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Police should be kept separate from politicians

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Due to the non-functioning of provincial councils, the Finance Commission was instructed by the Sectoral Oversight Committee on An Open and Responsible Government to use the money given to the provincial councils in a transparent manner.

These instructions were given during the committee meeting held in Parliament recently under the chairmanship of Member of Parliament – Jagath Kumara Sumitraarachchi.

The chairman of the committee emphasized that provincial councils should be built in such a way that they can work independently. Therefore, the Finance Commission has a responsibility to identify and present the obstacles to their development, the chairman said.

Rs. 16.6bn. allocated to PCs for children’s nutritional needs

The officials of the Finance Commission said that the financial allocation for the Provincial Councils has been increased during the non-functioning period of the Provincial Councils.

Giving further information, the officials mentioned that arrangements have been made to allocate 16.6 billion rupees for the nutritional needs of children in the allocation of money for the provincial councils for the year 2024.

Accordingly, the chairman instructed the committee to inform the committee about how much money has been allocated for the provincial councils and at the same time what progress the provincial councils have made.

Speaking before the officers of the Police Commission, the chairman pointed out that it is essential for the police to continue working as a people-friendly institution.

Police should be kept separate from politicians

The chairman’s attention was drawn to the severe shortage of human resources faced by the Police Commission officers in carrying out their duties.

Accordingly, the chairman instructed the officers to prepare a report on the current progress of the Police Commission and to include the challenges and problems in the report and hand it over to the committee.

Members of Parliament – W.D.J. Seneviratne, Chaminda Wijesiri, Mohammad Muzammil, Rohana Bandara, Gunathilaka Rajapaksa and a group of government officials were present in this 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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