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SJB replies to NPP’s request on public debate

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The Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) leader Sajith Premadasa yesterday (23) has said he cannot join a debate with the National People’s Power (NPP) leader – Anura Kumara Dissanayake on the dates proposed by the NPP due to prior commitments.

Speaking at a public event in Weeraketiya, Mr. Premadasa has expressed his readiness not only for a debate between the two party leaders, but also for one between the economic committees of the two parties.

Previously, in a letter dated 22nd April, the NPP had said it was prepared for a debate between the two party leaders on either 07, 09, 13, or 14 May.

Replying, the SJB has said it had initially proposed a public debate between the Economic Councils of the two parties, to which the NPP has not responded in its latest letter.

Urging the NPP to confirm whether or not the debate between the Economic Councils of the two parties will take place, the SJB has further invited the NPP for a discussion on either on April 25th or 26th to finalise the dates for both public debates.

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India in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines

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India is in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines in the island nation.

The demand for graphite is steadily increasing, as it is the most common material used for anodes in lithium-ion and other batteries.

The Indian government had discussions with the government of Sri Lanka on acquiring graphite mines there, sources said.

(PTI)

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Karapitiya Hospital to be a National Hospital

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The Cabinet has approved the proposal to develop the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital as a National Hospital.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet briefing that took place today (May 23), Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardane said that this will be the third National Hospital in addition to the two National Hospitals in Colombo and Kandy.

The relevant Cabinet paper had been presented by Health Minister Ramesh Pathirana.

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36,900 power breakdowns due to inclement weather

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The Ceylon Electricity Board has reported over 36,900 breakdowns resulting in power interruptions to more than 300,000 consumers in the last 3 days due to inclement weather, says Power and Energy Minister – Kanchana Wijesekera.

Taking to X, the minister notes that additional service staff has been assigned to attend the breakdowns and the CEB management & service staff are working 24 hours to restore power to the affected consumers.

If consumers are unable to repot power interruptions through the CEB hotline 1987, they can use the SMS option to 1987 with BD and the electricity consumer number to follow, use the CEB Care app or through http://cebcare.ceb.lk, he adds.

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