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Jaswar & Dakshitha contest for FSL Presidency



Football Sri Lanka’s (FSL) former president Jaswar Umar and Anuradhapura Football League President Dakshitha Sumathipala have submitted nominations to contest for the post of FSL President.

The nominations were accepted at FSL Headquarters on Saturday (19)

Jaswar’s faction handed over nominations for 13 positions from 13 football leagues while Dakshitha’s faction handed over nominations for 13 positions from 7 football leagues.

The FSL election is scheduled to be held on September 29 and 69 football leagues across the country will have one vote each. After hearing the appeals related to nominations, the final list is to be made public on September 4.

After handing over the nominations, Umar said that he regrets that a few people have created an unnecessary competition when all parties that love football have come together.

“I will win by a large margin anyway. If we could have run unopposed, then we could have gotten the ban on football lifted very soon. If that happened, we could have been able to send the national football team unofficially to Qatar to prepare. When handing over nominations, 10 have been forwarded from 5 leagues. Anyone can understand that they are lying from the beginning. They will be defeated on the nomination day itself,” he said.

Dakshitha Sumathipala, President of Anuradhapura Football League, said that a team of high standard candidates has been forwarded under him.

“We have no personal interests. Nominations were handed over responsibly. To move forward as a country, we need the support of the government and international sponsors. We have the league’ support and the support of voters. Our team delegates the duties. The right person is given the right position. We follow a decentralised administration. I will show how to win,” he said.

Nomination list of candidates:

Jaswar faction:

President: Jaswar Umar (Sri Lanka Football Referees Association), Vice Presidents: Ranjith Rodrigo (Negombo League), Dr. Manil Fernando (Kalutara League), Dilshan Nagahawatte (Galle League), P. Karunathilake (Sri Lanka Navy League), Executive Committee Members: Abdul Gaffar (Mawanella League), Jagath de Silva (Nawalapitiya League), Saif Yusuf (Mercantile League), Abdul Manaff (Ampara League), A. Nagarajan (Vavuniya League), Indika Thenuwara (Matara League), M. Rizvi (Kinniya League), female member Deepika Kumari (Biyagama League).

Sumathipala faction:
President: Dakshitha Sumathipala (Anuradhapura League), Vice Presidents: T. I. Uduwara (Wattala League), G. P. Peiris (Dehiwala-Mt.Lavinia League), Jagath Rohana (Janasathu Sewa League), Rohitha Fernando (Wennappuwa League), female member Harshani Ariyanatha (Deniyaya League), Executive Committee Members: Nihal Perera (Wattala League), A.G. Sunil (Wennappuwa League), R.A. Tharanga (Deniyaya League), N.Dissanayaka (Sri Lanka School League), Leo Fernando (Polgahawela League), and Sudakar (Janasathu Sewa League).


Presidential poll will be held first as scheduled: President affirms




President Ranil Wickremesinghe affirmed that the Presidential election will be held as scheduled with the General Elections anticipated to be held early next year, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

The President gave this assurance during a meeting with the representatives of the United Republic Front headed by by its leader Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka at Sirikotha today.

The United Republic Front presented a proposal titled “A United Step for the Country” to President Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning (24), at ‘Srikotha’, the United National Party headquarters in Colombo.

After engaging in discussions with the President, the leader of the United Republic Front, Member of Parliament Patali Champika Ranawaka, along with his delegation, presented this proposal to the President.

Speaking at the event, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, highlighted the government’s concerted efforts over the past two years to stabilize the country’s economy, which had faced significant challenges. 

Stressing the government’s commitment to steering the economy towards recovery through strategic reforms, the President expressed his determination to continue these initiatives with the collective support of everyone.

Recalling his open invitation to all political parties to unite under a common agenda on behalf of the country, regardless of political differences, the President reiterated his willingness to embrace constructive proposals from all political parties as part of the nation-building efforts.

The President responded positively to the request made by MP Patali Champika Ranawaka to allow other political parties to participate in the upcoming negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month concerning the restructuring of foreign debts.

United National Party Deputy Leader and President’s Senior Adviser on Climate Change, Ruwan Wijewardena, along with Secretary General of the United National Party Palitha Range Bandara were also in attendance at the event. 

Representing the United Republic Front were Karu Paranavithana, Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe and Attorney-at-Law, Shiral Lakthilaka.


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Dedicated SLBFE office to be established in Kegalle district




In response to a joint request from the Kegalle Migrant Workers Committee and the Kegalle District political authority, Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara has assured the establishment of a dedicated Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) office in Kegalle District.

The request was presented during the Jayagamu Sri Lanka program organized by the Ministry of Labour and Foreign Employment in Kegalle. 

The Committee emphasized the need for an SLBFE office in the district, which has the highest number of migrant workers in Sabaragamuwa Province.

Commending the Minister for his prompt action in establishing a new SLBFE office in Nuwara Eliya District following a similar request, the Committee expressed confidence in his swift response to their current appeal. 

Minister Nanayakkara pledged immediate steps to open an SLBFE office in Kegalle and instructed officials from the Ministry and SLBFE to take the necessary actions for its swift establishment. 

This move aims to enhance support and services for migrant workers in the district.

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Parliamentary committee demands CBSL report on salary hike amid criticism




Amidst growing criticism over the substantial salary hike for Central Bank employees, a key parliamentary committee has taken action, demanding a report from the Central Bank regarding the legal basis for such an increment without parliamentary approval.

Chairman of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Alleviating the Impact of the Economic Crisis, MP Gamini Waleboda, disclosed that the issue was raised during a committee meeting where Central Bank officials were present.

The Central Bank is now expected to submit a comprehensive report on the salary increment in the coming week. Following the submission, the Sectoral Oversight Committee intends to summon the Central Bank and its Monetary Board for further examination.

MP Waleboda highlighted that the committee expressed strong criticism of the 70% salary increase for Central Bank employees, especially given the ongoing economic crisis, deeming it an immoral act.

“We instructed the Central Bank to provide a report by next week to justify the salary increase. They will need to provide the legal provisions that empower them to effect such an increment. We will summon the Central Bank and its Monetary Board after receiving the report,” stated MP Waleboda.

Both government and opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) have voiced objections to the Central Bank’s decision to raise the salary scales by 70%, with Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella asserting that the Central Bank Act lacks provisions for such salary increases without parliamentary approval, deeming it illegal.

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