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COPE lauds Kalubovitiyana Tea Factory Ltd.

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The Kalubovitiyana Tea Factory Limited was summoned to the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) which met on 08.09.2023 Chaired by Prof. Ranjith Bandara, Member of Parliament. The COPE Chair congratulated the institution on the progress it has made.

The Auditor General’s 2021, 2022 reports and current performance of that institution were examined at this Committee meeting held. A group of officials including Mr. Janaka Dharmakirthi, Secretary to the Ministry of Plantation Industry, Mr. Aminda Rodrigo, Chairman of The Kalubovitiyana Tea Factory Limited, were also present at this Committee.

Addressing the Committee, the Chairman of Kalubovitiyana Tea Factory Limited stated that in 2022, the highest income of the company was Rs. 2 billion and a profit of Rs. 214 million following the payment of tax was also recorded. He pointed out that there are 4 tea factories in Matara, Galle and Kandy districts and they have successfully overcome many challenges including obtaining tea leaves. The Chairman of the company also stated that the company has shown success by adhering to the existing rules of the government as a public institution.

Although the company is small, the Auditor General said that this state-owned company has shown great progress in terms of accounts and financial statements. He appreciated the institution and mentioned that it has been a long time since he met such a progressive institution. The Auditor General pointed out that the recommendations given by COPE in 2013 have been followed to an extent of ninety-five percent and great progress has been achieved through high management skills. Here, attention was paid only to two audit questions.

Attention was directed on recovering the amount of 1.4 million rupees which is the deposit amount paid when acquiring the building where the head office was maintained by the company on a monthly rental basis. According to the said, the officials stated that a case is being filed.

In 2003, even though the loan amount given to a state company at the interest rate of twenty two percent was recovered, the interest was not charged. The officials also said that the institution has assured that it will pay the interest amount of 51 million rupees in installment basis.

Members of Parliament Nimal Lanza, Upul Mahendra Rajapaksha, Sanjeeva Edirimanna, and M. Rameshwaran were present at this Committee meeting held.

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Term tests for Western province suspended

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The term tests for grade 10 and 11 in the Western province schools has been postponed after some of the question papers were shared on social media ahead of the examination.

A senior official said that the decision had been taken after complaints that several question papers had been leaked out before the examinations.

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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SL over 60s cricket team ranked 4th in the world

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The Sri Lanka Over-60s cricket team, led by Garry Gunasekara, achieved a commendable 4th place in the recently concluded Over-60s Cricket World Cup in Chennai. 

Twelve teams, including all major cricketing nations except Pakistan and Bangladesh, participated in the tournament.

In the group league stages, Sri Lanka secured victories against India, Wales, and the Rest of the World. 

They also tied with the West Indies and suffered their only defeat to Australia, finishing 2nd in the group. 

Sri Lanka faced England in the first semi-final, resulting in a loss, while New Zealand lost to Australia in the second semi-final. Australia went on to convincingly win the final against England.

In the third-place match, Sri Lanka faced New Zealand and narrowly lost by 20 runs, ultimately securing the 4th position in the Over-60s Cricket World Cup.

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