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Tensions in Parliament over comment levelled at female MP

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A tense situation arose in parliament today (Nov. 08) after State Minister Ashoka Priyantha made an unsavoury comment on Opposition MP Rohini Kumari Wijeratne.

A response given by State Minister Ashoka Priyantha to a question posed by MP Rohini Kumari Kaviratne with regard to providing relief via the budget had led to a vocal protest from the opposition.

Opposition MPs urged the chair of the house to ensure that derogatory comments are not being made at female MPs, adding that the conduct of government MPs is despicable.

The opposition MPs said that un-parliamentary language was used by the State Minister in his response to the female MP, and urged to take action against the MP.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said if such un-parliamentary words were used those words can be expunged.

Speaking, Deputy Speaker Ajith Rajapakse has said that measures will be taken if it is proven that there was any wrongdoing against MP Kaviratne and a decision on the matter will be given after records are directed to the Speaker after his return.

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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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