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Consumers owe Water Board Rs7.5B

Jun 17 (CT) Consumers, including State and commercial enterprises, owed the National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWSDB) a staggering Rs 7.5 billion, by April this year. This came to light at a progress review meeting of Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage chaired by Prez Rajapaksa at Prez’s House, Fort. Meanwhile, plans are afoot to complete work on large and small-scale water supply projects which are in final more..

Two-week work from home period introduced for public sector employees

Jun 17 (AD) The govt has introduced a two-week working from home period for the public sector employees starting from Monday (20), to limit them reporting to work. The decision was reached after taking into account the issues emerged in transportation services caused by the shortages of fuel as a result of the ongoing economic crisis in the country. The circular on the matter was issued by the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Govt. more..

Inadequate diesel supply may lead to extended powercuts: CEB

Jun 17 (DM) If there is no additional stock of diesel is supplied to maintain the system once the Norochcholai power plant which will be shutdown at 12:00 midnight today, power cut will have to be extended to around four hours, CEB Engineering Association Secretary Eranga Kudahewa said. Operations of the Norochcholai coal power plant will be shut down for maintenance for 70 days. Norochcholai power plant contributes 270MW to the national grid. Due to the shortage of diesel more..

Illegal migration attempts on the rise in Sri Lanka as economic crisis worsens

Jun 17 (EN) SL’s security establishment nabbed eight boats with a total of 351 illegal migrants on board in May 2022, mainly in the country’s eastern coast, attempting to leave the island nation’s shores as a worsening economic crisis led to a political crisis, a dearth of essentials and a sharp increase in food prices. Human-smuggling has become a booming business once again as many Sri Lankans want to leave more..

Police sergeant shoots himself dead with service weapon

Jun 17 (EN) A sergeant attached to the Tangalle police station, in Sri Lanka’s deep south, took his own life on Friday with a service weapon outside the Tangalle DIG’s office, police said. The sergeant had been on duty covering for a police officer who had had to attend to a personal matter. The victim had been provided a firearm and other equipment related to surveillance duties. He had shot himself with the same gun, police said. The victim was a resident of Weeraketiya, Hambantota. more..

'Guys got starts and didn't convert': Aus skipper Finch on loss against SL

Jun 17 (ANI) Australia skipper Aaron Finch said that his team could not capitalize on the good start they had got against SL during the second ODI of the five-match series, which ended up in a 26-run loss for them. Three-wicket haul by Karunaratne, which was followed by two wickets each by Dushmantha Chameera, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Dunith Wellalage, helped SL to restrict Australia at 189 and register a victory by 26 runs, in the second ODI, at Pallekele Cricket Stadium on Thursday. more..

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'I think as a batsman while bowling', reveals SL's Karunarate

Jun 17 (ANI) SL bowling all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne, who scalped three wickets in the second ODI against Australia, revealed that he thinks like a batter while he is bowing. Three-wicket haul by Karunaratne, which was followed by two wickets each by Dushmantha Chameera, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Dunith Wellalage, helped Sri Lanka to restrict Australia at 189 and register a victory by 26 runs, in the second ODI, here at Pallekele Int'l Cricket Stadium on Thursday. more..

Nimal Lanza led committee to look into mitigating a food crisis

Jun 17 (NR) PM Wickremesinghe has appointed a committee headed by MP Nimal Lanza to look into mitigating a food crisis. Committee has been instructed to table a plan within two weeks. PM Wickremesinghe said it is his policy to ensure no one is in hunger amidst a possible food crisis. Speaking at a meeting of the Committee on Food Security at the PM’s Office this morning, PM said although the food crisis could directly affect 4-5 million Sri Lankans, steps will be taken to more..

Spiraling food crisis looms as Sri Lankan farmers abandon fields

Jun 17 (BS) For R. Daranagama, a 70-year-old rice farmer, the past year ranks among the most difficult of his life. As SL battles its worst economic crisis in decades, Daranagama has barely touched his four-acre field this season. Without access to fertilizer, he and other farmers expect crop yields to slump, threatening food supplies across a nation already pushed to the brink. “I do not know what the harvest will be,” said Daranagama,, more..

Govt to harness prisoners’ brawn in cultivation drive

Jun 17 (Island) The govt has planned to deploy 3,000 prisoners to boost agricultural production along with Army, and Civil Defense Force personnel, it was revealed at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Agriculture recently. Committee members also discussed the need to encourage people to start home garden cultivation and to use land at all govt institutions for growing food. They said that people were now keen to cultivate in view of the feared food crisis. more..

AMS requests MOH to declare Saturday a holiday for medical specialists and officers

Jun 17 (TM) Association of Medical Specialists (AMS) has requested the Ministry of Health to declare Saturday as a holiday in addition to the existing holiday on Sunday. This was made known via a letter by the AMS today. “We wish to propose this as an interim remedial measure to ease the burden on health care delivery system as well as health care personal only until the current fuel crisis is over. This will definitely ease the demand for fuel with regard to national consumption more..

Prosecutors drop case over death of detained Sri Lankan in Japan

Jun 17 (AS) Public prosecutors will drop their case against senior officials from the Nagoya Regional Immigration Services Bureau over the death of a SL woman at an immigration detention facility, according to sources. Wishma Sandamali, 33, died in March 2021 at a facility run by the bureau, in a case that sparked widespread outcry over her mistreatment. Nagoya District Public Prosecutors Office launched an investigation more..

Shares end at six-week close on concerns over fuel-shortage led closure

Jun 17 (EN) Stocks plunged over 3% on Friday to close at their lowest in six weeks as fuel shortage, which compelled the govt to restrict the public services for two weeks, weighed on the sentiment, dealers said. After the market closed, Ministry of Public Administration issued a circular with limits on calling public sector employees to work for the next two weeks. The limit of public services is likely to slowdown the business activities of most of the private sector companies, analysts said. more..

Four nabbed for money laundering with over Rs. 19Mn local, foreign currencies

Jun 17 (DM) Four persons have been arrested by the STF during raids at Sea Street in Pettah and Maligawatta yesterday with over Rs 18.6 million and equivalent to over Rs. 400,000 in foreign currencies. They were arrested on the charges of money laundering. STF said following an alert from the Gonahena STF camp, the raids were conducted on four jewelry shops at Sea Street and Nooraniya Street in Maligawatta. Four suspects, aged between 25 and 51, who were from Wellawatta and more..

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SLR President Rizly Illyas suspended from rugby duties

Jun 17 (DM) Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) President Rizly Illyas has been suspended by the Asia Rugby Executive Committee following investigations into a potential breach of Asia Rugby’s Code of Conduct. Asia Rugby said in an announcement that the Asia Rugby Executive Committee has approved the suspension of Rizly Illyas from officiating any rugby duties, activities and responsibilities within the jurisdiction of Asia Rugby until the pending investigations are concluded. more..

Mitchell Starc won't risk Test chances by making quick return in Sri Lanka

Jun 17 (CI) Australian quick Mitchell Starc is still holding out hope of featuring in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, but only if it doesn't compromise his chances of playing in the Tests. Starc sliced open his left index finger on his shoe spike during his follow through in the T20I series opener last week. The 32-year-old has been able to bowl full steam at training in recent days, but ICC rules preventing bowlers from using tape on their fingers means Starc hasn't been able to feature in games. more..

Lack of coordination between Sri Lanka president, PM: former President Sirisena

Jun 17 (EN) Prez Rajapaksa and PM Wickremesinghe have no real working partnership and there is a clear lack of coordination between them, former Prez Maithripala Sirisena said. Sirisena said the two leaders have competing approaches to governance. He likened it to his own experience as president with Wickremesinghe as PM from 2015 to 2019. There were also tensions between then Prez Kumaratunga and PM Wickremesinghe more..

Teachers to be given temporary transfers to nearest school

Jun 17 (AD) Ministry of Education today announced conditional relief measures for teachers, taking into consideration the difficulties in transportation services. Accordingly, teachers will be temporarily assigned to schools nearest to their place of residence. These appointments will be effective until 31st of Dec, ministry noted in a press release. It also stressed that these temporary appointments should be made with the written sanction of the principals of both schools, more..

Should Sri Lanka join the ranks of the Poorest of the World’s Poor?

Jun 17 (FT) As one of the world’s foremost international humanitarian organisations, the United Nations has pledged to provide food and medicines to cash-strapped Sri Lanka – a country suffering from a major financial crisis. As of last week, a UN team, led by the Resident Coordinator in Colombo, Hanaa Singer-Hamdy has appealed to international donors for more than $ 47 million in life-saving assistance to 1.7 million people in a country with a population of over 22 million. more..

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Amnesty International writes to the IMF on Sri Lanka’s economic crisis

Jun 17 (AI) Amnesty International has raised concerns regarding human rights protections in countries that have received assistance from the IMF in times of economic crisis in the past. To ensure that the verbal commitments above translate into real and effective protections in these difficult times, human rights must be central to any future economic reform program negotiated between the IMF and the SL govt. Protections for the vulnerable and poor must translate into well designed more..

Health trade unions to launch hourly protests

Jun 17 (Island) The All Ceylon Health Trade Union Federation (ACHTUF) had decided to launch a series of protests opposite main hospitals across the country from 12 noon on 20 June, ACHTUF General Secretary Mahinda Guruge said. Guruge said that they were protesting against the reduction of health staff and allowances, the increasingly severe medicine and equipment shortages, transport issues that health workers faced and the drop in the standards of food given to resident patients. more..

'Sri Lanka should have gone to IMF sooner'

Jun 17 (BBC) Sri Lanka could have avoided its current economic turmoil if it had gone to the IMF for a bailout sooner, the country's central bank governor says. Nandalal Weerasinghe said that the delay in seeking outside help was a mistake. The country has said it needs $5bn this year in support from the international community, including the IMF. Sri Lanka defaulted on its foreign debt for the time in its history last month. more..

Sri Lanka rupee dollar guidance rate appreciates despite severe forex shortages

Jun 17 (EN) A guidance rate for interbank transactions determined by the central bank appreciated to 359.75 on Friday from 359.85 on Thursday as the the country’s transport sector slowly ground to a halt due to forex shortages. The rupee was quoted by commercial banks against telegraphic transfers at 367 to the US dollar on Friday. The guidance rate was 359.75 to the US dollar +1.00, or – 4.0 for interbank deals, down from 359.85 to the dollar. more..

Allianz Lanka partners with Nations Trust Bank

Jun 17 (Island) Allianz Lanka has announced a landmark partnership with Nations Trust Bank for Bancassurance, as the bank’s Preferred Partner for general insurance. A synergistic opportunity for Allianz Lanka to expand its reach, and Nations Trust Bank to add value to its offering, the new partnership is expected to help both partners win together, during the 3-year partnership journey, while potentially being the largest Bancassurance partnership in Sri Lanka. more..

Sri Lanka economy grinding to a halt as monetary meltdown bites fuel imports

Jun 17 (EN) Activities at several key economic sectors requiring transport are slowly grinding to a halt as forex shortages from continued money printing is making it difficult to finance oil imports, hitting passenger, goods transport and fisheries. SL’s rupee collapsed from 200 to 360 to the US dollar after two years of money printing and a failed float with a surrender requirement. Liquidity injections and interventions are continuing more..

Four arrested for unruly behaviour at Pallekelle Stadium

Jun 17 (AD) Four university students have been arrested for engaging in unruly behaviour near the Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium yesterday. Among the arrestees are three male students and one female student, aged 24 and 28 years. They were identified as residents of Akuramboda, Kurunegala, Koslanda and Kekirawa areas. The intoxicated students in question had berated and threatened the police officers who were checking the entry tickets of the spectators entering more..

Special Jaffna-Colombo express train service from today

Jun 17 (DM) After introducing special passenger transportation plans from June 15, Railway Dept has launched an intercity luxury express train service from Mount Lavinia to Jaffna today. They said the transportation plans were implemented due to the recent increase in transport costs and bus fares following the fuel price increase. The train will start its journey from Mount Lavinia to Jaffna every weekend from today. The train will leave from Mount Lavinia at 10 pm and reach Jaffna at 5:30 am more..

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Ensure stringent distribution of fuel: Prez

Jun 17 (NR) Prez Rajapaksa has issued directives to ensure the systematic distribution of fuel to filling stations through stocks that are due to arrive in the country in the coming days. Prez said the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of SL must work together with state and private banks to facilitate the sufficient requirement of fuel and issue Letters of Credit. A discussion was held today under the patronage of the Prez pertaining to the distribution and import of petrol, diesel, and gas. more..

A way out of the crisis?

Jun 17 (FT) At this point SL is lying on the verge of falling into a more dreadful abyss from what it is now in. So much so, the country will inevitably fall into a state of primitivism not easy to recover from unless appropriate and prompt measures are taken to prevent it sinking further down from the present abyss it is now in. But, the aggressive forces and the society that demand and advocate for a change of the political system and current regime does not seem to realise the horrible reality facing SL. more..

Sapugaskanda to be closed in two weeks?

Jun 17 (TM) PTUC has claimed that the Govt has no choice but to close the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery by 28 June, allow it to operate as a white elephant, or hand it over to some other party, given that there is no idea as to when a crude oil tanker will arrive in SL. PTUC Convener Ananda Palitha said: “At present, Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery is operating at a daily capacity of 3,400 metric tonnes (MT). In this situation, current stock of more..

Prez, PM says no curfew or lockdown

Jun 17 (DM) Prez Rajapaksa and PM Wickremesinghe reportedly informed there was no necessity of the country going for total lock down or curfew due to the severe shortage of fuel, as more fuel shipments were expected to arrive in the country next week. Some ministers and officials had inquired the Prez and PM if a lockdown or a curfew was necessary. But both leaders had reportedly responded negatively. However, the govt is considering introducing the online system for more..

Smoke bomb near Easter target in Katuwapitiya

Jun 17 (TM) A suspicious parcel, which, according to the Police, contained a smoke bomb, was found yesterday on the road leading to the St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya, which was one of the targets of the series of bombings on Easter Sunday on 21 April 2019. Police Media Spokesman, SPP Nihal Thalduwa said that despite reports that a parcel containing explosives was found near the St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya, it was a smoke bomb, which was not live. more..