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JVP gives blunt no to joining any interim govt.

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JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake addressing the media yesterday

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday said that his party would turn down the invitation by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to form an all-party interim government.

Addressing the media at the party headquarters in Pelawatte, Dissanayake said that his party had decided to refuse accepting Cabinet Ministerial posts offered by the President.

“The solution for the current crisis is not joining with the President or the Prime Minister to form an interim, short-term, care-taker or an all-party government. To solve the current crisis President Gotabaya Rajapaksa must tender his resignation, first. Thereafter, we can introduce a system to manage this crisis. Then an election can be held,” he said.

Dissanayake said that people had the right understanding of those who had swindled public funds in the guise of governing and with such a loss the JVP would never stand in line. “There is a wave of public protests countrywide that came up spontaneously because people have realised that the time has come to send the corrupt lot home. They will no longer tolerate any form of government comprising the same bunch of thieves and swindlers. Today, the people go and surround the houses of those responsible for this crisis. We are ready to join them in their struggle and against the suppressive laws introduced by the government against public uprising.

“We do not think that the government can fool the people with its tricks again. Cabinet of Ministers resigned at midnight on Sunday and by Monday noon some of them had been reappointed. If the government thinks that they can fool the people with this kind of drama, they are mistaken and their moves are an insult to people’s awareness,” he said.



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Businesses can collapse due to electricity tariff increase next year– Patali

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Patali Champika Ranawaka

The Cabinet has approved increase in electricity tariffs in two stages in January and June 2023.

The disclosure was made on Tuesday (29) at a meeting of the Sub Committee on Identifying the Short & Medium-Term Programmes, related to Economic Stabilisation of the National Council.

The government increased power tariffs in August this year.

Parliament announced that although the electricity tariffs had been increased in the recent past, the CEB was still running at a loss.

The representatives of the government and private institutions related to the power sector were called before the Committee to obtain proposals for the purpose of solving the issues in the power sector.

In order to cover the current losses of the CEB, electricity tariffs had to be increased by about 70%, the statement issued by Parliament quoted CEB representatives as having said.

The statement quoted Chairman of the Committee, Patali Champika Ranawaka, as having said that if electricity tariffs were increased to cover CEB’s losses, businesses could collapse as a result.

It was also disclosed that the CEB currently owed nearly 650 billion rupees as outstanding debt to various parties including banks and electricity suppliers. The Electricity Board representative stated that out of the amount to be paid, nearly Rs. 35 billion were to be paid to the organisations that supplied renewable energy, and 75 billion rupees are to be paid to Thermal power suppliers. Thus, it expects to pay at least part of what it owes the suppliers from the 50-billion-rupee loan to be received. (SF)

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PMD claims President’s response misinterpreted

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe denied recent media reports stating that the Provincial Councils will be replaced with the District Development Committees.

Issuing a press release his media division said President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s response in Parliament on Tuesday has been misinterpreted.

Wickremesinghe’s media Division said that in response to a statement by former President Maithripala Sirisena, the President stated that the District Development Committees (DDCs) would be established within the Provincial Councils.

The DDCs would provide a platform for coordination between thegovernment, the Provincial Councils and the Local Government bodies for all executive decisions, the Media Division said.

“This will ensure the process is not duplicated and will reduce financial wastage. Apart from that, the president has not made any statement about the dissolution of provincial councils.”

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Kumudesh: Top bureaucrat demands service extension from Minister’s daughter to approve shady deal

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

A senior official of the Ministry of Health has asked the daughter of a Cabinet Minister to help him obtain a service extension in return for approving a controversial tender for medical supplies, President of the College of Medical Laboratory Science (CMLS) Ravi Kumudesh says.

Kumudesh told The Island yesterday that the Minister’s daughter was working for a company that supplied oxygen generators.

“The official told the Minister’s daughter that he would grant the tender to a company of his choice to ensure a comfortable retirement and if her company wanted to secure the contract he should be given an extension in service.”

Kumudesh said the money for the medical equipment was to be paid through the grants from the Global Fund. The World Bank is a major contributor to the Global Fund.

“Officials can grant these tenders to companies of their choice by changing criteria. They make small technical specifications to ensure that only one company qualifies. These officials are a law unto themselves.”

Health Ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.

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