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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

State of Emergency extended to one more month.

[b]State of Emergency extended to one more month.[/b]

[b]Colombo, 22 September, ( [/b]The State of Emergency was extended to one more month in Sri Lanka. The Parliament yesterday passed the motion to extend the state of emergency for another month, despite the opposition United National Party Tamil Member of Parliament T.Mahesawaran who alleged to have ran amok in the floor of the house and tore away the order paper, for not providing the opportunity for him to speak on the motion by his party.

Sri Lanka Government declared the state of emergency on 13 August after the assassination of the former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.

The state of emergency gives sweeping powers to security forces to detain and question people and restrict public rallies and processions. Tamils maintained that the security forces could use the regulations to harass the Tamil community.

Sri Lanka parliament began the one day debate on the extension of the state of emergency on Wednesday morning.

The issue of not allocating time for T.Maheswaran , a Tamil UNP parliamentarian was raised by him in the floor of the house.

He raised a point of order that he was denied with the opportunity speak on an important motion by his party.

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