Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said two Local Authorities Bills, one of which seeks to change the system of electing members to these bodies, are set to be passed in parliament on Wednesday.
He added the bills –with a few amendments-- would be taken up on that day. The two bills, namely, the Local Authorities (Special Provisions) Bill and the Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill were held up at the Committee stage early last month as opposition parties wanted more discussions before they were passed.
Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga said Government had agreed to hold a final discussion on the bills on Tuesday before they were passed on Wednesday.
FMM seminar, book launch to mark
Press Freedom Day
The Free Media Movement (FMM) to mark Press Freedom Day on May 3, will host a seminar titled “Media’s Role & Responsibility Towards Building a Strong Democratic Nation’ and launch of the book ‘Martyrs of the Freedom of Expression’, in Sinhala, Tamil and English, compiled by Seetha Ranjanee, on behalf of the FMM.
The event will be held at the Mahaweli Centre auditorium at 3.00 p.m.