The Health Ministry will next week gazette maximum charges for tests, treatment and surgery at private hospitals, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. Accordingly, 53 medical and surgical procedures including lab tests, scans, examination reports, cataract operations, bypass surgery, and angiogram charges will have a maximum charge which hospitals will required to adhere to.
Under the 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' Program operated by the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, loans were granted to 283 entrepreneurs in Polonnaruwa. The Regional Development Bank (RDB), Polonnaruwa has distributed Rs. 32.4 million to the applicants under several loan schemes of the 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' program.
Approval of the Cabinet has been granted previously to maintain an Inland Water Transport across the canals from Battaramulla to Wellawatta, from Fort to Union Place via Beira Lake, from Mattakkuliya to Hanwella across Kelani river and other waterways, as a Public‑Private Partnership project.
The Permanent High Court-at-Bar set up to hear high profile cases of financial fraud and corruption, began sittings on Thursday (23), and will fix dates for the continuous hearing of the case against former Chief of Staff of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gamini Senarath, Piyadasa Kudabalage, Neil Bandara and Lasantha Bandara, at its next hearing on September 19.
The Attorney General has sent the file containing details on charges related to former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and six others to consider filing indictments against the accused in the Permanent High Court at Bar.
The Office of Missing Persons (OMP) said yesterday they were yet to finalise a list of missing persons during the war in Sri Lanka since 1983 but it could be about 20,000. However, OMP Chairman Saliya Pieris PC said they had several reports compiled by the commissions and institutions on the number of missing persons in the country.
Finance and Mass Media State Minister Eran Wickramaratne said he informed the Inland Revenue Department to collect the information of wealth and income sources of Parliamentarians. The State Minister was replying to a question by UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardena in Parliament yesterday.
The first case filed at the three-member Special High Court, which was declared open yesterday will be taken up tomorrow (August 24th).The permanent trial at the bar was established to expedite trials relating to causes of large-scale crimes, fraud and corruption. The offences which are expected to be tried by the Special High Court include bribery, breach of confidence, financial misappropriation, and financial misuse, money laundering for terrorism, organized crime, and misuse of public property.
The Government today urged Tamil youths to join the Police force in the North and East. Minister of Law and Order Ranjith Madduma Bandara told Parliament that the Police would like to have more Tamils in the Police force. He urged Tamils politicians to encourage Tamils to join the Police.
The new Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Sri Lanka Mr Loukas Petridis who assumed his office recently paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake on Tuesday (21) and received an update on ongoing reconciliation and community -oriented projects being carried out by members of the Security Forces in the North and East.