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NPP blasts govt accusing it of resorting to underhand tactics to win presidential poll

Jul 17 (Island) NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake stated that the upcoming prez polls are set to break records, as the govt is employing all possible means against opposition parties. Addressing a national summit of paramedics, he emphasised that the forthcoming polls would go down in the record books as the largest media operation in the country’s electoral history. ‘The govt is attempting to delay the elections while the people eagerly await their right to vote,’ more..

'Relaxation of import restrictions boost to trade and economic activities'

Jul 17 (DN) With the greater relaxation of import restrictions in October, we have witnessed a resurgence of positive sentiments in trade and economic activities. This has brought a much-needed boost to our industry.This was opined by new Chairman of Import Section of Ceylon Chamber of commerce, Thulitha Mendis at their 89th annual general meeting last week. “However, high tariffs and the imposition of VAT on previously exempted products have placed a significant burden more..

Foreign worker e-vehicle permit scheme riddled with irregularities: CoPF report

Jul 17 (ST) Scheme to grant permits for the import of electric vehicles by Lankans employed abroad launched in 2022 is riddled with irregularities and suspiciously favoured two importers. A total of 913 permits had been issued to eligible individuals after the scheme began in Sept 2022. Of this 68% of permits issued had been facilitated by 2 importers, while 30 other importers, who are also registered to import electric vehicles, got only 30% more..

Rating agencies eye Sri Lanka’s upgrade

Jul 17 (CT) Central Bank of SL (CBSL) plans to request global rating agencies to upgrade the SL’s current Default grade rating status based on the current progress of the debt restructuring process, CBSL sources said. “We are about to concluded the entire debt restructuring process, and we hope it can be officially finalised within the coming days. Therefore, depending on the current progress, we are considering requesting global rating agencies to upgrade the current default rating,” they said. more..

Tea exports volume/value higher in first half

Jul 17 (FT) Despite challenges with shipping, SL’s tea exports in the first half of this year have risen by 6% to 119.1 million kilos in comparison to the corresponding period of 2023. The growth is despite exports in June being marginally down by 2% to 20.9 million kilos, Asia Siyaka Commodities Plc said. The country has earned $ 687 million in the first half of 2024 as against $ 637 million a year ago. The approximate FOB price per kilogramme is $ 5.77 compared with $ 5.68 last year. more..

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Sri Lanka, US express desire to further strengthen cooperation

Jul 17 (FT) 5th Sri Lanka – USA Partnership Dialogue concluded on 12 July 2024 in Washington, D.C. The Sri Lanka delegation was led by Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aruni Wijewardane and the USA side was led by Acting Under Secretary for Political Affairs of the US Department of State John Bass. Sri Lanka delegation included Ambassador Mahinda Samarasinghe as well as senior officials of the SL Embassy, Washington D.C. and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. more..

Dambulla eliminated despite win over Colombo

Jul 17 (DN) In a spirited performance, Dambulla Sixes defeated Colombo Strikers by 28 runs in their LPL game at R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium yesterday. Despite their victory, Dambulla Sixes were eliminated from the tournament. It was a low-scoring match, with Dambulla Sixes being bowled out for 123. Colombo Strikers struggled in their chase, managing only 95 runs in 18.1 overs. Skipper Thisara Perera fought valiantly, scoring 30 runs off 31 balls with a four and three sixes, more..

Kokkuthuduvai mass grave excavation: 12 addl. body parts found as 3rd phase...

Jul 17 (TM) The third phase of the excavations at the Kokkuthuduvai mass grave in Mullaitivu has concluded, revealing 12 additional human body parts, said the JMO of Mullaitivu, Dr. Kanagasabapathy Vasudeva. He confirmed that the total number of skeletal remains excavated from the site now stands at 52, adding that these remains have been securely stored at the Mullaitivu District General Hospital following orders from more..

Retaining Mendis, is it a fair call?

Jul 17 (Island) With no half-centuries in the league stages of the LPL, Kusal Mendis is facing the axe from the Jaffna Kings side for the playoffs. In fact, the opening batter has 30 runs as the highest score after 8 innings in the LPL. It will be a comedy of errors if Jaffna drop him but Mendis still goes on to open batting for SL next week in the three match T-20 series against India at Pallekele. Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dhananjaya de Silva have been both axed for India series; so is Angleo more..

'Sajith leading all public opinion polls'

Jul 17 (FT) SJB MP S.M. Marikkar asserted that SJB leader Sajith Premadasa is leading all public opinion polls for the Prez election, making him the clear choice of the people. He said that Premadasa is poised to be the candidate with the highest public support in the upcoming election. Marikkar stated that survey reports indicate a decline in the popularity of Anura Kumara Dissanayaka, while the support for Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Podujana Peramuna remains stagnant. more..

Mendis to be rested for India series: Chandimal and Perera set to earn recalls?

Jul 17 (TM) Sri Lanka’s ODI captain Kusal Mendis who is currently experiencing a lean patch with the bat is set to be rested, while two stars who were overlooked for the concluded ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the US and the West Indies Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Janith Perera, are set to be recalled by the selectors, ahead of the upcoming home white-ball series against India, informed sources said. more..

Apparel industry hails PUCSL reduction in electricity tariffs

Jul 17 (FT) Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) welcomed this week’s decision by PUCSL to implement a 25.3% reduction in industrial electricity tariffs, parallel to a 27% reduction for domestic customers and a 22.5% overall reduction effective 16 July. In addition to easing the burden on retail customers, JAAF commended the PUCSL decision for providing much-needed relief to SL’s apparel and export industries, enhancing competitiveness and supporting economic recovery. more..

ECSL Chair observes widespread interest in Presidential poll unseen in decades

Jul 17 (FT) Election Commission of SL (ECSL) Chairperson R.M.L. Ratnayake has re-confirmed that the announcement of the Prez election will be made before 31 July. Chairperson made this assurance at a press conference held at the ECSL yesterday. He said the ECSL will be authorised to call for the Prez election after midnight on 16 July and accordingly, the election date will be announced before the end of July. Ratnayake also said the requested budget of Rs. 10 b for Prez poll more..

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2 more luxury hotels added to SL’s portfolio

Jul 17 (ST) SL’s billionaire entrepreneur, Dhammika Perera’s two luxury hotels are slated to open by next year-end. Mr. Perera, Chairman of Greener Water Ltd (a fully owned subsidiary of Vallibel One) and Chairman of Summer Season Ltd Mohan Pandithage in Feb 2020 signed two groundbreaking MOUs to establish global luxury brands JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton in SL. Prez – Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China) of Marriott Int'l Rajeev Menon, and Regional Vice Prez Head of Business more..

Neutrality and policymaking

Jul 17 (TM) As Sri Lanka continues to follow guidelines set out by the IMF and move towards a recovery, sustaining the progress will be a key challenge as normalcy returns. SL is by no means out of the woods, and must follow through with meaningful governance and economic reforms, to ensure that Sri Lanka returns to a growth trajectory. As the island nation moves forward with such changes, many of which will be difficult and painful, SL must also fine tune its foreign policy to more..

Reform crucial for inclusive growth

Jul 17 (FT) Pursuing structural reforms is critical to ensure Sri Lanka achieves sustainable inclusive growth, Verité Research and Bandaranaike Academy for Leadership and Public Policy organised forum on Practical Solutions highlighted yesterday. Discussing Practical Solutions for Inclusive Growth, Verite Research Fellow Prof. Shantha Devarajan, said SL must learn to separate foreign policy from foreign investment. more..

Non-issues, inanities and harsh reality

Jul 17 (Island) Hope is said to spring eternal. Hence desperate attempts to delay the next prez election, which the govt politicians are scared of. Two fundamental rights petitions seeking a Supreme Court (SC) intervention to prevent the Election Commission (EC) from declaring the prez poll have failed. The SC has censured the petitioners for wasting judicial time and imposed costs. One of the petitioners is a lawyer by profession. What possessed him to claim that the 19th Amd more..

Dipped Products accelerates global expansion with launch of office in India

Jul 17 (FT) Dipped Products PLC (DPL), a global leader in the manufacturing of high-quality gloves and a subsidiary of Hayley’s PLC announced the opening of its dedicated sales and marketing office in Mumbai, India. This strategic move is part of DPL’s ongoing global expansion strategy to enhance its presence in key markets. Notably, the new Mumbai sales office is equipped with a state-of-the-art electrician glove testing facility, ensuring that each glove meets highest industry standards more..

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Govt and Opposition battle it out over bill regarding Prez’s term

Jul 17 (ST) As the clock ticks down to the Election Commission (EC) declaring the date for the upcoming prez election, opposition parties continue to allege that Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe and his govt are trying every trick in the book to prevent the election from going ahead as scheduled. These concerns have heightened to such an extent that NPP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake on Thursday (11) moved an adjournment motion on “Holding the Prez Election during the period more..

Sri Lanka claim two golds at Western Asia Youth Rapid Chess

Jul 17 (ST) Sri Lanka claimed two gold medals at the Western Asia Youth Rapid Chess Championship, which kicked off at the Citrus Hotel in Waskaduwa earlier this week. Chamuditha Bandara Herath of Maliyadeva College, competing in the Under-10 Open, and Thisarindu Induwara of Royal College, competing in the Under-14 Open, pocketed gold medals in their respective categories recording identical scores of 5.5 points out of 7. Others who earned medals for SL were Eleesha more..

Dehiwala Zoo: Density-reduction and rewilding underway

Jul 17 (TM) Animal rights activists continue to raise serious concerns about the welfare of animals at the Dehiwala Zoo while the National Zoological Gardens Dept states that it is engaged in programmes to reduce the density within the zoo and to prioritise conservation through rewilding programmes. The welfare and living conditions of animals at the Dehiwala Zoo have been a point of concern for many animal rights activists more..

Sri Lankan voters had not cared about economic growth in the past

Jul 17 (DM) When the country ran out of foreign reserves and fuel queues sprang up, Sri Lankans stormed the Prez’s House and ousted Gotabaya Rajapaksa. That may be an extreme case, but that was not the first time the street protestors toppled govts when the going got tough. Dudley Senanayake, second PM, was the first victim of the populist outrage after he increased the price of a measure of rice’ from subsidised 25 cents to 70 cents when it transpired rice subsidy more..

Shortsighted electoral politics driving country toward instability

Jul 17 (DM) Around election time, our country unfailingly witnesses the shortsighted characteristics of our party political leaders. At then Ceylon’s first general election in 1948, the Tamil tea and rubber plantation workers of Indian origin, elected representatives of the Marxist parties defeating candidates of the premier’s party. A shrewd politician that he was, our first prime minister recognised the dangers posed to his voter base by a united body of organised workers. more..

Economic woes intensified by protests, salary hikes

Jul 17 (TM) Trade unions of various State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) within the public service have intensified their demands through strikes in the past couple of months, primarily demanding a salary hike of Rs. 20,000. However, each trade union representing different SOEs has its distinct set of demands, reflecting specific concerns relevant to their occupations. Over 200 trade unions belonging to the State, semi-State, and more..

Pedagogy of the oppressors

Jul 17 (CT) The pedagogy of the oppressor is a concept that has been brought to our attention by educational philosopher Paolo Freire. This philosophy highlights the idea that there is a layer of control in society that oppresses the poor and dictates the main concerns of society. It’s important to recognize this concept and its impact on the oppressed, as well as to explore potential remedies. In many countries, the ruling class is made up of well-educated individuals who use their more..

May accountability reign!

Jul 17 (CT) Indeed, to be accountable for one’s actions is one of the greatest qualities a person could possess. Moreover, accountability is an essential feature in good governance as well. Nonetheless, it has been the common practice of many in the country, including those who govern, to pass the buck. Not breaking the tradition, the responsible officials, including the very President of the country, started to pass the ball to everyone else except themselves, more..

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Anura responds to Lohan: Says happy to see him live to witness NPP’s victory

Jul 16 (DM) In the wake of a statement by State Minister Lohan Ratwatte, NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today that he would like to see State Minister Lohan Ratwatte living at the time of the NPP's victory. He told an NPP rally in Kandy that everyone is not equal before the law in Sri Lanka as stated in law and said if that was the case, Lohan Ratwatte cannot be at large. "Lohan said recently in Kandy that he will not allow us to win as long as he is alive. I am happy to see him alive to more..

Govt to revive colonial-era waterways to manage Colombo traffic congestion

Jul 16 (Island) Parliamentary Sectoral Oversight Committee on Transport and Energy is planning to revive colonial time transportation method of using waterways as a remedy to reduce the rush-hour traffic congestion. When the Committee met with its Chairman MP Nalaka Kottegoda presiding, he said that although there had been discussions on how to move people through waterways for a long time, no formal system had been prepared for this. It was pointed out that the existing waterways more..

Power price cuts from strong rupee, cheaper coal, correct decisions: Minister

Jul 16 (EN) Sri Lanka has been able to lower electricity prices in 2024 due to a stronger rupee, lower coal prices and correct decisions made including to raise prices when costs went up, Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said. From July 2024, electricity prices were cut by as much as 32% for households, and 38% for small domestic users and about 33% for industries and hotels. SL rupee was close to 400 rupees during economic crises more..

Minor tremor reported east of Anuradhapura

Jul 16 (DM) A minor earth tremor measuring 2.7 on the Richter Scale was reported this evening in the area between Anuradhapura and Kantale. The Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) confirmed the event, which occurred at approximately 6:30 PM local time. Residents in the surrounding areas reported feeling slight vibrations, but there have been no reports of damage or injuries. GSMB officials have assured the public that such minor tremors are not uncommon. more..

‘Vizhinjam a competition, rather than a threat’

Jul 16 (TM) Adani’s newly opened Vizhinjam Transshipment terminal is a competition to Colombo Port rather than a threat to it, stated Shippers’ Academy International (SAI) founder and Shippers Academy Colombo (SAC) CEO Rohan Masakorala, amidst reports citing that Colombo wil lose transhipment business to Vizhinjam Transshipment. Masakorala stated: “Whoever is more efficient, practical and pragmatic will attract business. So there's a chance at higher competition.” more..