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* Sri Lankan government appoints committee to address striking mine workers' demands
Thu, Apr 18, 2013, 08:14 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 18, Colombo: The Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka has appointed a special committee to look into the strike by the employees of the fully government-owned Kahatagaha Graphite Lanka Ltd.

Since Wednesday morning 41 workers of the Kahatagaha Mines located at Maduragoda, Dodangaslanda in the Kurunegala District of North Western Province are on a hunger strike in the mine at 1,200 feet under the ground.

The miners demanding a New Year festival bonus and setting forth other demands have vowed to engage in the hunger strike until their demands are granted.

After a discussion with the senior officers of the Ministry, the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiyutheen has appointed the committee chaired by the Secretary of the Ministry Anura Siriwardena.

Sri Lanka is the only commercial Source of supply of high Carbon Natural Crystalline Vein Graphite and Kahatagaha Mine is capable of mining high purity Natural Vein Graphite over 99% carbon in fully crystallized form.

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