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Politicians should also retire at 60: Prelate tells GL

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Politicians should also voluntarily retire at the age of 60 giving more opportunities to the youngsters, Gatambe Rajopavanaramadhipathi and Anunayaka of Ramanna Nikaya Kappitiyagoda Sirivimala Thera said.

The Thera expressed these views yesterday (18) when MP Prof.G.L.Peiris was visiting the Thera.

The Thera said that most of the people engage in public service only to serve themselves.

Anunayaka Thera said if doctors, engineers and other professionals in the public service retire at the age of 60, the same law must be applied to all politicians.

“The Prime Minister has issued a circular that all government employees should retire at the age of 60. This is because after the age of 60, the physical, mental and health complications as well as other weaknesses occur in people. Then how can politicians continue to work even after 60? The same law should apply to them as well. We see it as a great injustice for them to escape this law. If government employees cannot work, how can politicians work? This is ludicrous. Many people do not even think of retiring from Parliament because of the privileges and benefits. This system should be changed and youths should be given opportunities. If there are academics or other people who have passed the age of 60, they should form a voluntary parliamentary advisory council to offer their service,” the Thera said.

Professor Peiris is now 76 years old.

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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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