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In Sri Lanka, 700,000 vehicle models have faulty airbags

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The Motor Traffic Department (DMT) today announced the immediate recall of over 700,000 vehicle models and brands due to airbag manufacturing flaws.

The defect in the airbags had been revealed following the death of a scientist recently. The scientist died as a result of injuries to his neck caused by a piece of iron inside the air bag, Commissioner General Nishantha Anurudda Weerasinghe said.

He stated that the aforementioned number of vehicles associated with the vehicle involved in the accident are currently on the road and are not safe for passengers.

The Commissioner General said measures are being taken to recall those vehicles to their manufacturers through the vehicle owners.

“The technical team of the department had identified that several car and Jeep models had been found with the fault. The aforementioned vehicle brands and models had been recalled from other countries, and the issue had been resolved. However, the vehicles in Sri Lanka are yet to be repaired,” he explained.

The replacement of airbags related to specific vehicle models will begin next week, the commissioner general said.

source – dailymirror

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Rosewood timber stock rots in Customs for 9 years

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Sri Lanka Customs has had to store 3,669 logs of confiscated Rosewood weighing 420 metric tons at a cost of more than Rs.80 million as storage fees, a report issued by the National Audit Office said.

Although these logs were planned to be sold, they have been stored for 9 years due to the delay in obtaining the permit from the Wildlife Conservation Department.

The logs have already been damaged by insects.

These logs were sent from Zanzibar in Tanzania for re-export to Hong Kong via Sri Lanka by declaring them as African solid wood.

The audit report said that due to the delay in issuing the license, these logs have been stored in a Customs yard from 2014 until April 30, 2023.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board has to pay more than Rs.30 million to the Customs in the form of port development tax and value added tax for a high-powered radioactive element imported on April 23, 2021.

The report said that the overdue tax amount has not been paid to the Customs by January 1, 2023.

This information was revealed by an audit report included in the 2022 annual report of Sri Lanka Customs.

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Muthuhettigama released on bail

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Former Member of Parliament Nishantha Muthuhettigama was released on bail by the Galle Magistrate’s Court today (27).

He was released on two sureties of Rs.5 million each and a cash bail of Rs 50,000. The next court hearing is scheduled to be held on February 02.

The former MP was arrested and remanded on charges of illegally assembling a luxury car.

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Raids increased to nab train passengers sans tickets!

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Sri Lanka Railways has taken steps to increase raids to nab passengers travelling without tickets.

Frequent inspections to nab errant passengers were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Due to this, people are more inclined to travel by train without tickets and the initial raids will be based on Maradana and Colombo Fort Railway Stations.

Meanwhile, the Railways Station Master’s Association said that nearly Rs.225,000 was collected from 72 passengers who travelled without tickets from the Maradana Railway Station from August upto now. 

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