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Earthslip blocks upcountry railway tracks again

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Train operations on the upcountry line have been disrupted due to an earthslip which occurred around 4.00pm today (Dec. 06) between Ohiya and Idalgashinna railway stations, amidst the heavy rains in the area.

Sri Lanka Railways said that trains plying to Badulla will be terminated at Ohiya railway stations until the tracks are cleared.

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Non-academic staff of schools to take TU action

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The non-academic staff of government schools have announced a decision to engage in a Trade Union action by reporting sick today (June 24) and tomorrow (25).

According to the Education Non-Academic Employees’ Union, the TU action is being carried out in the North Central, and North Western provinces and Kandy District today (24) .

General Secretary of the association Ajith K. Thilakarathne stated that the trade union action is being carried out based on several demands including a national policy for non-academic staff in the education sector.

Meanwhile, the National Organizer of the Principal Service Union – Sisira Rajapakse has announced that a nationwide strike has been planned for June 26.

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New State Minister sworn in

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MP Sathasivam Viyalendiran was sworn in as the State Minister of Trade and Environment before President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat a short while ago, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

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Special delegation heads to Russia for ex-soldier repatriation

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A special delegation from Sri Lanka will depart for Russia today (24) to arrange the repatriation of former Sri Lankan military personnel involved in the Russia-Ukraine war, MP Gamini Waleboda announced. 

The six-member delegation includes the Defence Secretary and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They will hold discussions with Russian officials in Moscow on Wednesday (26), meeting with the Russian Deputy Minister of Defense in the morning and the Deputy Foreign Minister in the evening.

MP Waleboda emphasized that several rounds of diplomatic talks are planned during this visit to ensure the safe return of the ex-soldiers.

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