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Chinese Foreign Minister affirms continued support to Sri Lanka to overcome difficulties

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Friday met with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Ali Sabry on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Wang Yi said that China and Sri Lanka are each other’s strategic cooperative partners, and the two countries have always shared weal and woe and sincerely helped each other.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The Kotadeniya Police have managed to arrest two suspects who were engaged in a racket of removing and selling batteries from telephone towers worth more than 30 million rupees. A person who worked as a technician in telephone towers has taken the initiative to set up the racket.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The Ella Police said 16 school students were arrested on suspicion of setting fire to the Ella Ravana Falls Forest Reserve this evening (24th). Badulla Disaster Management Unit Assistant Director EML Udaya Kumara said the fire has destroyed more than fifteen acres in the Ravana Falls Reserve.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The police fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse a protest march that was moving from Lipton Roundabout towards Maradana along Deans Road.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- A person traveling in a three-wheeler and the driver were shot at near Bogahapitiya Bridge, Ahungalla and the passenger has died after being admitted to the Balapitiya Hospital, the Police said.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The police on Friday have arrested three suspects who had broken into a store located at Grandpass Majeed Place and stolen a stock of rice and dry chilies worth over Rs. 1 million. The police say among the stolen goods are 50 of 25-kg rice bags and 19 of 30- kg dry chili sacks.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickramasinghe as the Minister of Defense has issued an Extraordinary Gazette notification declaring several strategic locations in the capital Colombo and administrative capital Sri Jayewardenepura area as high Security zones.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo The Supreme Court today granted permission to hear a fundamental rights petition filed requesting to annul the decision by the former President Maithripala Sirisena to grant amnesty to the convict of Royal Park murder, Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has foiled an illegal migration attempt and arrested 12 individuals during a special operation conducted in the beach area of Oluthuduwai, Mannar on Thursday night (22).
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Colombo Additional Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela imposed a travel ban on seven leaders of a company called ‘Sport Chain Society Sri Lanka’ who allegedly defrauded over Rs. 8 billion from a group of people who invested money in a pyramid scheme.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- State Minister for Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that 169 arrests have been made in the first eight months of the fiscal year related to promoting the use of cigarettes and alcohol through the Internet. The investigations were carried out with the support of the Cyber Crime Investigation Division of the Excise Department.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- The Supreme Court Wednesday, granted time to the Attorney General to file limited objections related to the fundamental rights petition filed seeking to annul the government’s decision to remove the ban imposed on glyphosate herbicides.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- The body of the Peradeniya University student named Anjana Kulatunga, who went missing on the 16th, was recovered from the Mahaweli River this afternoon (21). The Peradeniya Police launched a search operation in response to a complaint lodged by the student’s parents to the Peradeniya Police that the student has been missing since the 16th.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- The Police Special Task Force of Dompe Pananwala has arrested an individual who was transporting explosives worth more than Rs. 1.8 million in a cab without a license. The Special Task Force says that 25 kilos of ammonium nitrate were seized during a raid conducted on information received about the suspect.
 

Sept 22 (ABC) A key Australian government tool to combat people smuggling in Sri Lanka can be easily dodged by perpetrators and is forcing fishermen struggling in the country’s economic crisis to pay a monthly fee.
 

Sept 21 (PTI) Hit by the economic crisis in their country, 12 more Sri Lankan nationals arrived here on Tuesday, officials said.
 

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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 24, Colombo: The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) today expressed deep concerns over the declaration of certain areas in Colombo District as High Security Zones under the Official Secrets Act. President Ranil Wickramasinghe as the Minister of Defense yesterday issued an Extraordinary Gazette notification declaring several strategic locations in Colombo as high Security zones.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The performance of traditional rituals of the annual Esala Maha Perahera at the Walukarama Maha Viharaya, Kollupitiya and offering of flowers to the sacred marble Stupa (dagaba) of the Padmakara type (lotus shape) which was brought from Myanmar was held with the participation of President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (23) afternoon.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- UK Minister of State for the Middle East, South Asia, and the UN, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon Friday announced that the UK is providing urgent food and farming support to Sri Lankans hit hardest by the economic crisis.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The stock of essential medicines and medical equipment worth about 650 million rupees donated by China to Sri Lanka has arrived in the island last night. The donation made under China’s RMB 500 million emergency humanitarian assistance
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe has expressed his gratitude to the Venerable Maha Sangha for their contribution on conserving electricity at religious shrines and the precedent it sets for society.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) is the national body for Standards formulation and regulating SLS certification. Understanding the importance of its role, the organization has been hard at work to support and promote SMEs and entrepreneurialism in Sri Lanka, with SMEs making up the backbone of the nation’s economy.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Marking an important day for healthcare and medical safety, Hemas Hospitals commemorated Patient Safety Day 2022 on September 17, 2022. This year, the theme for Patient Safety Day is ‘Medication Safety’.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has once again been confirmed the highest-ranked bank in the latest edition of the ‘LMD 100’ and is the only bank among the Top 10 companies on this prestigious list widely considered Sri Lanka’s version of the Fortune 500.
 

Sept 23 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan authorities will formally hold talks with international creditors on Friday to start the process of restructuring billions of dollars of its debt and share plans to tackle the island’s worst economic crisis in more than seven decades.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon recorded a noteworthy feat on the international stage this week receiving two coveted international awards from Asiamoney for the third consecutive year.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Tourism will continue to expand its bilateral and cultural ties with its Indian counterparts by venturing into a series of Road Shows in key Indian cities from 26th -30th September 2022. The first road show will be held at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi on 26th September
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) On 21st September 2022 delivered “Misje Vita”, 5000DWT EcoBulk Carrier built for Misje Eco Bulk AS, Norway (Misje). CDPLC signed and executed shipbuilding contracts with Misje Eco Bulk AS (Misje) a Norwegian company, a fully owned subsidiary of Kåre Misje & Co in March 2020
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- DIMO, a leading diversified conglomerate in Sri Lanka, entered into a partnership with the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Ruhuna (FAUR) through its agriculture arm DIMO Agribusinesses, to develop an agricultural machinery training and a research hub in Sri Lanka.
 

Sept 22 (Bloomberg) After fleeing Sri Lanka and spending nearly two months in self-imposed exile, former leader Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned this month to a freshly painted, heavily guarded colonial-style bungalow in one of the island’s swankiest neighborhoods.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank, Hatton National Bank PLC has once again joined hands with the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE) as the exclusive banking partner for the year 2022-2023.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- With the firm belief that a responsible Sri Lankan corporate must care for and protect what is uniquely Sri Lankan, Hemas Holdings PLC launched their Group Environmental Agenda 2030 ‘Haritha Mehewara’, a long-term commitment to protect and conserve the island’s critically endangered endemic species through necessary actions and interventions.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s nationwide inflation in August 2022 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) rose to 70.2 percent from 66.7 percent recorded in July 2022 on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Wednesday.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- Taprobane Seafoods, Sri Lanka’s largest and most integrated seafood company opened its second Taprobane Aquaculture Service center in Puttalam recently to enhance access for shrimp farmers and to promote sustainable farming practices while reducing chemical usage.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- Speaker Hon. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announced to Parliament today (21) that he endorsed the certificate yesterday (20) on the Social Security Contribution Levy Bill. This bill was passed by majority vote in Parliament on 08th September.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- With great crises comes even greater opportunity for growth, as witnessed in Sri Lanka over the last two months alone. As the country cautiously emerges from the crippling fuel crisis of July, many attribute the quick adoption of the National Fuel Pass QR code system for bringing ease to the situation.
 

Sept 23 (CNA) LONDON- Sri Lanka expects the International Monetary Fund board to approve a US$2.9 billion programme by the end of the year, central bank officials told overseas investors during a virtual presentation on the country’s debt restructuring strategy on Friday (Sep 23).
 

Sept 23 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares closed lower on Friday, marking their first weekly fall in four, as losses in financial stocks weighed on the benchmark index. The CSE All-Share index ended 0.36% lower at 9,964.80. For the week, the index declined 1.37%.
 

Sept 21 (AsiaNews) Colombo- Sri Lankan authorities are considering joining the Russian Mir payment system: discussions are currently underway between the country’s central bank and that of Moscow. Launched in 2017, Mir is a payment and money transfer channel operated by the Russian National Payment Card System.
 

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* Sri Lankan shares end higher as industrials rise (21 - Reuters)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- As a solution to the daily traffic jams in Colombo city, an eco-friendly boat service from Battaramulla Diyatha Uyana and Aggona Heenatikumbura to Wellawatta with solar-powered passenger boats was started last Friday (23).
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry says the Global North and South should cooperate to overcome the contemporary challenges. Minister Sabry called for strengthening of South-South cooperation and underlined the importance of reaching out to the Global North to overcome contemporary challenges.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera said Lanka Coal Company will publish a new International Open Competitive Tender that will allow any suitable supplier that has the ability to provide Coal on a long term credit basis.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation, Mahinda Amaraweera has expressed concern over the future of the poultry industry in the country as the economic crisis is severely affecting the production of chicken and eggs.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena held detailed discussions with Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay on economic ties and cooperation between the two countries and ways and means of expediting the proposed joint projects. This discussion took place when the Indian High Commissioner called on him at the Temple Trees on September 22.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed his condolences to the Royal family and the people of Great Britain over the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II while participating in the vote of condolence moved in the Parliament today (23) on her demise.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Lanka Sathosa, the only state-owned supermarket chain that contributes to the national mission of eradicating the poverty of the Sri Lankan people, has decided to reduce the prices of 5 essential consumer goods with the aim of providing relief to the consumers.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- The Speaker announced to the Parliament on Friday the list of members of Parliament who have been nominated for the ‘National Council’, which was established as per the proposal of the Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, consisting of members representing Parliament from the respective political parties.
 

Sept 23 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Japan, one of Sri Lanka’s main creditors, will back the South Asian nation as it seeks to restructure about $30 billion of its foreign debt and find a way out of a crippling economic crisis, Tokyo’s envoy to the country said on Friday.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- United States Permanent Representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome Ambassador Cindy McCain will visit Sri Lanka from September 25-28 to highlight U.S. food assistance programs in Sri Lanka and reinforce the U.S. commitment and lasting partnership with the island nation.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Mahinda Amaraweera said that a practical program will be implemented within a short period of time to prevent crop damage caused by animals such as peacocks and monkeys.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to import the herbicide glyphosate for agricultural purposes for six months. Due to the policy decision taken by the government to ban/restrict the imports of glyphosate, all types of agricultural activities have been severely affected
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry who is attending the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York has met the President of the United States Joe Biden and the First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Transport and Highways Minister Bandula Gunawardena said in Parliament yesterday (22) that out of the Rs. 2.6 billion revenue of the Railway Department last year, Rs. 2.3 billion have been paid as overtime pay for employees.
 

Sept 23, Colombo: The foreign ambassadors to Sri Lanka have assured President Ranil Wickremesinghe their support to get the assistance of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to recover the island nation from the worst economic crisis in its history.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Power and Energy says that a part of the 1,250 filling stations owned by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (Ceypetco) is expected to be handed over to private companies by next November.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Secretary-General of Parliament Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake said that the appointment of three secretaries to Ministries and an ambassador was approved by the Committee on High Posts of Parliament recently (20).
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Parliamentarian Rohini Kaviratne, the new Chairperson of the Parliamentary Caucus for Children said children, are the most affected due to the current economic crisis. Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian Rohini Kaviratne was elected as the new Chairperson of the Parliamentary Caucus for Children yesterday (21).
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister and the Minister of State Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government Dinesh Gunawardena has instructed the members of Parliament who have been newly appointed as District Coordination Committee Chairmen to summon all the District Coordination Committees on food production and development activities within the next week.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The President’s Office today said on the special instructions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, a Food Security Program Unit has been established at the President’s Office for poverty-stricken families to receive assistance under the World Food Programme (WFP).
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Americares, a U.S. based health-focused relief and development organization has donated more than US$ 773,000 (an estimated 279,476,100.28 LKR) urgently needed medicine and medical supplies for the people of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington, D.C. said.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena told the Parliament today that President Ranil Wickramasinghe informed him that the Cabinet will be informed about the Staff-Level Agreement reached by the Government of Sri Lanka with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) before the final decision.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Samagi Jana Balawegaya parliamentarian Eran Wickramaratne warned the new President and the government not to get caught up in corruption, theft and irregularities and said that if they get caught up in them, the country will never be able to be rebuilt.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Fisheries, Mr. Douglas Devananda, said today (21) in the Parliament that necessary steps have been taken to provide the fuel required for the fishing industry quickly and arrangements have been made to provide fuel to the fishermen on a daily basis.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- Malaysian Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan has said that the Malaysian government has agreed to hire 10,000 workers from Sri Lanka. Human Resources Minister in a statement today has said that the Malaysian Cabinet has agreed to bring in 10,000 migrant workers from Sri Lanka
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today announced that the parliamentarians of the party who have accepted ministerial positions in the current government have been removed from all party positions they held.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- Senior Japanese Parliamentarian Martsusuta Shinpei of Liberal Democratic party met Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena today (20) at the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss cooperation between the two countries and areas of possible future cooperation.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- The first consignment of rice donated to Sri Lanka by Australia through the World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations arrived in the island and will soon be distributed to those most affected by the ongoing economic crisis, the WFP in Sri Lanka said.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva gave instructions to the relevant officials yesterday (20), in Parliament, to expand the operations of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and other institutions under the ministry to increase efficiency.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Mahinda Amaraweera instructed the officials of the Ministry yesterday (20) to take steps to promptly send the urea fertilizer needed for the Maha season to Ampara, Batticaloa, Mullaitivu, Jaffna, Anuradhapura, and Monaragala districts, which have finished paddy cultivation in the Yala season.
 

Sept 21 (CP) Colombo- The presentation of the review findings of the implementation of the Multi-sectoral National Action Plan to address Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Sri Lanka 2016-2020 was conducted recently with the technical and financial support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka along with the Ministry of Women & Child Affairs and Social Empowerment.
 

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* Sri Lankan President meets the Secretary General of the Commonwealth (21 - CP)
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* British Council celebrates successful culmination of Commonwealth Connections program in Sri Lanka (21 - CP)

SPORTS

Sept 23 (SLC) Sri Lanka Cricket, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association, commenced the distribution of “Cricket Balls” to 325 schools registered to play in the ongoing Under-19 Schools Cricket Tournament. Once completed, a total of 7680 cricket balls will be distributed to schools playing in Divisions 1, 2, and 3 of the ongoing U19 tournament.
 

Sept 23 (ICC) Ireland and Bangladesh booked their place in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2023 with wins over Zimbabwe and Thailand respectively in the semi-finals of the qualifiers in Abu Dhabi. Put in to bat first in the 1st semi-final, and the key clash of the ICC
 

Sept 23 (ESPNCI) Rohit Sharma smashed four fours and as many sixes in his unbeaten 20-ball 46 to help India overhaul Australia’s 90 for 5 in an eight-over contest in Nagpur. The win meant the series is now levelled 1-1 with the final T20I to be played in Hyderabad on Sunday.
 

Sept 22 (ESPNCI) Pakistan mounted a great comeback into the series on the back of a stunning century from Babar Azam along with a brilliant 88* from Mohammad Rizwan in the second T20I against England.Alex Hales and Phil Salt put on a quickfire 42-run partnership in the first five overs.
 


WORLD

Sept 23 (BBC) Japan will open its doors back up to foreign tourists, after more than two years of closed borders due to the Covid pandemic. Tourists will be able to visit the country without a visa, and will no longer need to go through a travel agency, from 11 October.
 

Sept 23 (BBC) Hong Kong’s government says that from Monday people arriving in Hong Kong will no longer have to go into mandatory hotel quarantine. Travellers will also no longer have to show a negative Covid test before boarding a plane to Hong Kong.
 

Sept 23 (BBC) A Guernsey commission will donate £20,000 in aid to help people affected by the Pakistan monsoon floods. More than 33 million people have been affected by the floods across Pakistan, with one in seven homes reported lost.
 

Sept 22 (BBC) A Malaysian businessman who scammed the US Navy in its biggest fraud scandal ever has been recaptured after he escaped house arrest two weeks ago. Leonard Glenn Francis, known as "Fat Leonard", was captured in Venezuela attempting to board a flight to Russia.
 


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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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