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Over 100 trade unions to join in today’s strike!

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Over 100 trade unions representing petroleum, ports, electricity, health, railways, banking and education sectors would join in nationwide strikes and protests scheduled against the ‘unfair’ tax policy today (01).

Accordingly, the petroleum, electricity and water supply workers would engage in a work-to-rule action, while the health workers will refrain from duties in a way that does not make a major impact on patient care.

Ravi Kumudesh, President of the Federation of Health Professionals, said that some health workers may completely refrain from duties during the strike but the workers in emergency patient care would continue to provide their services.

The trade union action is to be taken during the lunch break by wearing black bands and by raising black flags.

Dr. Haritha Aluthge, Secretary of the Government Medical Officers Association, said that their members will also take part in the series of protests that will be held across the country today while maintaining emergency treatment services in the hospitals.

Meanwhile, the Railways Trade Union Alliance said that there will be no strike today but a massive protest would be held against the unfair actions of the government.

The union said that the trains will be operated with black flags hoisted, and the railway employees would report to duty by wearing black bands.

Meanwhile, the bus associations said they would continue their operations as usual.

Teachers would also report to work wearing black bands and hold protests outside the schools raising black flags.

General Secretary of the Lanka Banku Sevaka Sangamaya Ranjan Senanayake said that they will also join in the trade union actions today.

Accordingly, the employees of 18 public, private and foreign banks would engage in strike today.

Meanwhile, President’s Secretary E. M. S. B. Ekanayake issued a Gazette notification on February 27 declaring several services as essential.

Accordingly, the gazette notification declares public transports services for passengers or goods, discharge, carriage, landing, storage, delivery & removal of articles of food or drink, or coal, oil, fuel from vessels within any port as defined for the purposes of the Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235), the provision and maintenance of facilities for transport services by road, rail or air, including roads, bridges, culverts, airports, ports & railway lines, as essential services with immediate effect.

It was reported that the reason for issuing this gazette is to prevent the strike that is being held today by a number of trade unions.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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