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CCTV cameras purchased for Immigration Dept. 6 years ago yet to be installed

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The CCTV camera system that had been purchased at a cost of Rs. 2.1 million to be fixed inside the premises of the Department of Immigration and Emigration had been in storage for six years without being installed, the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) revealed.

The revelation came when the Department of Immigration and Emigration was recently summoned before COPA under the chairmanship of State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna.

It was further revealed that while the CCTV system had been purchased in 2017, not all of the equipment needed for installation of the system had been purchased. The officials who were responsible for this purchase have since been transferred.

The COPA Chair noted that some officials in such institutions were reluctant to install CCTV cameras in their institutions. COPA ordered the Department to take immediate steps to install the CCTV system within the institution’s premises under the direction of a committee headed by an additional secretary to the Ministry of Public Security.

COPA also drew attention to the fact that the issuance of e-passports had been delayed by four years though the process commenced in 2020. Officials informed the Committee that the procurement process for the e-passport system was in its final stages. COPA instructed the Department to take immediate steps to expedite the process of setting up the e-passport system.

(sundaytimes.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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India in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines

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India is in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines in the island nation.

The demand for graphite is steadily increasing, as it is the most common material used for anodes in lithium-ion and other batteries.

The Indian government had discussions with the government of Sri Lanka on acquiring graphite mines there, sources said.

(PTI)

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Karapitiya Hospital to be a National Hospital

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The Cabinet has approved the proposal to develop the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital as a National Hospital.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet briefing that took place today (May 23), Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardane said that this will be the third National Hospital in addition to the two National Hospitals in Colombo and Kandy.

The relevant Cabinet paper had been presented by Health Minister Ramesh Pathirana.

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36,900 power breakdowns due to inclement weather

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The Ceylon Electricity Board has reported over 36,900 breakdowns resulting in power interruptions to more than 300,000 consumers in the last 3 days due to inclement weather, says Power and Energy Minister – Kanchana Wijesekera.

Taking to X, the minister notes that additional service staff has been assigned to attend the breakdowns and the CEB management & service staff are working 24 hours to restore power to the affected consumers.

If consumers are unable to repot power interruptions through the CEB hotline 1987, they can use the SMS option to 1987 with BD and the electricity consumer number to follow, use the CEB Care app or through http://cebcare.ceb.lk, he adds.

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