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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The Tightrope Walk on Decentralised Finance and Cryptocurrencies – The Island

By Dr Laksiri Fernando The budget speech that the Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa delivered in Parliament on 12 November 2021 was fairly structured with the following sections. That is a positive. 1. Preface. 2. ‘Global Challenges.’ 3. Our Strengths. 4. The Challenges Before Us. 5. Policy Synopsis. 6. Development of the National Economy. 7. Revenue Proposals. 8. Macro-Economic Vision for Revival. 9. Conclusion. But its content was the question owing to boasting, half-truths, contradictions, and unachievable pronouncements. If the Opposition was serious about countering the wrong policies, weaknesses, errors,…

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Biden says US is working with pharma companies on Omicron contingency plans

(Reuters) – US President Joe Biden sought to reassure Americans on Monday that the United States was prepared to handle the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, pledging to accelerate development of vaccines to handle it if necessary. “This variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic,” Biden said in remarks at the White House following a meeting with his COVID-19 team. “Sooner or later we are going to see cases of this new variant here in the United States,” Biden said. The White House is working with vaccine…

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Sudden power outages in several areas of the island

Sudden power outages have occurred in several parts of the island, reportedly in Piliyandala, Mount Lavinia, Moratuwa, Athurugiriya and several parts of the Colombo District, and hence Badulla, Nuwara Eliya and Matale Districts. According to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the outages were due to the breakdown in the power transmission line from the Kotmale Power Plant to the Biyagama Power Plant. The outage was not a willful power cut at all, said Sulakshana Jayawardena, Media Director of the CEB. MIAP …

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‘Healthcare heroes’ felicitated at ‘Deepavali Upahara’ ceremony – The Island

‘The Bank is ideally positioned to take the lead in streamlining inflows to Sri Lanka’ Underpinning the power of remittances to drive development and in support of Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s (CBSL) efforts to optimise inward remittances to Sri Lanka, leading private sector bank HNB PLC, recognized and rewarded their top achieving customers, at a special ceremony at their premises. The event featured CBSL Governor, Ajith Nivard Cabraal as Chief Guest, and CBSL Assistant Governor, Dharmasiri Kumarathunga, who together with HNB MD/CEO, Jonathan Alles and senior officers, handed cash…

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Arjuna Ranatunga leaves UNP!

Former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has reportedly left his membership of the United National Party (UNP). Accordingly, the former Minister has informed the Party leader in written that he will be resigning from his party membership effective immediately, on the justification that he feels that there is no point in remaining in the UNP as it does not appear to implement a proper program to overcome the present and future challenges. Thank you

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Harpic continues its efforts to develop public sanitation facilities – The Island

‘The Bank is ideally positioned to take the lead in streamlining inflows to Sri Lanka’ Underpinning the power of remittances to drive development and in support of Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s (CBSL) efforts to optimise inward remittances to Sri Lanka, leading private sector bank HNB PLC, recognized and rewarded their top achieving customers, at a special ceremony at their premises. The event featured CBSL Governor, Ajith Nivard Cabraal as Chief Guest, and CBSL Assistant Governor, Dharmasiri Kumarathunga, who together with HNB MD/CEO, Jonathan Alles and senior officers, handed cash…

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Getamanne Dhammalankara Thero urges President to ‘screw’ democracy and proceed for a full militarisation

Chairperson of Hakmana Shasanarakshaka Authority Board Venerable Getamanne Dhammalankara Thero speaking to a ceremony organised by Mass Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma and Matara District Coordinator Chairman MP Nipuna Ranawaka urged President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to ‘screw’ democracy and hand over the country to the military for at least ten years, if he really loves the country. The Thera noted that the country has been destroyed along with its politics and added that the people are displeased with the Ministers and MPs. Over 6 million people out…

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ComBank partners with PayHere to offer Q+ users a unique eCommerce experience – The Island

‘The Bank is ideally positioned to take the lead in streamlining inflows to Sri Lanka’ Underpinning the power of remittances to drive development and in support of Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s (CBSL) efforts to optimise inward remittances to Sri Lanka, leading private sector bank HNB PLC, recognized and rewarded their top achieving customers, at a special ceremony at their premises. The event featured CBSL Governor, Ajith Nivard Cabraal as Chief Guest, and CBSL Assistant Governor, Dharmasiri Kumarathunga, who together with HNB MD/CEO, Jonathan Alles and senior officers, handed cash…

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Japan to bar foreign visitors as Omicron worries grow globally

(Reuters) – Japan, the world’s third-biggest economy, will close its borders to all foreigners, while Australia’s plans to re-open to skilled migrants were also in doubt as nations scrambled on Monday to rein in the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Markets regained some composure as investors await more details of the variant following a freefall last week after news of its emergence ignited fears that fresh curbs could upend a nascent economic revival from a two-year pandemic. Potentially more contagious than prior variants, Omicron, first identified in…

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PHI Chief urges travel restrictions during festive season

The country may have to face certain travel restrictions in the upcoming festive season in the event that the people’s level of adhering to health guidelines is very poor, said Chairman of the Public Health Inspectors’ Association of Sri Lanka Upul Rohana, speaking to media yesterday (28). “When Covid-19 patients increase, when the number of deaths indicates a significant rise, many institutes in the government and private sectors have taken the conduct of violating health guidelines as a normal thing. As of now in Sri…

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Sirisena, other SLFP MPs asked to leave Govt.

SLPP heavyweight says Govt. can do without them By Shamindra Ferdinando Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) heavyweight and Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has asked the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to leave the government as the SLPP could do without its support. Addressing the media on Saturday (27), Minister Ranatunga asked former President and SLFP leader Maithripala Sirisena, MP, and members of his parliamentary group to quit the government. Minister Ranatunga recalled how he urged the electorate in the run-up to the last parliamentary election in August 2020 not to vote…

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India, Sri Lanka, Maldives conduct joint exercise on maritime security

A two-day trilateral maritime drill conducted by the coast guards of India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives to bolster security in the Indian Ocean, enhance mutual operational capability and exercise interoperability between these three countries culminated in the Maldives on Sunday.  The 15th edition of the trilateral engagement termed “Dosti” is conducted biennially, and 2021 marks 30 years since these maritime drills were first introduced, the Indian High Commission said. However, it began primarily as a bilateral engagement, involving only Indian and Maldives Coast Guards. Sri Lanka joined in 2012…

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Condemning the brutal attack on journalist Vishwalingam Vishwachandran!

On the morning of November 28, 2021, journalist Vishwalingam Vishwachandran was subject to a brutal attack in Mullaitivu while engaging in media reporting. The barbaric attack was carried out with a palm stick wrapped in barbed wire while the victim was taking photographs of the Mullivaikkala name board. Eyewitnesses said that the attack was carried out by a group of army soldiers who were stationed at the scene. It is reported that journalist Vishwalingam Vishwachandran, who is also the treasurer of the Mullaitivu Media Club,…

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