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Enjoining order against Silumina extended

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The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (Lake House) filing objections in a case where Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President and Vice President sought enjoining orders prohibiting ‘Silumina’ newspaper from publishing any content related to SLC and its officials, requested the Colombo District Court yesterday (25) to reject the case on the first instance without taking it to trial.

It was pointed out that the plaintiffs have fraudulently and deceptively concealed the necessary facts and obtained Enjoining Orders and requested to terminate the obtained Enjoining Orders and dismiss the case.

The objections further stated that the publication of articles in the Silumina newspaper regarding SLC is only a disclosure of the facts to the public for the public good, and that the defendants had no intention of harming the plaintiffs or anyone else.

When the case was called before Colombo Chief District Judge Sandun Vithana yesterday, the relevant Enjoining Orders were extended till August 4 and the defendants presented objections to the Court through a motion.

SLC President and Vice President filed the lawsuits stating that two articles published in the Silumina newspaper on April 23 and June 18, 2023 had defamed them.

Journalist Fawz Mohammed and the Lake House have been named as defendants in the case.

After unilaterally considering the relevant complaint, the Colombo Chief District Judge had issued these Enjoining Orders on July 26.

Attorney-at-law I.M. Jayawardena submitted the objections in the court on behalf of the defendants. 

Attorney-at-law Sanjaya Fonseka appeared for the plaintiffs under the instructions of President’s Counsel Kuvera De Zoysa while Attorney-at-law Sanjeeva Dahanayake appeared for the defendants as per the instructions of I.M. Jayawardena.

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Cricket equipment distributed to 67 schools in the Gampaha district

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With the aim of developing cricket in the schools of the Gampaha district, cricket equipment was distributed to 67 schools yesterday (July 15) at the Presidential Secretariat. 

This event was held under the patronage of Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka, the Chief of Staff to the President and the President’s Senior Adviser on National Security.

The program was organized by the Youth Vision 2048 organization and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, following the vision of President Ranil Wickremesinghe. It was carried out under the full guidance and supervision of Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka.

In his address, Mr. Ratnayaka emphasized the importance of school cricket in nurturing talented players for the national level. He also highlighted President Wickremesinghe’s commitment over the past two years to rebuilding the country’s economy. The President aims to implement an economic program that ensures a prosperous future for the country’s children within a corruption-free framework.

Mr. Ruwan Wijewardena, Presidential Adviser on Climate Change, also spoke at the event, expressing his appreciation for all those contributing to the development of future generations’ sports skills.

President of Youth Affairs and Sustainable Development Director Sachira Sarathchandra, Youth Vision 2048 Advisor Dr. Lasantha Gunawardena, Youth Vision 2048 President Dan Poddiwela, along with officials and principals from the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, sports instructors, and students, were present at the event.

(President’s Media Division)

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Maithri, Pujith, Nilantha given time till August 30 to finish payments

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The Supreme Court yesterday ordered former President Maithripala Sirisena, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Chief of State Intelligence Service, DIG Nilantha Jayawardena to pay all the compensations stipulated by the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Easter Sunday terror attacks before August 30.

If they fail to pay the amount before that date, the Attorney General was ordered to take the necessary steps to prosecute them before September 20 for contempt of Court for not acting according to the judgement.

Also, according to the decision of the Supreme Court, the National Police Commission was ordered to take the necessary steps to conduct a disciplinary investigation against the former head of the State Intelligence Service Nilantha Jayawardena and report to the Court about its progress on September 20 through a motion.

Meanwhile, the Court was informed that out of the Rs. 75 million ordered by the Court, former IGP Pujith Jayasundera has paid only Rs. 1.9 million.

The Court was further informed that then Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando has paid the total amount of compensation ordered by the Supreme Court.

President’s Counsel Faizer Mustapha, appearing for Maithripala Sirisena, informed the Supreme Court that his client has already paid Rs. 58 million in compensation to the victims and further requested for six years to pay the remaining Rs. 42 million in equal installments.

(dailynews.lk)

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

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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 (July 15).

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

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