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Probe whether organized scheme behind flight delays: SOC

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The officials of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should probe whether an organized scheme is behind SriLankan flight delays when the tourism industry is slowly recovering, Sectoral Oversight Committee (SOC) on Energy & Transport Chairman Nalaka Bandara Kottegoda said.

The SOC on Energy & Transport met yesterday (04) in Parliament.

Furthermore, it was discussed that the constant delay in flights is concerning especially when there is a peak of tourist arrivals into the country, despite the various challenges faced and in the midst of an economic crisis.

CAA Officials said that there are many trade unions within the ambit of Sri Lanka Airlines, and various trade unions are not fulfilling their respective duties on time praying for various demands. As a result, the said context is prevailing, the officials present said.

The discussion held mainly took into consideration the constant flight delays and unexpected flight cancellations.

MP Kottegoda, the Chair of the SOC said that all parties should work to resolve the existing problems, and that it should not develop into a level that affects the country or the country’s economy.

Moreover, the Civil Aviation (Amendment) Bill was also considered to which the Sectoral Oversight Committee agreed.

SOC members MPs Kumarasiri Rathnayaka, Udayakantha Gunathilaka and a group of officials representing the CAA were present.

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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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