Connect with us

News

Special opportunity for prison inmates this new year

Published

on

The Prisons Department has prepared a special opportunity for the inmates to meet visitors during the three days in view of the 2023 Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Additional Prisons Commissioner General and Prisons spokesman Chandana Ekanayake said today.

He said the three-day opportunity has been granted as of today (13).

Relatives visiting the prisoners on these days will be given the opportunity to provide a food parcel equal to one person and sweets to the extent required by one person. All prison institutions have provided the necessary facilities for pick-up and delivery.

Moreover, new year rituals are to be performed for the prisoners and suspects in all the prisons. The Prisons Department has made arrangements to provide milk and rice to all the prisoners. Also, the oil anointing ceremony for the prisoners is also to be held ritually.

This programme is introduced to improve the mentality of the inmates. The Prisons Rehabilitation Department too has organized several New Year events, such as musical programs, distribution of sanitary materials as well as traditional games. It has also received the support of the subcommittees of the Prisoners Welfare Association.

(dailymirror.lk)

News

Man arrested over selling overpriced Vadai to tourist

Published

on

By

The Tourist Police in Moragolla has arrested a man over selling an overpriced Vadai and tea to a foreign  tourist in Kalutara.

Footage of the incident had sparked public ire after going viral online.

It has been revealed that the suspect is a 60 year old residing in Kalutara and is usually seen loitering near the eatery.

Police say that investigtations have revealed that he had duped foreigners visiting the eatery many times.

He is to be produced before the Kalutara Magistrate Court tomorrow (April 19).

It is also reported that officials of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) and the Moragolla Tourist police have also arrived at the eatery, and sternly advised the owner after questioning him.

Continue Reading

News

NPP’s 7-point statement on Easter attacks, presented to the Cardinal

Published

on

By

The National People’s Power (NPP) today (April 18) presented to Archbishop of Colombo – Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, their 7-point statement pledging to mete out justice to the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks.

The statement included key points such as implementing law against those responsible for the attacks so as to mete out justice to those who lost lives in the attacks and family members of the victims and to take action against those who were directly or indirectly involved in the attacks.

NPP members Professor Krishantha Abeysinghe, Attorney-at-Law Sunil Watagala, President’s Counsel Upul Kumarapperuma, Rohan Fernando and Aruna Shantha Nonis participated in the occasion.

Continue Reading

News

IMF ready to support Sri Lanka’s discussions with bondholders

Published

on

By

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) stands ready to support Sri Lanka’s discussions with international bondholders and will provide a formal assessment after the parties reach a tentative agreement-in-principle, an IMF spokesperson said on Thursday.

“We hope an agreement consistent with the parameters of the IMF-supported program and official creditors’ Comparability of Treatment requirements can be reached soon, ahead of completing the second review under the program,” the spokesperson said.

Sri Lanka said it failed to reach an agreement with bondholders to restructure about $12 billion debt earlier this week, raising concerns there could be a delay in the island nation receiving a third tranche of its $2.9 billion IMF program in June.

The government said one of the main stumbling blocks had been that the “baseline parameters” of the bondholders’ plan had not matched those embedded in its IMF program.

“We encourage both parties to continue their discussions swiftly,” the IMF statement added.

Sri Lanka will consult with the IMF to assess if the latest proposals discussed with bondholders were within the parameters of its bailout program.
The island nation defaulted on its foreign debt in May 2022 and kicked off negotiations with bilateral creditors several months later, eventually securing an agreement in principle with China, India and the Paris Club last November.

Sri Lanka plunged into its worst financial crisis since independence from the British in 1948 after its foreign exchange reserves fell to record lows in early 2022, leaving it unable to pay for essentials including fuel, cooking gas, and medicine.

(Reuters) 

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2023 Sri Lanka Mirror. All Rights Reserved