Written by News 1st
02 Dec, 2013 | 5:39 pm
The Committee Stage debate on the 2014 budget is currently underway in Parliament.
Our lobby correspondent says that at the commencement of today’s Parliament session, Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunge, making a statement in Parliament, voiced opposition against a purported visit to be undertaken to Jaffna by the Indian Prime Minister, on an invitation extended by the Chief Minister of the Northern Province.
The Chief Opposition Whip noted that such a visit can only be undertaken on the invitation of the President.The Chief Opposition Whip also raised questions regarding discrepancies in the appointments of four judges. Responding to this question, the Prime Minister, D.M. Jayaratne noted that there were no discrepancies with the appointments and that the most qualified persons had been appointed for the job.
Also speaking in Parliament today, Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris, commented on foreign influences. The Minister noted that Sri Lanka will take the right decisions regarding issues including resettlement and that seeking foreign influence in these matters is completely unwarranted.
Joining the committee stage debate on the 2014 Budget today, DNA Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetthi pointed out, that the debt limit proposed through the Appropriations Bill, had been suddenly increased this morning.
Newsfirst will have more news from Parliament as the committee stage debate on the 2014 budget proceeds, throughout the day on our hourly news bulletins and on prime time news at 9 tonight.
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