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Minister Namal Rajapaksa, presents first translated copy of Bagawath Geetha to Indian Prime Minister

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Minister Namal Rajapaksa, who led a delegation of Buddhist monks on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka for the opening of the Kushinagar International Airport in India, called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. Minister Namal Rajapaksa and the delegation left for India this morning on the first international flight to the Kushinagar International Airport
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 539 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Wednesday. According to the Epidemiology Unit report at 8:30 pm Wednesday, a total of 533,305 COVID-19 cases have been reported
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy rescue teams engaged in the Search and Rescue (SAR) operation today recovered the body of the Indian fisherman who went missing when his vessel sank while illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters after colliding with a Sri Lankan Navy vessel.
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Wednesday reported 18 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Tuesday, October 19. Among the deaths reported today, 11 are of males and 07 of females.
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Justice held on Friday, the 15th of October chaired by the Justice Minister M. U. M. Ali Sabry, PC agreed upon presenting two Bills and Regulations in Parliament on October 21st.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- An employee of the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport has been arrested with a stock of gold worth over Rs. 70 million.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy is still continuing a search and rescue operation to find an Indian fisherman went missing after an Indian fishing vessel capsized Monday evening while illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Two criminals involved in a number of serious crimes were arrested in the Adiambalama area yesterday (18), the police said. They were arrested in a raid carried out by the Katunayake Police in connection with a criminal investigation, police spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Supreme Court Monday issued an interim order directing the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) maintain the status quo without taking any further action on a land on Darley Road, Colombo 10, which was acquired on the advice of the Chairman of the NHDA and other authorities while the land was given to a company to build houses.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- The Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thero have filed a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme Court against the transfer of shares of the Yugadanavi Power Plant at Kerawalapitiya to the American Company New Fortress Energy, Inc.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Magistrate’s Court has remanded the software engineer of Epic Lanka Technologies, the private company that operated the computer database of the National Drug Regulatory Authority (NMRA), who was arrested in connection with the deletion of NMRA’s database until the 25th of this month.
 

Oct 18 (UCAN) Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo has hinted at a bigger conspiracy behind the 2019 Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels that killed 269 people in Sri Lanka.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) says Sri Lankan law enforcement agencies have an opportunity to reveal the truth about Pandora Papers and a thorough and impartial investigation will bolster faith in them.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Muslim community has suffered consistent discrimination, harassment and violence since 2013, culminating in the adoption of government policies explicitly targeting the minority group, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Sri Lanka reports 18 Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, toll rises to 13,525 (19 - CP)
* Coronavirus update: 548 new COVID-19 cases identified Tuesday, total rises to 532,766 (19 - CP)
* Sri Lanka reports 23 Covid-19 deaths on Monday, toll rises to 13,507 (18 - CP)
* Public Security Minister seeks to assist cops who get into trouble in the line of duty (18 - Island)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The United National Party (UNP) leader and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Wednesday said that only the United National Party can see the tomorrow’s world and create the new world in Sri Lanka.
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka qualified for the Super 12 stage of the Men’s T20 World Cup with a 70-run win over Ireland in Abu Dhabi. Wanindu Hasaranga hit 71 off 47 balls as Sri Lanka posted 171-7
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The Ambassador of Vietnam to Sri Lanka Ho Thi Thanh Truc called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this afternoon (20).
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister discussed expanding bilateral trade and further strengthening bilateral relations during a recent meeting.
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to maintain the current inter-provincial travel restrictions throughout the island until 4.00 am on October 31. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the relevant authorities in this regard, said Army Commander General Shavendra Silva.
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The first consignment of eco-friendly nano nitrogen liquid fertilizer required for paddy cultivation, other field crops, vegetables and fruits for the Maha season arrived from India during early hours today (20th October 2021). SriLankan Airlines flight UL-1156 carrying the fertilizer arrived at the airport at 00.25 am today.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Port Authority is seeking a $325 million loan financing facility to procure the required equipment to develop the East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port.
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Manufacturer and marketer of printed corrugated cartons Ex-pack has made the following announcement: This is to inform all our stakeholders that we met and wrote to the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE)
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Minister of Plantations, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana has admitted that it is true that the tea harvest has been reduced due to the lack of fertilizer. The Minister said that although there was no problem in harvest last month, there has been a gradual decline in the harvest this month.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s trade deficit widened in August 2021 as the increase of import expenditure outpaced the increase of export earnings, the Central Bank reported Tuesday in its External Sector Performance review for the month.
 

Oct 19 (GOM) The beleaguered Sri Lankan economic system faces substantial credit score danger, with default ‘an actual risk’, Singapore-based Fitch Scores mentioned on Tuesday.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- A new World Bank report, “Sri Lanka Poverty Assessment: Accelerating Economic Transformation” highlights four priorities for Sri Lanka to further transform its economy, create more jobs and achieve a sustainable trajectory toward poverty reduction and shared prosperity.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Leading Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer Brandix has embarked on a journey to strengthen the company’s gender equality policies and procedures with technical support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), to support and provide an inspiring workplace culture for its employees.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- During the first nine months of this year, from January to September, US$ 101.44 million worth of tourism investment have been presented for approval and out of those US$ 92.176 million worth investments have been approved, Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga said.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider and the only authorized eSIM service provider for Apple iPhones in Sri Lanka, recently announced the pre-order availability for the latest 5G-ready iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max devices.
 

Oct 18 (Reuters) Strong gains in financial and energy stocks aided Sri Lankan shares to close at an all-time high on Monday. The CSE All-Share index were up 0.89% at 9,709.14 points at the closing bell.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka, an Island Nation strategically positioned in the Indian Ocean, has a tremendous untapped potential in maritime tourism industry especially in the area of cruising, yachting, coastal tourism and shipping for leisure around the country.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Integrated solid waste management initiative coupled with tree plantation launched at Hambantota Port (19 - Island)
* Quickee.lk marks an industry first with personal concierge service (18 - Island)
* SL should start accepting and trading in INR (18 - DN)
* CB to propose resumption of car imports paid via foreign currency (18 - DM)
* Bank of Ceylon signs agreement with LankaClear to be the Settlement Bank for USD On-line and USD Draft System (18 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The Cabinet spokesman and Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that the Provincial Council elections will be held after revising the electoral system while preserving the positive features of the proportional representation system.
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- A SriLankan Airlines flight carrying a delegation of Buddhist monks departed from Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning to participate in the opening of Kushinagar International Airport in India as the first flight to arrive at the airport.
 

Oct 20 (SCMP) In 2014, English-language state-run newspaper China Daily called Sri Lanka “pretty much the perfect holiday destination”, touting its “golden beaches, towering mountains, ancient monuments and stunning wildlife all enclosed in a compact island”.
 

Oct 20 (Xinhua) COLOMBO- China’s guidelines on international investment and its internal emphasis on green development are among things that Sri Lanka can learn from, a Sri Lankan business leader and conservation advocate said.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The first consignment of 3.1 million liters of eco-friendly nano nitrogen liquid fertilizer to be brought for the Maha season this year will be brought to Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport from India tonight (19) by SriLankan Airlines flight UL 1156.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval for the bills drafted on the banning of cattle slaughter to be published in the Government gazette as notifications and to be tabled in Parliament.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Approved pesticides and herbicides will be allowed to be imported through local companies in the quantities required for farmers, said the Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Prof. Uditha K. Jayasinghe.
 

Oct 19 (AsiaNews) Colombo– Sri Lanka continues to hold one of the lowest positions in 2021 Global Hunger Index, which covers 116 countries. The level of hunger and food insecurity in the Asian country is defined as "moderate” at present.
 

Oct 19 (AFP) Sri Lanka on Tuesday backed down from ambitious plans to become the world’s first completely organic farming nation, reversing a ban on imports of chemical fertiliser.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The education of more than 800 million children – 400 million in South Asia, 260 million in East Asia and 140 million in Southeast Asia – across Asia has been disrupted due to school closures since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, a report released today by UNICEF and UNESCO said.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sri Lanka in partnership with HongKong and Shanghai Banking Cooperation will facilitate a conversation at the Colombo Development Dialogues on leveraging green financing for green development.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the International Airport in Kushinagar on 20 October 2021 on the auspicious Wap Poya Day with the inaugural international flight operating from Colombo to Kushinagar, the High Commission of India in Colombo said.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Another consignment of the U.S. manufactured Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine purchased by the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) has arrived in Sri Lanka early Tuesday. This consignment of 608,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine weighing 1,818 kilograms was packed in 53 containers.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has issued a statement to the media regarding a fake news item published on the internet regarding the party leader Anura Kumara Dissnayake. The statement was issued Monday (18th) under the signature of JVP Information Secretary, Vijitha Herath.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- In a message to mark the auspicious festival of Eid Milad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said the best way to pay special respect to Prophet Muhammad is to strive to strengthen coexistence among the people.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- State Minister Janaka Wakkumbura states that there are no plans to increase local sugar prices. He says that a program will be implemented to supply sugar to the rural market. Meanwhile, sugar importers say that a consignment of sugar worth over one billion rupees imported to the island is stuck in the port.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Port City Commission: Prez expected to step in to settle dispute (19 - Island)
* Teachers’ issue should be resolved amicably - SLPP (19 - DN)
* Transport service resumes once govt. gives green light: Dilum (19 - DM)
* President rejects request from allied parties to discuss Yugadanavi Power Plant deal (18 - CP)
* Striking teachers & principals to return to work on 25th (18 - CP)
* Self-employment assistance to migrant workers returned after completing foreign employment (18 - CP)
* Outgoing Egyptian Ambassador assures to continue strengthening relations with Sri Lanka (18 - CP)
* Photographs featuring murals by Solis Mendis to be presented to India (18 - Island)
* Cabinet paper to declare Mannar-Rameshwaram sea area as highly sensitive marine ecological zone: Amaraweera (18 - DM)
* Paddy farmers will be compensated if they lose harvest – Agriculture Minister (18 - DN)
* More ETC booths to be installed to reduce expressway traffic congestion -Highways Minister (18 - CP)
* Another stock of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines arrives in the island (18 - CP)

SPORTS

Oct 20 (ESPNCI) The pitches in Sharjah were relaid just before the UAE leg of IPL 2021 began, and the venue was no longer the batting paradise of the past. In the 2020 edition, teams hit a six every 12 balls, but in 2021, that number was 23. In all, only 98 sixes were hit in ten IPL matches in 2021.
 

Oct 20 (ESPNCI) Two quicks capable of bowling faster than 145kph, one allrounder who gets up into the high 130s range, a spanking new mystery spinner who is yet to be decoded, and a world No. 2 legspinner with a killer googly. These are Sri Lanka’s frontline bowling stocks for this World Cup
 

Oct 19 (ESPNCI) On Monday, Sri Lanka eased past a Namibia side that had rarely played under lights, and whose batters were largely unfamiliar with the type of pace they had to face. Their next opponents will not be quite so green (even if that is typically their colour). Ireland had not had a great series against the UAE, in the approach to the T20 World Cup
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka overpowered Namibia to win the first of its matches in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup by seven wickets at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Monday (18). After winning the toss and deciding to invite Namibia to bat first, mystery bowler Maheesh Theekshana claimed the wicket of Stephan Baard for 7
 


WORLD

Oct 20 (TOI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated India’s 29th international and UP’s third international airport in Kushinagar in the presence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son and a 125-member delegation. Kushinagar is the place where Gautam Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana.
 

Oct 19 (BBC) Moscow mayor has ordered unvaccinated people over 60 and those with chronic illnesses to stay at home, as Russia struggles with record Covid-19 deaths and infections. Sergei Sobyanin said the restrictions would last four months, starting on Monday. Those affected will only be allowed to leave home to take exercise.
 

Oct 19 (BBC) A manhunt is under way after two migrants were found dead in a minibus crammed with dozens of people which had crossed into Austria from Hungary. Austrian troops discovered the bodies on Tuesday and say the vehicle driver fled the scene when stopped.
 

Oct 18 (BBC) Myanmar’s government has said it will free more than 5,000 prisoners jailed for protesting against February’s coup. Thousands of people were detained during bloody demonstrations after military leaders seized power.
 


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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