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Cricket can also be revived if country’s collapsed economy can be rebuilt

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe underscored his desire for a resurgence of cricket in the country, linking its revival to the broader economic recovery. 

He made these remarks in response to a journalist’s inquiry during a meeting with heads of media organizations at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon (14).

The President has further answered to journalists as follows :

Question : 1.4 billion has been allocated for the development of cricket in this year’s budget, but it has been banned so far. Do you have a plan to lift the ban on cricket?

Answer: The discussion with the International Cricket Council has been delegated to the Cabinet Sub-Committee appointed by the Cabinet regarding Cricket. Efforts are underway to negotiate and reinstate the suspended matches. The allocated 1.4 billion in this year’s budget is intended for the development of cricket skills among school children. While there are no issues in the Western Province, our focus is on fostering cricket development in other provinces. We aim to allocate funds in a similar manner until 2030 with the goal of attaining the top position in the world.

We won the World Cup in 1996 because of the program led by Mr. Gamini Dissanayake. During that time, I undertook initiatives for school cricket players, and Sir. Garfield Sobers came to Sri Lanka to assist us. If the fallen economy of this country can be rebuilt, cricket can also experience a revival.

(Excerpts : President’s Media Division)

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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