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Harin hopeful ICC’s suspension on SLC will be lifted

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Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC’s) suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) will be lifted before February 15, Sports Minister Harin Fernando said.

The Minister expressed his confidence that the ICC suspension will be lifted following a fruitful discussion with the ICC CEO Geoff Allardice, who also met President Ranil Wickremesinghe during his visit to Sri Lanka.  

The Minister made these observations during a media briefing held at the Tourism Ministry in Colombo.  

Minister Fernando said that the ICC delegation was quite satisfied with the recent negotiations in Colombo and had granted the greenlight to lift Sri Lanka’s suspension before their departure.

Minister Fernando said that the ICC delegation was aware of Sri Lanka’s Sports Constitution and had requested an amendment to the regulations to suit the ICC code of ethics.    

Minister Fernando said that President Wickremesinghe had also granted his consent to amend the current Sports Constitution.  

The Minister noted that under the new amendment, the powers vested on his portfolio will also be changed.    

Minister Fernando said that SLC’s suspension by the ICC was a huge blow to the tourism industry as the ICC Annual General Meeting was scheduled to be held in Colombo.

Minister Fernando further said that SLC’s administrative and coaching structure needs to be revamped to meet the current high demand while focusing more on player welfare.

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Political parties urged to publish their National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes 

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A public appeal has been made to several mainstream political party leaders to  immediately publish their respective National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes for social discourse.

The request has been formally addressed to the political party leaders of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), the National People’s Power (NPP), United National Party (UNP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC).

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Govt. to provide free fertilizer to all paddy farmers

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Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries – Mahinda Amaraweera has said that the government has decided to provide MOP fertilizer free of charge to all the paddy farmers in Sri Lanka during the 2024/25 Maha season and 2025/26 Maha season.

Sri Lanka will thus receive 55,000 metric tons of MOP fertilizer as requested by the government from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera, expressed his views on this in a meeting held in Tissamaharama today (June 24).

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8 arrested over gang rape of teen, remanded

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Eight youths who were arrested in connection with the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in the Jalthara area of Hanwella, have been remanded until June 28.

The suspects were produced before the Homagama Acting Magistrate Padmasiri Jayawardena today (June 24).

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