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Sri Lanka record highest ODI chase against Australia to go 2-1 up

Jun 20 (CI) A magnificent maiden ODI century from Pathum Nissanka and a well-paced innings from Kusal Mendis, that was only ended by what appeared to be cramp, headlined a record Sri Lanka chase against Australia to earn them a 2-1 series lead with two games remaining. Nissanka and Mendis added 170 for the second wicket before Mendis, who was barely able to walk, had to leave the crease having received treatment over more..

General election could be held if no other option remains: Harsha

Jun 20 (DM) A general election could be held if that is the only option available to bring political stability, SJB MP Harsha De Silva said. Dr. De Silva came out with this idea at a press conference in response to a questioned raised by journalists on holding a general election in March next year. "We are not insisting that an election should be held but it should be considered if that is the only option available," he said. "Some people hold a wrong idea about finding funds for a general election. more..

A convict in the Cabinet: Can Prasanna sit without qualm in the House?

Jun 20 (ST) Cabinet Minister Prasanna Ranatunge sits comfortably in the House when, had it not been for a judge’s leniency, he should be doing hard labour at another Govt institution: the Welikada Prison. He sits not merely unfazed in Parliament as Govt Chief Whip but occupies, unperturbed, a seat in the Cabinet as SL’s Minister of Urban Development and Housing. Not even two weeks ago he had been found guilty of demanding 64 million bucks, with the threat of violence, more..

ලැජ්ජයි සුසිල් ලැජ්ජයි ඕයි

Taking people for granted

Jun 20 (TM) One man’s vainglory has become a nation’s death throes. In Belgian cartoonist Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin comics, the diva Bianca Castafiore is heard to trill the following libretto from an aria misattributed to French composer Charles Gounod’s opera Faust in her shrill soprano timbre: “Ah, my beauty past compare; these jewels bright I wear.” This ghastly scenario of a grande dame admiring the decrepitude of grandeur can well apply to SL, that one-time pearl of Indian Ocean; more..

Wizards of original sin

Jun 20 (CT) It started with Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR), the strong man president who like a wizard promised vistas of prosperity and splendour through an undefined alternate development path. In the end, that path turned out to be a highway to economic disaster. PM Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) who was also the Minister of Finance took up the task of financing GR’s highway. Eventually, it became too hot to handle and soon imported his other sibling Basil Rajapaksa (BR) from US more..

Life after this Death?

Jun 20 (GV) The socio-economic edifice that is SL’s informal sector is collapsing. According to 2020 Labour Force Survey, informal sector accounts for 58.1% of the total employed. That is 4.65 million people (62.1% male). Most have little formal education (nearly one million studied only up to grade 5 or less; 2.6 million between grades 6 to 10). Almost 2 million are in elementary occupations, gruelling work with no job security, more..

Situation gets worse

Jun 20 (CT) Amidst SL’s fuel crisis, fuelled by a US dollar shortage to make imports, a foreign news agency yesterday quoting officials said the military opened fire to contain rioting at a fuel station. It said, “Troops fired in Visuvamadu, Mullaitivu, 365km north of Colombo on Saturday night as their guard point was pelted with stones”, Army spokesman Nilantha Premaratne said. Police said, four civilians and three soldiers were wounded when the Army opened fire for the first time to quell unrest more..

Throttling a nation; Sri Lanka's deadly king-politicians

Jun 20 (ST) From Mullaitivu to Kurunegala to Athurigiriya, fury erupts among snaking lines of Sri Lankans hopelessly waiting for days on end for fuel. Finally, unity binds the Sinhalese, the Tamils and the Muslims in their collectively deep anger against a Govt that has forsaken public trust. But is this too late as the country heads into dangerously uncharted waters of non-governance with dollar and rupee reserves reduced to zero due to a cabal of thieving and incompetent political leaders more..

'People explode when suppressed and repressed'

Jun 20 (DM) The protest at Galle Face is continuing despite Prez Rajapaksa refusing to step down. Rev. Fr. Jeewantha Peiris is a key figure in the struggle at Galle Face and he is confident that the main objective of the protest will be met. In an interview, Rev. Fr. Jeewantha Peiris responded to criticism with regards to the protest at Galle Face, claims of a division among the demonstrators and the future of GotaGoGama. more..

Why CEB?

Jun 20 (DM) All eyes are on the CEB. But why now and what is at stake for the working people? I address below the dangers of privatising CEB, the IMF’s push for market pricing electricity and the problematic Adani-deal. For over a decade the privatisation push that came along with the second wave of neoliberal policies characterised by financialisation, urbanisation and infrastructure build out had put reform of CEB on the agenda. Reform in this context is a euphemism for privatisation more..

Journalists and protestors

Jun 20 (DM) On Sunday last, we were told how senior journalist Jamila Hussein was allegedly prevented carrying out her duties by a section of the protestors outside the home of business tycoon Dhammika Perera. What was worse, was that females were among the mob which blocked Hussein. Later Hussein was able to escape to her vehicle and flee the area. On May 9, after pro-govt mobs streamed out of Temple Trees and started attacking unarmed, peaceful demonstrators more..

Strong doubts over passage of 21 A

Jun 19 (ST) Sharp divisions within the Gotabaya-Ranil govt threaten to derail the passage in Parliament of the 21st Amendment. There is growing disapproval within the majority partner of the ruling disposition, SLPP. A sizeable number argue that the overriding need now is to alleviate the worsening hardships faced by the people due to shortages of essentials. When 21A reaches Parliament for approval, after a month, more..

Information blackout as fuel stocks run out

Jun 19 (ST) With existing fuel stocks almost exhausted, the Government yesterday imposed an information blackout on fuel distribution by removing distribution lists published by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and shutting down the newly launched online platform providing information on fuel availability. The fuel distribution lists that had been published by the CPC for yesterday (18) were removed first from the corporation’s websites and social media accounts. more..

Fuel shortage: Business as usual for Colombo Port

Jun 19 (TM) The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) yesterday rejected allegations that operations at the Port of Colombo had been affected due to the ongoing shortage in fuel. Responding to a question from The Sunday Morning, SLPA Chairman Dr. Prasantha Jayamanna said that operations at the Colombo Port had not been affected by the shortage of fuel as the SLPA was receiving adequate fuel at present, and was maintaining a buffer stock as well. “There has been no impact on operations. more..

Constitutional amendment: Consensus reached, 21A to Cabinet

Jun 19 (TM) Govt’s proposed 21st Amendment, which has been delayed from being taken up at the Cabinet for approval, is to be presented to Cabinet tomorrow for approval after reaching a consensus with Prez Rajapaksa and the ruling SLPP, it is learnt. Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the draft 21st Amendment would be taken up for approval at the Cabinet meeting on Monday since a consensus more..

'Lewd, and suggestive comments in House'

Jun 19 (Island) The Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus is determined to initiate a policy dialogue in order to formulate strategies to identify, address and counter hate speech in SL, its chairperson, MP Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle said. In a statement issued to mark the inaugural International Day for Countering Hate Speech on June 18, Dr Fernandopulle said that there were ample examples attesting to the fact that lewd, suggestive and violative comments are often directed at more..

Sri Lanka hopeful that star spinner will return

Jun 19 (ICC) SL remain hopeful that star spinner Wanindu Hasaranga will be fit to take on Australia in the third ODI in Colombo on Sunday. Hasaranga sat out SL's narrow 26-run victory over Australia in the 2nd match of the 5-game series on Thursday due to a groin complaint, but has remained with the team in an attempt to feature later in the series. SL know how vital Hasaranga is to their team structure and medical staff are doing everything they can to ensure he will take the field more..

Official letters show CEB Chairman was instructed to facilitate Adani projects

Jun 19 (ST) India’s Adani Group intends to expand still further in SL through Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL) which has secured a total 500MW of wind and solar plants in Mannar and Pooneryn, documents show. A letter sent in November last year by Vneet Jaain, AGEL CEO, to former Treasury Secretary S.R. Attygalle states that the company proposes to increase its footprints by setting up 1000MW of RE projects more..

As fuel crisis worsens; Govt goes for unsolicited proposals

Jun 19 (ST) The Govt has opted to consider unsolicited proposals for fuel supplies amid delays over financial commitments from India and China to buy diesel and petrol for the upcoming weeks, senior officials said. Accordingly, Cabinet approval has been sought to pursue at least six unsolicited proposals for fuel purchases as the crisis deepened with kilometres-long queues lasting for days. The Govt is looking at the option of buying fuel on a 180-day credit basis. more..

Hoppers and heritage Aussie Ashton Agar relishes Sri Lankan roots

Jun 19 (SO) Ashton Agar, currently touring Sri Lanka with the Australian cricket team, visited the residence of his maternal grandfather in Kandy and recalled memories of relatives living in the island. Agar’s mother Sonia is the daughter of Nala Hewawissa who played cricket for Dharmaraja College. Sonia migrated to Australia in 1974 and later married John Agar. Ashton Agar, a left arm spin bowler played against Sri Lanka in the three-match T20 series and was injured with a side tear more..

ගෝඨාගේ PSO ලීක් කරගනී...

Inverters: Beating the power crisis

Jun 19 (ST) More and more Sri Lankans are opting for substitutes to power their electricity requirements in the wake of a crippling power crisis. Solar panels, net metering, and generators have now taken a back seat due to a more cost-effective option which is inverters. Nabeel Nular, Proprietor Lunar Engineers said that inverters save about 60 per cent power compared with other options such as generators. He said that a 1 kilowatt generator consumes about 3 litres of petrol. more..

Coconut prices set to skyrocket amid crisis

Jun 19 (ST) The crisis-hit coconut industry is set to see a spike in the price of coconuts reaching Rs.200 with farm gate prices pushing towards Rs.100 in a bid to overcome the rising cost of production. Emeritus Prof. of Bio Chemistry Deepal Mathew, an Executive Member of the Coconut Growers Association, said that the prices of coconuts cannot be held down for long and by December prices are likely to reach Rs.200. The farm gate prices need to reach Rs.100 to become sustainable, more..

Controversy over LPG supplier in influential deal

Jun 19 (ST) State-owned Litro Gas Lanka Ltd with a market share of 75% of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) is to make a costly change by replacing the present selected LP gas supplier, company sources said, adding that an influential party is behind this deal. Newly-appointed Litro Chairman Muditha Peiris said that a decision has been taken to purchase gas from the long-term distributor in Oman for next 4 months. more..

'Let us recover from the socio-economic crisis and avoid political disaster'

Jun 19 (Island) The economic crisis that is affecting SL has reached massive proportions and acquired novel social dimensions that threatens the very fabric of our society. Forex Reserve, which averaged around USD 7 to 8 Billion before the crisis, has dropped to a mere USD 50 Million, the lowest figure in our history, as revealed by then Finance Minister Ali Sabry. The resulting dollar scarcity has led to a sharp drop in the import of essentials like fuel, LP gas, medicines and food items. more..

French citizen of Lankan descent decries attack on her Piliyandala home

Jun 19 (Island) SL born French citizen Lalani Ruberoe said that she would fight to get justice done against all those responsible by either commission or omission of their duties for destroying her house and property during the riots took place after SLPP goons attacked protesters at the Galle Face Gotagogama on May 09. Mobs had set a house belonging to Chairman of the Kesbewa UC Lakshman Perera on fire on May 09 together with the neighbouring house belonging to Lalani more..

Economic crisis: China ready to negotiate Lankan debt

Jun 19 (TM) Several steps are to be taken in relation to addressing SL’s ongoing economic crisis with international assistance from this week onwards. One of the key steps will be the commencement of discussions with China on rescheduling SL’s debt to the same. A highly-placed source said that following China’s agreement to negotiate Chinese debt to the country, SL Govt would be commencing the discussion more..

Tennis: The cheque that bounced big

Jun 19 (ST) In an era where a professional racquet costs Rs. 90,000 and a tin of tennis ball is prized at Rs. 2,500, an image of a cheque received by a pre-quarter-finalist earned at a national event posted on social, media paints a contrastingly different picture of Sri Lanka tennis. Tennis, considered one of the richest sports in the world, depicts an entire opposite reflection after this cheque, valued Rs. 2,000, which apparently is the prize money the pre-quarter-finalists were awarded. more..

Shoulder injury may delay KJP’s return

Jun 19 (ST) After a long delay, Kusal Janith Perera may finally travel to Britan for surgery to fix a troubled shoulder. But his chances at getting ready for the T20 World Cup later this year hang in the balance. Perera injured his shoulder during a practice session ahead of the Indian limited over series in July last year. While he returned to play the subsequent series against South Africa and the T20 World Cup in UAE, it was obvious the left-handed wicketkeeper/batter had pain and discomfort. more..

අරගලයට යලිත් දැවැන්ත සෙනගග් ගෝටාගෝගමට

Sri Lanka Rugby seeks Pakistan’s intervention to fight off subversive elements

Jun 19 (SO) SL's troubled rugby administration has sought Pakistan's help to take the sport forward and hopefully stave off a group of subversive elements that also includes a rebel faction who are working behind the scenes to sabotage the sport in whatever possible way. The shadowy group is said to be headed by an ex-SL Rugby president well known for his political frolics and colour changing tactics while his second in command is said to be a former referee now turned businessman. more..

Oozing with confidence, Sri Lanka look for second win

Jun 19 (ST) Hosts Sri Lanka will definitely come out as a confident lot at the third ODI against Australia at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo today, after pulling off a stunning 26-run win in the second game. The emphatic win, which came in the absence of star allrounder Wanindu Hasaranga, who is likely to miss the rest of the series on medical advice, would put an extra bit of courage, as Australia are having their own woes within the camp. more..

Bright future ahead of teenager Duneeth Wellalage

Jun 19 (Island) Respected Indian cricket writer R. Kaushik, who has authored several cricket books including autobiographies of VVS Laxman, 281 and Beyond and Gundappa Vishwanath Wrist Assured is a wise man in the game. He also happens to be a keen follower of Sri Lanka cricket. For the 2003 World Cup, when Sri Lanka travelled to South Africa leaving T.M. Dilshan out, he commented that it was a blunder. more..

A ‘suspended’ sentence for the Hon Minister

Jun 19 (ST) My dear (A)Prasanna, I thought of writing to you because you are making history, being a cabinet minister while at the same time being a person convicted in a court of law. Of course, we have had ministers being convicted of offences, but I cannot remember someone who was convicted and still continued to remain a minister! Making history is not something new to your family. Your brother Arjuna made history by leading us to the Cricket World Cup over twenty-five years ago. more..

There’s nothing called a free shipment of fuel

Jun 19 (ST) Hardly a fortnight after the Tamil Nadu state govt made a much-publicised donation of humanitarian assistance to the suffering people of SL, including kerosene for the fishermen of the Northern Jaffna peninsula, the familiar armadas of bottom trawlers have come charging from the state’s coastline illegally into SL’s territorial waters to take away the catch for its multimillion US dollar fisheries industry. What the right hand giveth the suffering Sri Lankans, the left hand taketh away. more..

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