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PSC on electoral reform recommends control of election expenses, code...

Jun 27 (FT) A Parliamentary Committee that looked into electoral reforms has recommended that legislation be introduced to control election expenses, a code of conduct for candidates and steps to prevent misuse of state resources during election campaigns. Final Report of the Select Committee of Parliament to Identify Appropriate Reforms of the Election Laws and the Electoral System and to Recommend more..

Exciting Test series awaits fans after hard-fought ODIs

Jun 27 (Island) After three weeks of eight exciting one-day games, the Australians will now move to the south coast where Galle will host them for two Test matches. On paper, SL, a team that had struggled in white-ball cricket for some seven years, had a snowball’s chance in hell. But cricket is such a funny game. One stunning run chance at Pallekele in the third T-20 scripted by Dasun Shanaka gave them confidence that there’s nothing impossible in sports and SL looked a different side from thereon. more..

Award-winning cricket twins shine at Aussie series

Jun 27 (SO) The 44th Observer School Cricketers of the Year is gathering momentum with the key inter-school big matches to come within the next few weeks. Cricket was at its best after many moons with the Sri Lanka national team registering its first ODI series win over Australia after 30 years. The Observer SLT Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year too had its own share in those wins with former top award winners Charith Asalanka and Kusal Mendis proving their might. more..

පඩංගු දේශපාලනයක නොකී කතා අඩංගුව

In the name of God, go

Jun 27 (CT) Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera indicated to the Media in Colombo yesterday that because of a dearth of US dollars, they are unable to import fuel. According to him, presently, State-owned CPC and Indian Govt-owned LIOC have 19,000 metric tons (mts) of diesel and between 5,500-6,000 mts of petrol, only. The CPC refinery is shutdown because the Govt of SL/CPC has no dollars to import crude oil. The SLPP Govt, together with UNP Leader more..

Fishing without gas-guzzling

Jun 27 (Island) The present economic crisis, and the associated energy crisis, has mightily affected the fisheries sector, reducing the number of boats at sea, dwindling market supply, soaring fish prices, all affecting food and nutritional security of the people in Sri Lanka. Being a highly fuel-dependent sector, there is a pressing need for the sector to find means of economising on fuel and continue to provide the most important animal protein to the people-the Fish. Yet, the tale of woe of fishers more..

Free float of currency bloats foreign debt by 50% to Rs. 9.5 t

Jun 27 (FT) The rupee value of the country’s foreign debt has ballooned by near 50% in 1Q to Rs. 9.55 trillion following the sudden free flotation of the currency,. Sri Lanka ended 2021 with a foreign debt of Rs. 6.5 trillion and by February this year it was down to Rs. 6.4 trillion. In a highly contested move, the Govt in the first week of March all of sudden decided to let the exchange to float free plunging the rupee by over 50%. more..

Chances of fielding a mixed relay team evaporates

Jun 27 (Island) Junior athletes who have already suffered setbacks due to cancelation of meets and postponements of int'l competitions are set to encounter further trouble as a number of athletes who have reached qualifying standards for the upcoming World Junior Championships face the axe due to the current economic crisis. Sri Lanka Athletics has dropped two athletes including Sithum Jayasundara who took part in the last World Junior Championships when more..

Editorial: When Americans bear gifts

Jun 27 (Island) Ambassador Mahinda Samarasinghe has had an audience with US Prez Joe Biden in the Oval Office itself. They are reported to have discussed matters of bilateral interest, and the US has pledged to help SL. No sooner had the duo met than a high-level delegation representing the US Department of State and the US Dept of Treasury flew to Colombo. The members of the delegation include Robert Kaproth, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Asia, and Ambassador more..

බිලියන දෙකේ නිවාස වංචාව: ඇමති විමල් කියපු නිසයි...

An essential lesson in essentiality

Jun 27 (TM) Raving tentacles of writhing hopelessness, nourished by seething curses and boiling rage, undulating as they do, from the tributaries of languid bylanes, through to the torrents of main thoroughfares, and across the estuaries of filling stations and distributing centres, only to culminate in the rapacious maw of dispenser pumps and cylinders – this is what queues in SL, be they for fuel or gas, are. Like the American art rock band, Velvet Underground’s songwriter Lou Reed’s more..

Constitutional hell or high water?

Jun 27 (ST) This week’s ruling handed down by the Supreme Court of SL on the main Opposition SJB confoundingly optimistic 21st Amendment Bill seeking to wholesale consign the Executive Presidency to the dustbin was predictable, some would mutter even blindingly so. The SJB Bill sought to replace the Executive Presidential system with a parliamentary democracy sans a Referendum in terms of Article 83 of the Constitution. A firm judicial No transpired to that ambitious plea. more..

Fuel crisis: Black market operations thrive

Jun 27 (TM) Concerns about fuel scarcity and what the future may hold have seen many hoard petroleum products, giving rise to a lucrative black market, while sustaining adequate supply seems to remain out of govt’s grasp. Petroleum racket keeps growing even as the country's fuel stocks reached their lowest last week, forcing it to limit State sector operations, as the Govt was unable to bring down sufficient stocks on time. more..

World doesn’t owe us a living

Jun 27 (ST) The top-level Indian delegation that arrived in Lanka on Thursday on a quickie three-hour mission to meet Prez and PM, and to assess the ground situation, flew back to New Delhi by sundown, with the former’s appeal for aid and the latter’s shopping list for bare essentials tucked in their diplomatic bag. Both plea and list have now become the sole direful lyrics in the signature blues whined over and over in Lanka’s Beggar’s Opera. But how long before world’s ear turns deaf more..

Kangaroo Vs Lions; 140-yr sticks & stones rivalry reconciled with all-yellow bat...

Jun 27 (DM) Australian cricket authorities and players responded positively to a tour that was hanging in balance after political insecurity and the economic catastrophe that prevailed. Appreciating their gesture, spectators kept their blues in wardrobes and sported yellow on Friday; a well deserved accolade for sporting Kangaroos, ending a record five-match series victory for the Lions. The most luminous colour of the spectrum, Yellow captures our attention of happiness, more..

'Indo-Lanka relations: Sri Lanka political stability important to India'

Jun 27 (TM) Crisis-hit Sri Lanka needs to maintain good relations with India, while ensuring local political instability does not affect the neighbouring giant, former Sri Lanka High Commissioner to New Delhi and former Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando said last week. Sri Lanka can benefit from India’s influence with multilateral agencies and the West to help aid the country’s economic recovery efforts. more..

A just tax system

Jun 27 (DM) Govt revenue plummeted since Prez Rajapaksa came to power. This was driven by tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy, in a bid to increase investment and spur economic growth. Instead of vistas of prosperity and splendour, Prez Gotabaya brought the country to an economic standstill. His govt has failed the current, future and previous generations. To restart the economy, we need to earn the trust of our own citizens and of the international community. more..

Growing disillusion among young Lankans

Jun 27 (DM) Since 2020, there has been a growing trend of disillusionment among young people in our country. At the prez election of 2019 and the general election which followed, they came out in droves to help elect a new president who performed well during his term as a bureaucrat. To help him implement his plans, the young people at the 2020 general elections voted into power a brand new political party of which the president was a member. Eectorate even handed the new political party more..

President makes last-minute changes to 21A, Cabinet approval likely tomorrow

Jun 26 (ST) For the last time, Cabinet of Ministers will formally approve tomorrow the 21st Amendment taking on board an amendment from Prez Rajapaksa as well as a certificate of approval from Attorney General. Thereafter, it will be published in govt gazette tomorrow. Though Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha claimed that 21A was approved last Monday, Prez had wanted a clearer definition of the composition of Constitutional Council (CC). more..

Instead of credit lines, India pushing for projects here

Jun 26 (ST) A 4-member Indian team that held talks in Colombo during a whirlwind visit on Thursday indicated that, rather than offer more credit lines to SL, it was time to push for quicker implementation of Indian projects. The delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra and included top Indian Finance Ministry officials. Separate talks were held with Prez Rajapaksa and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. Team was also shopping for new Indian-led projects, Sunday Times learns. more..

Jet fuel running out; long-haul flights may avoid Lanka

Jun 26 (ST) SL’s aviation fuel supplies are at critically low levels with the Civil Aviation Authority of SL (CAASL) saying it was fighting to ensure they will last till next week. There is likely to be a significant reduction in flights into and out of the country if stocks were not replenished urgently, industry sources said. Multiple carriers have already pruned frequencies over the inability of general sales agents (GSAs) and local airlines offices to remit dues to their principals for months. more..

Power generation: Norochcholai unit offline without spares

Jun 26 (TM) Norochcholai Coal Power Plant last week powered down one 300 MW generation unit for scheduled maintenance, despite not having all the necessary spare parts needed to complete the work at hand. If all the spares do not arrive on time, there is a high risk of the completion of maintenance being delayed and as a result, 300 MW shortage to the power grid may be prolonged, CEB engineers warned. more..

4 more perish in fuel lines taking tally to 16

Jun 26 (ST) At least four Sri Lankans perished this week as they waited in fuel queues that stretch to unprecedented lengths, or in related incidents. At least 16 Sri Lankans have now died in fuel queues. The most recent death was in Jaffna town where a youth was assaulted near the filling station when he had argued with those who had jumped the queue. He had been beaten with helmets and was admitted to Jaffna Teaching hospital where he died on Thursday. Another youth died in A'pura more..

Fuel shipments: ‘No fuel, don’t line up’

Jun 26 (TM) Govt has prioritised fuel supply for public transport, power generation, and industries as multiple shipments of diesel, petrol, and crude oil have been delayed due to banking and logistics issues, Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said. According to Wijesekera, CPC is unable to confirm the arrival dates of the planned shipments. “Limited stocks of petrol and diesel will be distributed to limited (fuel) stations throughout next week and (we) request the public not to line up for fuel,” more..

Pandora Papers report delayed without cause

Jun 26 (TM) The handing over of the report by the CIABOC regarding the allegations against Nirupama Rajapaksa and her husband Thirukumar Nadesan, who were implicated in the Pandora Papers file leak in connection with several suspicious transactions including the maintenance of large cash deposits, continues to be delayed without cause. Lawyers Forum for the People Convenor Attorney-at-Law Senaka Perera, more..

Maxwell’s words of wisdom to find of Aussie tour Wellalage

Jun 26 (SO) The find of SL-Australia ODI series 19 year-old left arm spinner Dunith Wellalage bowed out with a tally of nine wickets the highest from either side during the five matches. After he made his debut against Australia, Glenn Maxwell, one of the best all rounders in world cricket, gave his blessings to young Wellalage. His father Suranga Wellalage, the former Prince of Wales skipper, said: “My son remembers Maxwell’ s words. ‘Hey young boy you played your debut game against more..

Debt restructuring: Lazard and Clifford Chance signed on

Jun 26 (TM) The agreement between international financial and legal advisors Lazard and Clifford Chance and the Govt of SL has received approval from the AG’s Dept. Treasury Deputy Secretary R.M.P. Rathnayake said the Treasury had received the department’s approval for the agreements last Friday. “We have received the AG’s approval. Initial recommendations came a week ago. There were additions and the dept has granted approvals. We have formally agreed with both advisors,” more..

හරිනි අමරසූරිය

School rugby returns!

Jun 26 (TM) Dialog Schools Rugby League 2022 kicked off at Havelock Grounds with the match between St. Anthony’s College, Kandy and St. Joseph’s College Colombo. One of the most popular sports leagues in the country is back after a 3-year hiatus due to the pandemic which started back in 2020. When SL faced the Covid-19 outbreak back in March 2020, the League was already underway but the season was brought to a halt. Since then, there was no school rugby due to the lockdowns more..

No walk-in-the-park for Sri Lanka in Galle

Jun 26 (SO) Elated by their triumph in the ODI series, SL will be looking for a repeat of the home Test series against Australia in 2016 when the two teams leave aside the fanfare of white ball cricket and get down to more series stuff with the first of two Tests starting in Galle on Wednesday. SL had a 3-0 clean sweep of Australia the last time the two teams played in a Test series in the island but the difference this time will be that the home team will be without their supreme match winning spin more..

Pharmaceutical shortage: 49 essential meds in short supply

Jun 26 (TM) 39 essential medications required for the treatment of patients are in short supply. Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that this shortage would only exist till August. “We have to manage for the next six weeks. From August, we will have all the medicines required,” he said. There are 654 essential medications required to treat patients in SL, and only 49 of them are currently in short supply. more..

Biomass power producers shut down during power crisis

Jun 26 (Island) Renewable energy producers who generate electricity using biomass (wood chips) capable of supplying 20 MW per year to the CEB grid, have shut down because what they are paid for such power is not sufficient to even cover their variable costs for biomass and other day to day operating costs such as salaries, chemicals, etc. These producers, who have entered into Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with the CEB, have jointly written to CEB requesting an increase more..

Row at fuel queue leaves four injured

Jun 26 (EN) A fight that broke out in a fuel station in Wellawaya, Sri Lanka, resulted in four people sustaining injuries, police said. The scuffle had taken place Friday June 24 night after a man with a grass cutting machine had threatened people and tried to jump the queue. The man had then attacked with a knife before fleeing the scene. Police are still unable to locate the suspect, the police media division said. It is unclear what the suspect was planning to do at the queue. more..

CPC, LIOC increased fuel prices

Jun 26 (EN) Sri Lanka has raised the petrol price to 470 rupees a litre by 50 rupees and auto diesel to 460 rupees a litre by 60 rupees an energy ministry official said as the country reels from fuel shortages amid money printing. Prices at both state-run CPC and LIOC has been raised by the same proportion. Petrol Octane 95 was raised by 100 rupees to 550 rupees a litre. Super diesel was raised by Rs75 to Rs520 per litre. more..

SL ambassador to U.S. meets Prez Joe Biden

Jun 26 (AD) SL Ambassador to the US Mahinda Samarasinghe called on U.S. Prez Joe Biden recently, to brief him on the current situation in the crisis-hit island nation. The meeting between the two parties took place at the White House Oval Office. The ambassador also hosted the high-level delegation representing the U.S. Dept of the Treasury and the U.S. Dept of State will be visiting SL from June 26- 29. According to the SL envoy, these officials too were briefed on challenges more..

'Brilliant with keeping, hopeless with batting'

Jun 26 (Island) One of the game’s modern day greats Ricky Ponting used to be a riot in his early days. Late night brawls at pubs left him with bloody nose and sanctions from Cricket Australia. It was Steve Waugh who took him to a side and told him to get his act together. Ponting went onto play a record 168 Test matches, won two World Cups as captain and today he is a successful cricket coach. Similarly, with Virat Kohli there were lots of hope when he came onto big stage having captained India more..