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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: Lanka’s Floridian joust

May 22 (TM) SL, who are in the US for the forthcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will fine tune their preparations for the mega event, with two warm-up games against Netherlands and Ireland respectively, at Broward County Stadium, Broward County in Florida next week. Their first warm-up fixture will be against the Dutch on 28 May, while they will then confront the Irish, in their last preparatory game 72-hours later. more..

How Sri Lanka’s elections are decided by macro-economists and the IMF: Bellwether

May 22 (EN) The outstanding achievement of inflationist macro-economists in SL and elsewehere is their ability to elect a new govt, usually socialists or nationalists if liberals were in power, after driving countries into currency crises or asset bubbles after cutting rates for ‘growth’. Stabilization programs, despite greater inflation and more hardships being stopped, provide fertile ground for fringe elements to come to power even as economies start to recover. No liberal govt, with free trading more..

Court of Appeal issues orders to suspend Minimum Room Rate

May 22 (DM) Court of Appeal yesterday issued interim orders suspending the operation of the Extraordinary Gazette Notification published on 11th Sept 2023 which imposed a Minimum Room Rate (MRR) for corporate and free independent tourist hotel rooms located within the limits of the Colombo Municipal Council area. The Petitioners argued that the MRR was implemented without adequate consultation with key stakeholders in the tourism industry. They claimed that the rate lacked more..

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Lotus Tower to be illuminate during Vesak season

May 22 (DM) The Lotus Tower will be illuminated in the colors of the Buddhist flag to honour Vesak Poya, Colombo Lotus Tower Management Company (Private) Limited said. Accordingly, the tower will be illuminated tomorrow (23) and the day after (24). The management requests the people make their Vesak unforgettable at the Colombo Lotus Tower with its breathtaking views. Meanwhile, the Tower Management announced their latest Pixel Bloom operating hours during the Vesak season. more..

Hindu Federation requests Presidential pardon for Ven. Gnanasara Thera

May 22 (DM) The Hindu Federation of SL requested President to grant a Presidential Pardon for Ven. Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera. In a lettet to the President, they said that some statements and behaviours of Ven. Gnanasara Thera have been misinterpreted or misinformed by certain democratic bodies of the govt by known and unknown elements and also mislabeled with the aim of shutting down the democratic voice of the Thera. They also listed out the services and rendered by more..

75% of 436 adults surveyed say Sri Lanka headed in wrong direction

May 22 (EN) Three out of four Sri Lankan adults out of 436 surveyed by an independent policy and research institute have said that the country is heading in the wrong in April 2024 while 3% said it was on the right track. IHP in their SL Opinion Tracker Survey (SLOTS) carried out since early 2022 has found that the number of people who say the country is heading in the right direction has remained very low, at less than 10%. more..

COPF wants action against officers who failed to attend committee meeting

May 22 (DM) The Committee on Public Finance (COPF) requested Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to take action against officials of the Immigration and Emigration and those in the Ministry of Public Security who failed to attend the committee meeting on May 14. COPF Chairman Harsha de Silva who requested action said all officials failed to turn up on May 14 despite agreeing to attend on that day. "These officials have violated the privilege of Parliament," Dr. De Silva said. more..

Having made LG polls disappear, govt. plans association of ex-members

May 22 (Island) Amidst continuing accusations that the Wickremesinghe-Rajapaksa govt indefinitely put off Local Govt polls as it feared to face the electorate, Public Administration, Home Affairs, PC and LG Ministry has announced plans to set up a bipartisan association of former LG members on 27 May. The event at the Maharagama Youth Centre auditorium is scheduled to begin at 9 am next Monday with the participation of PM Dinesh Gunawardena, State Minister Janaka more..

New liquor licences to be issued based on population density, tourism

May 22 (FT) State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya yesterday said that new liquor licences will be issued considering factors such as the population density and the influx of tourists. He made these remarks in response to journalists’ inquiries during a program held in Karawanella about allegations that the Govt is planning to transfer 55 out of 100 Sathosa liquor licences to companies owned by Arjun more..

Aura Lanka Chairman remanded

May 22 (NW) Chairman of Aura Lanka Group of Companies Viranjith Thambugala has been arrested by Police over allegations of financial fraud. Thambugala was remanded until May 27 when he was produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court today. Thambugala’s business ventures have been under the scrutiny of authorities, while he was also cleared of charges related to an unauthorised entry into the Anuradhapura Prison. Thanbugala is the former owner of the Dambulla Aura team more..

Sri Pada Pilgrim Season ends

May 22 (DM) Sri Pada pilgrim season 2023/2024 ends with the dawn of Vesak full moon Poya tomorrow. Chief Incumbent of Sri Padasthana and Sanghanayaka of Sabaragamuwa Province Ven. Bengamuwe Dhammadinna Thera told the media today that the caskets of sacred relics, the statues of the God, and the regalia will be taken in four processions, on Friday (24) through Nallthanniya- Bagawanthalawa- Balangoda, Nallathaniya –Awissawella-Ratnapura, Sri Padasthana- more..

මේ! රහසක් තියෙනවා, කියන්නදෝ

Arrest of persons commemorating war dead: HRC advises police on how to prevent...

May 22 (Island) Human Rights Commission of SL has sought an explanation from IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon regarding the recent arrest of four persons over them commemorating the death of people and the LTTE’s defeat 15 years ago. The HRC said that it had launched a suo motu investigation into the alleged arbitrary arrest and detention of four persons on 12 May 2024 in Trincomalee. Those persons were arrested for allegedly violating a temporary order of more..

Russel Arnold among Australia’s Multicultural Ambassadors

May 22 (DM) Cricket Australia on Wednesday named International Cricket Commentator Russel Arnold among the 54 representatives of its Multicultural Ambassadors Program. A key action in Australian Cricket’s Multicultural Action Plan, the Ambassador Program brings together esteemed leaders from various sectors to advocate for inclusivity and drive positive change within the sport and wider community. The list of ambassadors includes many past and current players, more..

CC yet to receive nominees to fill CA vacancies

May 22 (TM) Despite the Bar Association of SL (BASL) raising concerns regarding the prolonged delay in appointing Judges to fill the vacancies in the Court of Appeal (CA), no related nomination is yet to be referred to the Constitutional Council (CC). In a recent letter addressed to Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe, BASL emphasised on the issue, stating that there were as many as five CA vacancies at present. Nominations for more..

Foreigner linked to LPL franchise arrested at BIA over match-fixing

May 22 (AD) A Bangladeshi national connected to a Lanka Premier League (LPL) franchise, who is under investigation in relation to allegations of match-fixing, has been detained at the BIA. Suspect, who holds a British passport, has been arrested by the Sports Ministry’s Special Investigations Unit for the prevention of offences related to sports. The arrested suspect has been identified as Bangladeshi entrepreneur Tamim Rahman, who is one of the owners of LPL franchise Dambulla Thunders. more..

Parliament observes one minute silence for late Iran President Raisi

May 22 (EN) Sri Lanka’s parliament observed one minute of silence as a mark of respect for the late President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi on May 22 with members in the presence of Speaker Mahinda Abeywardene. The Government Chief Whip, Prasanna Ranatunga said President Raisi recently came to Sri Lanka to open a multi-purpose dam project. A helicopter carrying President Raisi crashed into a hillside as he was returning from opening a dam at the border with Azerbaijan. more..

Police respond to video on interprovincial travel concerns

May 22 (DM) In response to a recent social media clip depicting a driver being fined for not transferring vehicle ownership and for not carrying a vehicle registration certificate, which has sparked confusion among the public, the police have issued a clarification on the incident. In a widely circulated video, a female police officer on traffic duty was seen requesting a driver to provide documents proving ownership of the vehicle, more..

Gnanasara Thera not among inmates to be released on Vesak Day

May 22 (DM) Ven. Gnanasara Thera is not among the 278 prison inmates to be released under the Presidential pardons in view of Vesak Poya which falls tomorrow. The Chief Prelates of the Malwathu, Asgiri, Ramanna Nikaya and the Amarapura Maha Sangha Sabha had appealed to the Prez to grant Ven. Gnanasara Thera a pardon on Vesak Poya day. BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero was sentenced to four years of rigorous imprisonment for the defamatory more..

Filipino woman arrested at BIA with cocaine worth over Rs. 200 mln

May 22 (AD) SL Customs officer have arrested a Filipino woman at the BIA along with 02 kilograms and 851 grams of cocaine estimated to be worth over Rs 200 million. The officers of the Narcotics Control Unit of Sri Lanka Customs have arrested the Philippine national upon arrival in the country from Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa via Doha, Qatar. The three parcels containing cocaine were found concealed in her luggage along with three other parcels of chili powder, turmeric powder and wheat flour, more..

එදා ගම හැරයාම. අද රට හැරයාම

Perils of public discourse in a polarised country

May 22 (FT) I concluded a recent article on renewable energy saying, the conversation should continue, but in a more sober, evidence-based manner. I was surprised by the ferocity of the response that went beyond countering my arguments. I had stated, we can be happy that environmental impact assessment is considered non-negotiable in SL. I was accused of wanting to get rid of environmental impact assessments and wanting to violate the Constitution and more..

Post-election AKD or no election RW?

May 22 (FT) May Day rallies and massive turnouts for the ones organised by NPP seem to have created panic among older parties that are scrambling for winnable strategies through sustainable coalitions to prevent NPP from capturing power at the next election. In the middle of a raging controversy over whether to hold the General Election first or Prez Election, the Election Commission has announced that in terms of the Prez Election Act of 1981, more..

Rains affect over 17,000 families

May 22 (DN) According to the Disaster Management Center, 67,591 people in 17,078 families in 114 Divisional Secretariats of 15 Districts have been affected by the bad weather conditions since last 15 days (21) at around 6pm. Due to the disaster situation one person was killed and 11 injured with two total house damages and 502 partial house damages. The number of families in the relative houses is 25 and 72 people. more..

Visa Debacle: Fixing what ain’t broken

May 22 (Island) There is a famous saying If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. SL seems to be the exception to this rule. This is no more laid bare than the current debacle with tourist visas. Most countries that want tourist dollars have visa free entry or a minimal fee. A visa is a means for controlling access and a fee act as a further deterrent. It is a form of a user fee that is designed to restrict entry. Therefore, if you want tourists to come to your country and spend money, simple economics says more..

Marikkar foresees Premadasa and AKD as main contenders for Presidential poll

May 22 (FT) SJB MP S.M. Marikkar said SJB leader Sajith Premadasa and NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake will be the primary contenders in the upcoming prez election. He suggested that Ranil Wickremesinghe is unlikely to run or fail to secure enough votes under the SLPP ticket. Marikkar said despite the various tricks by Ranil Wickremesinghe even if Wickremesinghe wins the SLPP tickets its members will not vote for him. “If he works with the minorities, sinhalese will not vote for him more..

Audit report: Customs denies undue benefits, revenue loss

May 22 (TM) Customs stated that none of its existing practices, enshrined in the relevant legislation, have affected the country’s Customs revenue adversely as has been misinterpreted by certain parties, based on a recent report published by the National Audit Office. Recently, it was reported that the Govt incurs a loss of billions of rupees as Customs officers enjoy undue benefits in penalties related to Customs more..

Maximum price for another 50 drugs: Total drugs under MRP to become 110

May 22 (DN) NMRA Chairman Dr. Ananda Wijewickrema said that the gazette to set the maximum price for another 50 medicinal drugs will be issued next week. He said that previously price control was imposed for 60 drugs and 50 more drugs will be newly added to this, increasing the number of drugs under price control to 110. NMRA will ensure the quality of the medicinal drugs provided to the patients. He said that the medicinal drug problems that happened in the past will not happen more..

World Para Athletic Championship: Samitha creates World Record to bag Silver medal

May 22 (DN) Sri Lankan Para Javelin thrower Samitha Dulan once again came to the fore when he performed his personal best of 69.46m to win silver medal of T-44/64 category also setting up a new World Record at the World Para Athletic Championship held in Kobe, Japan yesterday. Samitha Dulan the Army soldier who also the last Paralympic bronze medalist this time achieved more to get silver with a World Record and that was superb performance at World Championship. more..

හිරු ටීවී පත්තරේ විස්තරේ

Low-pressure area in Bay of Bengal likely to turn into depression by Friday

May 22 (TM) A low-pressure area over the south-west Bay of Bengal is likely to move initially north-eastward and concentrate into a depression over the central parts of the Bay of Bengal by Friday (24), the Meteorology Dept said. Accordingly, strong winds accompanied by heavy rainfall and very rough seas are likely over the sea areas around the country and over the south-eastern Arabian Sea areas and south-western Bay of Bengal sea areas. Therefore, the naval and fishing communities in more..

JKH shows buoyancy with strong 4Q though ending FY24 lower

May 22 (FT) Top blue chip John Keells Holdings (JKH) reported a strong fourth quarter reflecting buoyancy though FY24 overall was lower than the previous year given the unprecedented challenges faced by the country. JKH said during the fourth quarter, the Group reported a strong performance across most businesses, with consumer foods, transportation and leisure, in particular, recording significant growth. The performance seen in most of the businesses is a reflection of the improving more..

Charitha criticises Govt’s attempt to enshrine fiscal policy into law through ETB

May 22 (FT) FPC member and MP Prof. Charitha Herath expressed serious concerns about the Govt’s proposed Economic Transformation Bill, which is set to be tabled in parliament this week. Herath criticised the govt for attempting to enshrine the country’s fiscal policy into law through the proposed legislation. “No democratic country would take such a step. It’s as if they’re turning an election manifesto into law,” he said. more..

Central Bank launches Financial Literacy Roadmap 2024-2028

May 22 (FT) Central Bank of SL launched the Financial Literacy Roadmap of SL, marking a significant step towards enhancing the financial capabilities of people. It said the Roadmap, a cornerstone of SL’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS), offers evidence-based guidance to all stakeholders engaged in financial literacy initiatives, aligning them towards a common objective: improving the financial behaviour of Sri Lankans & bolstering their financial resilience. more..

New laws to use uncultivated lands for agricultural purposes: Minister

May 22 (DM) New laws are being introduced to facilitate the use of uncultivated land for agricultural purposes as land is vital for social empowerment, State Minister for Social Empowerment Anupa Pasqual said today. The State Minister also said that the govt has decided to incorporate a Skills or Professional stream into the G.C.E O/L Exam syllabus to promote social empowerment. He made these remarks during a media briefing under the theme Collective Path to a Stable Country more..