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‘Unravelling the magic of Palmyrah’ unveiled (Pics)

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A Palmyrah Industry Entrepreneur guidebook titled ‘Unravelling the magic of Palmyrah’ was presented to President Ranil Wickramasinghe by Chairman of the Palmyrah Development Board – Dr. Krishantha Pathiraja and its General Manager – Mr. S. Srivijendran.

The book was launched at a seperate event in Colombo last week. 

President’s Secretary – Mr. Saman Ekanayaka, Minister Transport and Media – Bandula Gunawardana, Director General Presidential Secretariat – Mr. Saman Rathnapriya, Governor of the Northern Province – Ms. P.S.M. Charles, Chairman of the Palmyrah Development Board – Dr. Krishantha Pathiraja and General Manager of the Palmyrah Development Board – Mr. S. Srivijendran attended the launch event.

According to the Palmyrah Development Board, the book is predominantly a guide for the entrepreneurs who are interested in manufacturing Palmyrah based products. Elaborating on the many health and economic benefits of the Asian Palmyrah tree, the book contains snapshots of Palmyrah based research conducted at Palmyrah Research Institute (PRI) focusing on  maximizing the utilization of the tree.

It also includes necessary information needed to upgrade the quality of traditional Palmyrah products and talks about the value-added, newly developed Palmyrah products produced at PRI via Research and Development. 

The Palmyrah Development Board assures that this book will be of paramount importance in transitioning the Palmyrah industry to be a significant contributor to the GDP of the country.

The following are several photos of the book being presented to the President as well those of the launch event.

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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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