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President hopes to reach agreement this year to resolve ethnic issue 

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that he expects to reach an agreement this year to solve the country’s long-drawn ethnic issue with the Government’s commitment to policies that benefit all communities in Sri Lanka.

He has said he intends to address the ethnic problem in the country while implementing the agreement with the IMF, noting that it is important to move forward while respecting and protecting the rights of all communities.

He said this while joining the United National Party May Day celebrations held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo today (01) virtually.

In order to address the issues faced by the Tamil community in this country, it is futile for Tamil political parties to distance themselves & called on all parties to work together towards building a new, competitive, and sustainable economy that is inclusive and just for all communities in Sri Lanka, he added.

In his May Day address, the President said, “My motivation was not rooted in politics, but in properly managing the country’s economy and alleviating the burdens on its citizens. For this reason, I took on the role of the presidency, as I had faith in my ability to revive the economy and work alongside supportive ministers to achieve these outcomes.

President Wickremesinghe also noted that as the country approaches the centenary of independence in 2048, the goal should be to become a country with a developed economy, just like India aims to achieve in 2047 and China in 2049. “Let 2048 be the year of development for Sri Lanka. We are not only building this economy for the present generation but also for the youth and children of the future.” 

“We need to address the growing demand for change in our political and economic systems, particularly from the youth. As leaders, it is our responsibility to listen to their voices and take action,” he said.

Considering the growing demand for political & economic change, particularly from the youth, the President said it is the responsibility of political leaders to listen to their voices & take action. Additionally, the Government plans to submit the Jana Sabha draft to  Parliament, following former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s proposal.

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Muthukumarana to take up Uddika Premarathne’s MP seat

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S.C. Muthukumarana is set to be named to the Parliamentary seat  left vacant after the resignation of Anuradhapura District MP – Uddika Premarathne.

It is reported that the Secretary General of Parliament – Mrs. Kushani Rohanadheera has informed of this to the Election Commission, in accordance with Section 64(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act No. 1 of 1981.

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Company behind rejected eye lenses secures fresh Tender!

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A company that had recently imported a stock of cataract lenses that were subsequently rejected, has secured a fresh Tender to import another 70,000 lenses, reports say.

The previous stock imported by the company – PTC Holdings (Private) Limited, was rejected as the lenses had lacked the required specifications.

They company has bid to provide a cataract lens at Rs. 9,000 to the Medical Supplies Division (MSD) of the Health Ministry. A cataract lens obtained by the Osu Sala costs around Rs. 30,000, reports add.

It is also learnt that the MSD is being increasingly pressured to accept the rejected stock of lenses, which has been imported from India. However, in a backdrop of the case concerning the controversial procurement of substandard human immunoglobulin vials, MSD officials are reluctant to do so.

On their website, PTC Holdings (Private) Limited has named Mr. Gihan Beneragama, Mrs. Gimhana Wickramasurendra and Mr. Jaliya Wickramasurendra as their Director Board members.

Mr. Gihan is the son of Dr. Hemantha Benaragama, former director of the National Medical Regulatory Authority.

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Policeman shoots himself dead

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A police sergeant shot himself near the Kotawila Court complex, using his service firearm.

The deceased is a 52-year-old sergeant attached to the Kotawila Police Station.He had killed himself at the police post of the Kotawila Court Complex after returning to work from a prolonged sick leave.

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