Speaker defends Police action near Parliament

Parliament was also told that there was a fear the protesters may surround Parliament and that was a threat to Parliament. The Speaker said that the protesters were allowed to protest on the side of the road but instead they had protested in the middle of the road. The joint opposition said that several members of Parliament were prevented from leaving Parliament by the Police during the protest.The Speaker said that he never issued instructions to the Police to block any Parliamentarian. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today defended Police action near Parliament on Saturday during an opposition protest.Jayasuriya told Parliament today that the Police had used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protest as they had violated a court order. However he said he will not interfere with Police action to provide security to Parliament. The Speaker however said he will meet the opposition to discuss their concerns. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Shoppers should only be given new pound coins in their change says

first_imgCashiers should make sure consumers are only given new pound coins in their change as part of efforts to phase out the old version, a minister has said.The new 12-sided £1 coin was brought into circulation in March, and the old round coin will cease to be legal tender from October 15.The Royal Mint has encouraged consumers to “spend, bank or donate” their old coins before that date. Old pound coin Mr Jones, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, also warned about companies accidentally returning the new version of the coin rather than the old one, saying “businesses must remain vigilant”.He said: “There has been a fantastic effort from both the public and businesses in returning more than one billion old round pounds, and I thank everybody involved in this process so far. “But there is still more to do before the 15 October deadline.” The new coin was brought in to tackle the problem of fakes. Approximately one in thirty of the old round £1 coins in circulation are counterfeit.The 12-sided coin, with a gold coloured nickel-brass outer ring and silver-coloured nickel-plated alloy inner ring has been described as “the most secure in the world”.It also has a hologram-style image that appears as a £ symbol and a number 1 depending on the angle it is viewed from.center_img Treasury minister Andrew Jones has urged businesses to do their part to make sure shoppers are not given more of the old coins.He said: “Businesses must remain vigilant when returning coins and ensure old and new coins are organised in separate packaging to make the sorting process quicker and easier.”Shopkeepers must “play their part  to ensure only new pound coins are given to shoppers in their change”, he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The old pound coin will cease to be legal tender on October 15Credit:Alamy last_img read more