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ගෑස් හිඟය, ජනතා පීඩනය හා අනාගත සැලසුම්

Refrain interfering in duties of new media activists: MLF to IGP

Jun 25 (DM) Media Law Forum (MLF) has requested the police Chief to welcome the rights of the social and new media activists and refrain from influencing and interfering with their work which amounts to violation of freedom of speech and expression. The MLF which advocates the freedom of speech of the media activists both locally and internationally has observed that police are engaged in a practice of ‘summoning media activists for questioning without informing them of the reasons, more..

High-level Sri Lankan, Australian delegates discuss prevention of transnational crimes

Jun 25 (AD) A delegation led by Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs Clare O’Neill met the SL delegation headed by Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne at the Defence Headquarters recently. The Defence Secretary warmly received the visiting delegation accompanied by Australian High Commissioner for SL David Holly, on their arrival and a round table discussion commenced afterwards where matters relating to strengthening the existing bilateral ties between 2 countries more..

Schools will function for three days next week: Ministry

Jun 25 (DM) Education Ministry has planned to conduct academic activities in schools for three days in a week in urban areas where there the schools were closed last week. Accordingly, schools will function on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7.30 am to 1.30 pm. These days are not considered as private holidays for teachers who were not present for teaching duties due to transport issues. Principal of the respective schools more..

Reduce at source to cut food waste

Jun 25 (ST) While the state-sponsored cultivation drive has begun experts believe there is a need to cut down on the troubling scale of food wastage in the country. According to the UN Food Waste Index 2021, in Sri Lanka the per capita food waste is 76 kg annually. Every year over 1.6 million tonnes of food waste is generated in households. “64% of our solid waste consists of food waste mainly from households, restaurants, meat and vegetable markets. more..

SL prohibits use of paddy, rice in animal feed

Jun 25 (EN) Sri Lanka’s Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has prohibited the use of paddy or rice in the manufacture of animal feed. An extraordinary gazette issued by the CAA dated June 24 states that no importer, manufacturer, trader or distributor shall import, sell, expose or offer for sale, store, transport, distribute or buy or purchase any rice or paddy directly for the manufacture of animal feed or otherwise as an ingredient for the manufacture of animal feed. more..

High-level delegation from US govt to visit SL

Jun 25 (USE) A high-level delegation representing the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of State will visit Sri Lanka from June 26 – 29. Members of the delegation include Robert Kaproth, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Asia, and Ambassador Kelly Keiderling, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia. The visitors will meet with a wide range of political representatives, more..

What’s COPE trying to hide?

Jun 25 (CT) In a strange move, the COPE has decided to postpone releasing the full video of the special committee meeting yesterday (23) in which former CEB Chairman M.M.C. Ferdinando has testified. The video footage of the meeting will be released next Monday (27). COPE failed to provide a logical explanation behind this move. It is unclear whether the video footage that will be released on 27 June will be unedited. Ferdinando was summoned before the committee again more..

Novice MPs apply for personal firearm

Jun 25 (EN) Some 15 newcomer MPs in Sri Lanka have applied for a personal firearm. These new MPs, who hadn’t voluntarily obtained a firearm, have applied for a pistol taking into consideration the prevailing situation, the Sunday Lankadeepa reported in its June 26 edition citing parliamentary sources. The Members’ Service Office has already issued the relevant application forms which, once filled, will be directed to the Ministry of Defence that is supposed to release the weapons. more..

අනාථ වූ පංචායුධ මැක්කා අලුත් බල්ලෙකු සොයයි

Alleviating the burden of the crisis

Jun 25 (FT) The crisis facing Sri Lanka is now at a critical juncture. At this stage if it is not managed properly, the country is in danger of falling into a deeper and worse abyss than it is now. If, for some reason, it falls into the next stage of the abyss, Sri Lanka may even be compelled to live in a primitive stage for a long time. What SL should consider important at the moment is not to find fault with those who alleged to have plummeted the country into this situation and punish them, more..

22 June 1941: When the world held its breath

Jun 25 (FT) When Adolf Hitler founded his Third Reich in January of 1933 there was a decisive quickening of history towards the cataclysmic Second World War. In the form of Nationalist Socialism of the Nazi Party, a strong capable race had embraced an assertive philosophy, as events would show a portentous development for the rest of the world. Despite their mighty efforts in the First World War, the defeat in 1918 left the Germans humbled, confused and embittered, more..

President meets high powered IMF mission

Jun 25 (EN) Prez Rajapaksa has met a team from the IMF who are in the island to negotiate a bailout involving tighter monetary and fiscal policies and a debt re-structuring. IMF mission was led Deputy Director of IMF’s Asia Pacific Department Anne-Marie Gulde. IMF has also appointed senior mission chief Peter Breuer, who is Chief of the Debt Capital Markets Division, Monetary and Capital Market Department of the IMF. more..

Hold polls only after solving crises: MR

Jun 25 (CT) Former PM Mahinda Rajapaksa claimed that the country must opt for a General Election only after the present Govt is able to resolve the ongoing crises. He stated that though most of those in the current Opposition, have spoken about a snap General Election as a way of overcoming the country’s present economic and political upheaval, but his view is that it would not be apt to hold polls at this juncture. Former PM made these remarks during a recent discussion more..

Russia has offered to help solve shortages of fuel, fertiliser here, says ex-prez Sirisena

Jun 25 (Island) Former Prez Maithripala Sirisena said that Russian Ambassador to SL Yury Materiy had informed him that Russia could play a critical role in solving the fertiliser and fuel shortages here. However, SL had not evinced a keen interest in obtaining Russian help, Sirisena said. “The Ambassador told me that if SL showed a keen interest and made the necessary interventions, Russia could play a big role,” he said. Former Prez said that when SL unwisely stopped more..

Sri Lanka Trade Development Council demands Govt to protect SMEs

Jun 25 (FT) SL Trade Development Council (SLTDC) recently demanded immediate action from the Govt to protect the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with a plan to Cabinet paper, warning they would otherwise bring all engaged in the sector to the streets. The SME sector has been the worst hit by back-to-back blows since 2019, and the economic crisis has worsened the situation with most unable to operate more..

Immigration Dept. requests for more manpower to meet pent-up demand

Jun 25 (FT) Dept of Immigration and Emigration has requested the Public Adm Home Affairs, PCs, and LG Ministry to extend more manpower to meet the pent-up demand. The new request was made despite the recently introduced two separate work shifts in place. Department staff begins the first shift from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the second shift from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Overcapacity has exhausted the staff, as the Dept has stepped up its daily issuance of passports from 2,000 to 3,500 at present. more..

Waiting in queues takes its toll on people’s health: Psychiatrist

Jun 25 (Island) Those who stayed in fuel and gas queues for over 12 hours faced a high probability of showing physical symptoms of depression, Dr. Rumi Ruban, Consultant Psychiatrist, Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya, said. “No one is in these queues because they want to. Everyone is unhappy and angry and this can lead to many physical and mental issues,” he said. Dr. Ruban said that those in kerosene and gas queues were exposed to the sun. “We only hear about people dying but more..

'Japan, We’re Sorry'

Jun 25 (CT) Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva while regretting the cancellation of Japanese projects, urged Japanese Ambassador to SL, Mizukoshi Hideaki, to invite investors to establish the proposed Trincomalee Industrial Zone. Minister met Ambassador Hideaki last week and regretted the cancellation of important development projects signed between Japan and SL due to previous political decisions and mentioned that Japan more..

Presiding HC Judge changed

Jun 25 (CT) Colombo HC Judge Damith Thotawatta, ordered the case against four former Customs Directors, who were charged with soliciting a bribe of Rs 125 million, to be convened before High Court Judge Namal Balalle. The case had previously been taken up before Judge Amal Ranaraja, but the fourth accused had raised objections at the previous hearing, saying that he has no confidence of justice being meted out to him, by allowing the case to be convened before the said Judge. more..

CA launches precursor to non-financial reporting standard

Jun 25 (DN) Institute of Chartered Accountants of SL (CA) has launched the Non-Financial Reporting Guideline. The guideline is envisioned to be the precursor to a formal standard that governs non-financial statements in Annual Reports. The guidelines though currently voluntary are expected over due course to be standardized by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Taskforce to Develop Non-Financial Reporting Practices in SL Chairman Nuwan Withanage noted that more..

සමන්ත විද්‍යාරත්න

Bell Geospace conducts first aerial mapping of petroleum resources in SL

Jun 25 (DN) Bell Geospace, the world leaders in gravity gradiometry, has in Q4 of 2021, conducted the first aerial mapping of petroleum resources and will be presenting these insights – together with Winter moon Geophysics-at the prestigious SEAPEX (South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society) Asia Pacific Conference in London on Thursday June 30. The mapping project was conducted during the last quarter of 2021 as part of collaboration between Bell Geospace and more..

Police told not to intercede checking underground storage tanks at filling stations

Jun 25 (DM) The Police Headquarters has instructed all police officers not to interfere in opening of underground fuel storage tanks at fuel stations at the request of the public. Police said it has been observed that people waiting in queues have been asking the policemen who provide security to the sheds to open the underground fuel storage tanks once the fuel has been ceased. It was also monitored that policemen have intervened to open the underground fuel storage tanks. more..

Community kitchens step up in spite of hurdles

Jun 25 (ST) Large pots filled with boiled vegetables and steaming rice are a common sight in some areas in and around Colombo. These are the community kitchens providing some kind of nourishing meal to the needy as the country’s economic woes worsen. However, even these community kitchens are affected by the severe shortage of fuel and cooking gas. The kitchen in Rajagiriya run by more..

Sri Lanka held a special place in Shane Warne’s heart, says his brother

Jun 25 (DM) The brother of the late Australian cricketing great Shane Warne said that SL held a special place in his brother’s heart, being involved in relief efforts soon after the 2004 tsunami that hit the country. Jason Warne, and his wife Shay, are scheduled to be at the first Test SL-Australia Test next week, which is being dedicated to the former Australia leg-spinner who died following a heart attack in March. Sri Lanka Tourism has planned a special event during the first Test match more..

CSE succeeds to end 3 weeks of losses

Jun 25 (FT) Colombo stock market this week succeeded to close on the up reversing the losing streak suffered in the previous three weeks. The All Share Price Index finished the week up 178.80 points (2.39%) and the S&P SL20 gained 101.54 points (4.29%). Turnover averaged Rs. 900 million almost same as last week. Yesterday, the CSE sustained the new found optimism on the part of investors. The S&P SL20 gained by 1.6% and the ASPI by 1.26%. more..

Consider us as friends, EU tells Sri Lanka

Jun 25 (FT) Sri Lanka must consider the European Union as a friend, the Ambassadors from the region yesterday emphasised to the Govt whilst assuring support to come out of the crisis. This pledge was shared by Ambassadors of European countries when they called on Prez Rajapaksa. The EU delegation members pointed out that a firm message about the future plans of building the country’s economy will certainly more..

NCE submits win-win offer to support Govt amidst economic crisis

Jun 25 (FT) Given the worsening economic crisis, the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) has submitted a far-reaching proposal to absorb State sector workers into private sector to relieve the burden on wages and related costs of the Govt. The NCE submitted a three-point proposal to PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is also the Finance, Economic Stabilisation, and National Policies Minister, earlier this week. The three key proposals include; 1) any Govt employee in the permanent cadre more..

Struggle of a swimming champ in hunt for Commonwealth glory

Jun 25 (ST) Every dark cloud has a silver lining may come as the most appropriate phrase to describe champion swimmer Akalanka Peiris’ journey after being excluded from the Tokyo Olympics last year. Tokyo Olympic snub was a bitter pill to swallow for the 22-year-old youngster, as his great dream was shattered momentarily. Knowing his ability to overcome challenges, the swimming fraternity of the country knew that it was just another challenging period in his glittering career that has brought more..

මතකද රොෂාන් මහානාම?

Immigration issues first-ever Golden Paradise long-term visa

Jun 25 (FT) Dept of Immigration and Emigration has issued the first-ever Golden Paradise Visa to Chai Yin Man from China for five years. Man, is the Director of Baili Investments Lanka Ltd, a BOI approved Chinese company working on a 1,200-unit luxury apartment complex project in Rajagiriya with an investment of $ 60 m (over Rs. 22 b). The long-term residence visa issuance initiative was introduced last month in a bid to attract foreign inflows and boost FDIs. more..

Australia 'A' seal 2-0 series win over SL 'A'

Jun 25 (CA) Centuries to both Henry Hunt and Jimmy Peirson have guided Australia A to an improbable victory on the final day of their tour match against Sri Lanka A in Hambantota. Needing a massive 367 to win on a turning wicket, the two right handers handled the trying conditions with aplomb as the visitors got to their target with five wickets in hand. The duo combined for a vital 151-run partnership that changed Australia A's mindset from saving the game to potentially winning it. more..

Kerawalapitiya LNG plant to run on Diesel

Jun 25 (CT) Two Cabinet approved Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Power Plants at Kerawalapitiya, one of which is already nearing construction, would most likely be powered by diesel, which is expensive and the main cause of the present fuel crisis. According to CEB officials, due to paucity in the supply of LNG, the LNG power plants would operate on diesel till supplies arrive. Country is currently witnessing its worst fuel crisis, more..

Glenn Maxwell added to Australia Test squad

Jun 25 (CI) Glenn Maxwell has been added to Australia's Test squad ahead of the opening match against SL in Galle after Travis Head joined a lengthy injury list with a hamstring strain which has ruled him out of the final ODI. It means the prospect of Maxwell playing his first Test since 2017, against Bangladesh in Chattogram, and his first first-class match since 2019 if he is included for the game next Wednesday. All seven of his Tests have come on the subcontinent with a top score of 104 more..

Economic meltdown

Jun 25 (Island) Committee on Public Finance (COPF), inquiring into financial meltdown recently, called several former and serving officials to ascertain their culpability as well as that of the institutions they served for the developing crisis. Among them were former Governors of the Central Bank Prof. W.D. Lakshman (Dec 2019- Sept 2021), and Ajith Nivard Cabraal (Sept 2021-March 2022), Secretary to the Prez Dr. P.B. Jayasundera (Nov 2019-Dec 2021) and Treasury Secretary more..