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Poson Amnesty for 440 prisoners

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On the occasion of Poson Full Moon Poya Day, 440 prisoners will be released today (3) under the special State amnesty granted by the President.

This special state amnesty is granted based on the powers assigned to the President via Clause 34 of the Constitution.

Among those to be released are 434 male prisoners and six female prisoners.The Additional Commissioner General of Prisons (media spokesman) Chandana Ekanayake said that these prisoners will be released from 24 prisons.

The greatest number of prisoners to be released is from the Pallekelle Prison and the number is 87. 43 Prisoners from the Mahara Prison, 39 Prisoners from the Taldena Prison, 37 prisoners from the Weerawila Prison, 26 prisoners from the Pallansena prison, 22 prisoners from the Welikada prison and 21 prisoners from the Batticaloa prison are to be released. This special Presidential Amnesty is effective only for prisoners who were in prison until 22 May.

Granting a 14-day amnesty for a year or part of a year spent in prison to the prisoners who are serving their sentence in prison until June 3, cancelling the balance of the sentence for prisoners who have not paid fines, abolishing the rest of the prison sentence in respect of prisoners who are serving their sentence in prison by June 3, the remaining balance of the sentence of prisonerswho have been sentenced to 40 years or more including fines and have served 20 years of that sentence by June 3 (from the date of sentencing by the High Court) will be canceled under this amnesty.

Also, among the prisoners who were sentenced to life on this June 03, or the prison sentence of the prisoner who was sentenced to life imprisonment at the age of 18 years or less will be reduced to 15 years (with fines) and implemented from the date of sentencing by the High Court.

The remainder of the rehabilitation period of the prisoners who have been convicted of drug charges as of June 3 (including prison sentences completed on non-payment of fines) and sent to rehabilitation as of this date, and who have completed half or more of their rehabilitation period, according to the ommunity Revision Act No. 46 of 1999 will be abolished have to be spent under the supervision of an officer under this amnesty.

(dailynews.lk)

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Apple is the world’s first $1 trillion brand: Kantar

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Kantar BrandZ’s Top 10 Most Valuable Global Brands 2024 has named Apple as the world’s first trillion-dollar brand, holding onto pole position for the third consecutive year. 

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon join Apple atop the rankings, with McDonald’s rounding up the top 5.

Demonstrating how effective AI has become for driving brand value, NVIDIA has lept 18 places to crack the top 10 for the first time, holding sixth position with a 178% year-on-year brand value increase. 

Facebook rejoined the Top 10 after a one-year absence, while Oracle joined the Top 10 for the first time. 

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The G7 Summit begins today

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Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries are meeting for a three-day summit, starting today (13 June) to discuss global affairs in the southern region of Puglia (Apulia), Italy.  

Heads of state of the seven members – the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom – as well as the chiefs of the European Council and the European Commission will be present at the event.

Italy, the host of this year’s event, has extended an invitation to more than 10 other countries for sideline discussions. These include UAE’s Mohamed bin Zayed, Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Notable absentees are Egypt and Saudi Arabia, who it  is reported, had been invited.

Support for Ukraine is top of the agenda. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is scheduled to arrive on the summit’s first day for two sessions dedicated to the war-torn country. The G7’s most anticipated outcome is an agreement over a $50bn loan for Ukraine backed by profits accrued on Russian assets frozen in the West. 

The war on Gaza is also expected to dominate talks. 

Pope Francis will also be among the guests – the first time a pontiff has been invited to the summit – for a session dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI). Other specific sessions will be on migration, financial issues and the situation in the Asia Pacific. 

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University applications open tomorrow 

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced that online applications for university admissions for the academic year 2023/2024 will open tomorrow (14 June).

Applications will be available from 6 am tomorrow at www.ugc.ac.lk
The application deadline is 5 July 2024. 

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