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SC orders State to pay Rs.1 M compensation to ex-CID officer

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CID Sub Inspector Sugath Mendis who had been arrested and interdicted along with former CID Director Shani Abeysekera, was today awarded a Rs. one million compensation by the Supreme Court.

Sub-inspector Mendis was arrested and remanded for 11 months in connection with allegations that his superior officer SSP Shani Abeysekara had planted weapons in certain premises to frame former DIG Vaas-Gunawardena who was convicted along with his son and four others by a Trial-at-Bar for the murder of millionaire businessman Mohomed Shyam.

The Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Justices Priyantha Jayawardena, S. Thurairaja and Mahinda Samayawardena held that the petitioner’s fundamental rights guaranteed by Articles 12(1)- right to equality and right to occupation under Article 14(1)(g) of the Constitution, have been violated by the respondents.

The Supreme Court further ordered the respondents to retrospectively grant all salary increments, benefits, and promotions to Sugath Mendis, extending to the date of his retirement from the Police Service if he has already retired.

In his petition, Sugath Mendis complained to the Supreme Court, that he was denied due process and has been wrongfully interdicted and denied his salary and entitlements inflicting hardships on him and his family.

Following a 11 months incarceration, Mendis was granted bail along with SSP Shani Abeysekara by the Appeal Court, which noted several contradictory positions in complaints made against Mendis that evidently contained fabrications and false versions. Mendis had complained that he was taken in and remanded for refusing to falsely allege that SSP Abeysekara had planted weapons to frame Vaas-Gunawardena and others.

IGP C.D. Wickremaratne, Chairman and members of the Public Service Commission, Attorney General and several others were named as respondents in the petition.

Senior Counsel Viran Corea with Thilini Vidanagamage instructed by Lilanthi De Silva appeared for the petitioner. Deputy Solicitor General Suharshie Herath appeared for the respondent.

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Skill or professional stream to be added to O/Ls

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State Minister for Social Empowerment Mr. Anupa Pasqual, emphasized that new laws are being introduced to facilitate the use of uncultivated land for agricultural purposes as land is vital for social empowerment. 

The state minister also announced that the government has decided to incorporate a skill or professional stream into the G.C.E (Ordinary Level) Examination to promote social empowerment.

“A fundamental ideology we have advocated is the need for educational system reform to uplift society. Hence, individuals should not be labelled as exam failures solely due to struggles in subjects like maths, religion, or language at the G.C.E (O/L) examination. Therefore, the government has resolved to integrate skill-based or vocational streams into the G.C.E (O/L) Examination syllabus. This concept reflects societal acceptance. Accordingly, the Ministry of Education plans to implement this initiative from the beginning of next year. It is imperative to note that forthcoming educational reforms aim to cultivate skilled professionals,” he said.

The State Minister made these remarks during a press briefing titled “Collective Path to a Stable Country” held at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC) today (May 21).

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Move to sell LSD-infected cattle amid disease outbreak

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With the outbreak of the Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) among cattle in the Nuwara Eliya District, there is a growing tendency among dairy farmers to sell off their affected livestock.

Dr. Suresh Kumara, the Government Veterinary Surgeon in charge of the Kotagala-Talawakele division, reported that the district contributes 12 percent of the Central Province’s milk production. 

The outbreak has led to the death of many milch cows, resulting in a sharp decline in milk output.

In response to the outbreak, affected dairy farmers have begun selling their LSD-infected cattle to slaughterhouses. 

Dr. Kumara emphasized the need for vaccination to control the disease but noted that the necessary vaccine is currently unavailable.

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Puttalam District schools to reopen tomorrow

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Schools in the Puttalam District are scheduled to reopen tomorrow (May 22) for academic activities, according to the Provincial Director of Education of the North-Western Province. 

However, the Zonal Directors of Education have been authorised to decide otherwise depending on the weather conditions, the Provincial Director adds.

All schools in the Puttalam District remained closed yesterday and today due to adverse weather conditions.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the Education Ministry states that news reports claiming that tomorrow is a school holiday, is false.

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