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පිළිකනු කුමන්ත්‍රණ - ඊයා

SLASSCOM and IIT Madras Pravartak forge strategic partnership to boost startup...

Jul 6 (FT) SLASSCOM and IIT Madras Pravartak have inked a landmark MoU aimed at enhancing collaboration and fostering innovation in SL’s startup ecosystem. The agreement was facilitated by Dr. Shankar Raman from IIT Madras Pravartak and SLASSCOM Chairman Jehan Perinpanayagam, Rajendra Moortha and SLASSCOM Vice Chair Nishan Mendis. MoU between SLASSCOM and IIT Madras Pravartak encompasses a comprehensive set of initiatives aimed at fostering innovation more..

Farmers ask for retribution on those who excavated near Kala Wewa

Jul 6 (ST) A group of farmers conducted a deva pooja seeking punishment for the unauthorised persons who have excavated and damaged the rock near Kala Wewa. History records that the reservoir was constructed in the fifth century during King Datusena’s reign. The excavators have dug around 2 feet on the rock bed using equipment. The location of the excavation site is near the Kala Wewa circuit bungalow. Farmers suspect that this operation has happened with protection of higher officials more..

SIS warned not to grant wage hike for protesting University staff: State Minister

Jul 6 (EN) State Intelligence Service (SIS) has warned the govt not to grant a salary hike to protesting non-academic staff at the island nation’s state universities as it is a part of a greater plot, State Minister Suren Raghavan said. The State Minister’s revelation comes after more than two month of protest by the non-academic staff crippling the smooth operations in the island nation’s state universities. more..

Green electricity leads for 44th day after 165 days

Jul 6 (CT) Cheap and clean renewable energy (RE), also known as green electricity, led by CEB hydroelectricity, provided over 50% of SL’s total electricity needs for the 44th consecutive day to Thursday (4) after 165 days, CEB’s Friday’s (5) data showed. On Thursday alone, RE was led by the cheapest and cleanest of all RE, namely CEB hydroelectricity, which, by itself, met 36.71% (17.78 Giga Watt hours) of all electricity consumed on that day on a net basis, more..

Economic Transformation Bill will bring financial discipline to country: CB

Jul 6 (DN) The Economic Transformation Bill presented to Parliament in May will have far reaching economic benefits to Sri Lanka, Central Bank Governor Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe said at a special event held at the Information Department yesterday. The Governor said that this Bill is packed with features and regulation that brings financial discipline to the country and curtails uncalled for expenses. “In addition it also has insulated features to reduce corruption.” more..

First stem cell transplant at Jaffna Hospital

Jul 6 (ST) Housewife and mother of two, Saman Kumari (38), is very happy to be back with her family in the village of Iluppelessa, Padiyapelella, around 60km from Kandy town. She has not come home with a few material possessions from West Asia to help her husband, a causal telecommunication employee, keep the home fires burning, but from Jaffna with a new lease of life, having overcome ata-midulu wala cancer more..

Farewell Mr. Sampanthan

Jul 6 (DM) With confusing, contradictory and sometimes mysterious announcements about the upcoming elections—we still do not know whether it will be a presidential or parliamentary election—the death of the Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan needs to encourage and inspire other political leaders to act peacefully and calmly to find a just and fair solution to SL’s ethnic crisis. Since independence in 1948 there has been unity in diversity but with the tragic death of more..

Chamari expresses desire to be leading batter in both white ball formats...

Jul 6 (CT) Women’s skipper Chamari Athapatthu says her aim is to be the No.1 batter in both ODIs and T20Is at the same time and get nominated to all three ICC awards – ODI player of the year, T20I player of the year and ICC player of the year. Athapatthu stated that she currently holds the top spot in ODI batting and is ranked 5th in T20Is, with the goal of achieving the number one position in both formats concurrently. She acknowledged that this would be a challenging task but more..

අපි පියුමි ගැන කතා කරමුද?

Editorial: Darley Road puppet show

Jul 6 (Island) Time was when the SLFP and the UNP dominated SL politics, and captured power almost alternately so much so that we had a two-party system to all intents and purposes. But today they have become shadows of their former selves and are struggling for survival. Worse, their offshoots have not only overtaken them but also rendered them almost irrelevant in national politics. The UNP is lucky that the elevation of its leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, to the presidency, more..

Ships, Vel Palam and other concerns

Jul 6 (Island) President Ranil Wickremasinghe got a bellyful of criticism in the print media last Sunday – June 30. Why? His Address to the Nation which he named Good News and believed would descend, Cass is certain, like manna on an adoring public; consolation and salvation brought unto them singly and solely by him throughout-negotiating the IMF as he outdid the bankruptcy of the country. True, if bankruptcy is solely measured by queues for gasoline products. more..

Perunthalaiver Rajavarothayam Sampanthan’s Political Journey

Jul 6 (DM) Veteran Tamil political leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan passed away peacefully in Colombo on 30 June 2024. The nonagenarian Sampanthan who had been ailing for some time was listening after dinner to an audio tape of Kanthasashti Kavasam verses sung by the Soolaman Sisters Rajalakshmi and Jeyalakshmi when he collapsed with a groan. Sampanthan was immediately taken to Lanka Hospital more..

Ranithma advances to quarter finals in Reunion Open badminton tourney

Jul 6 (DN) SL national champion 17 year old Ranithma Liyanage entered the women’s single quarter final at St Denis Reunion Open 2024 Badminton International series held at Reunion Island following a dominant straight-set win over Emmanuelle Aamette from host country in the pre quarter finals. Ranithma who is 183 world ranking shuttler has shown her potential to beat Aamette in two straight sets 21-4, 21-6 comfortably. Earlier at the second round Ranithma securing more..

Dunith Wellalage a key player for Colombo Strikers

Jul 6 (DN) All rounder Dunith Wellalage has shown his potential in the ongoing Lanka Premier League tournament while playing for Colombo Strikers which is led by Thisara Perera. Dunith Wellalage the leg spinner was outstanding with the ball taking four wickets (4 for 20 )against defending champions Kandy Falcons in their opening game at Pallekele. Pakistan leggie Shadab Khan also in Colombo team had 4 for 20 including a hat trick .Shadab pointed out young Wellalage‘s potential. more..

මාලිමාවේ නිකවැරටිය ගොවි සමුළුව

Of system changes

Jul 6 (TM) The writer is prompted to pen this article having read an excerpt from a recent article on System change in the national press by an erudite personality – “The aragalaya (the public movement that sought the resignation of the previous Govt led by former Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa) youth shouted ‘No 225 (a reference to MPs)’ and agitated for system change. But, what is the new system going to be? No one has so far put out a blueprint or even a skeletal description of more..

Stop going to the IMF

Jul 6 (ST) Sri Lanka has been a repeated client of the IMF. It has been there 17 times during the past 58 years – too long and too often. The first visit was in 1965 and the most recent one in 2023/24. About 2 – 3 years ago SL refused to go to the IMF and started seeking home-grown solutions to the problems at home. As SL was waiting for a home-grown solution to drop down from somewhere, the problems got aggravated. It ended with a default; the country declared more..

Criticism mounts as shady moves emerge to delay polls

Jul 6 (CT) President Ranil Wickremesinghe was scheduled to deliver a special statement to Parliament on Tuesday (2) regarding the implementation of debt restructuring agreements. It was scheduled to present the bilateral agreements to Parliament and hold a vote followed by a debate. Earlier, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena had issued a written notice to all MPs, summoning them to a special more..

Beyond the floods and droughts: SL’s journey to sustainability

Jul 6 (FT) SL is considered a hotspot for climate change impacts. Over the past 20 years, the country has experienced frequent natural disasters, predominantly floods and droughts. According to the Climate Risk Index 2021, which measures a country’s exposure and vulnerability to extreme weather events, SL ranks 30th out of 180 countries in terms of vulnerability. “On average, SL experiences LKR 50 billion (US$313 million) in annual disaster losses related to more..

Eliminating political corruption: The key to our recovery

Jul 6 (CT) SL is grappling with a severe cost-of-living crisis rooted in pervasive political corruption. Political intermediaries profit at every stage, shifting the burden onto consumers. The economy has plummeted due to corrupt leaders using the govt to further personal agendas and misusing public funds on unproductive projects while simultaneously selling national assets and depleting public reserves. Under such deceptive governance, our future hard work and increased taxes will be in vain, more..

LNG procurement: Govt nears deal with India’s Petronet

Jul 6 (TM) Sri Lanka is likely to hand over its controversial Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) supply to Petronet LNG Ltd, an Indian company specialising in LNG importation and terminal establishment. A Cabinet-appointed committee is currently evaluating Petronet’s LNG proposal. Once this evaluation is completed, Power & Energy Ministry plans to entrust the procurement of LNG and the construction of more..

Why parate is so hot these days

Jul 6 (FT) As reported by Daily FT on 25 June, at an awareness conference organised by the Ceylon Federation of MSMEs on Business debt and finance management, Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe had proposed two solutions to balance the relationship between banks and industries. One was to abolish the parate law and the other was to provide opportunities for distressed customers to restructure their credit lines. Abolishing the parate right given to banks more..

Sri Lanka: Victory elusive, Mr. President

Jul 6 (SLG) The month of June was a busy one for Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe. He announced his candidacy for the prez election, cashing on his success with the restructuring of debtors achieved in the Paris Club meeting that satisfies the IMF debt relief package. Prez Wickremesinghe announced his entry into the presidential fray in a meticulously orchestrated a TV address. He said, “Today makes a significant milestone in the recent history of our country. more..

රංගෙ ගේ ජීවිතේ වෙනස් කරපු තැන

Railway plans better sanitation facilities for commuters at stations

Jun 7 (ST) Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) is planning renovations of its stations to improve facilities for commuters. Railways Acting General Manager, S.S. Mudalige, said as part of the renovations, pay-to-use washrooms would be introduced and more public ones would be made available. Facilities will be set up at main stations, while the railway department plans to outsource the maintenance of pay-to-use washrooms in some main and stations considered tourist destinations, he said. more..

Sri Lanka to save $3 billion in debt write-offs post bond rework, president says

Jun 7 (Reuters) Sri Lanka will save $3 billion in debt write-offs from commercial creditors once a provisional deal to restructure its debt with international bondholders is completed, the president said on Friday. SL said on Wednesday it has secured a deal to move forward on restructuring about $12.5 billion of int'l bonds, a major step in its fragile recovery from a severe financial crisis. Late last month, the island nation, which has total external debt of $37 billion, more..

EXPLAINER: Impact of Labour-led UK govt on Sri Lanka

Jun 7 (EN) The centre-left Labour Party won a massive majority in the 650-seat UK parliament while PM Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party suffered the worst performance in the party’s long history as voters expressed their frustration over high cost of living crisis, failure in public services, and a series of scandals. So far Labour has won 412 seats, while Conservatives have slumped to just 120 & centrist Liberal Democrats have taken 71. more..

Malaysia surpassing Sri Lanka in tourism

Jun 7 (TTW) In 2023 and 2024, both Sri Lanka and Malaysia have been actively promoting tourism among Indian travelers. Indian passport holders traveling to Malaysia from Dec 1, 2023, to Dec 31, 2024, are eligible for visa-free entry, allowing a stay of up to 30 days per visit. Malaysia Outperforms Sri Lanka in Tourism, Attracting 700,000 Indian Tourists with Remarkable Visa-Free Incentives. This initiative aligns with Malaysia’s broader strategy to attract international tourists, more..

Special traffic plan for Bohra convention

Jun 7 (DM) The police have announced a special traffic plan in conjunction with the Bohra convention scheduled to be held from July 7 to 16 at the Bambalapitiya Bohra Mosque and the SL Exhibition and Convention Centre. Several byroads entering Galle Road, Colombo Fort and Marine Drive in Bambalapitiya will be closed during the following periods: 8 am to 11 am, 1 pm to 3 pm, and 5 pm to 10 pm on the specified dates. Further, traffic restrictions will be imposed in surrounding more..

Tense situation at SLFP Headquarters as Dayasiri arrives

Jun 7 (AD) A tense situation has been reported in front of the SLFP’s Headquarters on Darley Road in Colombo 10, following the arrival of MP Dayasiri Jayasekara. However, MP Jayasekara had claimed that he will recommence duties in the post of General Secretary of the SLFP this morning. Meanwhile, he also alleged that he is still the legitimate General Secretary of the party. more..

SL can adopt Hong Kong’s seawater flushing technology to conserve potable water

Jun 7 (Island) Hong Kong has developed a technology of using sea water for flushing toilets and SL govt can use this technology to save potable water, Director of Environmental Protection Department of Hong Kong Dr. CHUI Ho Kwong Samuel said in a recent event in Colombo. Addressing an Awareness Workshop on Water Technology 2024, jointly hosted by Central Environment Authority (CEA), Joint Research and Demonstration Center (JRDC) and more..

Dayasiri assumes duties as SLFP Gen. Sec. outside party HQ

Jun 7 (AD) MP Dayasiri Jayasekara assumed duties as the General Secretary of SLFP in front of the party hq, claiming that he holds the post. Jayasekara assumed duties outside the headquarters as he was prevented from entering the building by police. Meanwhile, a tense situation was reported in front of the SLFP’s Headquarters on Darley Road in Col 10, following the arrival of MP Dayasiri Jayasekara this morning. Jayasekara alleges that he is still the legitimate General Secretary of the party, as more..

සමස්ත පද්ධතියම බය තනි මිනිසා

African state Sierra Leone offers investment opportunities for Sri Lanka

Jul 5 (DM) As part of ongoing efforts to promote economic diplomacy in Africa, Sri Lankan ambassador Kana Ambassador Kananathan met with Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio in Freetown and discussed investment opportunities yesterday. President Bio praised Ambassador Kananathan for his role as an election observer during the 2023 Presidential Elections and acknowledged his commitment to strengthening both diplomatic and economic relations between more..

Over 1,400 drug suspects arrested as operation Yukthiya 2nd phase continues

Jul 5 (AD) A total of 1,403 suspects have been arrested within 24 hours during the second phase of the Yukthiya Operation, which commenced yesterday. The detention orders will be secured against 57 among them for further questioning. Among the arrested individuals are 1,340 male suspects and 63 female suspect, according to Sri Lanka Police. Meanwhile, the authorities have seized 1.086 kg of heroin, 782.7g of Ice and 3.74 kg of Cannabis during the operation. more..