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LIOC commissions fully modernized petrol shed



Underlining the importance of Brand visibility and exploring new opportunity to serve valued customers, Lanka IOC added one more Petrol filling station at Battaramulla, M/s Jayanta Udaya Kumara.

It was inaugurated by Head (Economic & Commercial), High Commission of India, Colombo Dr. Rakesh Pandey, and Managing Director, Lanka IOC Manoj Gupta in the presence of local Dealers, esteemed Customers and prominent persons of the area.

Dr. Pandey in his address appreciated efforts of Lanka IOC for increasing footprints and serving the Nation with commitment. He also said that it would go a long way in building strong bonding and bilateral relation of both the Countries, Sri Lanka and India.

Mr. Gupta while expressing his views on the occasion, highly appreciated the way country had handled Covid-19 global pandemic and said Lanka had created a role model for other countries. The supreme leadership, the strict enforcement of the directives, the role being played by the Triforces and Health care sector and the discipline exhibited by the citizens had been instrumental in containing the spread of the virus, he said.

Mr. Gupta said that apart from regular modern facilities such as Canopy, RVI, Sales Building, Paved Driveway, Digital Air gauge, Lanka  IOC  had  gone  a  step ahead by providing contactless payment solution powered by SOLO app at this RO. He added that Lanka IOC was committed to always bring world class customer centric facilities at Petrol sheds to enhance customers delight.

He observed that Lanka IOC had heavily invested in technological upgradation and Solarization of Petrol Sheds across the country. Recently Lanka IOC had commissioned 10 nos. of ATM/CRMs of People’s/ DFCC bank at different strategic Petrol Shed in and around Colombo. The unprecedented effort by LIOC stands was a testament to their commitment to serve valued customers in a better way.

Mr. Jayanta Udaya Kumara, proprietor of the Petrol shed, thanked all guests present during the inauguration of his shed.

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Foreign qualified medical students protest



A group of foreign medical degree holders protested opposite the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (23) requesting that tangible measures be taken to conduct the Examination for Registration to Practice Medicine (ERPM) without further delay.

They alleged that over 1,500 students had been deprived of the opportunity to sit the examination due to the fault of the Sri Lanka Medical Council, which is now under investigation by a committee, appointed by Health Minister Pavitra Wanniarachchi.

Photo: A section of the protesting students (pic by Thushara Atapattu)

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SJB insists referendum necessary besides 2/3 majority in Parliament



Supreme Court moved against 20A

By Chitra Weerarathne

General Secretary of the Samagi Jana Balavegaya Ranjith Madduma Bandara, MP, yesterday (23) filed a petition in the Supreme Court stating that the proposed 20th Amendment (20A) to the Constitution was inconsistent with the Constitution. It requires a two-thirds majority in Parliament and approval by people at a referendum for passage, the SJV has argued.

The SJB says 20A violates people’s sovereignty and franchise enshrined in Article (3) and (4) of the Constitution.

The petitioner has argued that the provisions in clause 55 of the Bill are inconsistent with the public trust doctrine and the principle of checks and balances and would prejudicially affect public finance.

 The clause 54 of the Bill seeks to repeal Article 156 A of the Constitution, which provides constitutional recognition to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or corruption, the petition says.

 The petition says 20A seeks to repeal the prohibition on dual citizens being elected to Parliament and to the post of President.

The power of the Auditor General to audit the state institutions has been curtailed, the petition says, arguing that it could be detrimental to the economy.

It will be detrimental to the country if the Constitutional Council is replaced by a Parliamentary Council, the SJB General Secretary’s has contended in his petition.

Clause 20 (2) of the proposed 20A has restricted the powers of the Election Commission as regards the conduct of elections, the petitioner has argued.

The 20A states that an omission by the President could no longer be challenged through a fundamental rights violation petitions in the Supreme Court, the petitioner has said, adding that the Bill seeks to further enhance the powers of the President by allowing him to unilaterally remove the Prime Minister. The President would not be accountable to Parliament, the petition says.

The 20A would repeal Article 70/ (1) of the Constitution and enable the President to dissolve Parliament even immediately after a general election, the SJB General Secretary argues.

The respondent to the petition is the Attorney General.

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Lawyer Hijaz’s foundation received funds from banned foreign outfit – CID tells court



By A.J.A.A beynayake and Kasuni Rebecca

The CID yesterday informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage that Save the Pearls Trust run by lawyer Hijaz Hisbullah, now in custody for allegedly aiding and abetting one of the Easter Sunday bombers, had received Rs.13 million from a banned organisation named the Caliphate of Qatar.

The CID told court that according to the bank accounts of the trust the money had been received by it during the last few years and the police had launched an investigation to ascertain whether the funds had been used for terrorist activities.

The CID told court the investigation had been launched under the Money Laundering Act and a psychologist’s opinion had been sought on the book titled “Navarasam” found in a madrasa (school teaching Islam) run by Save the Pearls Trust in Puttalam.

The Magistrate order the CID to submit to court a Sinhala translation of the book and examine whether the contents of the book promoted terrorism.

The case will be taken up again on October 7.

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