Women accounted for 56% of the voters but only 12 women MP’s out of 225.

Women must unite for their political rights – Dr. Fernandopulle Women must be united to win their political rights, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Chairperson of Women Parliamentarians Caucus in Parliament and State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and Covid Disease Control said yesterday. She said that women accounted for 52% of Sri Lanka’s population and 56% of the voters. The Minister said this at the launch of the Report on the Representation of Women in Political Parties by One Text Initiative and Political Parties for Democracy in Finland at Monarch…

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Interpol ‘Red Notices’ issued against over 130 Sri Lankan drug traffickers

Sri Lankan Police says that Red Notices have been obtained from Interpol against over 130 drug traffickers who have fled the country. Senior Police Media Spokesman, Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said that information has been uncovered regarding a number of drug traffickers operating their drug rackets in the country from Dubai. He stated that special investigations are being carried out pertaining to networks of drug racketeers and international drug traffickers. He said that in addition to the investigations being carried out to arrest the drug traffickers, separate probes are ongoing…

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Dollar to go up to Rs. 450 soon: Prof. Methsila Perera

The government has been carrying on Ill-advised projects including road construction projects in an attempt to gain political mileage By Dinesh Upendra  Senior Professor of the Business Studies Faculty of the North Western University Aminda Methsila Perera warned that the Dollar value would soon increase to Rs. 450 due to the government’s failure to contain the prevailing economic crisis and to find its cause.  He told the media yesterday that Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal who failed to propose an effective programme to overcome the challenge attributed…

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SL needs a new beginning: Cardinal

Sri Lanka needs a new beginning and a national conversion, Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said today. “We need a national conversion or a new begining. It is 74 years since we have received independence and one has to answer the question whether the path chosen by the Sri Lankans towards propspeirty is a real one,” the Cardinal said at a joint Anglican-Catholic service held at Christ the Living Saviour Cathedral in Colombo. “Today’s almost hopeless situation is a result of series of flawed choices made not…

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SL’s capital market’s spirited roadshow kicks off in the UK today

Around 60 fund managers and investors to attend a forum at London Stock Exchange Separate engagement with Lankan diaspora and UK businesses later in the week CBSL Governor and Director Economic Research to address today’s forum live via video conferencing Six companies and seven stockbroking firms among Lankan delegation along with heads of CSE and SEC The market has seen nearly Rs. 1 b in net inflows in recent weeks  By Nisthar Cassim  Sri Lanka’s capital market industry will kick off its spirited roadshow in the UK today to woo…

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Sky’s no limit to clinch billion dollar credit line

Sky’s nhttps://www.sundaytimes.lk/220327/columns/skys-no-limit-to-clinch-billion-dollar-credit-line-478009.htmlo limit to clinch billion dollar credit line# FROM INDIA WITH LOVE: Basil claims no strings attached to India’s billion dollar credit lifeline Returning as the conquering hero who has brought home the Golden Fleece, Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa tells reporters at the airport last Friday that thanks to India’s billion dollar credit line, the Lankan people can celebrate their New Year next month with the essential items freely available in the market. Does he expect three rounds of ‘hip-hip hoorays’ followed by a chorus of ‘Basil’s a jolly…

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Govt. to study TNA proposal for diaspora investment

The Tamil National Alliance’s proposal to establish a North-East Development Fund, to which the Tamil Diaspora could contribute directly, will need further hammering out, with Justice Minister Ali Sabry likely to discuss the technicalities. “It has to go through normal Sri Lankan channels, including banking, not anything outside of them,” Mr Sabry told the Sunday Times. “Even after the war, we gave certain incentives so there could be similar tax holidays and probably Government land on long-term lease if they invest there, for instance. It has been done in different parts…

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Nothing has changed for the people despite the All Party Conference

As Sri Lankans helplessly watch in alarm as the country slides from one crisis to another, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s summoning of the All Party Conference (APC) last week provided a glimmer of hope. However the APC turned out to be a damp squib and did not produce any outcome that could even marginally bring relief to the people in the short run. The absence of the two major Opposition formations, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) was badly felt as it deprived the APC of…

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Sri Lanka’s political conmen and the state moneybags

How does an All Party Conference (APC) comprising precisely of the same men whose actions have precipitated Sri Lanka into financial, social and regulatory collapse, help the country, one may ask? Arrogant and incompetent decision-making The APC’s first sitting this week prompted howls of rude laughter from the citizenry, no less. Grist for cruel social media mills and no more, the exercise illustrated heedless showmanship, the same games being played by the same conmen while the country burns – literally. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s apology to former Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe for…

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No plans to make Ranil PM or form unity Government: Rohitha Abeygunawardena

SLPP Govt. says it hasn’t ‘fallen enough to make a national Govt.’ The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP)-led Government said yesterday (28) that there are no plans to appoint former Prime Minister and current United National Party (UNP) Leader and Parliamentarian Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Premier or form a national unity Government. “Wickremesinghe represents one of the oldest parties in Sri Lanka but still could not get even one seat in the Parliament through votes. Why would we appoint him as the Prime Minister?” questioned Ports and Shipping Minister Rohitha…

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