Connect with us

BIZ

No pilots for 80 SriLankan flights! – Dayasiri

Published

on

Kurunegala District MP – Dayasiri Jayasekara said in Parliament today (23) that there are pilots for 80 flights of the national carrier – SriLankan airlines.

He also added that 13 flights of SriLankan Airlines have been canceled between June 18 – 22.

The passengers of the canceled flights have been accommodated in nearby hotels. No one knows how much it cost…Millions of rupees may have to be spent on this, he charged.

MP Jayasekara said the subject Minister was trying to suppress the real issue in SriLankan Airlines and was trying to create a situation to sell off the airline.

“The pilots are demanding a payment due for them during the Covid period. Nearly 50 percent of the pilots worked during the Covid period even though flights were grounded,” he added.

The MP also charged that the public is also inconvenienced as vehicles of passengers are not allowed to enter the airport premises.

“They have to lug their luggage along the road and to the passenger lounge,” he said.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader – Sajith Premadasa also spoke on the dearth of pilots.

“In the past 06 months, 70 pilots of SriLankan airlines have left. Now, there are less than 260. 18 more will go to Emirates this year. The country’s requirement is 330 pilots whereas there are only 260. Then, the remaining pilots who are there will be compelled to violate international regulations while working… They are compelled to cut down on their resting hours which could pose a risk to the passengers. I urge the  government to resolve the dearth of pilots,” he said.

BIZ

SDB CEO announces resignation

Published

on

By

Sanasa Development Bank CEO Priyantha Talwatte has announced his resignation with effect from Feb. 20.

In a filing to the Colombo Stock Exchange, the SDB has said the Board accepted his resignation.

Talwatte joined SDB bank in November 2022 after resigning from Nations Trust Bank in April 2022 having served the institution for two decades.

Commanding over 30 years’ experience in banking Talwatte is an alumnus of Harvard Business School (AMP) Boston, USA.

Continue Reading

BIZ

Special commodity levy on several items, upped

Published

on

By

A government notification has been issued, increasing the special commodity levy imposed on several items including black grams, green grams and cowpeas.

As such, the special commodity levy on black grams (skinned, either split or not) has been increased to Rs. 300 per kilogram. 

Meanwhile, the tax on green grams, cowpeas, Kurakkan (seeds), Kurakkan (other), millet (seeds) and millet (other) has been raised from Rs. 70 to Rs. 300.

In addition, a special commodity levy of Rs. 25 is in place on maize.

The communiqué, issued by President Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the Finance Minister, says the order is valid from February 20, 2024 through December 31, 2024.

It also notes that importation of maize, black grams, green grams, and Kurakkan is allowed on the recommendation of the Agriculture Ministry.

Continue Reading

BIZ

CBSL imposes penalties on BoC and People’s Bank

Published

on

By

The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has collected penalties amounting to Rs. 14 million in total from three financial institutions.

According to a CBSL press release, the FIU collected these penalties from Sep. 27 – Dec. 31 2023 from MMBL Money Transfer (Pvt) Ltd as well as from state owned banks – Bank of Ceylon and People’s Bank.

The CBSL said by the powers vested under Section 19 (1) read together with Section 19 (2) of the Financial Transactions Reporting Act, No. 6 of 2006 (FTRA), financial penalties are imposed on Institutions for non-compliance with the provisions of the FTRA.  The penalty may be prescribed taking into consideration the nature and gravity of the relevant non-compliance, it added.

Accordingly, as Sri Lanka’s regulator for Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT), the FIU collected the penalties has credited it to the Consolidated Fund.

The complete press release is as follows : 

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2023 Sri Lanka Mirror. All Rights Reserved