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SJB higher-ups accused of deceiving candidates!

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Beruwala Mayor Masaai Mohammed accused the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) leaders of deceiving him.

Although he was invited to contest for the Beruwala Municipal Council from the SJB, he said his name was removed from the list during the handing over of nominations.

Mayor Mohammed said that it is a serious issue that the decisions taken by SJB leaders are not being implemented.

“On the last day of handing over nominations, at 8.30 am, they handed over the list without my name. The SJB leader posed for photos with me as well. That day, we all made a pledge to make the SJB victorious. They broke the promise and betrayed my trust. People are angry now. The people who were with the SJB have completely lost faith in the party, especially in Beruwala. How can Sri Lanka be salvaged in this manner? The leader’s leadership qualities were not shown at that moment. How can such a weak leader rule the country?”

Meanwhile, Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha Opposition Leader Vipula Peiris, who had supported SJB Leader Sajith Premadasa during the Presidential and the General Elections, said his name has also been removed from the SJB nominations list for Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha.

His name has been removed from the nomination list due to serious objections by SJB MP Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.

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Postage stamp to be increased to Rs. 100 in July

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A proposal has been made to increase the price of an ordinary postage stamp to Rs. 100 by July, Mass Media Ministry Secretary Anusha Palpita said.

He told the Daily Mirror that the Postal Department is currently incurring an annual loss of Rs. 7,000 million.

“Last year, the loss was reduced to Rs. 3,200 million. However, with a salary increase for postal employees costing Rs. 2,800 million this year, the Postal Department’s loss will rise again to Rs. 7,000 million.” he said.

“If the losses continue to increase, it might reach Rs. 5 billion by 2025. Less than 1.5 million people use postage stamps, yet the entire country bears the burden of the Postal Department’s losses,” he added.

The price of a stamp was Rs. 15 until 2022, and the current price is Rs. 50.

“We are awaiting approval from the Treasury to raise the price of a postage stamp. This decision is necessary due to the ongoing losses of the Postal Department,” Palpita said.

(dailymirror.lk)

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

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SL health officials urge public not to panic over flesh-eating bacteria

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Sri Lankan health authorities have urged the public not to panic about the spread of Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome (STSS), or commonly known as ‘flesh-eating bacteria’.

Surging numbers of STSS cases across Japan have raised alarm globally.

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NDU delegation from China, visits Navy HQ (Pics)

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A National Defence University (NDU) delegation from the People’s Republic of China, currently in Sri Lanka as part of their overseas study tour, visited the Navy Headquarters yesterday (June 18). 

During this visit, the members of the delegation called on the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera.

The NDU delegation, which comprised 41 student officers, was led by Rear Admiral Hu Gangfeng. Meanwhile, the delegation will be in Sri Lanka from 16th to 19th June.

During their official interaction, Rear Admiral Hu Gangfeng exchanged several views with Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera on several matters of mutual interests. The occasion culminated with an exchange of mementoes, signifying the importance of the occasion.

In addition, the delegation members took part in a briefing by the Commander of the Navy who outlined the roles and responsibilities of the Sri Lanka Navy. The Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Pradeep Rathnayake, Director General Operation, Rear Admiral Nishantha Peiris, Director General Training, Rear Admiral Buddhika Liyanagamage, Naval Assistant to the Commander of the Navy, Rear Admiral Kosala Warnakulasooriya and Defence Attaché of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Colombo, Senior Colonel Zhou Bo were also present on this occasion.

(Source / Pics : navy.lk)

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