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Construction of Neluwa - Lankagama road in Sinharaja nearing completion

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- The construction of the Neluwa-Lankagama road, which was started to meet a long standing public need, is now in its final stages. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who visited Lankagama on August 29, inspected the condition of the road and instructed it to be completed in 90 days without harming the environment.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana stated that 454 persons who had left the Western Province before the curfew was imposed have already been quarantined for 14 days at their places of residence.
 

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- According to the Department of Government Information, 239 new Covid-19 cases were reported from Divulapitiya and Peliyagoda clusters so far on Saturday. Among them, 180 patients are associates of infected from Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster and fisheries harbors and 59 persons are associates or staff from quarantine centers.
 

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- The quarantine curfew is currently in effect in 117 police divisions, the Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said. Quarantine curfew has been imposed in 112 police divisions in the Western Province and five police divisions in the Kuliyapitiya division.
 

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- Police have arrested 39 persons who did not use masks and did not keep their distance, police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said. Police have arrested 221 persons for violating the curfew in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00 am today.
 

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajith Rohana stated that those who left the Western Province during the last two days (Oct 29th and 30th) will be placed under quarantine for 14 days at their current location.
 

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka health authorities confirmed the 20th death from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, this morning. According to the PCR test report of a patient who died at the Colombo National Hospital yesterday (30), the deceased was COVID-19 infected patient, the Epidemiology Unit confirmed.
 

Oct 31 (DN) Three persons disguised as PHIs stole about 3 ½ gold sovereigns from a house in the Kettapahuwa area in the Mahawa Police Division. Police Spokesperson, DIG Ajith Rohana said that, according to the residents of the robbed house, three persons arrived at their home at around 3.30 pm last Thursday as PHIs
 

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- Steps have been taken to isolate Valsiripura, Rahulapura and Pragathipura areas in the Mirihana police division with immediate effect, the National Operation Center for the Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) announced.
 

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said the police department it is not prepared to reduce the operation to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus by any means and has prepared additional battalions if required.
 

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- Commander-In-Chief President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed Chief of Staff of Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana as 18th Commander of Air Force.
 

Oct 30 (DNA) Indian Coast Guard Station, Mandapam successfully coordinated the rescue of a boat that carried four Indian fishermen, which was adrift in Sri Lankan waters owing to a technical snag.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Sri Lanka’s COVID tally rises ro 10,424 (30 - CP)
* Country on verge of community spread, warns GMOA (30 - Island)
* Police operation to detect those who travelled out of Western Province (30 - DM)
* CCD officers having COVID: AG orders special team to probe Brandix cluster (30 - DN)
* Curfew update: No travel through Western Province for any reason (30 - CP)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- A study conducted by the scientists at the Sri Jayewardenepura University has found that the currently circulating COVID-19 coronavirus strain is different to the strains that circulated previously and highly transmissible.
 

Oct 31 (BBC) Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, his family has said. The Scottish actor was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, being the first to bring the role to the big screen and appearing in seven of the spy thrillers.
 

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed two advisors on Hindu religious affairs for the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, of which he is the subject Minister.
 

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- The newly appointed Ambassador of China to Sri Lanka, Qi Zhenhong, arrived in Colombo on the evening of October 30, 2020 by China Eastern Airlines flight, the Chinese Embassy said in a statement.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- General Daya Ratnayake, Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority assured that all operations at the Port of Colombo continue without any interruption amid the spreading COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Oct 31 (Island) The LOLC Group commenced its operations in Zambia recently with the official launch of its inaugural branch located in Lusaka. The company which will operate as LOLC Finance Zambia Limited, is a deposit-taking non-banking financial institution
 

Oct 31 (DM) Almost two-thirds of 140,000 employees in Sri Lanka’s leading companies are struggling to meet personal and family financial obligations due to the impact of COVID-19, reveals a new report.
 

Oct 31 (DN) The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Life Membership was awarded to Hiran Cooray, (Pictured) Chairman of Jetwing Symphony PLC. The award is the association’s highest individual honour and recognises significant leadership and invaluable dedication to PATA.
 

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- India’s Axis Bank has also decided and exit Sri Lanka and has received the approval of Sri Lanka’s Central Bank to cease its operations with effect from today.
 

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- Employees’ Provident Fund Department (EPF) Department of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka informed all its stakeholders on the arrangements that have been made to provide its services uninterruptedly amidst the difficult situation prevailing in the country due to Covid-19 pandemic.
 

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) remained unchanged at 4.0 percent in October 2020 from the previous month, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Thursday.
 

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, announced today that Sri Lankan logistics giant John Keells Logistics will leverage Infor Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) and Infor Birst to digitize and optimize its logistics value chain,
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Tokyo Cement and Chevron Lubricants quarterly results boost market (30 - Island)
* IPS releases comprehensive report on SL’s historical and current tobacco tax policies (30 - DM)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- Director General of the Government Information Department Nalaka Kaluwewa states that the activities of the department are functioning without any hindrance.
 

Oct 31, Colombo: The Family Health Bureau said in a statement that mothers who are pregnant or postpartum should immediately visit the nearest government hospital if they have any symptoms of illness and risk.
 

Oct 31 (AFP) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka has started shipping 242 containers of hazardous waste, including body parts from mortuaries, back to Britain after a two year court battle by an environment watchdog, officials said Saturday (Oct 31).
 

Oct 31 (Island) Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda has been appointed to the Parliamentary Council as the Prime Minister’s nominee. The 20th Amendment became law with Speaker Abeywardena placing his signature on Thursday on the bill passed on Oct 22.
 

Oct 31 (DM) Multiple scenarios have emerged in the hunt for patient zero linked to the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda coronavirus clusters. Head of the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPC), Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said that 80 percent of the investigations to find patient zero was now complete.
 

Oct 31 (DN) Archbishop of Colombo His Holiness Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith in an appeal to the country in the face of the fast spreading COVID-19 pandemic urged all Catholics to turn to Our Lady in prayer seeking her blessings to protect the country and its people from this pandemic.
 

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- According to the President’s Vision for Prosperity policy, the Ministry of Irrigation has implemented the Irrigation Prosperity (Wari Saubhagya) program with the aim of expanding and accelerating the national food production process.
 

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) said selected filling stations in the Western Province will remain open during the quarantine curfew period.
 

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- The United National Party noted with grave concern the government’s delayed response in combatting the fresh outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. Issuing a special media statement, the UNP said the government’s complacency led to the second wave of COVID-19 and the government failed to control the spread of the coronavirus.
 

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda has initiated identification of suitable sites for large scale projects in the Kilinochchi District for export crops cultivation. The identification and mapping of suitable locations in the Kilinochchi District to promote marine aquaculture and related activities have been initiated by the Minister of Fisheries, Douglas Devananda.
 

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- As a measure to contain the prevailing wave of Coronavirus spread all public institutions in the Western Province and other major townships are required to adopt the “Work From Home (WFH)” mechanism again. Using experience gained during April – May 2020 under WFH, heads of institutions are instructed to adopt alternative work plans to deliver essential services and other public services.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Most garment workers under self-quarantine left to fend for themselves (30 - Island)
* Provide drugs to public in curfew areas without interruption: Health Ministry (30 - DM)
* Narrow-minded factions cannot destroy President’s mission – State Minister (30 - DN)

SPORTS

Oct 31 (HT) In the end Jason Holder smashed three late sixes as the most underrated big-hitter from the Caribbean helped Sunrisers Hyderabad ease to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in a must-win IPL game on Saturday.
 

Oct 30 (HT) His peers, seniors and even critics can’t help being in awe of the brilliance that defines Ben Stokes’ career but the World Cup-winning English cricketer prefers being mostly unhappy with his performances to ensure that improvement never stops. In the form of his life for the past three-four years, the 29-year-old already has 7000 plus runs
 

Oct 30 (HT) Christopher Henry Gayle turned the clock back in IPL 2020 on Friday night as he gave the Rajasthan bowlers a royal hammering to score 99 runs in just 63 deliveries, helping Kings XI Punjab post an imposing total of 185 runs on the board.
 

Oct 30 (HT) The first time Chris Gayle faced Jofra Archer in Abu Dhabi was at the end of the third over. Archer had brought Gayle to the crease by dismissing Kings XI Punjab’s opener Mandeep Singh with a first-ball bouncer, and he ended up testing the Jamaican with a delivery of similar length and fury. Gayle simply swayed out of the way and smiled.
 


WORLD

Oct 31 (HT) Turkish rescue workers searched through rubble for survivors on Saturday, as the death toll from a powerful earthquake that hit the Aegean Sea the previous afternoon rose to 27. Officials in the city of Izmir said 25 people were killed in coastal areas in Turkey’s west, while two teenagers - a boy and a girl - died on the Greek island of Samos after a wall collapsed on them.
 

Oct 31 (BBC) Almost a million people have been evacuated from their homes in the Philippines as Typhoon Goni, the most powerful storm this year, approaches. Torrential rain and 215kph (133mph) winds are expected to hit the main island of Luzon on Sunday, passing over the capital Manila.
 

Oct 30 (HT) Pakistan’s decision to loosen pandemic restrictions early has helped the nation’s exports emerge stronger than its South Asian peers. Outbound shipments such as textiles, which account for half of the total export,have grown at a faster pace than Bangladesh and India has led the recovery, data show.
 

Oct 30 (HT) France’s interior minister said on Thursday more militant attacks on its soil were likely as the country was engaged in a war against Islamist ideology following the second deadly knife attack in its cities in two weeks.
 


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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