Economic benefits of Basil’s India visit – The Island

By TENNEKONE RUSIRIPALA Events become more important and focused in the context of their after effects. Criticism leveled beforehand will only be conjecture yet to become realities. Diplomatic initiatives demonstrate how a small neighbor state can successfully move towards a pro-active bilateral relationship, interacting with other countries in the neighborhood OR even in the region, within the confines of available economic space. Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s move to initiate a dialogue with our Immediate neighbour India, is an extremely wise and timely move, in keeping with the important components of…

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President Rajapaksa highlights the importance of global action to curb deforestation and use of fossil fuels at the 5th Indian Ocean Conference

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa highlights the importance of global action to curb deforestation and use of fossil fuels at the 5th Indian Ocean Conference in Abu Dhabi President Gotabaya Rajapaksa undertook an official visit to the United Arab Emirates from 3 to 5 December 2021 to attend the 5th Indian Ocean Conference – IOC 2021 in Abu Dhabi. President Rajapaksa delivered the Inaugural Address as the Chair of the IOC -2021 at the opening ceremony on 4 December in Abu Dhabi. Addressing the conference, held under…

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President requests chairman and Board to continue in office, says BOI – The Island

The President has refused to accept the resignations of the chairman and Board of the BOI. The President has instead indicated that he wishes for them to continue in office, a BOI statement said. The statement: The Board of Investment wishes to announce that His Excellency the President has refused to accept the resignations of the Chairman and Board members of the Board of Investment who tendered in their resignations last week. In a letter addressed individually to the Chairman and respective Board members, by Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, Secretary to…

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Police to tow away vehicles parked on the pavements in Colombo

Sri Lanka Police has initiated an operation to tow away the vehicles parked on the pavements in the administrative districts of Colombo Municipal Council. The new operation kicked off today (December 08). Speaking to Ada Derana, the traffic police division noted that parking vehicles on the pavements is an offence under the provisions of the National Thoroughfares Act. The police said they would strictly enforce the law regarding the vehicles parked on the sidewalks for the sake of the convenience of pedestrians who commute daily in the city of Colombo.…

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No more power outages, Minister Gamini Lokuge guarantees (VIDEO)

No more power outages will occur in the country promised Subject Minister Gamini Lokuge speaking to the briefing held in the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Head Office today (08). Lokuge added that the Engineers’ Association and the Senior Engineers’ Association of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Association of Electricity Superintendents have agreed to take action to prevent further power outages. The government is paying attention to the professional demands of the electrical engineers, the Minister further noted. MIAP …

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Thehan, Chathurya bag open men’s doubles title  

106th Colombo Championship  Thehan Wijemanne and Chathurya Nilaweera won their third title of the 106th Colombo Championship 2021as they registered a convincing victory in the men’s open doubles final at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Tuesday. Wijemanne and Nilaweera beat Kaveesha Rathnayake and Rostom Ali 6-2, 6-2 yesterday to make it two consecutive doubles title victories. They were the winners of the Under 18 boys’ doubles title as well. Nilaweera and Wijemanne were also the winners of the Under 18 boys’ singles title and the men’s open singles title…

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Bank of Ceylon adjudged ‘Bank of the Year 2021 – Sri Lanka’

Bank of Ceylon, the premier financial services organization in Sri Lanka, was awarded the coveted title of ‘Bank of the Year 2021 – Sri Lanka’ by The Banker Magazine UK at an event held in London recently. The prestigious award is recognition of the bank’s contribution to uplifting the lives of all Sri Lankans while fulfilling its duty as the premier state bank. This award adds yet another title to the multi-award-winning bank that has been listed in the Top 1,000 Banks in the World…

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Expensive jokes

Wednesday 8th December, 2021 What the government has been doing in Parliament during the past few days is like smashing up pots in a desolate house, as a local saying goes. The SJB is boycotting the budget debate in protest against an alleged incident where one of its MPs, Manusha Nanayakkara, was roughed up by a government member on Friday. Denying the allegation, the SLPP has accused MP Nanayakkara of threatening the Speaker. Thus, the government and the Opposition have been trading accusations liberally much to the neglect of their…

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Wimal, Udaya and Vasudeva continue their opposition against the Yugadanavi agreement

Ministers Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila, and Vasudeva Nanayakkara have filed objections in the Supreme Court in support of the Yugadanavi fundamental rights petitions. Although these ministers represented the ruling party, they opposed the Yugadanavi agreement and stressed that it should be withdrawn immediately. When the fundamental rights petitions which were filed in the Supreme Court were heard, they were represented by private lawyers without the assistance of the Attorney General’s Department. These fundamental rights petitions have been filed challenging the agreement reached between the Government…

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SJB vows to move SC over House dispute

By Saman Indrajith The main Opposition SJB yesterday said it would move the Supreme Court seeking justice over an alleged attack on its MP Manusha Nanayakkara in the House on Friday if the Speaker delayed taking action against the attackers. Addressing the media at the Opposition Leader’s office in Colombo, Chief Opposition Whip and Kandy District SJB MP Lakshman Kiriella said the Speaker was controlled by the government. “We attended a special party leaders’ meeting on Monday and were shocked to observe that the Speaker did not even utter a…

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Daily COVID cases count at 748 today

The daily count of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka moved to 748 today (December 07) as 222 more people were tested positive for the virus, the Epidemiology Unit said. This brings the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the country to 569,171. As many as 543,111 recoveries and 14,505 deaths have been confirmed in Sri Lanka since the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 11,500 active cases in total are currently under medical care, official figures showed. Thank you

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