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SL halts canned fish imports

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In a move aimed at bolstering the domestic canned fish industry, Minister Douglas Devananda has directed a temporary halt on imports of canned fish from abroad, effective immediately. 
The announcement came after a discussion held today between the Minister and representatives of the Canned Fish Producers Association.

Minister Devananda emphasized the need to support local businesses and create a favorable environment for their growth. 

He instructed the Director General of the Fisheries Department, Susantha Kahawatta, to implement the import suspension effectively. 

The Canned Fish Producers Association welcomed the decision, highlighting the challenges faced by local businesses due to foreign competition. 

They pointed out that imports of approximately 8,000 tons of canned fish in recent months had significantly impacted domestic sales.

Additionally, the Association expressed concerns about the decreasing prices of imported canned fish compared to local products.

Furthermore, the Association emphasized the impact of government-imposed taxes such as VAT and CESS, which they claim put further strain on their operations and threaten factory closures.

Minister Devananda also instructed the Secretary of the Ministry to investigate the feasibility of imposing an additional levy on imported canned fish. 

(newsfirst.lk)

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GCE O/L results out within 10 days

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Examination Commissioner General Amith Jayasundara said yesterday (23) the results of the GCE Ordinary Level Exam 2023 (2024) will be released within the next 10 days.

He stated that efforts will be made to release the exam results within this week and if it is not possible, the results will be definitely released within ten days.

(dailynews.lk)

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

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Non-academic staff of schools to take TU action

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The non-academic staff of government schools have announced a decision to engage in a Trade Union action by reporting sick today (June 24) and tomorrow (25).

According to the Education Non-Academic Employees’ Union, the TU action is being carried out in the North Central, and North Western provinces and Kandy District today (24) .

General Secretary of the association Ajith K. Thilakarathne stated that the trade union action is being carried out based on several demands including a national policy for non-academic staff in the education sector.

Meanwhile, the National Organizer of the Principal Service Union – Sisira Rajapakse has announced that a nationwide strike has been planned for June 26.

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New State Minister sworn in

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MP Sathasivam Viyalendiran was sworn in as the State Minister of Trade and Environment before President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat a short while ago, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

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