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‘Channel eye’ leased out without transparency: Sajith

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Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa accused the government of selling off state television channels when the country is going through a financial crisis.

He said the government is ready to sell the majority of national resources and that as a part of this move, it is preparing to sell ‘Channel Eye’ owned by the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation.

“Now it has been leased out to the private sector without any procurement process and transparency,” the Opposition Leader said speaking at a ceremony held in Ampara yesterday (14).

He said that even if the government has financial issues, there should be a proper system to connect new investors to a state media institution when leasing them out.

“There is a game afoot to sell public resources as the government sees fit. At this rate, the government will eventually privatise government schools and hospitals as well,” he said.

“We should be united against the selling of valuable resources of the country. All these resources belong to the people and there should be a transparent procurement system to lease them out. We will not allow the privatization of the education or health sector,” Opposition Leader Premadasa said.

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Political parties urged to publish their National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes 

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A public appeal has been made to several mainstream political party leaders to  immediately publish their respective National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes for social discourse.

The request has been formally addressed to the political party leaders of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), the National People’s Power (NPP), United National Party (UNP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC).

The full context of the public appeal is as follows : 

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Govt. to provide free fertilizer to all paddy farmers

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Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries – Mahinda Amaraweera has said that the government has decided to provide MOP fertilizer free of charge to all the paddy farmers in Sri Lanka during the 2024/25 Maha season and 2025/26 Maha season.

Sri Lanka will thus receive 55,000 metric tons of MOP fertilizer as requested by the government from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera, expressed his views on this in a meeting held in Tissamaharama today (June 24).

(dailynews.lk)

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8 arrested over gang rape of teen, remanded

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Eight youths who were arrested in connection with the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in the Jalthara area of Hanwella, have been remanded until June 28.

The suspects were produced before the Homagama Acting Magistrate Padmasiri Jayawardena today (June 24).

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