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Several Bills to be tabled in Parliament this week

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The Parliament is scheduled to convene from tomorrow (3) to October 6, Parliament Secretary-General Kushani Rohanadeera said.

The parliamentary affairs related to this week have been decided at the Consultative Committee on Parliamentary Affairs chaired by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on September 22.

Accordingly, the 9.30-10.30 am period is reserved for questions that require oral answers on each day.

The Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill (Second Reading), Elections (Special Provisions) Bill (Second Reading), Orders under the Conciliation Boards (Special Disputes) Act and the Judicial Act are to be debated tomorrow from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm.

The adjournment debate brought by the Government will be held from 5.00 to 5.30 pm.

Three Proposed Regulations under the Customs Ordinance (published in Extraordinary Gazette Nos. 2336/72, 2338/54 and 2341/64), regulations under the Excise Duty Act (No. 2332/14, 2332/53, 2337/16 and 2340/45 published in the Extraordinary Gazette) and the Sri Lanka National Eye Bank Trust Bill (Second Reading) will be debated on Wednesday From 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

The 5.00 to 5.30 p.m. time period during the adjournment debate is reserved for questions.

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (Amendment) Bill (Second Reading), Civil Aviation (Amendment) Bill (Second Reading), Orders under the Civil Aviation Act are to be debated on Thursday, October 5, from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Then, the debate will be held from 5.00 to 5.30 pm during the proposal to adjourn Parliament.

The Secretary-General said that the adjournment debate on “Professionals leaving the country due to the economic crisis” is to be held on Friday, October 6 from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m based on a proposal brought by the Opposition.

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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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