N-eliya vegetables going very cheap

The prices of vegetables, potatoes and flowers in Nuwaraeliya and other upcountry areas have drastically come down as a result of torrential rains experiencing in the areas. The crops rot due to excessive rains and farmers are unable to find a reasonable price for them.

The brokers and traders making use of the misery of the farmers buy crops at very low prices. According to reports the prices paid for a kilo of vegetables are as follows:  cabbage Rs.53, leaks Rs.38, beet with leaves Rs.38, beet without leaves Rs.50, potatoes – Rs.75, radish Rs.35, tomatoes Rs.35 and carrot Rs.100.

Geethanjana removed

Mr. Geethanjana Gunawardene is to be removed from the post of Deputy Minister of Finance and is to be replaced by the Senior Minister of International Monetary Cooperation Sarath Amungama say reports.

Accordingly, Mr. Amunugama is expected to be sworn in by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as eh Deputy Minister of Finance and Mr. Geethanjana Gunawardene will receive eh portfolio of Deputy Minister of Plantations.


Impeachment against CJ to be handed over today?


More than 100 Parliamentarians of the constituent parties of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) have signed to bring in an impeachment motion against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake reveals sources close to the government.

It is learnt that the motion t is to be handed over to the Speaker today.

Media had hinted regarding such a motion against the Chief Justice and the JVP Parliamentrian Anura Dissanayake had revealed the attempt at a public meeting held recently.

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Cardiothoracic surgeons are leaving the country


Cardio-thoracic surgeons in Sri Lanka are leaving the country say reports. According to reports there are only 12 such surgeons and out of these 12 three have left government service during the last few months.

A doctor speaking to the media had said these specialist doctors do a yeoman service in carrying out heart surgeries and they leaving the government service is a serious issue. It would be an acute crisis in the future he added. He said most of the doctors leave the country as their service is not recognized by the state and they do not receive a suitable salary.

There is also the issue of Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) issuing provincial registration to unqualified foreign doctors to practice in Sri Lanka. Despite College of Surgeons (CS) on many occasions instructing the Director General Health Services (DGHS) Dr. Ajith Mendis not to issue provincial registrations for certain foreign doctors to practice in Sri Lanka after scrutinizing their qualifications, skills and knowledge, it is reported that DGHS, on instructions from above, has continued to instruct the SLMC to issue provincial registration to unqualified doctors.

The Health Ministry’s stance to give temporary registrations to such doctors has brought detrimental results over the years. Most of these doctors are from India and have come here to work as Cardio-thoracic Surgeons.


Tune to new frequencies from today

All radio channels in the island will be operated on new FM radio frequencies starting from today (1st). The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) says the new frequencies would assure listeners of clearer countrywide reception.

According to the new system all FM broadcasting channels will be re-allocated in such a manner to ensure that all FM radio channels could be accessed with ease and sound broadcast from these radio channels is clearly received and heard by the listeners without loss of quality in any part of the island, including remote areas.

New frequencies for FM channels: