SC instructs AG to draft rule document in Ranjans contempt case

The AG had been instructed by the Supreme Court to examine the statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake which was reportedly critical of the court. The Supreme Court (SC) has directed the Attorney General (AG) to draft a rule document to show cause on the contempt of court allegations against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake.The Attorney General had informed the Supreme Court earlier this month that at a glance, there is a prima facie case of contempt in a statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake. The Deputy Minister had made the statement in Parliament. The Supreme Court had wanted the AG to see if the statement made by the Deputy Minister is one which can be charged for contempt of court and the Attorney General had informed the Supreme Court that at a glance, there is a prima facie case of contempt.The case has been postponed for July 30. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN announces 125 million plan to help vulnerable Afghans this winter

An estimated 1.7 million people, including 1.3 million in rural areas, will need assistance during the cold season, spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told the press in Kabul. Food needs are expected to be covered, but “we have a shortfall of non-food-items,” including blankets, plastic sheeting, tents, stoves, coal, door frames and other house repair materials, he said. In assessing who faces the greatest risk during winter, attention focused on those who will be isolated due to snow or other seasonal physical obstacles, returnees and internally displaced people, and the urban homeless. “In other words, the poorest of the poor,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva said.Meanwhile, amid reports of attacks on schools in parts of Afghanistan, the spokesman reported on an instance “not of destruction but of construction” involving a UN project to rebuild the Qala-i-Now Girls High School in Badghis province.”The demand for education in the province was so great that students began to occupy the building while construction was only 80 per cent complete,” he said. The school will accommodate 1,200 pupils in the area. read more