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Minister to propose military training for all Sri Lankans over 18

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Public Security Minister Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara will submit to parliament a proposal to provide military training for all citizens over 18 years of age, the minister said today.

Weerasekara told the privately owned Sirasa TV this morning that the objective of his proposal is to use military training for  personality development and to create a law abiding society.

“Nobody should fear the idea of military training. It’s with military training that a man can learn to stand up straight and look a person in the eye. It builds personality, and instills leadership qualities, respect for the law, discipline, and a sense of responsibility. These are the expected outcomes. Nobody should be apprehensive of it,” he said.

The minister said the proposal is to mandate military training for “young people”, both male and female, but did not specify an upper age limit.

“It is with such training that we may be able to build a law abiding society,” he added.

(Colombo/Jan18/2021)

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  1. Renu says:

    Better if he said like the brother to become monks

  2. JADE says:

    It may work in THEORY in Sri Lanka , this is the beginning of an era of mistakes and we’ll end up having mafia gangs with lots of guns and excellent training in using them. Sri Lanka cannot be tamed in this way , only more aroused by the sense of weapons being handed out right after the age of 18 or this is just another excuse to get teens who have completed or waiting for AL results and since they can only take a limited number of students into the universities , they would be enlisted in forces. A weak move if this is enforced. It involves risk , who knows , it may result in law abiding citizens, or more organized crime with the access to weapons.

  3. Citizen says:

    Excellent!!

  4. Mahesh rajakaruna says:

    හමුදාා පුහුනුව මගිිිින් කවදාවත් විනය ගරුක සමාජයක් බිහිකිරීමට නොහැකියි ඔබතුමා විනයගරුක වුනාට හැමෝම එහෙම වෙන්නේ නැහැ.ඊට වඩා හොඳයි තාවකාලික පැවිද්ද.එයින් අඩුම තරමේ ලජ්ජා බය දෙකම නැති කරගන්න පුලුවන්. මේවාට කියන්නේ දේවධර්ම කියලා

    1. Samitha says:

      Controversial decision!.
      Some countries have done it and some still do.For most it didn’t get the expected outcome but can’t say how it ll be implemented and carried out in SL.
      To begin with to make it mandatory to all without the influence of exception to some will be an hurdle like no other.

  5. Jojo says:

    Military training should be given to cabinet ministers not to the general public….stupid concept

  6. Aravinda says:

    Better to do it for our honourable parliamentarians first..

  7. Edward Prasanna says:

    Hope the food provided during the military training from our tax money because most of the youngsters are starving.

  8. Hiran De Silva says:

    Best thing that could happen. All developed countries followed this path. At least start the leadership training for University entrants from this year.

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  1. Renu says:

    Better if he said like the brother to become monks

  2. JADE says:

    It may work in THEORY in Sri Lanka , this is the beginning of an era of mistakes and we’ll end up having mafia gangs with lots of guns and excellent training in using them. Sri Lanka cannot be tamed in this way , only more aroused by the sense of weapons being handed out right after the age of 18 or this is just another excuse to get teens who have completed or waiting for AL results and since they can only take a limited number of students into the universities , they would be enlisted in forces. A weak move if this is enforced. It involves risk , who knows , it may result in law abiding citizens, or more organized crime with the access to weapons.

  3. Citizen says:

    Excellent!!

  4. Mahesh rajakaruna says:

    හමුදාා පුහුනුව මගිිිින් කවදාවත් විනය ගරුක සමාජයක් බිහිකිරීමට නොහැකියි ඔබතුමා විනයගරුක වුනාට හැමෝම එහෙම වෙන්නේ නැහැ.ඊට වඩා හොඳයි තාවකාලික පැවිද්ද.එයින් අඩුම තරමේ ලජ්ජා බය දෙකම නැති කරගන්න පුලුවන්. මේවාට කියන්නේ දේවධර්ම කියලා

    1. Samitha says:

      Controversial decision!.
      Some countries have done it and some still do.For most it didn’t get the expected outcome but can’t say how it ll be implemented and carried out in SL.
      To begin with to make it mandatory to all without the influence of exception to some will be an hurdle like no other.

  5. Jojo says:

    Military training should be given to cabinet ministers not to the general public….stupid concept

  6. Aravinda says:

    Better to do it for our honourable parliamentarians first..

  7. Edward Prasanna says:

    Hope the food provided during the military training from our tax money because most of the youngsters are starving.

  8. Hiran De Silva says:

    Best thing that could happen. All developed countries followed this path. At least start the leadership training for University entrants from this year.

Sri Lanka power outages from falling trees worsened by unfilled vacancies: CEB union

HEAVY WINDS: Heavy rains and gusting winds have brought down trees on many location in Sri Lanka.

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s power grid has been hit by 300,000 outages as heavy winds brought down trees, restoring supply has been delayed by unfilled vacancies of breakdown staff, a union statement said.

Despite electricity being declared an essential service, vacancies have not been filled, the CEB Engineers Union said.

“In this already challenging situation, the Acting General Manager of CEB issued a circular on May 21, 2024, abolishing several essential service positions, including the Maintenance Electrical Engineer in the Area Engineer Offices, Construction Units, and Distribution Maintenance Units,” the Union said.

“This decision, made without any scientific basis, significantly reduces our capacity to provide adequate services to the public during this emergency.

“On behalf of all the staff of CEB, we express our deep regret for the inconvenience caused to our valued customers.”

High winds had rains have brought down trees across power lines and transformers, the statement said.

In the past few day over 300,000 power outages have been reported nationwide, with some areas experiencing over 30,000 outages within an hour.

“Our limited technical staff at the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) are making extraordinary efforts to restore power as quickly as possible,” the union said.

“We deeply regret that due to the high volume of calls, there are times when we are unable to respond to all customer inquiries.

“We kindly ask consumers to support our restoration teams and to report any fallen live electrical wires or devices to the Electricity Board immediately without attempting to handle them.

The union said there were not enough workers to restore power quickly when such a large volume of breakdowns happens.

“We want to clarify that the additional groups mentioned by the minister have not yet been received by the CEB,” the union said.

“Despite the government’s designation of electricity as an essential service, neither the government, the minister in charge, nor the CEB board of directors have taken adequate steps to fill the relevant vacancies or retain current employees.

“We believe they should be held directly responsible for the delays in addressing the power outages due to the shortage of staff.”

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Melco’s Nuwa hotel to open in Sri Lanka in mid-2025

ECONOMYNEXT – A Nuwa branded hotel run by Melco Resorts and Entertainment linked to their gaming operation in Colombo will open in mid 2025, its Sri Lanka partner John Keells Holdings said.

The group’s integrated resort is being re-branded as a ‘City of Dreams’, a brand of Melco.

The resort will have a 687-room Cinnamon Life hotel and the Nuwa hotel described as “ultra-high end”.

“The 113-key exclusive hotel, situated on the top five floors of the integrated resort, will be managed by Melco under its ultra high-end luxury-standard hotel brand ‘Nuwa’, which has presence in Macau and the Philippines,” JKH told shareholders in the annual report.

“Melco’s ultra high-end luxury-standard hotel and casino, together with its global brand and footprint, will strongly complement the MICE, entertainment, shopping, dining and leisure offerings in the ‘City of Dreams Sri Lanka’ integrated resort, establishing it as a one-of-a-kind destination in South Asia and the region.”

Melco is investing 125 million dollars in fitting out its casino.

“The collaboration with Melco, including access to the technical, marketing, branding and loyalty programmes, expertise and governance structures, will be a boost for not only the integrated resort of the Group but a strong show of confidence in the tourism potential of the country,” JKH said.

The Cinnamon Life hotel has already started marketing.

Related Sri Lanka’s Cinnamon Life begins marketing, accepts bookings

(Colombo/May25/2024)

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Sri Lanka to find investors by ‘competitive system’ after revoking plantations privatizations

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will revoke the privatization of plantation companies that do not pay government dictated wages, by cancelling land leases and find new investors under a ‘competitive system’, State Minister for Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya has said.

Sri Lanka privatized the ownership of 22 plantations companies in the 1990s through long term leases after initially giving only management to private firms.

Management companies that made profits (mostly those with more rubber) were given the firms under a valuation and those that made losses (mostly ones with more tea) were sold on the stock market.

The privatized firms then made annual lease payments and paid taxes when profits were made.

In 2024 the government decreed a wage hike announced a mandated wage after President Ranil Wickremesinghe made the announcement in the presence of several politicians representing plantations workers.

The land leases of privatized plantations, which do not pay the mandated wages would be cancelled, Minister Siyambalapitiya was quoted as saying at a ceremony in Deraniyagala.

The re-expropriated plantations would be given to new investors through “special transparency”

The new ‘privatization’ will be done in a ‘competitive process’ taking into account export orientation, worker welfare, infrastructure, new technology, Minister Siyambalapitiya said.

It is not clear whether paying government-dictated wages was a clause in the privatization agreement.

Then President J R Jayewardene put constitutional guarantee against expropriation as the original nationalization of foreign and domestic owned companies were blamed for Sri Lanka becoming a backward nation after getting independence with indicators ‘only behind Japan’ according to many commentators.

However, in 2011 a series of companies were expropriation without recourse to judicial review, again delivering a blow to the country’s investment framework.

Ironically plantations that were privatized in the 1990s were in the original wave of nationalizations.

Minister Bandula Gunawardana said the cabinet approval had been given to set up a committee to examine wage and cancel the leases of plantations that were unable to pay the dictated wages.

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Sri Lanka state interference in plantation wages escalates into land grab threat

From the time the firms were privatized unions and the companies had bargained through collective agreements, striking in some cases as macro-economists printed money and triggered high inflation.

Under President Gotabaya, mandating wages through gazettes began in January 2020, and the wage bargaining process was put aside.

Sri Lanka’s macro-economists advising President Rajapaksa the printed money and triggered a collapse of the rupee from 184 to 370 to the US dollar from 2020 to 2020 in the course of targeting ‘potential output’ which was taught by the International Monetary Fund.

In 2024, the current central bank governor had allowed the exchange rate to appreciate to 300 to the US dollar, amid deflationary policy, recouping some of the lost wages of plantations workers.

The plantations have not given an official increase to account for what macro-economists did to the unit of account of their wages. With salaries under ‘wages boards’ from the 2020 through gazettes, neither employees not workers have engaged in the traditional wage negotiations.

The threat to re-exproriate plantations is coming as the government is trying to privatize several state enterprises, including SriLankan Airlines.

It is not clear now the impending reversal of plantations privatization will affect the prices of bids by investors for upcoming privatizations.

The firms were privatized to stop monthly transfers from the Treasury to pay salaries under state ownership. (Colombo/May25/2024)

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