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Ranil wins by majority of 52 votes, garnering 134 votes as against 82 polled by Dullas

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JVP’s Anura a distant third with just three votes

By Saman Indrajith

Ranil Wickremesinghe was yesterday elected the eighth Executive President by a majority of 52 MPs in Parliament. He received 134 votes, while other two candidates, Dullas Alahapperuma and Anura Kumara Dissanayake, received 82 and three votes, respectively.

As per the provisions of the Presidential Elections (special provisions) Act No 2 of 1978, at a secret vote in the House, the MPs voted to elect a succeeding President to fill in the post left vacant after the premature forced resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa last week.

Voting started at 10.23 am and ended at 11.44 am. Before voting began, Secretary General of Parliament, Dhammika Dasanayake, who acted as the Returning Officer during the election, showed the empty ballot box to the members, before sealing it.

Names of each MP were called for voting by the Secretary General, on a basis of the division list.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena commenced the voting process by casting his vote. Acting President Wickremesinghe was the second to cast his vote. Digamadulla SLPP MP D Weerasinghe and SLPP Kurunegala District MP Samanpriya Herath were indisposed but they came to Parliament to vote. Three SLPP MPs, Kanaka Herath, Arundika Fernando and P. Jayasekera had returned from overseas to cast their votes.

The counting of votes commenced around 11.51 am. Speaker Abeywardena announced that the three candidates could monitor the counting of the votes or they could nominate a representative. The Speaker informed no mobile phones would be permitted during the counting.

Accordingly, Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe nominated MP Harin Fernando while Dullas Alahapperuma nominated MP Dillan Perera and Anura Kumara Dissanayake nominated MP Vijitha Herath to monitor the counting process.

Only 223 MPs out of 225 member-house voted in the election. TNA MPs Selvarasa Kajendran and GG Ponnambalam abstained from voting. At the announcement of the results, Secretary General Dhammika Dasanayake said that four votes were discarded as they were invalid owing to errors.



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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) sets Serendib World Record climbing Adam’s Peak in record time

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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) of the Sri Lanka Navy achieved a remarkable feat, setting a Serendib World Record for climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) in an impressive time of 23 hours and 46 minutes, using four different routes  (Nallathanniya, Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda.)  as well as becoming the first person to complete the most ascents of Adam’s Peak within 24 hours.

He began his quest to set this record on 08th April, starting from the Nallathanniya Sri Pada entrance at 3:00 a.m all the way to the peak. His journey continued with climbs up and down the Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda routes, ultimately concluding with the challenging trek from Adam’s Peak to Nallathanniya.

The Serendib World Records Committee officially acknowledged Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage’s (Retd) achievement and awarded him the Serendib World Record certificate on 09th April.

(Navy Media)

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