Parliament denies approval for the Sri Lanka Law College decision to conduct examinations only in English
The Rules under the Council of Legal Education Ordinance (Chapter 276) inclusive of the decision taken by the Council of Legal Education to make the mandatory medium of examination of the Sri Lanka Law College English, was voted against by the House on Tuesday (21st March 2023).
Accordingly, 113 Members of Parliament voted against the Sri Lanka Law College decision to make the mandatory medium of examination English whilst 1 Member of Parliament voted in favor.
The Rules made by the Incorporated Council of Legal Education with the concurrence of the Minister of Justice under Section 7 of the Incorporated Council of Legal Education Ordinance (Chapter 276) and published in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2208/13 of 30th December 2020 were presented in Parliament on the 10th of March 2023.
The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Justice, Prisons Affairs and Constitutional Reforms also did not agree to the decision taken by the Council of Legal Education to make the mandatory medium of examination of the Sri Lanka Law College English.
Hon. Gamini Lokuge unanimously appointed as the Chair to the Committee on Banking & Financial Services
Hon. Gamini Lokuge was unanimously appointed as the Chair to the Committee on Banking & Financial Services on Tuesday (21st March 2023). Whilst State Minister Hon. Anupa Pasqual proposed Hon. Gamini Lokuge, Member of Parliament Hon. Karunadasa Kodithuwakku seconded it.
Accordingly, the Committee met today (21) in Parliament, and the Chair requested for the support of all the members to successfully carry out the work of the Committee.
Moreover, the Committee members also agreed call the heads of institutions related to the scope of the committee for discussions.
The said Committee was established to consider policy issues related to the accounts of banking, insurance and other financial sector services in Sri Lanka.
Members of Parliament Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa, Hon. Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Hon. Udaya Gammanpila, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, Hon. Ajith Mannapperuma, Hon. B. Y. G. Rathnasekara, Hon. Sampath Athukorala and Hon. Yadamini Gunawardena were present at the Committee meeting held.
Hon. Dilan Perera appointed as Chair of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Reconciliation and National Unity
Hon. Dilan Perera has been appointed as Chair of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Reconciliation and National Unity on Tuesday (21st March 2023) at the Committee meeting held in Parliament.
Accordingly, Hon. Mayadunna Chinthaka Amal proposed the name of Hon. Dilan Perera whilst Hon. Gevindu Cumaratunga seconded it.
The Chair addressing the Committee stated that as the Chair of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Reconciliation and National Unity, he is happy that his name was proposed by a Member of the Government where as a member representing the Opposition seconded it with no Member opposing it.
Furthermore, the Chair stated that institutions such as Ministry of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms, Office for National Unity & Reconciliation, Office on Missing Persons, Office for Reparations, Department of Community Based Corrections, Official Language Commission etc.. are scheduled to be brought before the Committee to discuss the way forward.
Members of Parliament Hon. A. L. M. Athaullah, Hon. Kulasingam Dhileeban, Hon. Mayadunna Chinthaka Amal, Hon. Gevindu Cumaratunga, Hon. (Ms.) Rajika Wickramasinghe, Hon. M. A. Sumanthiran and Hon. Hon. Isuru Dodangoda were present at the Committee meeting held.