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සදහිරු සෑයට පුරාවිද්‍යා අවසරය ගත්තේ බලපෑම් කරල

A stark warning

Nov 21 (SO) The battle against Covid literally received a boost last week with the commencement of giving booster shots to those over 60, regardless of the vaccine they have had earlier. This is the culmination of the highly successful vaccination program, which is well on its way to achieve herd immunity that comes when around 80 percent of the population is inoculated. Booster shot will eventually be given to everyone while the regular vaccination program will target everyone above 12. more..

Protests, poor people’s plight and passports

Nov 21 (ST) Verbal battles over the protest organised by the SJB in Colombo on Tuesday resulted in heated exchanges between Govt and Opposition MPs and dominated proceedings this week during the Second Reading of Budget 2022. SJB MPs were incensed by what they charged were Govt’s attempts through the police to intimidate and obstruct their supporters who attempted to travel to Colombo to take part in the party’s protest. Drawing PM Rajapaksa’s attention to incidents of more..

Forex shortage ‘fuel’ling panic

Nov 21 (TM) Govt remains steadfast that it can ensure a continued supply of fuel, despite growing concerns that the foreign exchange crisis will lead to a shortage at the pump. This comes as two credit facilities, sought from Oman and India to sustain fuel and energy supply, progress at a snail’s pace. Both the $ 3.6 billion line of credit (LoC) sought from Oman, and the other $ 500 million LoC from India, are progressing slowly. more..

A dismal report card

Nov 21 (ST) My dear Gota maama, I am writing to you this week to congratulate you on completing two years in the highest office in the land – and probably the toughest job in the country. Many people are complaining, but you shouldn’t be. This is what you wanted to do because you wanted to usher in vistas of splendour for us! When you first said that you were interested in the top job, many thought that this was only because Mahinda maama was barred from contesting again by the Constitution. more..

CA dismissal of writ petition challenging AG’s withdrawal of indictment against...

Nov 21 (CT) This refers to the above headed report in the Daily Mirror of 11th Nov 2021. The Court of Appeal ruled that the Court would not interfere with the AG’s Prosecutorial Power. I wish to express my views as citizen and not of a legal kind, as follows: 1. The Judiciary is the Custodian of peoples’ Rights. The Court adjudicates disputes between subject and subject and between subject and the State. 2. The AG has already exercised his Prosecutorial Power and indicted the accused. more..

P. B. wants quarterly reports from state agencies: This is all. Manage it.

Nov 21 (ST) “For seventy years we have had deficit budgets except for one or two years. My fundamental question is if a private company ran 70 years like this, it would have got bankrupt, not even in the books as a company but this country has survived. Does it mean it is a sustainable fiscal path? No,” said none other than the President’s Secretary P. B. Jayasundara, speaking at an event this week on the National Budget 2022. more..

One big land sale in a buyers’ market

Nov 21 (ST) Talk of selling the family silver! The Govt has now proposed to lease out as many as 50 properties to foreign and local investors. The irony, however, is that there are hardly any takers. Interest has been sluggish. UDA has been tasked with the sale at an upcoming investor forum at the Water’s Edge resort in Greater Colombo to let local businesses know what’s available. Foreign interest has been low, especially for lands in the Colombo Municipality area, which is business district. more..

Is Prez Gotabaya planning to pack his bags?

Nov 21 (CT) Some three or four of Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s recent pronouncements do not align with the tenor of his previous actions after assuming office. I will come to that anon but first let’s ask whether this is because events in Sudan and Burma have put coup prospects in hot water all over the world. The very survival of these two regimes is in doubt. Mass uprisings in Khartoum are intensifying; Al Jazeera commentators say the military will have a hard time retaining power. more..

මේක හිස් සහ පුස් අයවැයක්

Schools, parents urged to look out for students presenting symptoms

Nov 20 (TM) State Minister Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle urged all parties, including school administrations and parents, to act responsibly to ensure the continuation of educational activities in schools islandwide amidst the pandemic situation. She said that school principals and teachers should be vigilant, adding that if there are students with symptoms such as fever, cold, or cough, such students should be handed over to their parents. In addition, parents should keep students with more..

Explosion at Cinnamon Gardens building due to gas leak: Govt Analyst confirms

Nov 20 (DM) The Govt Analyst has confirmed that a gas leak has caused the explosion at a building in Cinnamon Gardens on Reid Avenue, Colombo 7 this morning, SSP Nihal Thalduwa said. Govt Analyst has determined that the explosion was not caused by any explosive material. Moreover, he said the duo who sustained minor injuries due to the explosion were discharged from the hospital. The explosion took place inside the hotel premises, owned by McDonald's, the fast food company, more..

UDA to not touch Muthurajawela’s houses or residential lands

Nov 20 (TM) Minister Mahinda Amaraweera assured on Wednesday that the UDA will only take over swamps in the Muthurajawela Conservation Zone, and that no houses or private residential lands will be affected by the UDA. “We have held four rounds of discussions in Parliament in this regard, under my patronage. Only the surrounding swamps will be taken over by the UDA. Apart from that, more..

Yala 2021 OFC Harvest up 46%

Nov 20 (CT) Yala 2021 harvest of other field crops (OFCs) will see a 46.1% (111,307 MT) to 352,751 MT over Yala 2020, Agriculture Department’s final 2021 Yala forecast data released on Monday (15) showed. The survey which captured 12 OFCs, envisaged production to increase in eight of those crops and in respect of the other four to see a decline, ieYala 2021 over Yala 2020. The four crops which are envisaged to suffer declines are maize down 1.24% (568 MT) to 45,185 MT, more..

Bakeries struggle with wheat flour shortage

Nov 20 (TM) The wheat flour supply for bakery products is down by 25%, according to All Ceylon Bakery Owners’ Association President M.K. Jayawardena. Jayawardena said that Christmas and New Year shoppers are likely to face disappointment as shops and supermarkets across the country will not be able to stockpile bakery and confectionery products for the festive seasons due to a looming shortage of raw materials in the supply chain. “Wheat flour is not the only problem we face. more..

Senior CEB officer transferred to facilitate New Fortress deal?

Nov 20 (TM) CEB Engineers’ Union (CEBEU), in a letter addressed to the CEB management, has threatened trade union (TU) action over the sudden transfer of CEB Additional General Manager (AGM) – Transmission Eng. G.J. Aluthge, a key figure in making decisions with regard to the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the country, including in matters pertaining to the recent controversial agreement with US-based more..

1.7M acres of State lands grossly undervalued

Nov 20 (CT) The value of nearly 1.7 million acres of land, owned by the Land Reforms Commission (LRC), has been recorded as Rs 676 million, thus the value of one acre is Rs 500, Parliament watchdog, the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) noted. COPE Chairman Prof. Charitha Herath instructed the Chairman of the LRC to take necessary action within six months to rectify the problem. Prof. Herath pointed out the extent of lands acquired by the LRC established under more..

Eco friendly cable cars get ministry green light

Nov 20 (ST) Environment Minister has amended the 2007 gazette titled Lake Gregory Environmental Protection Area to include cable car projects as a permitted activity. “Construction, Operation and maintenance of Cable Car Project from Nanu Oya to Nuwara Eliya, shall not have adverse impact on the Environmental Protection Area,” the amendment states. This clears a hurdle in the way of the Govt going ahead with the proposed Euro 52mn initiative which was approved by Cabinet under more..

Forex crisis is the biggest challenge in SL’s history: Gammanpila

Nov 20 (TM) SL is facing the biggest economic challenge it has ever faced in the history of the nation, which is the lack of foreign exchange, according to Minister Udaya Gammanpila. He made this statement while speaking in Parliament a short while ago today. “SL is currently facing the worst economic challenge we have ever faced in the history of the nation. One of the challenges we are facing is the lack of foreign exchange. more..

SL records 22 new COVID-related deaths

Nov 20 (AD) The Director-General of Health Services has confirmed another 22 coronavirus-related deaths for November 19, increasing the death toll in the country due to the virus to 14,108. According to the figures released by the Govt. Information Department, the deaths reported today include 13 males and 09 female patients. Five of the victims are between the ages of 30-59 years and another is aged below 30 years. The remaining 16 are in the age group of 60 years and above. more..

Legality of Cabinet challenged in Court

Nov 20 (CT) A Fundamental Rights (FR) Petition was filed before the Supreme Court on Friday, seeking an Interim Order staying the Cabinet of Ministers from continuing to function in their portfolios, on the basis that the total number of Cabinet Ministers has exceeded the mandatory requirement contained in the Constitution. The Petition was filed, by the President of the Association of Information Technology Professionals SL (AITP), Kapila Renuka Perera, stating more..

කවුද මේ - අධි බලැති ඥාණක්කා

‘Shutting down Sapugaskanda will lead to many issues’

Nov 20 (NR) The JVP says temporarily suspending operations of the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery will lead to many issues in the future. Politburo member of the JVP Former Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti speaking at an event in Gampaha said importing crude oil is cheaper opposed to importing refined fuel. He said theft, corruption, wastage, and fraud that exists from head to toe in govt officials will not help in solving the country’s issues adding it is a major concern. more..

Presidential Secretariat refutes Chandima Weerakkody’s claims

Nov 20 (NR) The Presidential Secretariat has issued a statement refuting claims by SLPP MP Chandima Weerakkody in Parliament yesterday pertaining to the use of vehicles by officials of the Presidential Secretariat. The statement by the Presidential Secretariat said MP Weerakkody’s statement in Parliament yesterday was inaccurate and baseless. MP Weerakkody speaking in Parliament yesterday said the vehicles of the Presidential Secretariat were being misused by officials. more..

SL’s digital economy expands to 4.37% of GDP, says ICTA and UNCTAD...

Nov 20 (FT) The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka in collaboration with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) this week launched a policy paper on the digital economy of Sri Lanka at a virtual event. The paper, titled Digital Economy of Sri Lanka: National Goals and Lessons from the South, will facilitate benchmarking SL against the digital economy of China. more..

Common Opposition alliance will be in place next year: Ruwan

Nov 20 (DM) A common opposition alliance will be in place next year as there will be a political turnaround, UNP Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene said yesterday. Sri Lanka will face more problems in the future with the shutting down of Sapugaskanda refinery. Mr. wijewardene who was speaking to party activists in Moneragala District said a grand opposition alliance comprising UNP, SJB and other political parties will come into place next year. more..

Sarvodaya prices Rs. 22 per share ahead of IPO

Nov 20 (TM) According to Sarvodaya Development Finance (SDF), its Initial Public Offering (IPO) price of Rs. 22 per share represents a “significant” discount of around 30% in terms of price to earnings ratio (PER) and 47% in terms of price to book value (PBV), in comparison to the valuations of its broader peer group within the diversified financial sector. These assertions were made at its virtual investor forum held on 17 Nov. SDF will be categorised under the diversified financials sector more..

Sri Lankan woman, mother and two children killed in Bexleyheath fire

Nov 20 (Metro) A woman who died in a burning house along with her children made a last desperate phone call to her husband before the line went dead. The woman’s shouts of ‘fire, fire’ down the phone prompted her husband Yogan to sprint to the blazing house in south east London, relatives have revealed. Around 40 London Fire Brigade (LFB) firefighters in six engines and officers from the Metropolitan Police also rushed more..

President attends the commemoration ceremony of late PM D.M.Jayaratne

Nov 20 (PMD) The second commemoration ceremony of late PM D.M. Jayaratne was held today (20) under the patronage of Prez Rajapaksa at the Ambuluwawa Biodiversity Complex, Gampola. Prez who arrived for the commemoration ceremony paid homage to the Ambuluwawa Bo tree and later visited the Biodiversity Complex. Prez Rajapaksa also unveiled the D.M. Jayaratne Statue and paid floral tributes to it. Mr. D.M.Jayaratne started his political career from more..

Horana wails over move to shift Welikada jail complex to Millewa

Nov 20 (ST) Resistance could grow to the move to relocate the Welikada prison complex to Millewa in Horana, if communities and local organisations are not given proper information about the project, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report has warned. Most community members and even local level agency officers were not fully aware of the proposed project, its components and possible impacts, said the EIA report, which is now available for public comment. Community leaders and more..

Video: Explosion reported at McDonald's at Cinnamon Gardens building

Nov 20 (DM) An explosion has taken place at a building at Cinnamon Gardens on Reid Avenue, Colombo 7, SSP Nihal Thalduwa said. The explosion took place inside the hotel premises owned by McDonald's, the fast food company, located on the ground floor of the old Race Course building. It is suspected that the explosion might have been due to a gas leak and the Colombo Municipal Council Fire Brigade and more..

Press Institute launches fact-checking and research teams

Nov 20 (ST) SL Press Institute (SLPI) Director General’s Kumar Lopez’s annual report for 2021 states that the SLPI has been able to engage with journalists on several platforms, including on operational health safety in pandemic reportage and professional security-related capacity-building programmes, ensuring their commitment to freedom of expression and free media, a news release states. SLPI also launched a fact-checking unit, along with a research team to complement more..

More than 200,000 people in Sri Lanka received COVID 3rd dose so far

Nov 20 (AD) SL today commenced rolling out the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for fully vaccinated immunocompromised and highly vulnerable comorbid individuals aged 20 years and above. In a communiqué issued by the Director-General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena yesterday, it was noted that selected categories are eligible for prioritization for the third dose of COVID-19 vaccination: • Immunocompromised patients due to disease or treatment; Patients with more..

Take over Malwana mansion; bring back millions disclosed by Pandora Papers: Anura

Nov 20 (DM) The Govt should take over unclaimed Malwana mansion, money disclosed by Pandora Papers and money defrauded through airbus deal just as the Finance Minister proposed to transfer Rs. 8.5 billion earned by Perpetual Treasuries Limited in CB Bond scam to the Treasury, NPP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said. He told Parliament that the proposal to take over PTL funds was praiseworthy and that if more..

Antibiotic resistance developing into a global health crisis

Nov 20 (AD) Using antibiotics without a medical prescription to recover from novel coronavirus infection can pose serious health problems, the SL College of Microbiologists warned. Antibiotic resistance due to the unnecessary and excessive use of antibiotics is now developing into a global health crisis. According to President of SL College of Microbiologists, Consultant Clinical Microbiologist Dr. Geethika Patabendige, a large number of people are using antibiotics to control virus infection, more..

Navy apprehends 02 suspects with over 998kg of commercial explosives in Mannar

Nov 20 (SLN) A special operation conducted by the Navy at the Shanthipuram beach in Mannar today led to the seizure of an illegally stored 7990 Water Gel sticks, a type of commercial explosive, weighing about 998.750 Kg. The Navy also nabbed 02 suspects at the location in connection to the incident. The Navy has been conducting regular operations in the coastal areas of the island to prevent smuggling activities. In a similar operation, a special team of naval personnel attached to more..