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Attempt to give illegal service extensions

By Rathindra Kuruwita

President of the Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) Priyantha Fernando yesterday alleged that there is an attempt to extend the service of 38 senior officers of the education administration service.Fernando said that these officers were over 60. He arned that CTU would take legal action if they were given a service extension.

“Right now, there are about 100 Grade One education administration service officers. 38 are to reach retirement age within the next year. Among them are a top official at the Department of Exams and six provincial education directors. There are some who claim that the education sector will collapse if these officers retire,” he said.

Fernando said that among the 38 are people who got promotions as compensation for alleged instances of political victimisation.

“We must give younger officers a chance. There are a lot of talented individuals at the education administration service. The Ministry of Education must issue a gazette to hold exams and fill the vacancies, However, they have not done this. There is an attempt to give these officers a service extension. This is unjustified and we will take legal action at the Supreme Court,” he said.President of the CTU said that the government had recently reduced the age of retirement to 60 and already a number of officials have retired.

“This law should be applicable to all. Some officials think they are above the law because they have friends in high places. But everyone is equal before the law. Some powerful unions are trying to scare people by saying that the country will collapse if people older than 60 retire. They forget that there are a lot of young people who are ready to prove their worth,” he said.



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Heat Index at ‘Caution’ level in Northern and North-Western provinces and Anuradhapura district

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Heat Index advisory issued by the Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre At 4.00 p.m. 12 April 2024, valid for 13 April  2024

The Natural hazards Early Warning Centre says that the Heat Index, the temperature felt on the human body is expected to increase up to ‘Caution level’ at some places in Northern and North-Western provinces and Anuradhapura district.

The Heat Index Forecast is calculated by using relative humidity and maximum temperature and this is the condition that is felt on your body. This is not the forecast of maximum temperature. It is generated by the Department of Meteorology for the next day period and prepared by using global numerical weather prediction model data.

Effect of the heat index on human body is mentioned in the above table and it is prepared on the advice of the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services.

ACTION REQUIRED

Job sites: Stay hydrated and takes breaks in the shade as often as possible.
Indoors: Check up on the elderly and the sick.
Vehicles: Never leave children unattended.
Outdoors: Limit strenuous outdoor activities, find shade and stay hydrated.
Dress: Wear lightweight and white or light-colored clothing.

Note:
In addition, please refer to advisories issued by the Disaster Preparedness & Response Division, Ministry of Health in this regard as well. For further clarifications please contact 011-7446491

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Sun directly overhead Kumulamunai, Murikandi, Keridamadu and Tanniyatttu at about 12:10 noon today (13)

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On the apparent northward relative motion of the sun, it is going to be directly over the latitudes of Sri Lanka during 05th to 15th of April in this year.

The nearest areas of Sri Lanka over which the sun is overhead today (13th) are Kumulamunai, Murikandi, Keridamadu and Tanniyatttu at about 12:10 noon.

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10,000 children at 336 Child Development Centers nationwide to receive gift parcels from President today (13)

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Through an initiative taken by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, over 10,000 children under the care of 336 child development centers throughout the country, will receive gift parcels today (13).

The distribution sponsored by Ceylon Biscuits Limited is coordinated by the office of the President with support from the office of the Chief of Defence Staff and the Sri Lanka Army.

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