By Shamindra Ferdinando Opposition MP Harshana Rajakaruna yesterday (25) said those who had defeated the no-confidence motion (NCM) against Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella should peruse the latest State audit report on the Health Ministry. The Gampaha District SJB MP said the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) at a recent meeting chaired by State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna had strongly [...
By Udari Abeyasinghe One of the principles of free education is to provide opportunities in higher education. In 2020, then-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa issued directives to the University Grants Commission (UGC) to increase university admissions by an additional 12,000 students, in line with his election manifesto. Subsequently, student enrollments were increased with inadequate resources allocat...
Sri Lanka has called for reform in multilateral institutions like the UN, particularly the expansion of the Security Council’s composition. President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday which reflected on the theme of “Rebuilding trust and reigniting solidarity” and its relevance to Sri Lanka’s recent challenges. He mentioned how Sri...
Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday (September 21) which reflected on the theme of “Rebuilding trust and reigniting solidarity” and its relevance to Sri Lanka’s recent challenges.The post Sri Lanka President address at the UNGA highlighting Sri Lanka’s journey to rebuild trust and global solidarity appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri L...
President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday (21) on the theme “Rebuilding trust and reigniting solidarity” and its relevance to Sri Lanka’s recent challenges. He mentioned how Sri Lanka faced significant social, economic and political challenges in the past year, including threats to democratic traditions but has managed to […]
President Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking at the Climate Ambition Summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday (20), affirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to the Secretary General’s accelerated climate agenda. He highlighted the importance of tangible climate actions and commended the delegates for their valuable suggestions. President Wickremesinghe drew attention to the significant e...
President Ranil Wickremesinghe met USAID Administrator, Samantha Power, on the sidelines of the UNGA, in New York, on Tuesday (19). During the discussions the President expressed his appreciation for the support extended by USAID to Sri Lanka during the financialcrisis. The President
President Ranil Wickremesinghe met USAID Administrator, Samantha Power, on the side-lines of the UNGA in New York. During the discussions the President expressed his appreciation for the support extended by USAID to Sri Lanka during the financialcrisis and presented a short briefing
Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe met with USAID Administrator, Samantha Power yesterday (September 19), on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.The post USAID will continue to support Sri Lanka’s recovery – Samantha Power assures appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
Bangladesh did not expect Sri Lanka to pay back the loan so fast, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said. Hasina informed President Wickremesinghe that she was pleased with Sri Lanka’s speedy recovery from the financialcrisis. Meanwhile, Wickremesinghe apologized to Hasina for not being able
Recognises Bank for highest number of transactions in country’s trade and supply chain finance domain between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023 The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has once again been declared the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) ‘Leading Partner Bank’ in Sri Lanka for trade and finance transactions, in a significant reaffirmation of the […]
“Our focus is on achieving 70% renewable energy by 2023. This includes 25% from solar panels, 15% from wind power, and 10% from natural gas. However, transitioning the energy mix is a gradual process, requiring meticulous planning and execution. We aim to reach 60% renewable energy by 2026 and eliminate fossil fuel-based electricity generation by […]
The Chinese spy ship ‘Shi Yan 6’ has entered the Malacca strait, bound for Colombo, amid confusion over whether Sri Lanka has granted access for the spy vessel to dock at Colombo. According to reports last month, the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry has granted Shi Yan 6 access to dock at Colombo port. However, the Sri Lankan […]
Talks between Sri Lanka and its international bondholders will seek common ground on how much of a hit should be incurred by domestic banks and holders of debt of the country's state-owned enterprises (SOEs), two sources with direct knowledge said.The post Sri Lanka bondholders talks focus on state enterprise debt, domestic banks – sources appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breakin...
The first review of the International Monetary Fund’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Sri Lanka is slated to commence today (September 14).The post First review of IMF’s Extended Fund Facility for Sri Lanka to commence today appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
Sri Lanka has accepted offers to exchange about $10 billion worth of defaulted local debt for new bonds, the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday, taking it a step towards meeting debt restructuring requirements ahead of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) review.The post Sri Lanka announces $10 billion local bond swap deal ahead of IMF visit appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News...
The European Union (EU) has called for concrete actions by Sri Lanka while taking note of plans for reconciliation mechanisms. In a statement delivered at the 54th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, the EU reaffirmed its commitment to Human Rights, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka. “While the EU recognizes the challenges Sri […]
Muttiah Muralitharan believes Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is to be blamed for this fiasco due to the high ticket prices set by the board, who is the official host for the continental tournament.The post Muttiah Muralitharan criticizes Pakistan Cricket Board’s costly tickets for Asia Cup 2023 appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
The government yesterday (01) increased fuel prices again and announced the cancellation of the QR code system that was in place to restrict fuel supply in the retail market. The QR code system was meant to drastically drop fuel consumption due to the financialcrisis that throttled the economy
Sri Lanka's key inflation rate eased to 4% in August from 6.3% a month ago, the statistics department said on Thursday, marking continued stabilisation for the crisis-ridden economy.The post Sri Lanka’s key inflation rate eases to 4% in August appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
Beijing [China], August 19 (ANI): Raising concerns regarding the financialcrisis triggered by the downturn in China’s real estate market, Chinese investment firm Zhongrong Trust , which managed USD 87 billion worth of funds for corporate clients and wealthy individuals as of the end of 2022
by Laura He China has long been the engine of global growth. But in recent weeks, its economic slowdown has alarmed international leaders and investors who are no longer counting on it to be a bulwark against weakness elsewhere. In fact, for the first time in decades, the world’s second economy is itself the problem. Hong Kong’s Hang […]
H.J.M Seneviratne, 63, slices through yellowed paddy stems dried out by a drought that has destroyed over 95% of his crop and is threatening crisis-hit Sri Lanka's summer rice harvest.The post Drought dents Sri Lanka’s economic hopes, farmers’ livelihood appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.
Stating that multiple challenges confront the G20 grouping, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that India adopted an unconventional approach to its Presidency, making it much more connected with people. A major highlight of the second day of the Think20 (T20) Summit in Mysuru on Tuesday was a virtual address by Jaishankar, followed by a […]
Bio Foods (Pvt.) Ltd., a pioneer in export agriculture in Sri Lanka, proudly commemorates its 30th anniversary as a leader of organic and fair-trade agriculture on a global scale. Established in 1993 by visionary founder and Chairman, Dr. A. Sarath Ranaweera, Bio Foods has emerged as an exemplary model for sustainable and ethical farming practices. […]
Herath asks whether govt. wants to pave the way for new player By Shamindra Ferdinando The Cabinet-approved national energy policy related to the development of natural gas infrastructure has been suspended by the government following representations made by Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera. Dissident SLPP MP Prof. Charitha Herath on Tuesday (22) said that […]
Sri Lanka’s consumer inflation rate more than halved to 4.6% year-on-year in July, helped by falling food prices, the statistics department said on Monday.The post Sri Lanka’s July consumer inflation more than halves to 4.6% appeared first on ONLANKA - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Top Stories.