Connect with us

News

UNP & SLPP to contest polls under common symbol!

Published

on

The United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) have paid attention to contest the Local Government elections under a common symbol, UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara said.

He said the two parties will contest jointly for some local government institutions under a common symbol while they will contest under the elephant symbol and the lotus bud symbol separately for other LG institutions.

Mr. Range Bandara said the leaders of the two parties will decide on further details at a discussion which will be held on January 10.

The top officials of the two parties held a discussion in Colombo yesterday (8) to decide on how to contest the local government elections where they have discussed contesting under a common symbol.

UNP Chairman Wajira Abeywardena, Deputy Chairman Ruwan Wijewardene, Vice Chairman Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Senior Vice Chairman Sagala Ratnayake, General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara and Ravi Karunanayake, SLPP Organiser Basil Rajapaksa, General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam, MPs Sanjeewa Edirimanna, Johnston Fernando and Mahindananda Aluthgamage attended the discussion.

News

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

Published

on

By

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)

Continue Reading

News

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

Published

on

By

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)

Continue Reading

News

Teachers & Principals launch TU action

Published

on

By

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.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2024 Sri Lanka Mirror. All Rights Reserved