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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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WASTE PLASTIC.. PAVING WAY FOR STRONGER ROADS

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AGC Innovate secures First Place

AGC Innovate (Pvt) Ltd has been selected as the winner of the Country Finals of Innovate Lanka 2022 Competition, organized by the Lankan Angel Network together with SLASSCOM and the Council for Startups. The Winner AGC International and the Runner – Up will be representing Sri Lanka at the Entrepreneurship World Cup 2023 hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Network GEN. They will also access opportunities with Accelerators & Incubators as Indian Accelerator, Sri Lanka Accelerator, Venture Frontiers etc.

AGC Innovate (Pvt) Ltd has won this prestigious award for their innovative product Plastic Modified Asphalt Concrete (PMAC) the sustainable solution to the ever-increasing waste plastic environmental menace by utilizing green technology to convert waste plastics into an industrial raw material which becomes a stronger and more effective alternative to conventional asphalt, used for Highway, Road and Car Park paving.

The program operates in a sustainable tri-partite stakeholder model comprising Generator, Technology Provider and End User, in which the country and the environment gains benefit when the industries, supermarket chains, households, etc. who are waste plastic Generators meet the End User by using the Technology Provider’s scientific innovation to convert non-recyclable plastic waste to produce the end product Plastic Modified Asphalt Concrete PMAC to be used for Road, Highway and Yard Paving.

The technology piloted in 2018 under the supervision of the national regulator, RDA on a stretch of highway in Ratmalana, has been certified as an environmentally suitable initiative following more than two years of rigorous testing and observation has also received CEA Certification and is registered with the National Intellectual Property Agency of Sri Lanka.

The technology has been successfully used during the past three years by leading Supermarket chains for their car-parks, Roads under the Western & Eastern Provincial Road Development Authorities, Foreign Embassies, mega export-oriented factory yards, and leading business houses who emphasize on reducing the carbon footprint and bring a logical solution to terrestrial, riverine and ocean pollution caused by waste plastic.

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Young man who produced air rifle with knowhow gathered from YouTube arrested!

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By R.A.S. Premathilake

Wadduwa Police on Wednesday evening arrested a youth who had produced an airgun by watching YouTube videos.The airgun was four feet in length, the police said.

The suspect is a 28-year-old resident of Thalpitiya, Wadduwa. The suspect had also crafted a scope for the air gun, the police said.

The suspect had been trying to make the airgun more powerful, the police said.He has also been shooting cats with the weapon, Wadduwa police said.

The man was arrested on the instructions of SDIG Deshabandu Tennakoon, DIG Sarath Sandanayaka, SSP Samantha Wedage, ASPs Nishantha Senarathne and Jayanetti. Wadduwa OIC CI Chaminda Kumara, IP Terney Jansz and SI NIssanka led the raid.

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Moves to make Batticaloa one of the best tourist destinations next year

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A discussion was held recently at the President’s Office yeas morning under the chairmanship of President Ranil Wickremesinghe to identify land for the promotion of the tourism industry in the Batticaloa District.

The identification of coastal lands belonging to the state and private sector from Werugal-aru to Batticaloa in the Batticaloa District was taken up for discussion.Seveal Divisional Secretaries including the Batticaloa District Secretary K. Karunaharan joined the discussion via Zoom.

President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake, Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Staff to the President, Sagala Ratnayaka, Senior Economic Adviser to the President Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga, Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Lands W.A. Chulananda Perera, Secretary of the Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation R.M.C.M. Herath and heads of line institutions participated in this discussion.

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