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PM appoints committee to review LG election laws, etc.

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Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena presiding over the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government in parliament last week,

A committee consisting of MPs will be established for amending local government election laws, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has said.Chairing the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government in Parliament last week, Prime Minister Gunawardena said that there were many archaic local government laws that had been in force for almost a century.

The Prime Minister said that there were complaints from the public about the tardiness on the part of the local government authorities in dealing with issues such as natural disasters and dengue prevention programmes.

The consultative committee decided to introduce guidelines for the transfer of Divisional Secretaries.The Prime Minister instructed the Secretary to the Ministry Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government to transfer the Divisional Secretaries who had been working in the same place for a long time.

Among those present at the meeting were State Ministers Janaka Wakkambura, Ashoka Priyantha, MPs Sudath Manjula, G. Karunakaram, K. Dhileeban, Yadamini Gunawardena and government officials.



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“Operation ‘Yukthiya’ will persist despite pressure” – Minister of Public Security

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Minister of Public Security, Mr. Tiran Alles, attending a news conference held at the Presidential Media Centre today (21) under the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’.emphasized his unwavering commitment to continue operations aimed at suppressing drugs, tackling the underworld and preventing violence against women and children, regardless of any pressure encountered.

Furthermore, Minister Alles disclosed that operation ‘Yukthiya’, which commenced on December 17, has resulted in the seizure of narcotics valued at Rs. 7.8 billion and assets including vehicles and buildings confiscated by law enforcement amount to Rs. 725 million. . A total of 58,562 raids have been conducted, leading to the arrest of 58,234 individuals involved in illicit activities.

 

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SLNS Samudura leaves for Maldives to take part in Exercise Dosti – XVI

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Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) Samudura left for the Maldives from the port of Colombo on Tuesday (20)  to take part in Exercise Dosti – XVI. The trilateral exercise ‘Dosti’ is scheduled to be held in Male from 22nd to 25th February.

The trilateral exercise ‘Dosti’ aims to enhance cooperation, strengthen friendship, improve mutual operational capability, and develop interoperability among the Coast Guard personnel of India, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

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“Sri Lankan unity paves the way for rapid national development” – President

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Sri Lanka’s Chief Scout, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his address at the 10th National Scout Jamboree held at the Koneswara Hindu Vidyalaya Stadium in Trincomalee this morning (21), underscored the potential of Sri Lankans to steer the nation towards rapid development and fortify its security for future generations through unified efforts.

The President highlighted that participation in the National Scout Jamboree transcends divisions of caste and religion. He articulated that unity among Sri Lankans, spanning from the North to the South and from Colombo to Trincomalee, is pivotal in accomplishing shared objectives.

President Wickremesinghe pledged his support for the expansion of the Scout Association, noting its role in nurturing responsible citizens essential for the country. Furthermore, he announced the plans to facilitate collaboration between the Scout Association and the Ministry of Technology, underscoring the importance of leveraging interactions across sectors for national development.

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