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JVP slams SUV order

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JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday called on people not to allow their MPs that they had voted in at the last general election to visit their electorates in super luxury vehicles imported against their wishes.

Addressing the people via Facebook, MP Dissanayake said that almost everyone had condemned the government’s plan to import luxury vehicles for the MPs while the people were experiencing severe hardships and shortcomings owing to the raging pandemic.

“The government must stop this project of importing new cars for MPs. This is a time when the government cannot afford to import vehicles for the MPs. Some ministers now tell people that the project could not be reversed because Letters of Credit for the deal have already been opened. An investigation should be held to find as to how and who opened those Letters of Credit without Cabinet approval for the project,” the MP said.

“There are allegations of irregularties as regards the vaccination campaign. There are allegations about corruption in purchasing rapid antigen kits. The vehicle import deal also reeks of corruption.

“This is not a deal only for importing vehicles for MPs. The cabinet paper for this purpose was presented on May 18 at a special meeting and the paper sought approval for opening the letters of credit. Usually, the opinion of the Cabinet for such a paper is conveyed at the next meeting which was held on May 24. Newspapers reported that the proposal to import vehicles for MPs had been cancelled. So there was no no Cabinet approval. I have documents to prove that the letters of credit were opened on April 22. On whose authority were the letters of credit opened on that day? Cabinet approval was sought on May 18. There is something wrong in this process. It is obvious that the letters of credit were opened first and thereafter it was decided to get the approval of the Cabinet. (SI)



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At least 17 killed after explosion in Peshawar mosque

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BBC reported that at least 17 people have been killed in an explosion at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

The blast happened when the mosque was packed with worshippers and more than 90 people were injured.

A section of the building was destroyed, and officials say people are buried under the rubble. Several others are being taken to local hospitals.

The cause of the explosion is unclear.

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More heavy rain ahead for New Zealand’s largest city

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Auckland experienced an unprecedented amount of rainfall on Friday (picture BBC)

BBC reported that residents in flood-hit northern New Zealand are bracing for more heavy rains as officials issued severe weather alerts.

At least four people have died and a state of emergency was declared in Auckland, which on Friday experienced its worst downpour on record.

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Information Dept. media release: EC Chief asks public not to be misled

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by Priyan de Silva

Chairman of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Nimal Punchihewa, asked to comment on a special news release, purportedly issued by the Director General of the Department of Government Information, on Sunday (29), told  The Island  that preparations for the 09 March local government elections were going ahead, as planned, and that the media statement at issue was misleading.

The media statement says: “The gazette notice with signatures of the Chairman and other members of the Election Commission required for the commencement of the Local Government election process has not been sent to the Government Press for printing.”

Punchihewa requested the public not to be misled by any misinformation being spread in an attempt to create doubts in their minds.He also  reiterated that the EC would not be deterred by any acts of intimidation.

Three of the EC members have been threatened with death by an unidentified caller to resign from their posts. They are S. B. Divaratne, M. M. Mohamed and K. P. P. Pathirana. The Opposition has accused the government of trying to sabotage the LG polls.

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