No need to close schools because of JO protest

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DM-1-192By Sheain Fernandopulle  

There is no need to close schools tomorrow because of the JO’s anti-government protest march, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.  

The ‘janabalaya kolambata’, anti-government protest campaign organized by the joint opposition is to be held tomorrow in Colombo.  


He said the government had no intention of closing close schools in Colombo or sending students home before 1.30 pm on account of this protest.  


“Why we should be worried about this protest. Let them carry out their protests. We are not bothered with what the JO members are doing,” the minister said. “We have deployed the Police to take action if any act of sabotage takes place.” 


Blurb — The government has no intention of closing close schools in Colombo or  sending students home before 1.30 pm on account of this protest

 

The ‘janabalaya kolambata’, anti-government protest campaign organized by the joint opposition is to be held tomorrow in Colombo.  


He said the government had no intention of closing schools in Colombo or sending students home before 1.30 pm on account of this protest.  


“Why we should be worried about this protest. Let them carry out their protests. We are not bothered with what the JO members are doing,” the minister said. “We have deployed the Police to take action if any act of sabotage takes place.” 


Dissidents will be sacked if they take part: SLFP

 

By Sandun A Jayasekera

The SLFP has decided to sack the 15 SLFP dissidents if they participate in tomorrow’s joint opposition-organized anti-government ‘janabalaya kolombata’ protest rally, a senior SLFP minister said yesterday.  

 

He said the SLFP Central Committee headed by President Maithripala Sirisena would meet this weekend to approve a resolution calling for the expulsion of any SLFP dissident who takes part in the protest.  


“The decision to expel them has to be confirmed by the CC,” the senior minister said.  


He said the party would not leave legal loopholes to challenge the expulsion in courts and first call for an explanation from those who betrayed the party and violated the party constitution.  


The minister said there were divisions among the 15 dissidents with a majority hoping to obtain SLFP nomination for the general election. He said they had a foot in the SLFP becuase they doubted they would be nominated by the SLPP. 


Blurb — The SLFP Central Committee headed by President Maithripala Sirisena  would meet this weekend to approve a resolution calling for the  expulsion of any SLFP dissident who takes part in the protest

 

The SLFP Central Committee headed by President Maithripala Sirisena  would meet this weekend to approve a resolution calling for the  expulsion of any SLFP dissident who takes part in the protest

 

He said the SLFP Central Committee headed by President Maithripala Sirisena would meet this weekend to approve a resolution calling for the expulsion of any SLFP dissident who takes part in the protest.  
“The decision to expel them has to be confirmed by the CC,” the senior minister said.  


He said the party would not leave legal loopholes to challenge the expulsion in courts and first call for an explanation from those who betrayed the party and violated the party constitution.  


The minister said there were divisions among the 15 dissidents with a majority hoping to obtain SLFP nomination for the general election. He said they had a foot in the SLFP becuase they doubted they would be nominated by the SLPP. 

 


Parliamentary sessions as usual on Sept.5, 6: Speaker

 

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday there was no move to cancel the parliamentary sessions scheduled for tomorrow and the day after.   

“There are reports that I have been advised to call off the parliamentary sessions to be on September 5 and 6. Neither the President nor anyone else has advised me to do so. The party leaders have not taken any such decision either,” he said.  

“There are reports that I have been advised to call off the parliamentary sessions to be on September 5 and 6. Neither the President nor anyone else has advised me to do so. The party leaders have not taken any such decision either,” he said.  

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