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Diplomats entering Sri Lanka required to submit PCR test reports before arriving, otherwise mandatory testing at airport

June 05 (CP) Colombo- The members of the diplomatic staff and their family members entering Sri Lanka are required to submit PCR test reports obtained within 72 hours before arriving in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Foreign Relations (MFR) said today.
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June 06 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has commenced investigations against the then governor of the Western Province, Azath Sally, for allegedly pressurizing the police in the investigation of the vandalism of Mawanella Buddha statues.

June 06 (DM) A murder suspect died during a shootout with the police at Iththakatuwa in Monaragala today, Police Spokesman Jaliya Senaratna said. He said a group of police officers attempted to arrest the suspect who was wanted over a murder of a 50-year old man on May 31 in Monaragala.

June 05 (CP) Colombo- From tomorrow, June 6th onwards, in all districts of the island curfew will be effective from 11.00 pm to 4.00 daily until further notice, President’s Media Division announced.

June 05 (CP) Colombo- Three police officers have been interdicted over the alleged assault incident of a 14-year-old autistic boy at Aluthgama after the police launched a special inquiry on the directive of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) yesterday.

** Related Story ::Police investigate assault of an autistic boy allegedly by cops

June 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases total increased to 1,801 Friday with 4 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry reported.

June 05 (CP) Colombo- A woman has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the shooting at the Lakmadura Hotel in Soysapura, Moratuwa last week. It has been revealed that the woman had contacts over the phone with Ellawala Liyanage Dharmasiri Perera alias Dharme, a former underworld member

June 04 (CP) Colombo- The Police have arrested an individual for allegedly forging the signature of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and misusing President’s letterheads, the President’s Media Division said.

June 04 (CP) Colombo- The District Court of Colombo yesterday issued an interim order against two of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) members preventing them from accessing funds of an Estate Workers Union.

* Three suspects arrested over forged driving licences (5 - Island)
* Within a week three Lankan deaths in S. Korea (5 - DM)
* Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases jump to 1797 with 48 new cases (4 - CP)
* Police investigate assault of an autistic boy allegedly by cops (4 - CP)
* CCD team that went to search bombers’ house had not been warned of danger – witness (4 - Island)
* Dramatic rise in cyber crime during COVID-19 lockdown: CERT (4 - DM)
* Soysapura shooting: Two more suspects nabbed (4 - DN)
* Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases reach 1749 with 66 new cases Wednesday (4 - CP)


June 06, Colombo: The National Election Commission has issued extraordinary gazette notifications containing Media Guidelines and Code Of Conduct for contesting political parties, independent groups and candidates of the elections.

June 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority today said Sri Lanka is readying to welcome travelers from across the world with safety guidelines and precautionary measures.

June 05 (CP) Colombo- The UK hosted the Global Vaccine Summit on 4 June, bringing together leaders from around the world at a virtual event to pledge their support to Gavi, the Global Vaccine Alliance.

June 05 (CP) Colombo- In commemorating World Environment Day (WED) which falls annually on 5th June, Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL), in collaboration with its Initiating Partner - Dilmah Conservation (DC) and Associate Member - the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will host a virtual dialogue on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and the Role of Business on Tuesday, 9th June 2020.


June 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Chevron Lubricants Lanka Plc posted Rs. 2099 million rupees in profits after tax for the fiscal year 2019 despite weak economy in the country, the firm said in its Annual Financial report for 2019.

June 06 (Island) Ceylon Tea auction sales reached an all-time high in May 2020, recording a national average of Rs.697.57, surpassing last month’s record. The latest statistics from the industry showed that May 2020 recorded an Rs.8.39 increase

June 06 (DM) The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has commenced manufacturing of Lubricant Oil for the first time in the history, Petroleum Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. He said the annual local lubricant oil consumption in the country exceeded 65,000 Kiloliters.

June 06 (DN) Sri Lankan car sales dealers request the government to refrain from charging demurrages and other taxes for a further two month period for imported vehicles pile up in the Hambantota Port.

June 05 (CP) Colombo- A proposal presented by the president Gotabaya Rajapaksa to increase the Central Bank’s refinancing facility as part of assisting the economic recovery of the small and medium scale businesses has received the approval of the cabinet of Ministers.

June 05 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has announced an upgrade of both the Consumer and Merchant applications of the ComBank Q+ Payment App, with features including biometric authentication login for both applications and merchant self-registration.

June 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has set a revised target of US$ 10.75 billion in exports from an initial target of $ 18.5 billion this year as the global coronavirus pandemic dealt a blow to the top export sector of the country.

June 04 (CP) Colombo- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) Rating of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited (SLIC) at ‘B’. The Outlook is Negative. The agency has simultaneously affirmed SLIC’s National IFS Rating at ‘AAA(lka)’ with a Stable Outlook.

June 04 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares fell marginally in low-volume trading on Thursday, as losses in real estate and healthcare stocks offset gains in financial and industrial sectors, while the rupee strengthened for a fifth consecutive session.

June 04, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has taken steps to pay compensation to the depositors of the collapsed The Finance Company (TFC) from Sunday, 7th June, the Bank said. The compensation payments will be made through the People’s Bank

June 04 (CP) Colombo- Standard Chartered announced that MAS Intimates (Pvt) Ltd., a division of MAS Holdings, became the first company in South Asia to complete a drawdown under the Bank’s USD1 billion COVID-19 financing commitment.

June 04 (CP) Colombo- ICRA Lanka, a subsidiary of Moody’s Investors Service, expects Sri Lanka’s construction sector to demonstrate resilience and withstand the effects of COVID-19 pandemic compared with other economic sectors of Sri Lanka.

* SLIM launches ‘Restart Sri Lanka’, national initiative to reengineer businesses (5 - Island)
* Canned fish industry eyes exports with government backing (5 - DM)
* Huawei completes marine survey for Maldives-Sri Lanka Cable project (4 - GT)
* Customs facing challenge of limiting 24x7 processes to 8 hours (4 - Island)
* Auditor General says govt. debt understated by over Rs.700bn (4 - DM)
* Sri Lankan coir industry resilient in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic (4 - DN)
* CSE to keep market open today for reduced hours (4 - CP)


June 06 (CP) Colombo- The Government has decided to appoint Additional Government Analyst, Mrs. Gowri Ramanah, as the Government Analyst. The Cabinet has approved a Cabinet Memorandum submitted by the Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Law Reforms Nimal Siripala de Silva for the appointment.

June 06 (CP) Colombo- The government has taken steps to repatriate 236 Sri Lankan civil ship crew members stranded in foreign ports when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) said.

June 06 (CP) Colombo- The printing of candidates’ preferential numbers is in progress and the preferential numbers of candidates in six districts have already been printed, Government Printer Mrs. Gangaani Liyanage has said. The preferential numbers of candidates in other districts will be printed soon, the official has added.

June 06 (Island) Many an eyebrow has been raised over the inordinate delay on the part of the Election Commission (EC) to inform the Government Printer to issue the gazette containing the names of those contesting the much delayed 2020 parliamentary election.

June 06 (DM) The incident of a senior US diplomat being given the green light to enter into the country sans a PCR test became a learning moment and resulted in the issuance of revised instructions for diplomats to be followed when arriving in Sri Lanka due to Covid-19, Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage, the Additional Secretary to the President for Foreign Relations, said today.

June 06 (DN) Twenty-two dengue deaths and 12 deaths due to rat fever (leptospirosis) were reported across the country this year. About 19,940 positive dengue cases and about 2,198 patients suffering from leptospirosis have been identified countrywide this year, Kurunegala District DMO Dr. A. Priyadarshana told the Daily News yesterday (5).

June 05 (CP) Colombo- All trains except for a few will operate on a regular schedule from Monday (08), Sri Lanka Railways Deputy General Manager (Commercial) VS Polwattage said.

June 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has given the nod to proceed with a set of proposals presented by the Minister of Higher Education Dr. Bandula Gunawardena for the expansion of the national university system.

June 05 (Mongabay) COLOMBO— On May 29, a vanishingly rare black leopard — an actual black panther — died at a government wildlife treatment facility in Sri Lanka. It had been brought there three days earlier after being trapped in a snare in a tea estate in the hill town of Hatton, in the central district of Nuwara Eliya district.

June 05 (AP) — The tourists came to see the magical waterfalls and mountain views of the lowland jungle and rainforest. But then the pandemic hit, and they were stranded in Sri Lanka.

June 05 (CP) Colombo- In his message to mark Poson Poya Day today, Sri Lankan President said he believes justice for all prevails in a spiritually virtuous, disciplined and prosperous society and his government plans for the future based on that foundation.

June 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Labor Congress’ Youth Secretary Jeevan Thondaman, the son of the late Arumugam Thondaman, Minister of Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure Development has signed the nominations headquarters today (04) to contest the forthcoming 2020 Parliamentary Election from Nuwara Eliya District.

June 04 (CP) Colombo- The Chargé d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, Hu Wei, met with Sri Lanka’s Minister of Higher Education and government spokesman Bandula Gunawardena Wednesday (June 03) and donated masks to the Ministry of Higher Education for the universities, vocational training institutes and other higher education institutions.

June 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today told the Global Vaccine Alliance that Sri Lanka provides easy and equitable access to quality immunization services for all children and the country’s immunization policy is based on the right of a child to receive timely immunization.

June 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the officials to send returnees from foreign countries for quarantine only after results of PCR tests conducted at the airport itself are known. The President also said to accommodate them at a separate location equipped with all the necessary facilities until the test results are released.

June 04 (CP) Colombo- Leader of the United National Party (UNP) and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the unanimous decision of the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court dismissing the petitions challenging the election confirmed the UNP’s opinion on the elections.

June 04, Colombo: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), along with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, carried out an emergency relief distribution drive in 24 districts of the country, the ICRC said in a media release.

* Having three members ensures diversity of opinion in EC - Deshapriya (5 - Island)
* Ten new universities proposed (5 - DN)
* EC to hold mock poll on Sunday (5 - DM)
* PM: Supreme Court decision victory for democracy (4 - Island)
* Will leave national politics: Rosy (4 - DM)
* COVID19 has changed University education - Professor Sujeewa Amarasena (4 - DN)


June 06 (HT) Pakistan Cricket Board has announced that wicket-keeper batsman Umar Akmal’s appeal against his three-year ban will be heard on June 11 by a former Supreme Court judge Justice. We have seen in the past that controversy and Umar Akmal go hand in hand. For the past several years, Akmal has been involved in a variety of controversial incidents

June 06 (BBC) Michael Jordan says he will donate $100m (£78m) to groups fighting for racial equality and social justice. The NBA legend said in a statement that he and his Jordan Brand would distribute the money over 10 years.

June 05 (HT) The International Cricket Council (ICC) is discussing the possibility of introducing substitutes if a player tests positive for COVID-19 during a test match, England and Wales Cricket Board director of special projects Steve Elworthy said.

June 05 (HT) Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram believes that the International Cricket Council should wait for a more suitable time to host the T20 World Cup. The global tournament, which was last held in 2016, is scheduled to take place in Australia between October and November this year.


June 06 (HT) India and few other Asian nations on Friday responded strongly to UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, who had expressed “alarm” at “clampdown on freedom of expression” in some countries, saying the governments are focused on ensuring that precious lives are not lost due to the coronavirus pandemic and spread of “harmful misinformation” represents a clear danger to public health.

June 06 (HT) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an impromptu appearance at an anti-racial discrimination rally in the country’s capital Ottawa, and proceeded to kneel along with protestors as they paid homage to African-American George Floyd who was killed by police in Minneapolis recently.

June 06 (HT) President Jair Bolsonaro threatened on Friday to pull Brazil out of the World Health Organization after the UN agency warned governments about the risk of lifting lockdowns before slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus. A new Brazilian record for daily Covid-19 fatalities pushed Brazil’s death toll past that of Italy late on Thursday

June 05 (BBC) Doctors in Pakistan are warning that the country’s already weak healthcare system could soon be overwhelmed by coronavirus patients. So far, with fewer than 2,000 deaths, the outbreak hasn’t been as deadly as some initially feared.

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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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