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Cabinet was not aware of the economic crisis – Sabry

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Foreign Minister Ali Sabry made a startling revelation on Friday (14) that the previous Cabinet was not fully aware of the dire situation that the economy was falling into

Speaking at the launch of the book ‘ Poverty to prosperity: A review of the Korean development model ‘ written by Milinda Rajapakshe, the Minister spoke about a number of topics including government responsibility for the prevailing economic crisis and Sri Lanka’s foreign policy.

Speaking at the event, the Minister said that the Government learned the hard way that the economy is the heart of the country, and if it fails, all else fails.

Pointing out that unfortunately, the Ministers of theprevious Cabinet were focusing on their specific areas, such as himself holding the portfolio of the Minister of Justice, Minister Sabry said that he was looking forward to new plans with regard to law reform, digitization, improved infrastructure and more recruitments in the sector, however, confessed that he was unaware of the country’s deep economic troubles.

Pointing out that if the country’s Cabinet’s economic literacy is a minimum, then the normal people should be worse in their case, the Minister said that without taxation, there is no future for the country.

“In 1981, 21% of our GDP was taxes. Today it has come down to 8.3%. So we can point fingers. Although we demanhd for free education, having taken free education, 6,500 of our doctors are now working for the NHS. How much taxes have they paid back to the country? We need to look at that. We’re only finding fault with the politicians. Yes, they are to be blamed. Including myself. Because they’re the leaders. They have failed this nation. But they’re not alone. Everybody also failed the nation,” he added.

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Arthur C. Clarke Centre announces satellite launch for next year

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The Arthur C. Clarke Centre has announced plans to launch a satellite next year. 

Professor Chandana Jayaratne, Director of the Astronomy and Space Science Unit at Colombo University’s Physics Department and Chairman of the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, emphasized the need for further infrastructure development to educate schoolchildren on satellite technology.

He made these remarks during a program focused on teaching students about satellite technology.

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Suspect in burglary of Sachithra Senanayake’s house arrested

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Police have apprehended a suspect involved in the burglary of former Sri Lankan cricketer Sachithra Senanayake’s house in the Kalalgoda area of Thalangama. 

The burglary occurred on the night of June 22, 2024.

The suspect, a 34-year-old resident of Thalangama, was identified through CCTV footage. 

Police recovered the stolen items, including a laptop, two tablet PCs, five expensive watches, four valuable bracelets, two rings, and Rs 10,000 in cash, from the suspect’s house. 

The motorcycle used in the theft has also been seized.

The suspect, who has a history of criminal activity and was recently released on bail after serving time for multiple burglaries in Kottawa, Thalangama, and Maharagama, will be produced before Homagama Court. 

Kottawa Police are conducting further investigations.

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MP Dylan Perera’s vehicle involved in highway accident

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MP Dylan Perera’s vehicle was involved in an accident near the Galanigama interchange on the Southern Expressway. 

The former minister was not injured, but another passenger in the car sustained injuries.

Kalutara-South Police and Highway Police are conducting further investigations into the incident.

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