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STF had the capability to prevent Easter Sunday attack if intelligence information conveyed - Former Commandant

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Despite the unique ability of the Police Special Task Force (STF) to take action against terrorists, the then IGP and the Director of State Intelligence had not properly informed him about the intel provided by the foreign intelligence services before the attack, retired Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police M.R. Latheef said.
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Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Police have arrested 1,481 persons for drug and alcohol offenses during special police raids conducted in the Western Province in the past 24 hours between 6 am yesterday and 5 am Monday.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- The Captain of the fire-stricken oil tanker ‘MT New Diamond’ ship that caught fire off the coast of has been produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court at Hulftsdorp today.

Sept 28 (DM) A special police team in Negombo had arrested three persons including a tuition teacher who were transporting a stock of Kerala ‘ganja’ and heroin worth more than Rs.5 million, in a motor car, on Saturday (26). Police said that two of the arrested suspects were pupils of the tuition teacher.

Sept 28 (DN) The 13 Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officers arrested for alleged drug trafficking charges, were today ordered to be further remanded till October 12 by Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohommed Mihail.

Sept 28 (NIE) CBCID officials on Saturday formed a separate team to trace the whereabouts of Sri Lankan criminal Angoda Lokka’s close aide Chanuka Thananayaka, who is said to have absconded from Madurai with a pistol of Lokka.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- During special raids carried out in the Western Province, the police were able to arrest 484 persons for various offenses during the past 24 hours. The raids were carried out on the instructions of the Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province, Deshabandu Tennakoon.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva says that a group of crew members of an oil tanker arrived in Sri Lanka have been diagnosed with COVID-19. PCR tests were conducted on all the crew members of the Indian oil tanker after one of them showed symptoms of COVID-19.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs on Saturday took steps to re-ship 21 of the 263 containers of waste material illegally sent to the country from the United Kingdom in December 2017. The measure was taken with the permission of the Attorney General, Spokesperson of Sri Lanka Customs said.

Sept 27 (NF) Former Special Task Force commandant M.R. Latiff has said the bombings in the Western Province on April 21 last year could have been prevented if he was informed about the warnings of the attacks.

Sept 27 (ST) While the Colombo High Court concluded the case against former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Ananda Samarasekara for concealing evidence related to the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, the case against another accused continues.

Sept 27 (SO) It has been reported that of Rs. 50,000 million received by local NGOs, a large amount has been spent on anti-national activities and disseminating extremism in the country. The largest slice of foreign largesse has been channelled into the country via 280 NGOs.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- A man was arrested near Daluwa Lagoon while transporting around Rs. 40 million worth gold pieces on a motorcycle, Puttalam Police said. The suspect is a resident of the Nagavillu area on the Puttalam-Colombo road.

Sept 27 (Forbes) The Panama- flag oil supertanker that had an explosion off the coast of Sri Lanka earlier this month, the MT New Diamond, is being helped by a controversial support vessel that led the operation to deliberately sink a large, Japanese iron ore vessel Wakashio in the coastal waters of Mauritius last month.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- The owners the MT New Diamond supertanker which caught fire in sea off Eastern Coast off Sri Lanka while carrying two million barrels of crude has agreed to pay full amount of compensation demanded by the Sri Lankan government.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Nigeria’s Federal Government has deported several foreign nationals including seven Sri-Lankans convicted for various criminal and immigration offences.

** Related Story ::Sri Lanka to verify arrests of seven Sri Lankans in Nigeria

* SC suspends errant lawyer (26 - Island)
* A Prison Commissioner gets monetary gifts from Makandure Madush in Dubai (26 - DM)
* Podi Lasie further remanded (26 - DN)


Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Steps have been taken to launch a Hartal in the Northern Province from this morning (28) to protest against the present government violating the rights of the Tamil people in the North.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- In a global climate where China has established its standing as the second largest and fastest growing economy in the world, the extent of the country’s scale and integration has meant that proficiency in Chinese has become a coveted asset.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- India today called on the government of Sri Lanka to carry forward the process of reconciliation with the implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution to address the aspirations of the Tamil people within a united Sri Lanka.


Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- ICRA Lanka Limited has reaffirmed the issuer rating of Hayleys PLC at [SL]A+ while revising the outlook from Stable to Negative. ICRA Lanka has also reaffirmed the issue rating of [SL]A+ assigned to the Company’s two-Senior Unsecured Listed Redeemable Debenture programs

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will be organizing the 20th Sri Lanka Economic Summit (SLES) on December 1 and 2, 2020 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. This will be the 20th consecutive year the Chamber is organizing the country’s foremost economic event.

Sept 28 (BBC) TikTok has avoided a government-ordered block on new downloads in the US after a judge issued a temporary injunction. Existing US-based users would have been able to have continued using it.

Sept 28 (DM) Private sector credit made a strong rebound in August as banks ramped up disbursements of credit to private borrowers, from large to small businesses and individuals as economy gathered pace after the coronavirus put a dampener on credit growth during the first half of the year.

Sept 28 (DN) Creating aviation history in Sri Lanka a consortium of local and foreign investors would be launching what would be the country’s first comprehensive airline owned by the private sector. It will be named Spark Air.

Sept 27 (Reuters) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa sought an additional currency swap facility and deferment of debt payments from India during an online bilateral summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, Indian officials said.

Sept 27 (ST) As the Treasury plans to curtail public expenditure in the 2021 budget, plans are underway to liquidate at least 10 bankrupt state institutions including Mihin Lanka while protecting the interest of their employees who are to be offered compensation, official sources divulged.

Sept 27 (SO) Sri Lanka will sign Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) to the tune of around USD 2 billion by the end of this year ending the year, said Money, Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal on Friday.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Tea production totaled 22.4 million kgs in August 2020 recording a decrease of 3.7 million kgs compared to 26.2 million kgs of August 2019, Tea Exporters Association report said.

Sri Lanka’s new envoy to China assures fullest support in Tourism Promotion

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Tourism is working with the Sri Lankan Missions Overseas, through collaborations, with the intension of coordinated and targeted tourism promotions in the new normal.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has introduced a ‘Cash on Fixed Deposits’ (FDs) facility which enables depositors to withdraw against their FD value through an exclusive Debit or Credit Card linked to their accounts.

* Pelwatte Dairy backs President’s pledge to meet domestic liquid milk demand (26 - Island)
* Pathfinder webinar on Sri Lanka’s foreign policy on Monday (26 - DM)
* Wickramarachchi Hearing Care to diversify to medical tourism (26 - DN)


Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Tour aim Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said the government is working to achieve the target of attracting seven million tourists to Sri Lanka and earning $ 10 billion from the tourism industry by 2025.

Sept 28, Colombo: As the Leader of the Tamil National Alliance, parliamentarian R. Sampanthan has suddenly fallen ill again, the party has taken steps to suspend several decisions, including the appointment of a media spokesperson, local media reported.

Sept 28 (ET) India is working on a plan to offer $50 million Line of Credit (LoC) to Sri Lanka in the defence sector –– the first such gesture towards the Southern neighbour as the two sides decided to expand defence and security partnership at Saturday’s summit to stabilise the Indian Ocean Region and the Bay of Bengal in the backdrop of China’s growing ambitions in these zones.

Sept 28 (DM) Several MPs of the opposition will raise their hands in support of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, but without crossing the floor of the House to join the government, Daily Mirror learns.

Sept 28 (DN) United National Party Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene vowed to restore people’s confidence in UNP with a series of measures to boost the party’s image and a new programme of work to attract the public.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait has been closed after three Embassy staff members and 44 migrant workers accommodated at the Embassy Safe House have been confirmed COVID-19 positive.

Sept 27 (NF) The government had no plans to import rice, as long as rice mill owners do not hoard stocks and create an artificial shortage, the Ministry of Trade said on Sunday (Sept. 27).

Sept 27 (ST) Five Commonwealth organisations collectively expressed ‘deep concerns’ about the impact the 20th Amendment Bill would have on the independence and impartiality of the judiciary, if adopted. “Of particular concern are the amendments proposed relating to the Judiciary and to the Judicial Services Commission.”

Sept 27 (SO) Commissioner General of Examinations B. Sanath Pujitha, in a circular, has asked the Provincial Directors of Education, Ministry of Health and the National Dengue Control Unit to take steps to fumigate GCE(AL) and the Year Five Scholarship Examination centres to prevent the spread dengue fever.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Fruit drink manufacturers should be encouraged increase their production capacity and buy more produce from the farmers, Basil Rajapaksa, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival says.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- The present government is not ready to influence court cases like the previous government, Justice Minister Ali Sabry said in Parliament yesterday (25).

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations today congratulated Dr. Mohan Peiris, a former Chief Justice and President’s Counsel, on his appointment as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- During the India-Sri Lanka Virtual Bilateral Summit held Saturday, India announced a US$15 million grant assistance to Sri Lanka to strengthen Buddhist cultural links between the two countries.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Labor Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has warned plantation owners that the estates will be taken over by the government if the daily wage of estate workers is not increased to 1,000 rupees.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s technological capacity in boat and ship building highlighted and dry-dock services were highlighted at a meeting between the Suez Canal Authority and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Egypt recently.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Market Diversification Piyankara Jayaratne says that steps will be taken to stop the smuggling of migrant workers on tourist visas.

Sept 26 (DM) Mr. Y.A.G.K. Gunathilake, Western province Director of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) yesterday (25) said it was planned to erect a cycling track connecting the Battaramulla Diyatha Uyana and the entrance to the Colombo Port City. According to a statement issued by the Government Information Department, the project is to be completed by 2021.

* Govt. suspended Sectoral Oversight committees to prevent discussion on 20A – Opposition Leader (27 - Island)
* Udaya questions why CPC prevented from entering LPG market (26 - Island)
* Airport to open on health sector recommendations - State Minister D. V. Chanaka (26 - DN)


Sept 28 (BBC) Rajasthan Royals chased down 224 to beat Kings XI Punjab by four wickets on Sunday and pull off the highest run chase in Indian Premier League history. The Royals hit 86 runs in the last five overs - another IPL record -

Sept 28 (HT) Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has backed an under-fire Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, saying that it will be interesting to see how he comes back after a heavy defeat.RCB, after getting off to a winning start in the IPL, suffered a 97-run loss against Kings XI Punjab.

Sept 27 (BBC) England cruised to a 20-run victory over West Indies to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match Twenty20 series in Derby. Nat Sciver’s 82 from 61 balls was the standout performance as England made 154-6 on a sluggish pitch, with Shamilia Connell taking 2-13.

Sept 27 (HT) If Rohit Sharma is rated highly as a captain then some of the credit for that should go to former Australia captain and current Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said that he has learned to give importance to each and every member of the team from Ponting.


Sept 28 (BBC) South Africa’s president has docked three months of the defence minister’s pay after she allowed governing party officials to fly on an air force plane to Zimbabwe with her on 9 September. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was accused of misusing state resources for party political business.

Sept 28 (HT) An overnight curfew in Australia’s second-largest city will be lifted this week, officials said on Sunday, even as the global coronavirus toll surpassed one million dead. Worldwide, at least 1,000,374 people have died of the coronavirus from more than 33 million infections, according to virus tracker Worldometer.

Sept 27 (BBC) Bollywood star Deepika Padukone has been questioned by India’s narcotics board in an investigation linked to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Padukone was among six people - including two other actresses - to be summoned for questioning over the case.

Sept 27 (HT) At least 13 people have been charred to death after a passenger bus they were travelling in caught fire and overturned in Pakistan, officials said. The over-speeding bus, on its way to Karachi from Hyderabad, skidded off the road and burst into flames on Saturday, police and rescue officials said.

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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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