Connect with us

News

Poson Amnesty for 440 prisoners

Published

on

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)

News

SLFP to support no-confidence motion against the Speaker

Published

on

By

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has announced its endorsement of the no-confidence motion to be brought against the Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

Accordingly, the SLFP announced that it will support the motion being brought against the Speaker by the opposition, and will vote in favour of it.

On Monday (26 Feb.), several Opposition members, led by Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Leader Sajith Premadasa, signed a motion of no confidence against the Speaker, claiming that he had violated the Constitution.

As such, a group of MPs belonging to the opposition in Parliament including M. A. Sumanthiran, Lakshman Kiriella, Prof. G. L. Pieris, Tissa Attanayake, Chandima Weerakkody and Shan Wijayalal de Silva, had inked the motion for approving the much-disputed Online Safety Bill amidst ‘irregular procedures’.

The no-confidence motion pointed out that the Speaker had ignored the Supreme Court’s recommendations pertaining to Sections 13, 17, 20, 33 (6), 34 (1), 35 (1), 21, 22 and 33 of the Online Safety Bill.

Earlier this month, Opposition Leader charged that the Speaker had ignored nine recommendations given by the Supreme Court while enacting the Online Safety Act, adding that they no longer have faith in him.

(adaderana.lk)

Continue Reading

News

School outdoor activities suspended over soaring temperatures

Published

on

By

The Education Ministry has instructed all respective school authorities to refrain from making students participate in strenuous outdoor activities until Friday (March 01) at schools as temperatures are expected to rise further.

Accordingly, Sports Day events, sports practices or any other scheduled outdoor activities are urged to be suspended for the time being.

Provincial and zonal authorities of education have been instructed to brief school principals about the matter, the ministry said in a press release.

In addition, school administrations are required to comply with the health guidelines issued by the Health Ministry and the Education Ministry.

Continue Reading

News

Court suspends divestiture process of SLT & Lanka Hospitals

Published

on

By

The Court of Appeal yesterday (27) issued an interim order preventing authorities from proceeding with the divestiture process of Sri Lanka Telecom and Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC, until March 12.

Three Petitions were filed for Sri Lanka Telecom PLC including by Lyca Mobiles, and S.M.R. M company, while two petitions were filed for Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC including by Lyca Leasing Holdings.

Upon the oral submissions made by President’s Counsel Kuvera De Zoysa, Court of Appeal Justice D.N. Samarakoon issued notices on respondents, returnable for March 12.

The petitioners named Minister of Finance Ranil Wickremesinghe, State Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe, the members of the special Cabinet-appointed negotiating committee for the purpose of selecting pre-qualified bidders for the strategic divestiture pertaining to 51.34% shares of Lanka Hospitals PLC and several others as respondents.

Kuvera De Zoysa, PC with Raslka Dissanayake, Sajana de Zoysa, Dinusha Pathirana and Shablr Huzalr instructed by Sanath Wijewardane appeared for the petitioners.

The petitioners had informed the court that they had submitted bids per the required criteria for the divestiture of the Sri Lankan Government’s shares of 50.23% in Sri Lanka Telecom PLC and 51.34% in Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC.

The petitioners alleged that, however, the Cabinet of Ministers had rejected the bids without providing any clear explanations, adding that the decision was against the law.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2023 Sri Lanka Mirror. All Rights Reserved