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President instructs to complete construction of second terminal at BIA before 2023

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has instructed officials to complete the construction of the second terminal of the Bandaranaike International Airport before the end of 2023. Construction of the second terminal, which began in 2014, was scheduled for completion in 2017. Experts in the field point out that many aspects of the design are out of date due to the lack of construction.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Former IGP Pujith Jayasundara today (01) said that he was not aware that Sri Lanka Institute of National Defense Studies had been set up to study matters relating to national security or that a policy on national security had been formulated.
 

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- During a special raid carried out in the Western Province, the police have arrested 417 suspects over drug-related charges. The raids were carried out from 6.00 am yesterday (Sept 30) until 5.00 am today on the orders of Western Province Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon.
 

Oct 01 (DN) An armed gang had robbed the residence of a businessman in the AkkaraPanaha area in Katana last morning (30), according to the Police Media Division. Reportedly, the robbers had entered the house of the businessman at around 10.30 am yesterday and robbed over Rs.30 million worth of cash and jewellery
 

Oct 01 (Island) If Pulastini Mahendran alias Sarah Jasmine, the wife of Atchchi Muhammadu Muhammadu Hastun, who blew himself up at St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya, was alive and hiding in India, the government should bring her back, SJB MP Mujibur Rahman, on Monday night, told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (P CoI) investigating the Easter Sunday attacks.
 

Oct 01 (DM) Two individuals visiting an inmate at the Magazine Prison in Colombo were taken into custody by the Prison officials with heroin this afternoon, Prisons Spokesman Chandana Ekanayake said. He said seven packets of heroin weighing 7mgs were detected while hidden in a dress taken to be given to an inmate.
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Two persons were arrested this morning for pelting stones at a public meeting held in Ratmalana last night with the participation of the Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa.
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohamed Mihar has ordered the release on bail of web journalist Desmond Chathuranga de Alwis, who was arrested and remanded for publishing a report that obstructed court proceedings.
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Justice states that information has come to light regarding a racket of fraudulently obtaining various amounts of money from people by giving fake interview letters and appointment letters informing that clerks / office assistants / drivers and security guards are being recruited to the Ministry.
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Officers of the Udawalawe Police Special Task Force (STF) have arrested a suspect with 95kg of dry cannabis in a raid carried out in the Arambegama area in the Thanamalwila Police Headquarters area.
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The Police Headquarters stated that the office for accepting applications for police clearance reports will be reopened from today (30). The office situated at the office building of the Colombo Deputy Inspector General of Police in Olcott Mawatha, was temporarily closed from March 14 due to COVID-19
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* PCoI on Easter Sunday attacks - SIS gave priority to matters other than national security: Ex-IGP (30 - DM)
* Govt. to introduce certain amendments to 20A - AG (30 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said that a health policy will be formulated to improve the quality of mental health services. Minister of Health noted that psychiatry, which cares for people with mental disabilities, can be pointed out as an important part of the field of mental health.
 

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Sri Lanka emphasized that it rejects all the allegations of human right violations contained in the Annual Report of the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) on Sri Lanka submitted to the UN Human Rights Council.
 

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka during a dialogue with Japan on maritime issues highlighted the need to further strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation for a rule-based maritime order in Indo-Pacific region. The Fourth Sri Lanka - Japan Dialogue on Maritime Security, Safety and Oceanic Issues held virtually on Thursday (October 01).
 

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) declined to 4.0 percent in September 2020 from 4.1 percent in August 2020, the Department of Census And Statistics reported Thursday.
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The 20th Amendment to the Constitution violates the sovereignty of the people and concentrates all powers on the President, weakening the powers of the judiciary and the legislature, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court was told when petitions filed against and in support of the proposed bill were taken up for consideration for a second day today (30).
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa welcoming four new envoys to the country has emphasized that top most priority of the government is development and as a nation, Sri Lanka has chosen a neutral foreign policy.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Gearing Sri Lanka to a “5G ready status” with its 5G trial network in select locations, across the country, Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider partnered Huawei to unveil the highly anticipated mid-range 5G smartphone, Huawei Nova 7 SE.
 

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Aparajitha Corporate Services Private Limited, India’s no.1 company for Compliance, Wednesday announced the introduction of its Global E-Governance and Compliance Platform - ‘Compfie’ in Sri Lanka in association with Colombo headquartered 3W Consulting.
 

Oct 01 (Island) In meeting the aspirations of the government of Sri Lanka and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to develop a stronger financial system, Abans PLC, the controlling shareholder of Abans Finance PLC, will be selling its stake in the finance company to Softlogic Capital PLC, the holding company of Softlogic Finance PLC, with a capital gain.
 

Oct 01 (DM) Laugfs Gas PLC yesterday entered into a strategic partnership with Abans Group, enabling Sri Lankans to conveniently purchase their cooking-related products, including gas cylinders, gas cookers, freestanding cookers and other appliances, through the extensive Abans showroom network.
 

Oct 01 (DN) Sri Lanka has never defaulted on its loan repayments and it is among the very few countries that has been able to recover speedily after the COVID-19 pandemic and recommence its exports to the pre-COVID level, said State Finance Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal.
 

Sept 30 (Reuters) Sri Lanka shares fell for a second straight session on Wednesday as industrial and energy stocks declined, although the index booked its best monthly gain in eight years.
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) announced the launch of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) which now gives average investors an opportunity to reap the benefits of real estate investment and the advantages associated with investing in publicly traded securities on the CSE
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Cattle slaughter ban boosts CSE chicken stocks (30 - DM)
* ‘Microgrid Project, turning point in Lanka energy sector’ (30 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Wednesday has called for the appointment of a joint committee to restructure the Excise Department. The Prime Minister stated this at a discussion held at Temple Trees with trade union representatives to discuss the professional issues of excise officers.
 

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- The budget for next year (2021) will be presented to Parliament on November 17, Secretary to the Finance Ministry S. R. Attygalle said at a media briefing held at the Finance Ministry yesterday.
 

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- In a message to mark the World Children’s Day President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said the future generation should be equipped with technical skills and language competencies while enhancing their moral values to build a country with a righteous society.
 

Oct 01 (NAR) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka’s political pendulum is swinging toward a strong, centralized state in the grip of an executive president with sweeping authoritarian powers, fulfilling a goal of the Rajapaksas, the South Asian nation’s most influential political clan.
 

Oct 01 (News 1st) Multiple Public and Private trade unions formed a movement to challenge the 20th Amendment to the Constitution on Wednesday (30). Kesara Kottegoda, the convenor of the new movement said it was observed the 20th Amendment would pave the way for the introduction of dangerous legislation.
 

Oct 01 (Island) Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Tuesday (29), said that the powers enjoyed by him would not be reduced by the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution. Rajapaksa addressing newspaper editors and electronic media heads at Temple Trees said the allies of the government held different views on the 20th Amendment
 

Oct 01 (DM) The government will move an amendment to the 20th Amendment to bring the President’s Secretariat and the Prime Minister’s office among the state institutions coming under the purview of the Auditor General.
 

Oct 01 (DN) The report including recommendations regarding the UNP’s future political journey formulated under the supervision of UNP Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene is due to be handed over to the Party Leader and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe next week.
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Sri Lanka is committed to protect and sustainably manage natural resources, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said addressing the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity today (30).
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to complete the construction of the Central Expressway soon and the construction of the section from Kadawatha to Mirigama will be completed within the next five months, said Minister of Highways Johnston Fernando.
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Piyankara Jayaratne, State Minister for Foreign Employment Promotion and Market Diversification says that steps will be taken to re-examine the criteria recommended for approving the family background report required for women to apply for foreign employment and to adapt it to the present.
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has suggested Sri Lanka Post to look at how the international delivery and postal services operate and identify its untapped potential so it can become a major contributor to the national economy.
 

Sept 30 (Bloomberg) Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court is considering petitions from as many as 40 individuals and organizations challenging President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s plan to restore sweeping executive powers to his office.
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Another 342 Sri Lankans who were stranded in 3 foreign countries arrived at the Katunayake and Mattala airports this morning. According to the airport officials, 47 Sri Lankans arrived from Dubai in United Arab Emirates
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has decided to declare October 5 as a day of protest against the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. The General Secretary of Samagi Jana Balawegaya Ranjith Madduma Bandara has told Lankadeepa that protests would be carried out in all districts on that day by hoisting black flags and wearing black bands.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* PM confident of 2/3rd majority for 20A (30 - DM)
* Judicial Reform Programme within three years - Minister (30 - DN)

SPORTS

Oct 01 (BBC) West Indies coach Phil Simmons hopes England will return the favour and tour the Caribbean in the near future. West Indies were the first team to tour the UK since the coronavirus lockdown started when they played three Tests in Southampton and Manchester in July.
 

Sept 30 (PTI) Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman rues missing out on playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the perks that come with it after the postponement of his national team’s tour of Sri Lanka amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Sept 30 (SLC) Sri Lanka Test and ODI Captain Dimuth Karunaratne lamented that one year of cricket inactivity due to the prevailing COVID 19 Pandemic was a setback to his career. “One year off my cricket career due to the COVID 19 is very disappointing.
 

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today announced that it has decided to readjust the commencement date of the ‘Lanka Premier League’ (LPL) in order to ensure that participating players have adequate time to meet ‘Quarantine Requirements,’ as per the Government’s health regulations.
 


WORLD

Oct 01 (Reuters) India’s federal government on Wednesday allowed states to reopen schools and other educational institutions in a phased manner, as well as movie theatres, even as the coronavirus cases continue to rise daily in the South Asian country.
 

Oct 01 (BBC) An Australian man who punched and stamped on a pregnant woman in a suspected Islamophobic attack has been jailed for three years. Stipe Lozina, 44, attacked Rana Elasmar, 32, in Sydney last November. Ms Elasmar, then 38 weeks pregnant, .
 

Oct 01 (HT) Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday said the UK is at a “critical moment” in its fight to control the spread of coronavirus, as a further 71 deaths took the country’s death toll from the deadly virus to 42,143. Addressing a briefing from 10 Downing Street in London, Johnson struck a sombre note as he called for “collective forbearance, common sense and willingness to make sacrifices”
 

Oct 01 (HT) Canada has seen record low growth in its population in the second quarter of the year, mainly due to a fall in migration to the country due to travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. A key highlight of the trend is that the number of Indians arriving in Canada as permanent residents (PRs) this year is set to number less than half the total for 2019.
 


About Sri Lanka ::-
Introduction to Sri Lanka ::-

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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