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Parliament to be prorogued from Friday (27); New Session on 8th February

COLOMBO (News 1st) – The President's Office has reserved a slot with the Government Printer to issue the Proclamation to Prorogue Parliament with effect from midnight on Friday (27).President's Secretary Saman Ekanayake confirmed to News 1st that the respective gazette was sent to the Government Printer as per a decision taken by the President to prorogue parliament with effect from midnight on Friday (27).He said that the new session of Parliament will take place on the 8th of February 2023 at 10 AM.A Senior Official at the Government Printer confirmed to News 1st that the respective gazette was received to go ahead with printing.What is prorogation?To prorogue Parliament means to prolong it,or toput it off for a later day.It is basically a temporary recess of Parliament.Parliament ordinarily functions over a series of sitting days which make up what is called a session; when Parliament is prorogued, a session comes to an end.Effect of Prorogation in Our Parliament:Constitutional ProvisionsDuring the prorogation the Speaker continues to function and the Members retain their membership even though they do not attend meetings of Parliament. The effect of a prorogation is to suspend all current Business before the House and all proceedings pending at the time are quashed except impeachments.  A Bill, motion or question of the same substance cannot be introduced for a second time during the same Session.

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Namal Rajapaksa - Remove barriers for entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka – Namal tells Dept of Manpower - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
Remove barriers for entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka – Namal tells Dept of Manpower
COLOMBO (News 1st) – Chairperson of the National Council Sub-Committee on Identifying Priorities in Formulating Short-, Medium- and Long- Term Policies Namal Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament instructed Anusha Gokula, Director General – Department of Manpower and Employment, to organize a preliminary discussion within two weeks in coordination with all relevant institutions in order to remove the existing barriers for entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka and quickly prepare a new policy framework.It was emphasized at the sub-committee that starting an enterprise in Sri Lanka has become a complex process, so a policy framework should be prepared to make it a very simple and easy task like in developed countries. The sub-committee also agreed to discuss and decide the necessary legal and policy changes to make this process easier and more efficient in coordination with the Divisional Secretary and District Secretariat offices and related institutions at the next committee meeting.These recommendations were given as the officials representing the Department of Manpower and Employment and the Attorney Generals Department were called before the National Council Sub-Committee on Identifying Priorities in Formulating Short-, Medium- and Long- Term Policies to discuss formulation of national policies related to encouraging entrepreneurship and investment.Anusha Gokula, Director General of the Department of Manpower and Employment, pointed out that since entrepreneurship and career guidance is a right that should be given to the students of Sri Lanka, the educational policies should be changed to include it in the school education system of Sri Lanka.According to a recent survey, there are nearly 800,000 youth who do not have education,
Dinesh Gunawardena - Jeewan steps down from National Council - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
Jeewan steps down from National Council
COLOMBO (News 1st) – The Secretary of the Ceylon Worker's Congress, Parlimentarian Jeevan Thondaman has stepped down from the National Council.The Speaker says that M. Rameshwaram the Chairman of the Ceylon Worker's Congress has been appointed as his replacement. The Speaker also announced that MP Patali Champika Ranawaka was also included into the National Council.The resolution proposed by the Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to constitute the Parliamentary Committee called 'National Council' was passed in Parliament recently.The 'National Council’ is constituted to represent all the parties representing the Ninth Parliament from the recognized political parties of Sri Lanka.Presenting this proposal to Parliament on 20th September, the Prime Minister explained the authority and general responsibilities of the 'National Council'.One of them is the determine the general priorities of Parliament to guide the formulation of  short, medium, and long-term national policies.Another responsibility is to agree on short-term and medium-term common minimum programs related to economic stabilization.It is also tasked with organizing special meetings with the Ministers of the Cabinet, the National Council, the Chairperson of Special Committees and Youth Observers of Youth Organizations.The 'National Council' also has the power to summon reports from the Sectoral Oversight Committees, the Committee on Public Finance, the Committee on Public Accounts, the Committee on Public Enterprises and any committee that controls the Public finance.The National Council will consist of the Hon.
Kanchana Wijesekara - Committee to restructure CEB appointed - newsfirst.lk - China - state Senior
Committee to restructure CEB appointed
COLOMBO (News 1st); A committee has been appointed to restructure the Ceylon Electricity Board, Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara says.The Ministry of Energy stated that the responsibility of restructuring the CEB was handed over to the members of the committee, which was approved by the Cabinet.Accordingly, the relevant committee will provide restructuring proposals with the technical support of various development institutions within a month.The Minister said that the Committee was also appointed to evaluate suitable companies to import, distribute and sell petroleum products, and accordingly, multiple companies will get to engage in the Petrolieum Industry in SL with CPC and LIOC.The committee consists of following members;– Dr RHS Samaratunge – Former Secratary, Finance Ministry  – MMC Ferdinando – Former Secratary, Ministry of Power & Energy – Dr Susantha Perera, Former AGM,  Ceylon Electricity Board,  – Thilan Wijesinghe – Former Chairman, Board Of Investment, – Saliya Wickramasuriya – Chairman, Petroleum Development Authority & Director General, Port City Economic Commision – President’s Counsel Nihal Jayawardhane – Former Legal Consultant to the Public Enterprise Reforms Commission  – Attorney at Law Harsha Fernando – Former Senior State Counsel at the AGs department  – Chandana Wijesinghe – Director, Ministry of Power & Energy.
Charitha Herath - Action against officials who fail to implement COPE decisions - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
Action against officials who fail to implement COPE decisions
COLOMBO (News 1st); The Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and Member of Parliament (Prof) Charitha Herath said that the Parliament will focus on taking special measures against officials who do not implement the recommendations and decisions made by COPE.He mentioned this at a special meeting of the Committee on Public Enterprises which was held in Parliament on Monday (04).The meeting was held especially with the participation of the members of the committee and the views of its members on 3 main issues were obtained.Accordingly, the review of the progress made pertaining to COPE investigations conducted during the period from February 23rd, 2022 to date was considered at the meeting.Accordingly, the Chairman of COPE stated that the investigations carried out during this period have been complied into a report and copies of the report have been given to the members of the committee.He further mentioned that the decisions related to several institutions including SriLankan Airlines, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, State Timber Corporation, People’s Bank, Development Lotteries Board, Building Materials Corporation, Litro Gas Lanka Limited and Litro Gas Terminal Lanka (Private) Limited were included in the report.The chairman of the committee further pointed out that certain reports related to certain decisions given by the committee have not yet been given to the committee by these institutions.The Members of Parliament who were present, pointed out that strict action should be taken against the officials who do not implement these decisions. They pointed out that the Parliament and the committee should intervene further regarding the matter.
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Jumbo Floating Restaurant capsizes after being towed from Hong Kong port
A video frame grab from AFPTV footage show Hong Kong's Jumbo Floating Restaurant, an iconic but aging tourist attraction designed like a Chinese imperial palace, being towed out of Aberdeen Harbour on June 14, 2022, after years of revitalization effo HONG KONG - Hong Kong’s iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant has capsized in the South China Sea less than a week after it was towed away from the city, its parent company said Monday.The restaurant encountered "adverse conditions" on Saturday as it was passing the Xisha Islands, also known as the Paracel Islands, in the South China Sea, and water entered the vessel and it began to tip, according to Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises Ltd.The company said no one was injured, but that efforts to save the vessel failed and it capsized on Sunday."As the water depth at the scene is over 1,000 meters, (it makes it) extremely difficult to carry out salvage works," it said in a statement.It said the company "is very saddened by this accident."File: The Jumbo floating restaurant, Aberdeen Bay, seen in 1991. (Photo by Edgar MC TRESSIN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) The Jumbo Floating Restaurant, almost 80 meters (260 feet) in length, had been a landmark in Hong Kong for over four decades, serving Cantonese cuisine to over 3 million guests including Queen Elizabeth II and Tom Cruise.It closed in 2020 due to the pandemic and laid off all its staff.