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Ambulance drivers on strike today!

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Around 7,000 ambulance drivers and other drivers in the health sector will be on strike today (09) over several issues including the increase in bank interest rates, Government Ambulance and Transport Drivers Association President W.D.Wijesinghe said.

The workers said the interest rate which was between 9 and 10 per cent for loans obtained from state banks had been increased.

Mr.Wijesinghe said the Health Ministry has been informed that patient care services would be interrupted due to the strike.

There are about 550 ambulances under the Ministry and about 1,150 are employed as ambulance drivers and other drivers in the health sector.

In addition, there are about 800 ambulances under the Provincial Health Ministries and more than 5,800 people work as drivers in the health sector.

The trade union had discussed the issue with Health Secretary Janaka Sri Chandragupta and Director General of Health Services Asela Gunawardena but the discussions had ended without a solution.

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Dasun Shanaka denies political involvement

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Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka insisted that he has no links to any political party in the country.

In a Twitter message, Shanaka said that he has noticed his image being circulated in a political party propaganda.

“I’ve noticed my image circulating in a political party propaganda. I have no inclination with any party or ever have participated as an ambassador. My one true love and passion is playing cricket for my country,” he tweeted.

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (29) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.

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Racecourse murder : Boyfriend further remanded

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The university student who was held in remand custody for allegedly murdering his girlfriend with a sharp weapon at Race Course grounds in Colombo has been remanded further.

Taking up the case today (30) Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis ordered him to be further remanded till February 13.

The magisterial inquest into the death was held today before Colombo Chief Magistrate and

A testimony of the deceased’s father was recorded before Chief Magistrate and further magisterial inquiry was fixed for February 13.

The suspect was not produced before Court by prison authorities since he is currently receiving treatment at the Mental Health Unit of prison hospital.

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