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Appointment of one ambassador & 2 secretaries approved

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Secretary General of Parliament Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake, said that the Committee on High Posts has approved the appointments of two new secretaries to the ministries and a new ambassador.

Accordingly, the Committee has approved the appointment of W.S. Satyananda as the new secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing.

The Committee on High Posts also approved the appointment of Mr. M.M Naimudeen as the new Secretary to the Ministry of Investment Promotion, Mr. Dasanayake said.

In addition to that, the Secretary General informed that the approval of the Committee has been given to the appointment of (Dr.) Chanaka Harsha Talpahewa as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Philippines.

The Committee on High Posts of the Parliament met recently (04) under the chairmanship of Speaker – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. MPs John Seneviratne, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Thalatha Athukorala and Dr. Sudarshani Fernadopulle were present.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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