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



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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Won’t allow any breach of law & order during my tenure – President




President Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that during his presidency, no one will be allowed to breach the law and order of the country. He emphasized that he will prioritize doing what is right over doing what is popular, and that presenting popular ideas can lead to the destruction of the country.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe said this during his address to the Tri Forces & Police officers and other rankers at the Air Force Base, Anuradhapura, as the Commander in Chief of the armed forces.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe asserted that no one is entitled to engage in violent protests on the streets, but all political parties have the right to express their opinions or criticize him in a peaceful manner.

He emphasized the importance of doing the right thing, and mentioned that they presented the International Monetary Fund agreement to the parliament to assess whether the parliamentarians had the courage to make the right decisions for the betterment of the country.

The President referred to the International Monetary Fund agreement as an example and expressed his expectation for everyone’s assistance in making the IMF program successful. He also stated that if the country adopts a fresh approach and embarks on a new journey, it can achieve significant development within the next 25 years.

The President asserted that Sri Lanka will win the economic war, similar to the successful fight against terrorism, adding that measures would be taken to establish economic independence in the country.

The President acknowledged that the armed forces and police will continue to play a crucial role in achieving economic independence, and also assessed the actions of the armed forces and police in maintaining law and order during the previous year.

The President expressed gratitude towards the armed forces for fulfilling their responsibility, as without their efforts, Sri Lanka would have become an anarchic state. He also mentioned that the ongoing competition between world powers is affecting the Indian Ocean, and he intends to take action as the President to protect Sri Lanka from this influence.

The President emphasized that future military situations can be shaped by technology and knowledge, unlike in the past. He highlighted the need for the armed forces and police to be equipped with modern technology and knowledge to overcome future challenges. The President initiated the Defence 2030 program, aiming to strengthen the defence forces of Sri Lanka.

The President also announced that stringent laws will be introduced to combat the drug scourge, and no amnesty will be granted to drug offenders. 

The President said that he had instructed the Minister of  Law and Order Tiran Alles, and Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapaksha to take strict action against such offenders and to utilize the support of the armed forces in this effort.

Minister of State for Defence Premitha Bandara Tennakoon, Senior Adviser to the President on National Security and Chief of Staff to the President Mr Sagala Ratnayake, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence GeneralKamal Gunaratne (Rtd), Chief of Defence Staff General Shavendra Silva, Army Commander Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage, Air Force Commander Air Marshal Sudarshan Pathirana, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, Inspector General of Police Mr. C.D. Wickramaratne and around 1200 other rankers of the Tri Forces and Police were present on this occasion.

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39 Chinese nationals arrested over online financial fraud




At least 39 Chinese nationals have been arrested by the Aluthgama police in connection with an online financial fraud.

Police said the suspects had defrauded millions of money over several months through the internet from the accounts of people in different countries.

The group had been staying in a tourist resort in the Kaluamodara area in Aluthgama and Police said they were arrested based on complaints received through several embassies.

While the arrested Chinese nationals were taken to the Alutgama police, several smartphones and cash in their possession were also taken into custody by police.


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2 students killed during big match vehicle parade




Two students were killed and seven others injured after a cab toppled during the vehicle parade held in view of the big match between Uva Paranagama Maha Vidyalaya and Dharmadutha College this afternoon, Police said.

The injured were admitted to the Badulla Hospital.

The accident occurred when the vehicles paraded around the ground during the match.

Further investigations are underway

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