What to do if you can’t submit your meter reading today as energy websites crash

Brits have struggled to submit meter readings today ahead of energy price increases coming into affect tomorrow, April 1. Websites of leading providers are struggling to cope with the onslaught of customers, with phone lines also having issues. As of April 1, millions of households will see their energy bills increase to £1,971 as the energy price cap rises. So today, Brits have rushed to submit meter readings – but found themselves unable to access their provider’s website. SSE, British Gas, E.ON and EDF are among the providers with website issues. Money…

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Sri Lanka Halts Stock Trading, Rupee Extends Drop Amid Protests

(Bloomberg) — Sri Lanka’s stock market halted trading on Friday and the rupee extended its loss after protests against surging living costs and daily power cuts amid dwindling foreign-exchange reserves. Equities trading was stopped after a 10% slide in the benchmark stock index. The rupee, which has become the world’s worst-performing currency this year, fell 1.5% by 12:55 p.m. in Colombo, taking its loss this year to more than 30% Read more: Inflation Protests Turn to Clashes at Sri Lanka President’s Home Sri Lanka Halts Stock Trading, Rupee Extends Drop…

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Sri Lanka president blames ‘extremist’ group for violence amid economic crisis

Sri Lankan President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office blamed an unidentified ‘extremist’ group for creating the violent situation during the protest near the Jubilee Post in Nugegoda, Colombo, the Colombo Page reported citing President’s media division’s press release. The mob armed with iron clubs, sickles and clubs marched towards the Sri Lankan President’s residence at Mirihana Pangiriwatta, to provoke the protesters and create a riot-like situation in the city, according to the statement. The statement further revealed the police has arrested several people who were involved in the protest and many of…

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MR visits GR’s residence in Mirihana after unrest

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa today visited President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s private residence in Mirihana where a public protest was held last night. Tense situation erupted last night after police used teargas and water cannons to disperse the massive crowd who were protesting near the private residence of President in Mirihana. Several vehicles were set on fire, while several people including security force members, journalists and civilians were injured during the unrest. Police arrested over 50 persons including journalists in connection with the incident. (Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya) MR…

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Dozens arrested in Sri Lanka amid protests over worsening economy

Police also imposed a brief curfew after clashing with protesters who tried to storm President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s house. Colombo, Sri Lanka – Police in Sri Lanka have lifted an overnight curfew in the country’s capital after arresting dozens of people and quelling unrest that saw large crowds attempt to storm President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s private residence amid anger over a worsening economic crisis. At least 54 people were detained in Colombo’s Mirihana district in the early hours of Friday, the police said, branding the protesters as “organised extremists” trying to “create anarchy in…

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