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ධම්මික පෙරේරා

Arrests and intimidation of protesters undermine human rights

Jun 28 (GV) The arrest of several protestors calling for SLís president and his associates to step down amid the ongoing economic crisis, has drawn attention to the grave human rights situation which persists despite a ministerial reshuffle. Hopes that the regime had learnt its lesson, of a shift towards restoring democracy and responsible partnership with others to improve the situation of ordinary people, have not been fulfilled. As the GotaGoGama protest at Galle Face Green intensified more..

For a few fatal litres more

Jun 28 (TM) Prevailing crises have led the people to take every imaginable measure to survive, just to ensure that their daily needs are met the next day, and some of these measures are unacceptable socially and legally, even though they are understandable given the prevailing dire economic situation. Black markets for fuel, and also hoarding fuel for personal consumption, are some such unethical measures that are becoming exceedingly common. However, their social, economic, and individual costs can be higher than we assume. more..

Yala cultivation: Farmers warn of rice and vegetable shortages

Jun 28 (TM) Somapala, a father of three and a paddy farmer in District of Hambantota, is eagerly awaiting the delivery of fertiliser, as he had commenced cultivating his paddy land this Yala season despite warnings given by his fellow farmers. Like many others, Somapala is pinning his hopes on the arrival of fertiliser from India under the ILOC facility which was offered to SL. Somapala, desperately in need of the necessary fertiliser stocks this season to avoid yet another crop loss, more..

Bailing out the Gota led regime; A wasted exercise!

Jun 28 (CT) On 10 June 2022, the UN had warned that the extreme economic situation in SL could develop into a full-blown humanitarian emergency. Due to several policy disasters of Gota-led govt, the nation has been sadly going through a slow motion implosion, Lebanon style with its economic fundamentals being off the charts in the wrong direction. As SL, once one of South Asiaís most progressive countries is witnessing widespread food and fuel shortages, the square peg in a round hole more..

Free-fall of the nation Where is the alternative to ruinous Gotabaya regime?

Jun 28 (DM) There is a great deal of ruin in a nation, Adam Smith once said - meaning that the modern states are innately strong enough to withstand a good deal of external and internal pressure. It takes serious and serial bungling by the policymakers to break a nation. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has shown how a country could be ruined on a fast track. Consider these numbers. SLís nominal GDP per capita in 2020 was around US$ 3600, about US$ 200 down from the previous year. more..

LPG crisis: New supplier ignites controversy, no shipment yet

Jun 28 (TM) Relief for consumers of domestic cooking gas remains out of reach as Litro Gas Lanka Ltd. last week said the next shipments of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) were only expected to arrive within the first two weeks of July. While consumers struggle to find alternative means to light their fires while awaiting gas supply, controversy has surrounded the new shipments ordered from a former supplier, allegedly at a higher rate than the last supplier, more..

Without a plan will Sri Lanka overcome?

Jun 28 (DM) Itís been about six weeks since a new govt was formed by the President after inviting all the parties to come forward. Fundamentally, all the parliamentarians should support the present PM to steer this country out of this crisis. Without a new strategy, approach and support, we might not be able to bring some significant improvements to this ailing situation. I must lodge my disappointment however when the PM stated that the economy has collapsed. more..

Improving Public Transport

Jun 28 (DM) Following are three paragraphs from an article written by Professor Amal Kumarage of the Department of Transport and Logistics Management, Uni of Moratuwa and published in the Daily FT. These three paragraphs throw light about a large part of SLís fuel crisis and thereby point to part of the solution to it. ďAround 76% of our fuel consumption is used for public transportation purposes. 51% of that is used by cars, pick-ups, and SUVs, while 31% is by motorcycles and three-wheelers. more..

අද රාත්‍රියේ සිට ඉන්ධන අත්‍යවශ්‍ය සේවා සඳහා පමණයි

Video: US delegation meets President to discuss economic crisis

Jun 27 (AD) The visiting high-level delegation representing the US State Dept and US Treasury Dept has met with Prez Rajapaksa. Members of the delegation include Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Asia Robert Kaproth and Ambassador Kelly Keiderling, who is also the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia. The US Treasuryís Robert Kaproth, US State Deptís Kelly Keiderling and the US Ambassador to SL Julie Chung had met with Prez Rajapaksa to more..

Video: Prez instructs officials to use available funds to import fuel

Jun 27 (AD) President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and relevant authorities to use available funds to import fuel immediately. The Governor of the Central Bank has agreed to pay the money due to the relevant companies for the fuel supply with a certain plan, the Presidentís Media Division reported. President Rajapaksa had instructed officials to take immediate action to import fuel using the money available until then. more..

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka just days from running out of fuel

Jun 27 (Reuters) SL expects to run out of fuel in days, prompting the govt to close schools in Colombo and order govt employees to work from home, while troops handed tokens to people lining up for petrol to keep their places in the queue. SL is suffering its worst economic crisis in seven decades, with foreign exchange reserves at a record low and the island of 22 million struggling to pay for essential imports of food, medicine and, more..

No scientific approach or formula followed during recent fuel price revision

Jun 27 (DM) The recent fuel price revision was not done according to any formula or any scientific manner but was based on a report released on estimated cost of imported refined petroleum products, the Public Utilities Commission of SL (PUCSL) chairman Janaka Rathnayake said. In a statement to the media, he denied all allegations of raising fuel prices and stated that the calculations were done based on the costs to import per barrel of fuel, which stood at US$176 at that time. more..

Sri Lanka Cricket set to give fitting salute to late spin wizard Shane Warne

Jun 27 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is set to give a fitting salute to late spin wizard Shane Warne when the opening Test against Australia gets underway at the Galle Stadium on June 29. Warne died at the age of 52 due to a suspected heart attack on March 4 this year while holidaying in Thailand. SLC's gesture is one of recognising Warne as a true friend of SL who came to the country's aid during the 2004 tsunami devastation by flying over and visiting affected areas & making generous donations, more..

COPE discussion former Chair CEB: Part 1

Maithri says he never said Rathana Thera took money

Jun 27 (TM) Former President Maithripala Sirisena clarified that he never mentioned the name of Ven. Athureliya Rathana Thera as having taken money in exchange for working to obtain a presidential pardon for Royal Park murder convict Shramantha Jayamaha. Sirisenaís Personal Secretary said the former Prez only said he felt someone took the money, and never alleged that Rathana Thera was this person. However, MP Ven. Athureliya Rathana Thera yesterday said that Sirisena had more..

CB against selling fuel for foreign currency

Jun 27 (Xinhua) SL's central bank has blocked a proposal to sell fuel at selected gas stations for foreign currency, local media reported on Monday quoting Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera. The minister told the media that there was a suggestion that a few gas stations should be allowed to sell fuel for U.S. dollars. However, the central bank authorities told the ministry that dollars can not be used for internal retail transactions according to Sri Lankan regulations. more..

SL electricity firm seeks 835% price rise

Jun 27 (AFP) Sri Lanka's heavily loss-making state-run electricity monopoly asked for a shocking price rise of over 800 percent for its poorest customers with the bankrupt nation out of fuel, regulators said Monday. South Asian nation has been hammered by a foreign exchange crisis, leaving it woefully short of dollars for imports, including fuel to generate electricity and for transport. more..

Two elderly Sri Lankan refugees fall unconscious on arrival

Jun 27 (TOI) An elderly man and an elderly woman who fled the economic crisis-hit Sri Lanka using an illegal ferry to India were found unconscious on the seashore in Dhanushkodi. Around 7am, local fishermen spotted the duo on the shore near Kothandaramar temple. The Coastal Security Group (Marine) police in Rameswaram were informed. The police managed to reach the spot around 8am and found 81-year-old Sivan from Mannar and 71-year-old Parameswari from Trinco unconscious. more..

Defence Ministry green lights cargo ferry service between KKS and TN

Jun 27 (AD) SLís Ministry of Defence has approved the launch of a cargo ferry service between Kankesanturai (KKS) and Pondichery in Tamil Nadu. According to Minister of Fisheries Douglas Devananda, the ferry service is to commence from July 01, 2022. The minister had previously said that once launched, Indian goods can directly reach SLís Northern Province through the ferry service, which would be operated between KKS and Karaikal Port in Pondichery as it is also called. more..

BASL expresses concern Govtís handling of fuel crisis

Jun 27 (TM) The Bar Association in SL (BASL) has expressed concern about the manner in which the present economic crisis and the resultant shortages, especially of fuel are being handled by Govt of SL adversely affecting the lives of the people, the administration of the country and running of businesses and ultimately the stability of the community, further noting that the crisis has led to the deterioration of law and order in SL. more..

100,000 jobs up for grabs for Lankans in Romania

Jun 27 (FT) Minister Manusha Nanayakkara this week met with Romanian Ambassador to SL Dr. Victor Chiujdea to discuss new employment opportunities in Romania for Sri Lankans. There was a lengthy exchange of views on the provision of employment opportunities to SL workers in Romania and the Romanian Ambassador said that Romania had opened 100,000 foreign jobs earlier this year. Ambassador said that the Romanian Govt would not intervene in provision of such employment more..

Athapaththu's 48-ball 80* gives Sri Lanka consolation win

Jun 27 (CI) Sri Lanka had lost their last 12 T20Is against India, and had never beaten them in a home game. But all that was put to rest as their captain Chamari Athapaththu led them to a seven-wicket win in the final match of the three-match T20I series in Dambulla. The hosts managed to salvage pride after conceding the series with back-to-back defeats. Athapaththu averages 22.57 in T20Is, but when she's captained SL to victory, she averages 42.61 and strikes at 142.41. more..

COPE discussion former Chair CEB: Part 2

Govt cuts cap on maximum forex in hand to $ 10,000; amnesty & new rules for conversion

Jun 27 (FT) Govt has reduced the cap on the maximum foreign exchange one can have in possession to $ 10,000 or its equivalent in other currencies from $ 15,000 earlier. Central Bank said, with the intention of attracting foreign currency in the hands of the public into the formal banking system, the Finance Minister has issued an Order under Section 8 of the Foreign Exchange Act No. 12 of 2017 to this effect. The order is as follows: (1) Reducing the amount of foreign currency more..

Leave queues, join protests to oust govt: JVP Women

Jun 27 (Island) The JVP women wing, Women for Rights, says that anyone who props up the Gotabaya-Wickremesinghe govt is an enemy of the public. WfR Chairperson Sarojini Savithri Paulraj called on the people to leave the queues, which led to mortuaries, and join the progressive forces to overthrow the govt. ďWhat is the use of this govt that cannot keep schools open for five days a week. There is no use of ministers and MPs coming to Parliament, while schools remain closed. more..

Video: Top US officials visiting Sri Lanka meet PM for talks

Jun 27 (AD) The visiting high-level delegation of officials representing US State Dept and the Treasury Dept met with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, a short while ago, for a discussion, PMís Office said. The delegation including officials from the U.S. Dept of the Treasury and the U.S. Dept of State had arrived in SL yesterday morning for a three-day visit. Members of the delegation include Dy Assistant Secretary of Treasury more..

Stocks fall to one-week low; dragged down by acute fuel shortage

Jun 27 (EN) Sri Lanka stocks closed at one-week low on Monday (27), reversing a four straight session winning streak as the countryís fuel shortage weighed in on the market sentiments, brokers said. Power and Energy Minister on Sunday asked the public to use fuel sparingly as there was no fuel shipment scheduled to arrive into Colombo in the foreseeable future. The main All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed 2.6% or 199.3 points lower at 7,451.91, its lowest close since June 20. more..

CPC may need Treasuryís help to repay Indiaís $700 mln: Minister

Jun 27 (EN) State-run fuel retailer Ceylon Petroleum Corporation will need the help of the island nationís Treasury when the repayment of $700 million Indian credit line starts, Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said. SL has already borrowed $700 million from India to finance its fuel requirement from March and the last shipment arrived in on June 16 under the two credit line Ė $500 million fuel credit time and $200 million essential commodity credit line. The credit lines for one year and more..

එනවා කියන අලුත් තෙල් සමාගම කාගෙද

Iran pledges medical assistance to Sri Lanka

Jun 27 (Island) Islamic Republic of Iran has pledged urgently needed medical assistance to Sri Lanka, the SL Embassy, in Tehran said.It said: Lankan Ambassador to Iran, G.M. Vipulatheja Aponsu, met several key dignitaries, including Health Deputy Minister Dr. Mohammed Hossein Niknam, Foreign Ministry of Iran Director General (West Asia) Dr. Seyyed Mousavi and Head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Dr. Pir Hossein Kolivandon, recently, at their offices in Tehran. more..

Sri Lankan elected to CEDAW

Jun 27 (Island) Professor Rangita De Silva De Alwis has been elected to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women for the term 2023-2026 representing SL at the elections conducted during the 22nd Meeting of the State Parties to the CEDAW Convention at the UN in New York. At this election, State Parties to the Convention elected 12 members, out of 23 candidates, to the Committee of the Convention. SL obtained 124 votes obtaining the 5th highest more..

The changes that may come soon to electoral laws and system

Jun 27 (TM) The final report of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to Identify Appropriate Reforms of the Election Laws and the Electoral System and to Recommend Necessary Amendments, headed by Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, was presented to the Parliament on 22 June. The committee has made several recommendations with regard to the election system, female & youth representation in more..

Final decision on bus fare revision expected tomorrow

Jun 27 (AD) A final decision is expected to be reached tomorrow (28) regarding the bus fares to be implemented from the 1st of July. The bus operatorsí trade unions stated yesterday (26) that the bus fares should be increased in line with the increase in fuel prices. Accordingly, a final decision on the revision of bus fares will be taken after a discussion with the Minister of Transport tomorrow, said the Director General of the National Transport Commission, Dr. Nilan Miranda. more..

Video: Five factors that could decide the Sri Lanka-Australia Test series

Jun 27 (CI) Reverse swing proved Australia's key weapon on the docile pitches in Pakistan, with Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc able to do decisive damage in key moments in Karachi and Lahore to put Australia in the ascendency in both Tests. Starc took 10 wickets in the last Test Australia played in Galle in 2016 and will hope to have similar success if he is cleared to play after a lacerated finger kept him out of the last two T20Is and all five ODIs. SL may consider the bold move of playing more..

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