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Dhammika Perera undertakes not to take oath as MP until court decides on FR

Jun 20 (AD) Businessman Dhammika Perera has undertaken not to take oath as a MP or Minister until the Supreme Court decides whether or not to grant leave to proceed with the petitions filed before courts against his appointment as an MP. The fundamental rights petitions filed against the appointment of Dhammika Perera as a MP were taken up by a 3-judge bench comprising Justices Priyantha Jayawardena, Yasantha Kodagoda and Arjuna Obeysekera today. more..

MP Sanath Nishantha’s brother arrested

Jun 20 (AD) SLPP Pradeshiya Sabha member Jagath Samantha has been arrested on charges of assaulting persons and obstructing the duties of police officers at a filling station in Arachchikattuwa. Samantha, who is the brother of MP Sanath Nishantha, had recently been accused of assaulting certain individuals near filling station while a video of the incident had been widely circulated on social media. He had assaulted persons at a fuel station in Arachchikattuwa waiting for fuel on June 17 more..

PM meets IMF mission in bailout talks

Jun 20 (EN) An IMF mission who has arrived in SL has met PM Ranil Wickremesinghe as part of a discussions to fashion policy corrections that will restore monetary stability and allow the country to repay debt. “PM Wickremesinghe commenced discussions with the IMF team a short while ago at the PM’s Office,” his office said. The IMF in person team will be in SL till May 30. The team will “continue discussions more..

MOU with Australian Govt funded Skills for Inclusive Growth Programme

Jun 20 (Island) The Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) has entered into an MOU with the Australian Govt funded Skills for Inclusive Growth Programme (S4IG), managed by Palladium International Group to increase collaboration to strengthen skills development in tourism.S4IG is a skills development programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) implemented in Sri Lanka in accordance with the terms of a Subsidiary Agreement signed more..

Looming problems at Port of Colombo for NVOCC Lines

Jun 20 (FT) The crisis faced by NVOCC Lines operating to and from the Port of Colombo, was featured in the Daily FT 11 Feb 2022, under the heading Fresh Shipping Setback for imports, exports from feeder operators, due to the International Feeder Shipping Line Operators imposing new conditions for the carriage of NVOCC Line containers to and from the Port of Colombo. NVOCC Lines, are regional container/box Operators providing an important service more..

Video: Police arrest 21 protesters near Finance Ministry

Jun 20 (AD) A total of 21 protesters including a Buddhist monk have been arrested by the police for obstructing two entrances of the Finance Ministry in Colombo. Police said that the arrested protesters includes a Buddhist monk, four females and another 16 males. They had been engaged in a protest this morning blocking the entrance to Ministry of Finance while protesters had also erected tents near the entryway. more..

Australia gives Sri Lanka US$50mn in food, medicine aid

Jun 20 (EN) Australia said it will provide US$ 50 million in official aid for SL which is reeling from the worst currency crisis in its 72-year-old history of intermediate regime central bank. “We will contribute an immediate $22 million to the WFP for emergency food assistance to help three million people in SL meet their daily nutritional needs,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong said in a statement. “Australia will also provide $23 million in development assistance to SL in 2022-23.” more..

Special mechanism for Health workers to obtain fuel: Keheliya

Jun 20 (DM) A special mechanism has been introduced for health staffers to obtain fuel during the present crisis situation where the health workers could obtain fuel at designated filling stations across the country on Fridays, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said. He said in a twitter post that the mechanism was introduced following a discussion with Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara to ensure continuous supply of fuel for health staff. Minister has instructed more..

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Empathy and psychopathy in turbulent times: Leaders and laggards in action

Jun 20 (FT) We are in the middle of a socio-economic turbulence that demands right leadership to ensure proper management of all fronts. It is sad to observe the dire need and the dearth of it in the critical positions. We see a mix of empathic leaders as well as psychopathic laggards in existence. The former may bring clarity to the scene whilst the latter may create chaos. The nature and features of them is worth exploring in the context of the current crisis. Today’s column is an attempt to do so. more..

A child’s guide to Prema-chandra Athukorala chinthana on import substitution

Jun 20 (FT) SL-born world-renowned economist, formerly a Don at the Australian National Uni, in a webinar hosted by Advocata Institute has outlined his wisdom or chinthana on import substitution. Aseni, the whiz kid on economics had watched it but could not understand many of the high-flown economic stuff presented there. She sought the assistance of her grandpa, Sarath Mahatthaya, a former employee of Ministry of Finance, to help her understand it. more..

Govt struggles as fuel shortage stretches amidst growing public outcry

Jun 20 (FT) Govt’s struggle to deal with growing fuel shortage and queues continued as public outcry worsened with fears over minimal supply in the next few days. In response Minister Kanchana Wijesekera appealed to the public not to queue up for next three days saying proper distribution will only be restored by Thursday. Separately the Govt is also mulling a new scheme to supply fuel to three-wheelers & motorcycles. more..

Video: No power cuts in the morning for next two weeks: PUCSL

Jun 20 (AD) Public Utilities Commission of SL (PUCSL) says that there will be no power cuts between 7 a.m. and 12 noon for two weeks from tomorrow (20). This decision was taken following a request from the Ministry of Education in order to facilitate online education. PUCSL chairman Janaka Ratnayake said that accordingly power cuts of 2 hours and 30 minutes will be imposed between 12 noon and 10.30 p.m. during this period. Ministry of Education announced that all schools within more..

LITRO clarifies freight costs on 280,000 MT LPG Tender for 2022–23

Jun 20 (DM) LITRO Gas Lanka Ltd has issued a statement clarifying the truth behind the Freight Costs pertaining to the 280,000 MT International LPG Tender for the period 2022-23. The statement said that LITRO Gas Lanka Ltd had recieved three tenders from Siam Gas Trading, OQ Trading and BB Energy (Asia) Ltd. "Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC) decided to award the tender to Siam Gas Trading. However, govt was not in a position to fulfill the condition to more..

Protestors in human chain against Prez, PM as currency crisis bites

Jun 20 (EN) Protestors banded together in a human chain from Temple Trees, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s official residence to the iconic Gota go Gama in front of Prez Rajapaksa’s office asking the two to step down as a currency crisis worsened. Protests which reduced after Wickremesinghe was appointed are starting to gather pace as shortages continue with the central bank unable to restore monetary stability. more..

SLPP/PM’s office deny PM removal rumours

Jun 20 (TM) Both the SLPP and the PM’s Office have denied reports that Prez Rajapaksa has informed a group of SLPP MPs to nominate an SLPP MP who can win the confidence of a majority in Parliament for the post of Premier, following a possible removal of incumbent Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe from office. When contacted by The Morning to confirm this, SLPP General Secretary, MP Sagara Kariyawasam said: “I do not know whether some SLPP MPs have been more..

No lockdown planned

Jun 20 (DM) Govt officials said that no curfew or lockdown had been planned for the coming days, but schools would switch to an online learning method and govt employees would begin a work-from-home policy for two weeks. A message circulating widely on social media said that "Public administration and defence discussed a lockdown and no date had been given yet. Get all your essentials, not sure. They know there's going to be mayhem within the next three weeks. more..

Cardinal slams Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour, demands total overhaul

Jun 20 (Island) Archbishop of Colombo Rt. Rev. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has issued an ominous warning that the country struggling to cope up with extreme economic difficulties would be ruined unless the political party system and the people readily accepted the urgent need for a total transformation of the current utterly corrupt way of life. The Cardinal declared that the situation was so bad with large-scale exodus now threatening more..

$ 16 m investment by Anunine Holdings to revive Embilipitiya Paper Mill

Jun 20 (FT) Korean SPA Packaging (KSPA) has recently signed an agreement with the BOI with respect to the resumption of the operation at the defunct Embilipitiya Paper Mill, which had discontinued its production since 2012. The project, which is a $ 16 million-investment in its first phase, aims at manufacturing industrial grade papers for the direct and indirect export market by upgrading machinery and infrastructure. KSPA is 100% SL owned, BOI accredited portfolio company of more..

Unions claim low-quality oil affecting Sapugaskanda refinery

Jun 20 (TM) Petroleum Trade Unions’ Confederation (PTUC) has claimed that the amount of fuel produced at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery has dropped significantly due to the low quality of crude oil imported to SL, as well as the inability to carry out refining operations at full capacity due to insufficient stocks of crude oil. PTUC Convener Ananda Palitha said: “The refinery needs about 5,500 metric tonnes (MT) of crude oil to operate at full capacity. However, as there is no definite date for the arrival of more..

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Banking bullish billionaire Ishara expands footprint

Jun 20 (FT) Multi-billionaire Ishara Nanayakkara is confirming he is bullish on the banking sector despite its challenges by expanding his footprint with a strategic entry into the DFCC, SL’s pioneering development finance institution-turned commercial bank. Already the biggest financial services provider via LOLC Group and Browns Investments (BIL), Ishara has acquired 10% stake for Rs. 2.2 billion. This investment comes hot on the heels of over Rs. 5 billion investment last year in HNB, more..

SLBFE warns people of scammers promising foreign employments

Jun 20 (DM) Claiming that some scammers were defrauding money from people promising them foreign employments, SLBFE warned people seeking foreign employments to be cautious of such scams. SLBFE said in a statement that the rackteers had published in various media that they had recieved foreign employments specially in countries such as Japan, Romania, South Korea and Israel. Several incidents where people had got caught to such scams were reported in various parts more..

Dudley censures Parliament over current crisis, alleges Ranil betrayed yahapalanaya

Jun 20 (Island) Dudley Sirisena, who owns one of the biggest rice mills in the country, alleged that the govt lacked the will to implement price control on selected varieties of rice. He said, as it seemed indifferent to the growing crisis, he felt the need to take a stand. But, the govt was yet to support his initiative, he added. President of Rice Millers’ Association and Chairman of Araliya Group, Sirisena, one of those widely accused of more..

Electricity Act amendment may see new power plants

Jun 20 (ST) The amendment to the SL Electricity Act has been welcomed by those in the power sector and already some are canvassing for power plants, renewable industry officials say. Despite the power sector unions and opposition parties opposing the amendment saying it removes competitive bidding for new power projects, more and more businessmen are coming forward with new power project plans, officials said. Unions have claimed that amendment was made to rush through more..

Warning shots fired to control drunken mob in Vishwamadu: Army

Jun 20 (AD) SL Army (SLA) issued a statement clarifying information regarding the tense situation reported near an army checkpoint in Vishwamadu last night (19), which had led to soldiers firing into the air in order to control the situation. “An orchestrated attempt by an unruly mob, most of who were confirmed drunk, to provoke Army personnel manning a guard point in Vishwamadu area in Mullaittivu was thwarted by firing several warning shots to the air after those drunkards began more..

Foreign Minister Peiris meets UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Jun 20 (MFA) Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Secretary General of Int'l Federation of the Red Cross and Permanent Representatives of China, European Union, Australia, Republic of Korea, Germany, Netherlands and Jordan in Geneva on the sidelines of the 50th session of the UNHRC. At the meeting with Michelle Bachelet, HC for Human Rights, more..

Tea exports down 17% in May 2022

Jun 20 (EN) SL’s Ceylon tea exports dropped by 17% to 19.72 million kilograms in May 2022 from a year ago and dollar earnings were down 14% to US$ 93.7 million, industry data shows as the country grapples with the effects of a fertilizer ban and forex shortages. In rupee terms export in May were up 54% to 33 billion rupees, SL Tea Board data showed. The average free onboard price for a kilogram of Ceylon Tea had risen to US$ 4.75 US in May 2022 from 4.59 a year ago. more..

SSC say no to Arjuna

Jun 20 (Island) Former Test captain Arjuna Ranatunga’s hopes of contesting for the post of Secretary at the upcoming AGM of SSC have been squashed. The club had informed the World Cup winning captain that he’s ineligible to contest due to the fact that he is an Honorary Life member of the county’s leading club. Ranatunga will be now contesting for a post in the SSC ExCo. AGM will take place on Friday (24). Arjuna has been a member of SSC for more than 40 years. more..

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New software application helps SL Consulate General in Melbourne to deliver efficient...

Jun 20 (FT) Consulate General of SL in Melbourne has implemented a digital Consular Counter Management System to provide efficient consular services to the large number of Sri Lankans in the Australian states of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. This App was launched to reduce the operational expenses of the Consulate General, falling in line with the Govt policy to reduce expenses, while delivering a better service. Consulate General in Melbourne receives more..

Veteran actress Liyoni Kothalawala passes away

Jun 20 (AD) Veteran actress Liyoni Kothalawala has passed away at the age of 78, family sources confirmed today. A well known name in Sri Lankan cinema and tv industry, she had starred in a number of popular films, teledramas as well as stage dramas. Kothalawala was the recipient of several national awards for her acting and contributions to the field. Her remains will be placed at a private funeral home in Colombo from Tuesday and the final rites will take place at the Borella Public more..

Low-fuel flashing light on; country grinding to a halt

Jun 20 (ST) With the longest queues on record, Sri Lanka’s worst-ever fuel crisis has now reached a critical point, bringing misery to millions as vital sectors teeter on the brink of collapse. As the last vessel carrying a stock of 40,000 metric tonnes (MT) of diesel imported under the USD 500 million Indian credit line reached the country on Thursday (16), Govt admitted it did not know when the next fuel shipment would arrive. more..

Big blow for Sri Lankan swimmers

Jun 20 (ST) Five of the six simmers expected to compete at the ongoing FINA World Swimming Championships had a heartbreak as their travel to Hungary was denied due to a visa issuance stoppage affecting the country as a whole. This year’s Long Course World C'ships, which started only yesterday, is being held at Budapest, Hungary. However, SL-born Aniqah Gaffoor, living in Thanyapura, Thailand, is the only Lankan to compete this time since she is a FINA more..

Editorial: Reality mellows Reds

Jun 20 (Island) JVP has made a volte-face, and its ranting is trailing off as the seriousness of the prevailing crisis sinks in. It used to have the public believe that it could resolve the economic crisis single-handed, provided it was allowed to take up the reins of govt. But today it is offering to join others in making a concerted effort to enable the country to manoeuvre out of the present crisis. It says it is willing to be part of an all-party govt to be set up for a specific period––albeit conditionally. more..