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Sri Lankan students in China begin to return, discussions continuing to evacuate students from Wuhan

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan students, who were studying in China, are now returning from the country, while discussions are continuing to evacuate students form Wuhan, the President’s Media Division said. The Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing has said that a group of 21 students have left for Sri Lanka Monday afternoon.
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Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had questioned former minister MP Rajitha Senaratne today (27) for nearly four hours for a second time on the white van media conference.

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Presidential Commission inquiring into incidents of alleged political victimization has issued an order preventing the Permanent High Court at bar from proceeding the case filed against the former Commander of the Navy, Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda and former Navy Spokesperson Rear Admiral DKP Dassanayake.

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed two Philippine Navy ships arrived at the Port of Colombo on Sunday on a goodwill visit. Philippine Navy ships BRP Davao del Sur and BRP Ramon Alcaraz arrived at the port of Colombo on a three-day goodwill visit on 26th January.

Jan 27 (DN) The failure of the Badulla Depot to conduct proper maintenance on the ill-fated SLTB bus had been the reason for the fatal accident that took place in Passara on January 6. This has been revealed by the special committee appointed on the instructions of Transport Minister Mahinda Amaraweera

Jan 27 (Island) Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujth Jayasundera, who has been sent on compulsory leave, told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Easter Sunday terror attacks on Saturday (25) that he had not instructed former CID Director Shani Abeysekara to take over the investigations on the vandalising of Buddha statues in Mawanella.

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Two transit passengers who arrived at the Bandaranayake International Airport in Colombo today, were suspected to be infected with the coronavirus, and referred to the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Colombo for further treatment.

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Constituent Council chaired by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has decided to summon the Attorney General and inquire into some of the decisions taken by him. Attention of the Constituent Council was drawn to the order to arrest suspended High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya.

** Related Story ::AG informs police to arrest High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of the Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport on 25th January 2020 for a five-day official visit to Sri Lanka.

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Tests conducted of four people with suspected symptoms of the coronavirus infection have come back negative, the government has said. The National Medical Research Institute said the tests have confirmed the four people tested for suspected symptoms of coronavirus were not infected by the coronavirus.

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- A special traffic plan will be in place from today surrounding the area of Independence Square in Colombo due to the rehearsal of the 72nd National Independence Day celebrations.

Jan 26 (NIE) CHENNAI- In a shocking case, a 50-year-old man murdered his sister under the influence of alcohol. R Tharageshwari, a Sri Lankan native, was staying at a rented house in Valasarvakkam with her mother and son.

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo: Two women suspected of contracting the coronavirus have been admitted to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Angoda.

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, who has been sent on compulsory leave has arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate the Easter Sunday terror attacks last year.

* Suspect in robbery case caught hiding in WPC’s house (26 - Island)
* CID freezes assets of the Edwards on money laundering charges (26 - ST)
* Influencing court : Magistrate Pilapitiya refutes allegation (26 - SO)
* Phone scandal: Some lawyers protest against move to arrest interdicted HC Judge Pilapitiya (25 - Island)
* Statements on abduction case: Court orders arrests (25 - DN)
* Tamil journalists targeted with threat of execution (25 - MS)


Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka health officials have confirmed that a Chinese woman admitted to the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) has contracted the new coronavirus.

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- A delegation of senior diplomats from Slovenia visiting Sri Lanka held discussions with Chairman of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, Susantha Ratnayake recently in Colombo.

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Relations said the Sri Lankan diplomatic missions in China are on a 24-hour operation to provide assistance to the Sri Lankans living in China.

Jan 27 (BBC) US basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna are among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in the city of Calabasas, California. Bryant, 41, was travelling in a private helicopter when it came down and burst into flames.

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The State of Qatar has expressed willingness to assist Sri Lanka to establish a reliable network for sustainable energy generation and a consortium of top notch companies in the energy sector will join the endeavor.


Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Dialog Axiata PLC became the first telecommunications service provider in Sri Lanka to provide 24/7 customer service via WhatsApp, for all product and service-related queries.

Jan 27 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares settled lower on Monday, weighed down by financial and industrial stocks.The benchmark Sri Lankan stock index closed down 0.95% at 5,934.63 points.

Jan 27 (DN) Pinning another luxury boutique hotel to Kalpitiya Tourism catalogue, Cloud Nine Lanka Resort, Wanathavillu in Kalpitiya would be opened next week.

Jan 27 (Island) Star Garment Group ("Star"), a leading global manufacturing company, announced last week that it has been certified as CarbonNeutral® by The Sustainable Future Group (SFG), Sri Lanka’s foremost sustainability verification and certification body.

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Acting swiftly on the instructions of the President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic, SriLankan Airlines has taken steps to facilitate the return home of Sri Lankan students who are currently in China.

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka was able to create a positive image on the minds of those who visited the Sri Lanka stall at the CMT 2020, the largest consumer fair in Germany, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) said.

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s leading Business Process Management (BPM) and Shared Services experts, H-Connect, was certified as a great workplace today by independent analysts at Great Place to Work® in Sri Lanka (GPWSL).

* China built Port City in Colombo invests US$800mn, marina on track (26 - Island)
* Spice industry needs state boost, says industry expert (26 - ST)
* Crysbro provides renovation assistance to employees (26 - SO)
* Investors worried over government’s fiscal consolidation plan (25 - Island)
* Jaffna International Trade Fair begins (25 - DM)
* Bankers call on govt to impose debt moratorium (25 - DN)


Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Power and Energy Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) officials to promptly commence work on 14 solar power projects which have already received cabinet approval and will add 96 MW to the national grid.

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The committee appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers to study the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) development assistance grant agreement has decided to seek public views about the agreement.

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Pavithra Wanniarachchi Monday chaired the first meeting of the National Action Committee appointed to prevent the spread of coronavirus at the Ministry.

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The National Transport Medical Institute (NMTI) has launched an Internet application to facilitate reservations of dates and times for obtaining medical certificates for driving licenses.

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has appointed a six-member committee to address issues pertaining to the legal profession.

Jan 27 (DM) Former General Secretary of the United National Party, Tissa Attanayake has taken the responsibility of arranging a meeting between UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sajith Premadasa and Karu Jayasuriya. He said that he accepted the responsibility during his meeting with Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Jan 27 (Island) Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, yesterday promised a party where everybody would have a say and its leader could be expelled if he or she was at fault. Premadasa, speaking at a meeting consisting of parliamentarians, local council members, provincial council members and supporters, at the Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre, Colombo, said he was a seasoned politician

Jan 27 (DM) No one involved in the bond scam would be penalised despite the disclosures in the forensic audit report as Perpetual Treasuries Chief Arjun Aloysius and former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran were good friends of seniors of the main parties, Member of Parliament Hirunika Premachandra said today.

Jan 27 (DN) Communal amity is a must in developing a nation and it fosters a sense of security among its citizens, said President’s Counsel Ali Sabry who is the legal advisor to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Sabry was speaking as a special guest at the Nawamani newspaper’s annual awards ceremony held at the AMYS headquarters in Colombo on Friday.

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi to appoint a National Action Committee to prevent the spread of deadly coronavirus in Sri Lanka.

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Relations has announced the latest measures taken on the instructions of the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa regarding the Sri Lankans residing in Wuhan, China.

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells on Friday said the United State and Sri Lanka have compelling shared interests that include countering violent extremism, ...

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka has advised the Chinese citizens visiting the island to pay close attention to development of new coronavirus infection pneumonia and report suspected cases to authorities in a timely manner.

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) publishing the final report on Sri Lanka’s November 2019 presidential election said the biased election coverage by private and state media tainted the otherwise well managed election process by the Election Commission.

* Easter Bomb Blasts: UNP tells govt. to arrest Sirisena without protecting him (26 - Island)
* Sirisena poured more than Rs. 25 billion into his Polonnaruwa (26 - ST)
* National interest, top priority in MCC agreement –Prof. Gunaruwan (26 - SO)
* Sri Lanka makes arrangements to evacuate Sri Lankan students from Wuhan (25 - CPt)
* President opens Sri Lanka’s first child care center for children with disabilities (25 - CP)
* Use electricity frugally, Power and Energy Minister requests (25 - CPt)
* Nanda to oversee 100,000 job project (25 - Island)
* I don’t know if Ranjan recorded my conversations: Karu (25 - DM)
* Students allowed to continue courses at University Colleges - Dr.Bandula (25 - DN)
* Government to allocate Rs. 100 billion to purchase this year Maha season paddy harvest (25 - CPt)
* Sri Lanka faces EU ire after government breaks UN war obligations (25 - NAR)
* Main challenge for state enterprises is economic growth and profit generation - President (25 - CPt)


Zimbabwe 352 for 6

Jan 27 (ESPNCI) Sean Williams produced a consummate captain’s knock, scoring his second Test century, and Zimbabwe, with cameos from Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza, seized control of proceedings on the first day of the second Harare Test.

Jan 27 (ESPNCI) Unlike the morning session, Sri Lanka struck early in the second session but once again had to face Zimbabwe’s resolve as the hosts returned to the dressing room happier of the two teams at tea. Sikander Raza and Sean Williams were unbeaten having put on 81 for the fifth wicket.

Jan 27 (ESPNCI) For a side playing their first Test in 14 months, Zimbabwe’s defiance was encouraging. Ultimately, however, it was fruitless. They batted 148 overs in the first innings, and 92 overs in the second, but where most batsmen’s defence was in order on a docile Harare surface, they were less adept at scoring runs.

Jan 27 (ICC) Pakistan have already taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match series against Bangladesh, but will want to complete the sweep with a win in the third T20I in Lahore on Monday, 27 January. Pakistan, who fielded the same XI in the first two matches, might want to test their bench strength in the final game.


Jan 27 (CNA) Hundreds of thousands of Indians protested across the country on Sunday (Jan 26) against a citizenship Bill that many fear is discriminatory against the minority Muslim community. The protests, which began last month, gathered fresh momentum as India celebrated Republic Day,

Jan 27 (BBC) A fast-track UK visa for scientists, mathematicians and researchers will be launched next month, the prime minister has said. The Global Talent visa will be open from 20 February to those who work in a qualifying field and have been endorsed by a recognised UK body.

Jan 27 (BBC) At least three rockets struck the US embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Sunday. One rocket hit the embassy cafeteria while two others landed a short distance away, a source told AFP.

Jan 27 (BBC) The number of people killed in China by the coronavirus has risen to 80, with almost 3,000 confirmed ill. The national new year holiday has been extended by three days to Sunday, in an attempt to contain the outbreak.

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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