Thursday, November 29, 2012

A 4 Member Sri Lankan Family Needs Rs.45,426 As Monthly Expenditure

The chairman of National Trade Union Center Mr.Lal Kantha has said that the monthly expenditure of a 4 member Sri Lankan family  stands as Rs.45,426.50 since last August while government workers are only entitled  a Rs.1500 allowance increment through this years  budget proposals.although government workers are said to be entitled to received the Rs.1500 allowance increment from next January a worker who has received a monthly salary of Rs.20,000 and Rs.10,000  will only receive Rs.1000 and Rs.500 allowance increments respectively.

Speeker Rules Out On Authority Of Out Side Entity Over PSC

Parliamentary Speaker Chamal Rajapaksha has stated yesterday (29)that out side entity has no authority over the speaker,parliament or any other committee appointed by him.he has made these remarks following the statement made by minister Nimal Siripala De Silva  that producing a petition  against parliamentary select committee appointed to investigate the  impeachment motion against chief justice Dr.Mrs.Shirani Bandaranaike is a violation of parliamentary privileges.



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Government Has Failed To Find A Single Major Accusation Against Chief Justice -Mr.Lal Kantha

The Government has included 14 different accusations in impeachment motion against chief justice Dr.Mrs.Shirani Bandaranaike after failed to find a single major  accusation against her the  president of National Trade Union Center Mr.Lal Kantha has claimed today(28).the aim of this impeachment motion against chief justice is non other then to destroy the freedom of  judiciary Mr.lal Kantha stressed.

According to him the national trade union center is planning to launch public protest campaigns against impeaching chief justice to protect the sovereignty of judiciary which is must in a democratic society.the government parliamentarians who are members of  the  Parliamentary Select Committee which investigating impeachment motion against chief justice should declare their assets first before accusing chief justice to doing so Mr.Kantha has said.

The impeachment Motion it self becomes a failure as majority of the senior government parliamentarians did not signed the motion  he has further added.Mr.Lal Kantha has revealed this while addressing the function on 15th anniversary of All Ceylon Health Services Trade Union held at Public Library Auditorium today (28th).

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Large Scale Fraudulent Deal Occured During Purchasing Of 100 Fogging Machines

A large scale fraudulent deal had occurred when purchasing of 100 fogging machines for National  Dengue Control programme Health Ministry sources had revealed.Rs.3 million was received by the higher official who was handled this tender deal as the commissions sources added.

The fraudulent tender deal which was entirely handled by a higher official of the National Dengue Control Programme occurred when the authorities handed over the tender of purchasing  said fogging machines to the highest bidder without considering the lowest bidder.

Around 13 bidders were applied for the tender as the lowest bidder has produced a sum of Rs.87,426 per machine.however the tender was offered to the highest bidder for  Rs.148,000 per machine.

Meanwhile few  of  the lowest bidders have  lodged a complaint to the health ministry secretary on this fraudulent tender deal. .

Sri Lanka's First Ever Communication Satellite "Supreme Sat-1" Was Launched Successfully

The first ever Sri Lankan Communication Satellite "Supreme Sat-1" was successfully launched today (27)at 3.43 p.m local time from the Xi-Chang satellite launching center in China according to Supreme Satellite Company - Sri Lanka.the launching of the satellite was earlier scheduled on last Thursday (22) which was later postponed due to the bad weather prevails in China.

The USD 320 million worth satellite co owned by Sri Lankan Company the Supreme Satellite Company is carrying China's long march 3B/E launch vehicle is scheduled to be positioned above Sri Lanka in the Geo Stationary orbit at 87.5 degrees east approximately 36,000 km above the earth surface.

With the launching of this satellite Sri Lanka becomes the 45th country to owned a communication satellite and third South Asian country to launch a satellite after  India and Pakistan.


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Monday, November 26, 2012

First Communication Satelitte Of Sri Lanka To Be Launched Tomorrow(27)

Sri Lanka's first ever communication satellite "Supreme Sat -1" which was delayed launching due to bad weather is scheduled to be launched tomorrow(27) at Xi Chang satellite launching center in China.the launching of USD 320 Million worth satellite got delayed for five days since last Thursday due to bad weather experienced in China.

The satellite which was jointly  owned by Supreme Satellite Company in Sri Lanka and Great Wall Corporation in China was due to launched last Thursday evening.

Fire Broke Out In Colombo Divisional Secretariet

Fire Fighters are currently engaged in dousing a fire which broke out at Colombo Divisional Secretariat in Dam Street Colombo short while ago according to Police Sources.the cause of the fire  has not yet revealed.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The First Round Of Impeachment Hearing Against Chief Justice Concluded

The first round of impeachment hearing against chief justice Dr Mrs.shirani bandaranaike was conducted by 11 member parliamentary select committee (PSC) yesterday (24) over alleged financial misconduct .the  committee is scheduled to reconvene the hearing on 04th of December.

Chief Justice Mrs.Bandaranaike was arrived the Parliamentary Complex yesterday for the hearing over 14 charges against her on financial and official misconduct.she was accompanied by  her lawyers and given arousing welcome by a large group of lawyers gathered at supreme court complex in hulftsdorf before  she departs for the hearing.

Earlier Mrs.Bandaranaike was asked to appear alone before the PSC hearing which she has denied and was accompanied by her lawyers for the hearing.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Paliamentary Select Committee To Begin Hearing On Impeachment Motion Against Chief Justice

The Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to investigate on impeachment motion against Chief Justice Dr.Mrs.Shirani Bandaranaike is scheduled to begin investigations today(23).the chief justice is due to appear before the 15 member select committee headed by government minister Anura Priadarshana Yapa.

Meanwhile Supreme Court has requested yesterday to postpone the scheduled parliamentary select committee hearing against the impeachment on chief justice.

Bad Weather Prevents Launching Of Sri Lanka's First Ever Communication Satelitte

The launching of  Sri Lanka's first ever communication satellite "Supreme Sat-1" scheduled to be launched yesterday (22) at xichang satellite launching center in China was postponed for 5 days due to the bad weather conditions prevails in China these days according to co owners of the satellite Supreme Sat Company.

The satellite was due to be launched at 3.43 p.m local time yesterday.the exact date of launching will be announced soon a spokesman of Supreme Sat Company reveals.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Anti Malaria Campaign To Use Genetically Modified Mosquito Breeding Method To Reduce Mosquito Population

Anti Malaria Campaign of Sri Lanka has decided to use newly invented  genetically modified mosquito breeding method to reduce the malaria and dengue mosquito population in the country according to the director of the campaign Dr.Sarath Deniyage.dr deniyage has said that the genetically modified mosquito breeding method is an effective method which has been using countries like Austria,USA,South Africa,Brazil and Cayman Islands .

The Anti Malaria Campaign has decided to research on the said method during next month to find out the possibility  of using it under  Sri Lankan conditions Dr.Deniyage has stressed.under this method genetically modified mosquitoes will breed in thousands at a factory and inject them with cobolt radiation  to stop breeding mosquito population.due to  this when after these mosquitoes are released to the environment they will not able to breed mosquitoes as the larvae will be killed before even born due to the radiation.this process is to be continue around 3 years to get positive results Anti Malaria Campaign has said,

According to the foreign media reports the countries which  have used  this method were able to reduced it's mosquito population by 90% after a period of six months.Brazil has already inaugurate a factory to breed these genetically modified mosquitoes and it has expected to release around 4 million mosquitoes per year to the environment.

As this method has been rated as an environment friendly one Austrian government has agreed to provide technical and manpower assistance to implement this method in Sri Lanka according to Ministry Of Health.a group of Austrian entomologists are due to arrive Sri Lanka by next month to train workers in Anti Mosquito Camapign in Sri Lanka on this method  ministry has said.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

180 Varities Of Essential Drugs Are Out Of Stock In Most Of The Pharmacies

Around 180 varieties of essential drugs including the life saving Triglyceride Nitrate (TNT) tablets are out of stock these days in most  of the government and private pharmacies in the country pharmacy sources revealed.due to the shortage patients who are purchasing drugs through these pharmacies faced enormous difficulties sources added.

If these drugs are running out of stock in government hospitals as well patients have no alternative  to purchase these drugs as private pharmacies too are not having stocks of the drugs sources further added.

First Sri Lankan Geostationary Communication Satellite To Be Launched On This Thursday (22)

The first ever geostationary communication Satellite partly owned by  a  Sri Lankan Company "Supreme Sat -1" will be ceremoniously launched on 3.43 p.m this Thursday(22) evening at Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China   senior minister of science Professor Tissa Vitharana has said today (20).the 320 million US Dollar venture satellite is developed with the  assistance of two of the  largest Satellite Companies in China the state owned great wall industry corporation and Sino satellite communications company private limited .

This communication satellite is due to be positioned over Sri Lanka within few hours of it's launch. the aim of launching this satellite is to transmitting signals of satellite  television directly to homes from space .the second and third satellites of Supreme Sat are due to be launched on July 2013 and December 2015 respectively.

The sri lankan company Supreme SAT which partly  owned this satellite is due to open it's first satellite launch center the first of it's kind  here at Koggala area within next few months according to chairman of Supreme SAT Mr.R.M Manivannan.

With this satellite Sri Lanka becomes the 45th country in the world to owned a satellite  of it's own.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Medical Administrators Forum Has Requested Health Minister To Take Stern Action Against Sex Maniacs

The Government Medical Administrator's Forum has requested Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena to revealed the names of health ministry officials who are charged for sexual harassment on women within the ministry premises and take a stern action against them with immediate effect.

Through a written letter to the minister government medical administrators forum has urged the need to take action against those sex maniacs to clear the good name of ministry of health it self.health minister has revealed last week that there were sexual harassment charges against officials in the ministry of health and some females have already complained on them to him.however minster did not revealed the positions and names of the accused officials.

By responding to the minister's statement medical administrators association has said that minister has clearly stated that  most of the females were sexually harasses when they are going to these officials to get a new job,job promotion or a transfer  has puzzled them as most of the said work    are handled by minister him self and his co coordinating secretaries .

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Two Minor Nurses Unions Launched An Unsuccessful Island Wide Strike Demanding Solutions For 5 Demands

Two minor Nurses Unions have launched an unsuccessful island wide strike today (15) by demanding solutions for 5 nurses demands according to government hospital sources.the sources confirmed that the launched strike has seen as an unsuccessful one due to the non participation of country's largest nurses union Public Services United Nurses Union lead by Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero.

However the striking unions ,All Ceylon Nurses Union and Government Nursing Officers Union declared their strike action as a very successful one even after hospital directors stressed that majority of 29,000 nurses served in government hospitals have reported to work today.

Meanwhile while stressing the strike was unsuccessful one the leader of largest nurses union Muruththettuwe Thero has said that his union already manged to get solution for the most of the burning demands presented by striking unions through negotiations with the treasury secretary.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Seven Doctors In Karapitiya Teaching Hospital Involves In Fraudulent Drawing Of O.T Money

Seven Doctors attached to Karapitiya Teaching Hospital were fraudulently drawn   a sum of Rs.45,000 per month as overtime payments by using false claims during the period of February 2011 to March 2012 the Auditor General's Department has revealed.according to the department each of these doctors have drawn Rs.630,000 as their overtime payments during the said period by using false claims.

These doctors changed their overtime working hours by erasing  the original arrival and departure times of the diaries maintained by them and involved in this fraudulent activity auditor general department has revealed in the cause of   preliminary inquiry held in this regard.the department has also informed the findings on  this inquiry to the health secretary Dr.Nihal Jayathilake and requested director of Karapitiya Teaching Hospital to give an explanation on this fraudulent activity.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranaike To Withdraw Hearing Golden Key And Ceylinco Cases

The Chief Justice Dr.Mrs.Shirani Bandaranaike has said in an open court today(12) that she will withdraw from hearing all cases pertaining to depositors of Golden Key and Ceylinco Shiiram.Mrs.Bandaranaike has taken this decision due to the relationship between above cases and some charges leveled against her in impeachment motion against her .

Government Parliamentarians last week handed over the  impeachment motion against Chief Justice to the speaker Chamal Rajapakshe .


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Rs.10 Million Worth Damage Caused At Welikada Prison Riots

Around Rs.10 million in damages have been caused due to the clashes occurred  in Welikada Prison in Colombo last Friday according to Prisons Commissioner P.W Kodippili .around 27 persons killed and another 40 persons including Soldiers ,Special Task Force(STF) Personal and prisoners injured during the clashes.

Meanwhile 79 out of 82 fire arms stolen from Prison Armory during clashes have been recovered up to now Prisons Commissioner has said. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

10 Persons Killed ,More Than 35 Injured Due To The Clashes In Welikada Prison

Around 10 persons died and more than 35 got injured  due to the violent clashes occurred between Special Task Force (STF) personal and prisoners  inside   Welikada Prison , Colombo this evening .clashes were  occurred during special search operation carried out by  STF Personal inside prison.

The injured were admitted to Accident Service of Colombo National Hospital while  most of the victims are prison inmates and STF Personal  according to  Hospital Director Dr.Anil Jasinha.STF Personal carried out a special search operation this evening inside Welikada Prison with assistance of  prison officers after received  an information that  illegal activities had taken place inside prison.during search operation a group of prisoners pelted stones at the STF Personal and as a result tear gas was fired to disperse  prisoners.

Several Mobile Phones were recovered during the search operation Prison Sources said.meanwhile a heavy traffic which lasted few hours occurred this evening at  several routes in  Colombo following the closure of Dematagoda-Baseline Road after the incident.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Government Representatives Of The Parliamentary Select Committee On CJ'S Impeachment Motion Appointed

Seven Government Parliamentarians  are appointed today (08) for the Parliamentary Select Committee which is to probe  on impeachment motion against Chief Justice Dr.Mrs.Shirani Bandaranaike.

The government members appointed to the committee  are  government Parliamentarians Nimal Siripala De Silva,Anura Priyadarshana Yapa,Rajitha Senarathne,W imal Weerawansha,Neomal Perera,Dilan Perera and Susil Premjayantha . the four member opposition team  is due to appoint to the committee soon.

The names  of the parliamentary select committee are to be forwarded to speaker Chamal Rajapaksha by 10th of November.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Health Ministry Has Issued A Charge Sheet To Karapitiya Hospital Accountant Over Misusing Of Rs.3 Million Worth State Funds

The Special Investigations Unit of the Ministry Of Health has issued a charge sheet to the female accountant of  Krapitiya Teaching Hospital (Southern Province) on misusing  government funds worth Rs.3 million it has been sated.the said accountant had withdrawn state funds worth 3 million 1 million from state and Rs.2 million from  welfare society for her personal use according to health officials.

A special investigations team attach to Ministry Of Health and the criminal investigations department (CID) are conducting two separate investigations in to the matter.meanwhile the first grade promotion due to be received by the said accountant was suspended by health ministry with immediate effect as a disciplinary action.

Life Saving Cardiac Drug TNT Out Of Stock In Government Hospitals And Pharmacies

The Life Saving drug Triglyceride Nitrate(TNT) tablets which has prescribed for cardiac patients with chest pain are out of stock in most of the government hospitals and pharmacies these days according to hospital sources.TNT is known as very effective drug for patients with chest pain.

Due to the shortage  Cardiac Patients island wide have encountering numerous difficulties sources added.

Monday, November 5, 2012

40 Low Quality Drug Items Withdrawn From Government Hospitals

Around 40 low quality Drug Varieties distributed to government hospitals island wide were withdrawn by medical supplies division (MSD)during last month government hospital sources revealed.out of this quantity around 10 drugs have  been instructed  to  withdraw from hospitals with effect from today(05) sources said.



"Metfomin "tabs,Cephalexin Injections ,Ceftraxion"Lignocane Gell,Amoxyclav Injection were among the low quality drugs that had withdrawn from hospitals  sources added.within last one and half years around 200 low quality drug varieties were withdrawn from hospitals sources said.

According to medial consultants a large number of low quality drugs that were withdrawn recently have imported from indian drug companies.this situation occurs due to the fraudulent  tender deals  involved when  purchasing of  drug items to government hospitals sources reveals.





Friday, November 2, 2012

The Impeachment Motion Against Chief Justice-Mixed Reactions From Opposition Parties

Sri Lankan opposition leader Ranil Wikramasinha has  pledged his  support to  the government's move to impeach chief justice Dr.Mrs.Shirani Bandaranaike while his deputy MP Sajith Premadasa strongly condemned the impeachment .MP Premadasa has warned  that he will rallied people in the country against  impeachment motion in coming days.

The other opposition parties including leftist Janatha Wimukthi Peramuna(JVP) and Democratic National Alliance lead by former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka too has           stated that they will rallied people against the impeachment in coming week .the impeachment motion handed over to speaker Chamal Rajapaksha last Thursday (01) by a group of government parliamentarians has created a tension in judicial system as well as in political circles according to reports.

The government has announced that charges on personal misconduct are among the  06 charges embodied in impeachment motion against chief justice.

Meanwhile Sri Lanka Bar Association which has a large membership of local lawyers are due to summoned a special meeting on 09th of November to discuss on impeachment motion against Chief Justice Mrs.Bandaranaike.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Government MP's Handed Over A Impeachment Motion Against Chief Justice

A group of ruling party MP's were handed over   an impeachment motion against Chief Justice Dr.Mrs Shirani Bandaranayake to the Parliamentary Speaker Chamal Rajapkshat this morning .according to the Parliamentary sources the motion was signed by 117 government MP's and revolves around an improper behavior of the chief justice and six other accusations against her.

Government MP's Arundika Fernando,Lasantha Alagiyawanne, and Shanta Bandara were handed over this motion to the speaker this morning at Parliament.the impeachment motion against chief justice was approved by president mahinda rajapaksha at the ruling party leaders meeting held yesterday(31) according to government sources.



Under the  Section 107 of the Constitution, before an impeachment motion is presented to the speaker, atleast a third of the members in the parliament must sign the motion, a third being 75 MPs. It is reported that around 107 MPs have already signed the motion.


 

Soil Mound Collspse Caused The Closure Of A Section Of Badulla-Mahiyanganaya Road

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