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Questions and Answers
Question: I have lost the deeds of the house. The lawyer who wrote
the deed is dead. How can I get a new deed? Your advice will be
K C Jayawardena, Moratuwa
Answer: There are usually three copies of a deed, one is the original
which you claim to have lost, the second is the duplicate which should
be available with the Land Registry office in the area where your lawyer
who prepared the deed was practicing. The third copy is referred to as
the protocol copy and is retained by the lawyer who prepared it.
After the demise of the lawyer, the protocol copies should be handed
over to the Land Registry as stated earlier of the area in which your
late lawyer was practising. This you may check with the late lawyer’s
family. If you don’t have the number of the deed, then you have to
request a lawyer or a Notary Public to make a search at this Land
Registry. The Land Registry will issue a certified copy of the deed once
the deed details are traced.
Question: I am writing this letter on behalf of the residents of
Davidson Road, Lorenz Road and the adjacent roads with regard to the
irritating noise emanating from the nearby kovil.
We have been living in this locality for the last 50 years and have
never experienced such a nuisance all these years until now. It is truly
disgusting. The loudspeakers are turned on full blast and the noise
makers carry on with no regard for the people living in this area.
Believe it or not this noise pollution has compelled some of the
residents in this area to shift to other areas. The residents have no
objection whatsoever to the conducting of religious observances. But,
why should they disturb the peaceful environment. I am sure no right
thinking god will permit this kind of disturbance. The noise starts at 5
am and continues till 7 am and again in the evenings from 4.40 till 8 on
a daily basis. I doubt the environmental authorities sit around to hear
the ear-splitting sounds night and day. No law-abiding person will
tolerate this noise pollution in this residential area. What do we do
with people who have no social or civic sense, no sense of environmental
responsibility or no conscience?
I hope and pray this letter will get the attention of the relevant
authorities and take appropriate action to curb this menace. If no
concrete action is forthcoming from the relevant authorities the
residents have decided to take the law into their own hands to deal with
Disgusted residents, Colombo 4
Answer: As requested we will publish your concern but we very much
doubt that any person responsible for this will read this and take any
action. We suggest that a few of you get together and meet the religious
dignitary concerned, failing which speak to the Bambalapitiya Police. Is
it the Hindu kovil facing Galle Road with a side entrance to Lorenz
Road. During a week or two of some festival it is understandable but
they cannot use loudspeakers day in day out. If you can provide more
details of this kovil we may be able to discuss with the authorities
They can use loudspeakers only from 6 am to 10 pm. Since you state
that they start at 5 am, they have to obtain permission from the ASP of
the area which you can check up with the Police whether this kovil has
been given any such permission.
Cutting down jak tree
Question: My next door neighbour has grown a jak tree a few inches
away from the parapet wall. This wall was constructed solely with my
money. The tree is now more than 15 feet tall. As the years go by, the
girth of the tree will damage the wall. Most of the branches of this
tree are on my side of the land.
It hasn’t started bearing fruit, as it is still a young plant.
Please let me know what action I should take in order to get this
tree cut down. The neighbour is not in talking terms with us.
Anticipating an early reply.
K H P R Fernando, Negombo
Answer: If it was some other variety of tree we could have offered
the solution of cutting it down but in this case it happens to be a jak
tree. As far as we are aware, you cannot cut down a jak tree even in
your own compound without the written consent of the Divisional
Secretary. Although it has not started bearing fruits the plant is still
a jak tree which is protected by law. We suggest that you seek the
advice of the Grama Niladhari of your area on this matter.
PAYE Tax for 2011/2012
Question: Can you please let us know the New Payee Tax applicable for
the tax year commencing April 1, 2011. We very much appreciate the
assistance given to the public and the professional service rendered to
the professionals and other members of the public by the Organization of
Professional Association (OPA). The Legal Aid Page is helpful mainly on
legal matters. No such service is being provided by any other
- Regular Reader
Answer: Yes, Paye Tax means Pay As You Earn Tax which is deducted at
source by the employer from employees and remitted to the Inland Revenue
Department on behalf of the taxable employees.
We provide below the PAYE tax applicable to all employees who are
resident and citizens of Sri Lanka.
The paye tax applicable to non-citizens employed in Sri Lanka will be
different and that has not been included but can be provided if