October 24, 2019
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    In terms of the provisions of the Financial Transactions Reporting Act No. 6 of 2006 (FTRA), the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Sri Lanka entered into an agreement with INTERPOL National Central Bureau for Sri Lanka (NCB Colombo) on October 11, 2019 at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to obtain direct access to the INTERPOL Information System.

    Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police, Head of NCB Colombo, D W R B Seneviratne and . D M Rupasinghe, Director, FIU signed the agreement on behalf of the respective institutions in the presence of Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, who is also the Chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) National Coordinating Committee and C D Wickramaratne, Acting Inspector General of Police.

    A meeting between representatives of political parties and officials of the Election Commission is to be held tomorrow. General Secretaries of all political parties are due to join the meeting which will be held tomorrow (22) at 10.00 am at the Election Commission premises.

    President Maithripala Sirisena left for Japan today (21) to participate in the coronation ceremony of Emperor Naruhito at the invitation of Japanese Government.Japanese Emperor Naruhito ascended to the throne in May but formal enthronement ceremony is set for tomorrow (Oct. 22). During his stay in Tokyo, the President will be received in a separate meeting by Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe and will meet with several heads of different states participating in this ceremony.

    This will be President Sirisena’s third official visit to Japan since assuming office while his previous visits include attending the G7 Summit in May 2016.preparations are well under way to complete Naruhito’s transition from crown prince to emperor, a process that began with Emperor Akihito abdicating the Chrysanthemum throne on April 30. Naruhito, 59, formally became emperor the next day, but the traditional crowning ceremony was set for the autumn.

    The enthronement rituals, known as the “Sokuirei Seiden no Gi”, date back centuries.At 1pm on Tuesday, Emperor Naruhito will give a speech from the canopied throne, also known as the Takamikura. He will be wearing a dark orange robe called a “Korozen no goho”, the design of which goes back to the ninth century and is only worn by emperors during important ceremonies. Empress Masako will be seated next to him, also dressed in elaborate robes.

     

     

    The Government of Sri Lanka continues to maintain that Brigadier Fernando as a diplomat who was attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London is entitled to diplomatic immunity as per the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961. The Government of the UK has been requested to honour this obligation, which is reciprocal according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs communique.

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