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Sunday, February 15, 2015
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The newly-constructed Officers’ Mess at the Security
Forces Headquarters (Wanni) was declared open by
State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene during
his recent visit to the North. The new Officers’Mess was
constructed on a concept developed by Security Forces
Commander (Wanni) Major General Boniface Perera.
The Officers’ Mess, named ‘Spirit’ was originally
estimated to cost Rs.134 million. However, the Army
was able to complete the construction at a cost of just
Rs.53 million.
The Officers’ Mess, consisting of three storeys, also
consists of an auditorium and lecture halls.
NO 2 UNPK HELI-DEPLOYMENT (UNMISS) TO SOUTH SUDAN
The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is due to deploy an
Aviation Unit under the United Nations helicopter
deployment in South Sudan (UNMISS).This is the second
Aircraft deployment by Sri Lanka and the SLAF under a
UNmandate. The first ever aircraft deployment by SLAF
under a UN mandate, left the country inSeptember last
year and is deployed in Central Africa, playing an active
role inUNmissions.
This Heli-deployment will comprise 18 Officers
and 86 Airmen and is scheduled to depart to South
Sudan in the first week of March 2015.Vehicles
and other equipment are already enroute by sea.
The passing out parade of the contingent was held
on February 13 at the SLAF Base in Katunayake.
Air Marshal Kolitha Gunathilleke,the Commander
of the Air Force took the salute. Contingent
Commander
of
the
Heli-Deployment,Wing
Commander PAV Samantha commanded the
parade. The Chief of Staff of the Air Force and
members of the Air force board of management
and other senior officers were also present at the
passing out parade
Acollectiveof tradeunions heldaprotest opposite the
Fort RailwayStation inColombo lastweek ,demanding
that salaries of the private sector be increased in line
with recommendations made in the government’s
interimbudget
Pics by Ravindra Dharmathilake
Army’s sporting
history at the
BMICH
Unions demand salary
hike for private sector
Becoming
the story
Former DGM of
ITN, Sudharman
Radaliyagoda became
something all journalists
are advised not to do;
become the story
From Malaysia
with love
ThelongarmofthelawreachedallthewaytoMalaysia
last week to finally nab two of those convicted for the
multibillion rupee VAT scam. The men were arrested
by Malaysian authorities on information provided by
Sri Lanka
An unusual
visit
Bandula at Bribery
Commission. Not to
complain, but to urge
speedy probe on
himself
Tribute to a great
Veteran journalist of our sister paper
Rivira
,
Daya Somasiri launched a book titled ‘
Piya
venuwen kavi kee diyani
’. The book is a tribute
to celebrated poet and politician Somaweera
Chandrasiri
Respect
The Polonnaruwa Royal College celebrated its 50th anniversary last week. The occasion was graced by President
Maithripala Sirisena, who is now the most distinguished past pupil of the college. He is seen here speaking to
students after declaring open the college’s new technological faculty
Officers’ Mess at SF HQ Wanni opened
An exhibition of photographs,
depicting the sporting history of
Sri Lanka Army, was held last week
at the BMICH, attracting much
attention. The exhibition was held
as part of the Army’s‘Colors Night’
Pics by ChandanaWijesinghe
What’s in a name?
From Ananda Coomaraswarmy Mawatha to
Nelum Pokuna Mawatha and back again
Sandun Jayawardana and
Arthur Wamanan
Over 3000 complaints from consumers alleging
that benefits of the Budget had been withheld from
them had been received by a collective of consumer
protection organizations within the span of a week, a
representative of the collective told
The Nation.
National Organizer of Association of Sri Lanka
Canteen Owners, Asela Sampath said over 3,000
complaints had been received since a collective of
six consumer protection organizations set up hotlines
for consumers to lodge their complaints. Most of the
complaints related to traders not reducing the prices
of 13 essential commodities that were reduced by
the government in its interim Budget presented on
January 29, he further revealed.
“The majority of the complaints are from the
North and East, where many traders have failed
to reduce prices in line with the concessions laid
down in the interim budget. However, a significant
number of complaints have been received from the
Colombo area as well,” Sampath further stated.
The main issue, according to Sampath, was that
there was no proper enforcing mechanism to follow
up and take action against errant traders. He called
on the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) to take im-
mediate measures to ensure that the benefits of the
interim Budget are not denied to consumers.
However, when contacted, Chairman of CAA,
Rumy Marzook said the CAA had indeed been ac-
tive and had arrested 350 errant over the past two
weeks for failing to comply with the price revisions
and selling substandard products.
The public can register their complaints with the
CAA by calling the hotlines 077-1088927 and 077-
1088922.
Meanwhile, consumer organizations have also
set up hotlines for such complaints. These are 071-
6027912 and 078-8714726.
See Gain
Consumer rights
advocate receives
3,000 complaints
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