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Govt showcases $ 6 b worth real-estate offerings

Nov 26 (FT) The Govt yesterday unveiled the country’s biggest real-estate push with plans to attract over $ 6 billion local and foreign investments to promote the post-COVID growth trajectory of SL. The key planning and implementation body — the UDA, listed out around 50 projects in nine sub-categories providing equal opportunities to both foreign and local investments. Real Estate & Township, Hospitality/Leisure, more..

Laws designed to control media should not be enacted

Nov 26 (DM) Laws that are being designed to control the media should not be enacted, both govt and the opposition MPS stressed in Parliament yesterday. Sri Lanka is among the worst countries when it comes to the media freedom index published by Freedom House. Sri Lanka is ranked 56 of the worst 100 nations Govt MP Anura Priyadarshana Yapa who was speaking during the committee stage debate in the House said no laws should be brought in to control media and social media while more..

TNA MPs meet German Ambassador with their woes

Nov 26 (Island) TNA MPs met German Ambassador to SL Holger Seubert and his deputy on Wednesday to discuss the issues faced by the Tamil people in the North and the East. TNA delegation told the German Ambassador that the govt was postponing the provincial council elections and that the Tamils were not allowed to commemorate those who were killed during the war. TNA delegation spoke of the importance of Resolution 46/1, adopted on March 23, 2021 against SL presented to UNHRC more..

CEBEU declares indefinite work-to-rule

Nov 26 (CT) The CEB Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) commenced an indefinite work-to-rule campaign yesterday as a trade union action until several demands, including that of terminating the New Fortress Energy LNG deal are met. Chairman of CEBEU, Saumya Kumarawadu, said this could lead to intermittent and prolonged recovery of power outages however, adding that a concerted effort would be made to minimise more..

No request from Sri Lanka for IMF funding

Nov 26 (DM) IMF says SL has not made any request for financial support. IMF’S Mission Chief for SL Masahiro Nozaki said that a staff team from the IMF is scheduled to visit Colombo from Dec 7–20. Responding to a question posed on the visit, IMF Mission Chief said that the delegation will be in Colombo to conduct 2021 Article IV consultations with SL. Under Article IV of the IMF’S Articles of Agreement, IMF holds regular bilateral discussions with all member countries to review more..

All roads lead to Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour

Nov 26 (FT) Steps will be taken to develop all the roads in a timely manner as promised by Prez Rajapaksa to the people from the Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour policy statement, Highways Ministry Secretary R.W.R. Pemasiri said. He also said that all byroads and access roads in the country would be developed and connected to the main road network expeditiously. Secretary expressed these views while speaking at the news briefing held at the Presidential Media Centre more..

Rev. Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando

Vaccine refusal blamed for rising death toll

Nov 26 (TM) The Ministry of Health has stated that the refusal of certain individuals suffering from co-morbidities and the elderly to get the Covid-19 vaccine is one of the main reasons for the increase in the Covid-19 death toll. Dr. Hemantha Herath said: “Certain individuals with co-morbidities and the elderly refuse to obtain Covid-19 vaccines. We don’t say that everyone does it, but very few do it and the same is one of the main reasons for the increase in Covid-19 deaths.” more..

740 persons test positive for COVID-19

Nov 26 (FT) SL COVID-19 detections exceeded 560,000 with 740 persons testing positive for COVID-19 yesterday. A total of 560,345 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 to date. The patients detected yesterday include 734 persons from the New Year cluster and six overseas arrivals. On Wednesday, 744 persons from the New Year cluster and one SL overseas returnee tested positive for COVID-19. SL’s COVID-19 detections include 455,498 persons from the New Year cluster, more..

Govt denies gas cylinder composition caused explosions

Nov 26 (TM) As a liquified petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder-based explosion that occurred yesterday in Pannipitiya added to the list of such explosions around the country this month, Govt has vehemently denied reports and allegations that the butane-to-propane gas compositional ratio in gas cylinders had been changed and led to these explosions. State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna claimed that the butane-to-propane more..

Permits required for sand transportation, mining

Nov 26 (ST) Govt has reintroduced the earlier requirement of issuing permits for the transportation of sand, soil and clay, which was suspended two years ago. This decision has been taken following protests of environmentalists and environmental conservation associations against the easing of restrictions by the govt that paved the way for large scale sand mining. Environmentalists have vehemently protested against the removal of the permit system and strict regulations on more..

Bourse sustains local bullish sentiment; foreign outflow tops Rs. 49 b

Nov 26 (FT) The Colombo stock market saw bullish sentiment among investors sustained with both indices up amidst a high Rs. 10 billion turnover. The All Share Price Index gained by 1% or over 115 points and the S&P SL20 gained by over 16 points or 0.4%. Trading of over 459 million shares boosted turnover to Rs. 9.98 billion as opposed to Rs. 7.5 billion on Wednesday. Net foreign selling yesterday hit a new high of Rs. 934 million, pushing the year-to-date net outflow to over Rs. 49.5 billion. more..

Prez reminds Opposition of findings of Easter Sunday PCoI

Nov 26 (Island) PCoI into the Easter Sunday attacks (2019) appointed by the previous govt had held the then govt including the then President, PM and the Cabinet responsible for the lapses that led to the attacks, Prez Rajapaksa said at the opening of the new Kelani Bridge named Golden Gate Kalyani in Peliyagoda, on Wednesday. Prez’s Office said in a media statement: “Prez said the PCoI report had been referred to Parliament, more..

Aruna, Amasha shine as Artillery Regiment take command

Nov 26 (Island) Sprinters Aruna Dharshan and Amasha de Silva produced thrilling performances but witnessing the former’s heroics in the 400 metres final will not be a possibility today after the Artillery Regiment athlete had to pull out through injury in the semi-finals on day four of the Army Athletics Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Thursday. Amasha established a new meet record in the women’s 200 metres after emerging sprinter Medhani Jayamanne’s more..

Sri Lanka is one of HCL’s key global delivery hubs: HCL CFO

Nov 26 (CT) Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa said yesterday that India’s HCL Technologies (HCL) presence in Sri Lanka, is a reflective of the long-term business resilience of Colombo’s ascent as a commercial hub in South Asia. “As a nation, we are thankful for the opportunities HCL continues to offer our youth and make them global IT professionals,” he said at the opening ceremony of HCL’s new facility at the state-of-theart Cinnamon Life complex in Colombo. more..

State Minister Sarath Weerasekera

Sri Lanka’s rugby players punished for being unprepared

Nov 26 (Island) SL’s budding rugby players learned some hard lessons at the recently concluded Asian Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai where they were stopped by UAE in the Plate Championship final. The most notable feature about the islanders was that they were under-prepared for the tournament. They were severely handicapped with the absence of seniors; these players making themselves uncountable given that they didn’t take part in the selection trial which was worked off in the form of a domestic seven-a-side rugby tournament. more..

Sri Lanka ranks top in ITU indices

Nov 26 (ST) SL managed to clinch three top slots in the International Telecom Union (ITU) Indices published in their latest report. In ITU affordability index, SL ranks at the 20th position for cheapest broadband end 13th for mobile broadband while clinching a top position at the 7th place for voice mobile services. “Two years of concerted efforts of making affordable offerings through E-Thaksalawa, LEARN End other unlimited packages for working from home have made this possible. more..

IMF ready to discuss loan on request

Nov 26 (TM) As the debate between govt ministers on whether to seek financial assistance from the IMF deepens, IMF said that its staff stands ready to discuss options with the SL Govt, during the upcoming visit of the Fund’s representatives to Sri Lanka. The IMF, Wednesday (24) night, disclosed this in response to media inquiry regarding an upcoming Article IV mission to Colombo, next month. more..

Vaccines administered to 20,884 persons

Nov 26 (FT) COVID-19 vaccines were administered to 20,884 persons on Wednesday. 74.04% of the country’s population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. 63.83% of the population has received the second dose as well, while 93.8% of the population over 20 years has received both vaccine doses. 15,918,179 persons have received the first dose and 13,723,234 persons have received the second dose. The third vaccine dose has been administered to 398,013 persons, more..

Brain drain disaster: Where are we heading?

Nov 26 (Island) Brain drain reflects multiple underlying socio-economic problems. While we expect to see a better country after the natural disasters, wars, terrorist attacks and pandemics, a more serious threat looms; it may appear insignificant to the majority of the people, especially to the politicians and policymakers, yet it is something we should counter immediately as a national priority. Therefore, based on a series of interviews with professionals who have more..

Church welcomes Prez’s promise to move against those named in Easter Sunday PCoI

Nov 26 (Island) Catholic Church welcomed President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s declaration that the govt had the required 2/3 majority in Parliament to take action against those who had been named in the PCoI by introducing a new Act in Parliament. Top spokesperson for the Church Rev Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando said that the Church had repeatedly asked for the full implementation of the recommendations made by the PCoI. more..

Tennis: CICT to uplift Wheelchair Tennis after historic year

Nov 26 (ST) Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT), the longstanding sponsors since 2015 and China Merchants Foundation (CMF) handed over US$30,000 in the form of a donation for the future of wheelchair tennis during an event held at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA). Wheelchair Tennis has been an evolving sport in Sri Lanka. Since its commencement in 2002 they have shown steady progress and have been able to bring glory on numerous occasions. more..

Finding a place for the citizen in the national Budget

Nov 26 (TM) Since the first lockdown in March 2020, most conversations we have had with working class poor communities in Colombo have been dominated by one topic – budgets and listening to families talk about how they prioritise their expenditure based on their needs and their income. Families talked about cutting down to two meals a day so that they can afford the data card for their child’s online class. They discussed which child should stop tuition classes altogether so that another child sitting more..

ගෑස් ටැංකි පුපුරන්නේ ඇයි. රටට ඇත්ත කියන්න

Editorial: Zahran’s cousins?

Nov 26 (Island) One may wonder whether those who run gas companies are the cousins of Zahran, the savage, who organised the Easter Sunday explosions if what has been reported of their products is anything to go by. Zahran and his fellow terrorists blasted three churches and three hotels, killing more than 270 others, in 2019. His fat-cat cousins in the gas business, as it were, are certainly not terrorists on a suicidal mission, but they are likely to cause an explosion in every house more..

Growth beats Inflation

Nov 26 (CT) Tuesday’s ferry accident near the Kurinchankerny Bridge, Kinniya, Trincomalee killed six, according to the Defence Ministry. It’s unclear whether the responsibility for this tragedy is with the Central Govt or the local council in question. Responsibility of the Eastern Provincial Council for this tragedy is ruled out as Provincial Councils (PCs) in the country stand dissolved with PCs functioning under the respective provincial Governors who in turn are appointed by the President. more..

The legal quagmire over the Muthurajawela marshlands

Nov 26 (TM) The Muthurajawela Wetland is a key wetland that has been a topic of discussion for many years owing to its environmental importance and also due to the environmental destruction taking place in the area. The wetland has been under threat due to racketeers’ activities as well. The newest controversy surrounding the Muthurajawela Wetland began after the Govt gazetted the wetland under the UDA, more..

The complacency around violence against women

Nov 26 (TM) Violence exists and goes on without being addressed not necessarily because we do not see violence as violence; it is because we think that acts of violence are justifiable, ignorable, and sometimes, pardonable, and it results in us not seeing its gravity. These attitudinal barriers were acknowledged by the UN Women, which commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women which fell yesterday, said that gender-based violence, more..

US gives fresh assurances to TNA on political solution

Nov 26 (DM) The US State Department engaged a leading delegation of the TNA along with the representatives of Diaspora groups during the past week. The TNA has remained engaged with the US to get its support for the achievement of what it called ‘political rights’ and justice for alleged rights violations during the war time in Sri Lanka. Discussions took place in the past both with and without public knowledge. Nevertheless, the latest engagement gets a higher profile than others. more..

Murugeysen Tiruchelvam, the ITAK’s chief political strategist

Nov 26 (FT) In the Political Pulse column of 10 November titled Tiruchelvam QC and Sabry PC: A tale of two resignations, I had written to some extent about former Local Govt Minister Murugeysen Tiruchelvam known as M. Tiru or Tiru. Interestingly much of the feedback I received displayed great interest and curiosity about M. Tiruchelvam. Many youngsters wanted to know greater details about him while some seniors more..

Tamil Diaspora, Taliban & Muslim politics

Nov 26 (DM) Although the demonstration against the TNA and the disruption of its meeting in Canadian city of Toronto by the supporters of the LTTE on last Saturday might be seen as a new development by many, it was not something to be surprised. The possibility of such things happening has been there for a long time. TNA MPs M.A Sumanthiran and Shanakiyan Rasamanickam, had been forced to leave from a meeting they held in Toronto, which is home to the largest SL Tamil community more..

Why choose the worst way to reach school?

Nov 26 (DM) The ferry tragedy in the Kuringankerni Lagoon on Tuesday underscores the fact that some journeys to school in Sri Lanka aren’t safe to say the least. As many as six people died in that incident and several others were hospitalised. And what’s hilarious is the govt quickly choosing to palm the blame on the local govt authority an wash its hand off when it comes to taking responsibility. The local govt authority here is governed by appointees of the SJB and SLMC. more..

කළු කඩ ඩොලර් මිලට එරෙහිව මහ බැංකුවෙන් දැඩි...

Health sector, military and people must decide whether country needs another...

Nov 25 (DM) With the support of the govt led by the health sector, the military, and the people, we can go for a total lockdown of the country or march ahead controlling the spread of the COVID virus, GMOA said. GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Samantha Ananda said the above two parties are responsible for both decisions. "Govt, led by the health sector and the military, always worked hard to control the virus. But the people are always trying to sneak through the loopholes created by the above" more..

New US project supports Lanka’s renewable energy goals

Nov 25 (Island) The USAID has announced its new $19 million, 5-year SL Energy Programme. Once finalised, this grant will support the govt of SL’s plan to increase the generation of renewable energy to 70% by the year 2030 and will contribute to the transformation of SL’s power sector into a market-based, secure, dependable, and long-term system. “Govt coordination, community engagement, and private sector participation are key to expanding the generation of renewable energy,” more..

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