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President taps ex-Secy. to PM as head of CPC

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had asked former Secretary to the Ministry of Highways and also to the Prime Minister, S. Amarasekera, to assume duties as the new Chairman of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation prior to his recent State visit to China. Amarasekera, who confirmed the President's request to The Island yesterday, however said he had yet not received the official letter of appointment. Controversial incumbent Chairman of CPC Harry Jayawardena, with his no nonsense style of management, has had rather stormy relations with some of the top managers of the Corporation and this had resulted in a number of them leaving. The Petroleum Industries Minister earlier complained that he could not understand why such key posts had remained vacant for more than one year. The recent fiasco in ordering a 20,000 tonne shipment of low quality petrol has also been blamed on incompetent people being in charge of key positions in the Corporation. Among the top posts that continue to remain vacant are Head of Administration, Head of Legal, Head of IT, Head of Finance, Head of Refinery, and Head of Commercial. Jayawardena, a self made tycoon, running one of the biggest private business empires in the country, has not been able to give his full time and attention to the CPC, which too is a vital giant playing an important role in the local economy with an annual turnover of more than three billion dollars. The Island, Sunday edition of August 07, exclusively reported that authorities were looking for a full time Chairman from among the top brass of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service. Earlier, when we asked him about moves to remove him as Chairman of CPC, he said, "Till I am removed I will be here. I will make it a success and then step down." Jayawardena, being a hard nosed businessman, has not been cowing down to political interference in the Corporation, which many politicians of all hues throughout its history have treated as a goldmine for them to exploit.

Laugfs, Litro applies to CAA

Price increase in gas on the line now

BY

LAL GUNESEKERA

Free seed paddy for flood hit farmers

BY MAHEESHA MUDUGAMUWA

Cabinet approval has been given for the provision of free seed paddy to farmers of flood-hit districts, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene said. The heavy rain and flooding have damaged large tracts of paddy land in the North Central, Eastern and Northern Provinces and the Mahaweli areas. About 150,000 acres of paddy cultivation and 45,000 acres of additional crop cultivation were completely damaged by flood, Abeywardene said. He also said that Cabinet approval was granted to import seed from India with the objective of distributing it among farmers who were affected by the recent floods. He said 25,000 kilos of green gram, 35,000 kilos of cowpea, 50,000 kilos of undu and 85,000 kilos of peanut were imported from the National Seed Corporation in India. He also said that the government has allocated Rs, 48 million for the import of additional crops from India. Imported seeds will be distributed among the farmers who were affected by the recent floods. The Agriculture Ministry has made arrangements to distribute additional crop seeds to farmers through provincial Agriculture Ministries on recommendations made by the Agriculture Department.

Moragoda, Muzzamil likely to head UPFA-UNP battle in Colombo

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by Zacki Jabbar

With elections to many important local government authorities to be held in October, the UPFA's and UNP's Colombo mayoral candidates seem to have emerged. Political sources told The Island that former Minister Milinda Moragoda, who lost at the last General Election, was expected to lead the UPFA team while UNP Western Provincial Councillor A. J. M. Muzzamil, who was a confidant of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, was being tipped ahead of former Minister and Colombo Central strongman Mohammed Mahroof. However, as we reported yesterday, UNP reformists too, are insisting on

Local Govt. polls candidates begins

Imtiaz Bakeer Markar leading the UNP candidate list in Colombo. Meanwhile, amidst the UNP's leadership battles the party's Nomination Board, headed by Ranil Wickremesinghe, met at `Srikotha' yesterday to select their candidates for elections to 23 Local Authorities scheduled for October. The Nomination Board comprising Karu Jayasuriya, Joseph Michael Perera, Sajith Premadasa, Ravi Karunanayake, Tissa Attanayake, D. M. Swaminathan, Lakshman Kiriella and Amara Piyaseeli Ratnayake had interviewed prospective candidates for the Kandy and Badulla Municipal Councils, informed sources said. The late Gamini Dissanyake's son Mayantha, it is learnt, has been asked to lead the UNP in Kandy, but was apparently reluctant to accept it. The alternative being mentioned is Kesara Senanayake. The sources said that Wickremesinghe wants to appoint former Mayor M. Hemachandra as the Mayoral candidate in Badulla, but Harin Fernando, the sole UNP MP for the Badulla District, has suggested that the position be left vacant, so as to encourage everyone to work hard as a team. The candidate who obtains the highest number of preferences should be appointed the Mayor or Opposition Leader as the case may be, Fernando had said.

NHSL Director vacancy

GMOA urges ministry to call for interviews

BY DILANTHI JAYAMANNE

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has urged the Health Ministry to follow instructions issued by the Public Service Commission and call for interviews for the post of Director of the National Hospital. The National Hospital is the largest hospital in South East Asia and it cannot function with an acting head, it has said. A GMOA spokesman said yesterday there were a hundred vacancies in the Health sector which needed to be filled by qualified administrators. They were currently being manned by `actors'. There were posts of deputy directors and even some provincial posts handled by `actors', he said. However, at the moment, the GMOA is looking at this particular issue as an observer. They feel that it is time the Ministry accepted the PSC decision, conducted the interviews and appointed the appropriate person to the vacant position at the NHSL instead of postponing it any further, the spokesman said. Applications were called for the post left vacant after Dr. Hector Weerasinghe, who retired to accept the post as Consul General to Los Angeles. The Health Ministry had called for applications in April for the post of Director. The Health Ministry made an effort to recall applications annulling its first call and made room for Dr. Sujatha Senaratane, wife of Fisheries Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne to also apply for the said post. The Ministry urged the PSC to quote a "technical error," the Health Ministry said. Currently, there are four contenders for the post ­ namely, the Director Health Services of the Western Province, Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva, Director of the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital, Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Director of the Blood Bank, Dr. Ananda Gunasekera and Deputy Director of the Health Ministry, Dr. M. G. P. Samarasinghe, they said. Meanwhile Dr. Sujatha Senaratne, who is currently the Acting Director of NHSL, too made an appeal to the PSC to consider her application but it was rejected while the PSC issued instructions to the Health Ministry to call for interviews as early as possible to settle the issue. The President of the Sri Lanka Society for Medical Laboratory Science, Ravi Kumudesh said that as the largest hospital in the country the NHSL needed proper leadership rather than an acting one as there are internal issues that need to be settled. He warned that the administration of the hospital would fail if urgent steps were not taken to appoint a Director to NHSL.

Close on the heels of three cement companies applying to the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) for a price increase of Rs. 35 for a bag of 50 kg cement (Rs. 785 from the controlled price of Rs. 750), two gas companies too have requested for a price revision. Both Laugfs Gas (Pvt) Limited and Litro Gas Lanka Limited have requested for a revision of the prices which now stands at Rs 1890 for a 12.5 kg domestic gas cylinder. Laugfs has requested for an increase of Rs 575. Chairman of Laugfs W. K. Wegapitiya told The Island that there is a provision for a price increase every two months by the CAA taking into consideration the world prices. He said that the cost information has been supplied to the CAA and they should informed them whether the price increase is approved or not. Chairman of the CAA told The Island that he is unable to discuss the matter as the committee in charge of making a price revision is making their evaluations at the moment and their decision will be known soon. Trade Ministry sources told The Island that a request was made beginning of this month (August) for an increase of a 12.5 kg cylinder by Rs. 575 as the world prices of gas has increased by US$ 48 a ton in July and US$ 52 in August and a final decision will of announced on or before September 1. Marketing Manager of Litro Gas Lanka Limited Hiran Seneviratne was not available for comment.

UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe answers a question posed by a member.

Kinniya Hospital staff stop work over shooting

BY DILANTHI JAYAMANNE

The staff of the Kinniya Base Hospital stopped work when the Navy allegedly fired into the air following an incident during the early hours of yesterday (16) morning. Assistant Secretary of the Government Medical Officers' Association Dr. Upul Gunasekara said yesterday that only emergencies were being attended to while the doctors had appealed to the GMOA parent body for protection. Relating the incident, he said that two persons had been admitted to the hospital with gunshot injuries to the chest and abdomen. The two men had allegedly escaped villagers of the area when they tried to assault them as being `grease yakas.' They had escaped and run into a Navy camp in the area while being pursued. The pursuers had gathered outside the camp in protest and pelted stones. When the Navy had fired to disperse the crowd, the two persons had received gunshot injuries and were admitted to the Kinniya Base Hospital around 12.30 p.m. The group of protesters too had entered the hospital along with the injured. Dr. Gunasekara said there had been a large crowd gathered inside the hospital along with the protesters and the Navy had been compelled to fire into the air to disperse the crowd a second time. However, hospital staff had run from their stations to protect themselves and now only emergencies are being carried out at the hospital in protest over the incident. Doctors are bound to treat anybody who seeks medical assistance someone could have been killed inside the hospital, he said. Meanwhile, an appeal was also made by doctors of the Akkaraipattu District Hospital to the GMOA office in Colombo for protection as the hospital ambulance came under attack. The GMOA has taken steps to write to the DIG and request the Defense Ministry for security for the two hospitals, Dr. Gunasekara added.

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