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CEB trade union alliance accuses PUCSL of putting on a charade

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Ceylon Electricity Board United Trade Union Alliance convenor Ranjan Jayalal yesterday alleged that the CEB, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) and the Ministry of Power and Energy were working together to increase the electricity tariff by an unjust amount.Jayalal said that President Ranil Wickremesinghe is trying to implement his Regaining Sri Lanka agenda and is planning to sell 52 state agencies.

“Once these institutions are privatized, Sri Lanka will have no strategic autonomy. No government will have a say in the country’s economic policy,” he said.Jayalal said that the head of the PUCSL, Janaka Ratnayake, told the Committee on Public Enterprises that his main qualification to be chosen for this position was being a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) supporter.

“This is his main qualification, and you can understand where he comes from. He pretends that he is opposed to the proposed tariff hike. I will tell you what will happen in a few weeks. The PUCSL will allow a tariff hike and Ratnayake will say that the government was trying to sell a unit of electricity at Rs. 59 but he intervened and made the government only charge Rs. 49 per unit. They all meet in the night and then pretend to be enemies during the day. They are trying to divert people’s attention,” he said.

He said that the unions will not allow the government to increase tariffs as the CEB is making an operational profit. There are seven million electricity consumers, and they will take to the streets if tariffs are increased, Jayalal said.

“One of the biggest problems is the Minister, he has no idea what’s going on,” he said.Meanwhile, CEB Deputy General Manager Noel Priyantha said that the cost of production is 48.42 rupees per unit but the CEB sells at 29.14 rupees.

“So we have to increase. We have been making losses for some time. In 2021 the loss was 22 billion rupees and in 2022, the loss was 151 billion rupees. Things will be worse in 2023. There is a big economic loss in cutting power,” he said.



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123rd Birth anniversary of Dr S A Wickramasinghe commemorated

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The 123rd Birth anniversary of Dr S A Wickramasinghe, the founder of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka was commemorated in Matara today (13).

Dr Sugiswara Abeywardena Wickramasinghe co-founded the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) and was elected to the Ceylon State Council in 1931 and 1946. He founded the Communist Party of Sri Lanka in 1943 and represented the Akuressa Electorate in parliament from 1956 to 1977.

Members of Parliament Dullas Alahapperuma, Weerasumana Weerasinghe and members of  the Communist Party of Sri Lanka and family placed floral tributes at his monument in Matara.

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Social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity – President

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President Rani Wickremesinghe in his New Year Message stressed that social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity

The full text of the President’s message follows:

“The progression of nations, countries and the global community is propelled by the perpetual cycle of renewal, where innovative ideas are nurtured and novel creations come to fruition.

Embracing renewal in accordance with the traditional New Year, the calendar year, or the changing seasons, individuals across the globe find themselves revitalized, endowed with fresh opportunities for growth and advancement. Beneath the surface of these myriad renewals lies a fundamental truth; the paramount importance of social relationships and collective unity.

During the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, we engage in a profound renewal of self, centering our focus on nurturing bonds and fostering a sense of gregariousness. This emphasis on interpersonal bonds is the cornerstone of traditional New Year rituals observed across diverse cultures worldwide.

It is important to emphasize the significance of this pivotal point, particularly during the New Year festivities, as it serves as a poignant reminder of the essence of human connection and communal solidarity.

In the dawn of the New Year, social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity. With this understanding in mind, I extend my heartfelt wishes for a joyous and fulfilling Sinhala and Tamil New Year.”

 

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Sinhala and Tamil New Year auspicious times

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The Auspicious times for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year 2024 are as follows

13th April
02:41pm –  Punya Kalaya
09:05pm  – Dawn of the New Year
11:06pm –  Lighting of the Hearth

14th April 
00:06am – Starting work, Partaking of meals and transactions

15th April
10:17am – Anointing

17th April
06:52am – Leaving for work

18th April 
10:16am – Planting trees

 

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