Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says local and foreign powers are working according to an organized agenda, to prevent the development of Sri Lanka : also says these efforts have been ongoing for a long period: claims these conspiracies have caused the economy to suffer on multiple occasions: blames the Yahapalana Govt for taking a massive amount of Forex debt during its tenure.
NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake says CB Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe is contracting the economy: laments it has badly affected people’s lives: blames Weerasinghe for harping that the only solution to economic crisis is to contract the economy.
Acting Minister of Mass Media Shantha Bandara says disciplinary action will be taken against teachers who attended schools dressed in casual attire: warns that the culture, morals and the existence of the school system should not be allowed to be changed.
TNA MP M A Sumanthiran says 21st Amendment to the Constitution is an “eyewash”: asserts it has not stripped the executive President of any of its powers as promised.
Former CB Governor Cabraal says Rupee has been “fixed” for the past 6 months under Governor Weerasinghe just as it was done for a greater part of his own tenure: urges the Rupee be now “fixed” at a much lower rate: also calls for the immediate reduction of CB policy interest rates.
Human Rights Commission calls for report from the Health Secretary re. the suspension of services of the President of the Medical and Civil Rights Professional Association Dr. Chamal Sanjeewa who exposed incidence of child malnutrition.
Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara says Sri Lanka has stopped officially registering persons going to the UAE and Oman, on tourist visas.
Second reading of Budget 2023 passed in Parliament by a majority of 37 votes: 121 MPs vote in favour: 84 against: MP C V Wigneswaran abstains.
Ministry of Health admits there is currently a shortage of 152 drugs in the country: also says the delay is due to the long process that has to be followed in purchasing drugs through the credit facilities provided by the Indian Govt and ADB.
SLPP’s “Independent” MP Professor G L Pieris asks whether the Election Commission is backing the Govt’s efforts to postpone polls: accuses President Ranil Wickremesinghe and PM Dinesh Gunawardena of conspiring to put off scheduled Local Govt polls indefinitely.