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Plans are underway to control the prices of paddy and rice. ===== PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 20:38

The government plans to control the price of paddy and rice to provide justification for the consumer as well as the farmer. The government has decided to maintain a guaranteed price of 50 rupees per kilo of paddy. Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera said that the government will also mediate to prevent the increase of price of rice in the market. He said that concessions will be given to the rice millers as well. The minister said that these concessions will be introduced in respect of their electricity bills and for the bank loans taken by them.

 
Problems relating to educational sector are to be identified and provide meaningful solutions. PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 20:37

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said a streamlined programme will be implemented in respect of schools that were closed down in the recent past and to cover the schools the administration of which was weak. He said that a reform programme will be introduced to administer these schools successfully. The minister made these comments addressing the people who visited him on his second public day today. He said that he expects to identify problems relating to various sectors of the education sector and provide solutions to such problems.

 
Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake resumes duties as Chief Justice. PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 18:32
President of Bar Association of Sri Lanka Upul Jayasuriya said chief Justice-43 Shirani Bandaranayake has resumed duties in the office of Chief Justice as there had been no legal removal of her from the post.
 
Dr. Bandaranayake arrived at the Superior Court complex at Hulftsdorp this afternoon and took office at the chambers of the Chief Justice, after she was welcomed by Mr. Jayasuriya.
“There is no requirement for a new appointment therefore,” he told a news conference today and added that she will resign form her post tomorrow.
 
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A complaint has been lodged to the bribery commission against the gigantic hotel project in Colpetty area PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 18:31
Deputy minister of policy planning and economic  affairs  Harsha de Silva says  he has lodged  a complaint to the bribery commission today on the irregularities  committed at the large scale hotel complex  being constructed in  Colpetty Colombo 3. Construction of 47 stories of the  building  have already  been completed. The hotel complex is said be owned by Cine Lanka Pvt.Limited. The deputy minister visited the hotel project premises today and said many irregularities and frauds have been committed in the process of constructions. The deputy minister stressed that the new government is not against constructing such massive hotel project. However, the government is keen on carrying out  such gigantic development  projects in more transparent manner.  The deputy minister further said that the government will take measures to further empower the commission for  investigation into the incidents of bribery or corruption. Then the commission will be able to accelerate the investigations into  such complaints.  
 
 
Senior lawyers state that the mistake done by the former president in removing the Chief Justice Shiranie Bandaranaike without a proper parliamentary motion has been rectified by the incumbent president. PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 20:34

The government says ousting of Dr.Shiranie Bandaranaike from the post of Chief Justice was null and void from the inception.  According to the clause 107 of the constitution a motion demanding the removal of the CJ should have been passed in the parliament. As it has not been done in accordance with this procedure her removal is completely null and void. A special select committee was appointed by the parliament prior to her ousting. The presidential select committee had decided that there were adequate allegations against Dr.Shiranie Bandaranaike to remove her from the post.  The relevant report of the PSC was presented to parliament on 18th January 2013.  It was debated in the House and the relevant motion was passed.  It has not stated that Mrs.Bandaranaike should be removed however the former president had sacked the CJ Shiranie Bandaranaike and appointed  Mohan Peiris instead.

 
The government says removal of CJ Shiranie Bandaranie was null and void from the inception. PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 18:31

The government says ousting of Dr.Shiranie Bandaranaike from the post of Chief Justice was null and void from the inception.  According to the clause 107  of the constitution a motion  demanding  the removal of the CJ  should be passed in  the parliament. As it has not been done in the proper procedure  her removal is completely  null and void. A special select committee was appointed by the parliament prior to her ousting. The presidential select committee had decided that there were  adequate allegations against Dr.Shiranie Bandaranaike to remove her from the post.  The relevant report of the PSC was presented to parliament on 18th January 2013.  It was debated in the House and the relevant motion was passed.  It has not stated that Mrs.Bandaranaike should be removed however the former president had  sacked the CJ Shiranie Bandaranaike and appointed  Mohan Peiris instead.

 
The election commissioner says former army commander Sarath Fonseka is entitle to franchise . PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 18:30

The election commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says  former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is entitled to franchise in Sri Lanka. The election commissioner told the SLBC  as President Maithripala Sirisena has given him a complete pardon, he is entitle for all rights and privileges enjoyed by a normal citizen in the country. Accordingly his rank of Four Star General, medals, pension and other privileges which were stripped of in 2010, by two Army tribunals before he was cashiered and imprisoned will also be effective forthwith.

 
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