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Nawaloka in danger: Business moguls line up to buy hospital

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The Nawaloka Hospital is in danger of collapsing due to obtaining loans amounting to nearly 2.3 billion rupees from five local banks in Sri Lanka, it is learnt.

Accordingly, the hospital has to pay Rs.335 million as its monthly loan installment.

The hospital has obtained loans from the Hatton National Bank, People’s Bank, Bank of Ceylon, DFCC Bank and the Commercial Bank.

If the hospital collapses without being able to pay debts, experts in the health sector said that it will have a negative impact on the health sector.

The Nawaloka Hospital has a large treatment capacity of about 800 beds and there is no other private hospital with such a large capacity.

Health sector sources said that the Asiri Hospital can treat only 650 in-house patients.

However, the Hatton National Bank had issued notices for the auction of the land in Colombo 02 where the Nawaloka Hospital is located.

The Dharmadasa family headed by Jayantha Dharmadasa owns the majority of shares in Nawaloka Hospital.

The list of its shareholders and directors is given below.

Meanwhile, sources in the business sector said that the only way out of the current debt situation is for the hospital to sell more shares.

Meanwhile, it was reported that prominent businessmen Harry Jayawardena, Ishara Nanayakkara, Dhammika Perera and Ashok Pathirage had shown interest in buying more shares of the hospital.

Sources said that these businessmen own a large amount of shares in several banks from which the Nawaloka Hospital has taken loans and this will place the hospital at a great risk in the future.

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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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