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Jeewan reveals plans for Tariff reforms

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Minister of Water Supply and Estate Infrastructure Development – Jeevan Thondaman has stated that discussions are underway with regard to the formulation of a water tariff.

With the major domestic category comprising 75% and Samurdhi at 1.58%, the government aims to prioritize these sectors over industries, albeit without pressuring them, the minister said.

Addressing a media briefing at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC) yesterday (27), Minister Thondaman said discussions are still in progress, considering two parallel formulas – one focused on cost recovery and the other on cost reflection.

The final draft of the tariff formula is expected in December, with a commitment to avoiding unnecessary burden on the public.

 There is a possibility of an increased tariff rate for commercial institutions, with an emphasis on ensuring fair rates for charitable institutions, hospitals and schools.

To further deliberate on these crucial decisions, a meeting has been requested with Ministers Dilum Amunugama and Shehan Semasinghe. The outcome of these discussions will be communicated, leading to a vote on the proposed tariff.

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IGP arrives before Supreme Court

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Newly appointed IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon arrived today before the Supreme Court in connection with several Fundamental Rights petitions challenging the President’s decision to appoint him as the Acting IGP.

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Gunshots fired into air near tourist hotel in Wellawatta

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Two unidentified men on a motorcycle have fled after firing gunshots into the air in Wellawatta, the police reported.

The shooting took place in front of a tourist beach hotel located on Marine Drive in Wellawatte this morning (Feb.27).

According to the police media division, the suspects have used a T-56 assault rifle. Nine empty T-56 cartridge cases were found at the scene.

No fatalities were reported in the incident. Wellawatta Police has initiated an investigation to apprehend the gunman and the accomplice.

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Cabinet decision to suspend ‘Parate Executions’

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All Parate Executions have been suspended until Dec. 15, as per a Cabinet decision made today (26 Feb.).

The relevant proposal was furnished by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, following a request made by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, and Minister of Industries Ramesh Pathirana.

Accordingly, the relevant amendments are due to be presented before the Parliament soon.

State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya had informed Parliament last week that steps will be taken to suspend the powers of the ‘Parate execution’ law for a certain period for the purpose of protecting the small and medium-scale entrepreneurs (SMEs).

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