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Severed thumb found in chocolate; case filed in court

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A severed thumb found inside a ‘Kandos K Super Nut Milk Choco’ bought by a staff member of the Mahiyangana Base Hospital from the hospital’s cafeteria.

After informing the office of the Mahiyangana Medical Officer of Health (MOH), it has been inspected by the Public Health Inspectors (PHIs).

The PHIs have seized the chocolate products of the same category at the cafeteria.

They have also inspected the supermarkets in Mahiyangana and chocolate products of the same category have been taken off the shelves.

Meanwhile, ‘Mawbima’ newspaper reported that the hospital staff member bought the chocolate on August 3, consumed a part of it and kept the other part in the fridge. She found the thumb when she was about to consume the rest of the chocolate on August 5.

The Mahiyangana PHIs have initiated legal action against the chocolate manufacturing company ‘Ceylon Chocolates Limited’ after reporting facts to the Mahiyangana Magistrate’s Court today (07).

Mahiyangana MOH Dr. Sahan Samaraweera, Health Inspector Chaminda Ratnayake and PHIs Amila Abeysekera and Salman Farisz are conducting investigations.

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Indian-owned ship held in Colombo after oil spill; travel ban imposed on captain

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The Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) has taken custody of a ship which had caused an oil spill while anchored at the Colombo Port.

A spokesperson of the MEPA stated that legal action has been initiated against the company that owns the ship and the relevant insurance company regarding the oil spill. Under the Marine Environment Protection Authority Act, the MEPA is seeking compensation for the incident, the authority revealed.

The ship, owned by an Indian company, had recently arrived at the Port of Colombo for maintenance activities. A special investigation conducted by MEPA had revealed a leak of hydraulic oil from the ship. The company’s owner has admitted to the incident and agreed to provide compensation, according to the MEPA.

Furthermore, the Colombo Magistrate Court has imposed a travel ban on the captain of the ship preventing him from leaving the country, as per a request made by the Colombo Port Police.

(This story, originally published by adaderana.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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5 companies fined Rs. 1,243 Mn. for illegal gold imports

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State Finance Minister Dr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said that five companies have been identified for illegally importing gold into Sri Lanka during the past few years, and fines of Rs.1,243 million have been imposed on those companies.

The Minister said that one of the related companies was ordered to pay Rs.179 million as fines.

Emphasising that from now on, all licensed institutions carrying out import of gold goods should avoid these illegal acts, the Minister said that the relevant institutions will also be charged fines for the gold purchased by even third parties considering the production reports.

He said the efforts to stabilise the state revenue of the country are currently being carried out by closing all the loopholes related to the loss of state revenue gradually.

Certain parties who import gold goods have turned this into a big racket and therefore there is a mafia around it.There were various challenges and threats when the government tried to curb this mafia initially.

The Minister further said that there were various levels of threats, pressure and intimidation, and the government did not waver in the face of all these challenges and moved to the second step.

(dailynews.lk)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Teachers & Principals launch TU action

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Teachers and principals in schools across the island will engage in trade union action today.

Convenor of the National Collective Against Teachers’ and Principals’ Salary Disparities Venerable Ulapane Sumangala Thero, says teachers and principals will report sick today.

The decision has been made due to the lack of solutions provided to issues related to salary anomalies.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Education confirmed that schools will operate as usual today and tomorrow.

Meanwhile, The strike initiated by non-academic employees of state universities continues for the 29th consecutive day.

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