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PC Members To Meet MR

A group of government and opposition provincial councilors in the Inter Provincial Council Federation (IPCF) has requested for a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discus issues faced by the provincial councils for the past 22 years. The IPCF has requested for the meeting to discuss issues faced by the provincial councils in Sri Lanka [...]

Talks Between Estate TUs And Employers

The fourth round of discussions between the estate sector trade unions and employers who are signatories to the collective agreement are to be held today to decide on wage increase for the estate workers. It is the signatories to the collective agreement consisting of several trade unions and employers who determine the wage increases for [...]

Pension Scheme Suspended, FTZ Shut Down

The Government Information Department has stated that Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has decided last evening to suspend the proposed private pension scheme for the private sector. Meanwhile, the government has decided to shut down the free trade zone (FTZ) in Katunayake today. The government has said the decision was made to [...]

ICEU: Union Action To Get Workers Released

The Inter Company Employees Union (ICEU) has said workers would resort to trade union action to secure the release of free trade zone (FTZ) workers who are in police custody following today’s protest. A group of FTZ workers today protested against the proposed pension scheme fro the private sector. Head of the ICEU, Wasnatha Samarasinghe [...]

FTZ Workers Tear Gassed Again

A group of workers from the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Katunayake held a protest against the proposed pension scheme for the private sector. Workers from the FTZ held a similar protest last Tuesday (24) as well. Workers from two factories in the FTZ had held today’s protest. Head of the Inter Company Employees’ Union [...]

RW To Discuss SF With Indians

The UNP has said that Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would raise the issue pertaining to the jailing of former Army commander Sarath Fonseka during his visit to India. UNP parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera told a press conference that the party hoped that India would raise the issue regarding Fonseka with the Sri Lankan government. According to [...]

TNA For Talks With SLMC

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has said the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) could hold discussions with the TNA leadership instead of participating in the talks between the government and the TNA. TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran has told the media that the TNA had a good relationship with the SLMC and kept the major Muslim [...]

PM: Still More To Be Done

Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne has said there is still much to be done even after the end of the war. Jayaratne has made this statement during a meeting with 17 new ambassadors and high commissioners who are to take up posts in Sri Lankan missions overseas. The Prime Minister has said the main task before [...]

Northern Railway Line To Be Completed In Two Years

The government is aiming at completing the Northern railway line to Kankasanthurai within two years. Transport Minister Kumara Welgama has said the government was working with the aim of getting the Yal Devi railway service to reach Kankasanthurai from Colombo in two years. The rail track from Omanthai to Kankasanthurai is to be reconstructed with [...]

Govt. To Release Tourism Development Plan

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has said the government would this week release a five year development plan for the country’s tourism sector. The Tourism Development Plan is to cover the period between 2011 and 2016. Chairman of the SLTDA, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa has said the plan would include a collection of ideas [...]

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