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Women Parliamentarians Caucus decides to stand for the rights of first female DIG

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The Women Parliamentarians Caucus yesterday said that it would fight for the rights and job security of Bimshani Jasin Arachchi, who was promoted as the first Deputy General of Police in Sri Lanka. Addresing the media at the Parliament complex, its members said they had set aside political differences to fight for the female DIG’s rights.

Chairperson of the Women Parliamentarians Caucus, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID-19 Disease Control Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle took exception to the legal challenge to the appointment of Bimshani Jasin Arachchi, who was the Director of the Police Children’s and Women’s Bureau.

State Minister Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle, State Minister Dr. Sitha Arambepola, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Parliamentarian Rohini Wijeratne and the Deputy Secretary General and Chief of Staff Kushani Rohanadheera were present at a press conference.

The Chairperson pointed out that her caucus was very pleased with the appointment of the female Deputy Inspector General of Police and that it considered the appointment of a woman to a higher post in an institution such as the Sri Lanka Police, where the majority was male, as a major step towards ensuring gender equality.

Fernandopulle believed that Sri Lankan women were encouraged to join the police, given that they should have the right to receive their promotions regularly.

Deputy Chairperson of the Caucus, State Minister of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation Dr. Seetha Arambepola said that all women parliamentarians, setting aside political differences, condemned the involvement of certain groups in resorting to legal action challenging the post of DIG Bimshani Jasin Arachchi, and urged all women in the country as well as all parents who wished their daughters success to unite.

Addressing the news conference, Deputy Chairperson of the Caucus MP Rohini Wijeratne said that the harassment of women was a major obstacle to the progress of the country and action should be taken to stop the physical or mental harassment of women, especially in the workplace.

She pointed out that there were many examples of women being elected as national leaders in Sri Lanka. She named Sirimavo Bandaranaike, who became the world’s first female Prime Minister, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, who was elected President twice and Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, who was appointed the Chief Justice.

The Chairperson also said that the purpose of the Women Parliamentarians Caucus was to stand for the rights of women in the Legislature.



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Southern MP warns that Russian & Ukranian tourists working here are at risk

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“They may be knifed or their lives threatened”

ECONOMYNEXT – Tourists from Russia and Ukraine who are staying in houses in Sri Lanka for long periods are engaging in business activities and should be taxed to prevent them being knifed by competitors, SLPP MP Chandima Weerakkody told parliament on Friday.

“There are many tourists who are staying long term in houses,” he said. “Though they come here they cannot use their credit cards – especially Russian and Ukrainian tourists who cannot use their money through their cards. As a result they have been forced to work and earn something in Sri Lanka.”

He called on the government to have a system where they can use their money.

“In our areas many tourists are cutting hair, some are doing tinkering work, some are setting up pizza shops, some are selling cannabis – I think there is a new name now *for ganja),” Weerakkody said. “If we send the immigration behind the tourists who are coming, even those that are coming will not come.”

“No taxes are being charged from any of these tourists who are doing business. Our (local people’s) taxes are raised. I am asking at least to have a system for the government to collect some taxes

“I want to say in Parliament that in our areas, a knifing (pihi anumak), or some other threat to life (jeewitha tharjanayak) may happen if this situation continues.”

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Kidney sale racket unearthed in Colombo

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Five duped to sell their kidneys at Rs. 15 million each

By Norman Palihawadane

The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) has informed the Colombo Additional Magistrate Ranjindra Jayasuriya that an investigation has been launched to arrest the suspects involved in the organized racket of obtaining kidneys from poor people promising big money and selling them to local and foreign people.The CCD told the court on Thursday that four men and one woman have parted with their kidneys, and despite promising to pay Rs.15 million per kidney nothing was paid.

CCD reported to court that the victims were operated at a Hospital on Cotta Road in Borella and no money was paid. A mother who was nursing a one-and-a-half-year-old infant was among those cheated.

The police told court that a person from the Bloemendhal area had referred these people through another man and a woman. Required medical tests had been conducted at three private hospitals.

Evidence has been obtained that kidney surgeries had been performed at a private hospital in Borella and the CCD stated in court that this racket was organized targeting poor families in Colombo.

It informed court that they have already launched investigations and will arrest the suspects and produce them before court.After considering the relevant submissions, the Magistrate ordered the CCD to conduct investigations and arrest the suspects and present them to court.

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Record highest number of school students visit Parliament

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School children wave during their visit to Parliament on Thursday (1). Serjeant-at Arms Narendra Fernando said that the largest number of school students in the history of the Parliament visited the Parliament on Dec 1. Over 5,000 students from 32 schools from different provinces visited the Parliament on that day, he said. More than 25,000 students representing schools in different parts of the country had visited to observe the Parliamentary debates after the Public Gallery was reopened for school students from Sept 19.

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