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Sri Lanka considers imposing restrictions on foreign arrivals to control spread of COVID

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka may impose restrictions on foreign arrivals to control spread of COVID-19 due to the increase in the number of Covid positive cases reported among the visitors to the island, the Director of the Epidemiology Unit, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said on Saturday. Dr. Samaraweera said some 15 percent of the positive cases reported this month have arrived from overseas
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Minister of Public Security retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara says that measures will be taken to import equipment to catch motorists who are not only under the influence of alcohol but also drugs to bring them under the control of the law.
 

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 253 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Saturday. Among the positive cases identified Saturday are, 200 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster, 04 associates of prison cluster, and 49 foreign arrivals.
 

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- Meegalewa Police say that the police and the villagers have launched a joint operation to find a person disguised as a monk and tried to enter the Rasvehera Rajamaha Viharaya in the Meegalewa.
 

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka confirmed two deaths on Saturday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 617, according to health authorities. The Director General of Health Services confirmed the following deaths caused by COVID -19 virus infection and accordingly the total number of deaths due to COVID -19 infection in Sri Lanka is 617 by now.
 

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara says measures will be taken to confiscate the assets of banned Islamic extremist organizations. Accordingly, information is being obtained of the leaders of those organizations, the Minister said responding to the queries raised by the media in Colombo.
 

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara states that 5 persons have been arrested on charges of reestablishing the defunct terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
 

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lanka Air Force airman was killed in a road accident on the Manampitiya-Dehiattakandiya road in Polonnaruwa on Saturday. A three wheeler carrying three Air Force personnel veered off the road and crashed near the 65th mile post of Aranaganwila Menike Ela.
 

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- The Chairman of the Deraniyagala Pradeshiya Sabha has been arrested for possessing 98 water meters reported to have been stolen from the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) Kumburugama warehouse in Deraniyagala, Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
 

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) has arrested a suspect who was in the possession of 2 kilos 433 grams of crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) worth over 20 million rupees in the Hunupitiya Ananda Mawatha area in the Wattala Police Division on the 15th.
 

Apr 17 (DM) Ruling government parliamentarian Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday afternoon handed over a formal letter to the IGP requesting for more security after he claimed to have been threatened by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over him being vocal against corruption within the government.
 

Apr 16 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 237 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Friday. Among the positive cases identified Friday are, 138 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster, 21 associates of prison cluster, and 78 foreign arrivals.
 

Apr 16 (CP) Colombo- Special Task Force (STF) police officers have opened fire on a cab that drove in defiance of orders to stop at a roadblock in Point Pedro, Jaffna at around 7.30 am today.
 

Apr 16 (CP) Colombo- A total of 16 deaths have been reported due to road accidents islandwide yesterday (15), police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said. The Police Media Spokesman said that 08 deaths were due to road accidents yesterday and the other 8 deaths were due to injuries sustained while receiving treatment due to previous accidents.
 

Apr 15 (CP) Colombo- The Chief Justice has decided to consider the special petitions filed against the Colombo Port City Economic Zones Special Commission Bill before a five-judge panel on Monday, 19th April.
 

Apr 15 (CP) Colombo- The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Thursday (15) challenging the government’s “Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill”. The BASL in a statement said the Executive Committee of the BASL is extremely concerned about the timing of the bill
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Sri Lanka reports seven COVID-19 deaths Friday, toll rises to 615 (16 - CP)
* Sooka pushing UK for punitive action against Army Commander (16 - Island)
* Bodies of father, son drowned in Welioya river found: Police (16 - DM)
* Over 1,600 Jaffna youth joined Army last three months - Commander (16 - DN)
* Coronavirus update: 212 new COVID-19 cases identified Thursday, total rises to 95,949 (15 - CP)
* Sri Lanka reports four COVID-19 deaths Thursday, toll rises to 608 (15 - CP)
* Indian Navy Ship Ranvijay arrives at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port (15 - CP)
* Overspeeding, carefree driving caused E’way mishap: Police (15 - DM)
* Indictments against Kurunegala Mayor, three others to be heard on May 3 (15 - DN)
* Ten people die in 121 road accidents in the last 24 hours (15 - CP)
* Coronavirus update: 117 new COVID-19 cases identified Wednesday, total rises to 95,737 (15 - CP)
* Sri Lanka reports two COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, toll rises to 604 (15 - CP)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Apr 17 (Reuters) Queen Elizabeth and her family paid their last respects to Prince Philip at a funeral on Saturday that celebrated his naval past, his international heritage and seven decades of service in which he helped guide the queen through repeated crises.
 

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka plans to boost the exports of Sri Lankan fruits and vegetables to Oman as they are popular among Oman consumers and are in high demand in the Oman market, according to the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman Ameer Ajwad.
 

Apr 16 (CP) Colombo- The increase in exports to the pre-pandemic levels, the notable increase in workers’ remittances and the relative stability in the domestic foreign exchange market supported Sri Lanka’s external sector in February 2021, the Central Bank reported Friday in its External Sector Performance review for the month.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- ISACA Sri Lanka chapter at its 25th AGM, recognized Bank of Ceylon for the contribution made to the GRC (Governance, Risk and Control) sector locally and internationally consecutively for the second time.
 

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- From May 1 2021, Singapore Airlines will increase its flight frequency to Sri Lanka from 3 times to 5 times weekly, operating the Airbus 350-900MH aircraft.
 

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- Thousands of turtle hatchlings have been safely released to their natural habitat under an initiative supported by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon to protect these endangered mariners and promote bio-diversity.
 

Apr 17 (Island) The Arduino compatible ZUMO 32U4 robot interfaced using ROS during the workshop Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ GS: VRTU), a global provider of digital strategy, digital engineering, and IT services and solutions that help clients change and disrupt markets through innovation engineering, sponsored the first in a series of ‘Workshop’
 

Apr 17 (DN) The premier state owned development bank of Sri Lanka, Regional Development Bank, Nugegoda Branch celebrated its second anniversary on April 6, 2021 at their office premises in Nawala Road, Nugegoda with the participation of Regional General Manager, Sisil de Silva.
 

Apr 16 (CP) Colombo- The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has issued directions on foreign currency borrowings by Licensed Finance Companies (LFCs) on 9th April 2021 with a view to provide flexibility for LFCs to obtain low-cost funding from foreign sources to support their business expansions.
 

Apr 16 (CP) Colombo- Cinnamon Life, John Keells Properties’ iconic mixed-development project, is ever closer to redefining Colombo’s skyline with the completion of its plush residential tower ‘The Suites’ at Cinnamon Life and the state-of-the-art office tower, ‘The Offices’ at Cinnamon Life.
 

Apr 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Central Bank has decided to reduce the percentage of mandatory conversion requirement of export proceeds from 25 percent to 10 percent considering the requests from the exporters.
 

Apr 16 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares snapped a nine-day winning streak to close lower on Friday, as financials heavily dragged along with a dip in the consumer staples sector.
 

Apr 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s manufacturing activities recorded a nine-month high in March 2021 while the services sector maintained its growth momentum for the fourth consecutive month, the Central Bank said Thursday in its Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) report for the month.
 

Apr 16 (TTG) Holidaymakers to Sri Lanka who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be given more freedom than non-vaccinated tourists.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Newly developed Sathosa Motors Service Complex to service all vehicle brands (16 - Island)
* Bond yields decline after US$ 500mn Chinese loan (16 - DM)
* Litro Gas Lanka revolutionizes LPG market with Premium Hybrid 18 litre cylinder (16 - DN)
* ÀNI Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s post-pandemic haven (15 - CP)
* Sri Lankan shares rise as financial, industrial stocks gain (15 - CP)
* SriLankan Has No Interest In Long-Range Narrowbody Planes (15 - CP)
* Sri Lanka cuts exporter proceeds conversion rule to 10-pct (15 - EN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella says that a calculated program is being implemented to sabotage the Colombo Port City project. He made this claim while speaking at a media briefing held today
 

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- Attorney General Dappula de Livera has informed the Secretary to the President Dr. P.B. Jayasundera in writing that the Colombo Port City Commission Bill is not unconstitutional.
 

Apr 17 (CP) Colombo- The parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) Friday directed the Ministry of Health to conduct an immediate and comprehensive investigation into the presence of harmful substances in foods imported into the country, including coconut oil.
 

Apr 17 (Island) The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) with the help of India, would prevent the government from abolishing the Provincial Council system, party MP M.A. Sumanthiran said in Jaffna on Thursday.
 

Apr 17 (DM) Parliamentarian Wijayadasa Rajapaksa today alleged that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had telephoned him early morning and threatened him over his allegations yesterday that the Port City would transform into a Chinese colony. Wijedasa said the President used filth on him, something he did not expect from a Head of State.
 

Apr 17 (DN) The Government is ready to bring in further amendments to the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill in line with a Supreme Court verdict, Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said.
 

Apr 16 (CP) Colombo- Youth and Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa has visited imprisoned former parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake at the Angunakolapelessa Prison this evening (16), Prisons Commissioner (Administration) Spokesman Chandana Ekanayake said.
 

Apr 16 (CP) Colombo- The National Astrological Committee has included an auspicious time for national tree planting event as a new ritual in the 2021 Sinhala and Tamil New Year. The committee had recommended that the saplings be planted facing east at the auspicious time of 6.40 am Friday.
 

Apr 16 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Finance Ajith Nivard Cabraal defending against the criticism that the Colombo Port City would become a colony of China through the proposed Port City Economic Commission Bill said Act would be a turning point for the country’s economy.
 

Apr 16 (AFP) An almost 90-year-old car that once belonged to Britain’s late Prince Philip is now the centrepiece of a seaside museum in Sri Lanka.
 

Apr 16 (CP) Colombo- Leader of the United National Party (UNP) former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will most likely swear-in as an MP next month, filling the party’s vacant National List seat in parliament, UNP Chairman Vajira Abeywardena said.
 

Apr 16 (CP) Colombo- The Election Commission has decided to temporarily suspend the activities of the parties which are currently battling in court due to conflicts within the party. Chairman of the Election Commission Attorney-at-Law Nimal Punchihewa stated that six such parties have been identified so far.
 

Apr 15 (CP) Colombo- The National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE) is partnering with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington D.C. to better inform Sri Lankan exporters regards the evolving trends in the US market and strategies that could help navigate challenges and overcoming bottlenecks.
 

Apr 15 (CP) Colombo- The government is trying to hand over the Colombo Port City to China through the Port City Economic Commission Bill, said MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe. He said that certain parts of the bill were unconstitutional and very dangerous.
 

Apr 15 (CP) Colombo- Several parties including the United National Party (UNP) has filed petitions today (15) at the Supreme Court challenging the Sri Lankan government’s proposed Port City Economic Commission bill.
 

Apr 15 (CP) Colombo- At least 41 Sri Lankan women, the majority of whom are migrant domestic workers, have spent months on end arbitrarily detained at a deportation center in Saudi Arabia, awaiting repatriation to their home country, Amnesty International revealed today.
 

Apr 15 (CP) Colombo- A series of health guidelines has been issued to be followed by those fasting during Ramadan. Muslims in Sri Lanka began their Ramadan fasting season yesterday (14).
 

Apr 15 (CGTN) China and Sri Lanka have enjoyed a close relationship for decades. With the pandemic still raging around the world, China is donating vaccines to Sri Lanka. 600,000 doses have recently arrived in the country.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Govt. MP Wijeyadasa strikes discordant note on Port City Bill (16 - Island)
* Harin to make a political decision soon (16 - DM)
* Over 107,000 saplings planted in four months (15 - DN)

SPORTS

Apr 17 (ESPNCI) Pakistan batting allrounder Bismah Maroof is taking an indefinite break from cricket as she prepares to embrace motherhood. And the PCB is likely to use the opportunity to introduce pregnancy provisions in its central contracts system for the first time.
 

Apr 17 (ESPNCI) Starting with Deepak Chahar’s four-for at the top of the game, Chennai Super Kings dominated Punjab Kings all through. The ball seamed at the start of the match, and Chahar made full use of it. KL Rahul’s run-out added to Punjab Kings’ misery.
 

Apr 17 (ESPNCI) It might have hung in the balance for longer than was necessary, but that made Pakistan’s T20I series win in South Africa all the more pleasing for captain Babar Azam. When Mohammad Nawaz smacked a six to square leg with two balls to go, it sealed for Pakistan a rare double - ODI and T20I series wins in South Africa.
 

Apr 16 (ICC) With Pakistan in the lead 2-1 and the series on the line, the best South Africa can do is to avoid a loss and tie the four-match series. After tasting defeat in the third T20I, South Africa will look to even the scores in the final T20I of the four-match series.
 


WORLD

Apr 17 (BBC) The number of people who have died worldwide in the Covid-19 pandemic has surpassed three million, according to Johns Hopkins University. The milestone comes the day after the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned the world was "approaching the highest rate of infection" so far.
 

Apr 17 (BBC) This past week, as India grapples with a devastating second wave of the coronavirus, millions of devotees have descended on the banks of the Ganges river in the northern city of Haridwar to take a dip in the water. Hindus believe the river is holy and taking a dip in it will cleanse them of their sins and bring salvation.
 

Apr 16 (BBC) China’s economy grew a record 18.3% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same quarter last year. It’s the biggest jump in gross domestic product (GDP) since China started keeping quarterly records in 1992. However, Friday’s figures are below expectations, with a Reuters poll of economists predicting 19% growth.
 

Apr 16 (BBC) Akhilesh Mishra started getting a fever and a cough last Thursday but he initially thought it was just the flu. Akhilesh began to worry the next day, when his father Yogendra developed similar symptoms. The two men decided to get Covid RT-PCR tests done and tried to book a slot online
 


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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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