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New law for inter-provincial buses from May 15

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The inter-provincial long-distance buses will be permitted to stop only at bus halts with a yellow-colored signboard from May 15, the National Transport Commission (NTC) said.

NTC Director General Nilan Miranda said a pilot program in this regard was held from Galle to Gintota on the Galle corridor to minimise the conflicts between the inter-provincial long-distance bus services and provincial bus services when picking up passengers at certain bus stops.

Accordingly, the NTC has identified 37 bus stops for inter-provincial long-distance buses from Galle to Gintota on the Galle corridor, he said.

The announcement was made while addressing the media at the Government Information Department while launching the pilot program. Addressing the media, NTC Director of Planning Ms. K.A.C. Karunarathna said yellow color sign boards are displayed along with black sign boards.

“Both the provincial and inter-provincial long-distance bus services are permitted to stop at the bus stops where the yellow-colored signboards are displayed. Inter-provincial long-distance buses are not permitted to stop at the bus tops with black sign boards,” she said.

Accordingly, inter-provincial long-distance buses will be permitted only at yellow colored bus stops from May 15.

“Legal action will be taken against the inter-provincial long-distance buses that do not stop at the permitted bus stops as per the prevailing law. This directive will be included as a criterion in the route permit of the NTC, and internal disciplinary action will be taken against those buses that violate this,” Ms. Karunarathna said.

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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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