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Sept 28 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today emphasized that it is imperative for local industries to commence the production of standard and high quality textiles immediately. President Rajapaksa explored the possibility of assigning the larger percentage of supply of school and security forces uniform material to local industrialists.
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Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- The Navy with the assistance of Police apprehended a suspect with about 952kg of dried turmeric, during a special search operation conducted at Irukkulampiddi in Mannar yesterday (28). The consignment of turmeric is believed to have been smuggled into the country by sea routes.

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- The Police Special Task Force (STF) has arrested three persons, including an excise officer, with MDMA also known as “Mandy” worth nearly Rs. 10 million. At the time of their arrest, the suspects had 653 grams and 380 milligrams of MDMA in their possession, the Police said.

Sept 29 (Island) He had been aware that the activities and preaching of Islamists would have an impact on reconciliation, but those in higher positions were convinced otherwise, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara, yesterday, told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the Easter Sunday attacks.

Sept 29 (DM) Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohamed Mihal yesterday told Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Dileepa Pieris that the Magistrate Court has no jurisdiction to detain the skipper of MT New Diamond Crude Oil tanker, Sterio Ilias.

Sept 29 (DN) Police had obtained a Court order for 14-days banning all protests and hartals in the North and East in commemoration of any LTTE member. Speaking to the Daily News, Northern Province Senior DIG Sanjeewa Dharmaratne said that despite the Hartal staged yesterday, all government departments and establishments were open yesterday a

Sept 28, Colombo: The Supreme Court today set January 19 to consider the fundamental rights petition filed against the presidential pardon granted to the convict of Royal Park murder, Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha.

** Related Story :: Pardoned Royal Park murder convict banned from traveling abroad

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohamed Mihar on Monday (28) denied the Attorney General’s request to remand the Greek captain of the New Diamond supertanker that caught fire in the Eastern seas off Sangaman Kanda Point in Sri Lanka.

** Related Story ::Captain of the MT New Diamond ship appears before court

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Police have arrested 1,481 persons for drug and alcohol offenses during special police raids conducted in the Western Province in the past 24 hours between 6 am yesterday and 5 am Monday.

Sept 28 (NIE) CBCID officials on Saturday formed a separate team to trace the whereabouts of Sri Lankan criminal Angoda Lokka’s close aide Chanuka Thananayaka, who is said to have absconded from Madurai with a pistol of Lokka.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Despite the unique ability of the Police Special Task Force (STF) to take action against terrorists, the then IGP and the Director of State Intelligence had not properly informed him about the intel provided by the foreign intelligence services before the attack, retired Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police M.R. Latheef said.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva says that a group of crew members of an oil tanker arrived in Sri Lanka have been diagnosed with COVID-19. PCR tests were conducted on all the crew members of the Indian oil tanker after one of them showed symptoms of COVID-19.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs on Saturday took steps to re-ship 21 of the 263 containers of waste material illegally sent to the country from the United Kingdom in December 2017. The measure was taken with the permission of the Attorney General, Spokesperson of Sri Lanka Customs said.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- A man was arrested near Daluwa Lagoon while transporting around Rs. 40 million worth gold pieces on a motorcycle, Puttalam Police said. The suspect is a resident of the Nagavillu area on the Puttalam-Colombo road.

* Tuition teacher arrested with heroin (28 - DM)
* 13 PNB men re-remanded (28 - DN)
* Captain of the MT New Diamond ship appears before court (28 - CP)
* 484 suspects arrested in a special raid conducted in the Western Province (27 - CP)
* Bombings in Western Province could have been prevented : Ex-STF Commandant (27 - NF)
* Thajudeen murder: Case against ex-JMO concluded (27 - ST)
* New laws for NGOs on the cards (27 - SO)
* Controversial Mauritius Ship Involved In Operation To Tow Broken Sri Lanka Oil Supertanker (27 - Forbes)


Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today will begin to hear the fundamental rights petition filed draft bill of the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution. The petitions will be considered before a five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Following the announcement by Moody’s Investors Service downgrading Sri Lanka’s Sovereign rating, the Ministry of Finance has immediately responded saying the rating action is unwarranted and requested the foreign investors not to be dissuaded by the action.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- The CEOs of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment, Sayed Zaman Hashemi, and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Manjula de Silva, virtually signed a historic MOU of Cooperation between the two Chambers on Monday, September 28, 2020, the Afghan Embassy in Colombo announced.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Steps have been taken to launch a Hartal in the Northern Province from this morning (28) to protest against the present government violating the rights of the Tamil people in the North.


Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- Accelerating local game development and gamification while helping to foster the developer community of Sri Lanka, Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, will be powering the Sri Lankan edition of Game Jam+, a global movement by Google promoting entrepreneurship in the creative industry.

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s leading financial services provider HNB FINANCE PLC, recently rewarded the winners of their unique and interactive ‘Ape Gedara Avurudu’ digital portal, launched in celebration of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

Sept 29 (Island) LOLC Holdings PLC has been listed among 100 honourees for 2020 among a list of esteemed global organisations at the annual CIO 100 Awards. It is the first time that a Sri Lankan company has been bestowed with the CIO 100 Award.

Sept 29 (DM) The new lending rates, the rates which capture the prices of a broader spectrum of loans from small businesses to house mortgages to personal loans, have further moved downwards in August, in a sign that the excess liquidity and aggressive monetary easing, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, are driving down rates faster than at any other time before.

Sept 29 (DN) “It is the responsibility of all stakeholders to encourage the general public on the importance of insurance and to improve people’s confidence in insurance and change the general perception towards having an insurance cover.

Sept 28 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares rose on Monday, closing at their highest level in over eight months, supported by gains in consumer and financial stocks.

Sept 28 (CP) Singapore- Moody’s Investors Service has today downgraded the Government of Sri Lanka’s long-term foreign currency issuer and senior unsecured ratings to Caa1 from B2 and changed the outlook to stable. This concludes the review for downgrade initiated on 17 April 2020.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- ICRA Lanka Limited has reaffirmed the issuer rating of Hayleys PLC at [SL]A+ while revising the outlook from Stable to Negative. ICRA Lanka has also reaffirmed the issue rating of [SL]A+ assigned to the Company’s two-Senior Unsecured Listed Redeemable Debenture programs

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will be organizing the 20th Sri Lanka Economic Summit (SLES) on December 1 and 2, 2020 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. This will be the 20th consecutive year the Chamber is organizing the country’s foremost economic event.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Tea production totaled 22.4 million kgs in August 2020 recording a decrease of 3.7 million kgs compared to 26.2 million kgs of August 2019, Tea Exporters Association report said.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- In a global climate where China has established its standing as the second largest and fastest growing economy in the world, the extent of the country’s scale and integration has meant that proficiency in Chinese has become a coveted asset.

* TikTok: US judge halts app store ban (28 - BBC)
* Private sector credit rebounds in August (28 - DM)
* Spark Air to take wings early February (28 - DN)
* Sri Lanka seeks fresh currency swap facility, deferment of debt payments from India (27 - Reuters)
* Ten bankrupt state entities face liquidation (27 - ST)
* USD 2b FDIs to be inked this year - Cabraal (27 - SO)


Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has said that there is no connection between the relief and assistance provided by India to Sri Lanka and the amendments to the Constitution. The Minister also said that a number of issues of mutual interest were discussed during the recent video conference between Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has appointed a ten-member committee to study the draft 20th Amendment to the Constitution. The General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Dayasiri Jayasekara said that the SLFP will submit its views on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution after considering the recommendations made by this committee in the future.

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- Nine buses and a tow truck repaired by the state-owned Lakdiva Engineering Company Limited at a cost of Rs. 17 million have been handed over to the Sri Lanka Transport Board at an event presided by Minister of Transport Gamini Lokuge, and State Minister of Transport Dilum Amunugama, at the company’s site in Ja-Ela Monday (28).

Sept 29 (Island) Former non-cabinet minister of the yahapalana government Sujeewa Senasinghe announced yesterday that he would quit politics. He had also stepped down as the SJB Deputy Secretary, Senasinghe said.

Sept 29 (DM) The government appears to have initiated legislative action to declare 18 as the legal marriage age for all the ethnic groups according to three private member’s bills announced in the gazette notification.

Sept 29 (DN) The draft 20th Amendment to the Constitution is a policy decision of all parties which contested under the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, said Education Reforms, Promotion of Open Universities and Distance Learning State Minister Susil Premajayantha.

Sept 29 (HC) At their first virtual meeting on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa talked about an array of issues, including bilateral debt, infrastructural development and rights of minorities in Sri Lanka.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- The Leader of the National People’s Power (NPP) Anura Kumara Dissanayake stated that the statement made by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe about the Anti-Corruption Committee was completely untrue.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka with the help of Japanese government has implemented a program to expand the “Empathy in the learning process” with the aim to achieve the sustainable education goals.

Sept 28 (Asia News) Colombo– Hundreds of Sri Lankan migrants, Catholic and non-Catholic, have been stranded in various countries. Among them, those in Middle Eastern countries are facing huge problems due to the lack of food, shelter, clothing, etc., as they wait to go home.

Sept 28 (ABOC) The next Bishop of Colombo will be Fr Dushantha Rodrigo, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby announced today.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Tour aim Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said the government is working to achieve the target of attracting seven million tourists to Sri Lanka and earning $ 10 billion from the tourism industry by 2025.

Sept 28, Colombo: As the Leader of the Tamil National Alliance, parliamentarian R. Sampanthan has suddenly fallen ill again, the party has taken steps to suspend several decisions, including the appointment of a media spokesperson, local media reported.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait has been closed after three Embassy staff members and 44 migrant workers accommodated at the Embassy Safe House have been confirmed COVID-19 positive.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Fruit drink manufacturers should be encouraged increase their production capacity and buy more produce from the farmers, Basil Rajapaksa, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival says.

Sept 28 (ET) India is working on a plan to offer $50 million Line of Credit (LoC) to Sri Lanka in the defence sector –– the first such gesture towards the Southern neighbour as the two sides decided to expand defence and security partnership at Saturday’s summit to stabilise the Indian Ocean Region and the Bay of Bengal in the backdrop of China’s growing ambitions in these zones.

* Some opposition MPs to support 20A without crossing over to Govt. (28 - DM)
* Ruwan vows to revive UNP (28 - DN)
* Govt. suspended Sectoral Oversight committees to prevent discussion on 20A – Opposition Leader (27 - Island)
* No plans to import rice, as long as mill owners do not create an artificial shortage: Ministry of Trade (27 - NF)
* Five Commonwealth organisations concerned over impact of 20A on independence of judiciary (27 - ST)
* “Fumigate examination centres” (27 - SO)


Sept 29 (HT) For marquee clashes in the Indian Premier League, it seldom gets bigger than Mumbai Indians versus Royal Challengers Bangalore, though the stands not heaving with fans as they do due to the pandemic meant the intensity had to be built by the players.

Sept 29 (HT) Captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli has clearly not had the best of starts in the Indian Premier League 2020. In three games, Kohli has scores of 14, 1 and 3 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians respectively, taking his tally to 18 runs in three games.

Sept 28 (BBC) Rajasthan Royals chased down 224 to beat Kings XI Punjab by four wickets on Sunday and pull off the highest run chase in Indian Premier League history. The Royals hit 86 runs in the last five overs - another IPL record -

Sept 28 (HT) Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has backed an under-fire Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, saying that it will be interesting to see how he comes back after a heavy defeat.RCB, after getting off to a winning start in the IPL, suffered a 97-run loss against Kings XI Punjab.


Sept 29 (BBC) The ancestral homes of two Bollywood legends are to be saved from crumbling into ruin in northern Pakistan. The houses belonged to the families of Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar who migrated to India in the years before Pakistan was created from British India in 1947. Officials in Peshawar say the dilapidated homes are to be bought, restored and turned into museums.

Sept 29 (BBC) A US man is facing up to two years in jail in Thailand after posting negative reviews of a hotel he stayed in. He was sued by the resort under the country’s strict anti-defamation laws. Wesley Barnes, who works in Thailand, posted several reviews on different platforms allegedly accusing the resort of "modern day slavery".

Sept 29 (HT) The head of the World Health Organization says it and partners have agreed to a plan to roll out 120 million rapid diagnostic tests for the coronavirus to help lower- and middle-income countries make up ground in a testing gap with richer countries — even if it’s not fully funded yet.

Sept 29 (HT) Japan Airlines is ditching the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” and instead embracing gender neutral terms during in-flight and airport announcements from next month, the company said Monday. From October 1, JAL “will abolish expressions that based on (two types of) sex and use gender-friendly expression” like “good morning” and “good evening,” a spokesperson for the airline told AFP.

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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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