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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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Ceylon tea exports offset $60M of Sri Lanka’s fuel debt to Iran

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The Sri Lanka Tea Board announced yesterday that exports of Ceylon Tea have successfully offset a substantial portion of the country’s fuel bill owed to Iran, amounting to US $ 60 million.

Since 2011, Sri Lanka has accumulated an arrears of US $ 251 million for fuel imports from Iran.

Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman Niraj De Mel said that the settlement was achieved, as exports of tea to Iran tripled during this period.

Facing financial challenges exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and domestic economic downturn, Sri Lanka struggled to meet its financial obligations to Iran, due to the foreign exchange shortages.

To resolve this issue, an agreement was reached between the two nations, focusing on settling outstanding debts through tea exports.

De Mel reported that tea exports to Iran from January to May 2024 totalled 4.98 million kilogrammes, a significant increase compared to 1.85 million kilogrammes exported during the same period in 2023.

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Sri Lanka to Host ICC Annual General Meeting, July 19-22

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In a statement, SLC mentioned that the mega cricket conference will bring together over 220 delegates from 108 ICC member countries from across the world, covering regions such as Africa, the Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific, and Europe.

The pinnacle gathering of cricket administrators and stakeholders from around the globe, the ICC Annual Conference provides the platform for discussions on the strategic direction of the sport, governance, and the development of cricket worldwide, it added.

This year’s conference, themed “Capitalizing on the Olympic Opportunity,’ will discuss topics such as ‘Diversity and Inclusion,’ ‘environmental sustainability and the sport,’ and ‘Cricket’s triumphant return at LA28.

“This is a significant occasion for Sri Lanka, and we wish to warmly welcome the delegates from around the world to our beautiful island. We intend to use this conference to contribute to the future of cricket and showcase the beauty and heritage of our country to the world,” said Mr. Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.

The annual conference will consist of a series of key meetings, workshops, and networking sessions, and key decisions will be taken for the benefit of the future of the game.

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Mervin Backs Wijeyadasa for President

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Former Sri Lankan Minister Mervin Silva is backing Minister (Dr) Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne, as potential candidates for President.

“This country needs a leader who can take it forward,” Silva asserted.

As election campaigns intensify, he highlighted the tendency of politicians to make extravagant promises. 

Drawing from his experience serving under Mahinda Rajapaksa, Silva recalled the distribution of various items, including material and undergarments, during campaigns. Despite these efforts, Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the election.

Similarly, Silva pointed out that Sajith Premadasa’s massive rallies at Galle Face Green did not secure victory. 

“We need a leader,” Silva emphasized, *”who can uphold law and order, enforce laws effectively, and collaborate with experts.”

In his opinion, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stands out as the best candidate for the presidency. Silva also mentioned ongoing discussions with President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne.

“Deceitful politicians,” Silva concluded, “must be held accountable and sent home.”

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