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President Mahinda Rajapaksa sitting next to Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne in the Parliament Chambers. Picture by Nalin Hewapathirana

President visits Parliament

President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Parliament and attended sessions for a while yesterday. According to the provisions of the 18th amendment to the constitution, the President should attend Parliament at least once in three months.


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Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka Act No 53 of 1998 :

Regulations aimed at regulating aquacultural societies in SL

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa presided when Parliament met at 1 pm yesterday. After the presentation of papers and oral questions, the House took up several regulations under the National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka, Act No 53 of 1998 for debate.

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Converting Indian Ocean into Zone of Peace:

Sri Lanka planning to explore new approaches to revive concept

Acting External Affairs Minister DEW Gunasekera told Parliament yesterday that Sri Lanka was planning to explore new approaches to revive the concept of converting the Indian Ocean as a Zone of Peace, despite the heavy opposition from major power players in the UN. He said that Sri Lanka had taken this initiative several decades ago, but had been confronted with heavy resistance from the US, the UK and France.

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‘Adhere to Standing Orders’

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday, advised the Members of Parliament to adhere to Standing Orders, when they raise supplementary questions during questions for oral answers. He made this observation when UNP MP Sajith Premadasa, raised supplementary questions from Social Services Minister Feliex Perera. The Speaker also stated that the supplementary questions should be raised in connection with the matters directly involved with the answers given by the minister for the question of the member for oral answer.

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