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Prez Ranil immune from prosecution

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FR petitions over Easter carnage

By Chitra Weerarathne

Counsel Suren Fernando, yesterday told the Supreme Court that Ranil Wickremesinghe was now the President of the country, and therefore a case could not be argued against him, as a respondent.

Suren Fernando referred to the Fundamental Rights Violation petitions, filed over the Easter Sunday bomb blasts of 21 April 2019.

Referring to these FR petitions, the counsel said that although the Indian Intelligence had informed Sri Lanka of a possible attack on Catholic Churches, by the Islamic extremists, Lankan defence authorities had not paid due attention to the warning.

Among the other respondents cited are the then President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Defence Minister, the then IGP Pujitha Jayasundera, and the then Secretary Defence Hemasiri Fernando.

About 256 persons were killed in several suicide bomb blasts and about five hundred others were injured.

Faizer Mustapaha, PC appeared for Maithripala Sirisena.

The Bench comprised Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya, Justice Murdhu Fernando, Justice A.H.M.D. Nawaz and Justice A.L. Shiran Gooneratne.



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123rd Birth anniversary of Dr S A Wickramasinghe commemorated

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The 123rd Birth anniversary of Dr S A Wickramasingh the founder of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka was commemorated in Matara today (13).

Dr Sugiswara Abeywardena Wickramasinghe co-founded the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) and was elected to the Ceylon State Council in 1931 and 1946. He founded the Communist Party of Sri Lanka in 1943 and represented the Akuressa Electorate in parliament from 1956 to 1977.

Members of Parliament Dullas Alahapperuma, Weerasumana Weerasinghe and members of  the Communist Party of Sri Lanka and family placed floral tributes at his monument in Matara.

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Social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity – President

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President Rani Wickremesinghe in his New Year Message stressed that social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity

The full text of the President’s message follows:

“The progression of nations, countries and the global community is propelled by the perpetual cycle of renewal, where innovative ideas are nurtured and novel creations come to fruition.

Embracing renewal in accordance with the traditional New Year, the calendar year, or the changing seasons, individuals across the globe find themselves revitalized, endowed with fresh opportunities for growth and advancement. Beneath the surface of these myriad renewals lies a fundamental truth; the paramount importance of social relationships and collective unity.

During the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, we engage in a profound renewal of self, centering our focus on nurturing bonds and fostering a sense of gregariousness. This emphasis on interpersonal bonds is the cornerstone of traditional New Year rituals observed across diverse cultures worldwide.

It is important to emphasize the significance of this pivotal point, particularly during the New Year festivities, as it serves as a poignant reminder of the essence of human connection and communal solidarity.

In the dawn of the New Year, social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity. With this understanding in mind, I extend my heartfelt wishes for a joyous and fulfilling Sinhala and Tamil New Year.”

 

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Sinhala and Tamil New Year auspicious times

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The Auspicious times for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year 2024 are as follows

13th April
02:41pm –  Punya Kalaya
09:05pm  – Dawn of the New Year
11:06pm –  Lighting of the Hearth

14th April 
00:06am – Starting work, Partaking of meals and transactions

15th April
10:17am – Anointing

17th April
06:52am – Leaving for work

18th April 
10:16am – Planting trees

 

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