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President in High-Security Zone muddle, will revoke gazette

Oct 2 (ST) A day before he emplaned to London to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe received a hand-delivered package at his temporary Colombo residence. It turned out to be a file jointly prepared by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Public Security. Included was a draft Order for his signature for publication in the Govt Gazette. Two prime movers, Public Security Minister Tiran Alles more..

Rs. 504mn spent on Special Presidential Coms., but questions over implementation

Oct 2 (ST) Successive Govts have splurged Rs. 504mn on ten Special PCoI over the past 8 years, an application to the Prez Secretariat under RTI act has revealed. The largest sum–Rs 120mn–was spent in 2020. There was no information available on the outcomes of these Special PCoIs, which typically publish findings, advice and recommendations. It was, therefore, not possible to measure whether these expenditures had produced results in terms of implementation. more..

New luxury train between Colombo Fort and Kandy on weekends

Oct 2 (SO) Dept of Railways launched a new luxury train between Colombo Fort and Kandy during the weekend from yesterday. The inaugural train to Kandy commenced from Colombo Fort yesterday under the patronage of Minister Bandula Gunawardane. He said that the luxury train will leave Colombo Fort at 6.30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and arrive at Kandy at 9.18 a.m. Train will leave Kandy at 4.50 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive at Colombo Fort at 7.40 p.m. on both days. more..

Prez revokes high security zone gazette after being challenged as illegal

Oct 2 (EN) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday through a gazette extraordinary revoked his previous order through which he brought back war-time high security zones in the commercial heart of Colombo after his declaration was challenged as illegal. Wickremesinghe declared war-time HSZ on Sept 23 in Colombo after months of protests in the areas ousted his predecessor and previous govt. more..

CPC dealers to stop transactions with a State bank?

Oct 2 (TM) CPC has requested fuel shed owners to discontinue online financial transactions with a State-owned bank. In a letter written to the CPC Deputy General Manager (Marketing) by CPC Deputy General Manager for Finance and Senior Finance Manager, instructions had been issued to make the necessary arrangement to inform the dealers to stop online transactions with the respective State bank’s current A/No: *********045 operated by CPC at the bank’s Union Place more..

Video: Unit 3 of Norochcholai power plant reconnected to national grid

Oct 2 (AD) Breakdown in Unit 3 of Lakvijaya Power Plant in Norochcholai has been fixed which suffered a breakdown earlier this week, Minister Kanchana Wijesekera says. Accordingly, Unit 3, which was shut down on Sept 27 due to a steam leak, has been reconnected to the National grid. Taking to his Twitter handle, the minister said both Unit 1 and Unit 3 are operating at full capacity at present. Meanwhile, the ongoing three-month-long routine overhaul maintenance work on Unit 2 more..

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Amid recruitment freeze, Govt will hire professionals to public sector

Oct 2 (ST) Govt has decided to permit the recruitment of professionals, including doctors and engineers, to the public sector next year while keeping its limits on enlisting more persons as govt employees. Two separate committees have been appointed to make recommendations on recruiting professionals while the other committee will recommend ways of limiting the public sector work force. Earlier, the govt decided to freeze public sector recruitment in view of high expenditure more..

QR code system to be extended for Samurdhi and social welfare programmes

Oct 2 (ST) Govt will introduce a QR code to identify eligible recipients and families for the distribution of welfare packages under different programmes for those living below the poverty-line, Samurdhi Development Dept officials said. A QR code system is being successfully implemented in the distribution of fuel and a similar system is to be adopted to streamline social welfare programmes such as Samurdhi, the elderly persons’ dole, Disabled Persons & Kidney Disease Livelihood more..

LRT project: Govt to resume talks after debt restructuring

Oct 2 (TM) Govt has expressed to the Japanese SL’s willingness to commence discussions to explore the possibilities of resuming the Japanese-funded Light Rail Transit (LRT) project that was unilaterally suspended by the previous Govt. However, the Japanese side had noted that the discussion could only commence once SL had finalised its debt restructuring programme. The Japanese Govt would not be in a position to more..

With confidence regained, Sri Lanka aim higher at T20 WC

Oct 2 (ST) SL will start their World Cup campaign this month with confidence, on the heels of their surprise victory at the Asia Cup last month. Risking a first round exit after their humiliating loss in the tournament opener to Afghanistan, Dasun Shanaka led the 2014 champions to the title, winning all remaining five encounters. It was a remarkable victory that won public confidence back. This could place the players under pressure ahead of the World Cup as expectations are at fairytale high but more..

Wigneswaran wants Sri Lanka taken to International Criminal Court

Oct 2 (Island) TMTK leader CV Wigneswaran has stated that SL should be referred to the Int'l Criminal Court. Stating that the resolution passed against SL at the 51st session of the UNHRC session was weak, Wigneswaran slammed the resolution as insufficient noting that the latest draft had been diluted in favour of SL. As evidence, he highlights the removal of paragraph 19 and how paragraph 5 has been amended to draw less emphasis on the continued militarisation of the SL state. more..

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Tax officer union warns over RAMIS software, calls for parliament probe

Oct 2 (EN) Revenue Administration Management Information System (RAMIS) used by SL’s tax office was malfunctioning despite billions being spent a union leader alleged calling for a parliamentary probe. H A L Udayasiri, Secretary of the Inland Revenue Service Union said an expert committee should be appointed to look into problems in the RAMIS software system for which around 13 billion rupees had been allocated so far and find remedies. The RAMIS system was originally to come more..

Diana Gamage undeterred in efforts to revamp Sri Lanka nightlife

Oct 2 (EN) SL’s new and somewhat controversial State Minister of Tourism Diana Gamage is determined to forge ahead with her plans to revitalise Colombo’s largely barren nightlife, in a bid to entice tourists and encourage spending. Gamage said SL, though rich in cultural attractions to keep foreigners occupied during daytime, cannot match the vibrant nightlife offered by its competitors. Unlike countries like Singapore and Thailand, known for their street stalls & night time entertainment, more..

It’s illegal but it’s not against God: Inside SL’s people smuggling game

Oct 2 (Age) Kneeling on the floor of his palatial, gated home, Nishantha Fernando unfurls a roll of nautical charts. Running his finger across the map from SL in the direction of Australia he lands upon Christmas Island, which he has circled in pen. Fernando, 50, is a fisherman, chicken farmer and a loan shark in Kudamaduwella, a village on SL’s coastal Catholic belt. But he’s also been an organiser of boats to Aus, a people smuggler. more..

Scooter with local value addition launched

Oct 2 (Island) The DYNO Scooby 125 EFi Scooter was recently launched by Inventive Automobiles (Private) Limited. DYNO Scooby 125 Scooters are assembled in Sri Lanka using 14 locally manufactured components under the new Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) imposed by the Ministry of Industries, a news release from the assemblers said last week. Speaking at the launch, Mr. Lester Carron, Director of the Company said, “The DYNO Scooby 125 has key features more..

Wellalage lives up to his image

Oct 2 (SO) Promising Dunith Wellalage seems to be the next rich contribution to SL cricket from St. Joseph’s College, Colombo after former SL captain Angelo Mathews. Wellalage emerged the Observer SLT Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2022. Having completed a superb final season for St. Joseph’s, he climbed to the top most level, while still being a 19-plus schoolboy. Prior to making his Test debut for Sri Lanka in July this year, young Wellalage captained more..

Economic crisis: Govt looking at a downgrade

Oct 2 (TM) Govt is currently engaged in a serious discussion to downgrade SL’s country classification among the World Bank’s ‘country and lending groups,’ following a proposal by the World Bank to the Govt to consider a downgrade to gain access to more funding. It is learnt that downgrading SL in WB’s country classification in relation to lending groups will enable the Govt to access more financial grants as well as loans at low interest rates. more..

India Legends beat Sri Lanka Legends by 33 runs to lift trophy

Oct 2 (MK) Naman Ojha's sensational 71-ball 108* helped Sachin Tendulkar-led India Legends beat SL Legends by 33 in the final at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium here on Saturday (1). With this win, the India Legends won the Road Safety World Series (RSWS) title for the second time in a row. India Legends also won the trophy by defeating SL Legends in the final of the inaugural season in 2021 at this venue. Batting first, India Legends posted a massive 195 for 6 more..

Poultry industry: Severe shortages in next six months

Oct 2 (TM) Sri Lanka is at risk of facing a severe shortage in eggs and chicken within the next six months, with a majority of the hatcheries in the country having stopped operations due to high production costs, industry experts warn. All Island Poultry Association Head Ajith Gunasekara said that the recently-introduced price ceiling for eggs was the main cause of the problem. “The price ceiling caps the maximum price of eggs at Rs. 43-45 when production cost for a single egg is Rs. 55. more..

වත්මන් දේශපාලන තත්ත්වය සහ ජන ජීවිතය

SL schools junior boxing pool to be formed

Oct 2 (TM) A SL Schools Junior Boxing pool will be formed by SL Schools Boxing Association (SLSBA), spearheaded by its Secretary Jamitha Bandara. This is being done with the aim of winning a medal in boxing for SL at the 2036 Olympics. SLSBA recently took the lead and conducted two boxing meets – L.V. Jayaweera meet and the T.B. Jayah meet. 45 boxers, all gold medal winners at these two meets, have been invited to the SL Schools Junior Boxing pool which is to be formed. more..

Food cost hardship

Oct 2 (Island) A recent news report that a student had brought coconut kernel to school for lunch some days ago acquired so much currency in both mainstream and social media that no less than the President’s Media Division (PMD) was constrained to deny it as false news and issue a press release to that effect. This followed inquiries from the area educational authorities, the PMD said. Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told parliament he had made a phone call to the school the child more..

Mixed concerns on footballisation of cricket

Oct 2 (ST) There’s growing fear of cricket going football’s way with the sprouting of franchise-based T20 cricket leagues everywhere. Football is primarily club based, unlike cricket. National teams only play for the World Cup and other major tournaments like the European C'ships, Copa America, Asia Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations. There are some bilateral football friendlies now but the game is dominated by leagues like more..

A pivotal shift in the status quo

Oct 2 (Island) The Mahanayakes of SL’s three Buddhist monastic orders – Siam, Amarapura, and Ramanya – have written a letter to Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe. They have requested concessions on the recent electricity tariff hikes, which they claim are impacting temples severely. Citing the enormous service they render to society, the monks have pointed out that these temples are not in a position to absorb the current rates. They moreover imply that since people visit them after work and more..

Winners of 2022 T20 World Cup to get prize money of US $1.6 million

Oct 2 (CI) The winners of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia will take home a prize money of US $1.6 million, the same amount as the last year's edition, the ICC announced on Friday. Similarly, the runners-up will collect $800,000 and the two losing semi-finalists $400,000 each. The 16-team tournament, starting October 16, will be played in two rounds. The eight teams - Namibia, SL, Netherlands, UAE in Group A and West Indies, Scotland, Ireland and Zimbabwe in Group B - will play first round. more..

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The malaise of vindictive governance

Oct 2 (TM) Truth be told, Sri Lanka is being left to its own devices to sort out the mess it has got itself into, with those whom the country was banking on to lend a helping hand displaying a distinct preference to wait and see how things pan out, while the country goes about the task at hand on its own. For starters, even though the Govt has been publicly hinting at the possibility of the first tranche of the IMF bailout materialising in December, that prospect is slowly but surely diminishing, more..

Global cooperation the key

Oct 2 (SO) Prez Wickremesinghe’s well-received address at the Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors at the ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines, in his capacity as SL’s Finance Minister and Chair of the Annual Meeting, was a stark and realistic assessment of the socio-economic issues facing the entire world, not just Asia. There is a notion that the economic crisis currently faced by SL is unique. Although some aspects of it may not be found anywhere else, more..

'Restoring the economy, the utmost priority'

Oct 2 (SO) State Minister Shehan Semasinghe said that all MPs irrespective of political differences should make their effective contribution to National Council and turn that endeavour a success. It is the responsibility of everybody to join hands and provide solutions to the burning issues faced by the country. He said the country is already under tremendous pressure and we should make sure the challenges are not over and more..

A real spicy anecdote

Oct 2 (ST) My dear Prasanna, I never thought I would be writing to you this week but then I thought I must, when I saw you on the news. I was excited because I thought you were once again trying to uplift our chilli powder industry but I then realised that for once, the news was not about you but about what your son had done. I must admit that when I heard that a Prasanna Rana from Gampaha was in the news in relation to some type of undesirable behaviour, I thought of someone else first. more..

Tough challenges in turbulent economic weather

Oct 2 (ST) As Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe headed East to jump-start stalled or abandoned Japanese projects in Sri Lanka and seek support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), news from the West, i.e. the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was not particularly encouraging. Hopes that the IMF would fast-forward its bailout package for Sri Lanka appeared moving at a lukewarm pace as delays in getting the country’s creditors on board for a debt servicing deal seemed to stall progress. more..

Ugly scenes witnessed at Thileepan’s memorial ceremony in Nallur

Oct 2 (ST) It is a well known secret that almost all Tamil nationalist parties based in the North, including one-man led splinter groups, are trying to capitalise on the otherwise questionable legacy of the LTTE. The main purpose is to keep its legacy intact and convert whatever goodwill it had into electoral votes. Some parties have been fairly successful in doing so in the recent past. An ongoing competition to claim ownership for the LTTE’s more..

The urgent need to repeal a law that cannot be reformed

Oct 2 (GV) It was supposed to be a temporary law to fight the perceived threat of a militant uprising but it has remained for over 40 years, enduring even after the enemy has been defeated. Hundreds of people have been in prison for years, even decades, awaiting trial on terrorism charges or following convictions based on confessions extracted using torture. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) said it recorded 109 arrests under the PTA in 2021. more..

Unhindered or Unhinged? High Security Zones & Rehab camps!

Oct 2 (CT) Last week I ventured to suggest that Prez could quite simply start ending the govt’s annual embarrassment in Geneva by starting to implement the many promises of his predecessors – on human rights, reconciliation, executive presidency, electoral reforms and so on. Implement one promise at a time, I said, the UNHRC resolution would wither way in no time. Not that my suggestion was going to make any mark at any place that matters, or anywhere for that matter. more..

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