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Ministry to settle outstanding Rs. 1,989.75 mn to contractors by end of December

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Urban Development and Housing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said that a proposal to establish a separate development bank for the construction industry has been submitted to the Treasury.

The Minister said that based on the feedback received, the new bank will be established.

Meanwhile, Minister Ranatunga said that the amount of Rs. 1,989.75 million which the Ministry was not able to pay to contractors will be paid before the end of this month. The Ministry was unable to pay this money due to the Covid pidemic and the economic crisis.

The Minister said that with the payment of that amount, all the unpaid bills of the Urban Development and Housing Ministry due to the Covid pidemic will be fully paid.

In addition, the Minister also said that the amount of Rs. 1,112.57 million to be paid to the construction contractors for the development work done during this year is also planned to be fully paid before the end of this year.

(dailynews.lk)

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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SL over 60s cricket team ranked 4th in the world

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The Sri Lanka Over-60s cricket team, led by Garry Gunasekara, achieved a commendable 4th place in the recently concluded Over-60s Cricket World Cup in Chennai. 

Twelve teams, including all major cricketing nations except Pakistan and Bangladesh, participated in the tournament.

In the group league stages, Sri Lanka secured victories against India, Wales, and the Rest of the World. 

They also tied with the West Indies and suffered their only defeat to Australia, finishing 2nd in the group. 

Sri Lanka faced England in the first semi-final, resulting in a loss, while New Zealand lost to Australia in the second semi-final. Australia went on to convincingly win the final against England.

In the third-place match, Sri Lanka faced New Zealand and narrowly lost by 20 runs, ultimately securing the 4th position in the Over-60s Cricket World Cup.

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Health Ministry’s Additional Secretary Dr. Saman Ratnayake arrested

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The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested Additional Secretary of the Health Ministry Dr. Saman Ratnayake over the import of substandard human Immunoglobulin injections.

The arrest was made after Dr. Saman Ratnayake arrived at the CID to provide a statement.

Several key individuals including former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, Former Health Secretary, the Medical Supplies Division Director are currently in remand custody over the Immunoglobulin scandal.

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