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Speaker tables Central Bank forensic audit reports on bond transactions in parliament

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament Karu Jayasuriya has tabled the forensic audit reports on the Central Bank bond transactions in parliament making them available to the Members of Parliament, the Communication Department of parliament announced. In a statement the Speaker said he intends to inform Parliament of his decision to table the forensic audit reports in the House.
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Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The Judicial Service Commission has decided to suspend the services of Embilipitiya High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya over the controversial phone conversation he has had UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake.

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today has revealed to the courts the contacts of the Swiss Embassy employee Gania Banister Francis, who claimed that she was abducted and questioned by an unidentified group in a white vehicle.

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- California-based GTX Corp a pioneer in the field of wearable GPS, people and asset tracking Location-Based Services (LBS) and Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced that it has received an initial test order from the Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense.

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy in compliance with naval customs ceremonially welcomed the Indian Navy Ship (INS) Airavat arrived at the Port of Colombo on Monday (20 January) on a training visit.

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Colombo High Court Judge Manjula Tillekeratne today issued notice on the revision petition filed by the Attorney General against granting bail to former minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

Jan 21 (Island) Nearly 500,000 accidents take place countrywide annually going by the insurance records, says Deputy Inspector General of Police, Attorney-at-Law Ajith Rohana. DIG Rohana said that cases over fatal accidents could drag on for about three years and cost more than one million rupees in public funds.

Jan 21 (Island) The Supreme Court yesterday fixed for hearing on March 12, 13 and 14 the fundamental rights violation petitions filed over the Easter Sunday suicide bomb blasts carried out on April 21, 2019.

Jan 21 (ST) The watcher of a large scale poultry farm in Kobeiganie, of the Kurunegala district whose videos of killing dogs entering the farm had gone viral on social media was remanded for two weeks today (20) by the Nikaweratiya Magistrate Sasika Lakmali Dassanayake.

Jan 21 (DN) Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne yesterday ordered the release of State Minister of Investment Promotion Keheliya Rambukwella and former State Printing Corporation (SPC) Chairman Jayampathi Bandara Heenkenda from a corruption case filed against them.

Jan 21 (DM) UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra yesterday lodged a complaint at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in regards to the release of allegedly edited audio clips of her telephone conversations with MP Ranjan Ramanayake to the public without consent from either parties involved.

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Retired High Court Judge Padmini Ranawaka today (Jan. 20) appeared before the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) to record the statement regarding the alleged telephone conversation with former state minister Ranjan Ramanayake.

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Colombo Crime Division of Police recorded a statement from the Judge of the Embilipitiya High Court, Gihan Pilapitiya for more than three hours in connection with the telephone conversation he had with the former State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake.

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Four people were killed and 20 others were injured when a private bus collided head-on with a tipper truck in the Batatha area on the Hungama-Ranna road last night.

Jan 20 (AP) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka’s president has decided that tens of thousands of people still missing from the country’s quarter-century civil war will be formally declared dead and death certificates will be issued, his office said Monday.

Jan 20 (Island) One-time defence advisor retired Senior DIG Merril Gunaratne has questioned the conduct of ousted head of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) Senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardena over the latter’s responsibility as regards the intelligence failure leading to the Easter Sunday attacks.

Jan 20 (DN) A bus a driver and a conductor were remanded till January 21 for transporting 51 gelignite capsules from Colombo to Mannar by the Vavuniya Magistrate on January 18. The haul of gelignite in a bag was found in a bus plying from Colombo to Mannar by Army and police personnel in Settikulam, Vavuniya recently.



Tables all the recordings in parliament

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Parliamentarian and former state minister Ranjan Ramanayake today (21) in parliament apologized to all those, who were aggrieved by the recordings of their phone conversations with him leaked to the media.

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s nationwide inflation in December 2019 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) rose to 6.2 percent from 4.1 percent recorded in November on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Tuesday.

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has noted several instances of misreporting in the media with respect to the forensic audits carried out and made the following clarifications.

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka ranks first among 97 countries globally on breastfeeding rate according to a new survey conducted by the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) achieving first “Green” nation status in supporting breastfeeding women.

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Four new ambassadors and a new High Commissioner concurrently accredited to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Colombo today (20).


Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- UltraTech Cement, the widely preferred and trusted brand by industry experts and key developers, will now be available to retail consumers at an improved price.

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka signed an Agreement with Sands Active (Private) Limited to set up a project for the manufacture of pharmaceutical products for the local market to meet the current National requirement of imports substitution of medicinal drugs.

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- With a mission to empower and foster the growing financial needs in the country for charitable organizations, Seylan Bank joined hands with LEADS to enable multicurrency donation acceptance for the first time in Sri Lanka.

Jan 21 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares rose on Tuesday, ending a four-session losing streak, with consumer and financial stocks dominating the session’s gains.

Jan 21 (Island) An online portal titled has been launched by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka to support Sri Lankan companies in promoting their products and services in the global market.

Jan 21 (ST) The Inland Revenue Department has opened investigations on companies who fail to pass on the benefit of the reduced VAT/NBT to its consumers. Commissioner General of the Inland Revenue Nadun Guruge said that they have started monitoring tax returns of companies to ensure that benefits are being passed on to the companies.

Jan 21 (DM) The Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) have agreed to consider favourably and to submit their proposals to implement the government’s decision to increase the minimum daily wage of plantation workers to Rs.1,000, with effect from March 1, somewhat backing down from their earlier position to oppose the wage hike.

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- The debt moratorium for small and midsize enterprises will negatively pressure Sri Lankan banks’ asset quality and is unlikely to help the current economic recovery, Moody’s Investor Services has warned.

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- As small and medium entrepreneurs have been hit by the complex tax policy and banking rules that have been sustained over the past few years, the government, in line with its new policy framework ‘Vision of Prosperity’, has implemented a special series of proposals to uplift the SME sector...

* AIA insurance industry’s first to launch fully automated and integrated IVR (20 - Island)
* First Capital Treasuries to raise Rs.750mn via listed debt (20 - DM)
* Sustainable oil palm producers to target growing opportunities (20 - DN)
* Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau collaborates with ITV UK for destination promotion (20 - CP)


Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The opposition United National Party (UNP) parliamentary group meeting was held at the parliamentary complex presided over by party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and a large number of UNP parliamentarians participated in the meeting

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Parliamentary Selection Committee (PSC) under the chairmanship of Speaker of parliament Karu Jayasuriya will be announced today (21) in order to conduct the nomination process of the Members for Committees including the Committee on Public Enterprise (COPE) Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.

Jan 21 (ST) The defunct Embilipitiya paper mill will be reopened soon using local Investments, Sabaragamuwa Province Governor Tikiri Kobbakaduwa said. The Governor expressed these views in response to a request made by Venerable Omalpe Sobitha recently.

Jan 21 (DN) The Government will take urgent steps to develop and transform the dilapidated and neglected Pettah Floating Market, the World Market and the International Gem and Jewellery Trade Centre into a tourist paradise once again, Urban Development State Minister Gamini Lokuge said.

Jan 21 (DM) Stating that Speaker Karu Jayasuriya would resolve the UNP crisis within this week, a UNP MP today said that prominent members of the party should be prepared to make sacrifices to safeguard the party’s future.

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa emphasizes that while everyone has the responsibility to restore respect and confidence in the judiciary it is the duty of the judiciary to safeguard the dignity of the judiciary.

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- The Constitutional Council of the Parliament is scheduled to meet on January 23, 2020 at the Parliamentary Complex under the Chairmanship of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Pakistan’s new High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Major General (Retd.) Muhammad Saad Khattak Monday presented his credentials to President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President Office.

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Providing a new Avenue for Sri Lankan students to study in Japan, the University of Tokyo, Japan’s top academic institution, opened its Sri Lanka Office in Colombo at a special ceremony held at Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute on January 16, 2020.

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Sri Lanka, Denis Chaibi, visited the Northern Province from 15 to 17 January 2020. Ambassador Chaibi launched an EU-funded demining project implemented by HALO Sri Lanka during a visit to the Muhamalai minefield on 17 January 2020.

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- The Norwegian Embassy in Colombo in partnership with the University of Jaffna and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is hosting an expert panel discussion titled “A new Decade: Investing in Clean Energy in Sri Lanka - Drivers and Barriers” on Tuesday, 21st of January 2020 at Galle Face Hotel.

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- The leadership of the United National party (UNP) must be changed according to the tradition, former UNP Provincial Council representatives point out. At a press conference held at the party headquarters Sirikotha yesterday, the former provincial councilors emphasized that there is no tradition of changing party leadership at the whim of some members and the leadership should be changed unanimously at the right time.

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- ‘Denuwara Manike’, Sri Lanka Railways’ first intercity train between Colombo Fort and Badulla on the main line will be operated daily from February 02, the State Minister of Railways CB Ratnayake said. The train is currently operated every other day.

Jan 2o (BBC) An attempt to set a world record in Sri Lanka for the largest gathering of twins appears to have failed after too many turned up.

Jan 20 (BBC) When booking a holiday to Sri Lanka, many dream of spotting an elephant on safari. What few expect is to open your room door in a plush hotel to see an elephant roaming the corridors.

* Election Commission bills running to several hundred million rupees not paid (20 - Island)
* Sajith says he will decide on alliance (20 - DM)
* UNP ‘fork-tongued’ on MCC pact – PM (20 - DN)


Jan 21 (ESPNCI) West Indies will tour Sri Lanka in February for three ODIs and two T20Is, Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed. West Indies are expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on February 10, and they will play two warm-up games on February 17 and 20, before the first ODI on February 22.

Sri Lanka 295 for 4 (Mathews 92*, Mendis 80, Nyauchi 2-38) trail Zimbabwe 358 (Ervine 85, Embuldeniya 5-114) by 63 runs

Jan 21 (ESPNCI) Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis led Sri Lanka’s steady progress on day three, as the visitors finished just 63 runs adrift, with six wickets still in hand.

Jan 21 (ICC) After a tough last few months, as both leader of his team and a Test batsman, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis agreed that the fourth and final Test against England at the Wanderers might be his last on home soil.

Jan 21 (ESPNCI) It’s amazing how a couple of weeks can change things. A couple of weeks ago, after defeat in Pretoria, it seemed England had forgotten how to bat time, had few spin options and little idea how to strike with the Kookaburra ball.


Jan 21 (BBC) Uber has sold its food delivery service in India to local rival Zomato, the firms have announced. Uber will get a 9.99% stake in the Indian start-up, helping it maintain its presence in the sector.

Jan 21 (BBC) A fourth person in China has died from a new virus that has spread rapidly across the country, as authorities confirmed that it can be passed from person-to-person. A 89-year-old man was the latest victim of the new strain of coronavirus, which causes a type of pneumonia.

Jan 20 (CNA) Philippine officials ordered a crackdown Monday (Jan 20) on people being allowed daily visits to the homes they fled after Taal volcano erupted, citing threats it could still explode at any time. More than 110,000 people have taken refuge in evacuation centres since Taal erupted a week ago

Jan 20 (BBC) Malaysia is returning 42 shipping containers of illegally imported plastic waste to the UK, its environment minister has announced. Yeo Bee Yin said Malaysia would take "steps to ensure" the country "does not become the garbage dump of the world".

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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