Litro introduces hotline to report LP gas cylinder issues

Litro Gas Lanka Ltd. has introduced a hotline – 1311 – for the general public to report any issues pertaining to domestic LP gas cylinders. Sri Lanka’s national LPG provider also published a set of instructions for its consumers to be followed when purchasing and using a gas cylinder. It also contains instructions to be followed when connecting the regulator to a full gas cylinder and lighting a non-automatic gas cooker. A set of instructions were included to educate the consumers about what should be done in case of an…

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Ambassador Unambuwe presents Credentials to President Pendarovski of the Republic of North Macedonia

Ambassador Unambuwe presents Credentials to President Pendarovski of the Republic of North Macedonia Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Germany Manori Unambuwe presented Letters of Credence to the President of the Republic of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski, accrediting her as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to North Macedonia on 24 November 2021 at a ceremony held at the Office of the President in Skopje. Delivering the traditional credential address, Ambassador Unambuwe conveyed the greetings and best wishes from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to the…

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Arjuna quits UNP

World Cup winning captain and former minister Arjuna Ranatunga yesterday quit the UNP over its failure to get its act together Ranatunga has communicated his decision to leave the UNP to the Leader, Secretary, Deputy Leader, and the Assistant Leader of the UNP. Ranatunga said, in a letter to the UNP leadership, that he decided to join the United National Front ahead of the 2015 presidential election to make a change for the common good. He has said as the first step towards that objective he contested the 2015 general…

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X-press Pearl Sinking Ship – Sinking Nation: Ship owners influence the date of hearing. Can we become another Uganda?

SUPREME COURT CASE SCFRA 184/2021 GETS POSTPONED AGAIN NEW DATE FOR HEARING TOMORROW 1/12/2021 HAVE WE LOST OUR COUNTRY? – IS THIS NOT A VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF SRI LANKANS Should these cases not be heard in international courts 1. The Supreme case SCFRA-184/2021 was put forward understanding the immediate, the short term and long term effects of the burning of x-Press Pearl with its containers full of nitric acid, hazardous chemicals, oil and plastic pellets2. The short term effects lead to the death…

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Quarter-finals from today  – The Island

Hayleys Group Recreation Club (HGRC) led by Avishka Fernando were crowned as the “League” winners of the 28th Singer-MCA Premier League which came to conclusion with a glittering awards presentation held at the MCA Legends New Wing on Thursday. Though the tournament had a pre-mature ending, Hayleys by virtue of being unbeaten led the table of points at the point when the tournament was stopped. The MCA Tournament Committee with the consent of the rest of the three teams, decided to award the league title to Hayleys. Hayleys, playing only…

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“Dark future looming as foreign reserve drop to USD 1.5Bn, lowest in history” Eran

The opposition alleged in Parliament that foreign reserves have dropped to US 1.5 billion dollars which included the gold reserves of US 300 million dollars. The Govt. did not refute the opposition claim that the available cash reserve was only USD 1.5 billion less than one month’s import payment, lowest in history. He told a news conference at the Leader of the Opposition’s office in Colombo that as a result, essential food items and fuel shortages would follow and the country could face power cuts…

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State Minister Ranasinghe assures farmers using organic fertiliser compensation in event of losses – The Island

Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has requested the Secretary to the Ministry to submit an evaluation report on the distribution of medical equipment and human resources among government hospitals, Parliament sources said yesterday. There was an excess of doctors in some hospitals and there was a shortage of doctors in some rural hospitals, the Minister said at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Health. The government was taking over the Base Hospitals to improve the quality of health care, the Minister said, adding that the takeover of subjects under the Provincial Councils…

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Advisory issued for low-pressure area intensifying into cyclonic storm

A low-pressure area has formed and lays over southern parts of Thailand and the areas in its vicinity, says the Department of Meteorology. It is likely to concentrate into a depression by 02 December over southeast and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal. During the subsequent 24 hours, it will intensify into a cyclonic storm. The system is likely to move northwestwards while further intensifying and reach north Andra Pradesh Odisha coast around 04 December. The Meteorology Department advised the naval and fishing communities not to venture into the deep sea…

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Shanil Fernando appointed as Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Sri Lanka

Renowned international business figure and lawyer Shanil Fernando has been appointed as the National Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, Hemakumara Gunasekara has been appointed as the Secretary General. These persons were elected to the relevant posts at the ICC Sri Lanka at the Annual General Meeting held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall on November 24. Following World War I, the ICC was established in Paris in 1919 by international business figures from around the globe to facilitate…

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Getting it right on human rights – The Island

SLIIT controversy in the context of establishing private sector higher education institutions in Sri Lanka By Prof Susirith Mendis(susmend2610@gmail.com) Having been a regular contributor to ‘The Island’, I have ventured again into expressing my opinion in public spaces after an extended period of silence, as I felt compelled to, after I read the excellently argued piece by Prof R.P. Gunawardane titled ‘SLIIT should remain non-state and non-profit institution’ in The Island of November 23. Prof. Gunawardane explains why Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) should remain non-state and non-profit.…

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China denies Ugandan airport takeover rumours

(AFP) – China has denied reports it could take control of Uganda’s international airport should the government in Kampala default on a $200 million loan from Beijing. “The malicious allegation… has no factual basis and is ill-intended to distort the good relations that China enjoys with developing countries including Uganda,” a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Kampala said late Sunday. The denial followed reports in the Daily Monitor newspaper last week that Uganda could surrender Entebbe International Airport should it default on a 2015 loan from Beijing to expand…

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Business confidence trends down amid uncertainty

Sri Lanka business sentiment trends down in the wake of lingering concerns among corporate, a comprehensive survey revealed. The trade deficit narrowed in September on the back of exports recording earnings in excess of a billion dollars for the fourth consecutive month this year. According to the Central Bank (CBSL), this alongside import expenditure remaining largely the same as in September 2020 has resulted in the deficit contracting to US$ 495 million during the month. However, the cumulative deficit in the first nine months of…

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‘Rekindle Happiness with New Experiences’ this Season with Nations Trust Bank American Express – The Island

Committed towards uplifting workforce and enhancing organizational culture Maliban Biscuits, one of Sri Lanka’s most trusted and respected consumer brands, was recently bestowed the “Great Place to Work” certification resulting from the organization’s sheer commitment and dedication towards the wellbeing of its employees. Inspired by goodness, this recognition evidently showcases Maliban’s continued efforts to improve employee satisfaction and enhance its work culture, spanning across decades of operations. Standing as a testament to the company’s continuous strive to treat all internal stakeholders as a priority, Maliban successfully met the global assessment…

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If the SLFP does not agree with the govt. manifesto’s vision of prosperity, they should leave the government

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) says that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is shamelessly criticizing the government from within the government where it is having difficulty in implementing its policies and that if it does not agree with the manifesto’s vision of prosperity, it should leave the government. “There are going to be some issues with what we do as a government, for example, the fertilizer issue. If this was successful, President Sirisena would be the first to come out and say, ‘I started…

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Forex crisis will lead to power cuts, warns Ranil

Udaya pooh-poohs warning By Saman indrajith UNP leader and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told Parliament that the country would face power cuts soon if the government did not resolve the foreign exchange crisis urgently. Participating in the third reading debate on Budget 2022, the UNP leader said the forex issue could result in Sri Lanka running out of money to import fuel. Wickremesinghe called on the government to make a statement on the current situation. The UNP leader pointed out that Sri Lanka had only Rs. 1.5 billion…

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SLPP general secretary’s stern message to govt’s allied parties

The General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Sagara Kariyawasam says that any allied party of the government which cannot work as an alliance and according to the President’s policy statement, should leave the ruling alliance. Speaking at a media briefing held today (29), he said that criticizing the government when there is any issue with a policy decision is unacceptable. He said that what the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is doing at this moment is akin to ‘fishing in shallow water’. The SLPP parliamentarian further charged…

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High Commissioner Moragoda meets India’s Deputy National Security Advisor Shri Pankaj Saran

Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Milinda Moragoda met with the Deputy National Security Advisor of India Shri Pankaj Saran, on 27 November  2021 at the National Security Council office in New Delhi. Deputy National Security Advisor Saran cordially welcomed High Commissioner Moragoda and had an extensive discussion with him. The discussion between the Deputy National Security Advisor of India and the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka focused on a range of issues pertaining to mutual strategic interests, including those that are related to economic…

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