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MPs trying to get 2 governors removed!

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It is reported that a group of Parliamentarians are attempting to remove the two governors who are currently enforcing the law in the Western Province and the North Western Province.

Air Force Marshal Roshan Gunathilaka who is the current Western Province governor as well as Admiral Wasantha Karnagoda, who is the current Governor of the North Western Province, are facing this predicament.

The MPs critical of the two governors have reportedly been very critical at a recent meeting of government MPs led by the President, claiming the two former military officers are running a military-like regime in their respective provinces.

However, ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ learns that the reason behind these accusations are due to the governors taking strict measures with regard to corrupt irregularities such as illegal building approvals brought by the MPs and businessmen’s demands.

It is said that the majority of MPs who had been critical of the governors are state ministers and MPs who have themselves been accused of various irregularities. In contrast, the two governors are said to be very popular among the public.

MPs and state ministers such as Sanath Nishantha, Gamini Lokage, D. Weerasinghe, D.B. Herath, Jayantha Katagoda and several others led by Madura Withanage have raised their criticisms of the two governors in question.

“The Western Province governor does not heed to any politician in the province. Commissioners of local councils and municipal councils like Kotikawatta and Kotte have been transferred. Now Kataragama Divisional Secretary has been brought in. That gentleman may be a good person, but he doesn’t know how to do this job. We have asked to change this. But he is not ready to do so and now there are issues with us. How can one do politics with people like this?,” Madura has said.

Meanwhile, State Minister – Sanath Nishantha has also added, “Not only in the Western Province, but the North West Governor is also like this. He does not pay any heed to public representatives.  A letter was sent urging government officials to boycott a certain state function attended by the President.  The governor of North West does not give two hoots about the government or the regional politicians. One day, I was there when Presidential Advisor – Ashu Marasinghe gave him some advice. His response was on the lines of he did not care about that advice. Ask Ashu Marasinghe whether it’s a falsehood.”

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Indian-owned ship held in Colombo after oil spill; travel ban imposed on captain

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The Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) has taken custody of a ship which had caused an oil spill while anchored at the Colombo Port.

A spokesperson of the MEPA stated that legal action has been initiated against the company that owns the ship and the relevant insurance company regarding the oil spill. Under the Marine Environment Protection Authority Act, the MEPA is seeking compensation for the incident, the authority revealed.

The ship, owned by an Indian company, had recently arrived at the Port of Colombo for maintenance activities. A special investigation conducted by MEPA had revealed a leak of hydraulic oil from the ship. The company’s owner has admitted to the incident and agreed to provide compensation, according to the MEPA.

Furthermore, the Colombo Magistrate Court has imposed a travel ban on the captain of the ship preventing him from leaving the country, as per a request made by the Colombo Port Police.

(This story, originally published by adaderana.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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5 companies fined Rs. 1,243 Mn. for illegal gold imports

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State Finance Minister Dr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said that five companies have been identified for illegally importing gold into Sri Lanka during the past few years, and fines of Rs.1,243 million have been imposed on those companies.

The Minister said that one of the related companies was ordered to pay Rs.179 million as fines.

Emphasising that from now on, all licensed institutions carrying out import of gold goods should avoid these illegal acts, the Minister said that the relevant institutions will also be charged fines for the gold purchased by even third parties considering the production reports.

He said the efforts to stabilise the state revenue of the country are currently being carried out by closing all the loopholes related to the loss of state revenue gradually.

Certain parties who import gold goods have turned this into a big racket and therefore there is a mafia around it.There were various challenges and threats when the government tried to curb this mafia initially.

The Minister further said that there were various levels of threats, pressure and intimidation, and the government did not waver in the face of all these challenges and moved to the second step.

(dailynews.lk)

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

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Teachers & Principals launch TU action

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Teachers and principals in schools across the island will engage in trade union action today.

Convenor of the National Collective Against Teachers’ and Principals’ Salary Disparities Venerable Ulapane Sumangala Thero, says teachers and principals will report sick today.

The decision has been made due to the lack of solutions provided to issues related to salary anomalies.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Education confirmed that schools will operate as usual today and tomorrow.

Meanwhile, The strike initiated by non-academic employees of state universities continues for the 29th consecutive day.

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