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20 sent on compulsory leave: Minister says no cause for panic

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Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said that 20 Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) workers who did not report for duty today (29) have been sent on compulsory leave. 

Speaking at a special press conference held at the Ministry this morning, the minister said that these employees have been banned from entering the CPC premises.

Minister Wijesekera said that there is no cause for panic over a fuel shortage and that distribution will continue as usual. He assured that there will be no queues again.

Meanwhile, the minister said that Sri Lanka has the highest amount of fuel reserves after four years. Commenting further, the minister said there’s no need to worry about a fuel shortage. 

“Many people had the experience of waiting in queues in March and April last year. Today, we have been able to get rid of fuel queues after one year and we are providing electricity continuously. Therefore, we request the people not to panic. I believe that we have the highest amount of fuel reserves in the period of 4-5 years. Orders have been placed for more shipments and we have received funds to pay for these. There were several issues yesterday which made the people panic. On the other hand, some fuel station owners wait without ordering fuel hoping for a price revision. They are contracted to maintain a minimum stock of fuel in their warehouses. Therefore, it is requested once again to make arrangements to maintain it. Place the order accordingly and we can make the delivery with the support of the police and special task force…,” he said.

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Fmr. state minister Diana Gamage granted bail

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Former State Minister Diana Gamage has been released on bail after appearing before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court over allegedly obtaining a passport by producing false information.

She had arrived at the Colombo Magistrate’s Court earlier today over accusations of obtaining a passport by submitting false information.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had yesterday submitted a report to the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court, naming the former State Minister as a suspect in the case pertaining to the obtaining of a diplomatic passport after providing false information.

Accordingly, the Colombo Chief Magistrate Thilina Gamage had ordered the CID to take appropriate measures and report back to the court.

(adaderana.lk)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by adaderana.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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New SL ambassador to China assumes duties

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The Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to the People’s Republic of China – Majintha Jayesinghe had assumed duties yesterday (May 20).

The post of the Sri Lankan ambassador to China was vacant for several months after the tenure of Dr. Palitha Kohona ended.

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Heavy showers today as well

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The Department of Meteorology says the Southwest monsoon conditions are gradually establishing over the island and hence, the prevailing showery and windy conditions will continue. 

Cloudy skies can be expected over most parts of the island.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts.

Heavy showers above 100mm are likely at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and North-western provinces and in Galle, Matara, Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya districts.

Several spells of showers will also occur in the Northern and North-central provinces, it said.

Strong winds of about 40-50 kmph can be expected at times over the island.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.

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