President’s Fund from 2015: Rs. 26.6 mn paid to 16 MPs

Sixteen parliamentarians have been paid a total of Rs. 26,617,357 as benefits by the president fund from 2015 to up to now.

The highest payment has been paid to 3 Members of Parliament in the year 2016 amount to Rs. 11,700,000.

Two MPs have been paid Rs. 3,917,406 in 2015 and four MPs have been paid Rs. 8,399,287 in 2017. In 2018, seven MPs have been paid Rs. 2,600,664 as benefits.

These details were obtained under the Right to Information Act, from the President’s Fund.

A normal citizen is paid aid less than Rs. 100,000

Ten FR petitions filed against dissolution of Parliament

Ten Fundamental Right petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the dissolution of Parliament.

UNP Chairman Kabir Hasim, former UNP MP Ajith P. Perera, JVP leader Anura kumara Dissanayake, TNA leader R. Sampanthan and Attorney Lal Wijenayake among those filed the petitions.

Whatever personal issues with me, don’t plunge country into chaos: Ranil to MS

Responding to President Maithripala Sirisena’s remarks at yesterday’s government rally in Colombo, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said today whatever the President’s personal issues with him may be, the President should not plunge the country into constitutional chaos through his illegal and immoral actions.

Mr. Wickremesinghe said in a twitter message that the President should not hold the people, he has been elected to serve to, ransom by plunging the country into constitutional chaos.

Train compartment detaches along Kelani Valley line

A train travelling from Kosgama to Colombo Fort along the Kelani Valley railway line had suddenly stalled near the Malapalla Railway Station when the last compartment had detached from the train, the Railway Department said.

Technicians had been sent to the location, officials sai

No one can separate us now: MR

In their first ever major public rally after the new government was formed, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said no one could separate his alliance with President Maithripala Sirisena.

Mr. Rajapaksa said they have come to an agreement not to allow any tattle-tale to separate them. “No one can set us against each other now,” he told the Rata Surakina Jana Mahimaya rally.

He said he is committed to work with the President to establish democracy in the country, to salvage it from the alienation and to develop it including the North and East.

He also invited political parties which represent minority groups to join the new government to uplift the people’s livelihood irrespective of ethnic or other differences.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said the decision taken by the President to appoint him as the Prime Minister was a serious one. “Parting ways temporarily is not a strange phenomena in politics. We have joined today for the sake of the country, to prevent further alienation of it so that we can create a better country for future generations of Sri Lanka,” he said.

He said he was able to reduce taxes and also fuel prices in a day after assuming duties as the Finance Minister. “If I could have done it, that means they (previous government) could have also done it. However, they were focused on their well being instead of the people,” Mr. Rajapaksa said