Prices of gas & milk powder to go up?

With the increase in prices of what flour by Prima and Serendib companies that import milk powder and gas are preparing to increase the prices of milk powder and gas.

When the price of flour was increased the Consumer Service Authority, like last time it was increased, published through media that it would take legal action. However, no such action has been taken yet.

No progress in discussions – FUTA

The discussion held yesterday (1st) with authorities of Higher Education ended without any progress states the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA).

Speaking to the media the spokesman for FUTA Dr. Maheem Mendis said the discussion was regarding training given to university students in military camps and matters regarding circulars that affect university teachers.

However, there was no progress in the discussion and only a promise was made to fulfill agreements said Dr. Mendis and added that authorities continue to make promises that are never fulfilled.


Impeachment against CJ handed over



(Second edition) The impeachment motion agaisnt the Chief Justice has been handed over to the Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa a few moments ago say reports.

Parliamentarians Arudhika Fernando, Shantha Bandara and Lasantha Aligiyawanna have handed over the impeachment motion to the Speaker. 117 Parliamentarians of the UPFA have put their signature for the motion.

The proposal that an impeachment should be brought against the Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake had been approved at a meeting of leaders of all constituent parties of the UPFA held on the 30th and presided by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Secretary General of the SLFP Maithripala Sirisena, Dinesh Gunawardene, Basil Rajapaksa, Susil Premajayanthe, Dulles Alahapperuma, Rauff Hakeem, Dougles Devananda, DEW Gunasekera, Prof. Tissa Vitharana, Wimal Weerawansa, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Mutthu Sivalingam and A.L.M. Athavulla have participated in this meeting.

The impeachment motion has been prepared on 6 charges state Parliamentary sources. Impeachment motions were also brought in against former CJ  Nevil Samarakone during Mr. JR Jayawardene’s term, against former CJ Sarath N. Silva when Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe was eh Prime Minister.



‘Lakbima’ staffs' salaries delayed

It is reported that the staffs of ‘Lakbima’ daily and Sunday newspapers belonging to Lakbima Newspaper Ltd. are discontented as their salaries have not been paid yet.

About a hundred employees belonging to the two staffs were due to get their salaries on the 28th and they had also been issued with the necessary pay forms. However, due to a financial crisis in the institution the employees have not been paid yet.

Trade unions are mediating to come to a settlement regarding the salaries say reports. Lakbima Newspapers (Pvt) Ltd. belongs to Sumathi Group of companies.

A ship sent to Iran came without fuel – Susil Premajayanthe

A ship sent to Iran to bring fuel came back last month without fuel says the Minister of Petroleum Industries Susil Premajayanthe.

The Minister speaking to the media today (1st) regarding the closing down of Sapugaskanda refinery said due to the sanctions imposed by the USA the ship could not be loaded with fuel.  Despite the USA giving approval to Sri Lanka to import 10% of the 135,000 metric tons of fuel that she imports from Iran, not a drop of fuel has been brought from Iran due to the sanctions imposed on Iran Oil Company said the Minister.

He also said the necessary re-insurance for tankers and letters of credit needed to import oil could not be obtained due to sanctions imposed. He said it would be possible to start work at Sapugaskanda refinery as soon as oil from Oman reaches Sri Lanka on 8th November.

However, the government had known this situation when sanctions were imposed last June but had not taken any measures to get down crude oil from Saudi Arabia or Oman. As a result Sapugaskanda refinery was closed down incurring a loss of Rs. 55 billion per day.