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Sri Lanka’s new cabinet to be sworn in at Magul Maduwa in Kandy tomorrow

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- The swearing in ceremony of the new Cabinet of Ministers will be held tomorrow (August 12) at the historic Magul Maduwa, the Audience Hall of Kandy Royal Palace at the Sri Dalada Maligawa premises under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal has scheduled a petition filed by the Center for Environmental Justice seeking the preparation of national plan on elephants to be heard on October 15.
 

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2,880 with 9 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus Tuesday, the Health Ministry reported. Health officials said three of the new patients were returnees from Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates
 

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- A person has been arrested in Dehiwala with a stock of Kerala cannabis worth nearly Rs. 3.5 million, according to the Organized Crime Unit of the Police Special Task Force (STF).
 

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- Malaka Silva, the son of former Minister Mervyn Silva has been arrested by the Thalangama police in Thalangama today (11). Malaka Silva was arrested in connection with a case of extorting a payment of Rs. 100,000 from a businessman in Wickramasinghapura, Battaramulla, the police said.
 

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- The Department of Prisons has announced that the ban on visitors to see inmates in prisons will be lifted from next Saturday (15). The Commissioner of Prisons (Administration) Chandana Ekanayake said the administration has decided to allow inmates to meet their relatives in strict compliance with health and safety measures.
 

Aug 11 (DM) Several special police teams had been deployed to arrest the Kurunegala Mayor and others who were issued arrest warrant, Police Spokesman Jaliya Senaratna said today. He said that special operations are underway by several police teams, under the direction of Senior DIG of North West to arrest and produce them before the next court date, August 13.
 

Aug 11 (DN) The Kurunegala Magistrate re-issued warrants yesterday for the arrest of five suspects including Kurunegala Mayor Thushara Sanjeewa in the case filed over the demolition of a building believed to have been King Buwanekabahu’s Royal Court located in the heart of Kurunegala town.
 

Aug 10 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman SSP Jaliya Senaratne said the organized crime leader Angoda Lokka’s gang has forcibly acquired 928 perches of land in the Western Province including Colombo.
 

Aug 10 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo High Court has issued summons on former minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and former Chairman of State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC) Mohamed Rumi to appear before court on the 28th of this month in connection with the controversial ‘white van press conference’.
 

Aug 10 (CP) Colombo- A silent protest was held in Kurunegala today (10) against the Attorney General’s order to arrest five persons, including the Mayor of Kurunegala, and the Director General of Archeology in connection with the demolition of the ancient Raja Sabha Pavilion of Kurunegala Kingdom
 

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* Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 2,871 Monday with 26 new cases (10 - CP)
* 19 arrested at an FB party in Millaniya (10 - DM)
* Suspect arrested with firearm, bullet proof vest (10 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) yesterday assured the business community and the general public that all Lankan seaports were safe from dangerous cargo as they were handled in conformity with UN regulations.
 

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- Ambassador- designate of Sri Lanka to Myanmar Dr. Nalin de Silva held a meeting with the top management of the Myanmar Airways International with the view of establishing direct air connectivity between Sri Lanka and Myanmar, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Yangon said.
 

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday (11) officially assumed duties as the 13th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka at Temple Trees. Elected to the post for the fourth time, Mr. Rajapaksa served two terms as the Executive President of the country from 2005 to 2015.
 

Aug 11 (HT) Although none of the coronavirus vaccines under development has proved its efficacy yet in clinical trials, at least 5.7 billion doses have been pre-ordered around the world. First shipments of a Covid-19 vaccine created by Western laboratories have often been snapped up by the United States.
 

Aug 10 (CP) Colombo- The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has awarded US $1.5 million to the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement to support local community leaders in developing emergency response and mitigation strategies in disaster-prone areas across Sri Lanka.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- The Board of Directors of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) congratulated the new Government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on receiving a convincing mandate at the recently concluded General Election.
 

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s National Development Bank (NDB) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maersk under its ‘Jayagamu Sri Lanka’ initiative to support exporters with services and expertise in the shipping sector.
 

Aug 11 (Splash) India is planning to develop a transhipment port at Great Nicobar Island in the Bay of Bengal with an investment of Rs10,000 crore ($1.33bn).
 

Aug 11 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares touched their highest closing level in five months on Tuesday, powered by gains in financials and consumer staples stocks.
 

Aug 11 (DM) Sri Lankan authorities were urged to devise a sustainable and practical model for operating hundreds of tourist sites before they start decaying and being inflicted with permanent damage, losing their natural or archaeological value, prior to visitors start returning in numbers as the pandemic dissipates and borders reopen.
 

Aug 11 (DN) Highly complicated rules and regulations, minimum cash deposit requirements and other red tape is driving away ‘unlicensed lending companies’ from coming under the purview of the Central Bank (CBSL), opined Chairman of Tharuki Investment Pvt. Limited, Kottawa, W. G. Nihal Kumara (pictured).
 

Aug 11 (Island) Ambewela recently appointed Caroline Jurie, the winner of the Mrs. World title in 2020, as their official brand ambassador. As Sri Lanka’s most trusted brand for a range of high quality and nutritious dairy products, this partnership between Ambewela Milk and Caroline Jurie is a natural fit.
 

Aug 10 (CP) Colombo- The National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE) representing the export fraternity of the country, in a statement congratulated the newly concluded election and the great victory achieved, in the formation of a new Government.
 

Aug 10 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka is among the two latest recipients of World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp for safety protocols.
 

Aug 10 (CP) Colombo- People’s Bank held a discussion with the Spices and Allied Products Producers’ and Traders Association (SAPPTA) with the aim of creating tailor-made financial solutions to boost spice exports.
 

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* Sri Lankan shares dragged down by financial, industrial stocks (10 - Reuters)
* Budget deficit in first 5 months up as lockdowns hit revenue (10 - DM)
* BOC appoints new Chief Marketing Officer (10 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Japan Prof. Dhammika Ganganath Dissanayake passed away, on Tuesday (Aug 11), at the Apeksha Hospital in Maharagama. He was 62 years old at the time of his Demise.
 

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- Another group of 152 Sri Lankans stranded overseas due to the COVID-19 pandemic, returned to the island early Tuesday morning (11), according to Airport officials.
 

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- Following the massive defeat suffered at the 2020 parliamentary election, the Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe has decided to step down from the leadership after heading the party for 26 years.
 

Aug 11 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Parliament Secretariat has introduced an ‘’Online Registration System’’ for the newly elected members of the 9th Parliament to submit their personal details to the Parliament Secretariat.
 

Aug 11 (CNA) SINGAPORE- Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written to his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa to congratulate him on his election victory.
 

Aug 11 (CGTN) Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa have assumed the positions of Prime Minister and President of Sri Lanka, after securing a landslide victory in the 2020 elections with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) securing 145 seats out of a-225-legislature.
 

Aug 11 (Island) The UNP was a national party with sound policies and through the historic 19th Amendment to the Constitution strengthened democracy in the country, but was defeated in last week’s General Election, mainly because it had shun propogating racism as a means of capturing power, says senior UNPer and former Minister John Amaratunga.
 

Aug 11 (DM) Former LTTE fighter and leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan has been invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony in Kandy tomorrow and accept a ministerial post.
 

Aug 11 (DN) All Tamil political parties except the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have decided to stand in support of Shashikala Raviraj, the wife of the late Nadaraja Raviraj, who is alleged to have been subjected to a severe injustice by contesting from the TNA in the Jaffna District.
 

Aug 10 (ER) the August 5, 2020 elections in Sri Lanka has been a turning point: first, it was organised amidst opposition and fear of COVID-19 pandemic in which over 71 percent of electorates voted;
 

Aug 10 (CP) Colombo- Gamini Sedara Senarath, an experienced senior officer in the Sri Lanka Administration Service has been reappointed as the Secretary to the Prime Minister.
 

Aug 10 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa through an Extraordinary Gazette notification announced the Ministerial structure consisting of 28 Ministries and 40 State Ministries including the Ministries that come under the purview of the President and the Prime Minister, President’s Media Division announced today.
 

Aug 10 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Education has released a compact disc containing instructions for prevention of COVID-19 recently and taken measures to provide the CD to all the schools in the country.
 

Aug 10 (CP) Colombo- Another group of 176 Sri Lankans stranded overseas due to the COVID-19 pandemic, returned to the island on Monday (Aug 10), according to Airport officials.
 

Aug 10 (CP) Colombo- Former United National party (UNP) parliamentarian Vajira Abeywardena has said that the UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe made a statement last Friday (07) that he was ready to resign from the leadership of the party.
 

Aug 10 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s all government schools re-open today for all grades nearly five months after they were first closed due to the risk of coronavirus spreading in the country.
 

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* Mano issues ultimatum to SJB (10 - DM)
* Hostile forces defeated at election – Prasanna (10 - DN)

SPORTS

Aug 11 (SLC) The Sri Lanka Cricket Major League Tier ‘A’ Cricket tournament 2019/2020 took off with a bang yesterday following the long drawn out drought of cricket activities following the outbreak of the COVID 19 Corona epidemic. Firing with the bat was Kusal Mendis, the CCC skipper who struck 132 runs in 213 balls with 18 boundaries
 

Aug 11 (HT) Kumar Sangakkara retired from international cricket with a mountain of runs. Apart from being one of the finest wicket-keeper batsmen in the game, he was also a great leader, leading Sri Lanka to the final of the 2009 ICC WT20 and 2011 ICC World Cup.
 

Aug 10 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka Cricket remains optimistic the Lankan Premier League (LPL) can begin on August 28, although government health approvals are yet to come through less than three weeks out from the scheduled start. SLC has now found an organiser for the tournament, however,
 

Aug 10 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka’s domestic cricket season resumed on Monday with runs from Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews, almost five months after it was suspended due to Covid-19. Mendis hit 132 not out for Colombo Cricket Club and Mathews made 80 not out for Colts Cricket Club, in separate ‘Super Eights’ matches. A
 


WORLD

Aug 11 (HT) Russia has named its first approved Covid-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik V’ for foreign markets, a reference to the world’s first satellite and what Moscow sees as its success at becoming the first country to approve a vaccine, a top official said on Tuesday. Kirill Dmitriev, head of the country’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund, said Russia had already received requests from more than 20 countries for 1 billion doses
 

Aug 11 (HT) Authorities in China have found the novel coronavirus on the packaging of imported frozen seafood that arrived from the port city of Dalian, which recently battled a surge of cases, a local government said on Tuesday. The virus was found on the outer packaging of frozen seafood bought by three companies in Yantai, a port city in eastern Shandong province.
 

Aug 10 (HT) Rumbling Mount Sinabung on Indonesia’s Sumatra island erupted Monday, sending a column of volcanic materials as high as 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the sky. There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center said.
 

Aug 10 (HT) Lebanon’s prime minister says he is stepping down from his job in the wake of the Beirut port explosion last week that triggered public fury and mass protests. In a brief televised speech, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said on Monday that he is taking “a step back” so he can stand with the people “and fight the battle for change alongside them.”
 


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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