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President appoints committee to look into container terminals of Colombo Port

July 03 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a five-member Committee to examine and report on the concerns regarding the development of Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) and East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port, the President’s Media Division said.
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July 04 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Police arrested 389 suspects over the possession of drugs during a special raid conducted in the Western province. The Special Crimes Prevention Operation was conducted from 6:00 am on Friday (July 3) to 5:00 am on Saturday (July 4), under the direction of Western Province Senior DIG, Deshabandu Tennakoon.

July 04 (DN) The Attorney General is expected to raise preliminary objections against the Fundamental Rights petition filed seeking an order directing the police to immediately arrest and take necessary legal action against Former LTTE armed group leader Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, the Senior Deputy Solicitor General (SDSG) informed Supreme Court yesterday.

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Over 2,000 Policemen, including those in civil attire, have been deployed in public places of the Western Province to detect persons who are not wearing facemasks. Senior DIG (Western Province) Deshabandu Tennakoon said Police had taken the decision to take legal action against those who defy the mandatory requirement of wearing masks

July 03 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded a statement from former Prime Minister and United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe over the Central Bank Bond Scam.

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy seized approximately 400 kg of Kerala Cannabis worth over Rs. 60 million during a raid in the seas between Mandathivu island and Kalmunaithuduwa off of Jaffna early morning today, the Navy Media Unit said.

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Colombo High Court today sentenced a Nigerian national to death for possession and trafficking of cocaine. He has been charged with the possession of 774 grams of cocaine and trafficking drugs,

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been informed not to arrive at the Sports Ministry Investigation Unit to record a statement today. Mahela Jayawardene was summoned to appear before the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry tomorrow (03) to record a statement over the 2011 World Cup match fixing allegations.

July 03 (CP) Colombo- The police have arrested 429 suspects in connection with narcotics and other illegal activities during raids conducted from 6 am Thursday to 5 am Friday in Western Province.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan arrived from India has become positive for COVID-19 during self-isolation at home following the quarantine at a quarantine center. The Government Information Department quoting Director General of Health Services said the infected patient is a Sri Lankan sea guard who had returned from India.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2066 today with 12 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said. According to the Health Promotion Bureau report, as of 8 pm Wednesday, 228 patients are receiving treatment at hospitals.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Mahela Jayawardena has been summoned to appear before the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry tomorrow (03) to record a statement over the 2011 World Cup match fixing allegations.

July 02 (NYT) There’s a video of the exact moment Inshaf Ibrahim decided to abandon his life as a rich young man and turn into a mass murderer.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Thihagoda Police say that a constable, who had attempted to retrieve his mobile phone that had fallen into a tributary of the Nilwala River, has gone missing in the river.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Defense Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, who visited the St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, Wednesday (July 1), has taken swift measures to strengthen security and also assured to soon complete the remaining reconstruction work of the Shrine, which was badly damaged due to the Easter Sunday bomb attack.

* Dubai-based drug dealer calls OIC PNB drug racket: Twelve more cops arrested (3 - Island)
* Madduma Bandara files appeal against District Court order (3 - DN)
* Suspect arrested with over 200 Kg of Kerala Cannabis (2 - CP)
* Sangakkara arrives at Sports Ministry SIU to record statement (2 - CP)
* Shocking case of undeclared narcotics in police custody AG asks IGP to expedite probe (2 - Island)
* Man arrested with ‘ice’ in Jaffna (2 - DM)
* Sale of Marine Drive land using forged deed Five sentenced to 67 years RI (2 - DN)


July 04 (CP) Colombo- Former Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage has questioned the quick dismissal of the investigation into the match fixing allegations raised by him. Speaking to media in Nawalapitiya, Aluthgamage said he cannot agree with the decision of the Police Special Investigation Unit

July 03 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that agriculture will be country’s priority after resolving number of persisting issues and shortcomings affecting it. Issues such as shortage of water supply and fertilizer for agriculture are being addressed by the government.

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Visionary political leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the effective use of technology in a whole – of – government approach has enabled Sri Lanka to control the COVID-19 and a wide range of pandemic related issues – said Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

July 03 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan Police on Friday ended its investigation into allegations made by former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage that the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was ‘sold’ to India for money.

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Nineteen Drone Operators from around the country were awarded Letters of Authorization for Drone Surveillance Operation in Humanitarian Tasks at Headquarters, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) in Katunayake on 26th June 2020.


July 03 (CP) Colombo- oneworld® has launched an information portal to provide customers the latest updates on the health and well-being measures they can expect while travelling, further underlining the commitment by the global alliance’s member airlines to the safety and care of their passengers.

July 03 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares ended lower on Friday, dragged down by losses in financials and industrials. The benchmark CSE All Share Index closed down 1.14% at 5050.90.

July 03 (CP) Colombo- The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) issuing a statement today categorically denied the views/concerns expressed/raised by few authorities and persons that the required due diligence processes are not followed by banks (Authorized Dealers - ADs) operating in Sri Lanka in opening and maintaining recently introduced Special Deposit Accounts (SDAs).

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the National Long-Term Ratings of the following four Sri Lankan finance and leasing companies: In addition, Fitch has maintained the ‘BB-(lka)’ rating on Ideal Finance Limited on Rating Watch Positive (RWP).

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Powered by Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Genie, Sri Lanka’s first PCI-DSS-certified payment app, has partnered with WEBXPAY to further scale their reach to over 1,400 merchants to provide a simple and secure payment checkout via Genie.

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Cementing an international reputation for excellence, Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank, HNB PLC, was ranked among the Top 1,000 World Banks 2020 for the fourth consecutive year by the UK’s prestigious Banker magazine.

July 03 (Cointelegraph) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Central Bank has selected a shortlist of three firms to develop a proof-of-concept (PoC) for a shared Know Your Customer (KYC) facility using blockchain.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The recently approved amendments to the listing rules of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) will enable shareholders to receive dividends declared by Listed companies much faster.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC SL) approved introduction of new Rules and amendments to the existing Listing Rules of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and granted approval in principle to proceed with certain other important initiatives.

* ‘People’s Bank celebrates 59 years of devotion to the people of Sri Lanka’ (3 - Island)
* Finance company directors get regulator’s nod to serve beyond 70 years (3 - DM)
* CMTA seeks Govt’s assistance to mitigate difficulties (3 - DN)
* Shangri-La Group helps the vulnerable in Asia get masked up (2 - CP)
* Sri Lankan shares end lower as financials, industrial weigh (2 - Reuters)
* CMPort ropes in strategic investor for H’tota port development (2 - DM)
* CNCI requests Rs 350-400 bn stimulus disbursement from Govt (2 - DN)


July 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Planetarium that was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will re-open on Tuesday (July 7), the Government Information Department announced. Arrangements have been made in line with the health regulations issued by the Government and health Sectors, to restart Planetarium Shows

July 03 (CP) Colombo- A SriLankan Airlines flight carrying 261 Sri Lankans who were stranded in Japan due to COVID-19 pandemic arrived at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport this morning.

July 03 (CP) Colombo- The trade union collective says they have called off the strike launched by the employees of Colombo Port following a discussion with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

July 03 (CP) Colombo- The Fourth International Bureau has disapproved the candidature of Vikramabahu "Bahu" Karunaratne, the chairperson of the NSSP under the United National Party (UNP) ticket at the general election on August 5th, 2020.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to cancel the contract signed by the previous government to award the construction of the Ruwanpura Expressway to a foreign company and award the contract to local companies, the Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena said.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has informed the Cabinet of Ministers that foreign countries and organizations have provided US$ 252 million (Rs. 70 billion) in loans, grants and materials as the initial assistance to respond to the COVID-19 epidemic.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- In order to develop villages the banking service in the country should understand the rural economy and the needs of the people, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has emphasized.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will join Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) election campaign tomorrow (July 03) from Anuradhapura, President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The International Rotary Club has donated a fully automated PCR machine to the Medical Research Institute of Sri Lanka to expedite the diagnosis process of COVID-19. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was briefed about the operational aspect of the new PCR machine at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (July 01).

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Pakistan can provide assistance to explore opportunities to further enhance the bilateral ties with Sri Lanka, the Pakistan High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (retd) Muhammad Saad Khattak has assured.

July 02 (ET) Colombo- Workers at the strategic Colombo Port on Thursday threatened to go on an indefinite strike to protest against the "Indian pressure" to prevent Sri Lanka from developing a deep-sea container terminal of the country’s largest and busiest port.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The World Bank has downgraded Sri Lanka to a lower-middle income country exactly a year after upgrading to an upper-middle income country. The change in classification is announced in the New World Bank country classifications by income level: 2020-2021 report published on Wednesday (01).

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have formally signed a grant agreement that will see KOICA provide a USD $600,000 (LKR 111.4 million) grant, funding and supporting the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) critical response to COVID-19 in the education sector.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- A four-member committee has been appointed to discuss the issues related to the electricity bills resulted from imposing the curfew due to COVID-19 pandemic and propose measures to provide relief to the affected consumers. The report of the committee is to be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers next week.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered not to use his photographs by candidates contesting the upcoming parliamentary election in their propaganda campaigns, the President’s Media Division said in a statement today.

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Following corporate, individual donations and direct deposits, ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund balance has now surpassed Rs. 1.423 billion, President’s Media Division said.

* Now, President wants all ministers to state their opinion on MCC (3 - Island)
* Wildlife Resources Minister requested to propose plan (3 - DM)
* CEB directed to buy more power (3 - DN)
* Pakistan offers 1000 fully-funded Higher Education scholarships to Sri Lankan students (2 - Island)
* Gantry cranes: Port workers stage protest (2 - DN)


July 03 (AP) The International Cricket Council will not be launching a formal investigation into alleged corruption around the 2011 World Cup final following claims by a former Sri Lanka sports minister that the national team deliberately lost the match to India for money.

July 03 (BBC) England will join West Indies in having a Black Lives Matter logo on their shirts for this month Tests. CEO Tom Harrison said the England and Wales Cricket Board "fully support the message that Black Lives Matter" and "there can be no place for racism in society or our sport".

July 03 (HT) The fast bowling unit of Team India has been hailed as one of the best in modern cricket. India’s pace attack comprising of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have bulldozed past opposing batsmen with their line and length.

July 03 (HT) Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara on Thursday spent 10 hours recording his statement to a Special Investigation Unit probing allegations by the country’s former sports minister that the team’s 2011 World Cup final against India was fixed by “certain parties”.


July 03 (HT) The British government said Friday it is scrapping a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals from a number of countries deemed “lower risk” for the coronavirus, including France, Spain, Germany and Italy. The change takes effect July 10, just over a month after the UK began requiring international arrivals to self-isolate for two weeks.

July 03 (HT) President Donald Trump, yet again, hailed the United States’ coronavirus testing as Covid-19 cases in the country increased by more than 55,000 on Thursday, a new daily global record for the pandemic. A surge in coronavirus cases over the past week has put Trump’s handling of the crisis under the microscope and led several governors to halt plans to reopen their states after strict lockdowns.

July 03 (HT) The death toll in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar has risen above 160, with more feared dead, authorities said on Friday, as search efforts continued for a second day. A heap of mining waste collapsed into a lake on Thursday and buried many workers under mud and water.

July 02 (BBC) US President Donald Trump, long opposed to wearing a face covering in public, says he is "all for masks" and they make him look like the Lone Ranger. Mr Trump also maintained that face coverings do not need to become mandatory to curb Covid-19’s spread.

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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