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Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe said for the first time, he gave approval to a bill to register a discourse that empowers the Maha Sangha to protect Sangha discipline. The President speaking in parliament today (29) pointed out that many problems arise when the Sangha does not act according to the Dhamma.
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Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- The third secretary of Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman, Ediracharige Kushan who was arrested earlier today by the Criminal Investigation Department in connection with alleged human trafficking ring, has been remanded.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy jointly with the Sri Lanka Coast Guard has arrested 24 Indian fishermen and seized their five trawlers for breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and illegally fishing in Sri Lanka’s waters.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan authorities have arrested the third secretary of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman at the arrival terminal of the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning (29).

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal today ordered to proceed with the writ petition filed by lawyer Mr. Asil Faris against State Minister Diana Gamage requesting the abolition of her Parliamentary post due to her holding a British citizenship.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Officers of the Weligama Police Station have succeeded in arresting eight suspects after raiding a party organized through Facebook on Weligama beach. The Police Media Spokesperson’s Office said that the raid was carried out based on information received that the party goers are using drugs and narcotic pills.

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- The Police Media Division says that it completely rejects the statement made in the video about the Inspector General of Police on social media. The police said that a video clip of a press conference held by Manoj Nanayakkara, a lawyer of the Aragalaya Lawyers Organization, is circulating in the social media.

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court Friday granted bail to the Captain and seven others of the ill-fated MV X-Press Pearl ship which caught fire and sank in Sri Lankan waters near the Colombo Port in May 2021.



Nov 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s earnings from the merchandise exports exceeded US$ 1 billion for the sixth consecutive month in October 2022, but Year-on-Year revenue from exports decreased by 8.18 percent to US$ 1.095 billion in the month as per the data released by the Sri Lanka Customs.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- The Committee on Public Accounts COPA revealed that the total arrears of taxes, penalties and interest due to the Inland Revenue Department as at June 30th, 2022 is nearly Rs.774 billion.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena says while Sri Lanka is currently facing many challenges including food security and nutrition, priorities should be identified in water use and the government is working in collaboration with all institutions related to water management in the country.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Ambassador of United Arab Emirates, Khaled Nasser AlAmeri said there is immense potential for UAE investments in energy sector in Sri Lanka. The Ambassador said the UAE is interested in investing in renewable energy projects in Sri Lanka

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Boosting the revival of the tourism industry in Sri Lanka, Hapag Lloyd Lanka ushered in super luxury cruise ‘Mein Schiff 5’ on the 29th of November at the Port of Colombo and the cruise will be calling the Port of Hambantota on the 30th of November 2022.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- A multi-party delegation from the Parliament of Sri Lanka and the Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia in the European Parliament (DSAS) conducted a productive virtual dialogue on Thursday 17 November, 2022.


Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka ruling party parliamentarian Madhura Withanage says the world should be shown that Sri Lanka is a suitable country for investments.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Customs has issued a clarification regarding the statement made by Mr. Lakshman Weerasuriya, Chairman of Anods Cocoa Pvt. Company, that there was a delay in releasing a stock of imported milk powder from Customs.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has introduced digital receipts for ATM transactions, another green banking initiative that is not only environment friendly, but enhances convenience to customers, cuts down on transaction charges and reduces paper wastage.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- John Keells Foundation (JKF) partnered with Deutsche Bank to launch phase 2 of John Keells Praja Shakthi Digital Learning Initiative on 11th November 2022.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Eleven of Kuwait’s top tour operators and travel agents arrived in Sri Lanka this week on Jazeera Airways on a familiarization tour. Jazeera Airways currently operates three flights weekly to Sri Lanka connecting the leisure and labor markets.

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Department of Coastal Conservation and Coastal Resource Management under the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing have identified 24 new tourist spots along the coast of the country in order to promote the tourism industry.

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Chairman of the Public Finance Committee Dr. Harsha De Silva, instructed the officials of the Ministry of Finance and Trade to calculate and give the proper price at which an egg can be sold in consideration of the regulations under the Import and Export (Control) Act No. 1 of 1969 related to the import of poultry feed into Sri Lanka,

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- SriLankan Airlines is set to partner with Raid Amazones 2023 for the second consecutive year, with the aim of reaffirming Sri Lanka’s stature as a sought-after tourist destination among the discerning contemporary traveler,.

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo: The first batch of Ambul (sour) bananas to be exported from Sri Lanka to the foreign market is planned to be exported to Dubai today (26).

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- Green bonds can help to achieve the goal of a low-carbon world, and cumulative issuances have already reached USD 1 trillion. As the market for green bonds continues to grow, investors need to understand how these instruments differ from traditional bonds.

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- Foreign Minister Ali Sabry met the Sri Lankan Business community in Bangladesh and the Bangladesh business professionals at a reception held at the official residence of Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne on 24 November, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

Nov 28 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares closed higher on Monday, lifted by gains in heavyweight industrial and financial stocks. The CSE All-Share index rose nearly 2% to 8,309.94, closing at its highest in two weeks.

* Sri Lankan Embassy in Jakarta explores opportunities for Sri Lankan companies to enter the Indonesian market (26 - CP)
* Chinese cruise ships to visit Sri Lanka after travel restrictions are relaxed (26 - CP)


Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya stated in Parliament today that the importation of milk powder has not been restricted and therefore there is no risk of a shortage of milk powder in the market.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation as the General Secretary of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has threatened to take legal action if the UPFA Chairman former President Maithripala Sirisena holds the executive council meeting called by him tomorrow (30) afternoon.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe said in the Parliament today that the medical and engineering students leaving the country after studying in Sri Lanka is a grave issue and should be discussed in the Parliament to find some solution to stop the migration.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Patali Champika Ranawaka, Chair to the Sub Committee on Identifying the Short & Medium-Term Programs related to Economic Stabilization of the National Council stated yesterday (28) that attention should be paid to the possibility of schools using physical resources to uplift the country’s economy through food production and electricity generation.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- National Policy Sub-committee proposals on the Power Sector Reform is expected to be presented to the National Council on the 8th. The report was handed over to MP Namal Rajapaksa today (29) by the Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- The Communist Party of Vietnam has donated a stock of medicines to Sri Lanka in response to a request made by the Sri Lanka Communist Party.

Urgent action is needed to maintain vital services

Nov 29 (BMJ) Sri Lanka is facing a severe political and economic crisis, and the health system is at risk of collapse. The crisis has been caused by years of economic mismanagement, an abrupt ban on agrochemicals in April 2021 causing a steep drop in agricultural output, and the covid-19 induced decline of the tourism industry.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Transport Bandula Gunawardena says railway transportation from Mahawa to Jaffna will be suspended for five months from January 15, 2023. The Minister said the decision has been taken to suspend the services until the dilapidated railway track is restored.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena says that Russia is a reliable friend who has always stood for the sovereignty of Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister made this observation when he met the new Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mr. Levan S. Dzhagaryan at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval today to the recommendations proposed by the committee on Restructuring the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Prasanna Ranatunga has said that steps have been taken to implement the development process of the country through the partnership of public and private sectors in future, given that a large number of persons who has lost their jobs due to the ceasing of work in the construction sector.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Prasanna Ranatunga has said that steps have been taken to implement the development process of the country through the partnership of public and private sectors in future, given that a large number of persons who has lost their jobs due to the ceasing of work in the construction sector.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- President’s Media Division said a joint program will be launched through the Provincial Chief Secretaries and the District Secretaries to distribute kerosene to farmers for agriculture needs leaving no one behind.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- The updated 2021 National Red List on the conservation status of Sri Lankan birds was released recently at the Ministry of Environment under the chairmanship of Nazeer Ahmed, the Minister of Environment and Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- A preliminary discussion was held in Parliament pertaining to the future plan of getting support of the university academic staff through Vice-Chancellors for the purpose of formulating national policies.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus calling on all Sri Lankans to stand in solidarity with the Global Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) will be carrying out a series of advocacy measures during the 16-day campaign against Gender-Based Violence.

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- A leading pharmaceutical company in Pakistan has come forward to provide life-long medicines to thalassemia patients in Sri Lanka. Pakistan pharmaceutical company Highnoon Laboratories, recently completed the first phase of donating thalassemia drugs (Feripro Capsuales) to thalassemia patients in Sri Lanka.

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Ali Sabry, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will make an official visit to the United States from Tuesday (29).

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- The Food Policy Committee that met on November 24th has recommended to reduce the Special Commodity Tax (SCL) rate. Accordingly, increasing the ability to buy big onions in the market will help to reduce the price of big onions.

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera has made an inquiry with the wildlife officials regarding the people who went to the Yala National Park a few weeks ago and drove recklessly harassing the wild animals.

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- The ship carrying 9,000 metric tons of diesel donated by China arrived at Colombo port today (26). Oil tanker "Super Eastern" carrying 10.6 million liters of diesel donated by China to SriLankan farmers and fishermen arrived at the Colombo Port.

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- As Sri Lanka’s energy capacity in Solar and Wind power have the potential for over 40,000 MW power generation, we can be an exporter of energy said Samagi jnana Balawegaya parliamentarian Eran Wickramaratne.

* Sri Lanka takes measures to curb smuggling of gold by air passengers (26 - CP)
* Lunugamwehera National Park designated as Yala Zone 6 (26 - CP)
* China assures Sri Lanka of continued support (26 - CP)
* COPE informs Fisheries Corporation to take speedy action on outstanding EPF & ETF payments and debt recovery (26 - CP)
* Japan explores new areas of investments in Sri Lanka (26 - CP)
* Committee on High Posts approves an Ambassador, four Secretaries to Ministries, and two Chairmen (26 - CP)
* Sri Lanka university aims to be the country’s first to go carbon neutral (26 - MB)
* Sri Lanka’s Tamil parties to press for autonomy in a new Constitution (26 - Week)
* Specialized statutory body to oversee the implementation of the proposals and recommendations of the National Assembly (26 - CP)


Nov 29 (ESPNCI) Afghanistan became the seventh team to secure direct qualification for next year’s 50-over World Cup following the rained-off ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday. Afghanistan, alongside the World Cup hosts India, England, New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh and Pakistan, will occupy the top seven spots

Nov 27 (ESPNCI) On a slower Pallekele track than had been seen for the first match, Afghanistan breezed through the early overs, sailing to 135 for 1 soon after the halfway stage. Rahmanullah Gurbaz was chiefly responsible for their success through this period, hitting 68 off 73, as Rahmat Shah made another half-century.

Nov 26 (BBC) Australia forward Mitchell Duke dedicated his match-winning goal against Tunisia to his son and said it is "a moment I will hold very dear for the rest of my life". Duke took advantage of a positive start by Australia when he superbly flicked Craig Goodwin’s cross into the far corner to put them 1-0 up after 23 minutes.

Nov 26 (BBC) Hosts Qatar should not be called a "failure and disappointment" after being eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup, says manager Felix Sanchez. The Middle Eastern side battled valiantly before Senegal condemned them to a second straight defeat - and subsequently became the first country knocked out of the competition after the Netherlands drew 1-1 against Ecuador.


Nov 29 (BBC) The western Indian state of Gujarat is set to choose its next government in a two-phase election that begins on Thursday. Pre-poll surveys have predicted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will win a majority of the 182 seats in the state for a record seventh time in a row

Nov 29 (BBC) China’s protests against Covid restrictions which erupted over the weekend appear to have died down, as authorities begin clamping down. A heavy police presence has been reported in several cities, and some gatherings were quelled or failed to materialise.

Nov 27 (BBC) Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan has spoken to a huge crowd of supporters in his first public appearance since being shot at and injured three weeks ago. Crowds gathered for a rally in the city of Rawalpindi, taking flags and signs.

Nov 26 (Reuters) - Protesters from a fishing community blocked attempts by India’s Adani Group to restart work on a $900 million transhipment port in south India, a company spokesperson said on Saturday, prolonging a deadlock that has stalled the port’s development. Construction at Adani’s Vizhinjam seaport in Kerala state on the southern tip of India has been halted for more than three months

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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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