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Letter sent to President over Kurundurmalai lands

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Archaeologist Chakravarti Ellawala Medhananda Thera has sent a letter to the President regarding an order given by him to distribute the lands in the vicinity of the historic Kurundi or Kurundurmalai Temple, but not belonging to the temple, among the general public.

In the letter, Medhananda Thera said if the lands around the Temple site fall into the hands of people who support racist struggles, grave repercussions could occur in the area.

The letter said that it was learnt through the media that lands that do not belong to the Kurundi Temple have been handed over to the public and that it is inappropriate to distribute these lands to random personnel as ruins of various Buddhist monasteries are scattered around the site.

It also said that it is inappropriate to release lands near a Buddhist monastery to people who support racist struggles and that this move has been made to create colonies of racists near Buddhist ruins.

Medhananda Thera emphasized in his letter that the ownership of these lands should not be transferred as it appears that the lands have been seized by force and that there is a risk that it may lead to a great destruction in the future.

(Lankadeepa)

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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