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Some doctors serving under WP Director of Health Services not paid in months

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

Some doctors attached to the Office of the Provincial Director of Health Services of the Western Province had not been paid in months, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said yesterday.

General Secretary of the GMOA Dr. Senal Fernando said that some doctors serving in the Province had not been paid for nine months.

“When we took up the issue, the Governor and the Chief Secretary said that the number of medical officers in the province had exceeded the quota and that it was impossible to pay the extra doctors,” Dr. Fernando said.

The General Secretary of the GMOA said that those doctors had been appointed by the Public Service Commission to fill vacancies identified by the Health Ministry.

“The Ministry of Health agreed to deposit the money to pay the doctors after the Provincial Council paid them. But this has not worked out because of some senior officers at the council.”

If the Provincial Council didn’t address this issue the GMOA would not help allocate doctors to the Council in the future, Dr. Fernando said.

“This is a good example of how the Provincial Council system had adversely affected our healthcare system,” Dr. Fernando said.



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Embassy officer arrested at BIA remanded

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The Embassy official who was attached to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman who is accused of being involved in a human trafficking racket was arrested by officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and remanded till the 13th of December when he was produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate

The official was arrested on his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning (29 November).

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Easter Sunday terror attack suspect hacked to death

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By Norman Palihawadane

A 38-year-old Easter Sunday terror attack suspect was hacked to death yesterday morning (28) in Mattakkuliya.

The victim, Mohamed Badurdeen Mohamed Harnas, was a resident of Safiya Avenue, Mattakkuliya, police said.

A suspect in the Easter Sunday terror attacks, he had been released on bail.

The suspect was rushed to the National Hospital, Colombo, after three individuals, who arrived in a car around 10. 00 am, attacked him.

Two persons attacked the man while the other was keeping the car engine running, according to eyewitnesses. The attackers thereafter fled in the same car.

Harnas was pronounced dead on admission to hospital.

Further investigations in this regard are currently underway.

The victims family members said that Harnas had been taken into custody, following the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, but later released as there was no evidence of his involvement in terrorist activities.

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Rail service between Mahawa and Jaffna to be suspended for five months

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Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardena told Parliament yesterday that the railway services between Mahawa and Jaffna will be suspended for a period of five months in 2023.

The Minister said that operations will be suspended from January 15, 2023.

The Minister said it was to repair work on the railway line.

He said so in response to a question raised by Vanni District MP Selvam Adaikalanathan.

“We are focusing our attention on the request made by you. We have to halt railway operations between Mahawa and Jaffna for five months from January 2023. Train services have been continuously operating to Jaffna, but now we have faced a situation as we have not been able to carry out any repair work thus far,” the Minister said.

Assuring that this issue can be rectified in five months, Minister Gunawardane said that, thereafter, a good railway service can be provided for this route.

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