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Ministry budgets cut by 5% ; Samurdhi could be delayed

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed the cabinet that fund allocations made via the budget for all ministries will have to be cut down by 5%, Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said.

Speaking at the Cabinet briefing held earlier today (10), he said that the Treasury is facing a severe depletion of funds, worse than earlier anticipated.

The minister also said that the payment of Samurdhi allowance is also likely to be delayed by a week or two.

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Public urged to inform of unauthorized power outages

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General Public and electricity consumers requested to inform the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) in writing of any unauthorized power outages imposed by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).

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Speaker endorses certificate on 2 Bills

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Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena endorsed the certificate recently (24) on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Bill and the Bureau of Rehabilitation Bill which were debated and passed in Parliament recently.

Accordingly, these bills come into force as the Bureau of Rehabilitation Act No. 2 of 2023 and the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act No. 3 of 2023.

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (26) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,826.

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