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Sri Lanka diplomats should help keep GSP+ going: CB Governor

Jun 12 (EN) Sri Lanka’s diplomatic missions should try to influence opinion in the European Parliament to keep the GSP+ concession until the country reach the upper-middle-income status, CB Governor W D Lakshman said. European parliament on Thursday voted to use the GSP+ as a lever to stop the use of the anti-terrorism law against minorities including a poet after the UN earlier documented a decline in rule of law. more..

Sri Lanka HC thanks Lankans residing in Britain for their support

Jun 12 (CT) Sri Lanka is facing a difficult time due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, however the Govt is dedicated to solve the issue with the help of international partners and well-wishers, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Saroja Sirisena said on Friday (11). She made these comments during her address to celebrate the Vesak Celebration in Sri Lanka and thanked the Sri Lankans residing in Britain for their support for the country during the difficult time. more..

Rs 5,000 allowance cost govt Rs 7.7B

Jun 12 (CT) A total of Rs 7.7 billion was distributed amongst Samurdhi recipients, low-income earners, and those who had lost their income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, by way of the payment of Rs 5,000 allowance from 2 to 10 June, SLPP MP Ranjith Bandara said. A total of 88% of Samurdhi recipients, low-income earners, and those who had lost their income due to the COVID-19 pandemic had received their Rs 5,000 allowance within eight days. more..

People to get fuel price shock soon

Jun 12 (Island) Cabinet sub-committee on the cost of living had decided to increase fuel prices, Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila said yesterday. He said that the date of the price hikes would be revealed soon. Minister said that if they announced the date, it would lead to long lines at filling stations and it would have disastrous consequences during the pandemic. “We know that things are hard for everyone, that is why more..

FT-ICCSL webinar today on investing in Asia post-pandemic

Jun 12 (FT) ICCSL in partnership with BCG, CIMA and Daily FT will host a webinar today on Investing in Asia in the New Normal. It will address the changing investment landscape post-COVID-19 and specifically look at new financial instruments in the new normal including capital and debt markets. International Chamber of Commerce Chairman and MasterCard Worldwide Executive Chairman Ajay Banga, and Boston Consulting Group Managing Director Mayank Jha will present keynotes. more..

Sri Lanka gets boost from top culinary travel YouTube channel Chopstick Travel

Jun 12 (FT) As a part of Sri Lanka Tourism’s continuous international promotions to Keep the Sri Lankan Holiday Dream Alive, destination Sri Lanka will be featured in one of the top culinary travel YouTube channels in the world – Chopstick Travel. With the mission to popularise the Safe and Secure Bio Travel Bubble Process and rich tourism product diversity available, Sri Lanka Tourism (SLTPB) welcomed popular food travel YouTube channel Chopstick Travel. more..

2,789 persons test positive for COVID-19

Jun 12 (FT) The detection of 2,789 COVID-19 positive persons yesterday brought the country’s COVID-19 patient count to 218,923. Health Promotion Bureau states that 18,691 PCR tests were carried out yesterday and the patients detected include 2,759 persons from the New Year cluster. 116,880 patients from the New Year cluster, 82,785 patients from the Peliyagoda cluster, 6,608 patients from the Prisons cluster and more..

Remittances up 20.8% Jan-April

Jun 12 (CT) SL’s largest foreign exchange earner, worker remittances, increased 20.8% during the first four months of this year as migrant workers sent home US$ 2.38 billion compared to US$ 1.97 billion a year ago. According to data, in April this year, worker remittances accelerated for the tenth consecutive month since June last year. Worker remittances, measured in rupee terms, increased 27.3% during the first four month of this year to Rs 464 billion from Rs 364 billion a year ago. more..

Uber offers 50,000 free rides to Red Cross Society as COVID support

Jun 12 (ST) Uber has offered 50,000 free rides to the SL Red Cross Society for transporting frontline healthcare workers, elderly and citizens from vulnerable communities to vaccination hubs in support of the govt’s drive to inoculate the nation. Uber’s free rides will also be deployed to transport frontline healthcare workers to multiple hospitals, including the National Hospital of Infectious Diseases, during the ongoing lockdown, the taxi-hail riding app said in a media release this week. more..

CMTA fumes over luxury SUVs for MPs amidst import ban for others

Jun 12 (FT) Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) has expressed its concerns on the decision the Govt has taken to import 400 vehicles – including 227 luxury SUVs – to a value of Rs. 3.7 billion through the Bank of Ceylon. Govt reversed its earlier decision to cancel the order, citing the fact that the Letters of Credit (LCs) had been already opened and “as the opening of Letters of Credit meant guaranteed payment, more..

Defence Secretary appreciates the support of ICG vessels

Jun 12 (MoD) Mentioning the rapid response and support extended by the Indian Coast Guard Ships to douse the fire triggered onboard merchant vessel X-PRESS PEARL, Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) expressed his appreciation to the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo, His Excellency Gopal Baglay at the Defence Ministry today (June 11). During the session, the Defence Secretary also recalled the long existing bilateral ties and cooperation between the two countries. more..

Colombo City Centre Residences sells over 85% of inventory

Jun 12 (DN) The Colombo City Centre Residences project is one of the most celebrated living spaces in Colombo, especially during the prevailing conditions and circumstances in the country. The residents at Colombo City Centre expressed that it is extremely convenient for them despite travel restrictions and lockdowns imposed in the country. The residents at Colombo City Centre enjoy the luxury of having access to everything they need simply by using the elevator. more..

Too early to see results of restrictions

Jun 12 (ST) Vaccines and lockdown dominated the thoughts of the people in the country. As the lockdown or travel restrictions was extended till June 14 and the vaccination programme continued in many parts of the country, the people who had received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in February, March and early April were fraught with worry over how to get their second dose. 2 million doses of Sinopharm more..

Dates announced for India’s tour of Sri Lanka

Jun 12 (Island) India will send a second string team to Sri Lanka later this month for a six-match bilateral series. The teams will be involved in three ODIs and three T-20Is with all games taking place in a bio-secure bubble at RPS. It is unlikely that spectators will be accommodated for the series due to current rising numbers of COVID cases. RPS underwent extensive renovation recently and hasn’t hosted a game in two years. India have made tremendous progress in the game in the last 10 years more..

Harry J. calls for wage subsidy from govt to safeguard livelihood of tourism sector...

Jun 12 (DM) Chairman of tourism-heavy Aitken Spence PLC, Harry Jayawardena called for a wage subsidy model from the govt to safeguard the livelihoods of nearly half a million people employed in the leisure industry, which has been dealt a double whammy—first with the Easter attacks in 2019, and then the COVID-19 pandemic since last year. The fresh call from Aitken Spence, one of the largest resort operators in SL and Maldives, comes as the industry grapples with extended more..

Yupun set to climb up Road to Olympic rankings

Jun 12 (Island) SL’s top ranked sprinter Yupun Abeykoon did well to finish fourth at the Rome Diamond League meeting on Thursday. Brushing shoulders against some of the world’s fastest sprinters, the national record holder clocked 10.16 seconds. The fourth place finish will augur well for the sprinter as he aspires to earn a Tokyo Olympic berth. The 26-year-old is currently placed 65th in the Road to Olympics rankings and needs to more..

Yashodha Holdings loses legal battle against People’s Bank

Jun 12 (Island) Recently, Supreme Court allowed People’s Bank to proceed with disposing the mortgaged property belonging to a benefitted director of Yashodha Holdings (Pvt) Ltd., which was mortgaged to the Bank as security for a facility granted to Yashodha Holdings PVT the Bank. The particular case had been filed by Yashodha Holdings challenging the acquisition of the mortgaged property in terms of People’s Bank Act 29 of 1961 as amended. more..

Korea to donate humanitarian assistance worth of USD 500,000 to Sri Lanka

Jun 12 (Island) The govt of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide humanitarian assistance worth of $ 500,000 to the govt of Sri Lanka in order to combat COVID-19 cases in the country, said the Korean Ambassador Santhush Woonjin JEONG. With the aim of strengthening the public health cooperation between two countries, Korea will provide emergency medical items such as PCR test kits and PCR test machines to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic successfully. more..

Record breakers in a Covid disaster

Jun 12 (Island) Sri Lanka has certainly scored another world record. Just look at the number of vehicles on the streets every day at a time when the country is in a lockdown. Police Spokesman is pleased to tell us how many thousand vehicles were on the streets each day. They have moved to the pasting of stickers – from a single sticker to different coloured stickers to give different messages, and then to stop all stickers! more..

Be your own boss: Meet Noeline Pereira

Jun 12 (TM) There is something extremely enticing about being your own boss – the whole concept just invites creativity and freedom, which I love. Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of having a chat with one of Sri Lanka’s amazing boss women – Noeline Pereira. If you think her name sounds familiar, that is probably because you have heard of or have been to her specialty salon Noeline’s’ Aside from running the salon, she also handles a bit of CameraLK which we discuss later on. more..

Travelling around Sri Lanka with Rs. 35,000: Ruwantha Dhananjaya on his solo trip

Jun 12 (TM) Ruwantha Dhananjaya is just 21 years old, and yet he has done more travelling than most of us I’m sure. After the first lockdown, Ruwantha seized the opportunity, when tourism was non-existent and hotels were offering great deals, to embark on an adventure around Sri Lanka. For eight days, he wandered our island, with barely any money in hand, giving hope to every budget traveller out there. At the time, he was not employed, so one day, he was chilling in his room when more..

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Luxury cars for MPs; floods, disease and death for electors

Jun 12 (Island) Never has Cassandra been so downcast and heart-sick. It certainly is not what she terms lockdown fatigue like metal fatigue that was identified after parts of planes just snapped off. This was long ago. Now in the third week of lockdown, we could break under the stress of being shut in but we Ordinaries are made of sterner stuff. We have our support system – friends and relatives whom we keep close in touch with via telephone and electronic media. We have our safety net – more..

Take care of children, they are our future leaders

Jun 12 (DM) Every child is a gift to the world. Besides the five external senses, the child has internal senses including memory, knowledge, wisdom, creativity, imagination, and innovative skills that need to be developed so that the child could become a responsible citizen who will contribute towards building a just and fair society. Essentially, the child goes through three stages—the playing age, the school age and the teen age during which parents and school teachers and others need more..

The innings of a rebel monk ends

Jun 12 (DM) The passing away of Buddhist monk Baddegama Samitha Thera (1952-2021) would be felt more in the political scene than in the renounced world of saffron robed monks. This is largely because of his involvement in politics and also because of the fact that he became SL’s first Buddhist monk to enter parliament. When he passed away on May 30 he was still in active politics and a supporter of the govt. more..

Sri Lanka is in crisis on many fronts

Jun 12 (CT) Socio-economic and the political crises in SL have tremendously aggravated the suffering of the masses, leaving them high and dry in tatters at the hands of the rulers. It turns out that bad governance, lack of foresightedness and rigidity of incumbent rulers have paved the way for a dire calamity causing much suffering to our people. Drawing parallels with a volcanic mountain on the verge of eruption, crisis after crisis in Sri Lanka has reached dangerous proportions akin to more..

Will Sajith be eclipsed by Ranil in Parliament?

Jun 12 (DM) SJB appeared to be anxious following the announcement that former PM Ranil Wickremesinghe will be sworn in as an MP filling the sole parliamentary seat secured by the UNP at the last parliamentary elections. Along with the announcement of Mr. Wickremesinghe’s planned entry into Parliament, speculation, apparently politically motivated, was rife that he would expend his political capital to garner the support of the legislators of the opposition and more..

Life and times of dynamic Thamby Arumugan Thondaman

Jun 12 (DM) Thamby in Tamil means younger brother. It is also used widely as a pet name for male kids in many Tamil households. In many instances the pet name Thamby remains in use even after the children mature into adults. In recent times there have been four Thambys in SL who have been prominent in political and public life. Two of them are no more among the living. Four Thamby’s according to their ages are V. Prabhakaran more..

How close are we to reality?

Jun 12 (CT) A very serious situation is unfolding before us due to the new Surge of Covid spread across the country. We have been very complacent about the pandemic because of the mild manner how it afflicted us during its first phase, leaving behind a relatively relaxed social life. We ended up with large crowds of maskless people travelling to their homes in their villages in many outskirts of the country and practically sitting elbow to elbow celebrating the Sinhala and Hindu New Year. more..

Evolving to fight evolving cybercrime

Jun 12 (TM) Evolving is one of the keys to survival and success in most cases, and the failure to evolve can itself become a reason for failure. Certain ills that plague society, no matter how much we abhor them, will always evolve and exist in one form or another, and will continue to affect the society in various ways. They evolve with the changing world, and they find new ways to exist and to escape from those who are entrusted with the task of enforcing the law. more..

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World Bank to provide $40 million for SL to expand water supply, sanitation, and...

Jun 11 (TM) The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved $40 million in additional financing for Sri Lanka to expand water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services in 7 districts through the Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project (WASSIP), the World Bank said in a statement yesterday (10). The project is also expected to increase septage facilities in the more populated parts of the country in Western, Southern and North Western Provinces. more..

China-SL Friendship national Nephrology specialized hospital declared open

Jun 11 (AD) Prez Rajapaksa declared open the China-Sri Lanka Friendship National Nephrology Specialized Hospital in Polonnaruwa this morning (11). Sri Lanka received the hospital complex as a full grant from the Chinese Govt at the request of former President Maithripala Sirisena during his visit to China in 2015, the PMD said in a statement. The hospital complex spans over an area of 16 acres and has been designed with the influence of ancient architecture of Sri Lanka and China. more..

Sri Lanka 2021 GDP growth target lowered to below 5%: CB

Jun 11 (EN) Sri Lanka is expecting gross domestic product to grow a little under 5% in 2021, down from an earlier 6%, CB Governor W D Lakshman said after the country went into a three week lockdown from the last week of May. The govt had to balance between keeping growth going and saving lives and it was necessary to strike a balance he said. But Sri Lanka’s businesses had got used to operating under a lockdown and more..

SL envoy in Korea discusses promotion of culture, sports and tourism with...

Jun 11 (TM) SL’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Dr. Saj U. Mendis had a meeting with the Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, Kim Jeongbae, who is the second highest political personality in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. During the meeting, both the Vice Minister and the Ambassador discussed a multitude of issues ranging from sports such as Taekwondo, Cricket, Soccer, Athletics, Horse Racing and Motor Racing; tourism more..

6-month extension given to make EPF contributions

Jun 11 (FT) Labour Department has given a six-month extension to employers to make EPF contributions in response to appeals by the private sector. Commissioner General of Labour Prabath Chandrakeerthi said most employers had requested the department to grant them relief in respect of not being able to make the contributions to the Employees’ Provident Fund on behalf of their employees on the due date because of the situation that has emerged in the country with more..