Several railways trade unions have decided to withdraw from duties and commence a trade union action in protest against an attempt to sell 3,000 metric tons of metal owned by the Railways Department at a loss of Rs.43 per kilogram.
Mr. Indika Dodangoda, the Convenor of the Union Federation to Uplift Sri Lanka Railways told the media that the Railways Department has entered into an agreement yesterday (04) to award the tender to the Melwa Company, a leading steel manufacturing company in Sri Lanka.
Mr.Dodangoda said he informed the General Manager of Railways in writing and sent copies of that letter to President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Earlier, another company had offered to buy this scrap metal stock at Rs.62 per kilogram.
Melwa had also submitted a bid to buy scrap metal for Rs.62 per kilogram.
However, the then Transport Minister Gamini Lokage had decided not to award the tender to Melwa since they have not completed the procurement process.
However, the company had concealed the incompleteness of the procurement process and had submitted false information to the Arbitration Board and is trying to buy a kilogram of metal for Rs.42, the unions pointed out.
At present, a kilogram of metal is sold at a price of more than 100 rupees, and therefore, the railway unions have requested a meeting to show how this tender can be offered in a way to garner profit.
The trade unions said they will take trade union action with the support of train drivers, suprintendants and railway workers if the tender is award in such a way resulting in losses.
Melwa funded Aragalaya?
Meanwhile, Anandaraja Pillai, a director of Melwa Group, was accused of being one of the main indivisuals who funded the Aragalaya. He had also posted pictures of him in the President’s bed after the protesters took over the President’s House in Colombo.
However, the Criminal Investigation Department has not recorded a statement from him so far.
Meanwhile, Ven.Elle Gunawansa Thera who joined the Salakuna programme on Hiru TV accused ‘RAW’ and the ‘CIA’ as well as the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chaug of playing main roles in the Aragalaya.
However, no response has been given so far by the concerned parties in this regard.
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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (29) by the Director-General of Health Services.
Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.
Racecourse murder : Boyfriend further remanded
The university student who was held in remand custody for allegedly murdering his girlfriend with a sharp weapon at Race Course grounds in Colombo has been remanded further.
Taking up the case today (30) Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis ordered him to be further remanded till February 13.
The magisterial inquest into the death was held today before Colombo Chief Magistrate and
A testimony of the deceased’s father was recorded before Chief Magistrate and further magisterial inquiry was fixed for February 13.
The suspect was not produced before Court by prison authorities since he is currently receiving treatment at the Mental Health Unit of prison hospital.
Constitutional Council approves several judicial appointments
The Constitutional Council met today (30) in Parliament presided by Speaker and the Chairman of the Constitutional Council – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana.
Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Sajith Premadasa, Leader of the Opposition, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, MPs Sagara Kariyawasam, other council members Dr. Prathap Ramanujam, Dr. (Mrs) Dilkushi Anula Wijesundere, Dr. (Mrs) Dinesha Samararatne were present at the Council meeting held.
MP Kabir Hashim, had informed his inability to attend this meeting due to unavoidable circumstances.
The Constitutional Council considered the recommendation of the President to appoint K.P. Fernando, President of the Court of Appeal as a Judge of the Supreme Court, to the post which fell vacant with the retirement of L.T.B. Dehideniya, Judge of the Supreme Court. The Constitutional Council unanimously approved the above recommendation.
Further the Constitutional Council unanimously approved the nomination of N.B.P.D.S. Karunarathna, Judge of the Court of Appeal to be appointed as the President of the Court of Appeal, and the nomination of Mr M.A.R. Marikkar, High Court Judge to be appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal to the resultant vacancies.
The Constitutional Council further decided to publish the advertisement on newspapers of 1st February 2023, calling for applications for the appointment as Members of the Commissions specified in Schedule to Article 41B of the Constitution. Draft format of the application would be published on the Official Parliament website. The deadline to submit applications is 15th February 2023.
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