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'25% of private buses use kerosene and claim govt. imports low-quality diesel'

Dec 1 (DM) Nearly 25% of the private buses run on kerosene instead of diesel, and bus owners blame the government for importing low-quality diesel, Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila said. He said one litre of kerosene was sold in filling stations for Rs. 77 and one litre of diesel was sold for Rs. 111. "Because of the price difference between kerosene and diesel, most of the private buses run on kerosene," he said. "Somehow, one chairman of the private bus association more..

Fresh troops leave for overseas deployment

Dec 1 (Island) The annual change of personnel of the SL Air Force (SLAF) Aviation Unit, under the United Nations helicopter deployment in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) left the country during the early hours yesterday. The 7th contingent of 110 personnel, comprised 20 Officers and 90 Airmen, departed to Central Africa from the Bandaranaike International Airport. Wing Commander Sampath Liyanarachchi will lead this Contingent as the Contingent Commander. more..

Foreign reserves drops to USD 1.5 bn: Eran

Dec 1 (Island) The opposition alleged in Parliament that foreign reserves had dropped to $ 1.5 billion, which included the gold reserves of $ 300 million. The govt did not refute the Opposition claim that the available cash reserve was only USD 1.5 billion less than one month’s import payment, lowest in history, SJB MP Eran Wickramaratne said. He said that as a result, essential food items and fuel shortages would follow and the country could more..

ACBOA suggests lowering bread weight to keep prices fair

Dec 1 (CT) All Ceylon Bakery Owners’ Association (ACBOA) is planning to lobby the Govt to reduce the permitted weight of a loaf of bread in a bid to reduce prices. ACBOA President N.K. Jayawardane said if the weight of a loaf of bread is reduced by 5g, the price could also be lowered by Rs. 5. The permitted weight of a loaf of bread is 450g. “Only large-scale bakery owners produce and sell bread as per the permitted weight and stick to the permitted price. Most bakery owners in rural areas bake and more..

Ministerial Consultative Committee on Trade takes up gas cylinder issue

Dec 1 (AD) A special meeting of the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Trade was held in Parliament today to seek the views and solutions of several parties regarding the sudden spike in gas cylinder-related incidents reported over the past couple of days. Ministerial Consultative Committee met under the chairmanship of Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardana and State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna was present during the discussion held. more..

Devananda elaborates repatriation plan for Lankan refugees in India

Dec 1 (CT) Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda yesterday stated that Sri Lankan refugees, currently living in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, India can repatriate to their motherland at any moment and can live in their native places with dignity and respect. This matter as well as illegal poaching by Indian fishermen in SL waters was discussed with SL Deputy High Commissioner D.K. Venkateshvaran (Chennai) during a meeting more..

SL reports 559 new Covid cases, 27 deaths

Dec 1 (AD) Director General of Health Services has confirmed another 26 coronavirus related deaths for Nov 30, increasing the death toll in the country due to the virus pandemic to 14,372. According to the figures released by the Govt. The deaths reported today include 11 males and 15 females. Eleven of the patients are between the ages 30-59 years while the remaining 15 are in the age group of 60 years and above. Meanwhile the Health Ministry says that another 559 persons have tested positive more..

Moragoda seeks greater defence and security cooperation with India

Dec 1 (TM) Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India, Milinda Moragoda explored avenues of further augmenting defence and security cooperation with India, when he met the Defence Minister of India Shri Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, on Nov. 30. Minister Singh extended a warm welcome to High Commissioner Moragoda. The duo discussed a range of issues, reviewing the existing excellent defence and security ties between the two countries, the SL High Commission in India said. more..

SJB sternly requests Govt to compensate LP gas explosion victims

Dec 1 (TM) The SJB has sternly requested for the Govt to arrange for damages to be paid to the victims of the recent LP gas cylinder explosions and bring the relevant companies to justice. This was made known through a media release by SJB secretary MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara today. In his statement Bandara says that within a short period of time, over 30 LP gas cylinder explosions had occurred, more..

Jaffna peninsula may have oil: Minister

Dec 1 (EN) There are signs that hydrocarbon resources may be present in terrestrial Jaffna peninsula and the shallow waters of the Cauvery basin which may be easier to exploit, Minister Udaya Gammanpila said. SL had previously done surveys only in the deeper waters like the Mannar basin around SL but the 300 metre depth Cauvery basin had not been surveyed, Minister said. But BellGeospace was now conducting aerial surveys in shallows seas in the North. more..

Prez gets tough on cabinet over gas crisis

Dec 1 (DM) Prez Rajapaksa, on Monday evening, urged his cabinet of ministers to immediately inquire into the incidents of LP gas-related explosions reported from various parts of the country, causing a wave of fear among consumers. Political sources said that when the matter was raised at the cabinet meeting, Prez Rajapaksa had inquired as to why these explosions were occurring, to which Minister Bandula Gunawardena had responded saying this maybe a result of some manipulation. more..

How Sri Lanka’s failed organic utopia hurt its hopes of a Chinese bailout

Dec 1 (SCMP) As SL’s short-lived plan to transform itself into an organic utopia collapsed last month, a diplomatic dispute with China over a fertiliser shipment threatened the debt-laden island nation’s hunt for a lifeline to shore up its crisis-hit economy as it stares down the barrel of a default. Colombo’s ban on pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilisers, which came into effect in May, was fuelled by concerns for citizens’ health, more..

GMOA sabotaging hospital administration: JJB

Dec 1 (CT) JJB MP Vijitha Herath yesterday alleged the Govt Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) is pressuring the Health Ministry not to appoint medical administrator grade doctors to hospitals, in order to carry out its own agenda in the Health Ministry and State hospitals. Participating in the Committee Stage Debate on the Expenditure Head of the Health Ministry, Herath said there is an administrative crisis in the country’s health service. “The success of any institute depends on its administration. more..

New chairman appointed to Paddy Marketing Board

Dec 1 (TM) Former senior administrative officer Neil de Alwis has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Paddy Marketing Board. The appointment was confirmed by the Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage today. The position was left vacant after the previous chairman of the Paddy Marketing Board, Dr. Jatal Mannapperuma, had resigned from the position on Sept 15, citing several reasons. Mr. Neil de Alwis had previously served as the Govt Agent of Ampara District more..

Sri Lanka pledges to corporate with UN on labour issues: MFA

Dec 1 (EN) SL has pledged to corporate with the United Nations system to protect vulnerable labour groups while the island nation was appraised by the global body on the progress it has made with regard to making the country a child labour free zone, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said. UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery Tomoya Obokata is in SL on a seven-day visit to examine labour conditions in various more..

Video: Lalith Warnakumara sworn in as a MP

Dec 1 (AD) Lalith Warnakumara took oaths as a MP for the Kalutara District today. He was appointed to fill the parliamentary seat left vacant after the resignation of SLPP MP Mahinda Samarasinghe. Election Commission published a special gazette notification last night to announce the appointment. It was issued by the chairman of the election body, Nimal Punchihewa and its members. Warnakumara, who secured a total of 46,361 preferential votes in the 2020 General Election, more..

RW not joining govt

Dec 1 (DM) UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has no intention of joining the Govt, sources close to the former PM told Daily Mirror last night. Speculation arose that Wickremesinghe is to join the Govt after it was announced he will attend the 5th Indian Ocean Conference scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi together with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. However, UNP sources rubbished the claims saying he is focused on strengthening the party with the support of young processionals. more..

Mendis six-for leaves Sri Lanka vs West Indies Test evenly poised

Dec 1 (CI) On the first full, rain-absent, day's play of the Test, Sri Lanka and West Indies set up what promises to be the quintessential Galle classic. At stumps, the hosts in their second innings trail by three runs with eight wickets in hand, on a pitch that has produced 21 wickets over the past two days - though the last two will have the Dimuth Karunaratne's side kicking themselves, both being entirely avoidable run outs. more..

Illicit booze consumption up 300% laments Gayantha Karunatilaka

Dec 1 (FT) SJB MP Gayantha Karunatilaka said in Parliament yesterday that illicit alcohol consumption in SL has risen over 300% in recent times, adding considerable stress to Govt health expenditure. He noted that according to WHO estimates, average global alcohol consumption had risen 55% whilst the number in SL stood at 95%. He said that this painted a grave picture of alcohol consumption and regulations in Sri Lanka, and that the Govt needs to focus more attention on this aspect. more..

SL women company directors forum could help boost board representation: IFC

Dec 1 (EN) International Finance Corporation, a unit Washington-based World Bank which promotes private sector said a forum of women directors has been set up to help boost board representation. The percentage of women among board members of listed entities in SL is low compared to South Asian peers such as India (12%) and Bangladesh (17%). According to IFC’s latest findings, around 9.5% of board directors on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) listed companies are women. more..

Speaker blasts ministers who often skip sittings

Dec 1 (Island) Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena expressed his displeasure over ministers skipping Parliament sessions while there were questions that they should be answering. Following a heated argument between govt MPs and their Opposition counterparts over explosions caused by defective domestic gas cylinders, the Speaker said that it was highly regrettable that there were no front-row ministers to respond to more..

UNP questions CB Governor over IMF claims

Dec 1 (TM) The UNP has raised questions over the claims made by Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal regarding the conditions being laid down by the IMF. UNP Working Committee Member Dinouk Colombage, requested the Central Bank Governor to reveal what conditions have been proposed by the IMF if they were to provide assistance to the country. “Governor has claimed that if SL was to seek out assistance from the IMF we would have to devalue the currency by 30% and more..

Basil Rajapaksa arrives in New Delhi

Dec 1 (LM) Sri Lankan finance minister Basil Rajapaksa is scheduled to meet top Indian ministers on Wednesday as the two countries look at increasing collaboration after a strain in ties earlier this year caused by Colombo cancelling a commercial contract it had signed with India and Japan. Rajapaksa, brother to president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and PM Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday. Basil Rajapaksa was inducted into the SL cabinet in July this year. more..

Video: Police probe private secretaries of two ministers over search for buried LTTE gold

Dec 1 (AD) Police have launched an investigation regarding two secretaries belonging to the personal staff of two Cabinet Ministers. The inquiry is being carried out with regard to accusations that the two members of ministerial personal staff had attempted to secretly unearth a stock of gold said to have been buried in the Pudukuduirippu area in Mullaitivu District during the war. It has been reported that the two individuals in question serve as more..

Sri Lanka rupee dollar swap discounts deepen, kerb greenbacks 239 rupees

Dec 1 (EN) SL rupee continued to be under pressure without active trading at the 203 decreed non-credible peg market participants said with both the swap discounts continued to widen as dollar liquidity tightened, market participants said. The spot /1month was quoted around -150/-80 cents up from -90/-50 on Nov 11. Spot /3months was around -450/-400 from 350/300 cents. Spot/ 6 months was -800/-700 cents. The swap discount indicates that anyone swapping dollars for rupees at 203 more..

Capturing innovation and value creation through financial reporting

Dec 1 (FT) The current foundations of business are changing rapidly, creating new risks and new opportunities for companies across the globe. As business operations are redefined, organisations move to embrace the principles stakeholder capitalism, acknowledging the importance of delivering long-term value to all stakeholders, including employees, suppliers, communities, and shareholders. In such a world, integrated financial reporting has slowly become the bedrock for more..

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Video: Eight-year-old girl dies in house fire

Dec 1 (AD) An eight-year-old girl has died in a fire that broke out in a house located in Wewegedarawatta, Weligama. According to the police, the fire had erupted inside one of the rooms in the house last night. As a result, the roof had collapsed onto the girl who was asleep in the room at the time of the incident. However, her grandmother and the 13-year-old sister who were sleeping in another room have managed to escape the fire. Responding to emergency situation, more..

Debt repayment sans IMF too is an option

Dec 1 (FT) A Lannister always pays his debts. Everybody knows. When Tyrion became a captive of Lysa Arryn's fortress home in the Eyrie, he made a deal with a guard to get a message passed to Lysa. As a result, he got his trial by combat. Bronn volunteered as Tyrion's champion, and won. Tyrion honoured the deal and paid his debts to the guard. Such prudent practices have made House of Lannister the best financially managed among all Seven Kingdoms. more..

Both gas companies reject CPC test report

Dec 1 (TM) Both Litro Gas Lanka Ltd. and Laugfs Gas PLC yesterday (30 November), the only two players in the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) market, questioned the testing done by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) on LPG samples which were collected over the weekend, noting issues with the CPC’s laboratory testing facilities. “We don’t recognise the credibility of the CPC to conduct tests and issue test reports more..

CEB Chair lodges Police complaint

Dec 1 (CT) Chairman of the CEB M.M.C. Ferdinando has lodged a complaint with the Police in connection with the 29 Nov power outage caused by a technical malfunction on a transmission line. He said the complaint has been filed while the on-going investigation is trying to establish whether this was an act of sabotage, and that many people both inside and outside the CEB are concerned about the breakdown. He noted that some are complaining to him that the breakdown was caused by more..

Growing and export of ganja to be legalised

Dec 1 (DM) Legislation will be brought to Parliament shortly to permit the growing and export of ganja as a medicine for a number of noncommunicable diseases, State Minister Sisira Jayakody said. He said laws will be brought in to legalise growing and export of ganja only as a medicinal product. “It has been proven that diseases such as cancer and conditions such as strokes can be cured through ayurvedic treatment where ganja is used as a medicine. Therefore we intend to seek more..

CEBEU begins level 2 of work-to-rule strike

Dec 1 (CT) CEB Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) will escalate the on-going work-to-rule campaign that commenced as a trade union action until demands including terminating the Yugadanavi Power Plant deal are met, Secretary of CEBEU, Dhammike Wimalaratne said adding that thereby a level two work-to-rule campaign will commence today. He said when the level one work-to-rule campaign commenced on 25 Nov, more..

Sri Lanka lifts ban on synthetic fertilizers from Nov 30

Dec 1 (EN) SL has lifted a ban on the import of chemical fertilizers with effect from Nov 30, which disrupted domestic agriculture and threatened food availability amid a money printing bout that had created forex shortages. The fertilizer ban was imposed through SL’s Import and Export Control Act on May 6, 2021. Some chelated chemical fertilizers were then allowed on July 31 under license. Gazette had also been repealed. The gazettes were repealed from Nov 30, more..

Ex-President seeks nullification of cases seeking compensation over Easter attacks

Dec 1 (AD) Former President Maithripala Sirisena’s legal counsel has requested the Colombo District Court to nullify the cases filed against his client, seeking compensation over the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks, without going to trial. A total of 284 cases have been filed by various parties before the District Courts of Colombo and Negombo, seeking compensation over the failure to prevent the carnage, despite there being sufficient intelligence of an impending attack. more..