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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 to introduce social security system: minister

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Labour minister has said that they are set to introduce a comprehensive national social security system, covering all workers.

“The system will address the weaknesses of the current system and provide much-needed support to workers and their families,” Manusha Nanayakkara, Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment said on X (formerly known as Twitter).
He did not specify the details.

Nanayakkara also spoke of the need for robust social security when he met with exporters last week to discuss labor law reforms, boosting female workforce participation and attracting FDI.

Sri Lanka plans to reform labour laws for an export-oriented economy.

The pandemic and the economic crisis highlighted the need to improve the coverage of social security.

Studies have shown that Sri Lanka’s women are kept out of formal employment by childcare, elderly care and housework, as day care and elderly homes are either too expensive or too few.

The government imposed a Social Security Contribution Levy to increase its revenue last year. (Colombo/Sep27/2023)

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Sri Lanka’s stocks up in trading on Wednesday morning

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka shares were picking up in trading on Wednesday morning.

Turnover was at 50 million. Trading in the Capital Goods Industry Group was driving turnover.

The All Share Price Index was up 0.37 percent or 41.78 points to 11,289.94, while the S&P SL20 was also up 0.68 percent or 21.66 points to 3,187.65.

Hatton National Bank, Commercial Bank and LOLC saw gains in morning trade, while Tokyo cement and Lanka Hospitals were trading down during morning trading. (Colombo/Sep27/2023)

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Sri Lanka rupee opens at 323.50/324.10 to the US dollar, bond yields stable

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s rupee opened at 323.50/324.10 to the US dollar on Wednesday, after closing on Tuesday at 323.70/324.20 to the US dollar, dealers said.

A bond maturing on 01.08.2026 was quoted at 15.50/70 percent on Wednesday up from Tuesday’s close at 15.45/65 percent.

A bond maturing on 01.05.2028 was quoted at 14.50/55 percent from closing at Tuesday at 14.30/55 percent. (Colombo/Sep27/2023)

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