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Sri Lanka`s Power tariff hike hits masses the hardest


Thursday, 14 March 2013 - 3:53 AM SL Time

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The forthcoming tariff hike is targeted at the larger segment of the society, especially the low and middle income categories as against the previous decisions where the low and middle categories particularly less than 90 units users were well protected under a subsidy.

Power sector officials said that going by the Public Utilities Commission s yesterday s statement on Ceylon Electricity Board recommendations those who use more than 100 units a month had to pay a staggering increase of 94 per cent to the bill from April.

`Unlike in the previous occasions there is no block system like 30 units at Rs. 3.00 per unit etc, thus a consumer who uses 30 units a month have to pay an additional 53% to the monthly bill, 60 units 47%, 90 units 59 %, 100 units 94%, 200 units 45%, 300 units 13.5 %, 400 units 22.1%, 500 units 13.7%, 600 units 8.7%, 700 units 5.4 %, 800 units 3.1%, 900 units 1.2% and over 1000 units slightly lesser than the existing amount,` he added.

However, the Commission s officials said that public could make their representations at the public hearing on April 4. Officials said that only after public hearing they would take a final decision.

CEB officials said that government could either give the green light or provide some relief to the affected communities depending on their recommendations.

The Island learns places of religious worship, would continue to get the cheapest power, paying between Rs. 1.90 to Rs.7.00 a unit, compared to a cost of production over Rs. 20.00.


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LK Information  13 Mar 2013 21:09:33 GMT  Report for Abuse  
The forthcoming tariff hike is targeted at the larger segment of the society, especially the low and middle income categories


make it applies only to sinhalese.......
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While government economists are boasting about an increase in foreign reserves, the growth rate and per capita income, independent economists say Sri Lanka is surviving on borrowed money and borrowed time and this borrowed sand castle could crumble in a storm.

Last week, the Central Bank which like many important state institutions is headed by a political appointee said the balance of payments continued to record a surplus with a comfortable overall surplus expected this year.

But independent economists said the build up in the country s foreign reserves over the past year by around US$ 2 billion was based on borrowed cash and was unsustainable in the long-term towards ensuring a stable rupee against the dollar. They said the dollar had been moving in the range of around Rs. 127-128 since January this year compared to Rs. 121 in March last year.

Meanwhile the cost of living is soaring to Mars and going beyond the reach of millions of the people who are struggling for survival while political leaders are continuing to indulge in their luxury or extravagant lifestyles. Recently the prices of diesel and petrol were increased, leading to increases in the prices of a multitude of items and bus fares. But the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation is continuing to tell lies about the price of crude oil it buys, as we pointed out in an Editorial last week. Lies, damn lies and bloated or distorted statistics have become part of our political culture because most politicians today have degenerated into living a lie, or worse still, they have become a living lie. According to reports, electricity rates are likely to be virtually doubled soon, while from April 1 the government has imposed a 15% tax on the growing number of super-market chains, which as expected have said they will pass on the increase to millions of customers. When the globalised capitalist market economic system was launched, its advocates claimed one of the main intentions was to make the customer the king. Now that so-called king has lost the crown and looks more like a clown in a political circus. Government leaders say the increase in the cost of living is largely beyond their control. This is another damn lie. For instance the CPC is continuing to tell lies about the price it pays, while corruption continues with the import of sub-standard fuel through a process where some officials are making millions of rupees. Even the prices of medicinal drugs could be controlled if the Government sincerely and effectively implements the National Medicinal Drugs Policy. But vested interests including trans-national drug companies have allegedly given millions of dollars not only to health officials but tragically also to medical consultants to delay or sabotage the implementation of the NMDP while the Health Ministry continues to tell sugar-coated lies. The people cannot and will not go on eating lies, and if the Rajapaksa regime does not act fast to reduce the COL, its moment of truth may not be far away.




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The UNP leader and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe stated that the UNP was willing to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government in order to support the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).


Ranil Rajapakse desperate !
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The 13th amendment was passed through parliament and its having a slow death without anything happening so what good is a memorandum of understanding going to do?
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Raja promised 13th plus plus to India.

LLRC to US UN.

two wrongs not going to make one correct.
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Power sector officials said that going by the Public Utilities Commission s yesterday s statement on Ceylon Electricity Board recommendations those who use more than 100 units a month had to pay a staggering increase of 94 per cent to the bill from April.


its almost 100% increase.

change the bull not the chinashop.

Edited By - Damed - 13 Mar 2013 22:40:51 GMT
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Last night's Earth Quake in Tokyo would have disturbed Magodiya's Delegation also....
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Raja promised 13th plus plus to India.

LLRC to US UN.


And he also promised Norvegians that with white flags any one can surrender without any fear as his Sinhala Army is disciplined and decent and knows the conventions!

He promised to so many and he has lost the count!
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13th plus plus


Hikz hikz

matamathakanehay !

Edited By - Damed - 13 Mar 2013 22:58:52 GMT
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Mahinda Rajapaksa's impending tour of Japan was scheduled for an earlier date. But because of the sudden political upheaval and change of government in that country, he had to postpone the trip. He is now making the tour at a crucial juncture when America has presented a resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, and India is supporting it. At the same time, it is also reported that some weeks ago Japan's Ambassador to the United Nations along with envoys of several other countries had met UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon and handed over a report in favour of Sri Lanka. Some media referred to this as a report to 'whitewash' Sri Lanka.

Finds it difficult

When considering this report, one finds it difficult to speculate on whether Mahinda Rajapaksa was seeking the support of Japan to change the stern stance of America against Sri Lanka, especially since Japan is a friend of America and other western countries.

It is evident that though Rajapaksa, though having great faith in India, had to abandon it, owing to the opposition mounted by Tamil Nadu. One wonders whether Rajapaksa, on this tour of Japan, would recall the speech the late J. R. Jayewardene made at the San Francisco conference in favour of granting independence for Japan. By emphasizing 'hate begets hate' and 'hatred does not conquer hatred' Jayewardene strongly urged that Japan, which had suffered the ravages of war, be granted a pardon and its independence.


Can Japan Change US.....

Edited By - Damed - 13 Mar 2013 22:57:24 GMT
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