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Sri Lanka police to seize vehicles without Covid-19 curfew passes

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will seize vehicles travelling without curfew passes in Colombo and Gampaha districts while a anti-Coronavirus curfew is in effect, where people on foot are allowed to go to market for essential, a media report said.

Deputy Inspector General Ajith Rohana said many vehicles were seen in Colombo road on May 11 without curfew passes.

“We will arrest vehicle without passes,” he told Sri Lanka’s privately owned Derana television. “The public can go for essentials to the nearest location on foot during curfew. This is not intended to be used to go from one corner of the city to the other in a car.

He said cars will be arrested and not released until they are produced in court.

DIG Rohana said police action under a quarantine law was strengthened by a court decision.

Sri Lanka’s Colombo and Gamapaha district is under a Coronavirus curfew where private and state offices are expected to operate with a minimum staff.

Those who are reporting to work can show their company ID, a text message from their manager or a digital copy of a letter in the case of persons like construction workers to travel during curfew.

But other members of the public are asked to leave home based on the last digit of their ID so that congestion at shops and offices is reduced. (Colombo/May12/2020)

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Sri Lanka all Ceylon tea prices move up in March last-week auction

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s all Ceylon tea prices were up at an auction on March 22 amidst good demand after the rupee continued to strengthen steeply in the past weeks, brokers said.

Prices of all High, Medium and Low Growns grew this week.

Total auction volume was 5.2 million kilograms and there was good general demand, Forbes and Walker tea brokers said in a report.

The weekly sale average grew to 1282.01 rupees from 1256.96 rupees from a week ago, according to data.

“Overall quality was lower to last, particularly teas from the Western Planting districts,” Forbes and Walker said.

High Growns

The High Grown sale average was up by 15.54 rupees to 1,334.85 from 1,440.05 rupees last week, Ceylon Tea Brokers said.

Ex-Estate offerings were fairly similar to last and totalled 0.74 million kilos

In BOP, a handful of invoices were steady and marginally gained following special inquiry, whilst the others declined up to 100 rupees per kilo.

“In the Below Best category, brighter sorts were down 50-100 per kilo, whilst the others together with teas at the lower end of the market declined 50-100 rupees per kilo and more.

Well-made OP/OPA’s together with lower end were down 50-100 rupees per kilo.

A limited selection of Flavory PEK’s that were available were irregularly down. Well-made Orthodox leafy PEK’s were steady on last whilst others together with PEK1′ in general were down 50 rupees and more at times.

Low Growns

The average price of Low Growns grew 34.45 rupees to 1,307.03 rupees.

A selection of select Best FBOPs appreciated following special inquiry. However, teas at the bottom appreciated. FBOP1s in general were steady.

Select Best BOP1s were firm to dearer following quality, whilst Best and Below Best varieties were firm. Poorer sorts maintained.

Low Growns comprised of 2.1 million kilograms.

In the Leafy and Semi Leafy catalogues, a few select Best OP1/BOP1’s were steady to up, whilst the balance were steady.

Well-made OP/OPA’s were firm to selectively dearer following quality, whilst the Best and Below Best together with the poorer varieties down.

Well-made PEK/PEK1’s were firm to selectively up.

Best and Below Best varieties too met with fair demand, whilst the poorer sorts were fully firm.

Medium Growns

The Medium Growns sale average was up by 19.37 rupees to 1,127.22 rupees last week.

Large Leaf teas continued to sell well, whilst the others were down by 50-100 rupees per kilo.

In BOPF better sorts were steady and up to 50 rupees per kilo, whilst the others were irregular.

PEK/PEK1’s in general commenced firm on last and declined 50-100 rupees per kilo as the sale progressed.

(Colombo/Marh 26/2023)

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Sri Lanka seeks to settle India ACU debt, credit lines over 5-years

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has requested India to settle payments due to the country under the Asian Clearing Union mechanism and credit lines given in 2022 over 5 years, Indrajit Coomaraswamy, an advisor the island’s government said.

Sri Lanka is negotiating with India to settle the money over a 5-year period, Coomaraswamy, a former central bank governor told an online forum hosted by the Central Bank.

“Our request from the Indians is to settle it over five years,” he said. “That I think is still in the early stages of negotiation. The same with the one billion line of credit.”

Sri Lanka’s central bank owed the ACU 2.0 billion US dollars to the Asian Clearing Union according to a year end debt statement, issued by the Finance Ministry.

Sri Lanka owned India, 1,621 million dollars according to ACU data by year end, excluding interest.

India has given a 1 billion US dollar credit line to Sri Lanka as well a credit line for petroleum.

Sri Lanka in March 2024 has paid 121 million US dollar out of a 331 million US dollar IMF tranche to settle an Indian credit line.

Indian credits were given after the country defaulted in April 2022 as budget support/import when most other bilateral lenders halted giving money. (Colombo/Mar26/2023)

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Sri Lanka coconut auction prices up 1.16-pct

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka’s coconut auction prices went up by 1.16 percent from a week ago at an auction on Thursday, data showed.

The average price for 1,000 nuts grew to 83,219.45 from 82,260.58 a week earlier at the weekly auction conducted by Sri Lanka’s Coconut Development Authority on March 23.

The highest price was 92,500 rupees for 1,000 nuts up from the previous week’s 90,600 rupees, while the lowest was 76,500 also up from 70,000 rupees.

The auction offered 900,010 coconuts and 583,291 nuts were sold. (Colombo/Mar 26/2023)

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