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Sri Lanka schedules power cuts up to 13-hours for March 31

ECONOMYNEXT – Power cuts of up to 13 hours in some areas in Sri Lanka has been approved for March 31, Public Utilities Commission Chairman Janaka Ratnayake said as a flexible exchange regime created severe foreign exchange shortages and power deficits in the dry season.

The CEB has decided to cut power from 12am to 8am for the first time in the ongoing power crisis.

Areas ABCDEF and PQRS will see 3 hours of power cut from 3am to 6am, 4 hours from 12pm to 4pm and 6 hours from 6pm to 12am.

Areas GHIJKL and TUVW will experience 3-hour power cut from 12am to 3am, 4 hours from 8am to 12pm and 6 hours from 4 pm to 10pm.

Areas MNOXYZ, however, will witness only 5.5-hour power cut – 3.5-hour interruption from 5.30am to 9am and 2 hours from 4pm to 6pm.

Download the power cut schedule for March 31 from here 31-03-2022-Power-Interruption-Schedule-full

Though the government has said the duration of the power cuts will be reduced gradually, the power cut has been extended mainly due to lack of fuel amid severe shortage of US dollars.

The lack of fuel also has resulted in large queues for diesel and petrol despite record price hikes. (Colombo/ March 30/2022)

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  1. Sampath says:

    This is very unfair that you are cutting electricity for 13 hours. The people are suffering because of the mistakes the government made. I have old patients living in my house who need electricity.

  2. Sampath says:

    Please don’t power cut in group V there are old patients living in that area. Please this is very unfair

  3. Kadija says:

    WHY NOT CUT ALL THE POWER LINES FOR EVER. WE CAN LIVE IN PEACE LIKE IN YEAR 1800

  4. F H says:

    Disgusting 😡😡😡😡😡😡

  5. Nimeshika says:

    we are al student who study for 2022 exame we have no time to study due to this programe unfortunately we are so sad about the government morning we have schools and after we have class to joing every al studen study at night this is serious problem for all students in sri lanka

    1. mathu says:

      this is too bad

  6. Corina Miskin says:

    We understand the crisis in the Country. But there are several areas (Ex : Areas in Piliyandala, Kelaniya, Gampaha) with NO POWER CUTS. We kindly request you to consider power cuts for those areas which do not have ANY POWER CUTS and give us some concession by reducing our power cuts at least by an hour or two. Please help us

  7. Kapila says:

    probably we have to face over 10 hours power cuts in few weeks or month until macroeconomic stability(SIYALOMA KALUWARA IMMU) .will see

  8. Fa says:

    රෑට කරන්ට් කපන්නේ නැතිව දවල්ට කපන්න ඔය පැය ගාන. අනිත් එක තමයි අපි දැනුවත්ව electricity bord එකේ ඉන්න ලොක්කන්ගේ පැතිවලට කරන්ට් කැපන්නේ නැහැ. හරිම අසාධාරණයි.

  9. SNMS Semasinghe says:

    please be kind enough to arrange a method of informing daily power cut schedule/relevant area by a sms to the customers

  10. Lynn says:

    Lies again these schedules don’t work to specified time’s how can we plan our day I’m sick of this country

  11. Lynn says:

    Lies again these schedules don’t work to specified time’s how can we plan our day I’m sick of this country

  12. Sampath says:

    This is very unfair. Please don’t power cut for 13 hours in Kotehena ST. Benedicts street area. There are 2 schools. Also I have old patients living in my house who need electricity . Please don’t do this

  13. Dr. Ranjan Jayaratne says:

    Why only certain privileged areas are devoided of power cuts . Eg. Piyaratnarama Place, Dehiwela ,Near Water Tank has no power cuts at any time. And also I suggest electricity board to terminate sending monthly bills to consumers in power cut affected areas until normalcy prevailed. This is to compensate the inconvenience caused due to power cuts. Hope Board will take up this matter seriously. Otherwise a court decision will have to be taken to pay the consumers for the inconvenience caused due to power cuts. Thank You

  14. Harsha says:

    ikmanata light denna current eka nathuwa sahenna lessons block wenwa.eka sahenna paduwak.

  15. Chamilka de silva says:

    Hell. Im in kandy mapanawathura. Power cut from 12.35 to until now (6.40 pm ) and our area letter is F hahah we still on power cut. This is bullshit.

  16. Rupasinghe says:

    Ceb welldone when 24 hour power cut

  17. Rupasinghe says:

    Welldone ced when 24 hour power cut

  18. Chamod udara says:

    ගල්ගමුව wata kiyatada enne

  19. Chamod udara says:

    ගල්ගමුවta kiyatada karant eka enne

  20. Onitha says:

    Maru anduva

  21. Mahesh says:

    Thanks

  22. Someone says:

    How the bloody hell we can find our area,

  23. Ruwan says:

    This is torture. Its like living in hell without electricity. Please power cut to the Rajapakse family as well so they can understand the suffering of the people.

  24. Tuany says:

    Comments won’t help improves situations .
    We have to get out of this pit somehow who ever created it.!!

  25. Enid Dooldeniya says:

    Get money from IMF and give electricity. Get a good Economist as Finance Minister. Invest in Solar Power Plants.

  26. Pasindu says:

    කණු ටිකයි වයර් ටිකයි ගලවන් යමල්ලා

  27. සංජීව කරුණාරත්න says:

    හෙට D කලාපයට විදුලිය විසන්දි වෙන්නේ කොහොමද

  28. Kush says:

    We do understand the situation of the country, but there must be a plan for this, I’m having my cambridge alevels from May 4th onwards, and due to this we’re really unable of studying not only me I guess government olevels too gonna be held on the month may, this is really a big issue to our studies, we do have our exams sometimes online and we do have MT classes. Not only me almost all the srilankan students face this problem. Hope everything will be fixed with time ⏲ 🙏🏻 and God bless to everyone whose sitting for cambridge alevels and government olevels 🙏🏻❤

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  1. Sampath says:

    This is very unfair that you are cutting electricity for 13 hours. The people are suffering because of the mistakes the government made. I have old patients living in my house who need electricity.

  2. Sampath says:

    Please don’t power cut in group V there are old patients living in that area. Please this is very unfair

  3. Kadija says:

    WHY NOT CUT ALL THE POWER LINES FOR EVER. WE CAN LIVE IN PEACE LIKE IN YEAR 1800

  4. F H says:

    Disgusting 😡😡😡😡😡😡

  5. Nimeshika says:

    we are al student who study for 2022 exame we have no time to study due to this programe unfortunately we are so sad about the government morning we have schools and after we have class to joing every al studen study at night this is serious problem for all students in sri lanka

    1. mathu says:

      this is too bad

  6. Corina Miskin says:

    We understand the crisis in the Country. But there are several areas (Ex : Areas in Piliyandala, Kelaniya, Gampaha) with NO POWER CUTS. We kindly request you to consider power cuts for those areas which do not have ANY POWER CUTS and give us some concession by reducing our power cuts at least by an hour or two. Please help us

  7. Kapila says:

    probably we have to face over 10 hours power cuts in few weeks or month until macroeconomic stability(SIYALOMA KALUWARA IMMU) .will see

  8. Fa says:

    රෑට කරන්ට් කපන්නේ නැතිව දවල්ට කපන්න ඔය පැය ගාන. අනිත් එක තමයි අපි දැනුවත්ව electricity bord එකේ ඉන්න ලොක්කන්ගේ පැතිවලට කරන්ට් කැපන්නේ නැහැ. හරිම අසාධාරණයි.

  9. SNMS Semasinghe says:

    please be kind enough to arrange a method of informing daily power cut schedule/relevant area by a sms to the customers

  10. Lynn says:

    Lies again these schedules don’t work to specified time’s how can we plan our day I’m sick of this country

  11. Lynn says:

    Lies again these schedules don’t work to specified time’s how can we plan our day I’m sick of this country

  12. Sampath says:

    This is very unfair. Please don’t power cut for 13 hours in Kotehena ST. Benedicts street area. There are 2 schools. Also I have old patients living in my house who need electricity . Please don’t do this

  13. Dr. Ranjan Jayaratne says:

    Why only certain privileged areas are devoided of power cuts . Eg. Piyaratnarama Place, Dehiwela ,Near Water Tank has no power cuts at any time. And also I suggest electricity board to terminate sending monthly bills to consumers in power cut affected areas until normalcy prevailed. This is to compensate the inconvenience caused due to power cuts. Hope Board will take up this matter seriously. Otherwise a court decision will have to be taken to pay the consumers for the inconvenience caused due to power cuts. Thank You

  14. Harsha says:

    ikmanata light denna current eka nathuwa sahenna lessons block wenwa.eka sahenna paduwak.

  15. Chamilka de silva says:

    Hell. Im in kandy mapanawathura. Power cut from 12.35 to until now (6.40 pm ) and our area letter is F hahah we still on power cut. This is bullshit.

  16. Rupasinghe says:

    Ceb welldone when 24 hour power cut

  17. Rupasinghe says:

    Welldone ced when 24 hour power cut

  18. Chamod udara says:

    ගල්ගමුව wata kiyatada enne

  19. Chamod udara says:

    ගල්ගමුවta kiyatada karant eka enne

  20. Onitha says:

    Maru anduva

  21. Mahesh says:

    Thanks

  22. Someone says:

    How the bloody hell we can find our area,

  23. Ruwan says:

    This is torture. Its like living in hell without electricity. Please power cut to the Rajapakse family as well so they can understand the suffering of the people.

  24. Tuany says:

    Comments won’t help improves situations .
    We have to get out of this pit somehow who ever created it.!!

  25. Enid Dooldeniya says:

    Get money from IMF and give electricity. Get a good Economist as Finance Minister. Invest in Solar Power Plants.

  26. Pasindu says:

    කණු ටිකයි වයර් ටිකයි ගලවන් යමල්ලා

  27. සංජීව කරුණාරත්න says:

    හෙට D කලාපයට විදුලිය විසන්දි වෙන්නේ කොහොමද

  28. Kush says:

    We do understand the situation of the country, but there must be a plan for this, I’m having my cambridge alevels from May 4th onwards, and due to this we’re really unable of studying not only me I guess government olevels too gonna be held on the month may, this is really a big issue to our studies, we do have our exams sometimes online and we do have MT classes. Not only me almost all the srilankan students face this problem. Hope everything will be fixed with time ⏲ 🙏🏻 and God bless to everyone whose sitting for cambridge alevels and government olevels 🙏🏻❤

Sri Lanka parliamentary committee says electricity tariffs should be reduced by 20 pct

ECONOMYNEXT — A parliamentary Sectoral Oversight Committee on Alleviating the Impact of the Economic Crisis has recommended to the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) that electricity tariffs be reduced by at least 20 percent.

A statement from parliament said on Monday February 26 that, following an analytical review of the figures presented by the Electricity Board, Public Utilities Commission, etc. and taking into consideration all other factors affecting the price of electricity, including considering the opinion given by experts that the existing electricity price can be reduced by about 33%, price of electricity should be reduced by at least 20% in the year 2024 so that the state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) will not suffer any loss.

PUCSL officials have informed the Committee that by the end of this month, they can submit the necessary recommendations to reduce the electricity bill, according to the statement.

The matter was taken up for discussion when the committee, chaired by MP Gamini Waleboda, met in the Parliament on February 22.

Officials from the Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Finance, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Public Utilities Commission, Industry Development Board, Enterprise Development Authority, Department of Population and Statistics, Department of Inland Revenue and from government institutions including the Micro, Small and Medium Scale Industries Board and a group of industrialists had also been called for the meeting.

“The Committee gave several directives to the relevant institutions and officials to identify the micro, small and medium scale industries that are directly affected by the economic crisis and to activate the local economy and increase the foreign exchange earnings by reviving the industry sector.

“The Committee pointed out that due to the increase in electricity bills, the number of electricity connection cuts reported across the island has exceeded one million. It was also emphasised that in order to alleviate the pressure on the industry and the society, it should be arranged to provide electricity connections again by charging only 50 percent of the outstanding charges at the initial stage with the concessional basis of payment of outstanding electricity charges on installment basis,” the statement said.

The committee was also of the view to allow the customer to pay the connection fee in installments so as to avoid discouraging new entrepreneurs to start micro, small and financial industries due to high charges for getting fixed electricity connection and instructed to review the new connection fee and work to reduce it as much as possible.

The committee chair has instructed the PUCSL to conduct an audit on the electricity consumption in the public sector as an approach to ensure energy security.

“The Committee recommended to the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank to start a loan scheme at subsidised interest for the purchase of solar panel systems with a view to promoting solar energy as a source of energy supply to industries. The Ministry of Finance expressed its agreement to provide refinancing facilities subject to a maximum as per the proposal made by the Committee to implement a loan scheme targeting micro, small and medium scale industrialists under subsidized interest rates.

The committee has also recommended that raw materials that must be imported from abroad and impose tax concessions on such raw materials be identified to ensure the supply of raw materials required for the smooth running of micro, small and medium scale industries. Copper, lead, aluminum and other industrial scraps used as raw materials in various domestic industries currently being sold by the CEB to external buyers and other entities should also be issued to micro, small and medium scale industrialists recommended by the Ministry of Industry and the Industrial Development Board, the committee has recommended.

The definition used by the Department of Population and Statistics for micro, small and medium industries and the definition used by other institutions such as the Industrial Development Board and the Central Bank for those industries are different from each other, which is an obstacle in making policy decisions, the committee had noted, directing the Department of Population and Statistics to support to the policymakers by releasing statistical data based on a common definition.

“The committee also recommended that the Credit Information Bureau should take prompt action to remove their credit information from the blacklists so as to facilitate access to credit facilities for micro, small and medium scale industries facing financial crisis to activate their balance sheets and to review all existing laws and procedures for registration of micro, small and medium scale industries as well as to obtain licenses and introduce a simple system.

“The committee informed all the parties to establish a steering Committee headed by the Ministry of Industry to implement the recommendations given by the Committee and to report its progress within a week,” the statement said. (Colombo/Feb27/2024)

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Sri Lanka sets up fund to help children of Gaza

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East is mandated to provide education, health, relief and social services, and emergency assistance to refugees. (Pic courtesy UNWRA)

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers have approved a proposal by President Ranil Wickremesinghe to set up a fund to help children caught in the war in Gaza, a statement said.

The government will contribute a million US dollars and use funds allocated by state agencies for Ifthar celebrations.

Public contributions are also called.

The Presidential Secretariat is requesting public donations citizens for the “Children of Gaza Fund” to be contributed to account number 7040016 at Bank of Ceylon (7010), Taprobane Branch (747) by 11th April.

Deposit receipts should to be forwarded to 0779730396 via WhatsApp. (Colombo/Feb27/2024)

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Top US official calls for inclusive reforms, deeper defence ties with Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT — United States Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Richard Verma in discussions with Sri Lanka officials had called for inclusive reforms and stronger human rights and also discussed deeper defence and maritime cooperation.

The United States remains committed to the economic growth and prosperity of Sri Lanka, statement from the US Embassy in Colombo quoted the official as telling government, civil society and economic leaders during his February 23-24 visit to Sri Lanka.

“Verma met with President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister Ali Sabry to discuss progress on Sri Lanka’s IMF program, including inclusive economic and governance reforms aimed at keeping Sri Lanka on the path to sustainable economic growth.  Deputy Secretary Verma stressed the vital need to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression. They also explored opportunities to deepen defence and maritime cooperation between the United States and Sri Lanka, including strengthening the Sri Lanka Navy’s capabilities to safeguard national security and promote a more stable Indo-Pacific region,” the statement said.

 On February 23, aboard the SLNS Vijayabahu, one of three former U.S. Coast Guard cutters transferred by the United States to Sri Lanka, Deputy Secretary Verma said: “I am pleased to announce that the Department of State has notified Congress of our intent to transfer a fourth medium endurance cutter to Sri Lanka.  The Department obligated $9 million in Foreign Military Financing to support this effort.  We look forward to offering the cutter, pending the completion of Congress’ notification period.  If completed, this transfer would further strengthen defense cooperation between the United States and Sri Lanka.  The ship would increase Sri Lanka’s ability to patrol its Exclusive Economic Zone, monitor its search and rescue area, and provide additional security for ships from all nations that transit the busy sea lanes of the Indian Ocean.” 

 Participating in the announcement at Colombo Port were Sri Lanka State Minister of Defense Premitha Bandara Tennakoon, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, and U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung, who remarked, according to the statement: “The United States has previously transferred three cutters to the Sri Lankan Navy, which deploys these ships for maritime operations and law enforcement missions, countering human trafficking and drug trafficking, while supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts. The eventual transfer of a fourth vessel would be just one more point in a long history of cooperation between Sri Lanka and the United States in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.” 

Verma also visited the site of the West Container Terminal (WCT), a deepwater shipping container terminal in the Port of Colombo. The WCT, currently being constructed by Colombo West International Terminal (CWIT) Private Limited with 553 million US dollars in financing from the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, will provide critical infrastructure for the South Asian region, the embassy said.

“Operating near capacity since 2021, the Port of Colombo’s new addition will be the port’s deepest terminal and aims to boost Colombo’s shipping capacity, expanding its role as a premiere logistics hub connecting major routes and markets, boosting prosperity for Sri Lanka without adding to its sovereign debt,” it said. (Colombo/Feb27/2024)

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