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President calls on private sector to reduce electricity use

A huge amount of power will be utilized for advertising boards and other decorative electrical systems used by private institutions at nights, for their advertising purposes and through limitation of this usage, a significant amount of power consumption of the country could be saved, the President pointed out. He requested everyone to support the initiative to reduce the use of electricity until the effects of the drought are over. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena has requested all private institutions to reduce the use of electricity by switching off lights that are used for advertising and decoration purposes of their respective institutions.The President pointed out that the country has to face a power crisis in the future due to the drought situation in the country and therefore it is the responsibility of all to use power in an economical manner. read more

Debate postponed as no EnglishTamil translation of PRECIFAC report

Joint opposition Parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara, a former Minister of National Languages, however insisted that the debate must take place. He said that he will not be in a position to refer the report during the debate as the report is only in Sinhalese. A heated exchange ensued between Sumanthiran and Nanayakkara with Sumanthiran telling Nanayakkara it was shameful that a former Minister of National Languages should not be concerned that a national report is only in Sinhalese.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya later apologized saying the report was yet to be translated into English and Tamil owing to the number of pages in the report and sought the opinion of the House on if to proceed with the debate or not. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella proposed that the debate be postponed and the House agreed. (Colombo Gazette) The debate in Parliament which was scheduled to take place today on the treasury bond report and the report by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption (PRECIFAC) had to be postponed after sittings began as there was no English or Tamil translation of the PRECIFAC report.Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran raised the issue over the report being available only in the Sinhala language. read more