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Prime Minister instructs to immediately resolve problems faced by Small and Medium Enterprises

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday instructed the relevant officials to identify the problems faced by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in carrying on their business activities and provide them with immediate solutions.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Dec 07 (CP) Colombo- The Punjab Police on Monday arrested the ‘most-wanted’ suspect involved in the lynching of the Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara, Pakistani media reported.
 

Dec 07 (CP) Colombo- The Public Health Inspectors’ (PHIs) Union of Sri Lanka says it will take legal action against the first Sri Lankan infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 for violating Quarantine Law. PHI Union Chairman Upul Rohana yesterday said legal action will be taken against the woman, who was the first case of Omicron variant in Sri Lanka and her husband as soon as their quarantine period is over.
 

Dec 07 (DM) Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has lodged a formal complaint with the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Commonwealth Parliament Union (CPU) over the recent alleged attempted assault of MP Manusha Nanayakkara at the Parliamentary complex.
 

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 741 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Monday. According to the Epidemiology Unit report at 8:30 pm Monday, a total of 568,423 COVID-19 cases have been reported
 

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- During a special operation conducted in seas off Madagal, Jaffna in Monday morning Sri Lanka Navy has seized about 275kg (with wet weight) of Kerala cannabis and arrested 02 suspects in connection to the incident, the Navy Media Unit said.
 

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Monday reported 23 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Sunday, December 05. Among the deaths reported today, 15 are of males and 08 of females.
 

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) arrested four suspects with four swords in connection with the murder of Mohammed Kamil Mohammed Fawas alias ‘Keselwatte Fawas’. A group who had arrived in a car had chased the 32-year old man and hacked him to death with sharp weapons on Saturday night.
 

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs Officers at the Arrivals Terminal of the Bandaranaike International Airport have seized a stock of crystal methamphetamine also known as ‘ice’ while inspecting a Sri Lankan passenger arrived on board SriLankan Airlines flight UL 126 from Chennai, India today.
 

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- The body of Sri Lankan executive Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana, who was brutally murdered while working in a factory in Pakistan, will be brought to Sri Lanka tomorrow (06), the Sri Lankan High Commission in Islamabad said.
 

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- The three-judge bench of the Colombo High Court Friday adjourned the hearing of the case against former Navy Commander Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda until January 7 as he has challenged the charges filed by the Attorney General against him for abducting and disappearing 11 youths in Colombo and suburbs between 2008 and 2009.
 

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- An investigation has been launched into the departure of the OIC of the Statistics Data Analysis Division of the Crime Intelligence Analysis Bureau of Sri Lanka Police without informing the relevant authorities.
 

Dec 04 (SCMP) Up to 120 people have been arrested in Pakistan after a Sri Lankan factory manager was beaten to death and set ablaze by a mob who accused him of blasphemy, officials said on Saturday.
 

Dec 04 (Dawn) As more arrests were made and condemnation continued to pour in over the lynching of Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara Diyawadanage in Sialkot over blasphemy allegations, new footage obtained by Dawn.com on Saturday showed that a colleague of the man tried to protect him from the mob prior to the ghastly incident.
 

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- The last of the 23 fishermen from the district who were in October arrested and detained by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly trespassing into international waters returned home on Friday, The New Indian Express reported.
 

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- As many as 100 people have been arrested in Sialkot after a mob of factory workers and others killed a Sri Lankan export manager of a factory and burnt his body. The police formed 10 teams to identify and arrest the people involved in the lynching of the Sri Lankan national, reported Samaa TV.
 

Dec (BR) ISLAMABAD- Sri Lankan High Commission in Islamabad has requested investigation report from Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding lynching of Sri Lankan national by a mob in Sialkot earlier on Friday.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Coronavirus update: 746 new COVID-19 cases identified Sunday, total rises to 567,682 (5 - CP)
* Sri Lanka reports another 21 Covid-19 deaths on Sunday, toll rises to 14,461 (5 - CP)
* SC rejects objections made by AG, grants CEJ leave to proceed in elephant ownership case (5 - ST)
* Coronavirus update: 740new COVID-19 cases identified Saturday, total rises to 566,936 (4 - CP)
* Sri Lanka reports 21 Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, toll rises to 14,440 (4 - CP)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Dec 07 (CP) Colombo- The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a grant of Rs. 2.5 million to the family members of Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana who was brutally murdered in Sialkot, Pakistan.
 

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne, who undertook an official visit to Egypt leading the Sri Lankan delegation to the EDEX 2021, had a fruitful discussion with Gen. Mohamed Zaki, Minister of Defense of Egypt on Tuesday, 30 November 2021, the Ministry of Defense said.
 

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- The remains of Diyawadanage Don Priyantha Kumar killed by a mob in Sialkot Pakistan over alleged blasphemy was brought back to Sri Lanka on Monday. The remains of the factory manager who was lynched by a mob was transferred from Lahore to Colombo by SriLankan Airlines this afternoon.
 

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar today ordered to release of several accused including former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran and Perpetual Treasury Director Arjun Aloysius from 11 charges out of 22 in connection with the Central Bank Bond Scam issue in 2016.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Dec 07 (CP) Colombo- Accounting for 65% of all national exports and 85% of all national industrial exports, the Board of Investment Monday announced that total export earnings recorded as at date for the year, from enterprises under its purview, have surpassed export revenues with the corresponding year-to-date value achieved in 2019.
 

Dec 07 (CP) Colombo- Bank of Ceylon, the premier financial services organization in Sri Lanka, was awarded the coveted title of “Bank of the Year 2021 – Sri Lanka” by The Banker Magazine U.K. at an event held in London recently. The prestigious award is recognition of the Bank’s contribution to uplifting the lives of all Sri Lankans, while fulfilling its duty as the premier state bank.
 

Dec 07 (DM) The Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC), the first public-private research institute in Sri Lanka and a pioneer in nano and advanced technology research in the country, has broken new ground once again in another pioneering venture, that of conceptualising and creating some remarkable products incorporating graphene,
 

Dec 07 (DN) Sri Lanka does not need to go on bended knees to an outside agency to solve the country’s debt problems, Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said yesterday, amid concerns over debt repayments.
 

Dec 06 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares rose on Monday, after falling more than 2% in the previous session, helped by heavyweight industrial stocks.
 

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- For the seventh consecutive year, Sri Lanka’s diversified conglomerate Sunshine Holdings will support the country’s premier economic forum, the Economic Summit 2021.
 

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- Pioneering the nation’s evolution in cashless and contactless payments, Sri Lanka’s most innovative private sector bank HNB PLC, partnered with Singer Sri Lanka to launch the Dynamic QR facility for the latter’s PoS (Point of Sales) terminals across the island.
 

Dec 05 (Container News) South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT), the first Public-Private Partnership Container Terminal in Sri Lanka, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a three-year partnership with the University of Sri Jayewardenepura’s Center for Sustainability to focus on the reforestation of the Yagirala Forest Reserve.
 

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- Tutopiya, a Singapore-based edtech platform, announced the official launch of its tutor recruitment drive in Sri Lanka. This drive comes at a time when online tuition is necessary amidst the pandemic and social distancing measures across the globe.
 

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- Seylan Bank, the Bank with a Heart, is all set for Christmas with Credit Card offers to make your heart sing with joy this season. As Sri Lankans prepare to openly embrace the holiday season this year, Seylan Bank is set to spread the holiday cheer with its festive campaign, “an essential celebration for the essential season”.
 

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- The Coconut Research Board says that steps have been taken to promote the ‘Ceylon Coconut’ brand worldwide. Also, plans have been made to convert coconut into the country’s highest export earning crop by the end of 2023.
 

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- Victoria Golf & Country Resort (VGCR) secured the award for Sri Lanka’s best golf course at the eighth Annual World Golf Awards. VGCR is owned by John Keells Properties (JKP) and managed by Troon International.
 

Dec 04 (Reuters) Sri Lanka’s top central bank official on Saturday said remittances have declined over the past six months, prompting authorities to examine if the sudden drop in foreign cash inflow was linked to the use of any illegal channels for transactions.
 

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- Microsoft has appointed Harsha Randeny as the Country Manager for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. He will focus on accelerating digital transformation for public and private sector businesses, SMEs, communities, and industry verticals, collaborating with our extensive partner ecosystem.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Promoting diversity in boardroom Women Corporate Directors Foundation launches Sri Lanka chapter (5 - Island)
* CPC cancels Nigerian crude oil contract over non-performance (5 - ST)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Dec 07 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardena says that steps will be taken to provide food items including rice to the people through the Sathosa at concessionary prices during the festive season. Addressing a media briefing held yesterday (06) the Minister said that people in places where there is no Sathosa outlet can set up a system to deliver goods to their homes
 

Dec 07 (CP) Colombo- The Department of Examinations has informed that the candidates who are infected with COVID-19 or quarantined will be given a separate date to sit for the practical examinations in the aesthetic subjects of the GCE Ordinary Level-2020 examination and therefore requested not to appear for the relevant examinations on the scheduled dates.
 

Dec 07 (CP) Colombo- North Western Province Governor Raja Collure, a veteran senior politician of the country, passed away this morning (07) while receiving treatment for Covid infection at the Kotelawala Defense University Hospital. Raja Collure was 83 years old at the time of his death.
 

Dec 07 (DM) The trade unions at the BOI yesterday said they had decided to continue the protest against BOI Chairman Sanjaya Mohottala, who tendered his resignation last week but who is “trying to come through the back door”. A BOI statement on Sunday said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had refused to accept the resignation of Mohottala
 

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- LP gas companies Litro and LAUGFS have been given permission to release domestic gas to the market from today (06) subject to the recommendations and conditions of the Consumer Affairs Authority.
 

Dec 0 (CP) Colombo- The anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has expressed concern over the delay in appointing members to the Right to Information (RTI) Commission.
 

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Senior Electrical Engineers’ Association has called on the government to conduct an impartial inquiry into the recent power outages in Sri Lanka, which are suspected to be sabotage.
 

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Prof. G. L Peiris and Minister of External Affairs of India Dr. S. Jaishankar discussed bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and India on the sidelines of the 5th Indian Ocean Conference in Abu Dhabi.
 

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- A special meeting of party leaders is scheduled to be held today (06) at 8.30 am under the chairmanship of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. It is reported that this emergency meeting of the party leaders has been scheduled to discuss the recent incidents in Parliament
 

Dec 05, Colombo: The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) says that an immediate investigation should be carried out into how the Sri Lankan woman infected with the Omicron variant entered the country even though she had not been vaccinated.
 

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says there are no plans to close the country again. He emphasizes that the government will take further action in this regard as per the health guidelines.
 

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- The human remains of Diyawadanage Don Nandasiri Priyantha Kumara who was killed by a mob in Sialkot area in Pakistan on 03 December 2021 will be dispatched to Sri Lanka on 06 December 2021 through Sri Lankan Airlines at state cost, the Foreign Ministry said.
 

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa delivering the Inaugural Address at the Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) held in Abu Dhabi Saturday emphasized that everyone in the region should work together to revive the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
 

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila Sapugaskanda oil refinery which was closed temporarily will resume operations from Tuesday (Dec 07). The sole refinery in Sri Lanka for the first time in its history temporarily suspended operations for 50 days from November 15 due to a shortage in crude oil supply.
 

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister of Agriculture stated that the Sri Lanka Hadabima Authority, a state institution which is about 30 years old, should be used more efficiently for the expansion of rural agricultural activities.
 

Dec 05 (SAMAA) Pakistan is the largest recipient of eye donations from Sri Lanka, having received at least 35,000 corneas since 1967, says Dr Niaz Brohi a leading ophthalmologist of the country.
 

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- The Committee on High Posts has approved the appointments of seven Secretaries to the State Ministries and one High Commissioner, Secretary General of Parliament Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake said.
 

Dec 04 (CP) Abu Dhabi- A meeting between Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was held in Expo 2020 premises, today (04).
 

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has assured President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that the perpetrators of the brutal murder of Sri Lankan professional Priyantha Kumara, who worked at a factory in Pakistan, will be brought to justice.
 

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA), the state consumer protection agency has approved the release of domestic gas to the market from tomorrow (05) subject to three conditions.
 

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa ‘deeply saddened’ by the horrific killing of a Sri Lankan professional in Pakistan by a mob urged the government of Pakistan to ensure the safety of all the Sri Lankan nationals living in that country. “I am deeply saddened by the brutal assassination of Priyantha Kumara, a Sri Lankan professional who worked at a factory in Pakistan.
 

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- Veteran actor Sarath Chandrasiri has passed away while receiving treatment at the National Hospital in Colombo. He was 57 years old at the time of his demise.
 

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to establish a ‘Green Agriculture Operative Centre’ to systematically and sustainably fulfill the priorities identified to make Sri Lanka a ‘green’ country, President’s Media Division said.
 

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* Government investigations won’t pin responsibility for gas explosions: JVP (5 - Island)
* Talks with India for two more swap deals totalling US$ 1.4 bn (5 - ST)
* Fly Lankan to operate flights to the Maldives (5 - SO)
* Power disruptions between 6-9 pm likely (5 - SO)
* President arrives in Abu Dhabi to attend the Fifth Indian Ocean Conference (4 - CP)

SPORTS

Dec 06 (ESPNCI) West Indies will play three ODIs and a T20I against Ireland in Jamaica from January 8 to 16, the CWI has announced, with the possibility that the standalone T20I will be used as a farewell match for Chris Gayle. Gayle confirmed after West Indies exit in the T20 World Cup that he had played his last game in a major tournament
 

Dec 06 (SLC) Phil Salt peppered a breathtakingly 27-ball 67 showcased by 5 sixes in Dambulla Giants run triumph over Kandy Warriors in the second fixture of the Lanka Premier League on the second day of the mega tournament at the R. Premadasa Stadium today. The England born 25-year old right-hand wicket-keeper set the tone in a pulsating 97-run partnership
 

Dec 07 (SLC) Colombo Stars made Galle Gladiators to see stars in a 4-wicket dismantling in the third match of the Lanka Premier League 2021 in tonight’s fixture on the second day of the Sri Lanka Cricket organised T20 showpiece tournament at the R. Premadasa Stadium. The architect of downsizing the winners of yesterday’s opening game versus Jaffna Stallions, was Dhananjaya de Silva who produced an all-round performance of 2 for 18 and scored a deceive 24 off 28 balls.
 

Dec 05 (SLC) Skipper Bhanuka Rajapaksa led by example clobbering a cameo 31-ball 56 in Galle Gladiator’s triumphant 54-run flying start to the Sri Lanka Cricket Lanka Premier League 2021 second edition curtain raiser over Jaffna Kings under lights at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday. He struck 3 sixes and 6 boundaries in a total of 164 for 7 off 2 overs
 


WORLD

Dec 06 (BBC) The US has announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. The White House said no official delegation would be sent to the games because of concerns about China’s human rights record.
 

Dec 06 (BBC) Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been found guilty of inciting dissent and breaking Covid rules, in the first of a series of verdicts that could see her jailed for life. Her sentence has been reduced from four years to two years. Ms Suu Kyi faces 11 charges in total and denies them all.
 

Dec 05 (BBC) Bob Dole, a World War Two veteran who went on to be a long-time Republican senator and US presidential candidate, has died aged 98. His death was announced in a statement from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation: "It is with heavy hearts we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep.
 

Dec 05 (BBC) Indian security forces have killed at least 13 civilians in a botched ambush near the Myanmar border, officials say. An army patrol mistakenly opened fire on miners returning home after work, killing six. Seven more civilians and an Indian soldier died when angry locals confronted troops.
 


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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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