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Budget 2023 : Second reading passed in Parliament

The second reading of the 2023 Budget was passed in Parliament on Tuesday (22) by a slim majority of 37 votes.Votes in Favor: 121Votes Against: 84Abstentions: 1The debate on the second reading of the Appropriation Bill began on November 15th, and the voting for the second reading took place on Tuesday (22) evening.The debate on the committee stage of the Appropriation Bill is scheduled to be held from November 23rd to December 8th, and the voting will be held on December 8th at 7.00 pm.Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that all Sri Lanka Freedom Party MPs who are connected to the government decided to vote in favour of the second reading of the budget today (22).Meanwhile, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the People's Freedom Congress, and the National People's Power have decided to vote against it.The Tamil National Alliance decided not to take part in the voting process for the Second Reading of the 2023 Appropriation Bill.

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Mahinda Amaraweera - Muthu Raja to stay in Sri Lanka; Ministry in talks with Thai Embassy - newsfirst.lk - Thailand - Sri Lanka
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Muthu Raja to stay in Sri Lanka; Ministry in talks with Thai Embassy
COLOMBO (News 1st) – Sri Lanka's Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation had blamed the unruly conduct of a caretaker or mahout for causing serious harm and torture to the Muthu Raja Tusker who was held at the Kande Viharaya in Aluthgama.The tusker Muthu Raja was gifted by Thailand to Sri Lanka in 2001 during the presidency of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, and it was moved to the Kande Viharaya in Aluthgama.The tusker, however, fell ill multiple times while at the Kande Viharaya in Aluthgama.Recently, a delegation from the Thai Embassy in Colombo visited the Kande Viharaya in Aluthgama to inquire into the well-being of the tusker, and following their inspection it was decided to move the tusker out of the temple and place it under the case of the Dehiwala National Zoo.The Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation said the Muthu Raja tusker is now under the protective care of the Dehiwala Nationa Zoo and its staff.However, the Thai Ambassador had decided to send the tusker back to Thailand.A statement from the Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation noted that Minister Mahinda Amaraweera had instructed the Secretary to the Ministry to immediately discuss the matter with the Thai Ambassador, as the Department of National Zoological Gardens had agreed to take care of the tusker.
Mahinda Amaraweera - Yala Chaos: Guides & Park Rangers interdicted after video goes viral of SUV fleet joy riding inside Yala - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Yala Chaos: Guides & Park Rangers interdicted after video goes viral of SUV fleet joy riding inside Yala
COLOMBO (News 1st) – The guides who accompanied a group in a fleet of vehicles who operated recklessly inside the Yala National Park, and the Park Rangers who failed to control the situation have been interdicted, said Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.Several videos of a fleet of vehicles entering the Yala National Park and doing doughnuts inside the park premises harassing the wildlife went viral on social media, attracting widespread condemnation from netizens.Sri Lanka's Ministry of Agriculture in a statement said that Minister Mahinda Amaraweera had instructed to immediately take action against against those involved in the incident.In addition, the Minister had requested the Inspector General of Police to arrest them irrespective of their status and position.The Minister added that steps will be taken to blackslist such individuals and vehicles from entering the Yala National Park.On Monday (24), The Department of Wildlife said that strict legal action will be taken against individuals who cause harm or harassment to the wild animals inside the Yala National Park.Director General of Wildlife Chandana Sooriyabandara told News 1st that Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has given clear instructions to institute immediate legal action against all individuals who had caused harm to wild animals using vehicles inside the Yala National Park.He said the Department of Wildlife is in possession of the information regarding such people, and the necessary evidence to take action against them.
Mahinda Amaraweera - Yala joyriding group blacklisted & cannot visit any national park for three years - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka - county Park
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Yala joyriding group blacklisted & cannot visit any national park for three years
COLOMBO (News 1st) – The individuals & vehicles involved in reckless joyriding inside the Yala National Park have been blacklisted.The Director General of Wildlife told News 1st that these individuals and vehicles cannot enter any National Park in Sri Lanka for three years.The guides who accompanied the group in a fleet of vehicles who operated recklessly inside the Yala National Park, and the Park Rangers who failed to control the situation were interdicted, said Minister Mahinda Amaraweera on Tuesday (26).Several videos of a fleet of vehicles entering the Yala National Park and doing doughnuts inside the park premises harassing the wildlife went viral on social media, attracting widespread condemnation from netizens.Sri Lanka's Ministry of Agriculture in a statement said that Minister Mahinda Amaraweera had instructed to immediately take action against against those involved in the incident.In addition, the Minister had requested the Inspector General of Police to arrest them irrespective of their status and position.The Minister added that steps will be taken to blackslist such individuals and vehicles from entering the Yala National Park.On Monday (24), The Department of Wildlife said that strict legal action will be taken against individuals who cause harm or harassment to the wild animals inside the Yala National Park.Director General of Wildlife Chandana Sooriyabandara told News 1st that Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has given clear instructions to institute immediate legal action against all individuals who had caused harm to wild animals using vehicles inside the Yala National Park.He said the Department of Wildlife is in possession of the information regarding such people, and the necessary evidence to take
Mahinda Amaraweera - Vijitha Herath - May Day demonstrations and rallies organized across country - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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May Day demonstrations and rallies organized across country
COLOMBO (News 1st); Rallies and demonstrations are being held in several cities including Colombo today (01) to commemorate May Day.Multiple May Day rallies have been organized by main political parties, trade unions and other organizations; it is notable that, for the first time in history, the Ruling Faction has not organized a May Day Rally this year.However, arrangements have been made to hold the May Day Rally of the National Center for Progressive Trade Unions, which is linked to the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna at the Ananda Samarakoon Outdoor Theater in Nugegoda.Its General Secretary Sumith Wijesinghe said the rally will commence at 2:00 p.m.The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has also organized May Day celebrations across the country, as SLFP MP Mahinda Amaraweera said the main May Day rally of the party will be held after paying respects to the statue of T.B. Ilangaratne in Colombo.Meanwhile, the General Secretary of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, Ranjith Madduma Bandara expressing his views regarding the party’s May Day rally said the protest march titled, ‘Struggle for Freedom’ will commence from the Campbell Park and reach Independence Square today (01).He said the corrupt rulers have pushed the country into its downfall, adding that the ‘Struggle for Freedom’ will not end until these rulers step down.The Propaganda Secretary of the JVP, Vijitha Herath said the JVP has organized four May Day rallies and meetings in the districts of Jaffna, Colombo, Anuradhapura and Matara.He said the JVP’s Colombo May Day rally will commence from the P.D.
Mahinda Amaraweera - Vijitha Herath - List of May Day rallies organized today (01) - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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List of May Day rallies organized today (01)
COLOMBO (News 1st); Rallies and demonstrations are being held in several cities including Colombo today (01) to commemorate May Day.Multiple May Day rallies have been organized by main political parties, trade unions and other organizations; it is notable that, for the first time in history, the Ruling Faction has not organized a May Day Rally this year.However, arrangements have been made to hold the May Day Rally of the National Center for Progressive Trade Unions, which is linked to the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna at the Ananda Samarakoon Outdoor Theater in Nugegoda.Its General Secretary Sumith Wijesinghe said the rally will commence at 2:00 p.m.The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has also organized May Day celebrations across the country, as SLFP MP Mahinda Amaraweera said the main May Day rally of the party will be held after paying respects to the statue of T.B. Ilangaratne in Colombo.The General Secretary of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, Ranjith Madduma Bandara expressing his views regarding the party’s May Day rally said the protest march titled, ‘Struggle for Freedom’ will commence from the Campbell Park and reach Independence Square today (01).The Propaganda Secretary of the JVP, Vijitha Herath said the JVP has organized four May Day rallies and meetings in the districts of Jaffna, Colombo, Anuradhapura and Matara. He stated the JVP’s Colombo May Day rally will commence from the P.D.
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