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Won’t be able to offer SriLankan to investors even for free – Minister

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Ports, Shipping, and Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday (26) spoke firmly on the national carrier – SriLankan Airlines, stating that the airline’s disruptive employees and tarnished reputation would deter potential buyers in the privatisation process.

Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, he said  “We cannot run an airline with disruptive employees. This is a critical moment for SriLankan Airlines. We cannot afford to entertain employees who fail to handle situations under pressure.”

“The deadline for the Expressions of Interest (EOIs) is set for 5 March and in the present scenario, according to the information I received some of the bidders want to withdraw. With the negative reputation plaguing the airline, we will not be in a position to offer it free-of-charge even,” the minister claimed.

However, SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage’s views had contrasted starkly with that of Minister de Silva.

The discussion saw a disagreement regarding ground handling. Minister De Silva advocated for immediate privatization of the service, citing shortcomings. Chairman Pathirage, while acknowledging areas for improvement, argued that the lack of aircraft, not ground handling, was the primary issue. He blamed lengthy government procurement procedures for hindering fleet acquisition.

De Silva justified his push for privatization by citing the airline’s struggles and reports of potential bidders withdrawing their interest. While not inherently opposed to privatization, Pathirage emphasized the ongoing process and the lack of control the airline has in the decision.

Meanwhile, trade union representatives commended Pathirage for his leadership whilst blaming political interventions and its past management. 

“We all undoubtedly praise the Chairman for his leadership and unwavering commitment to operate this airline amidst all odds. Neither the employees nor the current management of the SriLankan Airlines are responsible for the cancellations and bad reputation, but the political intervention,” they stated.

They also slammed the former COPE Chairmen and MPs Dr. Harsha de Silva and Dr. Charitha Herath for disrupting the lease procedure of the airline when the aircraft were at a lower price. “They are responsible for all the operational delays the airline is facing at present,” they claimed.

(Excerpts : DailyFT)

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Imported milk powder prices slashed

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The price of imported milk powder will be reduced with effect from tomorrow (April 25), the Milk Powder Importers’ Association states.

Accordingly, the price of a 01 kg pack will drop by Rs. 250 – Rs. 300 while the price of 400g pack will be slashed by Rs. 100ත් – Rs. 130.

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CBSL names 8 more companies conducting prohibited schemes

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The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has named 08 more entities that conduct and/or have conducted prohibited schemes.

“Participating in Pyramid Schemes is a Punishable Offence” Central Bank said in a notice to general public.

The named entities are :
1. Beecoin App/Sunbird Foundation
2. Fast Win (Pvt) Ltd
3. Fruugo Oline App/ Fruugo Oline (Pvt) Ltd
4. Genesis Business School/ Era Miracle (Pvt) Ltd
5. Isimaga International (Pvt) Ltd 
6. Ledger Block 
7. Qnet/Questnet 
8. Ride to Three Freedom (Pvt) Ltd

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6 RfQs received to acquire SriLankan shares

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Sri Lanka’s State-Owned Enterprise Restructuring Unit (SOERU) announces that 06 Request For Qualifications (RfQ) were received for the acquisition of shares of SriLankan Airlines.
These RfQs were received from :

  1. 1. AirAsia Consulting Sdn. Bhd.
  2. 2. Dharshaan Elite Investment Holding (Pvt) Ltd
  3. 3. FITS Aviation (Private) Limited
  4. 4. Sherisha Technologies Private Limited
  5. 5. Treasure Republic Guardians Limited
  6. 6. Hayleys PLC

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