SLC bribes journalists covering West Indies tour

Sri Lanka Cricket has given Rs. 500,000 each to four newspaper journalists who are covering the national’s team’s tour of West Indies.

The tour begins today (30) with a three-day practice match in Trinidad.

The journalists in question are from three Sinhala language newspaper and one English language newspaper.

What Thilanga has to say about allegations

Sri Lanka Cricket has on occasions said that it would fully support any investigation into match fixing allegations.

Galle international stadium is featured in a latest Al Jazeera television programme into alleged match-fixing.

The Australian cricket board has said that it has the fullest confidence in its players, while Pakistan’s cricket authorities say they are looking into the allegations contained in the TV programme.

Indian HC invites applications

the High Commission of India invites applications from eligible Sri Lankan students (excluding PIO, OCI Card holders & NRIs) seeking admission to Undergraduate Courses in MBBS, BDS, BE, B.Tech, B.Pharm & B.Arch under the Self Financing Scheme for the academic year 2018-19.

The candidates who wish to apply for MBBS/BDS courses should have obtained minimum of Marks at 50th percentile in NEET exams conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi in May 2018.  B.Arch aspirants are required to pass the aptitude test as prescribed by the Council of Architecture, New Delhi.

B’desh businessmen worried by Sri Lankan workers’ presence

Bangladesh’s annual loss due to the presence of mainly Sri Lankan and Indian workers in the country amounts to thousands of millions of dollars, say businessmen of that country.

Of that amount, nearly 5,000 million dollars are sent to India, mostly through executive level workers, they say.

Former president of the employers’ federation of Bangladesh Fazlul Haque was quoted by BBC Sinhala Service as saying that most of the foreigners were doing jobs in multinational and pharmaceutical companies and in the garment sector.

Despite dismal performance, SLC ups cricketers’ salaries!

Sri Lanka Cricket had taken a decision to increase the wages of cricketers by 34% for the financial year 2018-2019.

SLC had taken this decision based on the strong results achieved during the concluded financial year.

However, according to critics, cricket administrators’ salaries are increased only when their players display improvement.

Reduce state taxes to bring down fuel prices!

Claiming it as a measure to minimize losses, the CPC has raised fuel prices, but it continues to incur losses than before, reports say.

For instance, the CPC increased the price of a litre of 92 Octane petrol to Rs. 137, but it has to spend Rs. 150 for its production and distribution.

That means a loss of Rs. 13 per litre.

China asks for another island – Major issue!

The Chinese Company that took over the Hambantota Port has notified the Sri Lankan government that if Sri Lanka fails to hand over the special island located near the Hambantota Port to them, they would not pay the next instalment in the agreement, it is reported.

Accordingly, they have suspended payment of $500 million, until the island is given to them.

A shortage of school textbooks alleged

The Ceylon Teachers Union alleges a prevailing severe shortage of school textbooks.

According to its secretary Joseph Stalin, only 28,210,600 of the required 41,189,027 textbooks have been printed this year so far.

This has adversely affected both students and teachers.

Japan assists to enhance SL's counterterrorism capabilities & public security

The government of Japan provided equipment worth of Japanese Yen 102 million (approximately 149 million Sri Lankan Rupees) under the non-project grant aid for Economic and Social Development Programme to enhance the capacity of the Government of Sri Lanka in the area of counterterrorism and public security of the Airport.

The handing-over ceremony was held on 14th May 2018 at the Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayaka in the presence of Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lank - Mr. Kenichi Suganuma and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation - Nimal Siripala De Silva.

Rupee weakens against the dollar

During the recent past until May 11 the Sri Lankan rupee had depreciated by 3.2% against the American Dollar, according to the statement published by the Central Bank Economic Research Department.

This report indicates that in relation to the rupee depreciating against the dollar, the rupee has also depreciated against other foreign currencies. It indicated that with the rupee weakening the American dollar had further strengthened.

China approves USD 1 billion loan for Central Expressway

The Chinese government has approved a loan of USD one billion to Sri Lanka for the construction of the first phase of the Central Expressway.

“Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan met Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe today to break the good news of Chinese Government approving USD 1 billion for the phase I of the Central Expressway construction.”