to occupy former homes
persons now returning back to their homes in the north making use
of the existing cease-fire agreement are faced with a problem in
occupying their original homes as they do not have sufficient evidence
to prove ownership of their houses.
Most of them
are from Colombo, Negombo and Puttalam.
Secretariat has advised the people to either produce documentary
proof of ownership of the houses, or obtain necessary letters from
the respective Grama Sevakas confirming their previous occupancy.
some cases the Grama Sevakas have not been able to confirm the issue
The Hindu Cultural
Affairs Ministry has appointed an advisory committee to advise the
authorities regarding measures to be taken for the prevention of
smuggling of valuable archaeological items from the Jaffna peninsula
to the south of the country.
was taken after the Ministry received complaints that treasure hunters
were smuggling religious and cultural items from the north to the
had detected that some of those involved in the business had stolen
these artefacts including statues and selling them cheaply to gangs
coming from the south.
find their way to Colombo they are smuggled out of the country.
pill for patients
of pharmaceuticals are expected to go up soon with introduction
of Customs duty, surcharges and Port Authority Levy (PAL) imposed
by the government on imported items, President of the Sri Lanka
Chamber of Pharmaceutical Associations Upali Panditharathne told
The Sunday Times.
that prices of pharmaceuticals will go up after all pharmaceutical
companies deciding to reduce the prices of drugs by 6.5 percent.
said the prices of pharmaceuticals will go up proportionately with
Customs duty of two percent, surcharge of 20 percent and PAL of
one percent. However, he said that any price increase would not
exceed five percent.
government acts immediately to remove the tax system the prices
of pharmaceuticals would be increased once the old stocks are over,
of Harcourts Private Limited, Ahamed Rheyas, one of the largest
importers of pharmaceuticals to Sri Lanka, said it was shocking
to note that duties had been imposed on pharmaceuticals which would
again result in pharmaceutical companies having to increase their
prices to recover the additional cost incurred by them, which adds
up to 4.7 percent.
is patients are complaining of the high cost of drugs. How will
they accept another price increase? The authorities concerned have
to see that pharmaceuticals are completely exempt from duty, as
it is a vital commodity in any country" he said.
to fund Tigers
fund raising movement titled International Movement for Tamil Culture
based in Canada is to hold a series of meetings next year in the
UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and Norway with the possible participation
of Government ministers.
which was to be held on October 12 was postponed as it clashed with
the Navaharai celebration .
has invited Community Development Minister P. Chandrasekeran as
a guest speaker. Although the earlier meeting was to be held in
the UK it was decided that separate meetings be held as well in
Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Norway.
tech process to catch passport crooks
full computerisation the Department of Immigration and Emigration
(DIE) will be able to identify black listed people at the airport
itself, an official said.
Kithsiri said it had taken seven long years stage by stage for the
passport office to move into top speed and efficiency in hi-technology
He said the
main passport office in Bambalapitiya would be directly linked by
computer to the airport and ports enabling immediate detection of
black listed people or those who were over staying their visas.
Asked why the
project took so long the official said the shifting of the head
office from Fort to Bambalapitiya and other factors had delayed
the process but now they were ready to move into top gear.
child workers out
Any firm or person who employs a child could be
jailed for up to 12 months and fined Rs. 10,000, in terms of a bill
presented by the Labour Minister in parliament on Friday.
will also have to pay compensation to the child.
In terms of
this law the custodian of the child will be responsible for furnishing
information regarding the employment of a child and the custodian
would be committing an offence if false information is given.
The bill also
provides for the total prohibition of the training of children under
16 years in performances of a dangerous nature.
the age limit of a child to whom the protection is afforded to 18
The bill makes
provision for an authorized officer to enter and search a building
or place and for a medical officer who examines a child or young
person to issue a certificate which will be acceptable as evidence.