthening democratic institutions, human rights, sustainable economic development, mitigating climate change, deepening trade and investment ties, regional security, and educational cooperation.

Under Secretary Nuland, Ambassador Chung, and the U.S. delegation will meet with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to discuss the challenges posed by the global pandemic and ways to strengthen the U.S.-Sri Lankan partnership.

Under Secretary Nuland and the U.S. delegation will also meet with representatives of civil society and the

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Public urged to inform of unauthorized power outages

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General Public and electricity consumers requested to inform the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) in writing of any unauthorized power outages imposed by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).

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Speaker endorses certificate on 2 Bills

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Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena endorsed the certificate recently (24) on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Bill and the Bureau of Rehabilitation Bill which were debated and passed in Parliament recently.

Accordingly, these bills come into force as the Bureau of Rehabilitation Act No. 2 of 2023 and the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act No. 3 of 2023.

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