Prevention of Animal Sacrifice in Hindu Shrines
Bill being drafted:
Minister Swaminathan to present Bill in
Significant milestone in promoting Hindu
Animal sacrifice in all Hindu shrines in the island will be banned
under a new law that is to be introduced soon, Resettlement,
Reconstruction, Hindu Religious Affairs and Prison Reforms Minister
D.M. Swaminathan told the Sunday Observer. He said he will present
the Bill in Parliament at the end of this month.
Former chairman of the Independent Television
Network (ITN), Anura Siriwardene, and several key ITN officials are
likely to be charged separately under the Penal Code and the Bribery
Act for financial irregularities committed during the former
administration, authoritative sources said. The matter is currently
being probed by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to
Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud,
Over 3,500 Sri Lankan, 3,800 Indian pilgrims and
300 priests and nuns are due to attend the annual feast of the St.
Anthony’s church, Kachchativu island today. It will be held on a
grand scale with the assistance of the Navy in coordination with the
Indian High Commission.
The development of the Palaly Airport as a
regional airport is next in line under the government’s
infrastructure development program for the Northern Province,
Resettlement, Reconstruction, Hindu Religious Affairs and Prison
Reforms Minister D.M.Swaminathan told the Sunday Observer.
Commenting on the objections raised by NPC Chief Minister C.V.
Wigneswaran, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said.
The release of Tamil prisoners in detention
under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) hit a snag as the
prisoners refused to accept the flexible terms of parole the
government has offered, Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu
Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Swaminathan told the Sunday
Observer. The government offered a one-month commuted prison term
and one year rehabilitation to over 60 of the 108 prisoners.