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Problem lies within the CEB – Ravi

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Former Minister of Power & Energy – Ravi Karunanayake has anticipated a programme in the coming months to decrease electricity bills.

Speaking to media recently, he has said that taxes on renewable energy projects have been removed since the time he was functioning as the Power & Energy Minister.

However, he attributed the overstaffed Ceylon Electricity Board, leading to higher production costs, as the reason behind the high electricity tariffs.

“The problem lies within the CEB as they have yet failed to present a proper solution. The CEB has a staff over around 27,000. However, even they accept the fact that the staff requirement is only 10,000 – 15,000.  Because of that, electricity tariffs have increased unnecessarily due to the high production cost.The government is aware of this situation and is currently working to head the matter into a proper direction. So, I think in another two or three months, a program will be presented to reduce the electricity bill,” he said.

“The truth might be bitter. But it is only through that bitterness that a country can be led towards the correct path. We are working while accepting that challenge. It is not possible for a single person to change this situation… Everyone should join hands with the support of all parties… and the media should also contribute,” he added.

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Mahela and Namal Grace attend Ambani’s Wedding

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Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene and MP Namal Rajapaksa are among the invitees of Anant Ambani’s wedding

The wedding of Mukesh Ambani and Neeta Ambani’s youngest son, Anant Ambani, to Radhika Merchant has taken social media by storm, featuring some of the biggest celebrities and sporting personalities from around the globe.

Lavish wedding celebrations for the son of Asia’s richest man resumed on Saturday with a star-studded guest list including Hollywood celebrities, global business leaders, and two former British prime ministers.

Billionaire tycoon Mukesh Ambani’s youngest son Anant and fiancée Radhika Merchant, both 29, are tying the knot this weekend in Mumbai, India, following months of pre-marriage parties.

Saturday will see a blessing ceremony during which the world’s rich and famous will greet and pay their respects to the couple at a 16,000-capacity convention center owned by the Ambani family’s conglomerate.

This will be followed by a grand party where unconfirmed reports say pop stars Drake, Lana Del Rey, and Adele are likely to perform.

(dailymirror.lk)
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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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