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Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court officials learn high tech system in India’s apex court

ECONOMYNEXT – Selected Sri Lankan Supreme Court officials underwent a four-day training organized by India’s apex court on technological and digital transformation of the Court including e-Courts project, Indian High Commission in Colombo said.

A delegation consisting of 15 Sri Lanka Supreme Court registry officials completed the training program from 9-13 May at the Supreme Court of India, it said.

During the programme, the delegates were introduced to the technological and digital transformation of the Supreme Court of India including e-Courts project, Library, Court processes such as filing, listing, scrutiny, scanning and record keeping,” the High Commission said.

“The Senior Registrars from the Registry explained to the delegates nuances of the same and demonstrated the systems with enhanced transparency, efficiency, and accessibility.”

The High Commission said under the guidance of the Indian Chief Justice, Training Cell of the Supreme Court supported the initiative, promoting knowledge sharing and fostering collaboration with International Judicial entities.

Legal experts say India has a strong legal establishment it has leapt in using digital technology in court cases.

Foreign relations analysts say increasing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka has forced India to take a different approach in the bilateral relations with Colombo after the end of a 26-year war in 2009.

Former Sri Lankan diplomats say India’s harsh foreign policy stance in the past has forced the country to slide towards China.

India is increasingly concerned over rising Chinese projects and influence along with people-to-people connectivity in Sri Lanka.

India, one of the fastest growing nations in the world has repeatedly raised concerns over Chinese research ships being allowed to dock in Sri Lanka and possible military activities. The Sri Lankan has barred all foreign research vessels after Indian complaints, Colombo’s foreign ministry officials say.

Both Sri Lanka and India in February this year discussed on the modalities of a proposed Memorandum of Understanding between Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) and National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) to conduct Capacity Building Programmes for senior and mid-level civil servants of Sri Lanka by NCGG.

India also has offered a number of scholarships every year to Sri Lankan students who wish to pursue their studies in India from the recent past. (Colombo/May 15, 2024)

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Sri Lanka plans to expand Bingiriya export zone to 1,100 acres

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is expanding an export processing zone in Bingiriya in Kurunegala and plans to link the area with Puttalam with roads and other infrastructure, Minister Bandula Gunawardana said.

A task force of ministerial secretaries will be appointed to carry out the tasks speedily, following a cabinet paper submitted by President Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

The Bingiriya zone already has 157 acres and another 282 acres is being developed by the Board of Investment, he said.

Steps would also be taken to acquire 666 acres.

There was no information whose lands would be acquired. (Colombo/May23/2024)

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Sri Lanka has power breakdowns amidst extreme weather

ECONOMYNEXT – The state-owned power utility, the Ceylon Electricity Board has reported over 36,900 breakdowns resulting in power interruptions to more than 300,000 consumers in the last three days due to inclement weather in the island, the power minister said.

“Additional service staff has been assigned to attend the breakdowns and the CEB management & service staff are working 24 hours to restore power to the affected consumers,” Minister of Power and Energy, Kanchana Wijesekera said on social media platform X (twitter).

Wijesekera said consumers could report power interruptions through the CEB hotline 1987, via SMS to 1987 with BD and the electricity consumer number to follow, or use the CEB Care app, or through http://cebcare.ceb.lk.

The South-East monsoon has seen floods, landslides and strong winds do damage to the utility provider’s infrastructure in the last week. (Colombo/May23?2024)

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Sri Lanka President calls for unity, sacrificing for a better tomorrow on Vesak day

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe has recalled a sermon from the Buddha about sacrificing for a better tomorrow, and called for unity to heal and rebuild the country, as Buddhists celebrate Vesak.

Buddhists celebrate Vesak as commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha.

“At this challenging moment, we as a nation should cultivate the same great zeal for enlightenment that Buddha exemplified, inspired by his sermon, “Maththasukha parichchaga- passé che vipulan sukhan” – to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow,” President Wickremesinghe said in his Vesak day message.

“We must remember the advice of Lord Buddha, “Sabbattha Sammanaso,” to treat everyone equally and ensure we put it into practice as a country. This is the greatest offering we can present to the Buddha on this Vesak day.

“Regardless of race, religion, caste, or political affiliation, we must all unite to heal and rebuild our country. ”

The full statement is reproduced below:

The Vesak festival is a profoundly sacred day for Buddhists worldwide, commemorating the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing. Buddhists in Sri Lanka, along with their brethren around the globe, celebrate Vesak with deep devotion. They spend this period engaging in religious observances and venerating the Buddha with fervent devotion.

At this challenging moment, we as a nation should cultivate the same great zeal for enlightenment that Buddha exemplified, inspired by his sermon, “Maththasukha parichchaga- passé che vipulan sukhan” – to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow.

We must remember the advice of Lord Buddha, “Sabbattha Sammanaso,” to treat everyone equally and ensure we put it into practice as a country. This is the greatest offering we can present to the Buddha on this Vesak day. Regardless of race, religion, caste, or political affiliation, we must all unite to heal and rebuild our country. The principles of Lichchavi Raja Dharmaya will guide us in this endeavour.

Let us keep in mind that the primary aim of the Vesak festival is to foster spiritual growth and character development in a world rapidly advancing physically. I wish everyone a blessed Vesak festival.

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