Motion presented to appoint PSC to identify changes to election laws and electoral system passed
The motion to appoint a parliament select committee (PSC) to identify suitable improvements to the election laws and electoral system and to suggest required amendments was passed by the House Leader and Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
The Speaker may nominate a Select Committee of 15 members, and the motion specifies that the committee’s recommendations must be submitted within six months of the Speaker’s appointment.
The responsibility of the Committee is to identify shortcomings of the existing electoral system and its structure and to make recommendations with regards to the amendments pertaining to the subject matter.
The committee could decide on its quorum, summon any person before it, to require any person to produce any document or record, to procure and receive all such evidence, written or oral as it may think necessary for the fullest consideration, obtain services of specialists and experts in the relevant fields and make interim reports from time to time and sit notwithstanding any adjournment of Parliament.
Cabinet approval to purchase 6 million doses of Sputnik 5 vaccine for COVID-19
The Cabinet approval has been granted to purchase another 6 million doses of Russian Sputnik 5 vaccine at a cost of $ 9.5 per dose, a statement on cabinet decisions said.
The Cabinet of Ministers on the 23rd March 2021 have decided to purchase 7 million doses of ‘Sputnik V’ Vaccine at a cost of US$ 9.95 each to a sum of US$ 69.65 million upon the recommendation of the Cabinet Appointed Negotiation Committee.
The Cabinet of Ministers at its weekly meeting yesterday has approved the proposal made by the Minister of Health to purchase another 6 million doses of ‘Sputnik V° Vaccine at the same price in addition to the same number of vaccines.
The Sputnik V vaccine has been approved for emergency use in Sri Lanka by the National Medicine Regulatory Authority.
Special operation to arrest drunk drivers from 10th April
DIG Ajith Rohana, the police media spokesman, said that during the New Year holiday season, a special operation would be conducted to apprehend drunk drivers.
On April 10, this special operation will begin.
The requisite breathalyzers have already been given to police stations, according to DIG Ajith Rohana, and the police will concentrate their attention on drunk drivers.
According to a police spokesman, the decision was made in light of the increasing number of traffic incidents. Every day, he said, about 08 people die in traffic accidents.
DIG Ajith Rohana urged motorists to follow all traffic laws while on the road.
Another group of 248 stranded Sri Lankan migrant workers has been repatriated by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman.
Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman in collaboration with the President Secretariat and the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka, made special arrangements for the repatriation of 248 stranded Sri Lankan migrant workers from Muscat to Colombo by Sri Lankan Airlines on 01 April 2021.
This includes around 45 stranded Sri Lankan migrant workers who had overstayed in the Sultanate of Oman after the expiry of their visas. Others included Sri Lankan migrant workers who lost their jobs, sheltered at the Embassy Safe House, released from prisons and those who are under medical emergencies.
Sri Lanka Cricket summoned again before the COPE tomorrow
The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has summoned Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to appear before it tomorrow (April 06), according to the Parliament Communication Department.
When SLC was summoned before the COPE on February 11, the meeting had to be adjourned due to the SL Cricket officials’ lack of preparation, and they were informed that they would be given a month to appear before the COPE again.
In April, the COPE, chaired by Member of Parliament Prof. Charitha Herath, invited four state institutions to appear before the committee.
Accordingly, the National Livestock Development Board (NLDB) will be summoned before the committee on April 07 and the Sri Lanka Football Federation on April 20. The COPE will be convened on April 23 to inquire into past irregularities in the Sri Lanka National Film Corporation.
Universities will be reopened after New Year
Chairman of the University Grants Commission Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunga affirmed that the universities across the country which were temporarily closed due to the outbreak of Covid-19 will be re-opened after the Sinhala and Hindu New Year.
Mr. Amaratunga further notified that a special circular on how to reopen universities, what are the special procedures to be followed, and how to conduct lectures is being prepared under the guidance of Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director General of Health Services.
Strictly follow Covid-19 guidelines during festival season – Minister Keheliya Rambukwella
Minister of Mass Media and Cabinet Spokesperson Keheliya Rambukwella requests the public to strictly follow the Covid-19 guidelines during the festival season and to support curtailing the third wave of Covid-19 virus.
The Minister said this at the Cabinet decision media briefing held today (06) at the Department of Government Information.
Responding to a question raised by a journalist, the Minister said that all the relevant health institutions, public health inspectors, and the police have already been informed about this.