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Opposition urges govt to table PCoI reports on Easter carnage and political victimisation

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By Saman Indrajith

The SJB yesterday (10) called on the government to table the reports of the Presidential Commissions of Inquiry on Easter Sunday carnage and on Political Victimisation within this sitting week.

 Chief Opposition Whip and Kandy District MP Lakshman Kiriella said that his party had requested at the last party leaders’ meeting that the government table the reports of the two presidential commissions of inquiry and a parliamentary debate held thereon.

“We need them tabled either on Thursday or Friday so that we could debate them during the next sitting week. Another Presidential Commission has been appointed to determine punishments on the basis of recommendations of the commission of inquiry on political victimization. It has been given only three months. We need to debate it in Parliament by that and to know the content of those reports. It is unfair to delay the process by not tabling them. The Speaker and Minister of Justice have promised that reports would be given to parliament.”

Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa

: When the Chief Opposition Whip made that request at the party leaders’ meeting the government promised to table the reports of the commissions of inquiry, and also allocate dates during the next sitting week for the debate. There is a special presidential commission that has been appointed to implement the recommendations of the commissions of inquiry. We need to debate the reports before that implementation process starts. We call on the Speaker to order the government to table those reports in parliament on Thursday so that we could debate them in the third week of this month.

 Leader of the House and Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena:

We have made a promise to allocate time for a debate once the reports are tabled in parliament. Therefore, we are ready to allocate dates for the debate whenever the reports are given.

 SJB MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara:

It is said that the reports have made recommendations pertaining to the leaders of the Opposition parties. The Prime Minister too has stated that these reports would be tabled in Parliament. We urge the government to submit the reports as soon as possible.

MP Dilan Perera:

The Speaker has said that he would present the reports to the House as soon as he receives them. That is what the government’s wish too. We too need that debate.



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Southern MP warns that Russian & Ukranian tourists working here are at risk

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“They may be knifed or their lives threatened”

ECONOMYNEXT – Tourists from Russia and Ukraine who are staying in houses in Sri Lanka for long periods are engaging in business activities and should be taxed to prevent them being knifed by competitors, SLPP MP Chandima Weerakkody told parliament on Friday.

“There are many tourists who are staying long term in houses,” he said. “Though they come here they cannot use their credit cards – especially Russian and Ukrainian tourists who cannot use their money through their cards. As a result they have been forced to work and earn something in Sri Lanka.”

He called on the government to have a system where they can use their money.

“In our areas many tourists are cutting hair, some are doing tinkering work, some are setting up pizza shops, some are selling cannabis – I think there is a new name now *for ganja),” Weerakkody said. “If we send the immigration behind the tourists who are coming, even those that are coming will not come.”

“No taxes are being charged from any of these tourists who are doing business. Our (local people’s) taxes are raised. I am asking at least to have a system for the government to collect some taxes

“I want to say in Parliament that in our areas, a knifing (pihi anumak), or some other threat to life (jeewitha tharjanayak) may happen if this situation continues.”

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Kidney sale racket unearthed in Colombo

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Five duped to sell their kidneys at Rs. 15 million each

By Norman Palihawadane

The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) has informed the Colombo Additional Magistrate Ranjindra Jayasuriya that an investigation has been launched to arrest the suspects involved in the organized racket of obtaining kidneys from poor people promising big money and selling them to local and foreign people.The CCD told the court on Thursday that four men and one woman have parted with their kidneys, and despite promising to pay Rs.15 million per kidney nothing was paid.

CCD reported to court that the victims were operated at a Hospital on Cotta Road in Borella and no money was paid. A mother who was nursing a one-and-a-half-year-old infant was among those cheated.

The police told court that a person from the Bloemendhal area had referred these people through another man and a woman. Required medical tests had been conducted at three private hospitals.

Evidence has been obtained that kidney surgeries had been performed at a private hospital in Borella and the CCD stated in court that this racket was organized targeting poor families in Colombo.

It informed court that they have already launched investigations and will arrest the suspects and produce them before court.After considering the relevant submissions, the Magistrate ordered the CCD to conduct investigations and arrest the suspects and present them to court.

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Record highest number of school students visit Parliament

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School children wave during their visit to Parliament on Thursday (1). Serjeant-at Arms Narendra Fernando said that the largest number of school students in the history of the Parliament visited the Parliament on Dec 1. Over 5,000 students from 32 schools from different provinces visited the Parliament on that day, he said. More than 25,000 students representing schools in different parts of the country had visited to observe the Parliamentary debates after the Public Gallery was reopened for school students from Sept 19.

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