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Doctors to launch token strike tomorrow

Government doctors will launch a one-day token strike from 8.00am tomorrow (17), the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said. The trade union action has been planned in order to protest against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed between Sri Lanka and Singapore. The 24-hour strike will be carried out at …

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SLTB employees’ leave cancelled due to private bus strike

The leave of all SLTB bus drivers, conductors and mechanical staff have been cancelled until the planned strike by private bus operators is called off, the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) announced today. SLTB Chairman Ramal Siriwardena said that the board has taken steps to provide 24 hour bus service …

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Daya outlines plans to improve primary industries

Social Welfare and Primary Industries Minister Daya Gamage has outlined extensive plans to improve primary industries to boost exports and employment. The occasion was when the Ministry yesterday kicked off at Waters Edge in Battaramulla a Rs. 16 billion project titled the Agriculture Sector Modernization Project with a Rs. 9 …

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Southwest monsoon proper to hit Sri Lanka from May 23

The southwest monsoon, which brings seasonal rain to the Indian subcontinent, will hit Sri Lanka on May 23, Meteorology Department predicts.   According to international weather forecasts, the monsoon is expected to reach the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 20 and advance further to Sri Lanka and over East …

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Fuel subsidy is only for kerosene – Finance Ministry

Ministry of Finance said the fuel subsidy is only for kerosene given for low income families and fishermen and there will be no subsidy for petrol or diesel. Accordingly, 47,555 families receiving Samurdhi assistance and 24,282 owners of one-day fishing boats with fixed engines will receive kerosene subsidies. Accordingly, a …

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Gold jewellery worth over Rs 2 million seized at BIA

A 29-year-old Sri Lankan has been arrested by customs staff at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) while attempting to smuggle gold jewellery worth over Rs 2 million into the country by concealing in his underwear. The passenger, said to be a textile trader from Hambanthota, had arrived by flight UL …

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