Ambassador Prof. Janitha A. Liyanage presents copies of credentials to the Republic of Belarus

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Russia, Prof. Janitha A. Liyanage, concurrently accredited to the Republic of Belarus, presented copies of her Credentials to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Nikolai Borisevich on 07 December 2021. In the course of amicable conversation the sides discussed the prospects of strengthening relations between Sri Lanka and Belarus in the spheres of trade, tourism, education and others. The Sri Lankan community in Belarus is represented by more than 1 000 students mostly residing in Minsk, Grodno, Vitebsk and…

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Arushi to meet Dinara in the Under 14 final – The Island

Newstead Girls’ College player Arushi Thomas will meet Dinara de Silva of St. Bridget’s Convent, Colombo in the Under 14 girls’ singles final of the Tennis National Championship after they won their semi-finals at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Tuesday. The third seed Thomas beat Inuki Jayaweera 7-5, 6-1 in her semi-final, while second seed de Silva overcame a set defeat to beat Onali Samarawickrama in her match (2-6, 7-5, 10-8). On her way to the semi-final Thomas beat Annaya Norbet (Round of 32: 4-0, 4-0), Piumi Hansika…

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Police HQ urges public to inform suspicions of illegal assets

The Police Headquarters urged the public to immediately report any information related to assets suspicious of being acquired illegally or indicative of an extraordinary nature, following observations of illegal assets being acquired in various ways throughout the country. Such information can be reported via the 1917 hotline, the Police HQ said in a statement, revealing that the hotline operates 24/7. A new Investigative Unit has also been opened in this regard, namely the Illegal Assets and Property Investigation Division, functioning under the Deputy Inspector General…

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Men’s and women’s volleyball teams leave for Bangladesh

Sri Lanka national men’s and women’s volleyball teams left for Bangladesh yesterday to participate in the Central Asian Challenge Cup Volleyball Championship to be held from December 23 to 28 in Dhaka. While the women’s team is captained by Thilini Vasana, Lasidu Methmal skippers the men’s team. The men’s team will meet Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Maldives and Nepal in a round robin tournament before the top four teams clash to decide the first, second, third and fourth places. Women’s team: First row (from left) Thilini Vasana (Captain), Krishanthi Jayawardena (Manager), Kanchana…

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Official reserves will remain above USD 3 Bn by end of 2021

The measures being taken at present will ensure that by the end of 2021 official reserves will remain above US dollars 3 billion, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said today (December 22). Despite the headwinds of the economic impact of COVID-19 and challenges posed by adverse developments in the external sector, the Sri Lankan economy showed resilience throughout 2021, a statement issued by the CBSL noted. “Also, Sri Lanka successfully met its debt obligations by repaying foreign loans, including the payments of the International Sovereign Bonds.” Since the beginning…

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Submission to IMF may sack public servants: Akila Ellawala

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Ratnapura District MP Akila Ellawala said he is deeply saddened as a Ruling Party MP by the recent fuel price hike. The MP, nevertheless, commented that there is no other option but to increase the price of fuel. Despite the Opposition’s criticism that the fuel price has been soared to an unbearable level, Sri Lanka still has the lowest fuel prices in South Asia, he added. He added that many who suggest the submission to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)…

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Change in gas composition main cause of explosions

Presidential Committee contradicts Litro Chairman By Rathindra Kuruwita and Shamindra Ferdinando A simmering controversy over gas-related explosions has taken an unexpected turn with Prof. Shantha Walpolage, the Chairman of the Committee appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to probe the recent gas explosions, concluding that the change in the composition of gas was the primary reason for the recent gas-related explosions, They came to the conclusion following theoretical and on-site inspections, Prof. Walpolage said. “The composition of the gas had changed but cylinders, regulators, stoves and other equipment have not,” he noted.…

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President appoints new secretaries to two ministries

Two new ministerial secretaries have been appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the President’s Media Spokesman said. Mr. D.M.L.D. Bandaranayake has been appointed as the Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture. Meanwhile senior Sri Lanka administrative officer Mr. Anusha Palpita has been appointed as the Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media with effect from January 01, 2022.  Palpita had previously served as Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) as well as the Additional Secretary to Ministry of Home Affairs. He was appointed as the Secretary…

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Fuel prices in India still higher than ours: CBSL Chief

The fuel price had to be increased again due to the exchange crisis but efforts are being made to control the supply of fuel through the move, said the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Ajith Nivard Cabraal. Such a move the outflow of foreign exchange will be controlled to some extent, he noted. The CBSL Governor also added that subsidies cannot be provided for fuel due to the exchange crisis and point out that despite allegations that fuel prices have been soared…

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