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Home cultivations of govt officers to be supervised

Jun 17 (TM) Following the decision to provide a holiday on Fridays for three months for public officers to have an opportunity to plant food crops in their home gardens, it has been decided to supervise their efforts through Agriculture, Research, and Production Assistant Officers or Economic Development Officers engaged in the respective divisions. “Encourage the officers to engage in home gardening or cultivating short-term crops more..

PM to present economic goals roadmap to Parliament soon

Jun 17 (TM) PM and Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilisation, and National Policies Ranil Wickremesinghe said that a roadmap of economic goals will be presented to Parliament soon. Wickremesinghe had made these remarks at a meeting held on Wednesday evening with a number of Opposition MPs, including SJB MPs Dr. Harsha de Silva, Eran Wickramaratne, Kumara Welgama, Rauff Hakeem, and Rishad Bathiudeen. According to a statement from PM’s office, more..

Duminda replaced as National Housing Development Authority Chairman

Jun 17 (TM) Rajeev Sooriyaarachchi has been appointed the new Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA), replacing former MP Duminda Silva, who is serving a prison sentence. Sooriyaarachchi previously served as the Vice-Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services (SL) (Pvt.) Ltd. The CID, acting on the order given by the Supreme Court to arrest former MP Duminda Silva, following the special Presidential pardon granted to him by Prez Rajapaksa being suspended more..

ලසන්ත ඝාතනයට සම්බන්ධ තව මරණ තුනක්!

India to ask for collateral to extend credit line for oil

Jun 17 (Island) The Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) would ask Sri Lanka for a collateral to ensure the future supply of oil, a senior CPC officer told The Island. The officials said that during the past few months, India had provided Sri Lanka with fuel worth USD 700 million. The last fuel ship under the current Indian credit line arrived in Colombo yesterday with 40,000 tonnes of diesel. The SL govt is trying to secure another Indian credit line worth USD 500 million. more..

'Corrupt monopolistic groups opposing move to grant soft liquor licence to...'

Jun 17 (FT) Excise Commissioner General M.G. Gunasiri says that some licensees are opposed to providing soft liquor sales licences to supermarkets as this may impact sales at their outlets. He said that some groups are working to create monopolies within their respective areas by blocking access to other outlets. Gunasiri charged that some of these parties are also engaged in various offences connected to alcohol sales and quality and this was one of the reasons behind their opposition more..

Sajith claims Ranjan’s self-proclaimed saviours have deserted him

Jun 17 (TM) Claiming that even the group that boasted about working towards the release of former SJB MP Ranjan Ramanayake, who is currently serving a four year term of rigorous imprisonment upon conviction over contempt of court, have forgotten him today, SJB Leader Sajith Premadasa said that they would have to wait patiently for Ramanayake’s release under the prescribed procedure. more..

MP rises to record Rs 2.93T

Jun 17 (CT) Govt of SL’s face value money printing (FVMP) debt increased by 2.74% (Rs 78,154.54 m) to a record Rs 2.9269 trillion on Wednesday due to a persistent lack of revenue. GoSL’s previous record high FVMP debt was Rs 2.8959 trillion established on 27 May 2022. However, Wednesday’s increase was non-demand-pull inflationary as it was used to make settlement for the payment of essential imports led by fuel, by depreciating the country’s foreign reserves by US$ 266.81 million more..

LOLC buys 10% of DFCC Bank

Jun 17 (DM) LOLC Holdings yesterday said it had acquired 9.99% of DFCC Bank PLC through the latter’s recently concluded rights issue. As of yesterday’s market filing, LOLC Holdings held little over 40.2 million DFCC Bank shares, which it had bought for Rs.2.2 billion. DFCC Bank’s recently closed Rs.6 billion rights issue concluded undersubscribed. The basis of the rights issue was 12 new shares for every 37 held at Rs. 55 per share. DFCC said shares that remain unsubscribed more..

Tourism industry steps up efforts to quicken recovery to boost forex inflows

Jun 17 (FT) In a bid to revive tourism, the main associations Hotels Association of SL (THASL) and SL Inbound Tour Operators Association (SLAITO) in recent days have been stepping up efforts to ensure a quicker revival and boost much needed foreign exchange inflows. Tourism has been the worst hit with triple blows since 2019. However, undeterred by setbacks, the resilient industry is rallying to start more..

Sri Lanka has one of the slowest roads in the world: IMF study

Jun 17 (DM) Sri Lanka is among the nations in the world that has the slowest roads, which indicate the economy is facing obstacles in its development effort, an IMF analysis revealed. Sri Lanka has a mean road speed of 50 Km/h, which is the same as Bolivia, and above only Bangladesh (41 Km/h) and Nicaragua (46 Km/h). Falling in the slowest roads category is also India, that has a mean road speed of 58 Km/h, Afghanistan, 57 Km/h, Mongolia, 56 Km/h, and Indonesia, 55 Km/h. more..

Industrial Disputes Act to be amended to expedite hearing of labour disputes

Jun 17 (FT) Amendments to the Industrial Disputes (Special Provisions) Bill to expedite labour disputes will be enacted shortly, Ministerial Consultative Committee on Labour and Foreign Employment was informed recently. Committee met to discuss the Industrial Disputes (Special Provisions) Bill which was published in the Gazette dated 8 April when it met under the Chairmanship of subject Minister Manusha Nanayakkara. Under the existing Industrial Disputes Act, if the services of an employee more..

අරගල භූමියෙන් පටන් ගත් උදව් අල්මාරිය

Core Group urges govt to protect civil society space amidst challenges

Jun 17 (FT) The UNHRC Core Group on Sri Lanka has urged the Govt to protect civil society space amidst challenges. The Core Group statement on SL was delivered by Britain’s Ambassador for Human Rights and Deputy Permanent Representative to UN Rita French on behalf of Canada, Germany, Malawi, Montenegro, North Macedonia, UK & US. Full statement: We recognise the significant challenges that SL has been facing over recent months, causing great hardship for SL people. more..

US launches training to strengthen public sector accounting & auditing capabilities

Jun 17 (USE) US Govt, through its development agency, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is partnering with Institute of Chartered Accountants of SL (CA Sri Lanka) and Association of Public Finance Accountants of SL (APFASL) to strengthen SL’s accounting and auditing sectors. This partnership will train approximately 600 public sector accountants and audit professionals, and 1,200 officers on IT applications and other platforms that support strategic decision making. more..

Poultry industry calls on Govt. not to kill geese laying golden eggs

Jun 17 (FT) The All Island Poultry Association yesterday called on the Govt to create business conducive policies and protect local industries without killing the geese that lays the golden eggs. “The poultry industry’s lucrative potential is blocked by a shortage of animal feed and import tariffs attached to it. SL being a bird flu-free country has an excellent opportunity to export to Singapore after Malaysia banned its chicken and egg exports. more..

The West must prevent Sri Lanka from becoming South Asia's Lebanon

Jun 17 (NW) Sky-rocketing food and fuel prices in SL have precipitated the worst political unrest in the South Asian country in years, as tens of thousands of demonstrators march for change on empty stomachs. With the govt teetering alongside its economy, the int'l community must take urgent action to help stabilize SL, where domestic challenges have a history of going global quickly. SL is on the brink. Last month, the country became the first in South Asia to default on its debt more..

Uni of Moratuwa and Dhammika & Priscilla Perera Foundation join together to build...

Jun 17 (AD) Uni of Moratuwa (UoM) and Dhammika & Priscilla Perera Foundation (DP Foundation) signed a MoU to facilitate open online course development and delivery at Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) level of the Project Management Institute, USA. The objective of this initiative is to provide opportunities to learn free of charge the required knowledge at the level of CAPM to all project participants in SL. It comprises 12 foundational modules that cover knowledge more..

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SL’s struggle to bring down the Rajapaksas

Jun 17 (EAF) When Prez Rajapaksa banned chemical fertiliser, insecticides and herbicides in May 2021, protesters blamed the govt rather than the Prez or his brother, former PM Rajapaksa. But this time, spurred by the island’s worst ever economic crisis, protests have turned against Rajapaksa rule. The original fertiliser ban was dictated by a balance of payments crisis. This crisis was caused by a bloated govt service, inefficient state enterprises, a massive security force more..

Editorial: Need for alternatives

Jun 17 (Island) Fuel crisis has taken a turn for the worse, and govt leaders have run out of excuses, promises and rhetoric. Instead of finding ways and means of making fuel available in sufficient amounts, they have got the CPC to release a list of filling stations, to which fuel stocks are dispatched, on a daily basis. They seem to think their responsibility ends there! Queues for cooking gas are also getting longer. Newly-appointed Litro Gas Chairman Muditha Peiris has dropped a bombshell. more..

Sri Lanka's quicks help level the series as Australia lose 5 for 19

Jun 17 (CI) The bowlers ruled all day on a slow Pallekele pitch, but in the end SL's bowlers ruled harder. Australia were chasing 216 in 43 overs after rain curtailed the first innings. They only got to 189. SL's spinners were big threats on a big-spinning surface - Dhananjaya de Silva claiming the first two dismissals with his offspin, before Dunith Wellalage took vital middle order wickets later on. But their quicks were major contributors more..

CDWCA conducts coaching camp for schoolgirls

Jun 17 (ST) The Colombo Division Women’s Cricket Association (CDWCA) successfully completed a coaching programme for schoolgirls of Gampaha District last Saturday at the Basilika College ground in Ragama. The programme was conducted under the sponsorship of Lanka Tiles, who came forward with the intention of fostering the upcoming girls in cricket, in association with CDWCA. Many schools from Gampaha District participated at the coaching programme which was assisted by more..

How far should you go to ensure election of good MPs?

Jun 17 (DM) The genesis of the slogan demanding 225 clean and virtuous MPs has a long political history. In the 4th century B.C. Aristotle in The Politics, argued that if it is inevitable that not all the citizens in a sound state are good, it is impossible for all to have to the virtues of the good man, to be fit enough to rule others. In fact, Aristotle went to the extent of distinguishing between the good man and the good citizen and said that the virtue of a person being ruled is the correct opinion. more..

'ඊළඟ සති 2 කොහොමද මචං...'

Crisis transformation of transportation

Jun 17 (TM) With each passing day, the bitter impact of the economic crisis is becoming more apparent and intense, and the people are wondering when they will see an end to the prevailing era of queues. During the past two days, fuel queues grew even longer, leaving people waiting indefinitely to obtain fuel. The country’s transport sector, already limited to the bare minimum due to the fuel shortage, was among the first in line to be affected by the lengthened queues. more..

Twins who don’t know each other

Jun 17 (ST) Mundy vs. Central Environmental Authority and others (2004) is an interesting court case in SL, which has received international attention in the study of law and and which has also been referred to in the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP). During the time of its construction, the Southern Expressway had cut across private lands along the way from Colombo to Matara. Appellant, Heather Therese Mundy, complained against infringement of FRs more..

Who takes the blame?

Jun 17 (CT) The spat between Russia and SL over detaining an Aeroflot flight at the BIA on 2 June is a warning to SL to avoid jeopardising not only the Russians, but also to be wary of Russia’s actions, since it waged war on Ukraine, when several countries, including China, have taken precautionary measures by closing their airspace to Russia. Reuters quotes that the Russian state-owned airline has been crippled by sanctions more..

West’s aid conditions

Jun 17 (CT) Yesterday SL recorded its first fuel queue death since April, a little over a month after UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe (MP) was sworn in as Prez Rajapaksa’s second Premier, to revive the flagging economy. But, if Wickremesinghe expects the West to bail him out, like what it did when his uncle and then UNP leader J.R. Jayewardene swept to power 45 years ago, in July 1977, UK’s Roving Ambassador for Human Rights (HR) Rita French, speaking at UNHRC Sessions on Tuesday, more..

Sri Lankan Parliament: House of the blind

Jun 17 (CT) Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, poet, social critic, and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. Once he wrote thus: “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” All Sri Lankans, leaders, followers, the rich and the poor, the so-called high caste and the low, Sinhalese, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians and Hindus, all belong to the two categories of those who are more..

High costs leave bakeries in ruins

Jun 17 (CT) These days Sri Lankans are struggling to make ends meet more than ever as the economic situation has become uneasy and unkind to all. Mahinda is a senior citizen who cannot even speak out loud to be heard. When Ceylon Today entered a bakery in Athurugiriya we could see this elderly man with just Rs 50 in his hand, debating whether to get a bus to go home or to snap up a bun to satiate his hunger. more..

Breakdown of society as economic crisis and Ukraine war continue

Jun 17 (DM) The 16th-century British philosopher Thomas Hobbes had a negative view of human nature. Human beings are, by nature bad, the pessimistic thinker believed. Hobbes said people were basically selfish. Their selfishness is driven by the fear of death and the hope of personal gain. Those who subscribe to his views say human beings’ biggest enemies are human beings. That is why when we sleep or leave home we lock all the doors. But there are many people, more..

Sri Lanka hears the faint noise inside community kitchens

Jun 17 (DM) Sri Lanka is seeing the first signs of some sections of the community thinking of whether the neighbour had his or her meal. Just the other day Sarvodaya together with Singularity Sri Lanka organised a community kitchen to ensure that people in the Grandpass area had a solid meal for dinner. The food kitchen was held on June 14 at the St. Joseph’s Church in Grandpass and as many as 1700 people were fed. For the record dry rations were also distributed. more..

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Political party representatives to be briefed on 21st Amendment

Jun 16 (AD) Special programmes to brief representatives of political parties on the 21st Amendment to the Constitution are scheduled to be held today (16). Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stated that the relevant programme will be held at 4.00 pm at the President’s House in Fort. Representatives of political parties will be briefed on the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, which has been submitted to the Cabinet. more..

Fuel, gas queue death toll goes up to 10 as two men die waiting for essentials

Jun 16 (EN) Two people died in separate fuel queues in Sri Lanka on Thursday, June 16, reports said, bringing the cash-strapped country’s fuel or cooking gas queue death toll to 10. In the early hours of Thursday, a 53-year-old man took his last breath waiting for hours at a filling station in Wekada petrol shed in Panadura, south of the capital Colombo. Upali, a father of three who drove a three-wheeler taxi, a popular profession among lower-income families in the island’s more..