China’s digital currency: Next stop, Africa?

An e-wallet display at the e-CNY pilot Payment Experience Exhibition for the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, 21 October 2021 (Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) In April 2020, China was the first major economy to pilot a digital currency, the e-yuan or e-CNY. The e-CNY, which will eventually replace physical cash and is currently being tested in Chinese cities, is integrated with the Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP) system and data processing network run by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC). In offering citizens an alternative to decentralised cryptocurrencies such…

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‘Lost’ endemic lotus plant found after 50 years – The Island

By Ifham Nizam A rare endemic lotus plant species, widely thought to be extinct, has been discovered after 50 years in the Gulawita North Grama Niladhari Division, adjacent to the Nawalakanda forest in the Walallawita Divisional Secretariat Division in the Kalutara District. Scientifically known as Strobilanthes rhytisperma, the species was last reported in the Central Province in 1867 and in the Ranwala Forest Reserve, in the Kalutara District, in 1971, but no living specimens had been found since, said researcher Peshala Pasan Karunaratne. Karunaratne said the particular species had been…

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China’s digital currency: Next stop, Africa?

An e-wallet display at the e-CNY pilot Payment Experience Exhibition for the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, 21 October 2021 (Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) In April 2020, China was the first major economy to pilot a digital currency, the e-yuan or e-CNY. The e-CNY, which will eventually replace physical cash and is currently being tested in Chinese cities, is integrated with the Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP) system and data processing network run by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC). In offering citizens an alternative to decentralised cryptocurrencies such…

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Nano nitrogen and nano urea – The Island

The month of November 2021 marks the 100th Birth anniversary of an Educationist par Excellence, Sugunadasa Athukorale, one of Nalanda’s greatest Principals who guided Nalanda’s destiny for 13 long years, from 1969 to 1982. Nalanda was going through a difficult time during the early 1960s due to various internal issues such as disagreements among staff members and no Principal could manage the situation which had gone out of control and even the students were getting involved in the disturbances. The Education Ministry appointed young Gunapala Wickramaratne as the Principal of…

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Supporting staff member of Sri Lanka cricket team tests Covid-19 positive

A supporting staff member of the Sri Lanka national cricket team has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been quarantined, sources told Ada Derana. However, all Sri Lanka players have tested negative for coronavirus, the source said. The cricket team and members of the coaching staff and supporting staff had been subjected to PCR tests on their return to the country after participating in the recent ICC T20 World Cup.  Thank you more

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Court of Appeal allows Equal Ground, others to serve notice to Police, Ama Dissanayake over homophobic training

The Court of Appeal has granted permission to serve notice to Inspector General of Police C.D. Wickramaratne, Deputy Inspector General of Police of the Kandy range Chandana Alahakoon, and purported counsellor and trainer Ama Dissanayake, who conducted a training program for police officers of Kandy and Matale at the Kandy Police Auditorium, for allegedly violating the rights of and discriminating against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTIQ) community in Sri Lanka.  The petition was heard by a two-judge-bench comprising of Justice Sobhitha…

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Indian High Commissioner hands over Padma Shri to Dr. Vajira Chitrasena

In a ceremony held at the Temple Trees on 17 November, the High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay delivered to Dr. Vajira Chitrasena the ‘Padma Shri’, Award conferred upon her by the President of India for the year 2020. Prime Minister and Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Mahinda Rajapaksa, too, was present. On November 08, 2021, a ‘Padma Awards Investiture Ceremony’ was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi at which the President of India presented the Padma awards to the awardees for the year 2020…

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New chairman appointed to National Child Protection Authority

Senior Lecturer at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Udayakumara Amarasinghe, has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA). A Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Mr. Amarasinghe is along-serving member of the Board of Directors of the NCPA. He also serves as a member of the Board of Management of the National Authority for the Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses (NAPVCW). The previous Chairman of the NCPA Prof. Muditha Vidanapathirana had resigned from his position last month.  Thank you…

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Finance Ministry denies MP Ranawaka’s request to obtain copy of Kerawalapitiya Deal

The Finance Ministry has reportedly denied the request made by Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Patali Champika Ranawaka to obtain a copy of the agreement signed to hand over 40 per cent of the shares owned by the Yugadanavi Power Plant in Kerawalapitiya to a US-based company. Commenting on the Finance Ministry’s response, MP Ranawaka emphasised that this is a blatant violation of the people’s right-to-information. The officials at the Ministry have refused to provide a copy of the agreement in writing, the MP revealed.…

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Eastern Europe – theatre of a new Cold War – The Island

(from Venerable Nārada Mahāther’s THE BUDDHA AND HIS TEACHINGS) Who? Whence? Whither? Why? What? are some important problems that affect all humanity. 1) Who is man? is our first question. Let us proceed with what is self-evident and perceptible to all. Man possesses a body which is seen either by our senses or by means of apparatus. This material body consists of forces and qualities which are in a state of constant flux. Scientists find it difficult to define what matter is. Certain philosophers define “matter as that in which proceed the…

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Institutional and legal framework of several ministries revised

An Extraordinary Gazette notification has been issued by the President amending the institutional and legal framework of several ministries.  President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued the gazette, dated yesterday (Nov. 17), exercising the powers vested in him under Articles 44 (1), 45 (1) and 47 (1) (a) (b) respectively of the Constitution of Sri Lanka. Accordingly, the institutional and legal framework “Presidential Secretariat – National Priority Programme” has bee revised under this.  Ind addition to this, the institutional and legal framework of the State Ministry of National Security and Disaster Management…

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Justice Minister appoints committee to explore payment of traffic fines online

Justice Minister Mohamed Ali Sabry, on Tuesday, appointed a committee to explore the possibility of paying traffic fines online. The appointment was made during a discussion held at the Ministry to discuss how to iron out issues in issuing traffic fines. Minister of Sports Namal Rajapaksa and Minister of Law and Order Sarath Weerasekera too, were present at the meeting. During the meeting the Ministers and officials discussed the importance of coming up with a system where traffic fines could be paid on the spot. Digital technology must be made…

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Mano Ganesan tests positive for Covid-19

Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Mano Ganesan says he was tested positive for COVID-19 in a rapid antigen test. In a tweet posted this evening, the parliamentarian said he is currently under isolation and receiving treatment for the infection.   I have tested positive in a rapid antigen test. I am isolated & under treatment hope to recover soon. #manoganean #lka pic.twitter.com/986cZc1GRo — Mano Ganesan (@ManoGanesan) November 17, 2021 Thank you more

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There is no fuel shortage in the country. The problem is that everyone is trying to get a ’full tank’

Udaya Gammanpila, Minister of Energy says that there is no shortage of fuel in the country unless people are unnecessarily frustrated and queue up at fuel stations. There is no fuel shortage in the country. A gas station usually has enough oil for two days. When a person who usually comes to buy fuel for Rs.1000, asks for a full tank of fuel in one day, the stocks of fuel which is sufficient for 2 days will be sold out within a half of a…

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Milch cow racket throws Parliament into turmoil

By Saman Indrajith Rs 325.23 billion had been spent on importing milk and milk-related products during the Yahapalana government, Parliament was told yesterday. Responding to a question by SLPP MP Mohamed Muzammil, State Minister of Samurdhi, Household Economy, Micro Finance, Self-Employment and Business Development Shehan Semasinghe said that 488.48 million kilos of milk powder and milk-related products had been imported between 2015 to 2019. Minister Semasinghe said Sri Lanka had imported 86 million kilos of milk powder and milk-related products in 2015, 99 million kilos in 2016, 98 million kilos…

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