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Sri Lanka’s first Indigenous Medicine University inaugurated

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- The inaugural ceremony of the conversion of the Gampaha Wickramarachchi Indigenous Medical College into a University was held under the patronage of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo this afternoon (04). Gampaha Wickramarachchi University of Indigenous Medicine (GWUIM) was inaugurated as the first university in Sri Lanka dedicated to Indigenous medical education, the Government Information Department said today.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal has directed to take up the writ petition filed by former Navy Commander Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda seeking the annulment of the indictment filed against him by the Attorney General in connection with the alleged abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in 2008 on May 17.
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal has directed to take up the writ petition filed by former Navy Commander Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda seeking the annulment of the indictment filed against him by the Attorney General in connection with the alleged abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in 2008 on May 17.
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 384 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Thursday. Among the positive cases identified Thursday are 345 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster, 6 of the prison cluster and 33 foreign arrivals.
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Former Minister and Samagi Jana Balawegaya parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka was indicted in the Colombo High Court today over the Rajagiriya accident of 2016. He was indicted on charges of reckless driving and failure to prevent an accident.
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka confirmed five deaths on Thursday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 489, according to health authorities. The Director General of Health Services confirmed the following deaths caused by COVID -19 virus infection and accordingly the total number of deaths due to COVID -19 infection in Sri Lanka is 489 by now.
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Police are continuing search operations to recover the head of the decapitated female body found in a traveling bag left at a busy street in Colombo on Monday (Mar 01), Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
 

Mar 04 (DM) A mother has jumped into a well in Vattakachchi in Kilinochchi with her three children aged two, five and eight, Police said. They said the mother was rescued by the villagers while the body of one-year-old child has been found.
 

Mar 04 (DN) The Court of Appeal yesterday directed the Attorney General to get instructions from the respondent parties and report to Court on March 9 regarding alleged illegal constructions and filling of lands within the Muthurajawela Sanctuary.
 

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- Attorney General Dappula de Livera has instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) CD Wickramaratne to arrest the four police officers of the Peliyagoda Police Station involved in the assault on final year law student Migara Gunaratne.
 

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa inaugurated the Air Show organized to mark the 70th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Air Force at the Galle Face Green in Colombo this afternoon (03).
 

Mar 03 (AFP) A plan by Sri Lanka to bury Muslim coronavirus victims on a remote islet was slammed on Wednesday by locals and the minority community. Colombo banned burials of Covid-19 victims in April, despite expert assurances they would not spread the virus, implementing a policy of forced cremations.
 

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said a woman whose headless body was found in a travelling bag in the Dam Street, Colombo has been identified and the suspected killer has committed suicide.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Coronavirus update: 356 new COVID-19 cases identified Wednesday, total rises to 84,226 (3 - CP)
* Sri Lanka reports one COVID-19 death Wednesday, toll rises to 484 (3 - CP)
* PCoI report on Easter Sunday carnage: AG won’t be given ‘sensitive’ volumes (3 - Island)
* Four arrested in separate O/L exam incidents (3 - DM)
* ‘White van’ press con; Case against Rajitha, Rumi fixed for April 28 (3 - DN)
* Woman who beat infant held in Jaffna (3 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Prof. Channa Jayasumana has announced that the emergency use of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in Sri Lanka.
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- A discussion was held Thursday between the Ministry of Environment and the Colombo Municipal Council on the implementation of a joint program to prevent air pollution in the capital city of Colombo and increase the percentage of oxygen.
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Central Bank releasing the monetary policy review on Thursday said the Monetary Board has decided to continue the current accommodative monetary policy stance.
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Japan has provided a grant of US$ 85,682 (approx. Rs. 16 million) through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) to Provide a Clean Water Supply System at Lahugala in the Mahaoya Divisional Secretariat, Ampara District.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- The Hirdaramani Group has yet again taken bold strides towards energy accountability by being the first in Sri Lanka to receive International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) for its energy usage.
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka in collaboration with SDB Bank launched the third initiative to support the small and medium size entrepreneurs (SMEs) in Western Province on February 28 2021 at Grand Monarch, Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Seylan Bank announced its partnership with Zimantra Leisure Center, Battaramulla, to facilitate recurring payments for the first time in Sri Lanka. Through this partnership, Seylan Bank will provide merchant portal services to Zimantra Leisure, enabling its customers to make membership payments in a hassle-free manner.
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- The Committee on Public Finance informed the officials of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to come up with an innovative strategic plan to redevelop the country for the benefit of the common people and the country.
 

Mar 04 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares plunged to a two-month low on Thursday, further shrinking their early 2021 gains, as rising U.S. bond yields shook global stock markets.
 

Mar 04 (Island) Sri Lanka should avoid any unnecessary damage to the commercial and economic interests of any other WTO party including the EU, Frank Hess, Head of Cooperation Section at EU Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives said.
 

Mar 04 (DM) The government borrowings from the Central Bank and the licensed commercial banks accelerated during January for the second month in a row after some slowdown seen in November last year as the State is making the most of the historically low interest rates to keep State functions humming.
 

Mar 04 (DN) An automated system has been developed to curtail the long-room Customs procedures and a pilot project has been started with selected exporters. Director General of Sri Lanka Customs, MajorGeneral (Retd) Vijitha Ravipriya mentioned that Sri Lanka Customs has linked with Sri Lanka Tea Board,
 

Mar 04 (BBusiness Recorder) LAHORE- High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Vice Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama on Wednesday hoped that recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan would help give a quantum jump to the bilateral trade.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lankan shares slump to 7-week low as financials slide ahead of rate decision (3 - Reuters)
* Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts introduces exclusive wedding packages at The Wedding Show 2021 (3 - Island)
* Laxapana Batteries seeks to invest Rs.1.1bn to enter renewable energy biz (3 - DM)
* Launching the Asian Journal of Management Studies (3 - DN)
* Dialog Axiata partners ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ project initiated by TRCSL: First phase launched in Ratnapura (3 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila represented Sri Lanka at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Dialogue at CERAWeek on the topic of ‘Energy Resilience’ on Tuesday. CERAWeek is the world’s pre-eminent annual energy conference described by the Financial Times as the ‘Davos of energy’.
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- The Committee on Parliamentary Business chaired by the Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena held today decided to commence debate on the Report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Sunday attack from Wednesday (March 10).
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs has instructed the Department of Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs to take necessary steps to celebrate the Maha Shivarathri festival in a grand manner.
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- The female lawmakers Sri Lanka Parliament have made a request in writing to the Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to look into the discriminations and violations of women’s rights in Sri Lanka.
 

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- The Environmental Audit Report on the Plastic Importing, Management of usage, and post usage in Sri Lanka has been scheduled to be discussed at the Committee on Public Enterprises on the 09th of March 2021.
 

Mar 04 (Island) Many an eyebrow has been raised over the delay on the part of the Finance Ministry to respond to a Finance Committee (FC) request for a comprehensive report on an alleged fraud in the controversial sugar tax revision.
 

Mar 04 (DM) A leading Muslim organisation in Sri Lanka will this week send an official letter of concern to the global Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the World Muslim Congress, seeking their intervention to urge the Sri Lankan government to allocate a decent land for the burial of Muslim COVID-19 victims.
 

Mar 04 (DN) The Indian Visa Service (IVS) Application Centre at No.145 Temple Road, Jaffna, shut on 13th March 2020 due to COVID-19, has resumed its operations from yesterday. It will function every Wednesday from 0900 hrs to 1300 hrs.
 

Mar 04 (SG) MAKKAH— Sheikh Muhammad Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), appreciated the response of the Sri Lankan government to the League’s request not to cremate the bodies of dead Muslims infected with COVID-19 in accordance with Islamic teachings.
 

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that no matter what development project is implemented, its primary objective should be to meet the needs of the people. He pointed out that development projects that do not meet the needs of the people should be confined to history.
 

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health has issued revised guidelines on disposal of COVID19 dead bodies detailing burial requirements.
 

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- The renovated Biochemistry Analyzer facility at the District General Hospital, Chilaw was opened Tuesday as part of an initiative supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka, together with the Ministry of Health (MoH).
 

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has agreed to give priority to vaccinate those engaged in the tourism industry and factory workers from the next batch of the vaccine to be brought to the island.
 

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- The Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshall Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this evening.
 

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- A group of 266 domestic workers who have faced various harassments by their employers while employed in the United Arab emirates (UAE) and were unable to return to the country have been brought to the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport from Dubai, early this morning.
 

Mar 03 (Star Observer) In probably a first for a South Asian head of state, Sri Lankan President in a post on Twitter acknowledged the rights of LGBTQI Sri Lankans.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Women parliamentarians submit motion seeking PSC to probe gender based discrimination (3 - Island)
* Botanical Garden boundaries to be redefined under new Act (3 - DN)
* Govt turns blind eye on Muslims’ request to bury COVID-19 dead in Kupiyawatta; go ahead with Iranaitivu isle (3 - DM)

SPORTS

Mar 04 (AFP) West Indies captain Kieron Pollard on Wednesday became only the third man to hit six sixes in an international over in his team’s four-wicket Twenty20 victory over Sri Lanka. The feat came in the sixth over of a bizarre West Indies innings, bowled by off-spinner Akila Dananjaya who moments earlier in his previous over had been celebrating taking a hat-trick.
 

Mar 03 (ESPNCI) The PCB has offered doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to all participants of PSL 2021. The decision comes as a boost after the recent cases in the PSL which saw three overseas players and a support staff member test positive, which has even made the PCB think about hosting the entire tournament in Karachi.
 

Mar 03 (ESPNCI) Blooding young talent in the national side at the expense of consistent results has not proven to be a winning strategy, West Indies captain Kieron Pollard said on the eve of the first T20I against Sri Lanka. Pollard further said it was about time the team started winning matches on a regular basis.
 

Mar 03 (ESPNCI) The Covid-19 outbreak in Karachi within the biosecure bubble during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has prompted the PCB to look at contingencies. The league management is believed to be considering the option of playing the remainder of the tournament in Karachi
 


WORLD

Mar 03 (CNA) South Korean authorities said on Wednesday (Mar 3) they are investigating the deaths of two people after a media report said the pair - both with pre-existing conditions - died within days of receiving AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine.
 

Mar 03 (ANI) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has secured 18 seats in the Senate elections but the victory was bittersweet as Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Yousuf Raza Gillani defeated PTI’s Hafeez Shaikh from the Islamabad general seat by securing 169 votes.
 

Mar 03 (HT) The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Wednesday she has launched an investigation into alleged crimes in the Palestinian territories, plunging the court into the midst of one of the most fraught conflicts of the past half century.
 

Mar 03 (BBC) At least 38 people were killed in Myanmar on Wednesday in what the UN described as the "bloodiest day" since the coup took place a month ago. UN envoy to Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener said there was shocking footage coming out of the country.
 


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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