Opposition from SJB; Civil Society Split But Not Against the Appointment of Inspector General of Police
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Opposition from SJB; Civil Society Split But Not Against the Appointment of Inspector General of Police

In a decisive move yesterday, the Constituent Assembly gave its nod to confirm Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Deshbandu Thennakoon, as the Inspector General of Police. Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, MP Sagara Kariyawasam, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, and Dr. Anula Wijesundara (civil society representative) cast their votes in favour of Mr. Tennakoon’s appointment….

A legal battle over 90 perches land ended after 52 years
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A legal battle over 90 perches land ended after 52 years

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka recently ended a lengthy lawsuit delivering the final decree after 52 years. The case was resolved in favour of the plaintiff. The plaintiff filed the case in the Kurunegala District Court against ousting him from his property, a 90-perch land called ‘Damunugahamulawatta’ in 1972. On 29th March, 1976, the…

Court Restricts Protests at Key Colombo Locations
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Court Restricts Protests at Key Colombo Locations

The Fort Magistrate’s Court issued an order barring the National Assets Protection Movement from entering and holding protests at several key locations in Colombo, including the Ceramic Junction. The order was made after considering the submissions made by the Fort Police OIC. The court order specifically prohibits the National Assets Protection Movement and its representatives…

Govt. should acknowledge past truth commissions before establishing a new body
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Govt. should acknowledge past truth commissions before establishing a new body

Sri Lankan victims have lost count of the number of government commissions established to look into gross violations of human rights, as yet another one is about to be established, said four international rights groups in a joint statement. It has been issued by ITJP, WAN, FOD and CHRD. Their statement says, “The Truth, Unity…

Reducing Road Accidents in Sri Lanka: Awareness, Enforcement, and Infrastructure
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Reducing Road Accidents in Sri Lanka: Awareness, Enforcement, and Infrastructure

Ajith Perakum Jayasinghe Year Total Deaths Fatal Accidents Pedestrian Fatalities Motorcyclist Fatalities Bus Accidents Container Truck Accidents 2021 2,513 2,414 – – – – 2022 2,515 2,395 – – – – 2023 2,557 2,200 740 707 75 14   The silence of island air is often broken by the honking of impatient drivers. 2023 had…

Sri Lanka win second T20 by 72 runs to clinch series
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Sri Lanka win second T20 by 72 runs to clinch series

Sri Lanka took an unassailable 2-0 lead over Afghanistan in the three-match T20I series as they beat visitors by 72 runs in the second T20I on Monday (February 19) at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla. After being put in to bat first, the hosts posted a massive score of 187/6 in their allotted 20…

EU opens formal investigation into TikTok over possible online content breaches
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EU opens formal investigation into TikTok over possible online content breaches

The European Union will investigate whether ByteDance’s TikTok breached online content rules aimed at protecting children and ensuring transparent advertising, an official said on Monday, putting the social media platform at risk of a hefty fine. EU industry chief Thierry Breton said he took the decision after analysing the short video app’s risk assessment report…

Student Parliamentarians of Mahamaya Balika Vidyalaya, Kadawatha met President
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Student Parliamentarians of Mahamaya Balika Vidyalaya, Kadawatha met President

The inaugural session of the Student Parliament of Mahamaya Balika Vidyalaya, Kadawatha was successfully held today (19) at the Presidential Secretariat. Following this, the students had an opportunity for a cordial interaction with President Ranil Wickremesinghe. The President summoned the children to the Cabinet chamber within the Presidential Secretariat and provided them with an overview…

Sri Lanka Lags Behind in Blacklisting Corrupt Contractors: Report
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Sri Lanka Lags Behind in Blacklisting Corrupt Contractors: Report

Sri Lanka holds the dubious distinction of being the worst performer in South Asia when it comes to blacklisting corrupt contractors in public procurement, a new report reveals. Unlike its neighbors, the island nation neither recognizes fraudulent practices as a reason for disbarment nor actively enforces existing rules against defaulting contractors. Verité Research, the organization…

JICA chief and President Ranil discuss economic reforms, investment projects
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JICA chief and President Ranil discuss economic reforms, investment projects

The President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has commended President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s commitment to the program aimed at implementing economic reforms in Sri Lanka, acknowledging its challenging nature. Dr. Tanaka Akihiko made these remarks when he called on the Sri Lankan leader on (Feb.14), according to the President’s Media Division (PMD). In response, President…