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LPL kicks off today

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The fourth edition of the Lanka Premier League will get underway in Colombo today.

The season opener will see defending champions the Jaffna Kings taking on Colombo Strikers.

The game is scheduled to get underway at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo at 7.30pm.

Today’s opening game will be the first of the 24 games lined up in the LPL 4 right up to the final, which will take place on August 20 at the R. Premadasa Stadium.

But eight out of the total 24 games are also slotted to be played at the Pallekele International Stadium.

Jaffna Kings: Thisara Perera (Capt), Nishan Madushka, Asela Gunaratne, Pathum Kumara, Chris Lynn, David Miller, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ashan Randika, Charith Asalanka, Shoaib Malik, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Asanka Manoj, Maheesh Theekshana, Nuwan Thushara, Ratnarajah Thenurathan, Hardus Viljoen, Theeshan Vithushan, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Dunith Wellalage, Zaman Khan

Colombo Strikers: Niroshan Dickwella (Capt), Babar Azam, Ifthikar Ahmed, Lahiru Udara, Yashodha Lanka, Pathum Nissanka, Nipun Dhananjaya, Lorcan Tucker, Ahan Wickramasinghe, Kavishka Anjula, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ramesh Mendis, Mohammad Nawaz, Angelo Perera, Movin Subasingha, Shashika Dulshan, Eshan Malinga, Naseem Shah, Matheesha Pathirana, Lakshan Sandakan, Jeffrey Vandersay, Wahab Riaz

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Decision on water tariff reduction, soon?

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Minister of Water Supply and Estate Infrastructure Development Jeevan Thondaman, announced that the reduction of water tariffs is being studied alongside the new electricity tariff revision, with a decision expected by the end of this week.

The Minister also highlighted that the Water Supply Board, previously experiencing a monthly loss of LKR 2.8 billion, has now achieved a profit of LKR 6.2 billion.

Minister of Water Supply and Estate Infrastructure Development Jeevan Thondaman made these remarks during the ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’ press briefing today (17)  at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC).

Minister Jeevan Thondaman, elaborating further, also stated:

We commend Minister Kanchana Wijesekera for initiating steps to lower electricity tariffs. The water supply sector is closely tied to electricity tariffs, making it likely that this revision will also lead to reduced water tariffs.

Water availability is influenced by various factors. We previously committed to lowering water tariffs in tandem with reductions in electricity charges. Currently, the Ministry is not only focusing on electricity but also assessing the impact of reduced interest rates, down from 26% to 11%. Additionally, we are studying the potential reduction in water tariffs based on changes in the dollar exchange rate. It’s important to note that the cost of chemicals procured by the water supply board is influenced by the dollar exchange rate.

It is expected that by the end of this week, a decision will be made regarding the extent of the reduction in the water tariff. When I assumed office in January 2023, the Ministry faced challenges, unable to even provide 1,000 new water connections. Moreover, I inherited a Ministry burdened with an USD 800 million debt and a Water Supply Board experiencing monthly losses of approximately LKR 2.8 billion. The board’s monthly recurring expenses of LKR 4.5 billion had a significant national impact.

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4 females arrested over brutal assault on child

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Aranayaka Police say that 04 female suspects have been arrested over brutally assaulting a six year old child.

The arrests were made after a video of the incident had gone viral online.

Accordingly, the women including the child’s mother, have been arrested and are to be produced before the Mawanella Magistrate’s Court today (July 17).

The child, who is under the care of his father, is to be produced before the Mawanella Judicial Medical Officer (JMO).

Aranayaka Police is conducting further investigation into the incident.

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Price of several fertilizers to be reduced

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The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera today (17) instructed the State Fertilizer Company to take steps to significantly reduce the prices of fertilizers used for plantation crops such as cinnamon, tea and coconut.

Accordingly, the President of State Fertilizer Company, Dr. Jagath Perera stated that the prices of 5 types of fertilizers such as APM, YPM, Urea ( Cinnamon), SA ( Cinnamon) and TDM fertilizers produced by State Fertilizer Company will be reduced from Rs.1500 to Rs.2000 with immediate effect.

A discussion was held today at the Ministry of Agriculture and Plantation Industries regarding the reduction of fertilizer prices. The minister gave these instructions during the discussion.

(dailynews.lk)

 (This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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