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SJB higher-ups accused of deceiving candidates!

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Beruwala Mayor Masaai Mohammed accused the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) leaders of deceiving him.

Although he was invited to contest for the Beruwala Municipal Council from the SJB, he said his name was removed from the list during the handing over of nominations.

Mayor Mohammed said that it is a serious issue that the decisions taken by SJB leaders are not being implemented.

“On the last day of handing over nominations, at 8.30 am, they handed over the list without my name. The SJB leader posed for photos with me as well. That day, we all made a pledge to make the SJB victorious. They broke the promise and betrayed my trust. People are angry now. The people who were with the SJB have completely lost faith in the party, especially in Beruwala. How can Sri Lanka be salvaged in this manner? The leader’s leadership qualities were not shown at that moment. How can such a weak leader rule the country?”

Meanwhile, Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha Opposition Leader Vipula Peiris, who had supported SJB Leader Sajith Premadasa during the Presidential and the General Elections, said his name has also been removed from the SJB nominations list for Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha.

His name has been removed from the nomination list due to serious objections by SJB MP Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (29) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.

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Racecourse murder : Boyfriend further remanded

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The university student who was held in remand custody for allegedly murdering his girlfriend with a sharp weapon at Race Course grounds in Colombo has been remanded further.

Taking up the case today (30) Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis ordered him to be further remanded till February 13.

The magisterial inquest into the death was held today before Colombo Chief Magistrate and

A testimony of the deceased’s father was recorded before Chief Magistrate and further magisterial inquiry was fixed for February 13.

The suspect was not produced before Court by prison authorities since he is currently receiving treatment at the Mental Health Unit of prison hospital.

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Constitutional Council approves several judicial appointments

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The Constitutional Council met today (30) in Parliament presided by Speaker and the Chairman of the Constitutional Council – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Sajith Premadasa, Leader of the Opposition, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, MPs Sagara Kariyawasam, other council members Dr. Prathap Ramanujam, Dr. (Mrs) Dilkushi Anula Wijesundere, Dr. (Mrs) Dinesha Samararatne were present at the Council meeting held.

MP Kabir Hashim, had informed his inability to attend this meeting due to unavoidable circumstances.

The Constitutional Council considered the recommendation of the President to appoint K.P. Fernando, President of the Court of Appeal as a Judge of the Supreme Court, to the post which fell vacant with the retirement of L.T.B. Dehideniya, Judge of the Supreme Court. The Constitutional Council unanimously approved the above recommendation.

Further the Constitutional Council unanimously approved the nomination of N.B.P.D.S. Karunarathna, Judge of the Court of Appeal to be appointed as the President of the Court of Appeal, and the nomination of Mr M.A.R. Marikkar, High Court Judge to be appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal to the resultant vacancies.  

The Constitutional Council further decided to publish the advertisement on newspapers of 1st February 2023, calling for applications for the appointment as Members of the Commissions specified in Schedule to Article 41B of the Constitution. Draft format of the application would be published on the Official Parliament website. The deadline to submit applications is 15th February 2023.

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