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Speaker ready to leave if NCM passed

Feb 29 (TM) Expressing worry about him having to face unfair criticism from both the Govt and the Opposition, Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana said that if the no confidence motion (NCM) against him is passed in the Parliament, he would leave the post without waiting for even two minutes. On Monday (26), SJB commenced obtaining Parliamentarians' signatures for a NCM against the Speaker, more..

AKD to visit Canada next week

Feb 29 (CT) NPP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka is set to visit Canada next week. His agenda includes addressing the SL Diaspora and participating in discussions with various Canadian political figures. He will be attending two meetings organised by the SL Diaspora, one in Toronto and another in Montreal. Dissanayaka is expected to return to the country within the same week. Prior to this trip, the NPP Leader toured Australia, US and India. During his recent visit to India, more..

Partial suspension of parate law an election ploy says SJB

Feb 29 (FT) SJB MP Eran Wickramaratne claimed the Govt’s decision to partially suspend the operation of parate executions until December this year is nothing but an election ploy. MP asserted that the Govt’s decision was solely motivated by the upcoming election year and emphasised that its suspension until December would offer little benefit to businesses. “We urge the business community not to be deceived by these tactics. It is nothing but a political manoeuvre,” he emphasised. more..

Police launch probe as Inspector flees country citing death threats

Feb 29 (DM) Police have launched an investigation into Police Inspector Duminda Jayathilaka, the Officer In-Charge of the Organized Crime Division at the Colombo Crimes Division, who has left the country due to death threats from members of underworld gangs, targeting him and his family. Inspector Duminda Jayathilaka reportedly left for France on Feb 14 from BIA, accompanied by personal security guards, as a precaution more..

Sri Lanka to target 322 new products for export in 2024 with focus on spices

Feb 29 (Island) SL will target at least 322 new products at export level in 2024. “That would be our target in the One Village One Product project, said State Minister of Investment Promotion Dilum Amunugama. Speaking at a United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)- organized conference titled, Spice Horizons: Tracing the Legacy of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) on Ceylon Cinnamon and the Future of Other PGI Products for Agricultural Export more..

Channa Jayasumana blames NMRA for clearance delays

Feb 29 (TM) Former State Minister and MP Prof. Channa Jayasumana claimed that there have been major delays in the clearance of pharmaceutical drugs and other medical equipment from the Customs and Ports due to the failure of the relevant institutions including the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) to provide the necessary instructions on time. He said that the range of issues that prevailed in the country's health sector had become aggravated at present. more..

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India’s Adani Group Plans Logistics Centre in Colombo Port

Feb 29 (CT) India’s Adani Group has formally requested space in the Colombo Port to set up a logistics centre, SLPA Chairman Keith D. Bernard said. “The proposal underlines the Indian conglomerate’s desire to deepen its presence in the strategic port and leverage Colombo’s central location in international shipping and logistics,” he said. “Principally, the Adani Group has approached, in a formal way, with a proposal to ask for a piece of land within the Colombo Port more..

Rs. 20 Bn road rehabilitation project launched today

Feb 29 (DN) A project to rehabilitate 1,500 kilometers of roads across the country will begin at Divisional Secretariat level at a cost of Rs.20 billion today. The aim of this project is to restore the road system that has been seriously damaged due to non repair as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic and the economic crisis that prevailed in the last two or three years in the country. “We have also given priority to rehabilitate the road network that has been destroyed due to more..

Sectoral Oversight Committee exposes CEB costing trick to make huge profits

Feb 29 (Island) CEB has significantly overestimated the cost of electricity production and transmission for 2024 and this is reflected in their estimated cost of production, says MP Gamini Waleboda, head of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Alleviating the Impact of the Economic Crisis. The overestimation is around Rs 140 billion, Waleboda has said, adding that the CEB has recently presented estimated costs for 2024 more..

Bakery industry faces 50% drop in sales calls for govt intervention

Feb 29 (Island) All Ceylon Bakery Owners’ Association (ACBOA), reported a 50% decline in the sales of cakes, bread, and buns in the local market, attributing it to soaring manufacturing costs. The association highlighted the significant increase in the prices of margarine and butter. Furthermore, they expressed concern over the delayed arrival of imported eggs from India, forcing them to purchase locally produced eggs at Rs. 60 each, posing a substantial challenge to the bakery industry. more..

US Ambassador reveals Sri Lanka Navy’s participation in anti-Houthi operations

Feb 29 (Island) The US Ambassador to SL, Julie Chung confirmed during a conference organised by the Pathfinder Foundation that SL had dispatched a navy ship to support anti-Houthi operations in the Red Sea, led by the US. Chung mentioned that one of the cutters, previously donated by the US, had been deployed by SL to assist in anti-Houthi operations. SL Navy was now part of a multinational coalition dedicated to safeguarding commercial ship traffic routes in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, more..

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Excise & principals advised over big match concerns

Feb 29 (TM) National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB) urged school principals and the Excise Department not to allow any liquor companies to promote their products among students under the guise of sponsorships. Following several parties, including anti-drug non-govt organisations claiming that certain leading alcohol and tobacco companies have commenced a campaign to promote their products among students during upcoming school cricket encounters more..

Elephant House to storm Indian shelves

Feb 29 (DM) One of SL’s most popular lines of beverages will soon be on the shelves of India, with Reliance Consumer Products Ltd (RCPL) partnering with Elephant House to manufacture, market, distribute and sell beverages. The partnership between the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd and Elephant House was announced. Partnership is not only expected to help RCPL bolster its growing beverage portfolio more..

SLMC moots legal reforms to quash quacks

Feb 29 (TM) While it does not currently have any authority to initiate action against those who engage in the medical practice without qualifications or in medical systems for which they possess no relevant qualifications, the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) stated that it is making an effort to amend the related legal provisions. It was recently reported that more than 40,000 individuals are engaging in more..

SL excels at Commonwealth Chess C’ships

Feb 29 (DN) SL’s chess team has brought home a bunch of medals from the Commonwealth Chess Championship held in Malaysia. They grabbed one gold medal, five silver medals, and five bronze medals in the tournament organized by the Malaysian Chess Federation and Persatuan Catur Melaka from February 20 to 27. The young players from SL stood out in various categories. In the Under-8 girls category, SL swept the top three positions. Dihansa Perera took the gold more..

SL out to sustain momentum in Bangladesh

Feb 29 (DN) SL cricket team will take wings to Bangladesh today to play a full series. The tour consist of three T- 20 matches, three ODIs and two Test matches which will commence from March 4, with T -20 series. This Bangladesh series is more important as tour will commence with T- 20 series at Sylhet with more focus on forthcoming T- 20 World Cup scheduled to be held in next June at USA and West Indies. SL team has a big issue about their T-20 skipper Wanindu Hasaranga who couldn’t more..

Gayanthika, Nimali to contest for 800 metres glory in Tharushi’s absence

Feb 29 (Island) Four months after basking in the Asian Games glory a majority of athletes who won medals at the quadrennial event in China will return to action when SL Athletics commences its first track event of the 2024 calendar on Friday. While almost all male athletes who won medals in China will compete for supremacy in the men’s 400 metres, the gold winning 800 metres specialist Tharushi Karunaratne will be the notable more..

Battle of the Maroons: Nalanda has well-balanced side to face challenge

Feb 29 (DN) Nalanda College one of the leading Buddhist school once again battle against arch rival Ananda College on March 2-3 at SSC grounds. This is the 94th Battle of the Maroons which organised by Joint organising committee of Ananda and Nalanda. Nalanda recorded their last big match win in 2022 under the leadership of Dineth Samaraweera while they made it easy to get 9 wickets win and this year too Nalandians are confident to win the game. But two schools wanted to build up more..

President promises comprehensive program to empower women entrepreneurship

Feb 29 (FT) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe underscored the on-going efforts to nurture female entrepreneurs capable of adapting to the country’s economic transformation. Speaking at the Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce organised Prathibhabhisheka Women Entrepreneur Awards 2023 Prez highlighted the significant role women entrepreneurs can play in fostering the digital and green economy, affirming the Govt’s commitment to supporting the empowerment of more..

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Open Uni. Faculty of Management Studies holds workshop on procurement planning

Feb 29 (FT) The Open University of SL’s (OUSL) Faculty of Management Studies recently held a workshop on procurement planning. It was held to promote the newly launched postgraduate degree program, MSc in Public Procurement and Supply Chain Management. This program is for individuals seeking a postgraduate qualification in public procurement and supply chain management. A distinctive feature of this program is its status as the first postgraduate qualification offered in more..

UNFPA Sri Lanka inaugurates One Stop Centre in Kilinochchi

Feb 29 (FT) The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) SL announced the opening ceremony of the One Stop Centre (OSC) at the District General Hospital in Kilinochchi. The One Stop Centre is a ground-breaking initiative introducing a new service delivery model in Sri Lanka, offering comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services, support for survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and Family Planning Services (FP) all under one roof. more..

MSMEs hail temporary suspension of parate law

Feb 29 (FT) The country’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) hailed the Govt’s decision to temporarily halt the draconian parate law action until 15 Dec 2024. The MSME Chamber of SL and formerly the Anti-Parate Business Forum yesterday expressed gratitude to all stakeholders for their collective efforts in securing a temporary suspension of parate executions, providing much-needed relief to MSMEs more..

NPP’s economic diplomacy; non-aligned in the best interests of the nation

Feb 29 (CT) It is with the increasing interconnectedness of the countries in the world that the role of economic diplomacy has taken pride of place in today’s economic policies. In other words, the fact that how a govt promotes the state’s economic interests, using its diplomatic ties with other nations, is highly critical to stay ahead of the economic competition. This has resulted in a higher number of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and alliances. more..

White Only Party and the warped mind of the Immigration Controller

Feb 29 (DM) What would commonsensical authorities do when tourists are found to run businesses illegally? Never mind, that is not a hassle unique to Sri Lanka. Raid illegal ventures. Set up a mechanism to bring them into the tax net. Require them to comply with local regulations. Reform restrictive local laws, considering that businesses operate illegally in the first place due to a labyrinth of red tape that fosters graft and corruption. No! The best that the warped minds of the more..

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Editorial: When solutions go abegging

Feb 29 (Island) The National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) has requested the public to use water sparingly in view of the prevailing dry spell. This appeal should be heeded if water cuts are to be averted. However, there is a pressing need for action to be taken to lessen the dependence of the public on mains water. This is something the NWSDB, government politicians and policymakers should take cognisance of. Sri Lanka, which was once known as the Granary of the East, more..

Oh for quack’s sake, get new legislation!

Feb 29 (TM) Sri Lanka’s outdated policies and legislation was once again highlighted when the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) acknowledged that they (the regulator) have no legal provisions to take action against unqualified persons acting as doctors, scamming thousands of victims in the island. Recently, the leading government medical doctor trade union, the GMOA also raised the issue with the Health Ministry, citing increasing reports about quack doctors, islandwide. more..

Overcrowding in prisons and prison hospitals

Feb 29 (TM) “Our health declined as soon as we entered prison. Every man becomes sick within a week. Cough, fever, cold, and asthma – all these start to happen. With the overcrowding, respiratory diseases are very common. We also get skin diseases such as boils, wounds, and rashes when we come here, perhaps because all the prisoners are stuck together, sweating. There is not enough space in the prison. more..

Get your act together before pursuing tax dodgers!

Feb 29 (CT) Tax collection is vital for any country as a key development priority. It is essential to finance investment in human capital, infrastructure and provide services for citizens and businesses. The taxation system is identified as a key determinant of macroeconomic development and sustainable economic growth. This is why taxes are the main source of revenue for the Govt in SL at this juncture. For instance, as per the financial report of the Central Bank of SL (CBSL), more..

Economic policies in an election year: Some inconvenient arithmetic - Part I

Feb 29 (DM) With the prospect of elections this year, political parties are gearing up their rhetoric and policy promises to an electorate worn out by two years of economic crisis on top of the hardship imposed by two years of a global pandemic. Reckless policies in 2020-21 forced SL to declare a debt default, drove inflation to a peak of over 70% in Sept 2022, and contracted the GDP by over a cumulative 11% in 2022-23. The CBSL has since succeeded in stabilizing inflation at more..

Rising prices spark struggle to feed children

Feb 29 (CT) The economic crisis of 2022 marked the most severe downturn SL experienced since gaining independence. It ushered in widespread price hikes across various essentials, including vital medicines, school supplies, fuel and a slew of taxes. With food inflation skyrocketing to an unprecedented 95%, the crisis profoundly impacted food prices and the nation’s food security. The policy banning chemical fertilisers, imposed by more..

Marx, Ants and Hyde Park Rally

Feb 29 (DM) The argument put forwarded by Edward O. Wilson, the father was Socio-biology, was that altruism which is the very foundation of socialism, does not come naturally to human beings. Commenting on this subject in his book, The Ants, Wilson maintained that while altruism works for species like ants and bees, humans who are naturally selfish are unable to completely adjust to Socialism. The above quote of Wilson was recited last Saturday to a packed audience at more..

Energy crisis was not created by the people

Feb 29 (DM) Following a long spell of about five months of rainfall in most parts of the country, especially in the wet zone which devastated the agriculture in those areas, the country has begun to experience seemingly a similar long spell of drought which seems to be carrying devastating effects on the same farming community. It might have a huge effect on hydro power generation as well, making in turn a negative bearing on the electricity consumers who have already been hit hard by more..

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