The price of bread may rise to Rs. 60, speculated the Island on Saturday, after bakers at the Association of Bakery Owners met on Friday.
On Friday, officials at Sri Lanka's two main milling companies - Prima and Serendib - said that the price of wheat flour had been raised by Rs.6 and Rs. 4 per kilo, respectively. Both companies said the price hike was due to losses during the importing of wheat flour, following the depreciation of the rupee, and increased transport costs.
"We don’t want to burden the people, we feel it too. But what can we do with the flour price going up?"
"Everything is going up.. and it is the people who will suffer"
Another baker commented that prices were being rounded up to the nearest Rs. 5 as customers disliked having to carry small coins.
"People don’t like to carry coins because nothing can be purchased for Rs. 1 or Rs.2. They only serve the purpose of making exact payments. And we as traders cannot always carry enough change. It is a nuisance to both parties".
A Sri Lankan military soldier is suspected to have perpetrated the rape of a 7 year old girl in Nedunkeni, Vavuniya, reports Uthayan.
The incident led to a protest by local Tamils, demanding that the culprit be arrested.
Sri Lanka's Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister, Mervyn Silva, has decided to launch a hotline for public complaints, reports Colombo Page. The hotline would allow the user to choose their language of choice,