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Sri Pada Chief incumbent berates issuing of tickets to off-season visitors

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The Wildlife Conservation Department has been issuing tickets since yesterday (04) to the tourists who visit Sri Pada via Hatton and Ratnapura routes during the off-season, Chief Incumbent of Sri Pada Ven. Bengamuwe Dhammadinna Thera said

Making a special statement today, the Thera said that no money was charged from any pilgrim visiting Sri Pada ever.

“Currently, the Wildlife Conservation Department is charging tourists. It is unfair to charge money and issue tickets in the off-season. A group of Bhutanese tourists had been charged USD 5 each by the wildlife office near the Makara Thorana (entrance) on Nallathanniya Sri Pada Main Road this morning (05),” the Thera said.

The Thera said that he took measures to develop the necessary infrastructure for the pilgrims, including the steps on Sri Pada Ratnapura and Hatton Road.

“The Wildlife Conservation Department did not provide any support to any tourist but now they are issuing tickets to tourists who visit Sri Pada during the off-season.”

In response to an inquiry we made, an officer of the Nallathanniya Wildlife Conservation Office said that the Department issued a gazette in 2022 to issue tickets to tourists visiting Sri Pada during the off-season.

Accordingly, they have received instructions from the senior officials of the Wildlife Department to charge USD 5 from foreign tourists, USD 04 from tourists coming from SAARC countries and Rs.40 from local tourists since yesterday.

The Nallathanniya Hotel Owners Association has also raised objections to the issuance of tickets by the Wildlife Conservation Department to tourists visiting Sri Pada during the off-season.

(Ada)

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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