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PHIs launch 2-day island-wide strike from today

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The Public Health Inspectors’ Union (PHIU) have decided to launch a two-day strike from today (30 Oct.), putting forward several demands.

According to Union Secretary – Shanaka Bopitiya, one of the key concerns is the failure to increase the mileage rent and transport allowance provided for field duties.

Although they had conveyed their grievances to the Health Ministry, no satisfactory response has been received so far, he has said, adding that they were therefore compelled to engage in trade union action.

However, selected health institutions, such as the port, airport, blood bank, maternity hospitals, children’s hospital, the kidney units and training activities will not be hampered owing to the strike action, he added.Meanwhile, several state sector and provincial public service trade unions are also set to launch an island-wide protest campaign at 12.00 noon today, with Development officers, Management Service Officers, Grama Niladhari officers, Samurdhi officers, Office Services and other employees of the Provincial Public Service sector expected to participate.

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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