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Hasaranga and Rahmanullah penalised for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

Feb 25 (ICC) Sri Lanka’s T20I captain Wanindu Hasaranga has been suspended for two international matches after his accumulated demerit points reached five within a 24-month period following his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct, for which he received a 50 percent fine and three demerit points. Hasaranga was found guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Personal abuse of a Player, more..

Suspected deaths of patients at Kurunegala Hospital raise concern

Feb 25 (DM) Health Ministry has launched an investigation and appointed a committee to look into the incident surrounding the suspected deaths at the dialysis unit of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital. Speaking of the matter, Secretary of the Ministry of Health Dr. Palitha Mahipala said the at least five deaths have occurred since January at the dialysis unit. Accordingly, a five-member committee headed by Chief Epidemiologist Dr Samitha Ginige has been appointed to look into the matter. more..

Public sector salaries: Govt discusses 3-year agreements with SOEs

Feb 25 (TM) Discussions are currently underway between the Govt and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) whose salary scales are governed by collective agreements to revise their salaries and establish new three-year agreements. When contacted, Treasury Deputy Secretary R.M.P. Rathnayake stated: “State institutions under collective agreements, banks, and other entities governed by the agreements are more..

Sri Lanka eyes PTA with Indonesia

Feb 25 (TM) SL and Indonesia are considering entering into a potential Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA), according to the International Trade Office. Int'l Trade Office Chief Negotiator K.J. Weerasinghe revealed that following the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed with Thailand on 3 Feb, SL was looking to enter into a PTA, with discussions in this regard scheduled for March. Responding to a query on whether both countries had come to an agreement on when the first round of talks more..

Deshabandu the next IGP?

Feb 25 (TM) Acting IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon is set to be appointed as the next IGP, a top State official disclosed. According to the revelation, Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe will forward the appointment to the next Constitutional Council (CC) for approval. Tennakoon assumed the role of Acting IGP on 29 Nov, replacing C.D. Wickramaratne who had previously received four service extensions. Tennakoon, a member of Police service since 1998, is slated to reach retirement age in 2032. more..

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Court informed mass grave remains over 20 years old

Feb 25 (CT) Archaeologists and the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) of the Mullaitivu Hospital, on Thursday, presented their findings to the Mullaitivu Magistrate’s Court, regarding the human skeletons discovered in the Kokkuthuduvai mass grave, indicating that they are more than 20 years old. During the hearing, presided over by Mullaitivu Magistrate Dharmalingam Pradeepan, officials informed the Court of the progress made in the investigations thus far, including age determination of remains. more..

$ 1.7 b solar project in Poonakary: Australian investor yet to obtain EIA

Feb 25 (TM) The failure of the Australian investor, United Solar, to obtain the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report on time for the mega-scale solar development project scheduled to be constructed in Poonakary, Jaffna, has resulted in a delay in concluding the Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA). As a result, it is expected that the project will not meet its initial timelines. The project, valued at a total of $ 1,727 million, aims to create a mega-scale 700 MW solar power plant more..

Samanalawewa Reservoir: CEB subsidiary accused of blocking critical repairs

Feb 25 (TM) Allegations are being levelled against Sri Lanka Energies Ltd. (SLE), a subsidiary of the State-run CEB, for obstructing much-needed repairs at the Samanalawewa Reservoir – repairs which are needed to avoid a catastrophic disaster that could lead to the loss of lives and property. An engineer attached to the CEB who wished to remain anonymous alleged that top-level officials at SLE were not allowing repairs more..

Thailand FTA picks exporter interest

Feb 25 (ST) Towards the latter part of next month, the Regional Comprehensive Economy Partnership (RCEP) will be considering SL’s application to be included in the association, top officials said. “We sent a letter of intent to RCEP about four months ago. They are taking up this application somewhere towards the end of March,” K. J. Weerasinghe, Chief negotiator, Office for International Trade said. Sri Lanka is the first country to send a letter of intent in this regard, he said. more..

Kamindu Mendis needs to be persevered with

Feb 25 (Island) A decade or so ago, Richmond College, Galle was winning all the silverware in school cricket. They played by a different set of rules. Often scoring 1000 runs and taking 100 wickets in the season had been seen as hallmark of a good player. But Richmond didn’t care for the personal milestones. They played to win. There were bold declarations, attacking field settings, free scoring batsmen and ambidextrous bowlers. Richmond thought out of the box. more..

RW draws up silent plan for shadow Cabinet while Govt focuses on private creditors,...

Feb 25 (TM) In the midst of gearing for a Prez Election this year, Ranil Wickremesinghe Govt seems to be focused on expediting the finalisation of the country’s debt restructuring programme prior to the IMF's second review of the 48-month EFF. Govt earlier set the end of March as the deadline to finalise the debt restructuring programme, which has now been extended till June this year. In a bid to expedite the finalisation of debt restructuring more..

India has given lot of offers for Ramayana Trail, Sri Lanka state minister says

Feb 25 (EN) India has given a lot of offers to establish Ramayana Trails in SL, State Tourism Minister Diana Gamage said, as the island nation is focusing more on Indian tourists to boost the hospitality industry. Historians say, according to Hindu mythology, SL was the kingdom of Ravana, the ten-headed demon king who abducted Sita, the wife of Rama, the hero of the Ramayana, a smriti text from ancient India, one of the two important epics of Hinduism known as the Itihasas, more..

Lifting of all taxes on raw material imports on the cards: IDB chief

Feb 25 (SO) SL is exploring the possibility of lifting all taxes on raw material imports soon, Chairman of Industrial Development Board (IDB), Dr. Saranga Alahapperuma said on the sidelines of the CEMS-Global USA’s series of textile exhibitions media event in Colombo. He said that the main reason for this is to bring down the cost of production for manufacturers. “Though most raw material imports are exempt from taxes, some taxes still exist and we have spoken to Ministry of Finance to remove more..

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Boorish Hasaranga makes mockery of ICC umpires

Feb 25 (SO) While the ICC leaves no stone unturned to fiercely defend its panel of umpires, SL captain Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva slammed the result of the third T20 against Afghanistan claiming his team lost as the umpires stood in the way and failed to rule on what was viewed as an illegal delivery at the Dambulla Int'l Stadium on Wednesday night. Displaying his immaturity as a so-called leader, Hasaranga with disregard for the players code of conduct stipulated by the ICC more..

Chameera out, Nissanka doubtful for Bangladesh tour

Feb 25 (ST) Injured SL seamer Dushmantha Chameera will miss out SL’s white-ball series against Bangladesh starting early next month as cricket selectors have opted for unchanged squads for the two white-ball series. Chameera will be out of action for at least four weeks. SL will tour Bangladesh later this week to play three T20Is, as many ODIs, and two Tests, starting March 4. The series will begin with the T20 series, followed by the ODIs and the two-match Tests series. more..

Was Wanindu’s action an act of heroism or nastiness?

Feb 25 (ST) In the aftermath of a contentious umpiring decision by Lyndon Hannibal during the third and final T20 international between SL and Afghanistan, the reaction of SL skipper Wanindu Hasaranga has drawn significant attention. Hasaranga’s on-field altercation with the umpire at the end of the match and his subsequent remarks at the press conference have raised concerns about his sportsmanship and respect for the game. more..

Racing champ Malagamuwa jolted on final crusade

Feb 25 (SO) At a time when corruption is rampant and the so-called soothsayers and self styled messiahs are helping themselves with untold riches to take the pathetic story of SL to the world community, the country’s top Formula racing driver Dilantha Malagamuwa has had enough of spending his own money to showcase the island and instead has decided to appeal to well-wishers to join in the cause. Malagamuwa, a businessman with ties to Japan, has been racing his machine on more..

Editorial: Umpire hora!

Feb 25 (Island) Umpire hora is a famous cry in this country whether be it at backyard cricket after school, soft ball games played on the Parliament grounds during the weekend, inter-school fixtures or even during international games. Some 25,000 ardent cricket fans were yelling the same on Wednesday night as SL lost a tense game against Afghanistan at Dambulla by a mere three runs. Not just those fans who witnessed the game at the Dambulla stadium but the majority of more..

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Stepping into an election year with doubts!

Feb 25 (CT) It was on 5 Aug 2020 that an election was last held in SL and more than three years have passed since. Data obtained from the Election Commission of SL shows that 16,263,885 electors were eligible to exercise their franchise on 5 Aug 2020 and of this 31.95% (31.95%) were youth. It was not because that there was no poll due in SL’s election calendar, that elections have not been held in the country for the past three years, but because the rulers had the preconceived notion more..

Explosive goings-on

Feb 25 (ST) My Dear Field Marshal, I wanted to write to you because you are still making headlines, some 15 years after the end of the war. Some would say it is for all the wrong reasons. This time, the man who fought with and defeated Velu is fighting with Sajith, the leader of his own party, leaving everyone confused. You have gone to courts against Sajith, preventing him from removing you from the positions you hold in the telephone party. That includes being its chairman. more..

'Financial discipline essential for economic recovery'

Feb 25 (SO) In a candid interview, Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and the Colombo District Leader of the United National Party (UNP), acknowledged the need for IMF assistance while criticising the organisation’s demands and called for a more human approach. He also spoke regarding the recent salary hike of the Central Bank of SL (CBSL) employees and stated that it cannot be justified on any grounds. more..

Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s accomplishments & challenges

Feb 25 (CT) The upcoming presidential appears to be narrowing to become a contest between Ranil Wickremesinghe and Anura Kumara Dissanayake. The political house of Sajith Premadasa is a house divided according to insiders and outsiders, and he will have to first put his house in order before he can be a serious contender in the prez election. The impending contest between Ranil Wickremesinghe and Anura Kumara Dissanayake will be a very different one when compared to past prez more..

IUU fishing: EU rhetoric and Indian Ocean reality

Feb 25 (ST) These last few days have seen increased VVIP traffic through Colombo by competing geopolitical players beginning with an Israeli Minister followed close on her heels by the Iranian Foreign Minister, two US Undersecretaries and a French Ambassador for the region. Away, a SL delegation was in Brussels this week for talks on the Joint Commission with the European Union (EU) where it seemed more of a Question (by the EU) and Answer (by SL) session had taken place. more..

CEB spokesman’s resignation sheds light on bad PR

Feb 25 (ST) The CEB's already battered reputation took another serious hit this week of its own making, after its spokesperson, Noel Priyantha’s comments during a live discussion on a private television channel. Mr. Priyantha’s tirade came when he was asked to comment on the recent tragedy where a father of two children died from electrocution while trying to obtain electricity from a neighbouring house. more..

Quality over quantity

Feb 25 (TM) With a Prez Election looming ever so large on the horizon, significantly enough becoming due on 18 Sept, a day after the birth anniversary of its creator and first Executive Prez J.R. Jayewardene, it is now a 7-month dead heat to arguably the most decisive election SL has ever faced since independence. The voters of this country, the 6.9 million in particular who voted for the last elected Prez and having firsthand experienced the perilous consequences of their action more..

A commendable move

Feb 25 (SO) Apart from the organic fertiliser fiasco and the fuel queues, the other main factor that hastened the untimely end of the previous administration was the imposition of power cuts that sometimes stretched to 13 hours a day. There was, of course, a link between the fuel crisis and the power crisis, because the CEB generated power mostly from fossil-fuel powered thermal generators in the absence of rain. With the dearth of foreign exchange to import fuel & coal, thermal more..

Sri Lanka's debt woes deepen as it joins IMF surcharge list

Feb 24 (DM) SL has been added to the list of 22 heavily indebted countries facing controversial surcharges imposed by the IMF from recently. These additional payments, aimed at countries whose outstanding credit to the IMF’s main account exceeds 187.5% of their quota, have stirred debate and concern. A recent report by the United States-based think tank, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) highlighted that more..

US ready for further financial cooperation with Sri Lanka

Feb 24 (DM) The United States (US) which invested half a billion dollars in the development of the West Container Terminal of the Colombo Port has expressed interest in similar financial cooperation with SL. It transpired during the meetings between U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Richard Verma and the SL leaders during his visit to the country. Last year, the US, through its International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) provided US $ 553 million loan more..

Controversial white only party cancelled amid public outcry

Feb 24 (DM) A controversial white only themed party scheduled to take place on February 24 at a Russian run cafe in the south has been cancelled by its organizers following widespread public backlash. The event, which was promoted as an Opening White Party, stirred significant controversy due to its discriminatory nature. Organizers intended to implement a face control policy where entry would be restricted solely to individuals deemed fitting by bouncers based on more..

Opposition fears govt discarding SC recommendations on Anti-Terrorism Bill

Feb 24 (Island) Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, MP, said that Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena’s refusal to accept that Supreme Court recommendations hadn’t been accommodated in Online Safety Act No 09 of 2024, would undermine their faith in the committee stage of a particular Bill. The dissident SLPP MP said so when The Island sought his opinion on the SC determination on more..

All party leaders are unpopular with the people

Feb 24 (GV) In the Institute for Health Policy (IHP) SLOTS polling in Jan 2024, all major party leaders continued to have negative favourability ratings. The net favourability rating of NPP/JVP leader A.K. Dissanayake increased 12 points to -10 while favourability of SJB leader Sajith Premadasa and Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe decreased by 9 points to -53 and -77 respectively. Favourability estimates for each month are based on 100–500 interviews conducted during that month and more..

Enjoining order issued on ITAK Leader S. Sritharan

Feb 24 (CT) An enjoining order has been issued on newly elected ITAK Leader MP S. Sritharan in connection with a case filed by the Secretary of the Ilankai Tamil ITAK Ward, Trincomalee, Chandrasekaram Para. The challenge is based on alleged irregularities observed during the recent election in Trincomalee. Sritharan and five other respondents are accused of malpractices in the election process that led to his leadership. The case is scheduled for a hearing on 29 Feb 2024. more..