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CPC obtains loans at higher interest from State Banks

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The loss-making Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has obtained a loan from a state-owned bank at 28 per cent interest on the assurance of repaying within ten months without interest in order to pay an allowance of Rs.30,000 to nearly 5,000 employees.

The employees have been given this amount to purchase books for their children.

Accordingly, the interest for this bank loan is to be borne by the CPC.

Similarly, the CPC has obtained a loan from a state bank at an interest of 22% in order to give an allowance of Rs.50,000 to the employees for the Sinhala Tamil New Year. However, it was reported that the installments have not been paid although six months have already been passed.

A higher official at the CPC said the latest allowance will be given as an employee’s right to buy books for their children.

He said that it has not been mentioned that the loan amount of Rs.50,000 will not be collected but added the collection of the installments has not been commenced yet.

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Armed gang robs Police OIC’s house

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An armed gang came in motorcycles ransacked a residence of an Officer In-Charge (OIC) of the Kalutara North Police this afternoon.

Police said the armed gang which broke into the house of the OIC, inspector Nishan Kumara of the minor complaints unit of Kalutara North at Welipenna reportedly stole two mobile phones and gold jewelry and fled.

The IP was not at home at the time of the robbery, but his wife who was at home was attacked by the robbers.  She was injured in the attack.

It was reported that robbers were carrying T-56 firearm.

Several police teams are investigating the incident.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Schoolboy dies after drowning in swimming pool

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A 14-year-old schoolboy who was swimming in the swimming pool in a hotel at Boralassa, Wennappuwa had drowned.

Police said the victim, a grade 10 schoolboy from Galagedara and was studying in a school in Sandalankawa.

It has been revealed that the schoolboy was swimming in the pool with fellow students while on an excursion with a group of 80 schoolchildren from a tution class in Makandura.

The Wennappuwa Police are conducting further investigations.

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Applying for passports online from next year

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The Immigration and Emigration Department has planned to accept applications to issue passports online starting in January next year, the department’s IT controller Champika Ramawickrama said.

Through the program, an applicant will be able to submit his/her application to the department from the comfort of his home.

He went on to say that the applicant only needs to come to the department to attend to biometric formalities, such as finger prints.

For that, the department has decided to establish 50 front offices counters in each district to obtain fingerprints, Ramawickrama said.

He stated that 50 Divisional Secretariat Offices were chosen from each district for this purpose.

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