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Sri Lankan President orders not to use his photographs in election campaign

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered not to use his photographs by candidates contesting the upcoming parliamentary election in their propaganda campaigns, the President’s Media Division said in a statement today. The President has instructed his Secretary to strictly advice relevant parties not to use the photograph of the President in election campaign
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LEGAL - SITUATION

July 02 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan arrived from India has become positive for COVID-19 during self-isolation at home following the quarantine at a quarantine center. The Government Information Department quoting Director General of Health Services said the infected patient is a Sri Lankan sea guard who had returned from India.
 

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2066 today with 12 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said. According to the Health Promotion Bureau report, as of 8 pm Wednesday, 228 patients are receiving treatment at hospitals.
 

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Mahela Jayawardena has been summoned to appear before the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry tomorrow (03) to record a statement over the 2011 World Cup match fixing allegations.
 

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Thihagoda Police say that a constable, who had attempted to retrieve his mobile phone that had fallen into a tributary of the Nilwala River, has gone missing in the river.
 

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The police have arrested a suspect who was transporting 201kg of Kerala Cannabis in a lorry in the Periyakattu area on the Medawachchiya-Mannar road yesterday. The raid was conducted on information received by the officers of the Paranayakulam police station.
 

July 02 (NYT) There’s a video of the exact moment Inshaf Ibrahim decided to abandon his life as a rich young man and turn into a mass murderer.
 

July 02 (Island) The Office of Attorney General Dappula de Livera PC, yesterday (1), confirmed an unprecedented meeting between the AG and Acting IGP C. D. Wickremaratne at the former’s Office following a revelation that some Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officers were dealing in heroin.
 

July 02 (DM) An individual was arrested by the STF personnel with nearly two kilos of ice or methamphetamine at Point Pedro in Jaffna this morning, Police said. They said the suspect aged 66 was arrested on information received by the STF while transporting the drugs in a van.
 

July 02 (DN) The five accused who were found guilty of selling a land in Marine Drive in the Kollupitiya area using a forged deed, were yesterday sentenced to 67 years Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) by the Colombo High Court.
 

July 01 (CP) Colombo- Legal action has been taken against 1,937 persons who obtained electricity illegally. On the instructions of Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, investigation teams of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) with the assistance of the police have begun operations to arrest those who illegally obtain electricity.
 

July 01 (AFP) Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga on Wednesday became the first player to be grilled by detectives in a probe investigating claims that the 2011 Cricket World Cup final was fixed.
 

July 01 (CP) Colombo- Former Solicitor General Suhada Gamlath says that during the Good Governance regime, then Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka had told him to arrest Gotabhaya Rajapaksa if there is evidence in connection with the Avant Garde incident.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Sangakkara arrives at Sports Ministry SIU to record statement (2 - CP)
* Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 2054 with 7 new patients Wednesday (1 - CP)
* Former Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara summoned before SIU to record statement on match fixing allegations (1 - CP)
* Police have not ruled out another Islamic extremist attack (1 - Island)
* Ranil likely to give statement to CID tomorrow (1 - DM)
* PNB heads to roll, four interdicted (1 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has informed the Cabinet of Ministers that foreign countries and organizations have provided US$ 252 million (Rs. 70 billion) in loans, grants and materials as the initial assistance to respond to the COVID-19 epidemic.
 

July 02 (CP) Colombo- In order to develop villages the banking service in the country should understand the rural economy and the needs of the people, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has emphasized.
 

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Pakistan can provide assistance to explore opportunities to further enhance the bilateral ties with Sri Lanka, the Pakistan High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (retd) Muhammad Saad Khattak has assured.
 

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The World Bank has downgraded Sri Lanka to a lower-middle income country exactly a year after upgrading to an upper-middle income country. The change in classification is announced in the New World Bank country classifications by income level: 2020-2021 report published on Wednesday (01).
 

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Defense Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, who visited the St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, Wednesday (July 1), has taken swift measures to strengthen security and also assured to soon complete the remaining reconstruction work of the Shrine, which was badly damaged due to the Easter Sunday bomb attack.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The recently approved amendments to the listing rules of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) will enable shareholders to receive dividends declared by Listed companies much faster.
 

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC SL) approved introduction of new Rules and amendments to the existing Listing Rules of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and granted approval in principle to proceed with certain other important initiatives.
 

July 02 (TTGA) Some 21 Shangri-La hotels in South-east Asia and Sri Lanka are donating 12,500kg of used, clean bedsheets, duvet covers and pillowcases to local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and volunteer groups to be repurposed into reusable face masks for vulnerable members of society.
 

July 02 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares ended lower on Thursday, as declines in heavyweight financial and industrial stocks weighed on overall sentiment.
 

July 02 (DM) The Hambantota port operator, China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort), saw 23.5 percent of its shares acquired by Fujian Transportation Maritime Silk Road Investment and Management, a share transfer that took place via an online signing ceremony earlier this week.
 

July 02 (DN) The Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI), premier industrial Chamber, has requested the government to support the industries with a minimum of 2% of the GDP, or Rs. 350 – 400 billion to be immediately disbursed within the next two months
 

July 01 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares ended little changed on Wednesday, as declines in financial and telecom stocks offset gains from consumer stocks. The benchmark CSE All Share Index closed down 0.02% at 5148.41.
 

July 01 (CP) Colombo- John Keells Group’s Plasticcycle added 18 collection bins on the Southern Expressway on 30th June 2020 adding to the existing network of bins. These bins were sponsored by Cinnamon Wild Yala (Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts), in partnership with the Road Development Authority
 

July 01 (CP) Colombo- Cargills (Ceylon PLC) has reported its financial results for the period ended 31st March 2020. The market conditions this past quarter have been favorable, with economic activity showing improvements
 

July 01 (FN) The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has led to at least one positive outcome in the digital transformation of the tea industry according to two industry giants – the staging of Colombo’s tea auction online after 20 years of negotiations.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Billionaire investor modeling his firm on Warren Buffett’s company (1 - Island)
* Corporates brace for up to 20% earnings decline as dismal second quarter comes to an end (1 - DM)
* Sarvodaya Development Finance record profit growth of 147% (1 - DN)
* Sri Lanka Insurance posts record Rs.8.2 bn profit before tax (1 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to cancel the contract signed by the previous government to award the construction of the Ruwanpura Expressway to a foreign company and award the contract to local companies, the Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena said.
 

July 02 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will join Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) election campaign tomorrow (July 03) from Anuradhapura, President’s Media Division (PMD) said.
 

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The International Rotary Club has donated a fully automated PCR machine to the Medical Research Institute of Sri Lanka to expedite the diagnosis process of COVID-19. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was briefed about the operational aspect of the new PCR machine at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (July 01).
 

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have formally signed a grant agreement that will see KOICA provide a USD $600,000 (LKR 111.4 million) grant, funding and supporting the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) critical response to COVID-19 in the education sector.
 

July 02 (CP) Colombo- A four-member committee has been appointed to discuss the issues related to the electricity bills resulted from imposing the curfew due to COVID-19 pandemic and propose measures to provide relief to the affected consumers. The report of the committee is to be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers next week.
 

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Following corporate, individual donations and direct deposits, ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund balance has now surpassed Rs. 1.423 billion, President’s Media Division said.
 

July 02 (ET) Colombo- Workers at the strategic Colombo Port on Thursday threatened to go on an indefinite strike to protest against the "Indian pressure" to prevent Sri Lanka from developing a deep-sea container terminal of the country’s largest and busiest port.
 

July 02 (Island) The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan is offering 1000 Allama Iqbal Scholarships to Sri Lankan students over a period of five years under the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Higher Education Cooperation Program.
 

July 02 (DN) Three Colombo Port workers yesterday commenced a protest on top of a 57 metre gantry crane demanding to install the new cranes that were brought for the Colombo Harbour East Terminal without further delay. The Government has previously imported three gantry cranes
 

July 01 (CP) Colombo- Grade 1 and 2 classes and all pre-schools in the country that were closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic will re-open on August 10th, the Education Ministry announced. The Education Ministry said the Cabinet of Ministers today discussed at length the issue of reopening educational institutions and pre-schools as the COVID-19 situation is under control.
 

July 01 (CP) Colombo- The election watchdog Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has informed the Election Commission that an election candidate is promoted through the film "The Newspaper", which is a co-production of Minister Bandula Gunawardena, who is contesting under the SLPP ticket from Colombo District.
 

July 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has observed that despite its immediate gloom, the present situation has been an eye opener in many respects that could help correct structural, procedural and human interface incongruities in Sri Lanka’s labor migration.
 

July 01 (CP) Washington- Mr. Faris Hadad-Zervos is the World Bank’s new Country Director for Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, effective today.
 

July 01 (CP) Colombo- Chiyo Kanda has been appointed as Country Manager of the World Bank office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, effective July 1st, 2020. She will oversee a total portfolio of around $2.3 billion and the development of a new country partnership framework.
 

July 01 (CP) Colombo- Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services Limited, retired Major General GA Chandrasiri said the repatriated Sri Lankans will be given the opportunity to purchase duty-free items when their quarantine is completed.
 

July 01, Colombo: Veteran children’s book writer and illustrator Sybil Wettasinghe has passed away at the age of 93. She had been receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo for about four days and passed away last night at around 11 pm, family members said.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Sri Lanka launches a survey of migrant workers (1 - CP)
* Group of Sri Lankans repatriated from Qatar and UAE (1 - CP)
* Dullas blames incompatible electoral system for instability (1 - Island)
* EC directs to seize over five vehicles kept by former ministers (1 - DM)
* GMOA wants tobacco, alcohol out of poll campaign (1 - DN)
* Government Printing Department to finish election printing process on time adhering to hygienic procedures (1 - CP)

SPORTS

July 02 (HT) Sri Lanka Cricket is optimistic of conducting its inaugural T20 league from August 8 to 22 despite the government’s decision to postpone the reopening of the country’s international airport till August 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SLC has got the green signal from the sports ministry to host the tournament
 

July 01 (ICC) ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar has stepped down after two, two-year tenures at its helm. The ICC Board met today and agreed that Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja will assume the responsibilities of the Chairperson until a successor is elected.
 

July 01 (BBC) One of the least surprising things Coco Gauff can tell you is that she started to learn to drive at 13. Of course she did. After all, this is the American teenager who last year stunned five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round of Wimbledon
 

July 01 (HT) The England and Pakistan cricket squads passed their latest coronavirus tests. All 20 players and 11 staff in the Pakistan squad have tested negative for COVID-19 since arriving on Sunday, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Tuesday.
 


WORLD

July 02 (BBC) US President Donald Trump, long opposed to wearing a face covering in public, says he is "all for masks" and they make him look like the Lone Ranger. Mr Trump also maintained that face coverings do not need to become mandatory to curb Covid-19’s spread.
 

July 02 (BBC) The US House of Representatives has approved new Hong Kong-related sanctions, after Beijing imposed a security law that was condemned by countries around the world. The measure, which was passed unanimously, penalises banks that do business with Chinese officials.
 

July 01 (HT) Italian police said Wednesday they have seized a world record 14-tonne haul of amphetamines made by the Islamic State group in Syria. The drug, in the form of 84 million Captagon tablets, was worth about one billion euros, police said in a statement, describing the operation as “the biggest seizure of amphetamines in the world”.
 

July 01 (HT) Extending the post-study work visa offer from two to three years for those completing PhD from 2021 and setting up a dedicated Office for Talent in No 10, Downing Street, are among a range of initiatives announced by the Boris Johnson government on Wednesday. Keen to attract global talent after the Brexit transition period ends on December 31,
 


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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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