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Supreme Court suspends presidential order for de-radicalization of extremists

Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- The Supreme Court Thursday issued an interim order suspending the implementation of regulations issued by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. The Supreme Court issued the Interim Order suspending the operation of Prevention of Terrorism (De-radicalization from holding violent extremist religious ideology) Regulations No. 01 of 2021
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Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 2,674 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Thursday. Among the cases confirmed today, 2,669 are from the New Year cluster and 05 are foreign arrivals currently in quarantine.

Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Thursday reported that 94 deaths due to COVID-19 occurred on Wednesday, August 04, 2021. The Director General of Health Services has confirmed that 94 deaths occurred on Wednesday, August 04 due to the COVID-19.

Aug 05, Colombo: Although 16 CCTV cameras were checked at the house of former Minister and Member of Parliament Rishad Bathiudeen, there were no footage of the 16-year-old maid Ishalini allegedly setting herself on fire and no footage of the fire being extinguished recorded on any of the cameras, the Police have said.

Aug 05 (Island) Parliament was plunged into turmoil yesterday over the arrest and detention of MP Rishad Bathiudeen, while President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was in the Chamber. Chief Opposition Whip Kandy District SJB MP Lakshman Kiriella, raising a point of order, said that MP Bathiudeen had been detained for nearly 100 days without being charged.

Aug 05 (DN) Eleven bus drivers have been apprehended by the Police for allowing overcrowding in public transport buses, Police Media Spokesman SDIG Ajith Rohana said. He said the Colombo City Traffic Police has commenced a special operation to check public transport buses to nab those violating the health guidelines.

Aug 05 (DM) Rapid Antigen tests have confirmed that the 44 people including 38 teachers arrested during the teacher-principal protest in front of the Presidential Secretariat yesterday were not infected with COVID-19.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police arrested 42 people who participated in a massive protest organized by the Teacher-Principal Trade Unions near the Presidential Secretariat on Wednesday (04).

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- The Supreme Court today ordered the prison authorities to allow the lawyers of the Muslim poet Ahnaf Jazeem, who had been arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and detained in police custody for 10 months on suspicion of aiding and abetting Muslim extremism through literary creations, to meet their client.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- The captain of a Sri Lankan-flagged vessel intercepted in the waters of Seychelles has been fined $167,000, after he was found guilty of fishing without a foreign fishing vessel license, the Seychellois Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, Seychelles News Agency reported.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- The Attorney General has informed the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar that he does not intend to pursue the charges against former Navy Commander Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda, who was named as the 14th Defendant in the case filed against the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in Colombo and suburbs in 2008 and 2009.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has requested the Attorney General to take action on an order issued by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to reinstate suspended former Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe before her retirement.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- The Officer in Charge of the Maharagama Police Station Chief Inspector H.H. Janakantha has been injured due to an accident during a protest organized by the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) yesterday adjacent to Parliament.

* Coronavirus update: 2,561 new COVID-19 cases identified Wednesday, total rises to 318,775 (4 - CP)
* Sri Lanka reports 82 Covid-19 deaths Wednesday, toll rises to 4,727 (4 - CP)
* CID assigns separate team to investigate graffiti found in Ishalini’s room (4 - Island)
* Sexual exploitation on 15-year-old girl: Police probe continues with two more arrests (4 - DM)
* Man who spat at PHI arrested (4 - DN)


Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today stressed that the security of children should be strengthened at the rural level, President’s Media Division said.

Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- A number of protest rallies organized by several political parties as well as a number of civil society organizations under the theme ‘Let’s defeat the Kotelawala Defense University Bill and oppose the militarization of education’ were held near the Lipton Roundabout in Colombo this evening (05).

Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Export Development Board in collaboration with The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou and the Department of Commerce of Fujian successfully organized the Fujian, China - Sri Lanka Economic & Trade Forum and Matchmaking event on 28th July 2021 via “video conference + web cast”.

Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- As an island nation rich in biodiversity, Sri Lanka is committed to safeguarding its resources while actively pursuing a green development trajectory. To this end, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ceylon Biscuits Investments Limited (CBL Group)

Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- Responding to the Sri Lanka Attorney General Department’s decision yesterday not to proceed the case against the former Navy Commander Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda in the abduction of 11 Tamil youth in 2008 and 2009, the Amnesty International said the Attorney General’s Department must explain the reasons for its decision.


Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- The Cruise ship “Navigator of the Seas”, under the agency of Prudential Shipping, called at the Hambantota International Port (HIP) for the purposes of receiving bunkers, marking another significant milestone in the diversity of the vessels calling HIP for bunkering.

Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- Sampath Bank PLC has been ranked 5th in LMD’s Most Respected Entities in Sri Lanka 2021 rankings based on a survey commissioned and conceptualized by LMD and conducted by Nielsen.

Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- In its continuing determination to crown the most brilliant financial reports produced in the country, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) will present the prestigious Annual Reports Awards competition this year, incorporating new concessions on account of COVID-19, whilst also automating the marking system for the first time in the competition’s history.

Aug 05 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares ended lower on Thursday, dragged by industrials, financial and consumer staples stocks. The CSE All-Share index fell 2.4% to 8,011.94, its biggest percentage loss since April 20 this year.

Aug 05 (Island) DIMO celebrated ‘World Youth Skills Day’ by shining the spotlight on the importance of equipping the youth with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship, through a webinar titled ‘Job Demand and Vocational Education – Fuelling Dreams and Aspirations of the Youth’, held recently.

Aug 05 (DN) Ceydigital won the Best Innovation Product Award in the Uva Province Medium Scale Category at the IT Awards organized by the Sri Lanka Association for Software Services Companies (SLASSCOM).

Aug 05 (DM) The Taxation Committee of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (CMA) will conduct a virtual webinar on ‘Highlights of Inland Revenue (Amendment) Act No. 10 of 2021’ today (August 5) from 6.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. via online zoom platform.

Aug 04 (AP) New York: The Associated Press appointed Daisy Veerasingham, its executive vice president and chief operating officer, as the news cooperative’s president and CEO on Tuesday, setting her up to replace the retiring Gary Pruitt at the beginning of next year. She will become the first woman, first person of color and first person from outside of the United States to lead the AP in its 175-year history.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- The Civil Aviation Training Centre -Sri Lanka, the training division of Airport & Aviation Services Sri Lanka (AASL) Private Ltd was rebranded as the “Sri Lanka Airport & Aviation Academy” at a ceremony held Tuesday at the institution premises at Ratmalana.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Colombo’s newest state-of-the-art office tower, ‘The Offices’ at Cinnamon Life has been chosen as the hub for leading global technology company, HCL Technologies’ growth drive in Sri Lanka.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC’s (CB) National Long-Term Rating at ‘AA-(lka)’. The Outlook is Stable. At the same time, Fitch has affirmed the bank’s subordinated debt at ‘A(lka)’.

* Industrials, financials drag Sri Lankan shares lower (4 - Reuters)
* Ceylinco Life presents 162 more ‘Pranama’ scholarships at unique virtual ceremony (4 - Island)
* July food prices up 0.70%, indicates Advocata’s ‘Bath Curry Index’ (4 - DM)
* ICRA Lanka expects NBFIs to reduce over coming year (4 - DN)


Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) in a letter has informed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that the Covid epidemic in the Western Province is escalating to a high risk level. The SLMA has stated in its letter that there is a rapid escalation of the COVID-19 epidemic, particularly in the Western Province that has reached an extremely serious point now

Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Health Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi said steps will be taken to issue a new set of guidelines required to call pregnant mothers to work. The Minister made this observation while making a special statement in Parliament today (05).

Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- Former Minister and Deputy Leader of the United National Party Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has stated that there is a problem as to whether the government decided to recall all public servants to work after obtaining the recommendations of the health sector.

Aug 05 (CP) Colombo- The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) commending the government’s vaccination drive and appreciating the government, health workers and security forces in battling Covid-19 stressed the importance of adhering to health guidelines when easing travel restrictions.

Aug 05 (AFP) Sri Lanka’s government on Thursday walked back the lifting of an import ban on most chemical fertilisers over fears of a political fallout, despite warnings from farmers of food shortages and severe damage to the massive tea industry.

Aug 05 (Island) Former President Maithripala Sirisena did not make any statement during or after the two meetings of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) that he would leave the government when the time became opportune, a senior party member said.

Aug 05 (DN) The debate on the General Sir John Kotelawala National Defence University (KNDU) Bill will not be taken up this week, Minister Chamal Rajapaksa informed the House yesterday (04).

Aug 05 (DM) Following the Daily Mirror’s repeated extensive coverage, quoting health officials who have warned that the country is heading towards a medical tsunami from a Delta wave, two major hospitals yesterday declared emergency due to an overflow of COVID-19 infected patients.

Aug 05 (WSWS) Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapakse has ignored the warnings of medical experts about rising coronavirus infections, including from the Delta variant, and ordered all state employees to return to their workplaces on Monday.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Former Prime Minister and United National Party parliamentarian Ranil Wickremesinghe today called for the appointment of a Parliamentary Consultative Committee to control COVID-19 epidemic raging in the country.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- No permission has been granted to import chemical fertilizers for local agriculture and no change has been made in the policy decision taken by the President to use only organic fertilizer for local agriculture and the government will not make any changes to the decision also in the future, the Presidential Media Division (PMD) said today in a statement.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- New Zealand and Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministers, Nanaia Mahuta and Dinesh Gunawardena, have welcomed the opening of the New Zealand High Commission in Colombo next week, Foreign Ministry said.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- The High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka and Maldives today announcing this year’s Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) partners, congratulated the recipients. The CFLI supports and empowers organizations addressing local issues while strengthening ties with civil society and local communities.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- The parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) yesterday (03) directed its special attention towards the payment of Rs. 750,000 to the Chairman of the Elections Committee for the conduct of football elections and the grant of approval for the payment of Rs. 60,000 to its other members, the Parliament Communications Department said.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- A special three-year plan will be implemented to reduce the current congestion in the judiciary and expedite the settlement of cases, Justice Minister PC Ali Sabry said at a meeting of the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Justice yesterday (03).

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in Parliament today (04) to participate in today’s proceedings, Parliament Communications Department said. The President arrived in Parliament at around 11.15 a.m. and was escorted to the chamber by the Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Teachers’ and Principals’ trade unions have organized motorcades to arrive in Colombo today to demand the government to resolve their salary anomalies. The motorcades are scheduled to arrive in Colombo from Moratuwa, Kottawa, Welisara and Kadawatha, said Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers Union.

* SLFP asks govt. to address SLPP constituents’ grievances or face consequences (4 - Island)
* Next Budget to address teachers’ salary anomalies (4 - DN)
* SL heading for worst medical tsunami in coming weeks from Delta wave (4 - DM)


Aug 05 (BBC) Eddy Alvarez will join an exclusive club on Saturday when he becomes only the third American - and sixth person ever - to win a medal at both the Summer and Winter Olympics. The infielder is guaranteed a medal at Tokyo 2020 as the USA have reached the baseball final against hosts Japan.

Aug 05 (ESPNCI) Jofra Archer has been ruled out of all cricket for the rest of the year following a recurrence of a stress fracture in his right elbow. Archer, the England fast bowler, was forced home from the tour of India at the start of the year and subsequently forced to pull out of the IPL

Aug 05 (ESPNCI) A man not supposed to be looked at as an opener anymore stepped in at the last moment to replace a concussed good friend of his, scored an unbeaten fifty in trying conditions, but wasn’t even the story of the day on which only 33.4 overs were possible.

Aug 04 (ESPNCI) Bangladesh will host New Zealand for a five-match T20I series from September 1 to 10, with all the matches scheduled to take place at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka. The series will be part of the teams’ preparations for the T20 World Cup,


Aug 05 (BBC) Rebels from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have taken control of the town of Lalibela, a Unesco world heritage site in neighbouring Amhara region. Lalibela, home to 13th Century churches hewn from rock, is a holy site for millions of Orthodox Christians.

Aug 05 (BBC) The US will eventually require almost all foreign visitors to be fully vaccinated, a White House official has said. The unnamed official told several news agencies that the Biden administration had tasked inter-agency groups with creating a phased reopening for international visitors.

Aug 04 (BBC) A Panama-flagged ship has been hijacked by armed men in the Gulf of Oman and ordered to sail to Iran, Lloyds List Maritime Intelligence has confirmed. The bitumen tanker MV Asphalt Princess is heading into the congested approach to the Strait of Hormuz, it said.

Aug 04 (BBC) A Belarusian athlete who refused orders to fly home early from the Olympics has left Japan. Krystina Timanovskaya, 24, boarded a flight to Vienna on Wednesday morning.

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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