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Sri Lanka polls could risk economic recovery: central bank chief

May 7 (AFP) SL's tentative recovery from its worst economic crisis could be stalled by presidential elections due later this year, the island nation's central bank chief warned Tuesday. Months-long shortages of food, fuel and medicines culminated in SL defaulting on its foreign debt in 2022 and angry protests that led to the ouster of then-prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa. His successor Ranil Wickremesinghe has introduced austerity measures more..

Police obtain 72-hour detention order on Manna Ramesh

May 7 (AD) A 72-hour detention order was obtained by police for Ramesh Priyajanaka alias Manna Ramesh who was arrested in Dubai and brought to Sri Lanka this morning (07) by a team of CID officers, the police spokesman said. The order was issued following a request made by the CID. Underworld criminal gang leader Ramesh Priyajanaka, also known as Manna Ramesh, was brought back to Sri Lanka this morning (07) from Dubai by a team of CID officers. more..

Scammer using stolen NICs arrested

May 7 (CT) A suspect was arrested by the Galle Police for operating a fraudulent scheme of opening bank accounts using stolen National Identity Cards (NICs). The suspect deceived multiple individuals into depositing money into these accounts. The 30-year-old suspect, residing in Lunawa, Moratuwa, was arrested by the Police following a complaint by a woman. During the investigation, it was revealed that the suspect duped a woman in Galle into depositing Rs 3.9 million by claiming more..

SL approves power deal with Adani Group

May 7 (Hindu) Sri Lanka has agreed to purchase power at $0.0826, or 8.26 cents, per kWh from Adani Green Energy, which is executing a wind power project in Mannar and Pooneryn in the island’s Northern Province. On Monday, Cabinet cleared a proposal for a 20-year power purchase agreement with Adani Green Energy for the development of wind power stations to produce 484 MW of power. more..

Two special teams assigned to investigate into collapse of concrete beam: RDA

May 7 (DM) The Road Development Authority (RDA) has assigned two special teams to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the collapse of a concrete beam in the first section of the Central Expressway project, the RDA Director General said. He said that through these inspections, these officials will quickly check the current condition of all the concrete beams constructed along the Central Expressway Project Part I and apply the necessary remedies. more..

Harsha blows whistle over $ 200 m investment promise by IVS-GBS

May 7 (FT) SJB MP Dr. Harsha de Silva who is also the Chairman of the Committee on Public Finance (COPF) yesterday flagged off about the $ 200 million investment promise by IVS-GBS Global Services which the Government has contracted for processing the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) for SL. In raising this matter de Silva taking to X, shared a screen shot of a section of the purported Cabinet paper by Public Security Minister Tiran Alles on the deal to outsource. more..

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India’s Amul to sponsor Sri Lanka team for T20 World Cup

May 7 (IT) Sri Lanka on Tuesday announced Amul, one of India's iconic diary brands with a global footprint, as their sponsor for the T20 World Cup 2024, starting June 2 in the USA and the West Indies. SL, former champions of the T20 World Cup, will become the third team after South Africa and USA to be sponsored by Amul at the showpiece T20 tournament. "Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) wishes to announce the appointment of Amul, a leading Indian milk producer with international presence, more..

High cost of mandatory currency conversions on SL’s ability to earn forex

May 7 (FT) Politics and economics are concepts that are fundamentally intertwined. Yet the unprecedented economic crisis of 2022 highlighted the complex challenges of aligning short-term political goals with long-term economic strategies. While the sharp appreciation of the SL rupee in recent months has been roundly welcomed by most sectors of society as a positive signal, this optimism overlooks the nuanced factors influencing our currency’s strength and more..

Visa controversy: SJB alleges Tiran Alles misled Parliament

May 7 (Island) SJB MP Lakshman Kiriella has said the Minister Tiran Alles, misled Parliament in Nov 2023 about increasing visa fees. Kiriella told The Island that he would make a special statement today on the issue. “I will make the statement after question time in Parliament. I hope Minister Tiran Alles will be there. Alles was not in Parliament when the Easter Sunday debate took place. I hope he will be there on Tuesday,” more..

Appeals Court rejects Wijeyadasa’s petition against interim order

May 7 (AD) The Court of Appeal today dismissed the petition filed by Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe seeking to suspend the interim injunction issued by the Colombo District Court preventing him from functioning as the Acting Chairman of the SLFP. Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe was appointed as the Acting Chairman of SLFP during an executive committee meeting held on April 21, by the party’s faction led by former Prez Maithripala Sirisena. more..

Health Secy discloses existence of Rs 1.5 bn fund for special projects

May 7 (Island) Health Secretary Dr. Maheepala Herath revealed that National Health Fund had Rs 1.5 bn. He said that the funds had been donated by various philanthropists. The disclosure was made at the Negombo hospital at an event held to mark the fifth anniversary of handing over of the two-storeyed building comprising 100 beds for children built at a cost of Rs 200 mn by Melwa Group of companies. The company entered into an agreement to maintain the facilities there for more..

Govt lab techs oppose pvt. trainees/interns

May 7 (TM) The College of Medical Laboratory Science (CMLS) urged the Health Ministry not to accommodate students who are following courses in private institutions that are not related to health professions in Govt hospitals and institutions for training and internships. In a letter to the Health Ministry Secretary Dr. Palitha Mahipala, the CMLS noted that this practice would create a safe space for financial misconduct more..

Fowzie’s son arrested over assault incident

May 7 (AD) Former Provincial Councillor Nauzer Fowzie has been arrested by Kollupitiya Police for allegedly assaulting a person following an accident involving his vehicle, police said. He is accused of assaulting an individual after hitting that same person with his vehicle on School Lane in Kollupitiya. Nauzer Fowzie, who is the son of former Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, has been released on police bail. Kollupitiya Police is conducting further investigations into the incident. more..

Honest politicians: Do they exist?

May 7 (FT) Given the contextual importance of the upcoming presidential polls which, barring the unanticipated, is scheduled to take place around end-September or early October this year, it is not surprising that the key talking points at public and private gatherings, in newspaper articles, television chat shows and social media blogs are Who among the candidates would serve SL and the Sri Lankan citizens best as the country’s Prez? and Who are you voting for? more..

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Electricity sector: Without investment we will be in the dark again

May 7 (FT) The 13-hour power cuts two years ago should have educated us on the importance of reliable power supply. But we forget after two weeks, it is said. What is being done to ensure that will not happen again, including lessening dependence on imported fossil fuel, may not be perfect. But it is important to call out egregiously misguided criticisms. If such attacks succeed as they did 20 years ago, we will continue to suffer the consequences of a bad legal framework, more..

CB officials to be summoned before Parliament for declaring independence

May 7 (DM) Central Bank of SL (CBSL) officials are to be summoned before Parliament for declaring itself as an independent institution, it was revealed in Parliament today. Leader of the House Susil Premajayantha said the Speaker can summon CBSL officials either before the COPE or the COPF to seek an explanation. He said this in response to an issue raised by MP Charitha Herath who said the CBSL has identified itself as an independent entity in its annual report 2023. more..

Visa issuance controversy: Alles cites Cabinet & P’ment approval for changes

May 7 (TM) Parliament unanimously approved the much-talked-about changes to the visa processes, which included the introduction of several new visa categories while the involvement of GBS Technology Services, IVS Global-FZCO and VF Worldwide Holdings Limited/VFS Global in managing online and on-arrival visas, was referred to the Cabinet of Ministers on two occasions. This was informed by Minister Tiran Alles, more..

UK’s Indo-Pacific Regional Director meets Anura Kumara

May 7 (DM) Indo-Pacific Regional Director of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Ben Mellor met NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake at the JVP Head Offic. Humaira Hatia, Head of SL at UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and Andrew Patrick, the British High Commissioner to SL, Tom Soper, the First Secretary, and MP Vijitha Herath attended the meeting. The current economic and political situation in SL, regional geopolitical challenges more..

Foreign medical grads up in arms

May 7 (TM) A group of medical graduates who have received their degrees from foreign universities has raised concerns over the alleged abrupt cancellation of the ‘surgery long and short cases’ segments in the Examination to Register to Practise Medicine (ERPM) (Part B), which took place at the Eastern University examination centre earlier this year (2024). The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), through an electronic mail dated 29 April, had communicated to the students who sat for more..

Tiran talks tough

May 7 (FT) Public Security Minister Tiran Alles yesterday stood firm in defence of the Govt’s move to transition to outsourcing of visa processing system and increase visa fees, amidst widespread criticism. He justified the changes, citing feedback from tourists and the need for an improved visa issuance system. Minister outlined the decision-making process behind the visa changes, highlighting thorough review conducted by more..

Gammanpila demands for CBSL Chief and Board of Governors resignations

May 7 (FT) PHU leader Udaya Gammanpila yesterday demanded the resignation of the Central Bank Governor Dr. Nandalal Weerasi-nghe and the Board of Governors yesterday over their decision to hike CBSL employee salaries despite recording a loss of Rs. 114 billion in 2023. At a press conference in Colombo, Gammanpila highlighted that the Central Bank of SL (CBSL) incurred a net loss of Rs. 114 billion in 2023, following a staggering net loss of Rs. 374 billion in 2022. more..

Central expressway: Mirigama-Kadawatha construction beam collapses

May 7 (TM) A section of the Mirigama-Kadawatha Central Expressway, which was under partial construction, collapsed on 5 May. According to the RDA, the collapse involved a 35-metre-long concrete beam, with the other two beams now deemed at risk. The collapsed beam was reportedly laid in 2021. However, the authorities have not announced the cause of the collapse. Media reports cited the authorities’ plans to test the quality of all beams along the 17-kilometre stretch of road. more..

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Concerns emerge on unauthorised players entering local lubricant sector

May 7 (DM) While SL’s petroleum industry awaits the establishment of a new regulator, concerns are being raised about the potential for unauthorised players to enter the market, particularly in the lubricant sector. The previous regulatory body, the Public Utilities Commission of SL (PUCSL), ceased its activities in market monitoring, consumer and trade education, import inspection and action against unauthorised operators and product adulterators. As per the Energy Ministry directive, more..

Sajith demands answers on tourist visa fiasco

May 7 (FT) Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa took to X yesterday to pose seven key questions concerning SL’s recent contentious decision to entrust its on-arrival visa process to VFS Global, a private entity which has now sparked extensive public outcry and controversy. The issue came to the limelight following the viral dissemination of a video on social media this week, where a passenger at the BIA was seen challenging the handling of the visa process by VFS Global. more..

Racism, body-shaming fly high with Air Belgium crew against SriLankan staff

May 7 (DM) A massive racism scandal has come to light after pilots and crew members of Sri Lankan Airlines lodged a strong complaint against an Air Belgium pilot and crew who were operating a UL Flight on April 30, after they were body-shamed and racially discriminated against. Sri Lankan Airlines which is facing heavy losses, leased two aircraft from Air Belgium in December, to boost its fleet which is now being used to run more..

Lankan Women out to remain unbeaten

May 7 (DN) SL women’s team led by Chamari Athapaththu expected to finish with an unbeaten record when they will play ICC women’s T-20 cricket qualifying tournament final against Scotland today at Abu Dhabi, commencing from 9 pm SL time. Chamari Athapaththu’s team is high in confidence after having won all league matches and semi final with winning mentality while their team spirit always very high before the final. Both Scottish and SL lasses are already qualified to play more..

Customs DG ordered to appear in court

May 7 (CT) Maligakanda Chief Magistrate Lochani Abeywickrama ordered the Director General of Sri Lanka Customs to appear in Court on 20 May to record a statement, after he failed to comply with the Court’s order to provide information on whether 45 drugs related to the case of substandard human immunoglobulin stocks have been imported to Sri Lanka. The magistrate also ordered those reports related to the Court’s order be prepared and submitted before 10 May. more..

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Lalkantha drops bombshell with village rule announcement

May 7 (FT) NPP party Executive Council member K.D. Lalkantha’s declaration to devolve legislative and judicial authority to local levels, has stirred significant debate within political circles. The statement by Lalkantha, which has sparked widespread controversy, was made during the party’s May Day rally held in Anuradhapura. In his address, Lalkantha declared that under a future NPP Govt, villages would be empowered with the ability to create and enforce their own laws. more..

Sajeev de Silva Achieves Olympic Qualification Level in Archery

May 7 (CT) Sajeev de Silva, highest ranked SL archer at present, has surpassed the required performance score for participation in the 2024 Olympic Games at the 7th Kartini Int'l Archery Championship held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 24 to 28 April. More than 120 athletes representing Malaysia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, UAE, and other countries participated in this tournament. Sajeev de Silva secured second place in the qualifying competition of the 70m open singles more..

Harin and tourism industry happy as Cabinet reverts to previous 30-day visa fee regime

May 7 (FT) Cabinet of Ministers reverted to the previous single entry 30-day visa arrangement signalling moral victory for Tourism Minister Harin Fernando and the industry. The Prez’s Media Division confirmed that it was decided at the Cabinet meeting yesterday to maintain the existing $ 50 fee for single entry 30-day visa for foreigners visiting Sri Lanka. The $ 50 visa fee is all inclusive with $ 40 visa fee and $ 10 as service fee. more..

Manna Ramesh repatriated to SL from Dubai

May 7 (AD) Underworld criminal gang leader Ramesh Priyajanaka, also known as Manna Ramesh, who was arrested in Dubai has been brought back to SL this morning by a team of CID officers. DIG Nihal Thalduwa said the special team of CID officers accompanying the wanted underworld figure had reached the BIA in Katunayake this morning. On March 06, it was reported that SL security forces had been informed that notorious underworld figure Manna Ramesh, more..

SL ‘A’ aim to end series on a winning note

May 7 (DN) SL ‘A’ team already won the series 3-1 but they want to finish with a 4-1 lead while Afghanistan ‘A’ team led by Ikram Alikhil won their last game (4th ODI) on Sunday recording a thrilling four wicket win with 2 balls to spare. Riaz Hassan was the match winner getting his second ton of the series while top order batters were in good form to put up a challenge against Sri Lanka bowlers. In fact Qais Ahmed the experienced spinner was the most successful Afghan spinner more..