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Tharaka Balasuriya elected as Chair of Committee on Economic Stabilization

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State Minister Tharaka Balasuriya was unanimously elected as the Chair of the Committee on Economic Stabilization for the Fifth Session of the Ninth Parliament. The first meeting of the Committee on Economic Stabilization for the Fifth Session of the Ninth Parliament was held recently (01) in the Parliament.

State Minister – Kanaka Herath proposed the name of State Minister – Tharaka Balasuriya and MP C.B. Rathnayake seconded the proposal.

State Minister Tharaka Balasuriya held the Chairmanship of this Committee in the Fourth Session of the Ninth Parliament. Pointing out that the scope of the Committee on Economic Stabilization is the same as the scope of the Committee on Public Enterprises, the Chair emphasized that those scopes need to be changed. He also suggested that the scope of the committee should be expanded to cover all aspects of the economy.

However, since a final decision has not been taken regarding the change of those subjects, the Committee Chair pointed out that the members of the Committee and the relevant parties can discuss the changes further.

Accordingly, the committee decided to hold a special meeting in this regard in the future.

State Minister Kanaka Herath, Members of Parliament S.M Chandrasena, HMano Ganesan, C.B Rathnayake, Sivagnanam Shritharan, Hector Appuhami, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa and Akila Ellawala participated in this meeting.

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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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