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Sri Lanka to receive Covid-19 vaccine from India tomorrow

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Senior Advisor to the President and Head of the newly-appointed presidential task force for Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 vaccination drive Lalith Weeratunga said Sri Lanka will receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from India by 11 am tomorrow (28) and the vaccination process will commence from Friday (29).
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 772 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Wednesday. Among the positive cases identified Wednesday, 742 are associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster and 30 are arrivals from overseas including 29 from Israel and one from the Maldives.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Despite limited objections from the Police Narcotics Bureau regarding the granting of bail to five police officers, including an Inspector of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), who are in remand custody, the Attorney General strongly opposes the granting of bail to them, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris informed Colombo High Court Judge Manjula Tillekeratne today (27).
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka confirmed two deaths on Wednesday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 290, 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 290 by now.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- During a special operation conducted in Manthai area on 26th January 202, Sri Lanka Navy has recovered about 31kg of Kerala cannabis. The North Central Naval Command during the operation has recovered 14 parcels (about 31kg) of Kerala cannabis in a sack, hidden in shrubs by drug peddlers near the Manthai beach.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana stated that rapid antigen testing will be carried out on all persons leaving the Western Province over the long weekend.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Marine environment investigations in the vicinity of Little Basses Reef are in the pipeline resulting in the bulk carrier run-aground incident, Marine Environmental Protection Authority (MEPA) Chairperson Darshani Lahandapura said Tuesday (26 Jan).
 

Jan 27 (Island) The CID had not received concrete evidence of a foreign hand behind the Easter Sunday bombings until he was removed from the CID in November 2019, former CID Director Shani Abeysekera on Monday night told the PCoI investigating the Easter Sunday attacks.
 

Jan 27 (DM) A prison guard who was temporarily deployed at the Kandakadu COVID-19 treatment centre, has been suspended for illegally possessing a pack to be handed over to an inmate who was being treated for COVID-19.
 

Jan 27 (DN) Police arrested 275 suspects for having firearms, drugs and for drunk driving during a special search operation in the 15 Police Divisions in the Galle SP Division recently. Two suspects with two firearms, 39 persons for drunk driving, five persons driving without licences,
 

Jan 27 (WSWS) The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has published an extensive report detailing the overcrowded and torturous conditions inside the country’s prison system.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Former Director of the Criminal Investigation department (CID) Shani Abeysekara Tuesday revealed that that he had informed former President Maithripala Sirisena before the Easter attack about an impending catastrophe as the same group is involved in the vandalism of Mawanella Buddha statues and the Wanathavilluwa explosives incident.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy during a special operation conducted today at Daluwa beach in Kalpitiya arrested three suspects and seized about 1340 kg of dried turmeric as well as 80 kg of glyphosate attempted to be smuggled into the country.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana states that there is an increasing tendency for road accidents in the country. Nearly 30 people have been killed in fatal road accidents in the week from January 17 to 22.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Coronavirus update: 755 new COVID-19 cases identified Tuesday, total rises to 59,922 (26 - CP)
* Sri Lanka reports one COVID-19 death Tuesday, toll rises to 288 (26 - CP)
* Isolation Update: Several areas released from isolation from tomorrow (26 - CP)
* Tennis balls filled with drugs thrown into Kandakadu Covid-19 treatment centre (26 - Island)
* No concrete evidence to foreign links: Fmr. CID Director testifies before PCoI (26 - DM)
* 24 quarantine law violators arrested (26 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- According to the UN Women in Sri Lanka, while the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgency of economic empowerment for women and girls all over the world, there is a particular urgency to address the challenges being faced by female-headed households, which make up over a quarter of Sri Lankan homes.
 

Jan 27 (AFP) The UN human rights chief has called for an International Criminal Court investigation into Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatist conflict and sanctions on military officials accused of war crimes, according to a report obtained by AFP.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday instructed to expedite the repatriation of Sri Lankan migrant workers who are waiting to return to Sri Lanka.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Despite the isolation measures adopted by the authorities due to the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in early October 2020, which caused a slowdown in business activity and dampened consumer sentiment, the subsequent gradual easing of restrictions enabled the businesses across the Group to recover to near normal levels by December, with the exception of Leisure.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Following Fitch Ratings’ downgrade of Sri Lanka’s sovereign rating to ‘CCC’ from ‘B-’ on 27 November 2020, the Sri Lankan National Rating scale was recalibrated to reflect changes in the relative creditworthiness among Sri Lankan issuers.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- SAKS Global, reputed Sri Lanka based business process management solutions provider, has expanded its operations to Brisbane, Australia, making available its expansive portfolio of world-class Finance & Accounting services to businesses across the country.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Embassy of Sri Lanka to Viet Nam, in association with the Export Development Board (EDB) organized a virtual meeting on 21 January 2021 to explore cooperation potential in the ICT sectors of Sri Lanka and Viet Nam.
 

Jan 27 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares bounced back to close at a record high on Wednesday, led by gains in financial and industrials stocks as the nation prepares for a vaccination drive against COVID-19.
 

Jan 27 (Island) Amidst the turbulent and challenging year Sri Lanka Insurance has closed year 2020 on a positive note recording phenomenal revenue growth with exceptional service innovations.
 

Jan 27 (DN) The lull in the apartment sector will pick up while the construction boom which was evident six years ago will re commence despite the economic downturn from the COVID-19 pandemic, President, Chamber of Construction Industry (CCI) Eng. Maj. Ranjith Gunatilleke said.
 

Jan 27 (F2F) Garment factories will be established in several divisional secretariats of Sri lanka’s Anuradhapura district to address youth unemployment issue there, according to the country’s irrigation minister Duminda Dissanayake, who is the member of parliament from the district.
 

Jan 27 (DM) State-controlled Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) group is preparing for pre-commercial launch of 5G services mid-year under SLT-Mobitel brand while awaiting spectrum allocation for the commercial launch next year.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- In consultation with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC), the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has issued a set of guidelines on best practices for Stockbroker Firms which are required to be adopted and implemented with immediate effect.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lankan shares slip from record highs, consumer staples weigh (26 - Reuters)
* Low bank interest rates encouraging people to invest in bourse – top CSE official (26 - Island)
* SPC saves over Rs.1bn by snubbing emergency drug purchases (26 - DM)
* Mobitel willing to co-operate on a cashless world (26 - DN)
* ComBank supports Colombo launch of CBSL campaign to promote LANKAQR (26 - CP)
* Fitch revises 9 Sri Lankan financial institutions’ ratings on recalibration; 2 downgrades (26 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Postal Service is planned to be fully digitalized with the latest technology in the world with the objective to provide the most efficient and reliable service to the customers of the Sri Lanka Postal Service.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- A decision has been made at the Gampaha District Coordinating Committee meeting held today (27) to take over the part of the Muthurajawela Eco-Sensitive Zone which is said to be privately owned and not to allow any private construction there.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government is considering establishing diplomatic relations with the state of Lichtenstein, the wealthy landlocked country in the Europe. Lichtenstein is considered as one of the wealthiest countries in the world with higher industrial capability and manufacturing mainly the medical drugs, subtle correction equipment and electronic equipment.
 

Jan 27 (UCAN) Sri Lankan activists have held demonstrations across the country in support of Indian farmers protesting against new farm laws.
 

Jan 27 (Island) Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage on Monday (25) night revealed that the government was having discussions with the UK-led Sri Lanka Core Group in a bid to explore the possibility of reaching a consensus
 

Jan 27 (DM) Ruling out any doubts of a third party or the military taking over their duties as remarked by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as a solution to eliminate all corrupt officials, Customs trade unions yesterday warned the Government that they shall not let such a thing happen at all costs.
 

Jan 27 (DN) Co-Cabinet Spokesman Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila yesterday (26) said the statement made by an Opposition MP claiming that several spot tenders were cancelled in a manner that raises serious doubts about the procurement of coal was false.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing has taken steps to construct 12 multi-storey car parks in major cities in several districts including Colombo aiming to provide a permanent solution to the problem of traffic congestion and parking.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The High Commission of India in Sri Lanka celebrated the 72nd Republic Day of India on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at India House, the residence of High Commissioner in Colombo. Sri Lanka Prime Minster Mahinda Rajapaksa taking to Twitter to extend greetings on the occasion to his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella Tuesday said that no final decision has been made regarding the East Container Terminal of the Colombo Port. Minister further clarified that also, if it is invested in the stock market, only 49% will be invested and 51% will always be kept with the government.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has instructed the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) to look into the possibility of repatriation of migrant workers affected by the COVID-19 disaster using its own funds.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene says that a number of provincial councilors who supported the Samagi Jana Balawegaya at the last general election have rejoined the UNP and the party will resume its journey for victory with their involvement.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Cabinet of Ministers’ meeting chaired by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday (25) has decided to implement the minimum daily wage of 1,000 rupees for plantation workers through the Wages Boards.
 

Jan 26 (New Age) PREPARING for the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council cannot be easy for a government that was elected on a nationalist platform that was very critical of international intervention.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Covid-19 vaccination programme: MPs not in priority group; President, armed forces chiefs in ‘third category’ (26 - Island)
* Three-member committee appointed to resolve issues: Fisheries Minister (26 - DM)
* 1919 received more than 1.5Mn. telephone calls to obtain government info. (26 - DN)

SPORTS

Jan 27 (BBC) The International Olympic Committee "is fully concentrated and committed to the successful and safe delivery" of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, IOC president Thomas Bach says.
 

Jan 27 (ESPNCI) There was a resigned look on the face of Chris Silverwood, England’s head coach, when he was asked about the IPL on Tuesday. Not resigned to losing his players, perhaps, as much as resigned to the question reoccurring after all this time.
 

Jan 27 (ESPNCI) If there’s one thing we know about Fawad Alam, it’s that he’s patient. This is a man who waited his whole career - 11 years but just eight Test matches with no proper explanation of why he did not play more -
 

Jan 26 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka threw it away. Their hyper-aggressive approach to the second innings wasn’t part of the plan. And their 126 all out ruined three days of good work. These were Mickey Arthur’s takeaways after the dispiriting 2-0 loss against England.
 


WORLD

Jan 27 (BBC) The Department of Homeland Security in the US has issued a national terrorism advisory, warning of a heightened threat following the US election. It said there was no information on a specific or credible plot.
 

Jan 27 (BBC) Police have detained 200 protesters following Tuesday’s deadly violence in India’s capital Delhi during a massive protest against agricultural reforms. Thousands of farmers clashed with police as protesters on the outskirts of the city forced their way in.
 

Jan 26 (BBC) Iran says it has arrested a US-Iranian dual national facing spying charges who attempted to leave the country. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili did not identify the man, but said he "had been free on bail".
 

Jan 26 (BBC) A rally against agriculture reforms in India turned violent on Tuesday, after protesting farmers broke through police barricades to storm Delhi’s historic Red Fort complex. On foot and in tractors, the protesters were part of a huge rally planned for India’s Republic Day.
 


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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