Friday, December 2, 2016

President Gave Assuarance To Private Bus Unions That The Traffic Fines Will Be Increased After Consulting Relevant Parties

President Maithripala Sirisena has assured the Private Bus Operators Associations this morning that the Traffic fines will be increased only after consulting with Bus Associations according to All Ceylon Private Bus Operators Association.

During discussions held between President Sirisena and representatives of the  Bus Operators Association this morning President has assured this the Association has stressed.

President has also informed Bus Unions that he will appoint a special committee to look after the issues of Private Bus Operators.



Private Bus/Three Wheeler Unions Called Off Their Strike Action

Private Bus/Three Wheeler Unions have called off their island wide strike action this morning as President Maithripala Sirisena has given a discussion for them to discuss their problems the Unions have announced.

Private Buses and A section of Three Wheeler drivers had launched an Island Wide strike since midnight last Thursday (01) to oppose the budget proposal on increasing the minimum traffic violations fine to Rs.2500.

Ten SLTB Buses Attacked Yesterday At Panadura And Hambanthota

Two persons including a Bus driver and a passenger
had injured as  An unidentified persons had pelted stones at around ten Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB)Buses at panadura,(Colombo)Tangalle and Hungama in Hambanthota district (Southern Province) areas yesterday (02) evening it has been reported.

Accordingly two persons injured during  the pelting of stones at eight SLTB Buses between  wekada and eluwila areas and side glasses of these buses had broken the Police have stated.Another two long distance SLTB Buses being attacked at Tangalle and Hungama areas according to reports.


Two Former Higher Officials Attached To Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Had Been Remanded

Colombo fort Magistrate has today (02) remanded the
former chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Bhashwara Gunaratne and former Director General of the Authority Dr.D.S Jayaweera until 05th of December over Rs.5.8 million financial irregularity occured at the Authority during tourism promotion acrivities.

The two former officials have been remanded after they appeared before the Colombo Fort Magistrate Court today to face a case filed against them on the financial irregularity

Police Fired Tear Gas To Disperse Protesting Three Wheeler Drivers On Colombo-Negambo Main Road

Police have fired  tear gas this evening  to disperse a
group of striking  three wheeler drivers  who had protested by blocking the railway crossing at galkande on  Colombo-Negambo main road since this morning.

Heavy traffic has been reported from the Colombo- Negambo main road and surrounding areas since this morning due to the protest it has been reported.

The group of three wheeler drivers protested against the budget proposal on  increasing the minimum traffic violations fine to Rs.2500

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President Sirisena To Hold Talks With Striking Private Bus/Three Wheeler Unions Only If

President Maithripala Sirisena is willing  to hold
discussions with Private Bus and  Three Wheeler Unions if they suspend the strike and come to discussion table according to the Transport Ministry .

Meanwhile the striking unions  had today stated that they will continue the strike until their demand is met.


A Group Of Private Bus And Three Wheeler Strikers Blocked Colombo-Chilaw Railway Track

A group of private bus and Three Wheeler drivers in Negambo area who are on strike had been blocked the Negambo-Chilaw railway track near galkanda rail gate post and stopped a train there for hours since this morning it has been reported.

The protestors blocked the railway track through tyres and put baricades near kurana-galkanda rail gate it has been reported.

Meanwhile strikers have pelted stones at a bus carrying Airport staffers attached to Maththala Airport to Ambilipitiya at padalangala area this evening and as a result the bus driver has been injured and hospitalized according to police.

Although private bus and three wheeler unions  launched an island wide strike since midnight yesterday (02) demanding to withdraw the budget proposal proposed to increase minimum Traffic Violations Fine to Rs.2500 government still not agreed tto the demand of the strikers.

Imprisoned Former Sri Lankan Ambassador To USA Jaliya Wikramasuriya Has Been Further Remanded

Colombo Magistrate has today(02) further remanded
the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to United States Of America Jaliya Wikramasuriya who had been arrested and remanded over misusing  of state funds during previous government.

The former Ambassador who was charged over accepting a commission of US Dollars 332,000 after the contract awarded  for renovation work of  Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington D.C, had been arrested by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) officers at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport on 17th of  November while trying to leave the  the country.

He was served as Sri Lankan Ambassador to USA from 2008 to 2014.

Police Have Closed The Lotus Road In Colombo Due To A Protest March

lotus road colombo සඳහා පින්තුර ප්‍රතිඵලPolice have closed down the Lotus Road in Colombo this noon to prevent a protest march organized by Three Wheeler Union walking towards the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo Fort.

Due to the Protest March which began from Nelum Pokuna Theater at Town Hall a heavy traffic has been reported from Town Hall area.

The protest march conducted to oppose the increasing of minimum traffic violations fine to Rs.2500 through the budget is heading towards the Presidential Secretariat as the organizers planning to hand over a petition regarding their demand to the Secretariat.

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