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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Battling standardisation and Taylorism in education on the margins – The Island

How would a professional well respected at home feel in such a hostile environment? Material benefits alone without job satisfaction cannot make a professional happy and content. I know many of my medical colleagues working abroad are eagerly waiting to return home at the earliest opportunity, if the situation here is conducive. By Dr. Sarath Gamini De Silva (Motivational Speech Delivered at the Convocation of the Law Graduates of the University of Colombo on 19th December, 2021 at the BMICH.) I wholeheartedly congratulate the new graduates for completing your tertiary…

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WHO lists 10th Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use: Nuvaxovid

The World Health Organization issued an emergency use listing (EUL) for Nuvaxovid, following its assessment and approval by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) earlier today. The new vaccine was developed by Novavax and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and is the originator product for the Covovax vaccine that received WHO emergency use listing on 17 December. Both vaccines are made using the same technologies. They require two doses and are stable at 2 to 8 °C refrigerated temperatures. On December 17, WHO approved the emergency use of the…

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Rev. Fr. Cyril Gamini questions whether government’s concealing truth behind Easter Carnage due to alleged involvement (VIDEO)

Reverend Father Cyril Gamini speaking to the briefing held in the House of the Archbishop today (21) questioned whether the truth behind the Easter Sunday Carnage is still being concealed after 32 months of its happening due to the alleged involvement of the President and the current government. Pointing out that what can be seen is an act of covering the truth up, Fr. Gamini added that it would be a question as to why there are no attempts being made to uncover the truth,…

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The social responsibility of a professional – The Island

How would a professional well respected at home feel in such a hostile environment? Material benefits alone without job satisfaction cannot make a professional happy and content. I know many of my medical colleagues working abroad are eagerly waiting to return home at the earliest opportunity, if the situation here is conducive. By Dr. Sarath Gamini De Silva (Motivational Speech Delivered at the Convocation of the Law Graduates of the University of Colombo on 19th December, 2021 at the BMICH.) I wholeheartedly congratulate the new graduates for completing your tertiary…

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Dullas says Fuel Price Formula can be useful, admits he mocked Mangala’s original idea

The fuel price had to be increased in response to the prevailing foreign reserve crisis, said Cabinet Spokesman and Mass Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma, speaking to the briefing held today (21). The increase in fuel prices will have an impact of 03 per cent on the country’s inflation, the Minister added. An amount of US$350 – 400 million has to be spent every month on fuel imports leading to the rapid depletion of the country’s foreign reserves, Alahapperuma pointed out, adding that the need for…

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How to save Sri Lanka – The Island

UNP Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene on Friday said that the Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour programme of the government had inflicted catastrophic changes, including the consumer culture of people during the past two years. Now they buy a pod of beans at Rs 15, a carrot at Rs 25, and a single kos madula (jak fruit bulb) at Rs 10. No longer can they afford to purchase vegetables in 250gram quantities as they used to. It is the Vistas of Prosperity programme that introduced this change. They have simply been…

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ADB-funded health sector enhancement project taints by irregularities

Sri Lanka’s ongoing Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded Health Sector Enhancement Project (HSEP) progress has been slowed down by improper prioritisation of procurement, underutilisation of allocated funds and accountability issues, according to the Quarterly Progress Report submitted by the Health Ministry to the Finance Ministry. The outcome and the status of the US$ 60 million (Rs.12 billion) HSEP has been indicated in the Quarterly Progress Report for the Quarter – 1st of July to 30th September 2021. This amount comprising $37.5 million in concessionary loans, $12.5…

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Momentum with Dambulla but Jaffna remain favourites  – Lanka Premier League 2021 – Qualifier 2 – The Island

  by Roscoe Thattil Jaffna Kings have been the most consistent team throughout the LPL 2021but they found themselves wanting in the first qualifier when they were comprehensively beaten by the Galle Gladiators in Hamabantota. However, they will get a second chance to reach the final due to their consistency throughout the league phase as they meet Dambulla Giants in the second qualifier in Hambantota today(21). The Giants played their perfect game in the eliminator against the Colombo Stars on Sunday as their bowlers were impressive once again in restricting…

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