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Power supply to Dimbulagala Aranya disconnected

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The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has disconnected power supply to the historical Dimbulagala Aranya Senasana last evening (28) inconveniencing over 200 resident monks.

Chief Incumbent Ven. Millane Siriyalankara Thera said this was the first time in the history of Aranya Senasana that the electricity had been cut off.

The electricity has been disconnected since the bill had exceeded Rs.500,000.

Ven. Siriyalankara Thera said he would request the Prime Minister as well as the President to pay immediate attention to this matter and take immediate action.

The Thera said that electricity was provided free of charge to the historical Aranya Senasana during the tenure of late President Ranasinghe Premadasa, and since then every government that has come to power has continued to provide electricity.

Since there is a grave threat of wild elephants around this Aranya Senasana, the resident monks’ lives are in danger due to the disconnection of the electricity.

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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