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Ideal Motors supplies state-of-the-art Mahindra Powerol generators to two Nawaloka College of Higher Studies

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Janaka Kulathunge, Senior Manager (Ideal Motors –Powerol Product) and Vijay Dutta, Senior Manager - Mahindra Powerol (Asia&ANZ) hand over Mahindra Powerol generators to an official of Nawaloka Group’s Higher Education Institutions. Kasun Fernando, Head of Sales at Ideal Motors and Dinesh Manage, Regional Sales Manager at Ideal Motors also took part in the event.

Ideal Motors, a fully owned subsidiary of the Ideal Group specializing in Mahindra Vehicle Assembly and Mahindra Vehicles, and also as the importer and distributor of Mahindra spare parts, supplied two Mahindra Powerol generators to the education arm of Nawaloka Holdings, Nawaloka College of Higher Studies locations in Colombo and Kandy to meet their energy requirements.

Currently, Mahindra Powerol generators are available in 28 models, ranging from 5 KVA to 625 KVA and can be purchased at extremely attractive prices from the Ideal Motors branch network located islandwide While Powerol generators are equipped with the formidable Mahindra engine, the power production unit is through the world-renowned European technology of Leroy-Somer. In addition, Mahindra Powerol uses world-recognized brand of DPC (Digital Power Control) modules in its generators to provide better fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and reliable power output.

The Powerol generators launched into market are available in distinct categories. The convenient and bcompact, easy to handle 5 KVA single-phase portable generator set, the 10 KVA to 30 KVA single phase generator set, and the 10 KVA to 625 KVA three phase generator set. In 2017, Ideal Motors was awarded the sole distributorship for Mahindra Powerol diesel generators in the country. Since then, Mahindra Powerol has been a mainstay in catering to the power needs of both large and small-scale companies and to-date has earned an enviable reputation as a leader in Sri Lanka’s generator market.

Commenting on Mahindra Powerol gensets, Janaka Kulathunga, Senior Manager – Powerol Product,

Ideal Group stated, “Today, Mahindra Powerol has become Sri Lanka’s leader among the Indian generator category. We are extremely pleased to note that we have been able to achieve this unique victory within a short period of time due to our excellent after sales service. Furthermore, Mahindra Powerol is a proven well-known and respected international brand loved by consumers worldwide. Currently, Mahindra Powerol generators offers a portfolio of generators suited to various niches and supplies leading manufacturers, factories, hotels, banks and service stations in the country as the preferred choice among these institutions.”

He added, “Notably, the Mahindra diesel generators operate with low noise levels, offers higher fuel efficiency, and assures users of years of hassle-free operations, manufactured to ensure proven performance and reliability. Within a very short time, Mahindra Powerol generators has achieved nationwide popularity among customers. We believe the excellent customer and after sales service provided by Ideal Motors are among the reasons we have attracted a large customer base. We are committed to offering exceptional customer service. Our 15 Ideal First Choice workshops located islandwide, and according to the customer’s requirement, efficiently ensure superior service with greater convenience at affordable rates. Prioritizing the welfare of our customers at all times, saving their valuable time, we offer the added advantage of sourcing the required spare parts through Ideal Motors.”



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Pope Francis to evict Cardinal Raymond Burke from Vatican

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US Cardinal Raymond Burke has been a leader in the Catholic Church for decades (BBC)

Pope Francis is evicting US Cardinal Raymond Burke, an outspoken critic, from his Vatican apartment and revoking his salary.

Cardinal Burke is part of a group of American conservatives who have long opposed the Pope’s plans for reforming the Catholic Church.

A Vatican source told the BBC that Pope Francis has not yet carried out his intention to evict the 75-year-old and the decision is not meant as a personal punishment, the source added. Instead, it comes from the belief that a person should not enjoy cardinal privileges while criticising the head of the church.

Still, the move is “unprecedented in the Francis era”, Christopher White, a Vatican observer who writes for the National Catholic Reporter, told the BBC. “Typically, retired cardinals continue to reside in Rome after stepping down from their positions, often remaining active in papal liturgies and ceremonial duties,” he said. “Evicting someone from their Vatican apartment sets a new precedent.”

White warned that the decision could “provoke significant backlash” and deepen divides between the Vatican and the US church, where there is already “fragmentation”.

Cardinal Burke has yet to respond to the news and the BBC has reached out to his office for comment.

The Pope revealed his plan to act against the cardinal at a meeting with heads of Vatican offices last week. His frustration with US detractors who take a more traditional or conservative view on several issues appears to be coming to a boil.

Earlier this month, he fired Joseph Strickland, a conservative Texas bishop who had blasted his attempts to move the church to more liberal positions on abortion, transgender rights and same-sex marriage. The removal followed a church investigation into governance of the diocese.

A few months before, the Pope told members of the Jesuit religious order in Portugal that there was “a very strong, organised, reactionary attitude in the US church”, which he called “backward”, according to the Guardian.

Tensions with Cardinal Burke, who was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, have been simmering for nearly a decade, with the American prelate openly criticising Pope Francis over both social and liturgical issues.

“Cardinal Burke’s situation seems to stem from his gradual alienation from the Pope,” said  White. “It appears the Pope perceives Burke as fostering a cult of personality, centred around traditionalism or regressive ideals. This action seems aimed at limiting Burke’s influence by severing his ties to Rome.”

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Pope Francis waves to crowds while leaving St Peter’s Square (pic BBC)
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Most recently, the cardinal held a conference called The Synodal Babel in Rome on the eve of the Pope’s synod, or meeting of bishops, last month.

He also joined fellow conservatives in publishing a “declaration of truths” in 2019 that described the Catholic church as disoriented and confused under Pope Francis, saying that it had moved away from core teachings on divorce, contraception, homosexuality and gender. Notably, he disagreed with the Pope promoting Covid vaccines.

Within church politics, he and Pope Francis were at odds over the firing of the head of the Knights of Malta after the order’s charity branch was found to have distributed condoms in Myanmar.

The Pope, in turn, has demoted Cardinal Burke within the church hierarchy or moved him to posts with less influence over the years.

Michael Matt, a columnist for the right-wing Catholic newspaper The Remnant, wrote that the most recent action taken against Cardinal Burke showed that Pope Francis was “cancelling faithful prelates who offer hierarchical cover to pro-life, pro-family, pro-tradition hardliners”. He accused the Pope of putting critics into “forced isolation”.

(BBC)

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Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger dies aged 100

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Henry Kissinger at the State Department's 230th anniversary celebrations in 2019

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has died at the age 100.

He served as America’s top diplomat and national security adviser during the Nixon and Ford administrations.

In a statement, Kissinger Associates, a political consulting firm he founded, said the German-born former diplomat died at his home in Connecticut but did not give a cause of death.

During his decades long career, Mr Kissinger played a key, and sometimes controversial, role in US foreign and security policy.

Born in Germany in 1973, Kissinger first came to the US in 1938 when his family fled Nazi Germany. He became a US citizen in 1943 and went on to serve three years in the US Army and later in the Counter Intelligence Corps. After earning bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees, he taught international relations at Harvard.

In 1969, then-President Richard Nixon appointed him National Security Adviser, a position which gave him enormous influence over US foreign policy in two administrations.

(BBC)

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Rupees 1,500 million allocated for ‘Greater Kandy Urban Development Program’ – State Minister for Provincial Councils and Local Government

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State Minister for Provincial Council and Local Government  Janaka Wakkambura participating in a Press Briefing held at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC) on Wednesday (29) under the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’,  announced that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has allocated Rs. 1,500 million for the “Greater Kandy Urban Development Program” in this year’s budget and that part of the allocation would to be utilized to develop the approach roads to Kandy City.

He also announced that the President had allocated  Rs. 1,000 million to develop tourism by enhancing facilities through the involvement of local government bodies.

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