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Curfew to continue in six districts until further notice

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- The curfew in force in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna will continue until further notice, President’s Media Division announced. In all other districts, curfew will be lifted at 6.00am tomorrow (30th Monday) and will be re-imposed at 2.00pm on the same day.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- The Police have arrested 206 people in the six hours from 6am to 12 noon today for violating police curfew imposed islandwide to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The police seized 56 vehicles that were on the road during that period.
 

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Health states that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country have increased up to 117. According to the Health Promotion Bureau situation report at 8 pm Sunday, two new cases have been confirmed in the last 24 hours
 

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy today arrested a man attempting to smuggle in 114 kilograms of Kerala Cannabis by sea in the North. During a search operation conducted in the seas off Uduththurei in Jaffna today (29th March 2020), naval personnel attached to the Northern Naval Command has spotted a suspicious dinghy.
 

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested the main suspect who led the suicide bomb attack on the Batticaloa Zion Church on Easter Sunday on 21 April 2019.
 

Mar 29 (NYT) Sri Lanka’s president has pardoned a soldier who was sentenced to death for killing eight civilians during the country’s civil war, leading to accusations that the government was taking advantage of the chaos from the coronavirus pa
 

Mar 29 (ST) In view of what they call “irresponsible and indisciplined behaviour” by members of the public, who continue to disregard the curfew imposed to minimise the spread of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, police have now decided to crack down even more heavily against violators who are putting both their own lives and those of others at risk.
 

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- Another batch of 309 people quarantined for 14 days at Punani, Kandakadu, Galkanda and Pampeimadu Quarantine Centers returned to their homes today after completing medical procedures and receiving their Quarantine Certificates.
 

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- The Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe says the individuals who arrived in Sri Lanka from Chennai, India recently should be quarantined.
 

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- The Police Media Unit said 5,185 persons have been arrested by police stations across the country for violating the curfew. The suspects were apprehended by various police stations in the island between 6.00 pm Friday (March 20) and 6.00 am today (28).
 

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- An International justice mechanism is needed in Sri Lanka to deliver justice for victims of the armed conflict and to deter future atrocities, the Human Rights Watch said after Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pardoned soldier convicted of massacring eight civilians this week.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Sri Lanka’s number of coronavirus cases increased to 115 (29 - CP)
* Coronavirus Update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 110 (28 - CP)
* Police & Tri-Forces to strictly implement curfew regulations (28 - Times)
* Navy recovers more Kerala ganja (28 - Island)
* Devotees who violated curfew arrested (28 - DM)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Mar 29 (AFP) Mr Thomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany’s Hesse state, has committed suicide apparently after becoming "deeply worried" over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said on Sunday (March 29).
 

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- First batch of China’s donations of masks, test kits and PPEs have been handed to the Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi today at the Ministry premises.
 

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka is extending the closure of international airports for arrivals of commercial passenger flights by one week to April 07 from March 31, the island’s Civil Aviation Authority said.
 

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka today reported the first death due to coronavirus with a 60-year old patient dying from the infection while receiving treatment.
 

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- The United States Department of State and the USAID will provide US$ 1.3 million to Sri Lanka as emergency health and humanitarian assistance to help fight the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- Dialog Finance PLC has informed the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) that the dates of the Rights Issue will be further revised considering the market holidays declared by CSE from 23 March 2020 to 27 March 2020 in view of the ongoing curfew in the Colombo District.
 

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- In view of the extension of the curfew by the Government, the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has decided that the CSE will remain closed for Trading on Monday, 30th March 2020.
 

Mar 29 (ST) The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has been called upon to impose a six months debt moratorium for tourism, apparel and industries affected by the coronavirus crisis immediately. It has also been asked to provide working capital at four percent interest. Ministers have authorised the Cabinet Secretary to give a direction to the CBSL.
 

Mar 29 (SO) Sri Lanka Tourism will take around 6 months to fully recover from the coronavirus impact said President of Tourist Hotels Association (THASL) Sanath Ukwatte. He said in the short term the industry would depend on domestic tourism
 

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- Melstacorp PLC recently donated medical equipment worth SLR 25 million to set up a real-time PCR laboratory at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Angoda. This is a part of the organization’s broader initiative to actively support the government in its fight against COVID-19.
 

Mar 28 (DM) Minor International Company Limited (MINT), a multinational hospitality player that has operations in Sri Lanka, announced that its properties, Anantara Kalutara and Avani Kalutara, have been temporarily consolidated into a single operation, to reduce cost.
 

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* Serendib flour mills reaffirms availability of stocks (28 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister.s Office says arrangements have been Meade to pay the pensions payments to retirees on April 2 and 3. The PM.s office said it hopes to complete all payments by April 6 for those who do not receive payment in the scheduled days.
 

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- Bandarawela Police Superintendent Athula de Silva has stated that although curfew will be lifted tomorrow (30) in Badulla district, steps have been taken to close four major towns of the district in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.
 

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) said the entire Akurana village in Kandy has been quarantined and over 100 persons in Kadayankulam in Puttalam have been directed to be quarantined after two COVID-19 patients were found.
 

Mar 29 (Hindu) Sri Lanka on Saturday reported its first COVID-19 death, of a 65-year-old patient, who had diabetes and renal health complications, Health Ministry officials said. The island nation has 113 confirmed coronavirus patients so far.
 

Mar 29 (Island) Identifying COVID- 19 or Coronavirus infected people as much as possible at this juncture is now the priority and thereby preventing the virus from spreading within the community at a rapid pace, says the Consultant Microbiologist and the Head of the Infection Prevention and Control Unit of the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital, Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke.
 

Mar 29 (ST) To fight the corona battle, ventilators are being produced by a multidisciplinary team of specialists from the Peradeniya University’s medical and engineering faculties in collaboration with the National Institute of Fundamental Studies in Kandy.
 

Mar 29 (SO) Following India’s decision to put the country under lockdown for three weeks, Sri Lanka plans to obtain essential drugs from her big brother through a special Government to Government (G2G) supply channel, Deputy Director of the Medical Supply Division (MSD), Ministry of Health Dr A.T. Sudarshana told the Sunday Observer yesterday.
 

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government, among many measures taken to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country, has stopped all arrivals including Sri Lankan migrant workers from overseas.
 

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Foreign Relations Ministry said by Saturday noon (28 March), over 17,000 Overseas Sri Lankans (OSL) have registered on the Ministry’s ‘Contact Sri Lanka’ Online Portal launched on Thursday.
 

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the agriculture authorities to immediately implement large-scale programs to develop Sri Lanka’s agriculture to cope with a future global food crisis that could result from the coronavirus epidemic.
 

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai is in the process of compiling details of Sri Lankan students in South India and working on ensuring their safety and welfare, the Ministry of Foreign relations said.
 

Mar 28 (DW) Thousands of European tourists are stranded in Nepal, Sri Lanka and other locations across Asia. Germany has arranged emergency flights to bring citizens home as countries close their borders due to the pandemic.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Deadline to apply for University Applications extended till April 9 (28 - Times)
* Sajith praises security forces, health workers (28 - Island)
* Robot to assist treatment of suspected Covid patients (28 - DM)
* Stay at home, save lives (28 - DN)

SPORTS

Mar 29 (ESPNCI) In our series Come to Think of It, where we bring new perspectives to bear on received cricket wisdom: a look at Greg Chappell’s tenure as India coach The leaked email, the crowd that cheered the opposition, the punch at an airport: Greg Chappell’s tumultuous, two-year tenure as India’s head coach
 

Mar 28 (BBC) The England and Wales Cricket Board could install coronavirus checkpoints and isolation units at grounds in order to resume the game behind closed doors. English cricket has shut down until at least 28 May but the ECB is looking at playing internationals with no fans.
 

Mar 28 (ESPNCI) The cricket world has come to a standstill with all international and domestic fixtures being called off due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) across the globe, but according to India coach Ravi Shastri this break is a "welcome rest" as far as India players are concerned.
 

Mar 28 (ESPNCI) This time last year, a couple of aliens descended on the ESPNcricinfo offices and were forcibly introduced to the majesty of IPL. Icome Inpeace is back and this time he’s brought a friend too. Everything looks exactly the same, from the shrine of sporting equipment that totally snubs Time-travel Tennis to the coffee-table books about some ancient warrior hero named Rahul Dravid.
 


WORLD

Mar 29 (BBC) India’s prime minister has asked for his country’s forgiveness after imposing a sweeping lockdown that he said had hurt millions of poor people. Criticism has mounted over the lack of planning ahead of the coronavirus shutdown, which was introduced with less than four hours’ notice.
 

Mar 29 (BBC) A cruise ship carrying more than 1,800 people off Panama is in a race to transfer healthy passengers to another ship after four people died and two others tested positive for coronavirus. The owners of the Zaandam, Holland America, said that more than 130 people on board had reported suffering "flu-like symptoms" and respiratory issues.
 

Mar 29 (BBC) The city in China where the coronavirus pandemic began, Wuhan, has partially re-opened after more than two months of isolation. Crowds of passengers were pictured arriving at Wuhan train station on Saturday. People are being allowed to enter but not leave, according to reports.
 

Mar 28 (BBC) India has been criticised for its poor record of testing people in the battle against coronavirus. That, however, is set to change, thanks in large part to the efforts of one virologist, who delivered on a working test kit, just hours before delivering her baby .
 


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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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