Daily count of coronavirus cases moves to 746

The Health Ministry says that another 160 persons have tested positive for Covid-19, pushing the daily count of new cases detected to 746. The new cases confirmed within today includes 04 returnees from overseas. This brings the tally of coronavirus cases registered in the country thus far to 567,682 while over 11,000 infected patients are currently undergoing treatment across Sri Lanka.  Thank you

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Swedish Ambassador calls on Foreign Minister

The Swedish Ambassador concurrently accredited to Sri Lanka from New Delhi Klas Molin discussed matters of mutual interest during a meeting with Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris on Thursday 2 December 2021 at the Foreign Ministry. Minster Peiris conveyed Sri Lanka’s felicitations to Sweden on the election of the country’s first woman Prime Minister.  The two sides appreciated the evolution of Swedish – Sri Lanka relations over the years from development cooperation to a vibrant, multifaceted partnership encompassing trade, investment and tourism ties.  Referring to…

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HNB focused on remittances as an engine for development

26th November 2021: Underpinning the power of remittances to drive development and in support of Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s (CBSL) efforts to optimize 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 prizes of LKR 100,000 to the awardees. Speaking on the occasion, CBSL…

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The human remains of Diyawadanage Don Nandasiri Priyantha Kumara to be brought to Sri Lanka tomorrow

The human remains of   Diyawadanage Don Nandasiri Priyantha Kumara who was killed    by a mob in Sialkot area in Pakistan on 03 December 2021 will be despatched to Sri Lanka on 06 December 2021 through Sri Lankan Airlines at state cost. The human remains will be received by the next-of-kin at the BIA. The Foreign Ministry is coordinating the matter. The Sri Lanka High Commission in Islamabad has requested an investigation report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan regarding the death of  Diyawadanage…

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Kiriella suggests exam-free entry to Law College and Universities for MPs

Chief Opposition Whip Kandy District SJB MP Lakshman Kiriella requested the Government to allow Members of Parliament to enter the Law College and State Universities for higher studies without an exam. Participating in the third reading stage debate on Budget 2022, under the expenditure heads of the Ministry of Education on Thursday, Kiriella said that it must be granted as a parliamentary privilege after taking into consideration the service period of MPs in Parliament. He pointed out that previously parliamentarians were permitted to enter the Sri Lanka Law College without…

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13 key suspects remanded to police custody

At least 13 key suspects were remanded Sunday to police custody in a case relating to the lynching of a Sri Lankan factory manager in Sialkot, Pakistani media reported. As of Sunday morning, six more suspects were arrested as well, according to Pakistan’s The News. With the latest detentions, a total of 124 suspects have so far been arrested, which include 19 key suspects.  The police said that the 13 suspects in their custody will be presented before an Anti-terrorism Court in Gujranwala. According to the police, rescue services had…

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Decision to reopen Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery!

The Energy Ministry has decided to resume the operations at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery, following fifty (50) days of standstill amid the collapsing of crude oil importation, revealed the Subject Minister. The Minister added that the Refinery will be operational from December 07 in the event that a ship carrying crude oil arrived in the island on December 02. The Refinery, however, remained inactive for twenty two (22) days due to the importation of crude oil being halted. MIAP Thank you

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A REALIST READING OF THE POLITICAL MARKETPLACE – The Island

Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA [This article is dedicated to the memory of the late B. Sirisena Cooray, former General Secretary of the UNP.] The irony never fails to strike me when the Lankan liberals who fetishize the free-market above all in economics, are totally impervious to and imperiously ignore the signals of the political marketplace. If Dr Ravi Ranan-Eliya’s SLOTS tracker is accurate and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has lost a full third (33%) of his 2019 vote, then he is still slightly above the combined SJB+UNP vote of 2020, i.e., the…

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Tourism is an effective and sustainable remedy for foreign exchange shortage: Opposition Leader

In the wake of the massive shortage of foreign exchange in the country, tourism is one effective and sustainable remedy, emphasised Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa in a statement issued today (05). Pointing out that Sri Lanka is one destination out of over 250 competing others hence is of vital importance to be positioned in source markets, the Opposition Leader noted that the country needs to reach out to the primary, secondary and emerging markets aggressively to prevent itself from falling behind other destinations.…

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An era ends – The Island

by Prof. Savitri Goonesekere Coming to the University of Peradeniya is always a special experience. It brings back memories of carefree student days in a perfect environment for friendship and learning. Who can forget the glorious “yellow showers,” the winding Galaha Road, the lawn mowers on fresh grass, “sunset and evening star” and the flute music? The memory is also tinged with sadness, for the troubled times experienced on this beautiful campus, the changes in that familiar environment that have taken place, over threescore years and ten. The changes themselves…

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Sapugaskanda refinery to recommence operations on Tuesday

Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila says that operations at the Sapugaskanda oil refinery, which were temporarily suspended, will recommence on Tuesday (December 07). On November 15, it was announced that the refinery would be temporarily shut down for 50 days in order to save foreign exchange through the suspension of crude oil imports. The minister had said that the import of crude oil would be resumed as soon as the dollar deficit is overcome by obtaining credit facilities. He had explained that only 43 percent of the crude oil can…

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Former Minister Mervyn Silva sings about the situation of the present government

Former Minister Mervyn Silva has sung a song about the current government’s status.  “අහස පුපුරා බිමට වැටෙද්දෙන් – පොළොව පුපුරා ගිලාබහිද්දෙන් මුහුද වේලී වතුර සිදෙද්දෙන් – කාල බීලා ඉදිමු අපි” However, the former minister stated that what happened to the people was that ‘they did not think before jumping’. He emphasized that the Rajapaksas trampled on commissions then and are doing the same today. Thank you

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Countrywide power outage with CEB GM suspecting sabotage – The Island

Over 300 Sri Lankan tutors currently benefit from online tuition platform Significant advantage for tutors to work from home by choosing flexible hours while earning above market rates With more than 90% female tutors, Tutopiya edtech platform provides work-life balance and financial independence by empowering women Tutopiya, a Singapore-based edtech platform, recently announced the official launch of its tutor recruitment drive in Sri Lanka. This drive comes at a time when online tuition is necessary amidst the pandemic and social distancing measures across the globe. Tutopiya works with a network…

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Thundershowers expected in several provinces

The Department of Meteorology says showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Uva and Southern provinces during the evening or night.  Fairly heavy rainfall above 75mm can be expected at some places in Sabaragamuwa, Central, Uva and Southern provinces. Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in North-Western and North-Central provinces and in Vauniya district. Mainly fair weather will prevail elsewhere, it said. Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Uva and North-central provinces during the morning. General…

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Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena is a democratic speaker and we came to protect him

  Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando says that Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena is a very democratic speaker and that he intervened to protect the Speaker when Samagi Jana Balawega MP Manusha Nanayakkara came to the Speaker the day before yesterday. “There is nothing strange to say about what happened yesterday. Everything is recorded in these videos. I remind you that MP Manusha Nanayakkara came running to you during that incident. I was also watching that. So our duty is to protect you. Hon. Speaker, if he…

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Solving Tamil problem is the way out of economic crisis: Rasamanickam – The Island

by Prof. Savitri Goonesekere Coming to the University of Peradeniya is always a special experience. It brings back memories of carefree student days in a perfect environment for friendship and learning. Who can forget the glorious “yellow showers,” the winding Galaha Road, the lawn mowers on fresh grass, “sunset and evening star” and the flute music? The memory is also tinged with sadness, for the troubled times experienced on this beautiful campus, the changes in that familiar environment that have taken place, over threescore years and ten. The changes themselves…

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