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Apr 14 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued an extraordinary gazette notification proscribing 11 extremist organizations in Sri Lanka under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. The gazette notification says the Government of Sri Lanka proscribed the 11 extremist organizations “in good faith for the purpose of ensuring the continuance of peace within the country...
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Apr 14 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 226 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Tuesday. Among the positive cases identified Tuesday are, 175 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster, 10 associates of prison cluster and 41 foreign arrivals.
 

Apr 14 (DM) A driver of a car was arrested for assaulting a policeman on the Kurundugahahetekma expressway exchange this morning, Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said. He said the policeman who was on duty at the expressway exchange noted a traffic violation committed by a commuter.
 

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has arrested an Assistant Customs officer for forging documents on computer to claim 23 containers of areca nuts imported from Indonesia as produced in Sri Lanka in an attempt to re-export the consignment to India.
 

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- Panadura Magistrate Jayanthi Silva today remanded the four youths who climbed out of the windows of a car and sitting on the doors while the car was traveling on the Southern Expressway for unsafe traveling.
 

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka confirmed four deaths on Tuesday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 602, 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 602 by now.
 

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- Five suspects have been arrested by the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) in the Sapugaskanda area with nearly 100 kilograms of the narcotic crystal methamphetamine (ice), police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
 

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Monday demanded the release of Freelance Journalist Malika Abeykoon, who was assaulted and arrested by Sri Lankan police on April 7 and remanded until April 12.
 

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Police say 580 people have been killed in road accidents in various parts of the country since January 01. Five persons were killed in road accidents in various parts of the country Saturday (10) alone, said Police Media Spokesman, DIG Ajith Rohana.
 

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- Six persons, including two women, were arrested with 13 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine also know an ‘ice’ in the Niwandama area in Ja-Ela.
 

Apr 13 (DM) The driver who drove the car very dangerously on the Southern Expressway (E-01), was remanded till April 22, the police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said. He was arrested by the Expressway traffic police division yesterday and produced before the Panadura Magistrate court.
 

Apr 13 (DN) Police uncovered a racket where stolen goods were being sold over the internet recently. They have urged people to be careful when buying goods online. The suspects are selling electrical and electronic equipment, as well as jewellery and books over the internet at low prices, police said.
 

Apr 13 (Canberra Times) A Canberra driver has been charged by police after crashing into the front fence of the Sri Lankan High Commission overnight.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Coronavirus update: 263 new COVID-19 cases identified Monday, total rises to 95,394 (13 - CP)
* FR petition filed against deradicalization regulations (12 - DM)
* One injured in van accident (12 - DN)
* Coronavirus update: 283 new COVID-19 cases identified Sunday, total rises to 95,131 (11 - CP)
* Sri Lanka reports two COVID-19 deaths Sunday, toll rises to 598 (11 - CP)
* Backlash against police use of archaic law to arrest female sex workers (11 - ST)
* Ministerial Committee on PCoI report CID, TID told to carry out further investigations (11 - SO)
* Police to crack down on COVID-19 rule violators (11 - CP)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Apr 14 (CP) Colombo- The Joint Agency Task Force Operation Sovereign Borders supporting the Sri Lankan Police to establish an aerial drone surveillance capability has gifted five drones to Sri Lankan police, Australian Federal Police (AFP) announced.
 

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera says Sri Lanka is the only country in the world that uses lunch sheets and ten million lunch sheets are used daily in the country.
 

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- As the multifaceted relationship between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka continue to grow and deepen in all areas of mutually beneficial cooperation, the South Asian nation looks forward to increased people-to-people ties with Sri Lanka, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Colombo M. Ashraf Haidari said.
 

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- Indian Navy Ship INS Ranvijay, fifth of the Rajput Class Destroyer, is scheduled to visit Colombo from 14-16 April 2021 on a goodwill visit, the Indian High Commission in Colombo announced today.
 

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said although adverse health conditions prevented celebrating Sinhala and Tamil New Year last year, this year everyone together have made it possible to enjoy the festivities, duly observing the age-old customs and traditions while adhering to health guidelines.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Apr 14 (CP) Colombo- In its most recent collaborative effort, Genie, Sri Lanka’s first PCI-DSS-certified payment app, has seamlessly integrated its services with MyDoctor, Sri Lanka’s pioneering digital health solution provider, to enable customers with a convenient digital payment facility to meet all their healthcare needs.
 

Apr 14 (F2F) Sri Lanka is all set to ban the import of textile fabrics in a bid to protect domestic industry, the state minister for batik, handloom textiles and local apparel productions, Dayasiri Jayasekara, has announced.
 

Apr 13, Colombo: The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has decided to suspend business of Swarnamahal Financial Services PLC (SFSP), with effect from 5:00 p.m. on 12th April 2021, the Bank said in a statement Monday.
 

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Sri Lanka Monday signed a USD 500 million Financing Facility Agreement with the China Development Bank to facilitate rapid recovery of the economy affected by the COVID19 pandemic.
 

Apr 12 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares closed over 1% higher on Monday, rising for an eighth straight session, boosted by consumer staples and industrial stocks.
 

Apr 12 (TTGA) Private tourism stakeholders have decried a proposal by the Sri Lankan government to scrap current laws governing tourism policy, a move which would weaken the industry’s representation in various state-owned tourism organisations.
 

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- Aitken Spence PLC has announced that the company has recently acquired hydropower operator Waltrim Energy Limited, a subsidiary of Sunshine Holdings PLC for Rs. 900 million.
 

Apr 12 (GT) Qatar and Sri Lanka are expected to establish a joint business council by the third or fourth quarter of this year as part of efforts to strengthen the business and trade relations between the countries.
 

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- Pan Asia Bank was recently bestowed with the prestigious ‘Best Bank for Treasury Activities Sri Lanka 2021-Treasury’ award by the Global Banking & Finance Awards 2021.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Galadari Colombo awarded ‘SLIM People’s Hotel Brand of the Year 2021’ (13 - Island)
* CBSL to regulate foreign currency borrowings of finance companies (13 - DN)
* Advocata launches novel policy tool to track everyday food price changes (12 - Island)
* No talks on IMF programme though various other discussions ongoing: CB (12 - DM)
* New Sri Lanka Tourism Authority on the cards (12 - DN)
* ICRA Lanka assigns [SL]BBB+ with Stable outlook for Lotus Hydro Power PLC (11 - CP)
* Colombo Stock market open tomorrow for normal trading (11 - CP)
* Ratmalana Airport ready for leisure flying (11 - CP)
* Ministry of Industries seeks investors to revive salterns (11 - CP)
* HNB renews partnership with Prime Group to offer special housing loans (11 - CP)
* Treasury move to handle special GST sparks protests (11 - ST)
* Lanka’s IT export revenue could hit USD 10 billion – Softlogic chief (11 - SO)
* All banks will remain open Monday (11 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Apr 14 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Transport has decided to expand the "Park and Ride City Bus" service introduced to ease traffic congestion in Colombo. The State Ministry of Transport has planned to extend City Bus service to the Piliyandala 120 bus route
 

Apr 14 (DM) Public transport would be enhanced to facilitate those who will return from their home towns after celebrating the New Year from tomorrow (15), State Minister of Motor Traffic, and Transport Dilum Amunugama said.
 

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe is scheduled to pay a visit to Sri Lanka later this month, local media reported according to the Foreign Ministry sources.
 

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- Chief Nurse of the Colombo National Hospital, Pushpa Ramyani De Soysa has emphasized the strict adherence to rules of discipline during the festive season to minimize accidents as 85 percent of all accidents are caused by the carelessness of people.
 

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- The Mrs World organization issuing a statement with regard to the Mrs Sri Lanka World 2020 National Pageant said it is fully aware of the alleged incident involving reigning Mrs World Caroline Jurie at the pageant and it is a local matter.
 

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- The process of re-exporting a consignment of crude coconut oil found to be containing the carcinogen aflatoxin commenced today. Commencing the process, containers of 105 metric tons of crude coconut oil imported by Katana Refineries (Pvt.) Ltd. were loaded onto a vessel this morning at the Colombo Port.
 

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Power said that it is the absolute responsibility of the present government and the President to introduce a new electoral system that suits the country. He also said that electoral system should be designed to be attractive to future generations as well as to present generations who are fed up with politics.
 

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- Professor Arjuna de Silva, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Cricket Management Committee has said that the administration of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 to the players of the Sri Lanka Cricket Squad has been suspended.
 

Apr 12 (Al Jazeera) On March 13, Sarath Weerasekara, Sri Lanka’s minister of public security, announced that the government will ban wearing of the burqa and close more than 1,000 Islamic schools in the country.
 

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- This month marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. State Department’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), which has provided more than 200 million Sri Lankan Rupees ($1 million) in funding to protect Sri Lanka’s diverse cultural treasures.
 

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to provide an allowance of Rs. 5,000 during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year to the low-income and Samurdhi families affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.
 

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- The United National Party (UNP) has condemned the arrest of Jaffna Mayor Manivannan Visvalingam by the police under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Issuing a statement, the UNP noted that the arrest was made due to concerns raised regarding the uniforms worn by members of the Municipal Council.
 

Apr 13 (Island) The JVP yesterday warned that Colombo Port City area was going to be another province of China if Parliament passed the proposed legislation for a Colombo Port City Commission, providing for sweeping tax breaks, tax-free salaries and to be an offshore financial centre.
 

Apr 13 (DM) A rise in the number of Covid-19 cases can be expected after the festival but it cannot be viewed as the emergence of a third wave, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said today.
 

Apr 13 (DN) Thirty-eight United National Party (UNP) members of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) yesterday met Opposition and Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) leader Sajith Premadasa and had discussions on issues of mutual interest, SJB sources said.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* JVP women raise fears about cost and safety of food for New Year (12 - Island)
* Third wave expected in May (12 - DM)
* Some trying to drag SLPP into racism - State Minister Nimal Lanza (12 - DN)
* Sri Lanka, US review bilateral engagements to strengthen ties (11 - CP)
* Minister instructs to manufacture water meters in Sri Lanka (11 - CP)
* US envoy warns China-backed Colombo Port project may create safe haven for money launderers (11 - HT)
* Motor Traffic Department operations to continue as usual on Monday (11 - CP)
* Govt. seeks deals with oil producing countries (11 - ST)
* SLPP will continue in power beyond 2025 – Ramesh Pathirana (11 - SO)
* Roshan Abeysundera sets new record swimming across Palk Strait from Sri Lanka to India and back in 28 hours (11 - CP)
* Blue Beach Island Underwater Gallery off Nilwella Coast built by Sri Lanka Navy declared open (11 - CP)

SPORTS

Apr 13 (ICC) A fifty from Aiden Markram and valuable contributions with the ball from George Linde and Lizaad Williams inspired South Africa to a six-wicket series-levelling victory against Pakistan in the second T20I in Johannesburg.
 

Apr 13 (ESPNCI) Rajasthan Royals team director Kumar Sangakkara has backed his captain Sanju Samson’s decision to retain the strike for the last ball of the chase against Punjab Kings by declining the single that would have brought allrounder Chris Morris on strike.
 

Apr 13 (ESPNCI) Pakistan Under-19 team’s tour of Bangladesh has been called off due to a surge of Covid-19 cases in the country, the PCB has confirmed. Bangladesh recorded 6854 cases of the virus on Friday, including 74 deaths.
 

Apr 12 (CB) Mominul Haque has stressed that he is ready to back the pacers on their tour of Sri Lanka and is also trying to build a strong pace unit for the future. Bangladesh included three uncapped pacers in their 21-member preliminary squad for the two-Test series.
 


WORLD

Apr 14 (BBC) US President Joe Biden is set to announce that American troops will leave Afghanistan by 11 September, officials have told US media. The US would miss a May deadline for a pull-out agreed with the Taliban by the Trump administration last year.
 

Apr 13 (BBC) India’s wealthy have topped a list of people seeking to relocate abroad through visa programmes that offer citizenship or right of residence in other countries in return for investments. There was very little Rahul (name changed) didn’t have going for him
 

Apr 12 (HT) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday urged the United Nations to ensure anti-Covid-19 vaccine for everyone and at the same time mobilise finances for the developing nations to help them recover from the pandemic induced recession, according to an official statement.
 

Apr 12 (BBC) Several million Hindus have gathered to take a dip in the Ganges river as a deadly second Covid-19 wave continues to sweep India. The devotees are marking an auspicious bathing day on Monday at the Kumbh Mela religious festival in Haridwar city in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.
 


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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