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Ambulance drivers to launch island-wide token strike

The Government Health Service Ambulance and Transport Drivers have decided to launch an island-wide 48-hour token strike. Secretary to the association Amarananda Waduge said that the strike will be commenced at midnight tomorrow (27) and will continue until Wednesday. The strike will be staged over several demands and against the …

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Rs.8 million robbed in Ragama

A group of unidentified persons had fled after robbing nearly Rs.8 million while it was being transported in a van in Ragama, police said. The incident had taken place a short while ago on Monday. The van was en route to an apparel store in Kadawatha, the police said and …

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Postal unions to strike from Tuesday

Postal trade unions have resolved to go ahead with a strike from Tuesday after talks with Posts Minister M.H.A Haleem failed yesterday. United Postal Trade Unions Front Chief Chinthaka Bandara said the minister was unable to give an assurance with regard to their demands which included abandoning the move to …

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Rice production drop by 40 percent

Rice production in Sri Lanka is expected to drop by 40 percent compared to last year, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warned in a joint report. The report estimates that 686,000 MT of rice will be required to be imported as …

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BOI Chairman files legal action against Azath Salley

Chairman of the Board of Investment (BOI), Upul Jayasuriya, PC, has filed legal action against M. Azath Salley for making defamatory and false allegations against him at a media briefing.   The action filed by Jayasuriya in the District Court of Colombo seeks Rs. 100 million in damages from the …

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Wet weather to continue till June 27

Due to active southwest monsoonal conditions, showery weather is expected during next few days (till June 27) in the south western part of the country and the possibility of continuing rain in the Kegalle, Rathnapura and Kalutara districts is high, the Met. Department said. Fairly strong winds about 50 kmph …

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Muslims in Sri Lanka to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday

Muslims in Sri Lanka will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr (Ramadan festival) on Monday (June 26) as the new moon has not been sighted, the Colombo Grand Mosque announced. Eid al-Fitr is a “festival of breaking the fast” and marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It is a religious holiday …

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3 killed following accident in Hambantota

It is said that three people have been killed following a trishaw collided head on with a tipper truck in Hambantota this morning, police sources said. The accident occurred on Lunawa to Hambantota road, police added. The body  of the deceased were taken to the Hambantota hospital for a post-mortem. The driver of …

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