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Driving licenses for for hearing impaired

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The Transport and Highways Ministry today (16) launched their pilot program to issue light vehicle driving licenses for the hearing impaired in the Gampaha district.

Accordingly, temporary driving licenses for practical training (Learner Permit) were issued at the Motor Traffic Department’s Gampaha office by Transport State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna today. The permanent license will be given to them after three months of practical training.

On Nov. 06, the medical examination and written test for applicants for a driver’s license were conducted.76 people appeared for the written test, and 44 passed.

According to the records of the Department of Statistics, there are about 388,000 people with hearing impairments in the country, with 39,000 of them living in the Gampaha district. It is also said that nearly 1,000 hearing impaired people from around the country have applied for driving licenses.

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One more COVID-19 death

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One more COVID-19 death was confirmed yesterday (04) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll is at 16,805.

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Auto Diesel price slashed

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The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has announced that the price of a litre of Auto Diesel will be reduced by Rs. 10/- from midnight today (05)

Accordingly, the new price of a Liter of Auto Diesel will be Rs. 420/-.

However, CPC states that prices of other types of fuel will remain unchanged. 

Meanwhile Lanka IOC says that they too will reduce the price of Auto Diesel by Rs. 10 from midnight today.

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Bandula asks SLTB chairman to resign

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Minister of Transport and Highways Bandula Gunawardena has called for the immediate resignation of the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), Kingsley Ranawaka.

In a letter addressed to the SLTB chairman, the minister states that the ‘Park and Ride – City Bus Service’, which was initiated under a policy decision of the government, has been suddenly suspended without informing him, based on a decision reached by the Director Board of the Sri Lanka Transport Board.

Therefore, the Minister, under the powers vested in him by Sri Lanka Transport Board Act, No. 27 of 2005, has instructed Mr. Ranawaka to resign from the posts of SLTB chairman and Director Board member with immediate effect.

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