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Death of former Sri Lanka MP’s 16-y-o maid: Police seize male coworker’s phone

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has taken into custody a mobile phone of belonging to a male domestic aid at former minister Rishad Bathuideen’s private residence, police said, where a 16-year-old female domestic aid succumbed to burn injuries.

Police media spokesman Senior Deputy Inspector General (SDIG) Ajith Rohana said the CID will look for any deleted data from the male domestic aid’s mobile phone.

Two police teams were deployed on Monday (July 19) to record statements from the principal and vice principal of the Kiriwandala Tamil School in Puwakpitiya, Avissawella, where the girl had studied before they moved to Dayagama in Nuwara Eliya.

Meanwhile, the mother of the victim in a press conference held on Tuesday (July 20) said that the girl had informed her that a fellow male worker had assaulted her with a broom.

The child had also informed her that she did not want to work and wished to return home when she last contacted her, she said.

When inquired about the assault, the fellow male worker has said to her mother that he had beat the girl as she was not obeying the orders given by Bathiudeen’s wife.

The victim’s mother said she had asked Bathiudeen’s wife to go easy on the child as she was still minor.

“There is no way she would take her own life,” the mother said when asked whether the victim could’ve died by suicide.

“I asked from the madam (wife of Bathiudeen) and the PA of the house about this. They said my child might have caught fire when she tried to burn off a thread in her dress,” she said.

My child has come to the living room shouting for help while on fire. They had doused the fire using a carpet and put her in a fish tank in the house. They either did something to my child or some accident happened in that house,” the mother said.

She further said she accepts the blame for sending a minor to work and said many poor mothers make the same mistake.

“For that, I will accept any punishment given to me. Give some punishment for the people who did this crime too,” she said.

The 16-years-and-eight-months-old girl was admitted to the National Hospital with burn injuries on July 03 where she succumbed to the injuries last Thursday (15). (Colombo/Jul21/2021)

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Sri Lanka schedules 3-hour power cuts for Aug 20, 21: regulator

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will impose power cuts of up to three hours on Saturday August 20 and Sunday August 21, Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) Chairman Janaka Ratnayake said.

All areas (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V and W) will have power cuts of 1 hours and 40 minutes between 10.30 am and 06.00 pm and 1 hour 20 minutes from 06.00pm to 10.00 pm.

Click here for a detailed schedule.

The state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said supply interruption time and restoration time will vary within 30 minutes as indicated above.

Sri Lanka’s daily scheduled power cuts that were reduced to one hour in July with power generation from hydro power plants contributing more than 50 percent to the main grid reducing thermal power plant use was extended to three hours last week due to a breakdown at the Norochcholai coal power plant.

According to officials, the breakdown happened in Unit 1 of Norochcholai which will take around two weeks to repair.

The Minister of Power & Energy said Unit 2 is undergoing scheduled maintenance work while Unit 3 will continue to operate. West Coast and other fuel power pPlants will be used to manage the supply, the ministry said. (Colombo/Aug02/2022)

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Sri Lanka guidance peg edges T-bond yield edge down

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka Central Bank’s guidance peg for interbank transactions edged down on Friday (19), while yields in Treasury bonds picked up slightly and in T-bill remain unquoted in dull trade, a day after the Central Bank announced the policy rates will remain stable, dealers said.

A bond maturing on 01. 06. 2025 closed at 27.95/28.05 percent on Friday, slightly up from 27.90/28.00 percent on Thursday.

No T-bills were quoted on Friday, dealers said.

Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s central bank announced a guidance peg for interbank transactions further weakened by three cents to 361.00 rupees against the US dollar on Friday from 360.97 rupees.

Data showed that commercial banks offered dollars for telegraphic transfers between 368.00 and 370.00 for small transactions.  (Colombo/ Aug 19/2022)

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Sri Lanka records 10 new COVID-19 deaths in 48 hours as case numbers rise

ECONOMYNEXT –  Sri Lanka recorded 10 COVID-19 deaths in the 48 hours from August 17 to 19 taking the country’s pandemic death toll to 16,640, health ministry data showed.

Sri Lanka is experiencing a slight increase in COVID-19 cases with the relaxation of public health restrictions relating to face masks and public gatherings.

Health authorities said the situation will be monitored constantly and have asked the general public to continue to follow basic hygiene measures in order to control the spread of the virus again in the community.

In August alone 2,924 new cases were recorded in Sri Lanka, with 84 deaths attributed to the disease.

So far in 2022, from January onward, health authorities have identified 81,157 patients to date.

Epidemiology unit data showed that 874 patients are currently receiving treatment, out of which 716 are receiving home based care.

The spread of the virus has increased with the use of public transport rising after an easing of a fuel crisis.

Sri Lanka is also facing difficulties in securing essential medicine supplies for the health sector due to a forex shortage.

Health officials said if the number of COVID-19 patients rise to a level the health sector cannot manage,  with the added issues of fuel and medical shortages, the health system might collapse.

“It is the responsibility of us all. There is no use trying to forcibly control people. We all have the responsibility to reduce or stop the spread of the virus before it gets out of control. We have been living with it for the past two years,” Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr Hemantha Herath said. (Colombo/Aug19/2022)

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