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Govt. has put independent commissions in legal straitjacket, says PAFFREL

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

The government has prevented the independent commissions from retaining independent lawyers, Rohana Hettiarachchi, Executive Director of People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) says.That would diminish these commissions’ ability to take any action that went against the desires of the governments, Hettiarachchi said.

” The Elections Commission is now represented by Saliya Peiris, PC. Now all commissions will have to depend on the Attorney General’s Department,” he said.

“If the local council election is postponed by several months, it is likely that the government will try to change the electoral laws and postpone the polls further. Nominations that have already been submitted will become null and void in such an eventuality. The government has already appointed a delimitation commission and this can be used to delay elections, too. The Elections Commission only needs only Rs. 1.1 billion rupees for the election. The government really has no reason to say it has no money,” he said.



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10,000 children at 336 Child Development Centers nationwide to receive gift parcels from President today (13)

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Through an initiative taken by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, over 10,000 children under the care of 336 child development centers throughout the country, will receive gift parcels today (13).

The distribution sponsored by Ceylon Biscuits Limited is coordinated by the office of the President with support from the office of the Chief of Defence Staff and the Sri Lanka Army.

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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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