CPC strike at a time of national crisis: PM

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The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) trade unions have stopped work at a time the country is facing a critical situation when the government and others are making a joint effort to curb the spread of dengue, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday.

“Even the media has stopped competing with each other to fight the spread of dengue, as the time has come for everyone to play a role to fulfil their duty to the nation," he said. “Several important services such as the health service including the transport of hospital staff, operation of ambulances, power generation in hospitals and the public transport sector will be disrupted if the fuel distribution comes to a standstill."

The Prime Minister said the security forces would be involved in safeguarding the fuel storage tanks and the access roads to those locations as soon as the gazette notification to declare fuel distribution as an essential service was issued.

“The government received information that there was a move to commit serious acts of sabotage within the CPC premises, while there have been reports of a few minor incidents," he said.

The Prime Minister said fuel distribution had returned to normal and fuel bowsers were leaving the storage points at the time he was making the statement in the House.

“The government is committed towards safeguarding democracy and upholding human rights. It respects the law and judiciary. However the government is not prepared to surrender to mischievous elements who are out to disrupt peace and destroy democratic values," he said. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • SL Thursday, 27 July 2017 09:12 AM

    The biggest crisis is that you are selling the country wholesale.People have sent MR home due to the issues he had with his decisions ,public did not expect you to sell out whole assets without any foreseeable revenue from the leasing and do day light central bank robbery.

    Rosanna Thursday, 27 July 2017 12:11 PM

    Why don't you get te facts before you write this kind of FB inspired crap. Nothing has been SOLD by PM.

    malij Thursday, 27 July 2017 01:01 PM

    Don't comment on matters you obviously do not know or understand mister!

    SLBOY Thursday, 27 July 2017 02:02 PM

    When was Hambanthota harbour built? Have we able to earn sufficient income? NO!! Wouldn't it be fair to lease it out to somebody who can bring some money to us as well as to them? Its so sad still we have such stone aged people live in this country.

    Bala Thursday, 27 July 2017 09:42 AM

    All this would not have happened if you did not block the inquiries against MR and clique including Basil Weerawansa and Gammanpila. You messed up by interefering with course of justice and allowing these fellows to prosper and now they are biting you.

    Mandy Thursday, 27 July 2017 12:03 PM

    Yes Ranil agreed to be soft on MR at early morning meeting on 8 Jan 2015. Hence all this mess.

    Bigboss Thursday, 27 July 2017 10:09 AM

    Are you mad the Country has been sold during the last regime,present government is trying to save the Country,such big loans taken, the poor masses living futureis bleak. Let Government avoid the culprits like clearing themuddy water to get the drinking water for the public.

    nick Thursday, 27 July 2017 10:11 AM

    sorry to say u people seem like lack of back born via DM Android App

    Amanda Thursday, 27 July 2017 10:17 AM

    Agree with Balas comment. At least now get all these fraudsters and murderers prosecuted and jailed. via DM Android App

    Sunil Thursday, 27 July 2017 02:15 PM

    Including those involved in the CB bond scam.

    JAN Thursday, 27 July 2017 11:05 AM

    Biggest crisis is GAJAMITHURO harvesting our Economy via DM Android App

    indi Thursday, 27 July 2017 11:06 AM

    I voted for this government to come to power. now i realize this government is week, afraid of people and can't run the country. may be interference of JO or what ever reason. though people blame the previous regime for killing and white van now i see srilanka cannot be run or developed without that kind of culture. Srilankans are all currupted. it may be general mass or politicians.

    ceylon Thursday, 27 July 2017 12:08 PM

    preseident and pm are not capable of administer of a country.this both are now disqualified by their messy failed works.resign with respect. via DM Android App

    Ganesh Thursday, 27 July 2017 12:32 PM

    He must have blocked the investigations with a hidden agenda to keep SLFP divided then he can rule the country with UNP alone for a long time like J R Jayawardena .But he should resolve the 60 years political disharmony and unite the country firmly when Sampandan is alive with the help of Mahinda and the SLFP when he is alive if not no future for this country to be rich or developed .

    Rambo Thursday, 27 July 2017 01:55 PM

    This is the worst Gov ever .. No electricity , No water, No petrol only full of bullshit Go HOME RW AND MS ... JOKERS

    SLBOY Thursday, 27 July 2017 02:03 PM

    When was Hambanthota harbour built? Have we able to earn sufficient income? NO!! Wouldn't it be fair to lease it out to somebody who can bring some money to us as well as to them? Its so sad still we have such stone aged people live in this country.

    rew Thursday, 27 July 2017 02:15 PM

    PM's delayed actions are like his promises on Welikada Report, Ekneligoda, Lasantha, Thajudeen, Port City, Files on Big time Crooks of last Regime, Jan 8th Coup, Rathupaswela, Katunayake, and so on. Wheeling and dealing like never before.

    Haramanis Thursday, 27 July 2017 09:10 PM

    If the Country is in crisis - show some leadership instead of gallivanting overseas!!.Its interesting to see all the ex?? LTTE supporters having a go at MR and co - hoping for revenge of sorts!


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