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SL Army says alleged attack on Tamil journalist was staged

Nov 30 (TM) Responding to recent allegations of army officers in the area of Mullivaikkal in Mullaitivu attacking a Tamil journalist named Viswalingam Viswachandran, SL Army in a statement released today details that the incident was staged. SL Army says that this conclusion was drawn after the conduct of a comprehensive investigation, within hours of the said investigation taking place. “Various Social Media platforms, largely with vested interests, along with some print Media more..

SLPP cautions SLFP as row escalates

Nov 30 (CT) Any Govt constituent party that is not in favour of implementing the policy framework of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa should leave, General Secretary of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Sagara Kariyawasam said. Commenting on criticisms levelled against the Govt by the SLFP, Kariyawasam added if the criticisms are intended to gain the confidence of the public; it is unsuccessful as the public had repeatedly rejected the SLFP as a party that has betrayed their own policies. more..

Rajagiriya accident case against Champika Ranawaka fixed for Dec. 2

Nov 30 (DM) A case filed against former Megapolis and Western Province Development Minister Champika Ranawaka over the alleged motor accident that took place in 2016 at Rajagiriya was today fixed for Dec 2 by Colombo High Court. Defence has raised preliminary objections regarding the maintainability of the indictments. The answers are to be presented regarding these preliminary objections on Dec 2. Accordingly, Colombo High Court Damith Thotawatta fixed the case to be heard on Dec 2. more..

Sri Lanka considers medical cannabis export amid worst ever forex crisis

Nov 30 (EN) Facing its worst forex crisis yet and a threat of sovereign default looming, Sri Lanka is considering a proposal to export medical cannabis amid strong resistance to seeking International Monetary Fund (IMF) assistance in debt restructuring. Sisira Jayakody, State Minister of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, told parliament on Tuesday (30) that Sri Lanka will introduce the legal framework necessary to export medical cannabis in the next three months. more..

How to stay on in power: SLFP to advise SLPP

Nov 30 (CT) SLFP plans to advise the SLPP Govt on how to keep pledges made in order to keep the current administration in power, which includes pointing out the mistakes they have made and may make. SLFP National Organiser Duminda Dissanayake said the SLFP does not wish to go against the Govt, while the political arena has become heated, adding that the public is concerned that the current administration would fall apart soon, but that some members of the Govt are unable to comprehend the situation. more..

Sapugaskanda operational by 8 Dec

Nov 30 (CT) Energy Ministry will make efforts on Wednesday, 8 December, to restart operations at the 52-year-old Sapugaskanda oil refinery at full capacity. Ministry Secretary K.D.R. Olga said that they have received sufficient foreign exchange (FX) to purchase crude oil. She said that the refinery will be back to normal operations before the New Year. Previously, Minister Udaya Gammanpila said the Oil Refinery would be shut down for around 50 days due to a lack of FX reserves in SL. more..

CEB Dy GM in hot water over renewable energy claim

Nov 30 (Island) The CEB Engineers Union (CEBEU) has sidelined CEB Deputy General Manager Noel Priyantha for welcoming the 70 percent renewable energy policy recommended by Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as an achievable target by 2030, according to sources. Following DGM Priyantha’s comments at the hydro release ceremony of the Broadlands Hydro Power Plant, on 18 Nov, under the patronage of PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, the CEBEU has served a Show Cause Letter. more..

Speaker expresses disappointment over absence of front bench Govt. MPs

Nov 30 (TM) Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena today expressed his disappointment over the absence of the majority of the ruling party’s front-benchers during parliamentary sessions. He drew the attention of the Chief Govt Whip, Minister Johnston Fernando towards the situation. “No front-bench ministers on either side of your seat are present at the moment. This is a very disappointing situation.” He also noted that all lawmakers are present when the President attends the parliamentary sessions. more..

Video: Former Minister Sirisena Cooray passes away

Nov 30 (AD) Former Minister Sirisena Cooray has passed away while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo, family sources said. He had served as the Mayor of Colombo from 1979 to 1989 and was elected to Parliament in the 9th parliamentary election in 1989 from Colombo. He was appointed Minister of Housing and Construction in the Premadasa cabinet and had also served as General Secretary of the UNP during the tenure of party leader Ranasinghe Premadasa. more..

Lalith Warnakumara appointed to Samarasinghe’s MP seat

Nov 30 (AD) Lalith Warnakumara has been appointed to the parliamentary seat left vacant following the resignation of SLPP MP Mahinda Samarasinghe. A special gazette notification will be published today to announce the appointment. Warnakumara, who secured a total of 46,361 preferential votes in the 2020 General Election, was the next on the list to take up the post. He currently serves as SLPP’s chief organizer for more..

Advisory issued for low-pressure area intensifying into cyclonic storm

Nov 30 (AD) A low-pressure area has formed and lays over southern parts of Thailand and the areas in its vicinity, says the Department of Meteorology. It is likely to concentrate into a depression by 2 December over southeast and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal. During the subsequent 24 hours, it will intensify into a cyclonic storm. The system is likely to move northwestwards while further intensifying and reach north Andra Pradesh Odisha coast around 4 December. more..

Shemara Wikramanayake tops Australia’s highest-paid CEO list

Nov 30 (AD) The boss of an Australian investment bank has topped the ranking of this year’s highest-paid chief executives, while Ruslan Kogan’s pay soared 1413%, after he took home $8.99 million. Shemara Wikramanayake, chief executive of Macquarie Group, received a reported pay of $15.97 million in the 12 months to June, according to The Australian Financial Review’s annual list. Compiled by OpenDirector, the pay survey revealed the country’s 50 highest-paid chief executives more..

Govt to import electric vehicles to reduce carbon emission, air pollution

Nov 30 (DM) Due to the higher amount of carbon emissions from gasoline vehicles and due to the current air pollution in urban areas, the govt has decided to give priority to the promotion of electric vehicles when importing vehicles in the future, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. While addressing the fourteenth session of the New National Environment Council yesterday at the Ministry, he said 71% of the fuel imported more..

Inaugural Sri Lanka Virtual MICE Expo 2021 from 1-3 Dec

Nov 30 (FT) Sri Lanka’s inaugural Virtual MICE Expo organised by the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Association of Professional Conference, Exhibition and Event Organisers (SLAPCEO) will be held from 1 to 3 December. The event consists of a virtual exhibition, four business forums and engaging experiences. The local sellers representing the Sri Lankan meetings and events industry will exhibit their products and services at the event. more..

Thigh strain could restrict Mathews' participation in ongoing second Test

Nov 30 (CI) Angelo Mathews' role in the ongoing second Test against West Indies in Galle could be substantially restricted after he picked up a thigh strain on the second morning. He sustained the injury while running a single in SL's first innings, and ended up having to retire hurt, when on 12, presumably to receive further treatment in the dressing room. Mathews did return to bat after a gap of just under eight overs, during which four Sri Lanka wickets fell. Coming in essentially at No. 10, more..

With Galle pitch as his ally, diffident-no-more Permaul stomps all over SL

Nov 30 (CI) Bowling his eighth delivery of the second day, Veerasammy Permaul comes around the wicket to the right-handed Pathum Nissanka. Oshada Fernando had been out just before, but Nissanka is set, on 73, and SL have plenty of batting to come. It could be a slow morning. It could be a slow Tuesday. Permaul's first over of the day, bowled exclusively to Angelo Mathews, had largely been populated by darters more..

New Personal Data Protection Bill in Parliament soon

Nov 30 (Island) The govt has presented a new Personal Data Protection Bill to regulate the processing of personal data and to provide for the designation of a Data Protection Authority (DPA). The Bill states that it has been introduced to facilitate the growth and innovation in the digital economy of SL whilst protecting personal data rights. “It has become necessary to improve interoperability among personal data protection frameworks as well as to strengthen more..

Prez appoints committee to investigate gas cylinder explosions

Nov 30 (AD) Prez Rajapaksa has appointed an eight-member committee to look into the recent LP gas cylinder-related fires, explosions and their causes and to come up with immediate solutions. Chaired by Prof. Shantha Walpola of the Moratuwa Uni, the committee also includes Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon, Prof. Ajith de Alwis of Moratuwa Uni, Prof. W .D.W Jayathilaka of the Uni of Sri J'pura, Prof. Pradeep Jayaweera, Commissioner of SL Inventors Commission more..

Omicron threat: Sri Lanka tracing travellers from high risk countries

Nov 30 (EN) SL is tracing passengers who arrived from high risk countries in the last 14 days before it imposed a travel ban on Nov 28 on six African countries where the newest variant of concern Omicron emerged. State Minister Dr Sudarshini Fernandopulle informed parliament of the decision on Tuesday. “The Omicron strain has been detected in more than 15 countries,” she told parliament. SL on Saturday imposed a travel ban on more..

Railway workers in distress due to non-payment of loans: RTUA

Nov 30 (DM) Railway workers have been severely affected due to the non-payment of distress loans, which are paid to public servants in an emergency and for emergency expenses in the event of a disaster or other credit requirement, Railway Trade Union Alliance (RTUA) said. A letter has been forwarded to the Finance Ministry Secretary S.R. Artigala, Alliance Co-Convener S.P. Withanage said. According to Chapter XXIV 10: 1 of the Establishments Code, at the request of more..

Sri Lanka to import 20,000 metric tons of rice from Myanmar

Nov 30 (AD) Cabinet has given the approval to import 20,000 metric tons of rice from Myanmar. The proposal was tabled by Minister Bandula Gunawardena. Relevant rice shipment will be brought in through the State Various Corporation Limited, on the basis of a govt-to-govt agreement between SL and Myanmar. Accordingly, a metric ton of rice will be purchased for USD 460. Earlier, at its meeting held on 24 Sept, Cabinet green-lighted the importation of 100,000 metric tons of rice, more..

බරපතලම කොවිඩ් ප්‍රභේදය Omicron

Public service: Treasury’s dependency burden

Nov 30 (FT) “The public sector has expanded so rapidly that they have become an unbearable burden. We must honestly accept, that this public sector is a burden to the country,” said Minister Basil Rajapaksa. On this point he was 100% right. But how did this come about and how to make it slim and efficient are questions the Minister did not care to answer. He made his comments while selling his maiden Budget to a disgruntled public, which may not be the proper place to discuss such a more..

Home-grown solution deepens Sri Lanka’s economic crisis

Nov 30 (FT) While SL is facing a severe economic crisis manifested by rising prices, consumer goods shortages, high cost of living, low international reserves, foreign exchange scarcity, and slow economic growth, the authorities are still reluctant to adopt any credible policy reform package with the assistance of the IMF. The fiscal deficit, which is the root cause of current macroeconomic imbalances, is most likely to remain even higher next year as Budget 2022 fails to address the revenue more..

Ten gas explosions in one day

Nov 30 (CT) Controversy surrounding LP gas reached fever pitch yesterday, with 10 separate incidents of explosions involving gas cylinders and stoves were reported from across the country. The 10 incidents were reported from Hatton, Malliappuwa, Marawila, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Hanwella, Padukka, Embilipitiya, Mawanalle, and Matara, respectively. According to Marawila Police, a kitchen in a local residence was rocked by more..

Bakeries jack up prices in line with flour hike

Nov 30 (FT) Amidst flour companies Prima and Serendib increasing prices by Rs. 17.50 yesterday, ACBOA said that, in line with the soaring costs of inputs and levies, they too would increase prices. As per the new price revision, a price of a loaf of will increase by Rs. 10, short eats by Rs. 5, kottu by Rs. 10. Following the revoking of the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of wheat flour at the end of Sept, the companies have increased prices three times – creating history. more..

EX-SIS chief insists he could not inform Prez Sirisena of Easter Sunday intelligence

Nov 30 (Island) Former State Intelligence Service head and incumbent Senior DIG of the Central Province Nilantha Jayawardena told the court yesterday that information received from foreign agencies of possible terror attacks on Easter Sunday could not be processed into intelligence. Therefore, he had not been able to hand over an intelligence report on the matter to the then IGP Pujith Jayasundera, SDIG Jayawardena said. SDIG testified at the Colombo Permanent HC more..

As Omicron looms, Sri Laka health experts call for accelerated vaccine rollout

Nov 30 (EN) With no guarantee of stopping Omicron, the newly detected COVID-19 variant of concern, public health experts in Sri Lanka have urged the public to get themselves fully vaccinated despite questions over vaccine efficacy. Some experts have expressed concern that the variant may be able to surpass the immunity boost provided by currently available COVID-19 vaccines. Health experts in Sri Lanka said, more..

JVP Leader highlights dire situation country is in

Nov 30 (Island) JVP leader Anura Kumara told Parliament that the time had come for people to cry in unison for the harm inflicted on the nation by rulers, since independence. Participating in the third reading debate on Budget 2022, Dissanayake asked whether anyone could be proud of the way the country had been ruled so far. “The CPC owes USD 3,400 million to the People’s Bank and Bank of Ceylon. What we have is an internationally bankrupt petroleum corporation. more..

Adivasi Leader appointed to National Environmental Council

Nov 30 (DN) Adivasi Leader Uruwarige Wannila Aththo has been appointed as a member of the National Environmental Council by the Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera. Members of the National Environment Council appointed by the Ministry of Environment for Environmental Protection were appointed Sunday. National Environment Council consists of 25 members. Minister presented Letters of Appointment to the members appointed to the National Environmental Council at CEA. more..

Cabraal refuses to float rupee despite dwindling remittances

Nov 30 (TM) Central Bank (CB) is unlikely to revoke the directive sent by them to licensed commercial banks (LCBs) by former CBSL Governor Prof. W.D. Lakshman days before his resignation, advising the banks to keep the selling rate of the US dollar (USD) below Rs. 203, The Morning Business learns. Current CBSL Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal confirmed this during a recent webinar in which he expressed his plans to more..

Foreign reserves plunge to historic low of $ 1.2 billion: SJB

Nov 30 (FT) The SJB yesterday claimed that the country’s net foreign reserves had plunged to an all-time low of $ 1.2 billion and warned of a looming dark future. SJB MP Eran Wickramaratne revealed the precariously low reserves figure – excluding gold reserves of $ 300 million – in Parliament yesterday. Govt members did not refute the Opposition claim of record low reserves, which amounts to less than one month’s worth of imports, which the SJB MP said was the lowest in history. more..

Central Bank to reveal progress of forex boosting measures

Nov 30 (FT) CB Governor Nivard Cabraal last week expressed confidence in measures announced in the short term roadmap in October to boost forex reserves and is expected to make public the progress shortly. The roadmap listed that between Oct and Dec $ 2.8 billion inflows via Govt initiatives and a further $ 2.2 billion by measures by the Central Bank, would be seen. Separately $ 800 million inflows were listed to the banking sector. CB expected $ 6.15 billion in inflows via exports, more..

ජනාධිපතිට පිස්සා කියන්න තරම් නිදහසක්

Is Sri Lanka’s pandemic debt moratorium interest free?

Nov 30 (EN) SL’s ministers and some authorities have repeatedly said the govt has given debt moratorium debts so that there will be minimum impact on the businesses. Many rushed to use the debt moratorium on the assumption that they will have to pay the same amount later with freeze in interest payment. But SL’s businesses, especially small and medium enterprises, are now slowly realizing the impact of debt moratorium. “I was paying 500,000 per month for the loan and more..

Prosperous motherland that overcomes challenges theme of 74th Indept Day

Nov 30 (FT) The first meeting of the committee organising the 74th Independence Day Celebrations for 2022 was held under the patronage of PM Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday. At the meeting, PM decided that the 74th Independence Day celebrations should be held proudly at the Independence Square in Colombo on 4 Feb under the theme Prosperous Motherland that Overcomes Challenges. PM instructed Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris to extend an invitation more..

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