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May Day celebrations in Colombo & Kandy!

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Various organizations including major political parties and trade unions have organized demonstrations and rallies in Colombo and Kandy today (01) on the occasion of the May Day.

SLPP – Campbell Park

The Labor Day rally of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) will be held today at 2.00 pm at the Campbell Park in Borella under the leadership of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

SLPP General Secretary MP Sagara Kariyawasam said they hope to hold the largest May Day celebration this year under the theme of “Conquering ambitions by overcoming challenges.”  

UNP – Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium

The United National Party’s (UNP) Labor Day rally will be held at 9 am at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo under the theme “Let’s conquer 2048 by focusing on Economy, Technology and Security” and under the leadership of UNP Leader and President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

SJB – A.E Gunasinghe Stadium

The Labor Day rally of Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) will be held under the theme of “The Struggle of the Working People” at the A.E Gunasinghe Stadium. SJB National Organiser Tissa Attanayake said the May Day procession will leave the P.D. Sirisena Stadium at Maligawatta at 2 p.m. and reach A. E. Gunasinghe stadium.

JVP – Vihara Maha Devi Park

The Labor Day rally organized by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will be held at 4.00 pm near the Vihara Maha Devi Park in Colombo under the theme of “Let’s defeat the oppressive corrupt regime that sells the country and let’s rebuild a people-friendly regime.’ It will be held under the leadership of party leader MP Anura Dissanayake.

The party’s General Secretary Tilvin Silva said the rally will start around 2 p.m. from the BRC ground and will reach the Viharamahadevi Park at 4 p.m.

SLFP – Kandy

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will hold their May Day rally at the Kandy Public Market premises at 2 pm.

SLFP Publicity Secretary Thisara Gunasinghe said their parade, which will start at 1 pm, will reach Kandy via Kumburala, Katugasthotala, Ampitiya and Gatambe Roads.

FPC – Kandy

The Freedom People’s Congress (FPC) will hold their May Day rally at Sahas Uyana premises near the Kandy City Centre (KCC), MP Dullas Alahapperuma said.

ULS – Hyde Park

MP Jayantha Samaraweera said that the Uththra Lanka Sabhagaya (ULS) will hold their May Day rally at the Hyde Park grounds in Colombo at 3 pm under the leadership of its Chairman Wimal Weerawansa.

FSP – Nugegoda

Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) has organised their May Day parade from Delkanda Junction, Nugegoda at 1 pm and it will reach the Ananda Samarakoon stadium, Nugegoda where the main rally will be held, its Education Secretary Pubudu Jayagoda said.

Working People’s Joint Rally – P.D. Sirisena Park.

The Working People’s Joint Rally will be held at 3.00 pm at the P.D. Sirisena Stadium in Maligawatta. Their parade will start at 1 pm in front of the Colombo Fort Railway Station, Union leader Ravi Kumudesh said.

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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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