Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka parliament passes Divineguma poverty alleviation bill
Wed, Jan 9, 2013, 01:04 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament today passed the amended Divineguma Bill aimed at poverty alleviation in the country with a majority of 107 votes.

When the vote was taken following the Third Reading of the controversial Divineguma Bill today, 159 voted in favor while 42 voted against.

The opposition parties, United National Party (UNP), the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) voted against the bill.

Supporters of the Bill staged a massive demonstration today near the Sri Jayewardenepura Parliamentary Complex roundabout yesterday to express support to the Bill.

The government has made 10 amendments to the Bill based on the recommendations made by the Supreme Court to avert a referendum.

The Supreme Court after considering 14 petitions filed against the Bill ruled that certain clauses of the draft bill had to be approved by a two-third majority in the parliament as well as through a public referendum unless those clauses were amended.

The Divineguma Bill proposes the establishment of a new department by amalgamating the Samurdhi Authority, Southern Development Authority and the Udarata Development Authority to better achieve the grassroots economic development and alleviate poverty. The new department will function under the Ministry of Economic Development.

** Related Story :: Sri Lanka government to present poverty alleviation bill with amendments to avert referendum

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Judge government by its actions not by statements - Foreign Minister
-- [7 hours ago]
State Trading Corporation opens eighth showroom in the East
-- [8 hours ago]
Two Bangladesh Coast Guard Ships arrive in Colombo
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lanka exports marketed at SIAL Paris 2016
PM assures independent investigation into killing of Jaffna University students as North remains shut down in Hartal
Prime Minister assures the government will not interfere with COPE report
Sri Lanka power regulator appoints a committee to probe breakdown at Norochcholai power plant
Sri Lanka Supreme Court approves amended VAT bill
Finance Minister receives proposals from trade unions for next budget
Sri Lankan Minister Palitha Range Bandara's son arrested over fatal accident

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.