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Sri Lankan President seeks medical experts’ opinion on preventing spread of COVID-19

Apr 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Thursday met with the medical experts representing various fields to brainstorm ways to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in the country promptly.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Apr 09 (CP) Colombo- The Police headquarters has launched a special investigation to find out about 49 individuals suspected of contracting COVID-19 coronavirus. The police headquarters has informed all police stations that their whereabouts and information should be uncovered within 24 hours.
 

Apr 09 (CP) Colombo- The number of total confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka has risen to 190 according to the Health Promotion Bureau report released at 6 pm Thursday.
 

Apr 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested 1,724 people in the 24 hours ended at 06:00 am Thursday (09th April), for violating the curfew. The police also seized 496 vehicles for traveling without a permit during the curfew.
 

Apr 09 (CP) Colombo- The curfew imposed in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna which have been identified as High Risk Zones and Ratnapura and Pelmadulla police divisions in Ratnapura district will continue until further notice.
 

Apr 09 (Statesman) While worldwide attention remains focussed on the Covid-19 pandemic, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has granted pardon to a Sri Lankan soldier Sunil Ratnayake on death row for the massacre of eight internally displaced Tamils, including a five-year-old girl child and two teenagers, in Mirusuvil village in the Northern Province in December 2000.
 

Apr 09 (Times) The Department of Excise states that it will take stern action against anyone found to be making posts and videos on social media on how to manufacture home-made alcohol. Deputy Commissioner of Excise, Kapila Kumarasinghe told Times Online that the department is aware that certain individuals were sharing posts and even uploading videos online showing how to prepare certain types of alcohol.
 

Apr 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy on Tuesday (07) provided food and water to a foreign couple who was distressed on a yacht anchored in the seas off Galle due to a technical fault of the vessel while sailing across the Southern seas.
 

Apr 08 (CP) Colombo- The curfew imposed in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna which have been identified as High Risk Zones will continue until further notice.
 

Apr 08 (CP) Colombo- The validity period of curfew permits issued for essential services until 10th April has been extended to till April 30, the Police Media announced.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Coronavirus: Sri Lanka COVID-19 death toll rises to 7, total cases to 189 (8 - CP)
* Police arrest 1,815 people for violating curfew in last 24 hours (8 - CP)
* Three arrested over assault on sub-postmaster (8 - Times)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Apr 09 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the National Child Protection Agency (NCPA) are gravely concerned by the dramatic rise in the proportion of child cruelty cases reported to the 1929 child helpline since the start of Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 curfew.
 

Apr 09 (CP) Colombo- The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed USD $1.3 million to help Sri Lanka to protect healthcare workers and slow the spread of the virus with infection prevention and control support, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a statement.
 

Apr 09 (CP) Colombo- The European Union Thursday announced a EUR 22 million grant to support Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 response.
 

Apr 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy has developed a remote-controlled smart appliance called ‘Medi Mate’ in a bid to treat and test COVID-19 patients from a safe distance.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Apr 09, Colombo: Sri Lankan Tea Industry showed remarkable resilience and ingenuity to bounce back rapidly from the national shut down to combat Covid-19, the Sri Lanka Tea Board says.
 

Apr 09 (CP) Colombo- Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC, renowned for its luxurious and elegant porcelain tableware introduced the all new customized steam inhaler which is ideal for individuals affected by respiratory tract infections including COVID-19.
 

Apr 09 (BBC) The coronavirus pandemic will turn global economic growth "sharply negative" this year, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned. Kristalina Georgieva said the world faced the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
 

Apr 09 (AM) Colombo-based driver Abeywickrama Palliyawadha has a bank account at Commercial Bank of Ceylon, one of Sri Lanka’s biggest banks. He uses ATMs, but is otherwise reluctant to use the bank’s technology.
 

Apr 09 (DN) The National Insurer, Sri Lanka Insurance, has taken many initiatives to pledge support to the government initiatives in the prevention of the spread of Covid 19. One such initiative was the Rs. 50 lakhs donation made to the Covid 19 Health and Social Security fund last week.
 

Apr 08 (CP) Colombo- With the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on global economy, Sri Lanka’s Rupee fell to its lowest close today surpassing Rs. 200 against the US dollar for the first time in history.
 

Apr 08 (CP) Colombo- China’s Sinopec fuel oil unit in Sri Lanka on Tuesday (07) refueled the first ship at the Hambanthota Port in Southern marking the official operation of its Sri Lanka subsidiary, the company said.
 

Apr 08 (CP) Colombo- Fitch Ratings believes that the extraordinary regulatory measures announced by the Central Bank - focusing on the relaxation of capital expectations and classification of loans for banks - should relieve immediate pressure on the banks’ financial profiles, but will not prevent medium-term deterioration.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* CCC webinar to assist SMES to adapt, overcome COVID-19 challenges (8 - CP)
* PickMe can do more — Full fleet still underutilised say CEO (8 - Island)
* Survey shows bright prospects for working from home (8 - DM)
* SME sector welcomes imports ban: Rare opportunity for lagging SMEs (8 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Apr 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Minister of Power & Energy and Transport Services Management Mahinda Amaraweera says that the President has agreed to grant Rs. 5000 allowance also for private bus drivers and conductors who have lost their income due to COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
 

Apr 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission says the government adopts various measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 viral disease in Sri Lanka, and the special news regarding these measures is broadcasted through government announcements and news on television for the benefit of the general public.
 

Apr 09 (CP) Colombo- The cabinet of ministers has granted approval to a proposal presented by Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to repatriate 33 Sri Lankans stranded at foreign airports, Cabinet Co-Spokesman Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said during the media briefing to notify the Cabinet decisions today (09).
 

Apr 09 (CP) Colombo- The National Water Supply and Drainage Board announced that the water supply will be disrupted for 18 hours from 1 pm today until 7 am Friday (10) for several areas in the Colombo city.
 

Apr 09 (DM) Humanitarian law expert Raja Goonaratne was appointed as the Director General at the National Secretariat for Non-governmental Organizations today (08). The letter of appointment was official handedover by Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne at the Ministry premises today.
 

Apr 09 (DN) Testing for COVID-19 will be expanded to determine if there are more COVID-19 patients in the general population, Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said. He said that currently the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are being carried out in many hospitals
 

Apr 08 (CP) Colombo- With donations of Rs. 97 million Wednesday, the COVID–19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund, established by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has now reached Rs. 517 million, the President’s Media Division said.
 

Apr 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera says raising the borrowing limit is imperative for fighting COVID-19 and urged the government to immediately move a resolution in parliament to raise the limit.
 

Apr 08 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has decided not to hold this year’s state Vesak Festival in view of the dangerous situation arisen due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Secretary of the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs, Bandula Harischandra requested the Buddhist community to observe Amisa-puja and Patipatti-puja only in the premises of their homes.
 

Apr 08 (Xinhua) COLOMBO-- China has stepped up its efforts to provide humanitarian assistance and medical aid to Sri Lanka as the two countries battle the COVID-19 pandemic in recent weeks, strengthening the solidarity between the two countries, officials here said.
 

Apr 08 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to open all pharmacies throughout the country tomorrow for the public. Accordingly, the Presidential Task force announced that all island wide pharmacies will be open Thursday, April 09 from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* MoU to be signed on dedicating Eye and Nethra TV channels for education (8 - Times)
* GNOA urges mandatory testing of quarantined persons (8 - Island)
* Govt. to shut down all economic centres (8 - DM)
* Govt fully backing export agriculture – Dr. Ramesh Pathirana (8 - DN)

SPORTS

tar India batter Shafali Verma reflected on her side’s performance in the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final against Australia, saying that the loss will only help them prepare better in the future and motivate them to become "the best in the business".
 

Apr 08 (ESPNCI) In the Alternative Universe series, our writers let their imagination change the game: here, the first World T20 final, between India and Pakistan in 2007 gets a new result The moment It was all about the build-up. Pakistan had lost and then won the game
 

Apr 08 (ESPNCI) In the third article in our series using Smart Stats to analyse various aspects of cricket, we focus on the wicket-taking bowlers, but with a difference: we look at not just the sheer number of wickets, but also the quality and impact of those dismissals.
 


WORLD

Apr 09 (BBC) Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved out of intensive care but remains in hospital, Downing Street has said. Mr Johnson has been receiving treatment for coronavirus at St Thomas Hospital in London since Sunday.
 

Apr 09 (BBC) India’s decision to export a drug that US President Donald Trump has touted as a possible cure for Covid-19 has worried many at home who take the medicine for other ailments. There is no proof that hydroxychloroquine (commonly known as HCQ) is effective in treating Covid-19,
 

Apr 09 (BBC) Bangladesh has imposed a lockdown on a southern district, home to refugee camps housing more than a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing from Myanmar, to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Officials said no-one was allowed to enter or exit Cox’s Bazar district.
 

Apr 09 (BBC) The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits has surged for a third week as the economic toll tied to the coronavirus pandemic intensifies. More than 6.6 million people filed jobless claims in the week ending 4 April, the Department of Labor said.
 


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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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