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Potentially serious sky drama and on-the-ball piloting by UL crew

Jun 19 (ST) The debt-ridden national carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines (UL), was in the news this week not on the usual focus of how many billions of rupees it is losing every year but on the conduct of two of its pilots who, according to the pilots themselves, narrowly averted a mid-air disaster. Media reports indicated how the UL504 pilots flying an Airbus A330-300 registered as 4R-ALM, ignored Turkish air traffic control’s (ATC) request to more..

Harmanpreet: Sri Lanka tour ideal platform for young bowlers to step up

Jun 19 (CI) The upcoming tour of SL will be the ideal platform and the right time for the young quick bowlers to grab their opportunities in the absence of the experienced Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey. Harmanpreet Kaur, India's newly-appointed ODI captain, and head coach Ramesh Powar, laid out the plans for the team before departing for the Sri Lanka tour, as they look to fine-tune their plans for the Commonwealth Games starting next month and T20 World Cup next year in South Africa. more..

Tales out of Kataragama: Abode of a powerful God

Jun 19 (Island) To those who believe in God – no explanation is necessary To those who do not believe God – no explanation is possible. That perhaps is all one can say to those seeking logical explanations to the wondrous happenings at the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devale. From time to time some pilgrims have had the most strange experiences on their way to the temple, at the temple or on their return from the temple. Those who have not shown sufficient respect to warrior more..

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Keeping UNHRC humane

Jun 19 (CT) In a brief statement at the 50th Session, Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris sought the understanding of the UNHRC on the ‘challenging social and economic situation’ facing the nation. Detailing the twin crises without going into the specifics, he also outlined what the Govt had done in the context of the war crimes probe and accountability issues, which have since taken monstrous propositions to include every day law-and-order situation, so to say. more..

Challenge facing Dhammika

Jun 19 (Island) The decision of the SLPP to nominate business tycoon Dhammika Perera to Parliament to fill the National List vacancy created by former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s resignation took most observers by surprise. Following his gazetting as an MP, Perera was named Minister of Technology and Investment Promotion in the govt and the subjects under this new ministry were gazetted last week. He has not yet taken his oaths as an MP but will do so more..

Bracing for long hours of blackouts?

Jun 19 (TM) Sri Lanka is bracing for long power cuts as the national grid will be short of 300 MW of power with one unit at the Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai taken offline for compulsory maintenance. It is learnt that the existing power resources such as hydro, mini-hydro, solar, and diesel will not be sufficient to meet the deficit, especially due to the uncertainty over receiving furnace oil or diesel to generate electricity more..

Do or depart

Jun 19 (TM) SL’s descent to economic Armageddon appears to be unravelling much faster than anticipated, with a disturbing turn for the worse in the past week. The only progress seems to be in the number of meetings between officials, with a race between the Prez and the PM to hog the limelight, and hopefully take ownership of the monumental crisis in the making with the same level of enthusiasm. The not-so-secret battle of attrition between the two appears to be heating up more..

Saving fuel

Jun 19 (SO) It would not be incorrect to say that fuel makes the world go around. Ever since the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) was invented more than a century ago, we have been relying heavily on fossil fuel derivatives such as petrol, diesel and kerosene, otherwise known as jet fuel. The ICE is one reason for the rapid industrialisation and development of the world. Fossil fuels are also used to generate energy for household and industrial use. This is indeed how much of the world runs now. more..

'Govt doing its best to address the economic issue'

Jun 19 (SO) Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the Govt is doing its best to address the current economic issue and ensure that there won’t be any shortage and queues for gas, fuel and foods. Minister said the crisis of this nature cannot be solved within two to three weeks but every arm of the Govt is trying hard to overcome the situation. Minister said we have to restructure our debt to win the confidence of the IMF. more..

Rethinking Sri Lanka’s industrialisation

Jun 19 (CT) Sri Lanka’s problems long predate the arrival of the Rajapaksas. Widely touted as an export-dependent economy, its tendency to import everything, from intermediate capital goods to bathroom ware, has been its distinguishing feature for the last 70 years. Sri Lanka’s shift to neoliberal globalisation in 1977 served to reinforce this dependency, making it vulnerable to external shocks. The ineptitude of the Rajapaksas is thus a symptom of a bigger malaise, more..

Ranil: A SWOT appraisal

Jun 19 (CT) “Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living”. Likewise Prime Minister RW is not a slave to the past, nor is he a free agent. What he can do is restrained by economic and political inheritances. By far the weightiest are economic conditions, more..

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Visa introduces Person-to-Person payments in Sri Lanka

Jun 18 (TM) Visa Inc, announced the launch of Person-to-Person (P2P) payments in SL, enabling consumers to both make and receive payments digitally, from one person to another in real-time. In the post-pandemic world, digital transactions are growing through multiple platforms, value of which is projected to reach $ 5317 million in 2022. Cashless service delivery levels are being transformed through enabling real time digital access across payment gateways & smart devices. more..

Naresha Supramaniam appointed Virtusa Country Head for Sri Lanka

Jun 18 (TM) Virtusa Corporation, a global provider of digital strategy, digital engineering, IT services, and solutions that help clients change and disrupt markets through innovation engineering, announced the appointment of Naresha Supramaniam as its new Country Head for SL. “Naresha’s global exposure, industry acumen, and deep understanding of the region’s capacity for growth will contribute greatly towards our expansion plans for SL,” said Virtusa CEO Santosh Thomas. more..

BASL releases statement on Law and Order in the country

Jun 18 (TM) Bar Association in SL (BASL) has released a statement today on the law and order in the country, noting that those who impose the law are also facing the same pressures of the general public in a volatile country. “The recent images of a pistol wielding police officer assaulting a member of the public at a petrol shed at Maspotha, in Kurunegala and the ensuing exchange of words & violent scenes at a fuel station more..

Port City to be showcased at CHOGM 2022

Jun 18 (AD) Colombo Port City Special Economic Zone is set to be under the spotlight at the Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting’s business forum in Kigali, Rwanda, from June 21 to 23. Port City Colombo Deputy Managing Director Thulci Aluwihare explained that Colombo Port City Economic Commission and CHEC Port City, are expecting to clear out existing misconceptions about the project, and answer any difficult question at the event. more..

Role of oceans in human lives discussed

Jun 18 (ST) The sandy beaches look like barren wastelands, but as you enter the water in the ocean and start to go deeper, a world rich in biodiversity opens up. This space is home to a wide array of creatures ranging from tiny algae to the blue whale, but how many of us got the chance to experience this, asks Alosha Samaraarachchi, nine-year-old young marine biologist who addressed a World Ocean Day event in SL on June 8. Oceans provide half of the world’s oxygen and also absorb more..

Army to cultivate barren lands to prevent food crisis

Jun 18 (EN) SL Army will cultivate over 1,500 acre barren state land across the country to support the national food program to avoid a looming food crisis expected by September. The Army established a new committee, Green Agriculture Steering Committee of the Army (GASC), on Thursday in order to supplement and promote the island’s food security programme by cultivating more than 1,500 acres of barren or abandoned more..

Dengue menace infects 3,000 in ten days this month

Jun 18 (ST) The monsoonal rains over the past several weeks is raising fears of dengue, prompting advice to homeowners to eliminate mosquito breeding sites. In the first 10 days of this month the number of dengue patients seeking treatment in hospitals countrywide was a record 3,088 triggering alarm bells among health authorities. Of this, Colombo District reported the highest at 941 patients. Gampaha had 430 patients and Kalutara 300. Patients from Colombo District in May more..

Court orders nine suspects including Ratta arrested

Jun 18 (DM) Fort Magistrate yesterday ordered police to arrest nine suspects, including Rathindu Senaratne alias Ratta, Wasantha Mudalige and Lahiru Weerasekara for being part of the violent incidents at Fort and Talangama on June 6 and 9 and produce them before courts. Police said B report has been filed in Court against the suspects who were found to have been involved in the violent acts in front of the Police Headquarters and Isurupaya Education Ministry on June 9 & 10. more..

SL hopes India will grant an additional line of credit to help them with fuel supplies

Jun 18 (ENS) SL is reeling through its worst financial crisis, since 1948, at present total foreign debt stands at $51billion. Amongst the countries who have stood by them in their hour of crisis is India as they have extended humanitarian aid which included food and medicines and also supported them with a $3.5 billion line of credit (LoC) that has enabled them to buy fuel amongst other things. The final shipment from India’s LoC reached Colombo on Thur more..

Uncertainty prevails over the next fuel shipment: Palitha

Jun 18 (NR) Trade unionist Ananda Palitha says uncertainty prevails over when the next fuel shipment is due to arrive in the country. Palitha said the duration of power cuts could increase from Monday. He said the clash at the filling station in Athurugiriya last night was a result of fuel bowsers being dispatched outside of what was indicated on the mobile app introduced by the CPC that issues updates on fuel availability. However, Palitha charged that fuel is being distributed outside more..

Amarasekera and Weerasinghe to head several listed firms of Dhammika Perera

Jun 18 (DM) President’s Counsel Harsha Amarasekera and businessman A.M. Weerasinghe have been chosen to fill the shoes of business magnate Dhammika Perera in several listed entities. Perera last week resigned from all the director boards of the companies controlled by him, in a bid to enter Parliament. Accordingly, with effect from June 16, Amarasekera will serve as Chairman of Royal Ceramics, Vallibel One, Vallibel Power Erathna and Haycarb, whereas. more..

Sixteen essential food items identified

Jun 18 (CT) Ministry of Commerce has identified 16 essential food items, according to data from SL Customs and Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research & Training Institute, COPA was informed. They are Samba rice, Nadu rice, raw rice, sugar, red lentils, wheat flour, big onions, potatoes and canned fish, milk powder, dried sprats, dried chillies, chickpeas, chicken, fish, and eggs. COPA was also informed that the quantity of rice more..

Seven arrested over brawl at filling station remanded

Jun 18 (AD) Seven of the suspects arrested over the tense situation at a filling station in Athurugiriya have been remanded until the 20th of June. A total of nine people including a woman were placed under arrest for unruly behaviour amidst a protest at a filling station last night (17). They were produced before the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court earlier today. However, the woman in question and her husband were released by the court after ruling that they were not involved in the incident. more..

Prasanna Ranatunga misused CM powers and privileges to extort Rs. 64mn: Judge

Jun 18 (ST) Minister Prasanna Ranatunga had misused the powers and privileges of his chief ministerial office in the case filed against him over threatening a businessman, Colombo HC Judge Manjula Thilakaratne has noted in his judgement on the case. Attorney General had filed indictments on 15 counts against Prasanna Ranatunga, his wife Maureen Ranatunga and Naresh Fareek over threatening a businessman – Christian Gerad Mendis and demanding Rs 64 million from more..

'Price of electricity bought from renewable energy power plants will go up'

Jun 18 (ST) CEB’s engineers have warned that the passage of the amendment to SL Electricity Act No 20 of 2009 will have serious repercussions on the country’s energy sector. They said the amendment passed by Parliament on Thursday abolishing the purchase of electricity at the lowest price through competitive tenders would increase the unit price of electricity purchased from renewable energy projects. more..

Financial losses loom for SL apparel sector

Jun 18 (JS) Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) secretary-general Yohan Lawrence tells Just Style in terms of the value, this is nearly a loss of $125m per month for the next 3 months. A loss of buyers’ confidence in the industry because of the political instability is a real risk, he says. With apparel accounting for on average 40% of SL’s total export revenue, there is an urgent need to maintain buyers’ confidence in the industry adding the perceived threat to the sector has been very damaging. more..

Chess: SL wins 3 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals

Jun 18 (CT) Vinuda Gunathilake of Royal College (U-14 open), Desandi Gamage of Sirimavo Balika Vidyalaya (U-16 Girls) and young Hasadi Sethumsa of Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara (U-8 Girls) won Silver medals at the Western Asian Youth Chess Championships 2022 concluded on Friday in the Maldives. Desandhi scored 5 points out of 7 games, while Vinuda tied for the top spot and claimed the Silver on tie breaking points. Hasadi scored 5 ½ points out of 7 games in U-8 Girls category. more..

With the focus on Ukraine, I lost sight of the catastrophe unfolding in Sri Lanka

Jun 18 (G&M) I recently saw a picture of people lined up for cooking gas in SL. My eyes lingered: The canisters were blue and one of the women was wearing yellow. Was this a show of solidarity with the people of Ukraine? Ask me about dysentery in Mariupol or Polish missile orders, about Emmanuel Macron’s neo-Gaullist flexing or the Russian Orthodox Church’s relationship to a jingoistic Kremlin, or about the influence of more..

Unanimous support on need to stand with Sri Lanka in difficult time: Jaishankar

Jun 18 (ANI) External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday chaired a parliamentary consultative committee meeting on the situation in SL and said that there was unanimous support on the need to stand with the neighbouring country in this hour of crisis. Taking to Twitter, External Affairs Minister said, "Chaired a Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting on the situation in Sri Lanka. A good discussion held in a positive atmosphere on various issues and India's role. more..

Sri Lanka aiming for back-to-back wins as Australia's injury woes continue

Jun 18 (CI) Sri Lanka produced a stirring victory in game two to level the series thanks to an excellent bowling and fielding display. Australia collapsed under the pressure of a chase to lose 5 for 19 and be bowled out for just 189. It was Sri Lanka's spinners, in the absence of Wanindu Hasaranga, who sparked the collapse with Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage taking two wickets each before Chamika Karunaratne and Dushmantha Chameera tore through the lower order. more..

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Peradeniya University temporarily closed

Jun 18 (AD) All academic programmes including examinations at the Uni of Peradeniya have been temporarily discontinued due to the current crisis situation. Vice Chancellor of Peradeniya Uni, Prof. M.D. Lamawansa announced this in a special notice issued on Friday (17). Accordingly, the academic activities will be carried out online for the time being. The students have been informed to leave the university premises with immediate effect and all hostels will remain closed until further notice. more..

Pregnant women at risk without iron and vitamin supplements

Jun 18 (ST) Pregnant women are among those badly affected by an acute shortage of vitamins and supplements. Wattala resident I.S. Perera, who is six months pregnant, said that she had not been given iron tablets. A midwife in her area has only been able to issue a few vitamin and calcium pills in May claiming that the batch of pills will expire at the end of the month, she said. Doctors and midwives complain of shortages of nutrition packs given to pregnant women. more..

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