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Human Rights Commission issues interim recommendations on Mahara Prison riot

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has issued interim recommendations on the incidents that occurred at Mahara Prison on 29th November 2020. The recommendations have been sent to the Commissioner General of Prisons, Chief Justice, Attorney General, Inspector General of Police, Minister of Prison Reforms and Director General of Health Services.
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Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka reported seven deaths Saturday due to COVID-19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 137, according to health authorities. The Director General of Health Services has confirmed following deaths of COVID-19 infected patients

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Navy is rendering assistance in providing relief to the people in the North and North Central Provinces affected by Cyclone Burevi which entered the country from the North East on the 02nd December.

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- The Galle District Regional Epidemiologist Dr. Venura K. Singarachchi said with the identification of six corona infected patients from the Galle Municipal Area today (05) it has been recommended to impose travel restrictions on five Grama Niladhari Divisions in the Urban Area.

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- It is revealed that a large stock of narcotics has entered the interior of the Welikada Prison since last few weeks when all the Special Task Force (STF) police personnel deployed for security outside the Welikada Prison were away from their duties due to the threat of COVID-19.

Dec 05 (Island) State Minister for Prisons Management and Prisoner Rehabilitation Lohan Ratwatte on Thursday (3) told Parliament that none of those killed during clashes within the Mahara Prison had suffered gunshot injuries.

Dec 05 (DM) A woman was killed and two others sustained injuries during an accident near the Nugaduwa colour lights near the Southern Expressway entrance. Police said a lorry which was speeding from Akuressa crashed head on with a car which was approaching the Southern Expressway entrance.

Dec 05 (DN) The COVID – 19 infected person who obstructed the duties of a Public Health Inspector (PHI) in the Atulugama area in Bandaragama was arrested by the Bandaragama Police.

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- The government has taken steps to implement a program to rehabilitate and socialize minor offenders after expediting PCR tests followed by a proper quarantine process.

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 521 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Friday. Among the positive cases identified Friday are 517 close contacts of the infected from Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka reported one more death Friday due to COVID-19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 130, according to health authorities. The Director General of Health Services has confirmed following death of a COVID-19 infected patient

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- The couple, who were arrested by the intelligence services on Wednesday (02) while transporting a claymore mine along with their child, had taken the bombs to carry out two attacks in the North and East, police investigations have revealed.

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- The National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) says that there are three main reasons for the prisoner protest at Mahara Prison and the ensuing clashes.

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded statements from 26 persons regarding the incident at Mahara Prison, that left 11 inmates dead and 108 persons including two prison officers injured.

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 628 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Thursday. Among the positive cases identified Thursday are 627 close contacts of the infected from Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster and one arrived from Italy and in quarantine.

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka reported five more deaths Thursday due to COVID-19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 129, according to health authorities. The Director General of Health Services has confirmed following 05 deaths from COVID-19 infected patients

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- The Mannar United Fisheries Association says that 65 boats anchored in the Mannar Pesalai fishing harbor were swept away by the cyclone this morning (03).

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana stated that legal action will be taken to arrest a person involved in obstructing the duties of a Public Health Inspector (PHI) who was attempting to treat a COVID-19 infected person in the Atulugama area in Bandaragama.

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- An inmate of the Mahara Prison who escaped from the Colombo North Teaching Hospital in Ragama has been arrested by the prison intelligence officers in the Orugodawatta area. The inmate who was receiving treatment at the Ragama Hospital after being injured in the riot at the Mahara Prison has escaped last night.

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- Cyclone Burevi is currently leaving Sri Lanka off the coast of Illuppaikadavai in Mannar and will emerge into Gulf of Mannar by noon today, the Meteorology Department said.

* Bus carrying Covid-19 patients met with accident in Welikanda (4 - DM)
* Motorcycle thief arrested with heroin (4 - DN)
* Former State Minister Nalin Bandara among those asked for suspects’ release on police bail (3 - Island)
* Covid patient spits at PHI officer (3 - DM)
* Measures to release 6,000 prisoners held without bail (3 - DN)


Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, the newly appointed State Minister for Primary Health Services, Infectious Diseases and Covid-19 Prevention said she is ready to work together as a team with the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) and all members of the Ministry of Health to provide the necessary support and technical know-how to combat coronavirus epidemic in the country.

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who visited the historic city of Anuradhapura this morning (05) inspected the master plan for the Anuradhapura Sacred Area Development.

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- The Leader of the Opposition and Samagi Jana Balawegaya Sajith Premadasa yesterday (04) called on all those in the health sector to win their demands through negotiations and not to go on strike at a time when the country is in danger from the COVID-19 second wave.

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- A recent World Bank report says informal employment remains a salient and persistent feature of the Sri Lanka labor market, with around 70 percent of the work force informally employed.


Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed the veteran business leader Suresh de Mel as the new Chairman of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) with immediate effect.

Dec 05 (Island) Uber Eats is marking its second year anniversary in Sri Lanka after successfully delivering 10 million orders to hungry eaters. The platform more than doubled its orders in the second year of operations, compared with the 3 million orders it delivered during its first year.

Dec 05 (DM) Lanka Realty Investments PLC, formerly known as Ascot Holdings PLC, yesterday said it purchased 47.2 million shares of On’ally Holdings PLC, which constitutes to 50.8 percent for Rs.1.4 billion, paying Rs.30.20 a share.

Dec 05 (DN) George Steuart & Company Limited (GS&Co) announced its intent to acquire majority control of HVA Foods PLC, one of Sri Lanka’s fast growing and innovative value-added tea exporters.

Dec 04 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares ended higher on Friday for a ninth straight session, driven by gains in consumer discretionary and energy stocks.

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- The construction of the fifth phase of the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) commenced Tuesday ( December 1, 2020), adding a new chapter to the history of Sri Lanka’s ports and shipping industry.

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance has won the prestigious ‘World’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean’ title once again at the World Travel Awards Grand Final held in Moscow.

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- The licensed operator of the Sri Lankan stock market, the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) marks a historic milestone Thursday as it completes its 35th year. Given the entrepreneurial spirit of the Sri Lankan people, the Colombo Stock Exchange builds on a share trading tradition

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC), the leader of Shipbuilding Industry in Sri Lanka and one of the most competitive Shipyards in South Asia, secured a contract to build a Cable Laying and Repair Vessel (vessel) to Orange Marine France.

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- For the first time in Sri Lanka Pay-TV history, Dialog Television (DTV), Sri Lanka’s Premier Pay-TV Service Provider has introduced an exclusive service by allowing its customers to activate a single-channel or channel packs via a simple toll-free missed call from any network.

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- Chairman of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) Prabhash Subasinghe has resigned from his post, according to EDB sources. As the Chairman of the Export Development Board, Prabhash Subasinghe has played a significant role in maintaining the export process in Sri Lanka even during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Dec 03 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares extended their rise for an eighth straight session on Thursday, helped by gains in financial and consumer staples stocks.

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- Contributing towards the wellbeing of children who has lost parental care in Sri Lanka, leading private sector bank HNB PLC, announced the launch of the ‘Season of Giving’ fundraiser via its digital payment app, SOLO, in support of SOS Children’s Villages.

* NSB introduces special credit scheme for shrimp farming industry (4 - Island)
* Sierra Cables posts Rs. 2.2 bn revenue in 2Q (4 - DN)
* THASL calls for greater clarity on burning issues faced by industry (4 - DM)
* George Steuart announces voluntary offer to buy HVA Foods shares (3 - Island)
* SDB Bank rights issue oversubscribed (3 - DM)
* ‘SOEs need reform to mitigate colossal losses’ (3 - DN)


Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- Prasanna Shamal Senarath, former Opposition Leader of the North Western Provincial Council has been appointed as the Acting General-Secretary of the United National Party (UNP), the party disclosed on Saturday (Dec. 05).

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- The Veyangoda Economic Trade Center was closed following the identification of several COVID-19 infected persons, Gampaha Government Agent Sunil Jayalath said. PCR tests have confirmed that several trade assistants and nine outsiders were infected with the virus.

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- The village of Kelinkanda in the Kalutara District received communication facilities with 4G coverage yesterday (04). The project was launched at the Kelinkanda School premises under the patronage of the Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, Oshadha Senanayake.

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- The public concourse area at the departure terminal of the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is open for visitors with effect from 09.00 a.m. Saturday, 05th December, 2020.

Dec 05 (Island) SJB Colombo District MP Patali Champika Ranawaka said, on Thursday, that Sri Lanka’s defence strategy should have its focus on developing the Navy. MP Ranawaka said that countries with a bigger landmass prepared their defence strategies focussed on ground forces,

Dec 05 (DM) It is essential to carry out an investigation to determine as to who is behind promoting extremism in Sri Lanka in addition to finding out those who are responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said.

Dec 05 (DN) Minister of Labour Nimal Siripala de Silva has instructed the Labour Department arbitrators to accelerate the arbitration process related to various complaints and demands made by workers and trade unions and try to complete proceedings within a maximum of three months.

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s iconic landmark, Lotus Tower in Colombo was illuminated in purple last night (03) to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities that falls on December 03.

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- A joint committee of tourism and health authorities has been appointed to open Sri Lanka’s airports to foreign tourists and to prepare health guidelines for the advancement of the tourism industry.

Dec 04 (BMJ) In 2013, Harsha de Silva was travelling with his friends and family in Kuchchaveli, a small town in eastern Sri Lanka, 297 km from the capital, Colombo. They found themselves driving in a cyclone warning.

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs incurred losses of Rs. 6130 million during the time period of 2013-2016 due to two leading palm oil companies, the parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) learned yesterday (03).

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera, said that a special program to protect the cleanliness of 103 rivers island wide will be commenced in January under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera today handed over a recycling drop box for disposable pens and toothbrushes to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Dec 04, Colombo: The United National Party (UNP) emphasizes that the abolition of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) established by an Act of Parliament can only be done by another Act. It cannot be done by an order of the President, says UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

** Related Story ::President’s Secretary orders closure of Public Utilities Commission

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- United States Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Thursday named her longtime adviser, Sri Lankan-American Rohini Kosoglu as her domestic policy adviser. "Serving as my domestic policy adviser will be Rohini Kosoglu,

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- The National Movement for a Just Society (NMJS) today raised concerns over the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic as the entire island has become a high-risk zone.

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- The expenditure head for the Defense Ministry under the 2021 Appropriation Bill was passed Thursday in Parliament with a majority of 132 votes. A vote has been called for the 3rd Reading on the Ministry of Defense budget by the All Ceylon Tamil Congress Party MP Selvarajah Gajendran.

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- It was disclosed before the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) held yesterday (02), in Parliament, chaired by Prof. Tissa Vitharana that the 2018 income deficit of the Inland Revenue Department is Rs. 1.3 trillion.

* Sajith blames ‘Viyathmaga doc’ (4 - Island)
* Matale Mayor removed (4 - DN)
* Failure to proscribe TNA after the war was a mistake: Sarath Weerasekara (4 - DM)
* Rajapaksas seek Sinhalese supremacy in Sri Lanka (3 - AT)
* Rakhil Fernando, Managing Director of Daraz appointed as Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka Goodwill Ambassador (3 - CP)
* GCE O/L examination likely to be held in March 2021 - Minister of Education (3 - CP)
* Airport will be opened in accordance with COVID guidelines as soon as health authorities approve - Minister of Tourism (3 - CP)
* Kushani Rohanadheera appointed as the Deputy Secretary General and Chief of Staff of Parliament (3 - CP)
* SJB accuses govt. of trying to reward crony with new liquor production licence (3 - Island)
* Govt. awaits submission of experts’ committee report (3 - DM)
* Joint-programme to curb deforestation (3 - DN)
* No land given for construction of a hotel in Muthurajawela, Central Environmental Authority clarifies (3 - CP)


Dec 05 (SLC) Dinesh Chandimal proved to be the King under lights in an unbeaten 51-ball 68 of measured aggression in Colombo Kings rising from the dumps of successive defeats to stopping the unbeaten giant killing run of the Jaffna Stallions by a long distance of 6 wickets in the Day-Night, the 11th encounter of the Lanka Premier League (LPL)

Dec 05 (IC) A Tamil teenager’s selection in the playing XI and the inclusion of a team named after the city of Jaffna in the LPL has paid off for the owners of the Jaffna Stallions franchise, the cricket board and for Sri Lanka. Good wishes and praise on social media from fans and cricket stars

Dec 04 (ESPNCI) The first ODI between South Africa and England in Cape Town has been called off, less than an hour before the toss. As reported by ESPNcricinfo, the postponement related to a further positive Covid-19 test within the South Africa camp, amid suggestions that protocols had been breached during the T20I series.

Dec 04 (ESPNCI) England have expressed concerns over the integrity of the teams’ bio-secure bubble in South Africa, leaving the ODI leg of their tour in jeopardy, after a positive test for Covid-19 from the hosts’ camp led to the first ODI being postponed on Friday.


Dec 04 (HT) Cyclone Burevi has weakened into a deep depression and would cross the Tamil Nadu coast on Friday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest bulletin. Burevi, which crossed the Sri Lanka coast on Wednesday night, would hit the Tamil Nadu coast as a cyclonic storm, the weather bureau had earlier forecast.

Dec 04 (HT) Three former US presidents have volunteered to take shots of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine — when it is approved — publicly to persuade Americans who are sceptical about inoculations. Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama — three of the four living former presidents — conveyed their offer in public remarks to CNN and SiriusXM on Wednesday.

Dec 03 (BBC) Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state have arrested a Muslim man for allegedly trying to convert a Hindu woman to Islam. He’s the first to be arrested under a new anti-conversion law that targets "love jihad" - a term radical Hindu groups use to accuse Muslim men of converting Hindu women by marriage.

Dec 03 (HT) The Covid-19 vaccination in Finland will be free and will start in early 2021, the country’s Health Ministry said. “Finland’s goal is to protect the entire population with a licensed vaccine. Vaccines are offered free of charge to everyone who wishes.

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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