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හිරු ටීවී පත්තරේ විස්තරේ

Theft ring supplying motorcycle to underworld uncovered

May 23 (DM) Following the arrest of two young men found in possession of eleven stolen motorcycles, Minuwangoda police have uncovered a motorcycle theft ring supplying stolen bikes to the underworld. The suspects, now under interrogation by police, were detained under a magistrate’s order from Minuwangoda. The suspects have been identified as Subasinghe Arachchige Tharindu Jude Lakmal Perera, also known as Kehelbarra Jude, and Hasitha Prasad Kumara, more..

SJB trying to copy our economic policies: Hadunnetti

May 23 (DM) Claiming that they have no issues in haiving a debate with the SJB economic council, NPP economic council member Sunil Handunetti said SJB was trying to convince society that they are also ready to implement the economic policies of the NPP. He said NPP economic council that the SJB has started to repeat the same economic facts uttered by the NPP. Hadunnetti said he, Harsha De Silva, Eran Wickramaratne and Kabir Hashim had participated in a number of TV debates more..

Ambulance crisis may have sparked first debate of SL’s presidential election season

May 23 (ST) Dr Yasuni Manikkege, who works in a Colombo-based govt hospital, discovered a painful truth about SL's economy recently. One night in early May, her 51-year-old neighbour fell in his bathroom. She rushed to give him cardiopulmonary resuscitation and dialled 1990, the govt’s free ambulance service. Usually, the ambulance would have arrived in three minutes. But that day, none came for 30 minutes. more..

Top Thai officials delegation meet BOI

May 23 (FT) A top level Thai delegation led by Deputy Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Busadee Santipitaks met with the BOI Chairman Dinesh Weerakkody and officials of the BOI and Port City Colombo this week to discuss investment opportunities in SL. Sectors explored include infrastructure; e-commerce; EV assembly line, tourism infrastructure and manufacturing; charging Stations; renewable energy, including solar, hydropower, floating solar, energy storage more..

SJB adamant that no MP will join Fonseka

May 23 (TM) Amidst several media outlets reporting that the Chairperson of the main Parliamentary Opposition, the SJB, MP and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has decided to contest for the Presidency at the upcoming Prez Election when Party and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa has already announced his candidature, the SJB claimed that no SJB MP will join him (Fonseka) in leaving the Party. Citing sources close to Fonseka, the media has reported that he (Fonseka) is to announce more..

ඩයනා ගමගේ රැඳවුම් මධ්‍යස්ථානයකට ?

CoPF green lights Public Debt Management Bill

May 23 (FT) Committee on Public Finance (CoPF) Chairman and MP Dr. Harsha de Silva yesterday confirmed that it approved critical Public Debt Management Bill. In a post via ‘X’ he said the move allows establishing a debt office in the Finance Ministry; regulates Government debt and ensures accountability. “It (Bill) stops SOEs from burdening taxpayers with risky borrowing and forces reform or closure. Strengthens oversight to prevent future crises,” Dr. de Silva added. more..

Rain and wind lash the country; Met Dept. warns of landslides, flooding and rough seas

May 23 (ST) The prevailing showery, windy weather conditions will intensify over the country while the seas will be rough, Meteorology Dept has warned. Showers or thundershowers exceeding 100 mm could occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, North-Western, and Southern Provinces and in the districts of Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. Fairly strong winds of about 30–40 kmph can be expected at times in the Southern Province. The highest rainfall was recorded at 100.2mm in Galle district. more..

Senior citizens’ FD interest rates: No hike until Rs. 108 b settled to banks

May 23 (TM) State Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe said that the interest rates given to senior citizens’ fixed deposits (FDs) would not be increased soon until the existing amount of Rs. 108 billion owed to the banking sector is settled. In 2022, the respective interest scheme was temporarily terminated in the wake of adjusted policy rates and record high rates for Treasury bonds. Senior citizens’ FD accounts that fall under more..

US companies have invested $234 mil in SL

May 23 (ST) Trade and investment are vital for a country’s economic recovery, and in this context, US companies have made an annual direct investment of US$ 234 million in Sri Lanka, according to the US Ambassador to SL, Julie Chung. Attending the 10th year anniversary celebrations of Sysco Labs, a US- based global leader in food service with an operation in SL, the ambassador made these remarks. Ms. Chung said, “Sysco Labs has made more than $76 billion revenue last year more..

Special Commodity Levy to be replaced

May 23 (TM) SL is expected to replace the Special Commodity Levy with a Seasonal tax from 2025 onwards to protect the farmers and the consumers, State Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said. The cabinet has approved a proposal to replace the Special Commodity Levy with a more transparent and effective tax from 2025 onwards. Accordingly, he said that the Govt expects to implement a seasonal tax, which is already implemented in many countries, to protect farmers. more..

NPP to take legal action against proposed ETB

May 23 (FT) NPP party Economic Council member Sunil Handunetti announced the party will take legal action against the Govt’s proposed Economic Transformation Bill which it has said is aimed at bolstering the country’s economy. Handunetti accused the Govt of rushing the Bill through Parliament without any public demand for it. For example, Handunetti said along with the introduction of the Bill it has also been more..

India head coach job: Mahela Jayawardene not approached by BCCI for top post

May 23 (WN) The buzz around senior Indian men's cricket team head coach is increasing day by day. While current coach Rahul Dravid has reportedly expressed his unwillingness to continue with the job, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) invited applications with a deadline of May 27. Since then, many high-profile names have been doing the rounds as having been approached by the board to take over from Dravid post the upcoming 2024 T20 World Cup. more..

11th Dhamso International Chess Festival: Himal Gusain, Sandithi Alwis Champions

May 23 (DN) India’s Himal Gusain (IM) and Sandithi Alwis from Nugegoda Anula Vidyalaya emerged victorious at the 11th Dhamso International Chess Festival, held from May 17 to 21 at the S Thomas de Silva Memorial Auditorium, Dharmasoka College. This event, organized by the Old Boys’ Association and affiliated with FIDE, the Asian Chess Federation, and the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka, marks the first FIDE-rated event organized by a school-affiliated association in Sri Lanka. more..

රනිලුත් විවාදයට...!

LK! You should be living at this hour!

May 23 (Island) The following is a tribute to the late Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar, the then foreign affairs minister of Sri Lanka, who won UN recognition for an international Vesak Day holiday twenty-four years ago. Buddhists annually celebrate the Vesak Full Moon Poya Day as the day that the Birth, the Enlightenment and the Parinibbana (passing away) of the Buddha (the Enlightened One) took place twenty-five centuries ago. The founder of Buddhism was born as prince Siddhartha Gautama more..

Editorial: A Vesak thought

May 23 (Island) Vesak Full Moon Poya Day falls today. Elaborate preparations have been made for grand celebrations complete with thoran, dansel, magnificent lanterns and other such illuminations, in most parts of the country, despite the prevailing economic crisis. The govt has evinced a much keener interest in Vesak celebrations this year than in the past because an election is around the corner. It is doubtful whether there is anything that is more politicised in this country than religion. more..

PHIs risk lives to ensure public well-being

May 23 (CT) Although the general impression is that the Military and the Police put their life on the line in maintaining peace and justice and bringing criminals before the law even if they have to wield weapons, over the years it has been proved that Public Health Inspectors (PHIs), unarmed as they are, are also called upon to ensure food safety and the healthy living environs free of diseases and infections while putting their lives on the line. more..

Financial literacy is the sole salvation!

May 23 (CT) Poverty is a vicious circle that traps individuals and families in a cycle of deprivation, making it a significant challenge to overcome. Those who are born into poverty often lack access to quality education, which limits their employment opportunities and earning potential. Save for education and employment, without adequate income, they struggle to afford even the most basic necessities. As per the data from the Multidimensional Vulnerability Report (MVI) more..

Blight of black money

May 23 (Island) Elections are the season of bounty for politicians, with funds pouring into their campaign war chests from all over the world. The approach of a presidential election has made moneybags loosen their purse strings, causing a feeding frenzy among politicians with an insatiable thirst for funds. One of our columnists, in his article published on this page today, discusses a very pertinent issue – political financing and problems associated with it, in Sri Lanka. more..

ජයරත්නලාගේ අම්බලුවාව ඉඩම්...

Bridging the gap in SL’s transparency crisis

May 23 (CT) SL’s struggle with economic and political turbulence underscores a glaring issue that remains unresolved: the lack of transparency in government affairs. Despite the significant challenges that have plagued the nation, there has been little progress in establishing robust mechanisms for accountability, especially concerning the financial declarations of public officials. Last week, we published an article presenting the findings of an investigation into the asset and more..

Sri Lanka in the current global context

May 23 (GV) The purpose of this article is to provide an analysis of the major characteristics of the global context today and to point out a key implication for the SL state. A glance at discussions in SL shows that they are either dominated by the ideology of the global neoliberal political project that dominated the world in the post-Cold war period or liberal use of categories that dominated the Cold War period. Neither of these approaches capture the nature of the current global context. more..

Vesak: Time to reflect on Buddha’s teachings

May 23 (ST) Vesak is also known as Vaishaka, Buddha Jayanthi, and Buddha Purnima. Today, Buddhist devotees will commemorate the three main milestones in the life of the Buddha: the birth of Siddhartha Gautama in Lumbini Sal Uyana (Park) at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains in Nepal; the Supreme Enlightenment in Gaya, India; and Parinibbhana (passing away) in the Upavarthana Sala Park of Malla Kings in Kusinara. more..

For more transparent governance

May 23 (TM) As Sri Lanka passes mid-point of 2024, focus is shifting from reform to political survival. However, the island cannot afford to take its foot off the pedal on state sector reforms, especially those that impact archiving better governance. Many are of the view that poor governance was at the heart of SL’s economic crisis. One of the key areas which need improvement is transparency. Transparency is important to improve accountability and prevent corruption and as such, more..

System change & Its replacement!

May 23 (CT) The NPP needs to refine their messaging; if they are advocating for a system change, they need to define the system that they want to change; and they also need to define the contours of the system they are getting ready to replace the old system with. They simply cannot underestimate the wisdom and intelligence of the masses. They are much more suspicious and doubtful about politicians now. That is indeed owing to Aragalaya-22 & its intense pronunciations more..

MPs with dual citizenship: A Janusian duel

May 23 (TM) As controversial as it is, former MP and State Minister Diana Gamage’s case is special. Despite a constitutional provision that prohibits individuals with dual citizenship from functioning as an MP, she served as an MP and a State Minister for several years. Although Gamage’s case received unprecedented attention, before her removal, in 2017, SC held that MP Geetha Kumarasinghe was also disqualified to be elected as an MP more..

Travelling on politics’ rough sea needs grooming

May 23 (DM) SL is a country which believed in electing to Parliament individuals with unproven track records and later repented their actions. This is because this nation doesn’t have a system in present day politics where the senior lawmakers hand over the baton to the next generation of budding lawmakers. If one takes a private company there is a system of grooming the next leader. And there is no question about unqualified individuals staring at a gloomy path ahead of them more..

Vesak: Alpachchathawaya and moment-to-moment living

May 23 (DM) Millions of Sri Lankans and Buddhists across the world will celebrate their most hallowed festival of Vesak today while participating in various religious ceremonies with pandals, eight-fold lanterns and other decorations. Traditionally, this doctrine or philosophy has been based on eight precepts: abstaining from killing, abstaining from stealing, abstaining from sexual activity, abstaining from telling lies, abstaining from intoxicating drinks and drugs, more..

Anura Kumara Disanayake

Over 67,000 people affected by extreme weather

May 22 (DM) A total of 67,865 people from 17,325 families across thirteen districts have been affected by adverse weather conditions, with two deaths reported, according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). Accordingly, those in Ratnapura, Colombo, Kegalle, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Galle, Jaffna, Kalutara, Matara, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Hambantota and Gampaha have been affected. A total of 410 houses have been partially damaged due to the adverse weather conditions. more..

Presidential election to be held first, Prez informs Cabinet

May 22 (DM) Despite speculations that a General Election will precede a Presidential election, Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed the Cabinet today that the Prez election will be held first this year. During the Cabinet meeting held this morning, Prez Wickremesinghe emphasized that the Presidential election should be held within the specified period this year in accordance with the Constitution. Election Commission officially announced on May 09th that Prez election more..

New Finance Bills: Prof. Peiris warns of dreadful consequences

May 22 (Island) Prof. G.L. Peiris, MP, recently questioned Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe’s move to introduce the Economic Transformation Bill and Public Financial Management Bill in the run-up to the presidential election later this year. The dissident SLPP MP alleged that such laws weren’t introduced for the benefit of the country. Prof. Peiris declared that the genuine Opposition would oppose both Bills. more..

LPL terminates contract with Dambulla franchise owners

May 22 (DM) The Lanka Premier League (LPL) today announced the termination/retraction of rights of the Dambulla Thunders franchise, effective immediately following the arrest of Bangladeshi national Tamim Rahman, CEO of the Imperial Sports Group over alleged match-fixing. LPL rights holder IPG Group chairman Anil Mohan said while the specifics of the charges against Rahman remain unclear, the integrity and smooth running of the LPL are of utmost importance. more..

Naval, fishing communities advised not to venture out to sea until further notice

May 22 (AD) Dept of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR) has advised all those engaged in naval and fishing activities not to venture out to sea until further notice. Meanwhile, Meteorology Dept warns that the sea areas extending from Colombo to Pottuvil via Galle and Hambantota will be very rough at times while the sea areas extending from Mannar to Colombo will be rough at times. Therefore, naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into these sea areas, until further notice. more..