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Premalal makes plea on behalf of all prison inmates

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By Saman Indrajith

Ratnapura District SLPP MP Premalal Jayasekara, who took his oath in Parliament, on Tuesday (8), making his maiden speech, thanked the judiciary for considering his writ petition and permitting him to attend Parliament to be sworn in as an MP.

The Opposition MPs walked out in protest as Jayasekera commenced his speech.

He maintained that he was innocent but still imprisoned over a crime he had not committed. The CID had framed him, he claimed.

He however appealed to the Justice Minister not just on his behalf, but on behalf of all prisoners to provide proper sanitary facilities to all inmates of prisons. “At the entrance to the prison there is a slogan on the wall that prisoners are also human. However, as I have experienced, prison cells are closed by around 5.00 pm and unlocked only the next morning. All prisoners in these cells have to use buckets to relieve themselves and this is very unhygienic. Hence, I appeal to the Justice Minister to look into this matter and provide proper sanitary facilities for these prisoners which is a basic human right.”

Jayasekera said that there were around 29,000 inmates in prisons who have not committed anything wrong. Referring to the killing of his brother-in-law, Jayasekara urged the justice minister to re-investigate that incident as the perpetrators had gone scot-free.



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Economic crisis: 100,000 families already starving

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Govt. to provide monthly assistance package – official

By Ifham Nizam 

Plans are underway to assist an average needy family of  four with a monthly package of Rs. 15,000, a senior adviser to President Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday, adding that the move was expected to help ameliorate the plight of nearly 65,000 families.

Food Security Committee Chairman Dr. Suren Batagoda told The Island yesterday that at present some 100,000 families across the country were starving.

He said financial assistance would be provided to those families for three months. Within three months, the government would design a package in the form of food stamps, etc.

Dr. Batagoda said the World Food Programme, UNICEF, the World Bank, and state agencies would also team up to strengthen food security, focusing especially on needy pregnant mothers and pre-school children.

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GR govt. ignored Chinese lenders’ request for debt restructuring

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

The Gotabaya Rajapaksa government had ignored suggestions by Chinese lending institutions that Sri Lanka to restructure the debt in 2021, Prof. Samitha Hettige said yesterday.

“The Rajapaksa government started talking of debt restructuring earlier this year. The Opposition had been asking for this before,” he said.  By 2021, before the Gotabaya Rajapaksa administration decided on debt restructuring, the Chinese institutions that had given Sri Lanka loans suggested that a restructuring process should start since Sri Lanka would have trouble repaying the loans, the Strategic Studies scholar said.

However, the request had gone unheeded, and if the government had started discussions then, Sri Lanka would not have been in crisis, Prof. Hettige said.

The Sri Lankan foreign policy, in the last few years, had also been misguided, Prof. Hettige said. A number of Indian and Chinese companies faced unnecessary issues by the behaviour of the government, he said.

Prof. Hettige said that the government must focus on establishing free trade ports and reducing negative lists for investments.

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SJB dissociates itself from SF’s call for protest

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By Chaminda Silva

MP Sarath Fonseka’s call for people to join anti-government protests was not a decision taken by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), party MP J.C Alawathuwala said.

The SJB believed that they had to help President Ranil Wickremesinghe stabilise the country, economically and politically, he said.

MP Alawathuwala said the President must be given some time to solve the problems faced by the people and that the SJB was holding discussions with the government to guide it on a people-friendly path.

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