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Security of Kelani Bridge to be entrusted with Rakna Lanka

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It was reported that drug addicts have removed the copper wires and nails worth Rs.286 million from the Golden Gate Kalyani or the New Kelani Bridge which was constructed with loan assistance received from Japan.

The copper wires inside the concrete covers have been removed by breaking the concrete covers at night.

In addition, it was revealed that drug addicts have even cut the high voltage wires on the Katunayake-Colombo Expressway (E03). As a result, the authorities have been unable to keep the street lights on along the Expressway.

This was revealed at the National Security Council which met last Tuesday (11) under the chairmanship of the President.

Transport Ministry Secretary Priyantha Mayadunne and the officials of the Road Development Authority (RDA) have forwarded all the reports in this regard to the National Security Council.

Meanwhile, MP Sarath Weerasekera told the media that it was revealed at the National Security Subcommittee of Parliament chaired by him that the new Kelani Bridge is in danger due to the cutting of the copper cables connected from the ground. Accordingly, he had directed the responsible departments to ensure the security of the bridge immediately.

He has suggested making the area a high security zone.

Accordingly, it was reported that attention has been drawn to entrust the security of the bridge and the expressway to Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited.

In addition to the electric cables on the E03, even the safety nets have been cut and sold for iron.

The Golden Gate Kalyani was inaugurated on November 24, 2021.

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Wijedasa requests Speaker to summon key officials of JSA

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Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has formally requested the Speaker to summon key officials of the Judicial Service Association (JSA) to the Committee on Privileges. 
This follows a JSA statement, which the Minister alleges, has breached his parliamentary privileges.

In a letter addressed to the Speaker, Minister Rajapakshe highlighted his concerns regarding the recent statement made by the Chairman and Secretary of the JSA.

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Five-member judge bench appointed to hear ex-Navy chief’s writ

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The Court of Appeal has decided for the writ petition filed by former Sri Lanka Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda over the alleged abduction of 11 youths in 2008 and 2009, to be taken up for hearing before a five-member judge bench.

The former Navy Chief has filed the relevant petition seeking an order preventing the hearing of a case filed before the Colombo High Court against him and several others, related to the alleged abduction of 11 youths in Colombo and its suburbs in the 2008 and 2009.

Accordingly, the petition will be taken up for hearing before a five-member judge bench comprising Justices Menaka Wijesundera, Sampath B. Abeykoon, Mayadunne Corea and Chamath Morais on September 25, 2024.

The petitioner’s attorney has alleged through this petition that despite the investigations into the case stretching out for 10 years and statements being recorded from over 150 persons, the police had failed to uncover evidence to prove his client guilty of abducting and killing the said 11 youths.

(adaderana.lk)

 (This story, originally published by adaderana.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Rulers can’t decide whether country isn’t bankrupt anymore – Sajith

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Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa has slammed the government, saying that rulers themselves cannot decide if the country is bankrupt any longer.

He said that making the relevant  decision is up to international rating agencies, and they are yet to find the country eligible to be so.

“When the debt repayment system is prepared, the international rating companies such as Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard and Poor’s, will use the financial data to declare whether our country is bankrupt or not because our country has entered into a debt repayment system,” he pointed out. 

“One of the reasons for the decline of this country is the deception, desperation and trickery of the people. The people of a bankrupt country should pay attention to the information and data provided by international financial rating agencies which decide whether the country is bankrupt or not,” he added.

Mr. Premadasa was speaking after donating smart classroom equipment to St. John’s College, Kalutara yesterday (June 24).

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