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Govt. Executive category staff to get Rs. 25,000 allowance

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The Government has decided to pay a special monthly allowance of Rs. 25,000 to the officers of the Executive Service category of the government service, effective from today (01).

It had been decided in the Cabinet of Ministers meeting on June 24 to pay a special monthly allowance of Rs. 25,000 to the above grade officers, irrespective of the length of service, instead of the special allowance which was paid on the basis of service so far.

Accordingly, this allowance will also be paid to the officers of Sri Lanka Engineering Service, Sri Lanka Architect Service and Sri Lanka Surveyor Service.

The related circular has been forwarded to the Ministerial Secretaries, Provincial Secretaries and Heads of Departments under the signature of the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government Pradeep Yasaratne.

This circular has been issued with the approval of the Treasury and the provisions of this circular will be effective from today, July 1, 2024.

(dailynews.lk)

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Prasanna urges Ranil to declare candidacy promptly

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During a spirited rally in Kadawatha today, Minister Prasanna Ranatunga passionately urged President Ranil Wickremesinghe to promptly announce his candidacy for the presidency within the upcoming week.

“The people of Gampaha eagerly await your decision. Please do not delay any further in declaring your intention to contest,” Minister Ranatunga urged with conviction.

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Harin awards Rs. 1M to Olympic athletes

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Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Harin Fernando has awarded financial sponsorship cheques of Rs. 1 million each to six athletes participating in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. 

Additionally, prize money totaling Rs. 1280 lakh was distributed to athletes and coaches who secured medals and top-eight positions in the last Asian and Paralympic Games in Hangzhou, China.

Young sprinter Tharushi was among the highly rewarded, receiving Rs. 15 million for her Asian Games gold medal along with another Rs. 2.5 million for her relay medal.

Minister Fernando emphasized the significance of encouraging athletes even amidst the country’s financial crisis. 

He expressed his commitment to promoting sports and highlighted the importance of discipline in representing Sri Lanka. He urged athletes to dedicate themselves to achieving victory, meeting the high expectations of the nation.

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Former INSSSL Director General Asanka Abeygunasekara arrested

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The former Director General of the Institute of National Security Studies of Sri Lanka (INSSSL) Asanka Abeygunasekara has been arrested by police.

Abeygunasekara, against whom there was a pending open warrant over a case filed by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this morning (21), police said.

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