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CPC petrol stocks at 6,000 MT with no shipment due

Jun 27 (TM) With the petrol stocks of the CPC having reduced to approximately 6,000 MT and with no shipment scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka, a tokenised system for fuel distribution will be implemented by the defense forces from today, according to Minister Kanchana Wijesekera. “CPC has 6,000 MT of petrol at the moment. LIOC has 8,000 MT of petrol. LIOC releases about 300 MT to the market everyday. more..

Petrol stored in container caused Kahatuduwa house fire?

Jun 27 (AD) Police suspect that petrol stored in a container had cause of the fire in a house at Kahathuduwa that claimed the lives of a married couple while also injuring their two children. SSP Nihal Thalduwa said the fire had broken out at a residence located at Magammana in the Kahatuduwa police area last night (26). The fire which had erupted inside a room of the house had injured four members of the same family including the father, mother and their two daughters more..

Two ministers to visit Russia today

Jun 27 (AD) Two ministers will be flying to Russia today and they will discuss matters including fuel imports during the visit, according to Minister Kanchana Wijesekara. He was responding to a question raised at the media briefing regarding Sri Lanka not seeking oil from Russia. Minister said that the misters are traveling on another diplomatic visit and hoped that the discussion would be held in due course during that visit and that a favorable answer would be forthcoming. more..

Govt hikes fuel prices again

Jun 27 (FT) Govt yesterday increased fuel prices across the board, forcing further agony on people already suffering from severe shortages. As per the latest price revision of CPC, a litre of 92 Octane pet-rol has increased by Rs. 50 to Rs. 470, while 95 Octane petrol up by Rs. 100 to Rs. 550, auto die-sel up by Rs. 60 to Rs. 460 and super diesel up by Rs.75 to Rs.520. LIOC also announced that it has decided to increase fuel prices more..

Circular issued restricting the calling of officers to govt offices

Jun 27 (AD) Ministry of Public Administration has issued a circular directing the heads of govt institutions to call only the minimum and essential staff for day-to-day services until further notice. The circular dated 26.06.2022 has been issued by the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Admin, Home Affairs, PCs and LG, M.M.P.K. Mayadunne. “In view of the difficulties faced by the public in getting the day-to-day transport facilities provided, it is informed to give priority until further notice more..

Drunk police constable rides motorcycle on expressway, causes accident

Jun 27 (AD) The Southern Expressway Traffic Police have arrested a police constable for driving a motorcycle on the expressway and causing an accident. The suspect was also found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of his arrest, police said. He had reportedly entered the expressway from the Kotelawala interchange and travelled in the direction of Kottawa while ignoring police orders before turning around and once again heading towards Kadawatha on wrong side more..

බවුසර් දහයක තෙල් ගෙවල්වල...

Zoo animals to get food thanks to Rs. 20 mn from Treasury

Jun 27 (TM) Following the Dept of Zoology informing the Wildlife Ministry a few weeks ago that it had run out of funds to feed the animals it houses, Treasury has agreed to provide Rs. 20 million for this purpose for the next five months. This was following a request made by Minister Mahinda Amaraweera from the Treasury. Claiming that there was a shortage of funds to feed the animals at the Dehiwala Zoo, Amaraweera said that the court had also assigned the zoo the responsibility more..

Bus operators want tariff hike to account for central bank actions

Jun 27 (EN) Private bus operators need an overall fare hike to account for currency depreciation and the rise in a consumer price index, Lanka Private Bus Owner’s Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne said after the latest diesel price hike. “We will have to go for the Annual Revision based on several different factors, including the Colombo Consumers Price Index and the dollar rate,” Wijeratne said on June 26. Recent price hikes were only based on fuel price hikes, he said. more..

Economic crisis: Govt MPs slam Cabinet, Finance Ministry

Jun 27 (Island) Two SLPP MPs, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa and Madura Vithanage have, at different forums, lashed out at the govt for the rapidly deteriorating status of the public sector finance. Godahewa has warned that economic recovery will not be possible unless the govt restructured nearly 400 loss making public sector enterprises or at least take tangible measures to cut down on recurring losses. more..

Revised notice on conducting schools from June 27 to July 1 issued

Jun 27 (DM) Ministry of Education has issued the directive to close schools in the Colombo region of the Western Province and the suburban cities, as well as the schools in major cities in other provinces, until July 1. They said the decision was made after the Power and Energy Ministry informed them about the distribution of fuel in the country, which would not be possible during the week starting tomorrow. If there is no transportation issues for students and teachers during June 27 to July 1, more..

Smith will be fine for first Test against Sri Lanka, recovering Starc doubtful

Jun 27 (CI) Steven Smith has dispelled doubts about his fitness ahead of Australia's first Test against Sri Lanka, but Mitchell Starc but still faces a crucial lead-in to overcome a finger injury. Two stars of Australia's last tour to SL, Smith and Starc, headline a long injury list for the tourists ahead of the opening Test in Galle on Wednesday. Travis Head is also battling to play after a hamstring strain with Glenn Maxwell waiting in the wings, while Ashton Agar's side strain has cost him potential Test recall. more..

සපුගස්කන්ද පිරිපහදුව සහ මෙරට තෙල් අවශ්‍යතාව

Wellalage receives surprise gift from Malinga

Jun 27 (DN) Lasith Malinga the strategic bowling coach of SL white ball team gave a surprise gift to the youngest player of the side 19 year old Dunith Wellalage. the leg spinner and useful middle order batter who really performed well during his debut ODI series against Australia which ended in a historic 3-2 series win after 30 years for SL. Malinga the most experienced white ball format paceman said I promised to give a surprise gift to young Wellalage. who did really well in his debut more..

Cheque returns triple; liquidity crisis coming to a head

Jun 27 (ST) Sri Lanka’s liquidity crisis is coming to a head with cheque returns tripling the usual amount during this month. All entities from large companies to small businesses are defaulting, a banker said noting that it will become worse by next month. He said they simply cannot pay. “There is no liquidity in the system. The economy is drying up.” A second banker told the Business Times that the small and medium enterprises are slowly losing business and their predicament is pretty bad. more..

Medicinal drugs in short supply due to lapses by officials

Jun 27 (ST) A national audit has found that the dollar deficit was just one reason for the national shortage of medical supplies. Others include computer systems not having being updated, lack of coordination among relevant medical sector offices and a sheer disregard for procurement schedules. AG’s special report regarding steps taken to avoid pharmaceutical shortages in Govt hospitals was published online this week. more..

‘Send the children back to play’

Jun 27 (SO) More than 100 taekwondo, boxing and athletic coaches were awarded certificates after successfully completing the Level One course conducted by the National Institute of Sports Science (NISS) which comes under the aegis of the Sports Ministry. The coaches were urged to not only focus on teaching techniques of a particular discipline but to be a mentor to students and prepare them to face the challenges in life. The Secretary to the ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports more..

Budget deficit expands by 21% in 1Q

Jun 27 (FT) The overall Budget deficit in the first quarter has expanded by 21% to Rs. 483.3 billion from a year ago. As per latest Central Bank data, during the three months ending March 2022, Govt revenue increased to Rs. 446.8 billion compared to Rs. 365.4 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2021. Total expenditure and net lending increased to Rs. 931.2 billion compared to Rs. 765.5 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2021. CBSL also said during the 3 months more..

PSC on electoral reform recommends control of election expenses, code...

Jun 27 (FT) A Parliamentary Committee that looked into electoral reforms has recommended that legislation be introduced to control election expenses, a code of conduct for candidates and steps to prevent misuse of state resources during election campaigns. Final Report of the Select Committee of Parliament to Identify Appropriate Reforms of the Election Laws and the Electoral System and to Recommend more..

Exciting Test series awaits fans after hard-fought ODIs

Jun 27 (Island) After three weeks of eight exciting one-day games, the Australians will now move to the south coast where Galle will host them for two Test matches. On paper, SL, a team that had struggled in white-ball cricket for some seven years, had a snowball’s chance in hell. But cricket is such a funny game. One stunning run chance at Pallekele in the third T-20 scripted by Dasun Shanaka gave them confidence that there’s nothing impossible in sports and SL looked a different side from thereon. more..

Award-winning cricket twins shine at Aussie series

Jun 27 (SO) The 44th Observer School Cricketers of the Year is gathering momentum with the key inter-school big matches to come within the next few weeks. Cricket was at its best after many moons with the Sri Lanka national team registering its first ODI series win over Australia after 30 years. The Observer SLT Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year too had its own share in those wins with former top award winners Charith Asalanka and Kusal Mendis proving their might. more..

පඩංගු දේශපාලනයක නොකී කතා අඩංගුව

In the name of God, go

Jun 27 (CT) Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera indicated to the Media in Colombo yesterday that because of a dearth of US dollars, they are unable to import fuel. According to him, presently, State-owned CPC and Indian Govt-owned LIOC have 19,000 metric tons (mts) of diesel and between 5,500-6,000 mts of petrol, only. The CPC refinery is shutdown because the Govt of SL/CPC has no dollars to import crude oil. The SLPP Govt, together with UNP Leader more..

Fishing without gas-guzzling

Jun 27 (Island) The present economic crisis, and the associated energy crisis, has mightily affected the fisheries sector, reducing the number of boats at sea, dwindling market supply, soaring fish prices, all affecting food and nutritional security of the people in Sri Lanka. Being a highly fuel-dependent sector, there is a pressing need for the sector to find means of economising on fuel and continue to provide the most important animal protein to the people-the Fish. Yet, the tale of woe of fishers more..

Free float of currency bloats foreign debt by 50% to Rs. 9.5 t

Jun 27 (FT) The rupee value of the country’s foreign debt has ballooned by near 50% in 1Q to Rs. 9.55 trillion following the sudden free flotation of the currency,. Sri Lanka ended 2021 with a foreign debt of Rs. 6.5 trillion and by February this year it was down to Rs. 6.4 trillion. In a highly contested move, the Govt in the first week of March all of sudden decided to let the exchange to float free plunging the rupee by over 50%. more..

Chances of fielding a mixed relay team evaporates

Jun 27 (Island) Junior athletes who have already suffered setbacks due to cancelation of meets and postponements of int'l competitions are set to encounter further trouble as a number of athletes who have reached qualifying standards for the upcoming World Junior Championships face the axe due to the current economic crisis. Sri Lanka Athletics has dropped two athletes including Sithum Jayasundara who took part in the last World Junior Championships when more..

Editorial: When Americans bear gifts

Jun 27 (Island) Ambassador Mahinda Samarasinghe has had an audience with US Prez Joe Biden in the Oval Office itself. They are reported to have discussed matters of bilateral interest, and the US has pledged to help SL. No sooner had the duo met than a high-level delegation representing the US Department of State and the US Dept of Treasury flew to Colombo. The members of the delegation include Robert Kaproth, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Asia, and Ambassador more..

බිලියන දෙකේ නිවාස වංචාව: ඇමති විමල් කියපු නිසයි...

An essential lesson in essentiality

Jun 27 (TM) Raving tentacles of writhing hopelessness, nourished by seething curses and boiling rage, undulating as they do, from the tributaries of languid bylanes, through to the torrents of main thoroughfares, and across the estuaries of filling stations and distributing centres, only to culminate in the rapacious maw of dispenser pumps and cylinders – this is what queues in SL, be they for fuel or gas, are. Like the American art rock band, Velvet Underground’s songwriter Lou Reed’s more..

Constitutional hell or high water?

Jun 27 (ST) This week’s ruling handed down by the Supreme Court of SL on the main Opposition SJB confoundingly optimistic 21st Amendment Bill seeking to wholesale consign the Executive Presidency to the dustbin was predictable, some would mutter even blindingly so. The SJB Bill sought to replace the Executive Presidential system with a parliamentary democracy sans a Referendum in terms of Article 83 of the Constitution. A firm judicial No transpired to that ambitious plea. more..

Fuel crisis: Black market operations thrive

Jun 27 (TM) Concerns about fuel scarcity and what the future may hold have seen many hoard petroleum products, giving rise to a lucrative black market, while sustaining adequate supply seems to remain out of govt’s grasp. Petroleum racket keeps growing even as the country's fuel stocks reached their lowest last week, forcing it to limit State sector operations, as the Govt was unable to bring down sufficient stocks on time. more..

World doesn’t owe us a living

Jun 27 (ST) The top-level Indian delegation that arrived in Lanka on Thursday on a quickie three-hour mission to meet Prez and PM, and to assess the ground situation, flew back to New Delhi by sundown, with the former’s appeal for aid and the latter’s shopping list for bare essentials tucked in their diplomatic bag. Both plea and list have now become the sole direful lyrics in the signature blues whined over and over in Lanka’s Beggar’s Opera. But how long before world’s ear turns deaf more..

Kangaroo Vs Lions; 140-yr sticks & stones rivalry reconciled with all-yellow bat...

Jun 27 (DM) Australian cricket authorities and players responded positively to a tour that was hanging in balance after political insecurity and the economic catastrophe that prevailed. Appreciating their gesture, spectators kept their blues in wardrobes and sported yellow on Friday; a well deserved accolade for sporting Kangaroos, ending a record five-match series victory for the Lions. The most luminous colour of the spectrum, Yellow captures our attention of happiness, more..

'Indo-Lanka relations: Sri Lanka political stability important to India'

Jun 27 (TM) Crisis-hit Sri Lanka needs to maintain good relations with India, while ensuring local political instability does not affect the neighbouring giant, former Sri Lanka High Commissioner to New Delhi and former Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando said last week. Sri Lanka can benefit from India’s influence with multilateral agencies and the West to help aid the country’s economic recovery efforts. more..

A just tax system

Jun 27 (DM) Govt revenue plummeted since Prez Rajapaksa came to power. This was driven by tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy, in a bid to increase investment and spur economic growth. Instead of vistas of prosperity and splendour, Prez Gotabaya brought the country to an economic standstill. His govt has failed the current, future and previous generations. To restart the economy, we need to earn the trust of our own citizens and of the international community. more..

Growing disillusion among young Lankans

Jun 27 (DM) Since 2020, there has been a growing trend of disillusionment among young people in our country. At the prez election of 2019 and the general election which followed, they came out in droves to help elect a new president who performed well during his term as a bureaucrat. To help him implement his plans, the young people at the 2020 general elections voted into power a brand new political party of which the president was a member. Eectorate even handed the new political party more..