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Sri Lanka President encourages farmers to increase grain production

July 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called on the local farmers to increase their production aiming both local and foreign markets and earn more as importation of grains has been restricted. Speaking at a Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna election campaign in Anuradhapura Friday, the President called upon the framing community to engage in mass cultivation of grains
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LEGAL - SITUATION

July 04 (CP) Colombo- The Presidential Commission appointed to investigate alleged incidents of political victimization has issued notices to former ministers of the Yahapalana Government Rajitha Senaratne, Ranjith Madduma Bandara and DM Swaminathan, Ranjan Ramanayake and Ajith P Perera citing them as respondents.
 

July 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has raised surveillance along its northern coast, following reports of some Sri Lankan refugees in India attempting to return by boats following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

July 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2072 today with three more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said. According to the Health Promotion Bureau report, as of 1 pm Saturday, 174 patients are receiving treatment at hospitals.
 

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 (DM) The fallout of the militarization process on some of the candidates in Jaffna contesting the general election under the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) was evident when some persons claiming to belong to military intelligence had forced three SEP candidates and their family members to provide personal information, SEP General Secretary Wije Dias, told a news conference yesterday.
 

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- 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.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Sri Lanka court sentences Nigerian national to death for drug possession (3 - CP)
* Recording statement from Mahela postponed (3 - CP)
* 429 arrested in special police raids in Western Province (3 - CP)
* 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)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

July 04 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Sri Lanka says despite withdrawing from co-sponsorship of Resolution 30/1, it remains committed to achieve reconciliation, accountability and human rights, within the framework of the Sri Lankan Constitution, through a domestically designed and executed process in line with the Government’s policy framework.
 

July 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Central Bank, in consultation with the Government, has introduced the Saubagya Covid-19 Renaissance Loan Scheme to provide working capital loans at 4% interest rates to businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, through Licensed Banks, to support the revival of economic activity in the country.
 

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
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

July 04 (CP) Colombo- Nawaloka Hospitals PLC, Sri Lanka’s pioneer and premier healthcare service provider, announced that its fully owned subsidiary Nawaloka Medicare (Private) Limited will be expanded.
 

July 04 (Island) LAUGFS Gas, a leader in providing innovative LPG solutions in Sri Lanka, has amplified its delivery operations to meet the needs of its customers through its recent distribution of 20 specially designed motorbikes free of charge to selected dealers within its nation-wide home delivery network.
 

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).
 

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* ‘People’s Bank celebrates 59 years of devotion to the people of Sri Lanka’ (3 - Island)
* Dialog Axiata’s Genie partners with WEBXPAY (3 - CP)
* HNB rises 39 notches up in the ranks among the Top 1,000 World Banks 2020 (3 - CP)
* Finance company directors get regulator’s nod to serve beyond 70 years (3 - DM)
* CMTA seeks Govt’s assistance to mitigate difficulties (3 - DN)
* Sri Lanka Central Bank Selects Shortlist for Blockchain Proof-of-Concept (3 - CT)

POLITICS - GENERAL

July 04 (CP) Colombo- The Department of Government Printing has completed printing of ballot papers of the Parliamentary Election 2020 for all districts. The Government Printer Mrs. Gangaani Kalpana Liyanage said the printing was completed this afternoon (04) and the ballot papers have been handed over to the Election Commission.
 

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 04 (Island) A group of Colombo-based activists contesting the Aug 5 parliamentary polls on the UNP ticket strongly believes the ongoing political crises will influence the electorate to choose some of those new faces seeking entry into parliamentary politics.
 

July 04 (India Today) India’s East Container Terminal (ECT) project in Colombo is in trouble after it was put on hold by the Sri Lankan government, a year after a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) was signed by India, Japan and then Sirisena government in Sri Lanka to develop the project.
 

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- 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.
 

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- 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 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.
 

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* 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)

SPORTS

July 04 (ICC) Babar Azam, the Pakistan limited-overs skipper, put his team’s dwindling T20I fortunes in recent times down to experimentation with their combinations, and hopes the experience in the team management will benefit them in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
 

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.
 


WORLD

July 04 (BBC) Indian officials are investigating nine hospitals in the southern city of Bangalore, amid allegations that a man died after being refused treatment at all of them, writes BBC Hindis Imran Qureshi. Bhawarlal Sujani, 52, breathed his last at the doorstep of one of the many hospitals that had refused to admit him.
 

July 04 (BBC) At least 21 people have been killed after a train hit a van carrying Sikh pilgrims in north-eastern Pakistan. The crash, involving a Karachi-Lahore express train, happened on a level crossing near Sheikhupura, in Punjab province, police said.
 

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.
 


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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