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Sirisena gets into defendant’s dock in Easter Attacks case

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Former President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday (27) was seen getting into the defendant’s dock when the case filed with the Fort Magistrate’s Court against him for failing to prevent the 2019 April Attacks despite receiving credible information about the attacks, was taken up.

Initially, he did not get into the dock, and following a clarification made by the court, Sirisena was asked to get into the defendant’s dock.

An individual who lost a limb in the attacks on the St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade on the 21st of April 2019, and Rev. Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando had filed the case against the Former President.

When the case was called up on Friday (27), Sirisena did not get into the defendant’s dock and remained out.

President’s Counsel Rienzie Arsecularatne appearing for the plaint directed the court’s attention to the incident and raised objections.

President’s Counsel Faiszer Musthapha appearing for Maithripala Sirisena noted that the Court of Appeal had suspended action in the private plaint filed against his client, and therefore his client would not get into the defendant’s dock.

However, Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage pointed out that the Court of Appeal had ordered the Magistrate Court to read out the charge sheet against the suspect, and not  take action until an order is issued by the Court of Appeal.

The Magistrate noted that the Court of Appeal had NOT issued an order preventing the suspect from getting into the defendant’s dock, and ordered the court official to announce the suspect’s name, summoning him to the court.

Thereafter, Former President Maithripala Sirisena was seen getting into the defendant’s dock.

The private plaint filed with the Fort Magistrate’s Court against Former President Maithripala Sirisena for failing to prevent the 2019 April Attacks despite receiving credible information about the attacks was postponed to the 17th of March.

(news1st)

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (June 24).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows :

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GoSL pledges to support upcoming Bora Conference

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The Sri Lankan government has pledged full support for the Bora community’s upcoming spiritual conference and annual convention.

Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff, Sagala Ratnayaka, directed officials to ensure the event’s success during a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat.

The conference will be held at the Bambalapitiya Bora Mosque and the Sri Lanka Convention and Exhibition Centre from July 07 – 16.

This event will coincide with the Bora community’s spiritual conference in Karachi, Pakistan, and is expected to attract around fifteen thousand participants from various countries, including India.

The meeting highlighted the need for necessary infrastructure and facilities, particularly at the airport, to accommodate the large influx of attendees.

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8,000 UDA flat dwellers to get title deeds

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Urban Development and Housing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said yesterday that arrangements have been made to provide title deeds to 8,000 residents of the apartments owned by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) next month, under the Government’s programme to provide title deeds to dwellers in such apartments in Colombo.

In addition, the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) has also planned to give 1,070 title deeds to dwellers living in apartments in Colombo.

He said that this programme will be implemented according to the pledge given by President Ranil Wickremesinghe in the last Budget that 50,000 Colombo flat owners will be given their title deeds.

According to the UDA, 14,559 units of the 22 housing complexes have been given to low-income people.

Accordingly, the granting of title deeds will be made focusing on UDA housing projects of Mihindu Senpura, Sirisara Garden, Methsara Garden, Lakmuthu Sewana, and Sirimuthu Garden under the first phase.

In addition, title deeds of Laksandha Sevana, Randiya Uyana, Lakmuthu Uyana, Muwadora Uyana, Siyapath Sevana, Puradora Sevana, Jayamaga Sevana, Mihijaya Sevana, Helamuthu Sevana, Laksetha Sevana and Lakhiru Sevana housing projects are to be given to its dwellers before the end of this year.

The NHDA will first issue the title deeds for the apartments that have been built in the Colombo Municipal Council areas.

Transferring of ownerships of these houses to dwellers has been delayed due to the problematic situation arising from certain related rules and regulations. The Minister emphasised that he has already discussed with the Attorney General and obtained the necessary advice in this regard.

Minister Ranatunga further stated that all Colombo flat owners will be given their title deeds before the end of this year.

After giving the deeds to the owners of these houses, it is expected to carry out maintenance and management of these houses by a joint management corporation which will be established with the representation of the resident population.

An amount of Rs. 2 billion has been allocated in the 2024 Budget for providing ‘Urumaya’ freehold deeds to all who are eligible to receive and confirm landownership in the next two months.

(dailynews.lk)

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

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