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New Act to regulate container depot operators

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The Licensing of Shipping Agents, Freight Forwarders, Non Vessel Operating Common Carriers, And Container Operators Act No. 10 of 1972 has been amended on several occasions. 

According to the provisions of the Act, container depot operators are to be considered and regulated as a “service provider”. 

Compliance with this provision has been found to adversely affect the development of container depot operators and their infrastructure in relation to modern trade, shipping and logistics service requirements.  

As such, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Minister of Ports Shipping and Aviation Services to introduce a new act with provisions to regulate and control the business run by container depot operators, determine rates and rates of charges, levy and collect charges and, to advice the legal draftsman to prepare a bill for this purpose.

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Political parties urged to publish their National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes 

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A public appeal has been made to several mainstream political party leaders to  immediately publish their respective National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes for social discourse.

The request has been formally addressed to the political party leaders of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), the National People’s Power (NPP), United National Party (UNP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC).

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Govt. to provide free fertilizer to all paddy farmers

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Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries – Mahinda Amaraweera has said that the government has decided to provide MOP fertilizer free of charge to all the paddy farmers in Sri Lanka during the 2024/25 Maha season and 2025/26 Maha season.

Sri Lanka will thus receive 55,000 metric tons of MOP fertilizer as requested by the government from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera, expressed his views on this in a meeting held in Tissamaharama today (June 24).

(dailynews.lk)

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8 arrested over gang rape of teen, remanded

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Eight youths who were arrested in connection with the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in the Jalthara area of Hanwella, have been remanded until June 28.

The suspects were produced before the Homagama Acting Magistrate Padmasiri Jayawardena today (June 24).

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