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The Supreme Court orders the former Chief Minister of the North Central Province to pay compensation to a school principal over an unfair transfer.

The Supreme Court has ordered the former Chief Minister of the North Central Province, Peshala Jayaratne, to pay 250,000 rupees as compensation to a school principal who had filed a case over an unfair transfer.

The former Principal of the Niwaththaka Chethiya Maha Vidyalaya in Anuradhapura had filed a Fundamental Rights Petition with the Court stating that his transfer from the school in 2016 was unfair.

Delivering the verdict today, the Court ordered the former Chief Minister to compensate the petitioner, and also ordered the government to pay 50,000 rupees as compensation.

The Postal Work-To-Rule Strike Action, called off.

Convenor of the Joint Postal Trade Union Collective: Chinthaka Bandara has announced, the decision to engage in a work-to-rule-protest has been called off with effect from 12 noon today.
He further states, mail that was held due to the postal trade union action that was underway, have been distributed. Overseas mail that was held at the Katunayake Airport, is also being distributed.

All new investments and businesses should pay a sum of 25,000 rupees to the Inland Revenue Department and seek advise with regarding to taxation prior to commencing the venture.

The Commissioner General of Inland Revenue Department Ivan Dissanayaka said all new investments and businesses should pay a sum of 25,000 rupees to the department and seek advise with regarding to taxation prior to commencing the venture. He further said this is an international standard adopted by many world countries. The external parties and investors have to pay more than 200,000 rupees to obtain a taxation report form the government. However, the department suggests a consultation fee from each new external party to understand the local taxation mechanism. Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena levelled an allegation against the government recently, but the Commissioner General vehemently rejected the claims of the parliamentarian.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella says all political parties representing the parliament have agreed to have a special debate in parliament on the FTA established with Singapore.

The Leader of House Minister Lakshman Kiriella said all political parties representing the parliament have agreed to have a special debate in parliament on the free trade agreement established with Singapore. The Minister further said the debate will be conducted on the next sitting of the parliament. The Minister made this announcement in reply to a question raised by joint opposition parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena. Accordingly, the party leaders will meet once again on or before 18th of July to decide on the debate.

New York Times says Chinese funds financed Mahinda Rajapaksa election campaign

The New York Times newspaper has reported that a Chinese company has granted over sum of 7 million US dollars for the election campaign of Mahinda Rajapakse in 2015. The newspaper has stated that close allies of former president Mahinda Rajapakse had received the money prior to the 2015 presidential election. Money has been transferred to an account in the Standard Chartered Bank maintained by the China Harbour company. The funds were transferred from the accounts of Standard Charted Bank and China Harbour Company. The leader of Nawa Samasamaja party Dr. Wickramabahu Karunarathna said this is an incident of a previous regime which showcased malpractice and misuse of foreign funds. Foreign funds have been used to carryout to personnel agenda. The people of this country will never accept this type of political character. Meanwhile, the convenor of the Left Centre Chameera perera also expressed his views on this subject. 

The Leader of NSSP Dr. Wickramabahu Karunararhna says the wrongdoers and the people who violates the rule of law are punished at present due to the implementation of democracy and rule of law in the country.

The Leader of Nawa Samasamaja Party Dr. Wickramabahu Karunararhna said the wrongdoers and the people who violates the rule of law are punished at present due to the implementation of democracy and rule of law in the country. Accordingly, the government with the help of the police has implemented many programs and operations to nab the wrongdoers and fraudsters.

4-hour countrywide raid: 2,322 arrested for various offences


Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said nearly 2,322 people were arrested for various offences while 5,254 were charged with traffic violations during a four-hour countrywide raid. He said the Police carried out the raid from 10 p.m to 12 midnight on Tuesday and 3.00 a.m to 5 a.m yesterday.

Police Spokesman Ruwan her Gunasekera said Some 14,070 police officers took part in the raid carried out under the direction of IGP Pujith Jayasundara. More than 58,000 people and 29,090 vehicles were inspected after setting up 1,796 road blocks.

He said 650 were charged with drunk driving while 635 people wanted for various crimes were also arrested.

SP Gunasekara said among those arrested were 423 on warrants and 531 persons were arrested on charges of peddling drugs and illegal liquor while 78 people were arrested for unruly behavior and five on charges of possessing weapons.

150 development projects in Polonnaruwa will be vested with the public in the 1st week of August

President Maithripala Sirisena says, 150 new development projects will be vested with the public from 1st to the 3rd of August under the "Re-awakening Polonnaruwa programme". The president made this comment participating in a religious programme held at the Dimbulagala Forest Hermitage this morning. The president declared open the newly constructed Sanga Wasaya and building complex at the Dimbulagala pirivena. The president further said that, drinking water schemes irrigation and road development projects health facilities development programmes are also among the development activities implemented in the Polonnaruwa district.

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According to a Chinese survey, Sri Lanka has been selected as the top global safety destination for women travellers in 2018

In a survey conducted, by the People’s Daily newspaper of China recently Sri Lanka has been selected as the top global safety destination for women travellers in 2018. A statement from Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing states that Sri Lanka topped the list of 20 countries that were selected, including USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Switzerland and the Maldives.

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Minister Duminda Dissanayake says, economic development will be achieved under the concept of " village, temple tank and stupa"

Minister Duminda Dissanayake says, economic development will be achieved under the concept of " village, temple tank and stupa" . Parents should take the responsibility of mending the children to practice ancient buddhist policies based on righteous living. The minister made these remarks participating in a programme at the Sri Maha Nama ancient temple in Ipologama this morning. The newly constructed Buddha statue was declared open at this ceremony. Addressing the gathering the minister further said that,  Buddhist policies of living lead to peaceful and contended  society.