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Melwa tries to buy railway scrap metal for cheaper price!

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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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Skill or professional stream to be added to O/Ls

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State Minister for Social Empowerment Mr. Anupa Pasqual, emphasized that new laws are being introduced to facilitate the use of uncultivated land for agricultural purposes as land is vital for social empowerment. 

The state minister also announced that the government has decided to incorporate a skill or professional stream into the G.C.E (Ordinary Level) Examination to promote social empowerment.

“A fundamental ideology we have advocated is the need for educational system reform to uplift society. Hence, individuals should not be labelled as exam failures solely due to struggles in subjects like maths, religion, or language at the G.C.E (O/L) examination. Therefore, the government has resolved to integrate skill-based or vocational streams into the G.C.E (O/L) Examination syllabus. This concept reflects societal acceptance. Accordingly, the Ministry of Education plans to implement this initiative from the beginning of next year. It is imperative to note that forthcoming educational reforms aim to cultivate skilled professionals,” he said.

The State Minister made these remarks during a press briefing titled “Collective Path to a Stable Country” held at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC) today (May 21).

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Move to sell LSD-infected cattle amid disease outbreak

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With the outbreak of the Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) among cattle in the Nuwara Eliya District, there is a growing tendency among dairy farmers to sell off their affected livestock.

Dr. Suresh Kumara, the Government Veterinary Surgeon in charge of the Kotagala-Talawakele division, reported that the district contributes 12 percent of the Central Province’s milk production. 

The outbreak has led to the death of many milch cows, resulting in a sharp decline in milk output.

In response to the outbreak, affected dairy farmers have begun selling their LSD-infected cattle to slaughterhouses. 

Dr. Kumara emphasized the need for vaccination to control the disease but noted that the necessary vaccine is currently unavailable.

(dailymirror.lk)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by dailymirror.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Puttalam District schools to reopen tomorrow

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Schools in the Puttalam District are scheduled to reopen tomorrow (May 22) for academic activities, according to the Provincial Director of Education of the North-Western Province. 

However, the Zonal Directors of Education have been authorised to decide otherwise depending on the weather conditions, the Provincial Director adds.

All schools in the Puttalam District remained closed yesterday and today due to adverse weather conditions.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the Education Ministry states that news reports claiming that tomorrow is a school holiday, is false.

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