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President visits villages to solve people’s issues at grassroots level

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- The first of a series of District Coordinating Committee Meetings organized to address the issues of the people in each district was held at the Rajagiri Len Viharaya, Homadola, Udugama in the Galle District today (27) under the patronage of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- Immigration and Emigration officials at the Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) at Katunayake have busted an international people smuggling racket through the airport.
 

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Cricket today apologized over the assault on cricket fans by the security officers outside the Sooriyaweva International Cricket Stadium in Hambanthota during the second ODI between Sri Lanka and West Indies yesterday.
 

Feb 27 (CP) Rameswaram- The Indian Navy has arrested five Sri Lankan fishermen on Thursday for allegedly fishing in the Indian territorial waters. The fishermen from Thalaimannar had crossed the international border and were fishing on the Indian side
 

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today (27) ordered to postpone the hearing of the case against the former Minister Rajitha Senaratne and three others in connection with the white van media conference.
 

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy, in coordination with Excise Station-Shankane, recovered a stock of Kerala Cannabis at Thambalai area in Point Pedro. Along with the contraband, the Navy has taken into custody a suspect and a motor bike.
 

Feb 27 (DM) The 2006 ‘MiG Deal’ is back in the spotlight, with the Financial Crime Investigation Division investigation into the saga has led to Sri Lanka’s first-ever successful extradition request of a suspect, Udayanga Weeratunga, who is the alleged mastermind of the deal according to police reports.
 

Feb 27 (Island) A Bell 212 helicopter of the Sri Lanka Air Force was deployed yesterday evening to douse a fire by spraying water with a ‘Bambi Bucket’ on a marshy land at Perera Mawatha on Rajagiriya Buthgamuwa Road.
 

Feb 27 (Times) The Government has approved the construction of a new prisons complex in Watareka, Homagama as an alternative to the over-crowded welikada prisons, Commissioner General of Prisons T.M.J.W. Tennakoon said today.
 

Feb 27 (DM) Appearing for the Attorney General (AG), Senior Deputy Solicitor General Haripriya Jayasundera yesterday requested the Nugegoda Magistrate to issue an arrest warrant against interdicted judge Gihan Pilapitiya
 

Feb 27 (DN) Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga, who was arrested over the alleged MiG Aircraft deal, was yesterday ordered to be further remanded till March 11 by Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake.
 

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- Former Navy Intelligence Officer Lieutenant Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, who was in remand custody over the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths, testified before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Political Victimization, for the second day today.
 

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- The Defense Ministry is to expedite the ‘Virusumithuru’ housing project, which has been designed to address the housing needs of families of fallen and disabled soldiers.
 

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to deploy Navy and the Air Force in addition to the Army to assist the police to handle traffic as a measure to ease congestion in capital city Colombo and suburban areas, Acting Chief of Defense Staff and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said.
 

Feb 26 (BBC) It took years for Sandya Ekneligoda to get a real investigation into the disappearance of her husband, a political cartoonist in Sri Lanka.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Rajitha’s ‘white van’ driver and victim arrested over armed robbery (26 - Island)
* Bogollagama indicted for excessive spending in 2006 (26 - DN)
* Govt should remain vigilant over COVID-19: Namal (26 - DM)
* CID probe into purchase of Rs. 1.3 billion worth communications equipment (26 - CP)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- The UN, World Bank and UNICEF, recognizing that maternal, newborn and child malnutrition remains a major problem in Sri Lanka, have presented a portfolio to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Wednesday outlining a vision to end child malnutrition.
 

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan, who will be leaving Colombo to take up a new post, has called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (27) to bid farewell to the President.
 

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations’ human rights chief Thursday regretting Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from the co-sponsorship of UN resolutions expressed concern over the government’s recent trend towards of increasing military administration of civilian functions.
 

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- To strengthen the safety and security of tourists and increase the tourist police presence in the country, State Minister of Tourism Promotions Arundika Fernando along with Sri Lanka Tourism Officials met with the Acting IGP of Sri Lanka Police Chandana Wickramaratne last week.
 

Feb 26 (CP) Geneva- Formally announcing its decision to withdraw from the co-sponsorship of the UN resolutions, Sri Lanka today informed the UN human Rights Council that the government is committed to achieving the goals set by the people of Sri Lanka on accountability and human rights, towards sustainable peace and reconciliation.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and Board of Investment (BOI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance the cooperation between the two agencies to reduce time and costs for foreign and domestic investors by streamlining the SLTDA and BOI investment approval processes.
 

Feb 27 (eTN) The island nation of Sri Lanka presents itself at the ITB 2020 with a strengthened brand. After the eventful year 2019, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) is now dedicated to the reconstruction and strengthening of its own country image.
 

Feb 27 (Reuters) Sri Lankan markets snapped three straight sessions in the red to settle higher on Thursday, buoyed by consumer staples and financial companies.
 

Feb 27 (Island) Keeping true to its promise of uplifting the Esports industry in Sri Lanka, Mobitel in partnership with Gamer.LK successfully concluded Sri Lanka’s largest mobile league tournament - Mobitel PUBG Mobile Esports Premier League 2020.
 

Feb 27 (DM) Hutch Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd, the third largest telco in the country, which has completed its island wide 4G rollout covering 90 percent of the population, says it is geared to compete with the two main mobile operators in the country on an equal footing, offering alternative choice to Sri Lankan consumers while catering to the new customer segments.
 

Feb 27 (DN) Banking sector showed resilience despite the challenges while maintaining higher liquidity ratios, through cautious lending said First Capital in their Banking Sector Outlook event organized at Cinnamon Grand last week.
 

Feb 27 (FR) A guard thumps the car boot closed. All clear. Up at the entrance we know the drill: bags on belt and walk through the X-ray machine.
 

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- HNB PLC weathered external headwinds in 2019 to post Rs 15 billion in Group Profit After Taxes (PAT) and Rs 14 billion in Bank PAT and remains the best capitalized bank in the sector.
 

Feb 26 (Reuters) Sri Lankan markets fell for a third straight session on Wednesday, pulled down by financial and consumer staples companies.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lanka’s life insurance sector is preparing for a significant demographic shift (26 - WF)
* Armed with 4G, Hutch claims ability to serve all segments of SL market (26 - Island)
* HNB, number one in Business Today Top 30 (26 - DN)
* Tokyo Cement IP action ends in settlement (26 - DM)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed his displeasure over the assault by the security officers on cricket fans who came to the Sooriyaweva International Cricket Stadium to watch the second One Day International between Sri Lanka and West Indies Wednesday.
 

Feb 27 (CP) Geneva- The Core Group on Sri Lanka expressing disappointment over Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from the UN resolutions on promotion of reconciliation and accountability urged the government to advance the principles of the resolution to ensure a prosperous and inclusive Sri Lanka.
 

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- The Two Sri Lankan crew members of the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship, quarantined in Yokohama, Japan have been evacuated by a charter flight organized by the Indian Government today.
 

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo: The Ministry of Education has filled the vacancies for principals at 153 national schools in the country. While there are 373 national schools in the country, 278 schools don’t have graded principals appointed, according to the Ministry.
 

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- The General Secretary of Samagi Jana Balawegaya, the United National Party-led alliance, MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara said that applications will be called from tomorrow (28) for the selection of candidates for the upcoming election.
 

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- The nominations for the upcoming election from the United National Party (UNP)- led Samagi Jana Balawegaya alliance under the leadership of Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa will be called from today, MP Harin Fernando said.
 

Feb 27 (Island) Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya, yesterday, Feb 26, absolved the EC for not adopting measures to restrict the number of candidates and political parties at presidential and parliamentary polls, respectively.
 

Feb 27 (Times) The government is planning to implement an electrified railway system in the Kandy city to ease the prevailing traffic congestion, Power, Energy and Commuter Transport Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said yesterday(26).
 

Feb 27 (DM) A committee appointed by the Power and Energy Ministry to probe unannounced power cuts by CEB – which is suspected of sabotaging electricity supply – has submitted a report revealing power cuts on February 3 could have been avoided, Daily Mirror learns.
 

Feb 27 (DN) Due to the restriction on the intake of Advanced Level students into state universities, the government loses an estimated Rs.56 billion annually as there are more students seeking university entrance in foreign countries, Co-Cabinet spokesperson and Information, Mass Media, Higher Education,Technology and Innovation Minister Dr.Bandula Gunawardane said.
 

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to UNP parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake, who was arrested and remanded on charges of violating the constitution by interfering in the affairs of the judiciary.
 

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has advised officials to protect the fisheries industry while providing the consumer with the opportunity to buy fish at reasonable prices.
 

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- Interviews for the employment of unskilled individuals under the President’s program to provide 100,000 employment opportunities for low income families as envisaged in the policy statement of “Saubhagyaye Dekma” commenced today.
 

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sri Lanka for the third consecutive year convened its annual ‘National Youth Dialogue on Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship’ today at the BMICH in Colombo engaging over 250 young people from across the country.
 

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) in collaboration with Federation of Environmental Organizations (FEO) and Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) successfully concluded Nature Interpretation Training for Jeep Drivers at the Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks last year and look forward to continuing the same in Yala national park this year.
 

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- Considering the growing demand for aviation education worldwide, the government has taken steps to establish two international aviation schools at Mattala and Ratmalana International Airports, Minister of Industrial Exports and Investment Promotion, Tourism and Aviation Prasanna Ranatunga said.
 

Feb 26, Colombo: The state-owned electricity supplier Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says the interruptions to fuel supply by the state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation is a routine problem for the CEB to meet the power requirements.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Protesters claim businessman destroying forest reserve (26 - Times)
* Bathiudeen to back Premadasa’s alliance (26 - Island)
* NMRA Chairman responsible for importing inferior medicines (26 - DM)
* Paddy purchasing from threshing floor begins (26 - DN)
* Principals’, teachers’ unions in sick note campaign today (26 - CP)
* Sri Lankan reforms seen as opening door to marketisation of Higher Education (26 - WUR)

SPORTS

Feb 27 (ESPNCI) Thisara Perera has made a return to Sri Lanka’s T20I squad after missing the series in India, while fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep and spin-bowling allrounder Shehan Jayasuriya also earn recalls. There was no room, however, for batsmen such as Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Oshada Fernando,
 

Feb 27 (ICC) A pair of hundreds from Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis guided Sri Lanka to 345/8, before their spinners tied the visiting batsmen up to seal a 161-run victory, the largest victory for Sri Lanka over West Indies in the format.
 

Feb 27 (ESPNCI)South Africa failed to win a fourth successive home series and will go a full calendar year without a trophy since they beat Sri Lanka at home last March following defeat to Australia in the series finale in Cape Town. After choosing to field first, South Africa’s five-man attack leaked runs
 

Feb 27 (ESPNCI) ESPNcricinfo’s categories for logging shots played by batsmen have changed over the years, but counting "cover drive", "off side drive on front foot" and "off drive" as descriptions of roughly similar shots (while leaving "off side drive on back foot" out of this far-from-scientific exercise), Kohli has scored more runs with it than any other shot in his Test career:
 


WORLD

Feb 27 (BBC) The number of coronavirus cases in Italy has jumped to 400, amid international efforts to contain the spread of the deadly outbreak. The rise in Italy, the main focus of infection in Europe, represents a 25% surge in 24 hours.
 

Feb 27 (BBC) The remains of a teenage boy have been found in the lion enclosure of a Lahore zoo, a day after he went missing. Officials said they are investigating how Muhammad Bilal, 17, made it over the fence and what caused his death.
 

Feb 27 (TOI) A special Air India flight carrying 119 Indians and five nationals from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru, who were on board the coronavirus-hit quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, landed in New Delhi on Thursday morning.
 

Feb 26 (BBC) Several European countries have announced their first coronavirus cases, with all appearing to be linked to the growing outbreak in Italy. Austria, Croatia and Switzerland said the cases involved people who had been to Italy, as did Algeria in Africa.
 


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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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