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Sri Lanka PM instructs to expedite the repatriation of migrant workers

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday instructed to expedite the repatriation of Sri Lankan migrant workers who are waiting to return to Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister instructed the relevant authorities at a discussion held at Temple Trees on the repatriation of Sri Lankan migrant workers abroad affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Former Director of the Criminal Investigation department (CID) Shani Abeysekara Tuesday revealed that that he had informed former President Maithripala Sirisena before the Easter attack about an impending catastrophe as the same group is involved in the vandalism of Mawanella Buddha statues and the Wanathavilluwa explosives incident.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy during a special operation conducted today at Daluwa beach in Kalpitiya arrested three suspects and seized about 1340 kg of dried turmeric as well as 80 kg of glyphosate attempted to be smuggled into the country.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 755 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Tuesday. Among the positive cases identified Tuesday, 748 are associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster and seven arrivals from Israel.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka confirmed one death on Tuesday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 288, according to health authorities.The Director General of Health Services confirmed the following death caused by COVID -19 virus infection and accordingly the total number of deaths due to COVID -19 infection in Sri Lanka is 288 by now.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army, Head of the National Operations Center for the Prevention of the Spread of Covid-19, announced several areas will be released from isolation as of 6 am Wednesday (27).
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana states that there is an increasing tendency for road accidents in the country. Nearly 30 people have been killed in fatal road accidents in the week from January 17 to 22.
 

Jan 26 (DN) 24 persons were arrested for not wearing face masks and failing to maintain social distancing during the last 24-hours, said the Police Media Spokesperson Ajith Rohana. The DIG stated that 2770 suspects have been arrested since October 30 for not wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing in public areas.
 

Jan 26 (Island) Two tennis balls filled with drugs had been thrown into the Covid-19 treatment centre at Kandakadu, Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana said. The contraband was found on Saturday by the Army officers attached to the facility.
 

Jan 26 (DM) Former Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Director Shani Abeysekara yesterday testified before the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks said that there were no concrete information on foreign links that involved in the Easter Sunday suicide attacks at the time he was serving as the Director of the CID.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The high tide experienced last evening (24th January) refloated the bulk carrier MV Eurosun that ran aground on the Little Basses Reef, about 5.5 nautical miles (10km) off the southeastern coast of the island on 23rd January, Sri Lanka Navy reported.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy said during a special operation on 09th January 2021 in northern seas 09 Indian fishermen along with their trawler were apprehended for poaching in Sri Lankan waters and directed for 14 days of quarantine due to COVID -19 concerns.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says that the first consignment of Covid vaccines provided free of charge by the Government of India will be brought to Sri Lanka on Wednesday, the 27th of January.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Fort Magistrate today ordered to issue a warrant through the International Police (Interpol) for the arrest of a drug trafficker named Udara Sampath, who is currently abroad.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army, Head of the National Operations Center for the Prevention of the Spread of Covid 19, announcing the latest status of isolation said several areas will be released from isolation while some other areas will be isolated as of 6 am Monday (25).
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Coronavirus update: 737 new COVID-19 cases identified Monday, total rises to 59,167 (25 - CP)
* Sri Lanka reports four more COVID-19 deaths Monday, toll rises to 287 (25 - CP)
* Sivajilingam stages drama to halt archaeological survey (25 - Island)
* Man shot dead in Panadura (25 - DM)
* Gangster arrested (25 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The High Commission of India in Sri Lanka celebrated the 72nd Republic Day of India on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at India House, the residence of High Commissioner in Colombo. Sri Lanka Prime Minster Mahinda Rajapaksa taking to Twitter to extend greetings on the occasion to his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has instructed the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) to look into the possibility of repatriation of migrant workers affected by the COVID-19 disaster using its own funds.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka held their 23rd meeting of the Joint Commission on 25 January 2021, via video conference. This was the first Joint Commission under the new leadership in both the European Union and Sri Lanka, the EU said in a joint press release today.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- UN human rights experts today urged the Sri Lankan Government to end its policy of forced cremation of the COVID-19 deceased, saying it ran contrary to the beliefs of Muslims and other minorities in the country, and could foment existing prejudices, intolerance and violence.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- In consultation with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC), the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has issued a set of guidelines on best practices for Stockbroker Firms which are required to be adopted and implemented with immediate effect.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon extended its wholehearted support to the Colombo launch last weekend of the Central Bank’s initiative to promote cashless digital payments via LANKAQR, the national Quick Response (QR) Code platform.
 

Jan 2 (CP) Colombo- Fitch Ratings has revised the National Long-Term Ratings of Sri Lankan financial institutions following the recalibration of the agency’s Sri Lankan national rating scale.
 

Jan 26 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares closed lower on Tuesday after hitting record highs earlier in the session, weighed down by industrials and consumer staples companies.
 

Jan 26 (Island) Low bank interest rates are encouraging people to invest in the CSE. This has resulted in a boom in the market, a top CSE official said. “Today, the total bank deposit amounts to Rs. 10 trillion and most people are looking at investing their funds
 

Jan 26 (DM) State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC) has saved at least Rs.1.1 billion during 2020, due to the avoidance of emergency drug purchases, a common practice widely used by the state-owned manufacturer and distributor of medicinal drugs.
 

Jan 26 (DN) Mobitel is willing to cooperate with other industry stakeholders to bring about a society with lower cash usage. Infrastructure connectivity and non-recognition of other payment services have impeded the increased usage of digital payments.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Central Bank has requested Licensed Commercial Banks to refrain from entering into forward contracts of foreign exchange for a period of three months with immediate effect.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Dialog Axiata PLC recently announced pre-order availability for the all-new 5G ready Samsung Galaxy S21 line-up which includes the Samsung S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has taken steps towards the clearance of all imports at the Port of Colombo through electronic payments via the Internet. This allows port users to make payments from their homes or offices to clear goods from the Port of Colombo.
 

Jan 25 (TTGA) Sri Lanka has welcomed its first batch of visitors from Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, after reopening its borders to foreign tourists last Thursday, following a 10-month pandemic-induced closure.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lankan shares end at record high as industrial, financial stocks gain (25 - CP)
* Mount Clifford Residencies ‘sold out’ even before completion: ICC (25 - Island)
* Sri Lanka in talks with PayPal for 9 years without breakthrough (25 - DM)
* Colombo-leg of LANKAQR campaign launched (25 - DN)
* People’s Bank wins ‘Best Consumer Digital Bank’ and ‘Best Mobile Banking App’ (25 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing has taken steps to construct 12 multi-storey car parks in major cities in several districts including Colombo aiming to provide a permanent solution to the problem of traffic congestion and parking.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella Tuesday said that no final decision has been made regarding the East Container Terminal of the Colombo Port. Minister further clarified that also, if it is invested in the stock market, only 49% will be invested and 51% will always be kept with the government.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene says that a number of provincial councilors who supported the Samagi Jana Balawegaya at the last general election have rejoined the UNP and the party will resume its journey for victory with their involvement.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Cabinet of Ministers’ meeting chaired by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday (25) has decided to implement the minimum daily wage of 1,000 rupees for plantation workers through the Wages Boards.
 

Jan 26 (New Age) PREPARING for the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council cannot be easy for a government that was elected on a nationalist platform that was very critical of international intervention.
 

Jan 26 (Island) State Minister for Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle yesterday (25) said that members of Parliament were not among those categorised as priority groups expected to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 pandemic.
 

Jan 26 (DM) Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda has appointed a three member committee to make recommendations to resolve the problem of Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters, a statement said. According to the statement, Sri Lankan fishing community has been inconvenienced by such acts.
 

Jan 26 (DN) Agencies affiliated with the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka reported 1919 has received one and half a million telephone calls to obtain government information last year. Subramanium Gawaskar, head of this agency reports that 95% of these requirements have been successfully met
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stated Monday that he believes the judicial courts should become a refuge for people searching for the justice and fairness from the law.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The schools in the Western Province under the new normal of COVID-19 commenced today (25) for the students who will sit for the GCE Ordinary Level Examination in March and a positive student attendance has been reported in all Education Zone, the Ministry of Education announced.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The demise of renowned media personality Kalakeerthi Dr. Edwin Ariyadasa, who made a massive contribution to the development of moral journalism, in addition to the advancement of a number of spheres of arts and humanities as a pioneer is deeply saddening, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said in a condolence message today.
 

The middle kingdom China, in its ancient past, played a global leadership role by creating a tributary system where nations like Sri Lanka paid tribute. China is far from this position today;
 

Jan 25 (Nikkei AR) Sri Lanka’s hawkish President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has caved in to Indian pressure for a stake in the Port of Colombo, the busiest harbor in the strategically located South Asian island where China already has a foothold.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Justice Ali Sabry said a preliminary draft of the proposed new constitution would be tabled in Parliament within another month. The Minister said the preliminary work of the Constitution is being carried out successfully at present.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The three-member committee investigating the deforestation of Wilpattu Forest Reserve has recommended that former Minister and Wanni District parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen pay more than Rs. 1 billion for the reforestation of the Kallaru forest reserve near the Wilpattu forest.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Wasantha Yapa Bandara, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Kandy District parliamentarian and Chairman of the Kandy District Coordinating Committee has been diagnosed with COVID-19 coronavirus infection, a senior official of the Central Provincial Health Department said.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Environment Ministry Secretary laments regional cabals’ control over mining of sand and granite (25 - Island)
* Sri Lanka to canvass support from like-minded countries (25 - DM)
* Sethsiripaya Phase III to be largest Government office complex (25 - DN)

SPORTS

Jan 26 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka threw it away. Their hyper-aggressive approach to the second innings wasn’t part of the plan. And their 126 all out ruined three days of good work. These were Mickey Arthur’s takeaways after the dispiriting 2-0 loss against England.
 

Jan 26 (BBC) England can be very pleased with their performance in Sri Lanka. By winning the series 2-0, sealed with another victory full of character in the second Test on Monday, they have done what they had to do. Sri Lanka are not a great side by any means.
 

Jan 25 (BBC) England completed a thrilling victory on day four of the second Test against Sri Lanka to take the series 2-0. Chasing a tricky 164, England were 89-4 on a turning pitch but opener Dom Sibley hit 56 not out to lead them to a six-wicket win.
 

Jan 25 (ESPNCI) Spinners Jack Leach and Dom Bess turned up right on time to fulfill England’s order and turn the second Test back their way by lunch on the fourth day in Galle. Sri Lanka held a 37-run first-innings lead after claiming England’s last wicket, that of Leach, with the 11th ball of the morning.
 


WORLD

Jan 26 (BBC) Iran says it has arrested a US-Iranian dual national facing spying charges who attempted to leave the country. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili did not identify the man, but said he "had been free on bail".
 

Jan 26 (BBC) A rally against agriculture reforms in India turned violent on Tuesday, after protesting farmers broke through police barricades to storm Delhi’s historic Red Fort complex. On foot and in tractors, the protesters were part of a huge rally planned for India’s Republic Day.
 

Jan 25 (BBC) Australia has suspended a travel bubble with New Zealand after its first Covid case in months was confirmed to be the South African variant. The infected patient had served 14-days in quarantine and tested negative twice before developing symptoms later.
 

Jan 25 (BBC) Chinese and Indian troops have reportedly clashed again in a disputed border area, with injuries on both sides, Indian media reports say. The incident took place in north Sikkim last Wednesday. India’s army said there had been a "minor" incident that had been "resolved".
 


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Sri Lanka is a beautiful island paradise in the Indian Ocean with white sandy beaches lush greenery, exciting adventures, amazing wildlife, cascading waterfalls and a rich heritage. The island of Sri Lanka is roughly pear-shaped. The total area of Sri Lanka is 65,610 sq km. Sri Lankas coastline is about 1,340 km (about 833 mi) around.

The people in Sri Lanka are warm and friendly. Sri Lankans are known for hospitality in all over the world. People in Sri Lanka ethnically fall into four main categories. The population of Sri Lanka is about 20 million. Sri Lanka has a tropical climate. Sri Lanka has a democratic government. Sri Lanka is mainly an agricultural country. Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948. Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon.

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Sri Lanka became a plantation economy, famous for its production and export of cinnamon, rubber and Ceylon tea, which remains a trademark national export. By 1996 plantation crops made up only 20% of export, and further declined to 16.8% in 2005 (compared with 93% in 1970), while textiles and garments have reached 63%. The GDP grew at an average annual rate of 5.5% during the early 1990s, until a drought and a deteriorating security situation lowered growth to 3.8% in 1996. The economy rebounded in 1997-2000, with average growth of 5.3%.

Sri Lanka, with an income per head of $1,350, still lags behind some of its neighbors including Maldives and Mauritius but is ahead of its giant neighbor India. Its economy grew by an average of 5% during the 1990s during the 'War for Peace' era. According to the Sri Lankan central bank statistics, the economy was estimated to have grown by 7% last year, although inflation had reached 20%.

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