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Program to preserve valuable architecture at Parliament complex

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A preliminary discussion to initiate a program to preserve the valuable architecture in the Parliament complex was held in Parliament on Nov. 27 under the patronage of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. Representatives of several institutions participated in the initial discussion related to this program to be implemented according to a proposal made by Parliament of Sri Lanka.

Due to the cultural symbolism, landscaping and surroundings, historical context, and national identity of the valuable architectural structures in the Parliament complex, the need to preserve them for future generations was emphasized at the meeting. 

The program is intended to protect them as a cultural symbol for future generations, to protect their copyright while giving due recognition to the creators, and to preserve the structures of architectural and artistic values without allowing them to be destroyed.

Representatives from Ministry of Buddhasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of National Archives, Department of National Museums, Central Cultural Fund, Department of Archeology, National Council of Arts, Department of Government Information, Ena de Silva Trust Fund, Geoffrey Bawa Trust Fund, National Crafts Council, Sri Lanka Handicrafts Board and University of Visual and Performing Arts participated in this discussion.

Accordingly, the Parliament Building, the Mace, the Silver Door, the Copper Door, the Lion Gate, the Bar of the House, 18 Brass Flags, Cluster Lamps, the Ceiling of the chamber, the Ceiling in front of the Copper door, 18 Ceremonial Flags, Line Arts, the Wooden Mural at the Members Entrance, Murals in staff entrance, Paintings in the guest lobby, Paintings of the private dining room of Hon. Members, Portrait Gallery at Second Floor, photo gallery and other important photos/images at ground floor and Antiques in the showroom are Proposed for the conservation.

The group agreed to the proposal made by the speaker to prepare a proposal that includes short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions for the preservation of the architecture in the Parliament complex and to conduct proper condition assessment on the related architecture and set up several committees separately.

Accordingly, it was decided to meet again on December 12 to discuss the entire proposal and future program.

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CID investigates blackmail case involving actress and ex-boyfriend

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis that they have launched an investigation into a complaint by a popular actress. 

The actress alleged that her ex-boyfriend, currently residing abroad, blackmailed her by threatening to publish nude photos online unless she transferred money to him.

The CID stated that the actress and her boyfriend were in a relationship for about four years, and after her rise to fame, she ended the relationship. 

The ex-boyfriend retaliated by threatening to publish nude photos, prompting the actress to transfer money to prevent the act. 

The CID requested permission to obtain reports on the relevant bank accounts, and the Magistrate granted the request, instructing the CID to complete the investigation and report its findings to the Court.

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Google maps error leads drunken men to scale wall of ‘Temple Trees’

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Two individuals who scaled the wall of ‘Temple Trees,’ the official residence of the Prime Minister in Colombo, have cited a Google Maps error for their presence within the highly fortified premises. 

The suspects, aged 28, claimed that they were following Google Maps directions to their rented residence on Muhandiram Road when the route ended near a large wall.

According to their confession, after having drinks at a bar in Kollupitiya, they believed their residence was on the other side of the wall and decided to scale it. 

Officers of the Prime Minister’s Security Division apprehended the individuals, subsequently handing them over to the Kollupitiya Police.

The suspects, one working as a software engineer and the other as a merchant seaman, were released on Police bail. They are scheduled to appear in court on March 14. 

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SL wins 1st T20I by 3 runs

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Sri Lanka won the 1st T20I match against Bangladesh by 03 runs, after a thrilling game.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh invited the visitors to bat first, where the visiting Sri Lankans scored 206/3 before limiting the Bangladesh team to 203/8.

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