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President says no to Deshabandu?

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe bowed to the influential Bar Association of Sri Lanka and rejected the Public Security minister’s nominee for the new police chief, ‘Economynext’ reports, quoting a source close to the President.

According to reports, Minister Tiran Alles had lobbied to appoint controversial senior Deputy Inspector General Deshabandu Tennakoon as successor to Chandana Wickramaratna who is due to retire later this week.

“The President said no to Deshabandu and is most likely to extend the tenure of Wickramaratna by at least another year,” ‘Economynext’ adds, further quoting the source.

It also states that the President was reportedly irked when he saw inspired media reports claiming that he had nominated Tennakoon’s name to the Constitutional Council last week.

The Bar Association in a letter to President Wickremesinghe last week ,urged him not to appoint any officer facing criminal charges or facing fundamental rights allegations, a clear reference to Tennakoon who faces multiple cases and even a court order for his arrest.

Meanwhile, ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ has seen a SDIG seniority list of the police, with SDIG Nilantha Jayawardena at the very top.

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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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