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Jaswar wants foreigner to be executive officer

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Jaswar Umar, who assumed duties as the new president of the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) yesterday (03), has said that he will get the service of a foreign national as the Football Executive Officer.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the richest sports association in Sri Lanka, has also given the position of executive officer of its administration to a Sri Lankan. Therefore, experts in the field said the new FFSL President’s remarks had belittled Sri Lankan executives.

The experts are disappointed with the decision of Umar to send back the amount of US Dollars the country may receive through the sport.

Meanwhile, it is said that Umar has made this statement based on the instructions received by FIFA due to the allegations of financial fraud persisted at FFSL in the past.

Though the appointment of a foreign national as the executive officer will be convenient for the international administration of football, the experts raised concerns that it will lead to practical difficulties for the local administration.

According to media reports, during the first executive committee meeting, Umar has discussed the programme to revive football by giving incentives to football leagues.

The reports further said that discussions were held regarding the strengthening of the football leagues and the launch of inter-club football tournaments. League matches would be provided with financial support as well.

Umar has also said that he will start a project to distribute 10,000 footballs in order to enhance football at school level.

He further said: “It is important to strengthen the football administration. A foreign national will be employed as the football executive. Also, a foreign coach with experience will be recruited for the technical department. The football calendar will also be released as soon as possible.”

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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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