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Sri Lanka was able to stand as an independent nation due to assistance of Chinese Community Party and leftist movement - PM

June 15, Colombo: The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday said Sri Lanka was able to stand before the world as an independent nation due to the support of the Chinese Communist Party and our leftist movement. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa made this statement addressing the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party through video technology at Temple Trees this afternoon (15).
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LEGAL - SITUATION

June 15 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government Tuesday assured that there is no oil leak from the fire-ravaged container ship MV X-Press Pearl which is gradually sinking in the seas about 10 nautical miles off Colombo Harbor.
 

June 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Government Analyst has informed that the assistance of the parent company that manufactured the Voyage Data recorder (VDR) of the fire-ravaged X-Press Pearl ship is required to further examine the data recorder which contains the navigation information of the ship.
 

June 15 (CP) Colombo- The Vavuniya Mayor who was arrested for allegedly assaulting a security guard at the Vavuniya Rest House was released on police bail today (15), Vavuniya Police said. Vavuniya Mayor Rasalingam Gautham was released on police bail by the Vavuniya Police after informing the complainant and the suspect to appear before the conciliation board.
 

June 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka reported that 55 deaths due to COVID-19 occurred on Monday, June 14, 2021. The Director General of Health Services today (15) confirmed that 55 deaths occurred on Monday 14 June without stating the total number of deaths.
 

June 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested 1,356 people island wide for violating quarantine rules in the past 24 hours ending at 6am today, police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said. It is the highest number of arrests made in a single day, since the quarantine rules took effect on 10th March, 2020.
 

June 15 (AFP) A sinking fire-damaged container ship could take months to salvage because of rough monsoon seas, Sri Lanka said Tuesday, as authorities investigated whether the deaths of dozens of turtles and dolphins were caused by the disaster.
 

June 15 (DW) Australia’s conservative government will allow the release of a Tamil asylum-seeking family from the Christmas Island detention center in the Indian Ocean, officials said Tuesday.
 

June 15 (DM) The main suspect involved in the smuggling of nearly 220 kg of heroin in Weligama was identified as a notorious drugs trafficker Nandun Chinthaka alias ‘Harak Kata’ who is operating in Dubai, Police said. Last week, the Navy seized 220kg of heroin during a joint operation conducted in Mirissa in Weligama.
 

June 15 (DN) Galle Chief Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela last Saturday ordered the Southern Expressway Director to hand over the CCTV footage containing details of the vehicles that left the Pinnaduwa entrance of the Southern Expressway on June 5 and 7, to the Galle Police Divisional Crime Investigation Division.
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- The Attorney General informed the Supreme Court today that investigations into the controversial statement made by former Governor of the Western Province Azath Salley at a press conference held in Colombo last March have been completed.
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 2,284 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Monday. Among the positive cases identified Monday 2,259 are from the New Year COVID-19 cluster and 25 foreign arrivals currently in quarantine.
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation says carcasses of five dolphins and 31 sea turtles have been found along the western coast of Sri Lanka after the burning of X-Press Pearl cargo ship in the seas about 9.5 nautical miles northwest of the Colombo Harbor.
 

June 14 (The Week) The Tamil Nadu police and the central intelligence agencies have stepped up coastal security and vigil in Kanyakumari, Thoothukudi and Rameswaram, following a tip-off on infiltration attempts from Sri Lanka, highly-placed police sources told THE WEEK.
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department Monday arrested the captain of the X-Press Pearl container ship and produced before the Colombo High Court.The Colombo High Court ordered the release of the skipper on a personal bond of Rs. 02 million.
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Arjuna Obeysekera, was sworn in as a Supreme Court Judge before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (14).
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy seized over 237 kilograms of Kerala cannabis and arrested 03 suspects, during a special operation conducted in seas north of Point Pedro Monday (14th June).
 

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* Sri Lanka confirms 57 Covid-19 deaths Sunday, toll rises to 2,193 (14 - CP)
* 1198 arrested for violating quarantine rules in the past 24 hours (14 - CP)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

June 15 (CP) Rome- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) together with the Government of Sri Lanka last week signed a financial agreement to launch the Smallholder Agribusiness and Resilience Project (SARP), IFAD said in a press release. The project aims to address the impacts of climate change on about 40,000 smallholder families, building their resilience and promoting agriculture commercialization.
 

June 15 (CP) Colombo- The awarding of appointment letters to student nurses, pharmacists and public health laboratory technicians was held under the patronage of the Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi at the auditorium of the Ministry of Health today (15).
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry Monday expressed regret over the adoption of a resolution on Sri Lanka in the European Parliament on 10 June 2021.
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- The COVID-19 crisis can be an opportunity for Sri Lanka to push forward policies that will enable the country to build back better with stronger measures to attract much-needed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Faris Hadad-Zervos, World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka, Nepal and Maldives said.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

June 15 (CP) Colombo- The government has received the Cabinet approval to award the contract to Hiruras Power (Pvt.) Ltd. to construct a wind power plant in Mannar. Cabinet approval was granted on the 29th of January 2019 to add 60 MW wind power capacity to 05 Grid Substations at Trincomalee, Mannar, Madampe, Bolawatta and Kappalthurai.
 

June 15 (CP) Colombo- SPAR International, in a statement, has said that three-quarters of the Sri Lankan goods that were exported recently to SPAR Oman under the initiative by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman, have been sold after just fifteen days highlighting the demand and success of this initiative.
 

June 15 (CP) Colombo- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sri Lanka’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘CCC’. Sri Lanka’s ‘CCC’ rating reflects a challenging foreign-currency sovereign external debt repayment burden over the medium term, low foreign-exchange reserves and high and rising government debt that gives rise to sustainability risks.
 

June 15 (CP) Colombo- Standard Chartered Sri Lanka has successfully financed the import of 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation by facilitating a trade loan to the Bank of Ceylon and People’s Bank, the Bank announced recently.
 

June 15 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares closed higher on Tuesday, supported by gains in financial stocks. The CSE All-Share Index closed up 0.31% at 7,605.53 on Tuesday.
 

June 15 (Island) Brandix hosted its inaugural Sustainability Summit on the 4th of June, in celebration of World Environment Day 2021 on 5th June. The summit focused on the theme ‘Towards a Net Zero Future – Translating Targets to Action’,
 

June 15 (DM) Sri Lanka’s hard-hit apparel sector yesterday expressed serious concerns in the manner in which its buyer communities are treating the industry and stated it is saddening to note the “lack of partnership” shown by them during the ongoing challenging times.
 

June 15 (DN) When assessing the damage caused to the environment and economy due to the fire and subsequent capsizing of the XPress Pearl ship, the damage caused to the tourist industry too should be assessed and measures should be taken to compensate those engaged in the tourism industry as well, urged M. B. Jayaratne, President Association for Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism (ASMET).
 

June 14 (F2F) Sri Lanka’s Export Development Board (EDB) recently expressed concern over the resolution adopted by the European Union (EU) parliament calling on the European Commission to consider the temporary withdrawal of Sri Lanka’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences plus (GSP+) status for the latter’s persistent failure to adopt and enact human rights reforms and repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- Export Development Board (EDB) Chairman Suresh de Mel has presented six focused sectors that provide a plethora of opportunities for export-oriented global firms to set up bases in Sri Lanka, according to a report in Daily FT.
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- Considering the difficulties faced by the borrowers of Licensed Finance Companies and Specialized Leasing Companies [hereinafter referred to as Non-Banking Financial Institutions (NBFIs)], due to the third wave of COVID- 19 pandemic, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) issued circular No. 06 of 2021
 

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* Sri Lankan shares down as industrial, financial firms drag (14 - Reuters)

POLITICS - GENERAL

June 15 (CP) Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is planning to hold discussions with the government of Bangladesh on entering into a Preferential Trade Agreement between the two countries. Both Sn Lanka and Bangladesh act as stakeholder member countries of the accords
 

June 15 (CP) Colombo- The government has planned to upgrade selected district base hospitals administered by the Provincial Councils under the administration of the Ministry of Health, a statement on cabinet decisions taken on Monday said.
 

June 15 (CP) Colombo- The Highways Ministry has denied claims by Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga that construction work on the Central Expressway in Gampaha has been suspended. The Highways Ministry issued a statement Monday to clarify the truth about the media reports which said the work on the Gampaha section of the Central Expressway has been temporarily halted.
 

June 15 (CP) Colombo- The Excise Department estimates that the government has lost more than Rs. 15 billion in revenue due to the closure of liquor stores over the past month following the imposition of travel restrictions across the country.
 

June 15 (CP) Colombo- The committee appointed to look into the price of LP gas has proposed that the price of a domestic gas cylinder should be increased by at least Rs. 400 in order to run gas companies without losses. The proposal was made at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee chaired by Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena yesterday (14).
 

June 15 (AsiaNews) Colombo– Sri Lanka’s two main industries, tea and tourism, continue to employ minors.
 

June 15 (Island) Eight lawmakers representing political parties affiliated to the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) have urged President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to take action against SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam, MP, for challenging the government decision to increase fuel prices.
 

June 15 (DM) Steps are being taken to establish an equal playing field for delivery services in Sri Lanka which is currently being dominated by Uber and PickMe. Extensive discussions have been held between the State Minister of Cooperative Services, Marketing Development and Consumer Protection Lasantha Alagiyawanna and leading mobile-app based delivery services Uber and PickMe.
 

June 15 (DN) The Health Ministry has taken measures to change the procedure of announcing COVID-19 related fatalities in a single day with effect from yesterday. Speaking to the media, Director-General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena said yesterday that a data collection mechanism has already been adapted to report all COVID -19 related deaths within 48 hours or 24 hours.
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- The Communist Party of Vietnam and the Vietnamese State always treasure the traditional friendship and fruitful cooperation with Sri Lanka, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has said.
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- Gampaha District Secretary Sunil Jayalath said that the allowance of Rs. 5,000 each will be paid tomorrow (15) to the fishing families in the Gampaha District who lost their livelihood due to the burning of the X-Press Pearl cargo ship.
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- The State Ministry of Agriculture said a decision has been taken to keep all the Special Economic Centers and Manning Wholesale Market open for wholesale trading on June 17 and 18 in order to maintain essential services during the period of travel restrictions.
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- In line with President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s Vision of Prosperity policy, the first phase of the creation of new technological city parks with state-of-the-art technology facilities that will create thousands of job opportunities in the IT sector is set to be established at the Walahanduwa Estate in Galle.
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- A report by the Department of Wildlife Conservation has confirmed that 55 people have lost their lives and 158 wild elephants have been killed across Sri Lanka in the past six months due to human-elephant conflict.

** Related Story ::Human-elephant conflict remains despite spending nearly Rs. 500 million to resolve the problem
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- Bahrain has indefinitely suspended giving work permits to people from coronavirus red list countries who are outside the kingdom, The National reported. “For the time being, individuals who are in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal are not able to gain work permits in Bahrain,"
 

June 14 (CP) Colombo- Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that the construction of the Central Expressway in the Gampaha District has been temporarily suspended until a final decision is reached after reviewing the construction plan.
 

June 14 (NWN) Environmentalists charged the Sri Lankan government last week after a container ship filled with harmful plastics and chemicals burned off the coast in the Indian Sea for just within two weeks.
 

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SPORTS

June 15 (ESPNCI) They call it the seven-year itch, and after so long in the Test-match wilderness, India are ready for a change of scene that they and their opponents, England, hope will be anything but dull or scratchy. So rare are women’s Tests that there is a sense of pressure to provide excitement, not least to a live TV audience,
 

June 15 (HT) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah has confirmed that former India skipper Rahul Dravid will coach the team for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. The Shikhar Dhawan-led team will play three ODIs and three T20Is at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo.
 

June 14 (IC) Sri Lanka cricketers are unhappy with head coach Mickey Arthur and can no longer trust the coach, a report by a Sri Lankan newspaper has claimed. “Sri Lankan players seem to have lost confidence in the coach, who they say cannot be trusted,” The Sunday Times has revealed.
 

June 14 (ESPNCI) The winners of the India vs New Zealand World Test Championship (WTC) final will take home USD 1.6 million, as well as the Test Championship Mace, while the losing team will get USD 800,000, the ICC has announced.
 


WORLD

June 15 (BBC) India’s Supreme court has closed criminal cases against two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in February 2012. Last year, an international arbitration court said that Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre are entitled to immunity from prosecution.
 

June 15 (BBC) The chief prosecutor of International Criminal Court (ICC) has called for a full investigation into suspected crimes against humanity during a deadly drugs crackdown directed by the government of the Philippines. Fatou Bensouda, who leaves office this week, opened a preliminary probe into the drugs war back in 2018.
 

June 14 (BBC) A 76-year-old man believed to be the head of the world’s largest family has died in India’s Mizoram state. Ziona Chana, the head of a religious sect that practised polygamy, died on Sunday, leaving behind 38 wives, 89 children and 36 grandchildren.
 

June 14 (BBC) The trial of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has got under way, four months after a military coup removed the elected government from office. She is charged with owning unlicensed walkie-talkies and violating Covid restrictions.
 


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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