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Eggs ordered from India; arrival date not yet fixed

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Eggs ordered from India; arrival date not yet fixed

Sri Lanka State Trading (General) Corporation General Manager Chamila Iddamalgoda said that it is not possible to announce the exact date of arrival of the ship carrying eggs from India to Sri Lanka.

She said that the samples of the egg stock have been sent for microbiology tests, and these tests will be completed in another three days.

The STC is importing two million eggs from India, and it earlier said that the stock of eggs was to be received by Sri Lanka on February 27.

On the 23rd, the STC said that the egg stock had been shipped from India.

Another scam similar to Sugar Tax Scam?

Meanwhile, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Thushara Indunil alleged that there is a large-scale tax fraud behind the importation of eggs.

He expressed these views following a discussion held with a group of small and medium-sector poultry businessmen in the North-Western Province.

The businessmen said that an egg can be sold at Rs.25 if the price of raw materials is reduced. 

Govt. member requests Rs.75 million to import eggs!

Meanwhile, SJB MP Nalin Bandara alleged in Parliament that someone from the government has asked for Rs.75 million to import Indian eggs.

Responding to the allegations, MP Nimal Lanza said that they were completely false.

Bogus case against Egg Association Chairman!

Meanwhile, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) said that legal action will be taken against a large-scale egg farm and 3 medium-scale farms for selling eggs exceeding the maximum retail price.

According to the CAA, the farm of All Ceylon Egg Producers’ Association Chairman R. M. Sarath Rathnayake is among the egg production farms that have sold overpriced eggs.

However, Mr. Ratnayake denied the accusations. “Twenty eggs have been sold. There were no 20-rupee note to be given back as change. Therefore, a small egg has been given instead. However, the CAA says eggs have been sold for Rs 45. I will file a defamation case for tarnishing my reputation,” he said.

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Presidential poll will be held first as scheduled: President affirms

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe affirmed that the Presidential election will be held as scheduled with the General Elections anticipated to be held early next year, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

The President gave this assurance during a meeting with the representatives of the United Republic Front headed by by its leader Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka at Sirikotha today.

The United Republic Front presented a proposal titled “A United Step for the Country” to President Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning (24), at ‘Srikotha’, the United National Party headquarters in Colombo.

After engaging in discussions with the President, the leader of the United Republic Front, Member of Parliament Patali Champika Ranawaka, along with his delegation, presented this proposal to the President.

Speaking at the event, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, highlighted the government’s concerted efforts over the past two years to stabilize the country’s economy, which had faced significant challenges. 

Stressing the government’s commitment to steering the economy towards recovery through strategic reforms, the President expressed his determination to continue these initiatives with the collective support of everyone.

Recalling his open invitation to all political parties to unite under a common agenda on behalf of the country, regardless of political differences, the President reiterated his willingness to embrace constructive proposals from all political parties as part of the nation-building efforts.

The President responded positively to the request made by MP Patali Champika Ranawaka to allow other political parties to participate in the upcoming negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month concerning the restructuring of foreign debts.

United National Party Deputy Leader and President’s Senior Adviser on Climate Change, Ruwan Wijewardena, along with Secretary General of the United National Party Palitha Range Bandara were also in attendance at the event. 

Representing the United Republic Front were Karu Paranavithana, Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe and Attorney-at-Law, Shiral Lakthilaka.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Dedicated SLBFE office to be established in Kegalle district

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In response to a joint request from the Kegalle Migrant Workers Committee and the Kegalle District political authority, Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara has assured the establishment of a dedicated Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) office in Kegalle District.

The request was presented during the Jayagamu Sri Lanka program organized by the Ministry of Labour and Foreign Employment in Kegalle. 

The Committee emphasized the need for an SLBFE office in the district, which has the highest number of migrant workers in Sabaragamuwa Province.

Commending the Minister for his prompt action in establishing a new SLBFE office in Nuwara Eliya District following a similar request, the Committee expressed confidence in his swift response to their current appeal. 

Minister Nanayakkara pledged immediate steps to open an SLBFE office in Kegalle and instructed officials from the Ministry and SLBFE to take the necessary actions for its swift establishment. 

This move aims to enhance support and services for migrant workers in the district.

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Parliamentary committee demands CBSL report on salary hike amid criticism

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Amidst growing criticism over the substantial salary hike for Central Bank employees, a key parliamentary committee has taken action, demanding a report from the Central Bank regarding the legal basis for such an increment without parliamentary approval.

Chairman of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Alleviating the Impact of the Economic Crisis, MP Gamini Waleboda, disclosed that the issue was raised during a committee meeting where Central Bank officials were present.

The Central Bank is now expected to submit a comprehensive report on the salary increment in the coming week. Following the submission, the Sectoral Oversight Committee intends to summon the Central Bank and its Monetary Board for further examination.

MP Waleboda highlighted that the committee expressed strong criticism of the 70% salary increase for Central Bank employees, especially given the ongoing economic crisis, deeming it an immoral act.

“We instructed the Central Bank to provide a report by next week to justify the salary increase. They will need to provide the legal provisions that empower them to effect such an increment. We will summon the Central Bank and its Monetary Board after receiving the report,” stated MP Waleboda.

Both government and opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) have voiced objections to the Central Bank’s decision to raise the salary scales by 70%, with Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella asserting that the Central Bank Act lacks provisions for such salary increases without parliamentary approval, deeming it illegal.

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