20th amendment to Parliament on 22

 It is reported that the vote on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution will be taken separately from clause to clause at the Parliamentary Committee stage.

According to internal parliamentary sources, those who have alternative views on the constitutional amendment can submit and pass the amendments at that stage.

Limited vehicles available for purchase – Importers

The Vehicle Importers Association of Sri Lanka says only a limited number of vehicles are available in the market for sale at present.

Chairman Indika Sampath Merenchige speaking to NewsRadio said only 5% of vehicles are presently available.

Indigenous community chief warns of deforestation consequences

Leader of the indigenous community Uru Warige Wannila Aththo says if deforestation continues to take place in Sri Lanka, the loss of life in the country would be far greater than those who died of COVID-19 in the United States and China.

Ruwan Wijewardene elected UNP Dy. Leader

Ruwan Wijewardene has been elected as the new Deputy Leader of the United National Party at the Working Committee convened at 3.00pm today under the patronage of party leader - Ranil Wickremesinghe.

A secret ballot was held at today’s Working Committee meeting between Ruwan Wijewardene and Ravi Karunanayake.

Delisting of Russian universities : A mistake or not?

The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) says the delisting of three Russian State Universities from the SLMC Approved List, was a mistake.

Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) Chairman Prof. Harendra De Silva said that an investigation will be launched into the incident.

79 MPs to be issued duty free car permits

It is reported that the Ministry of Finance is taking steps to issue duty free vehicle permits to 79 Members of Parliament soon.

The permits will be handed over to the newly elected Members of Parliament.

New members for COPE and COPA nominated

Members of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) and the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) have been nominated.

The Committee of Selection, on the meeting held in the 27th of August 2020, nominated 16 members to the COPA in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order 119 (1) of the Parliament. 

Owners to be asked to tow MT New Diamond away from Lankan waters

The Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) has decided to inform the owners of the “MT New Diamond” which was engulfed in fire last week to tow the vessel away from Sri Lankan maritime boundary without delay.

This will be informed in writing to the vessel owners today (10) as per the directives of the Attorney General, the Chairperson of the MEPA Attorney-at-Law Dharshani Lahandapura stated.

Cleaning out shrimp farms won't hurt oxygen - Sanath Nishantha

State minister - Sanath Nishantha has stated that he has nothing to do with clearing of the Anavilundawa sanctuary area for shrimp farming.

He adds that there is no affect to Oxygen levels either, when cleaning a shrimp farm.

President calls to scrap taxes on gem & jewelry industry

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed relevant officials to remove the 14% income tax levied on profits earned by gem and jewelry manufacturers and the 15% import tax on gold.