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Prime Minister meets party leaders of Sri Lanka ruling alliance

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The party leadership meeting of the Sri Lanka People’s Freedom Alliance was held under the patronage of the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this afternoon (23rd September), the Prime Minister’s Office said. The meeting mainly focused on the role of the party in supporting the government in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic and, the proposals to be presented in the 2022 Budget
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested 418 people for violating quarantine laws in the past 24 hours, ending at 6.00 am today. The Police Media Unit said 48 vehicles were also taken into custody by the police yesterday.
 

Sept 24 (Island) Public Security Minister Rear Admiral (Retd) Sarath Weerasekera told Parliament on Wednesday (22) that Sri Lanka would be under threat as long as the IS ideology promising 72 virgins in paradise for those who sacrificed their lives in the name of Jihad existed.
 

Sept 24 (DM) Former Minister and Colombo District Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Patali Champika Ranawaka has been summoned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). He was asked to appear before the CID this morning to record a statement over an ongoing investigation.
 

Sept 24 (DN) A 60-year-old woman of Kendalanda, Ragama has escaped from an attempted assault by a man on September 22 after midnight, by attacking him with a cleaver, Ragama Police Crimes Investigation Division said. The person had fled and the woman had arrived at the Ragama Police carrying the cleaver.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Two fundamental rights petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking an order quashing the decision to appoint Ajith Nivard Cabraal as the Governor of the Central Bank. The General Secretary of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Ranjith Madduma Bandara and MP Manusha Nanayakkara filed these two fundamental rights petitions before the Supreme Court.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 1,368 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Thursday. According to the Epidemiology Unit report at 8:30 pm Thursday, a total of 510,040 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the inception of the pandemic.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- General Secretary of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNFP), MP Selvarasa Gajendran and two others have been released on bail after hey were arrested earlier today in Jaffna for violating quarantine regulations.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Thursday reported 72 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Wednesday, September 22. Among the deaths reported today, 42 are of males and 30 of females.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested 489 people for violating quarantine laws in the past 24 hours, ending at 6.00 am today. The Police Media Unit said 29 vehicles were also taken into custody by the police yesterday.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The final report of the investigation conducted by the prison into the former State Minister Lohan Ratwatte’s visit to the Anuradhapura Prison and alleged ill-treatment of prisoners will be handed over to the Commissioner General of Prisons within the next two weeks, according to prison department sources.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy seized over 228kg of Kerala cannabis abandoned in the beach area of Narivilkulam, during a special foot patrol on Tuesday.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday ruled that Japanese immigration authorities’ actions toward two Sri Lankan men were unconstitutional, the japan Times reported. The two men claim that they were deported without getting enough time to take legal action after being denied refugee status.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Probe launched on Ven. Gnanasara’s statement about imminent terror attack: Minister (23 - DM)
* Coronavirus update: 1,342 new COVID-19 cases identified Wednesday, total rises to 508,672 (22 - CP)
* Sri Lanka reports 92 Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday, toll rises to 12,376 (22 - CP)
* Manusha suspects witch-hunt against him (22 - Island)
* Cigarette smuggler arrested (22 - DN)
* Main suspect in shooting of 14-year-old boy to death arrested (22 - DM)
* Police arrest 491 people for violating quarantine rules (22 - CP)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stressed that it is essential to transform global food systems to be more sustainable and that all stakeholders should work together in this regard. The President expressed these views while addressing the Virtual Plenary of the UN Food Systems Summit.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says that as a country with a history of standing up and overcoming challenges, we can defeat Coronavirus and boost the tourism industry.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- The UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy extended her appreciation for the continuous resounding efforts initiated by the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) through the Defense Ministry to cripple the illegal drug ring, which in turn reflects a positive impression on both Sri Lanka and to the entire region.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- A group of prisoners who have been convicted of various offenses have been protesting on the roof of the Welikada Prison for several days and the Minister of Justice Ali Sabry visited the prison to inquire into the issue this morning (23).
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Specialist doctors in Sri Lanka have urged parents and adults not to fall prey to myths and superstitions and to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 without hesitation. The vaccination program is carried out with the recommendations of the expert committees of the world and our country, ...
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Keeping abreast with the very latest digitization developments in supply chain management, Dialog Enterprise, the corporate solutions arm of Dialog Axiata PLC, extended Smart Fleet, a practical solution for fleet management to Perera and Sons (P&S).
 

Sept 24 (Island) The market leader for cement in Sri Lanka, INSEE Cement, has boosted its COVID response programme over the past couple of months to help the Nation to cope with the severe ongoing wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Sept 24 (DM) Some form of a tax relief on incremental exports is the least that could be granted by the government from the upcoming budget given its fiscal constraints to incentivise exporters who continuously strive to add more capacity and bring foreign exchange at this critical juncture, according to the Export Development Board (EDB), the main export promotion office in the country.
 

Sept 24 (DN) Covid -19 pandemic is damaging economies across the world including financial markets, institutions in all possible dimensions. For banks in particular the pandemic generates multifaceted crises mainly through increase in default rates.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Finance has extended the closing date for the submission of Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Foreign Currency Term Financing Facility for the Government of Sri Lanka 2021. The Ministry of Finance said at the request of prospective investors, the closing date for the submission of RFPs has been extended from 22 September 2021 to 5 October 2021.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- In collaboration with the State Ministry of Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities, Boats, and Shipping Industry Development of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka High Commission in Pretoria organized an informative webinar on 13 September 2021 to identify the possible business opportunities for the SL boat industry, paying special attention to the fisheries sectors of Mozambique and Namibia.
 

Sept 23 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares ended higher on Thursday, helped by industrial and financial stocks. The CSE All-Share index was up 0.48% at 8,830.35 points.
 

Sept 23, Colombo: The Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry Co., Ltd (King Long) in Fujian China, last week.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and University Canada West (UCW) successfully concluded a webinar on the theme ‘How the Financial Market evolved through the pandemic’.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Seylan Bank, the Bank with a Heart announced its partnership with South Korea’s STAREMIT, enabling a convenient real-time money transfer option for Sri Lankans in South Korea. The partnership comes at the opportune time when many Sri Lankan expatriates have chosen to send money to Sri Lanka
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s merchandize exports in August 2021 recorded an increase of 14.4 % to US$ 1,083.56 million as compared to US$ 947.2 million recorded in August 2020 as per the data released by the Sri Lanka Customs, the Export Development Board (EDB) said in its monthly performance review released Wednesday.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government is planning to obtain an additional loan grant of US$ 100 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to cover the COVID-19 vaccination costs. The International Monitory Fund (IMF) has agreed to grant a supplementary loan of US $ 100 million
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s nationwide inflation in August 2021 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) marginally declined to 6.7 percent from 6.8 percent recorded in July 2021 on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Tuesday.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Sri Lanka and the World Bank signed a $92 million financing agreement for the Climate Resilience Multi-Phased Program Phase I Project. This project is expected to benefit around 11.2 million people across the country
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Concessions package for tourism sector extended (23 - DN)
* Sri Lanka Insurance enters into a strategic tie up with Sri Lanka Medical Association (23 - Island)
* Govt. to buy essential commodities for Sathosa from selected suppliers (23 - DM)
* HNB offers higher returns for foreign currencies with FC Advantage (23 - CP)
* Sri Lankan shares end higher as industrials boost (22 - Reuters)
* Softlogic Invest records 37 per cent Equity Fund returns since inception (22 - Island)
* SL’s renewable energy operations to boom in future (22 - DN)
* Tourism sector continues to lobby for interest waiver on moratorium period (22 - DM)
* ComBank provides COVID support to 4 more hospitals, taking total to 24 hospitals (22 - CP)
* WindForce PLC titled ‘Fastest Growing Renewable Energy Company in Sri Lanka’ at the 2021 GBO Awards (22 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The door-to-door distribution of a casket of indigenous medicine to fight the COVID-19 in the country will commence from today, the State Minister of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurveda Hospital Development and Community Health Sisira Jayakody said.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will begin vaccinating children aged between 12 - 19 years with co-morbidities from today, Army Commander and Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) General Shavendra Silva said.
 

Sept 24 (Island) Professionals’ National Front (PNP) Spokesperson Kapila Renuka Perera yesterday warned of dire consequences of going ahead with the government’s controversial agreement with the US energy firm New Fortress Energy. The grouping questioned the rationale behind losing state control/responsibility in ensuring uninterrupted fuel supplies to power stations.
 

Sept 24 (DM) As health authorities come under severe pressure due to the lack of interest among youngsters to get the COVID-19 vaccines, medical workers yesterday warned that Sri Lanka’s immunization programme will come at risk if youngsters have no confidence on all vaccinations.
 

Sept 24 (DN) Farmers in the Matale District have given up many of their cucumber cultivations since they lack a proper market. They have obtained a bumper cucumber harvest this year. They, however, said that unless they get a proper market for their cucumber harvest, they will not cultivate cucumbers again.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- The results of 2020 G.C.E Ordinary Level Examination have been released, the Commissioner General of Examinations, B. Sanath Pujitha announced. The results of this examination can be obtained by entering the correct examination number of the candidate on the official websites
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- It is the general opinion of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to Identify Appropriate Reforms of the Election Laws and the Electoral System and to Recommend Necessary Amendments that the Provincial Council Elections should be held expeditiously, said the committee Chairman, Leader of the House, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday (22).
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- The Consumer Affairs Authority (Amendment) Bill was passed in parliament after it was introduced in Parliament yesterday (22) for the Second Reading Debate. The Extraordinary Gazette Notification relating to this (Amendment) Bill was issued on 19th August 2021.
 

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India, Milinda Moragoda, appointed with cabinet rank, presented his Letter of Credence to President of India Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi Wednesday.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s personal physician Eliyantha White has passed away. He died while being treated at a private hospital in Colombo after contracting COVID-19 coronavirus.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Inspector General of Police (IGP) C.D. Mr. Wickramaratne has requested the Director General of Health Services to allow bookstores to remain open in compliance with the health guidelines imposed by the Government during the travel restriction period and under the supervision of Public Health Inspectors.
 

Sept 22 (CP) New York- Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressing the General Debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York Wednesday said ensuring everyone everywhere is vaccinated is the best way out of the COVID-19 pandemic and Sri Lanka although still a developing nation has been successful in its vaccination program.
 

Sept 22, Colombo: New set of regulations under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance aimed at the welfare of tamed elephants was presented in Parliament today (22). The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Wildlife & Forest Conservation held on the September 21st chaired by C. B. Rathnayake, Minister of Wildlife & Forest Conservation, agreed to present the Ordinance in Parliament.
 

Sept 22, Colombo: The Immigrants & Emigrants (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to encourage foreign investors to extend the validity of visas to five years was considered by the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Defense today (22). Accordingly, the Committee agreed to present it to Parliament for a second reading.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Political parties presenting their recommendations before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Election law reforms told the PSC that the electoral system should be fair and transparent.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa met with President of the Republic of Latvia, Egils Levits Tuesday (21) afternoon on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to increase the national debt ceiling by another Rs. 400 billion from Rs. 2997 billion to Rs. 3397 billion due to the fall in revenue and increase in expenditure.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has spent Rs. 2 billion annually on seed imports alone, Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said in Parliament yesterday (21). "It should regrettably be noted that such a large sum of money has been spent annually and steps will be taken to change this situation gradually," the Minister said.
 

Sept 23 (ORF) Basic human rights and liberal democracy are dismissed by the autocratic leadership in Sri Lanka. Such circumstances suppress the public from exercising their democratic rights on a daily basis.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* No Govt. had previously appointed Advisory Committee on PTA - Sabry (23 - DN)
* ‘Ratwatte’s boorish actions unbecoming of a Minister’ (23 - Island)
* Delta peak now over but fears of another peak exist (23 - DM)
* Talks with Tamil expats: Civil society ready to support (22 - Island)
* NMRA data losses, a serious public safety issue - Sajith (22 - DN)
* Ishini Wickremesinghe resigned on her own accord: Minister (22 - DM)

SPORTS

Sept 23 (ESPNCI) Marlon Samuels, the architect of West Indies’ twin T20 World Cup triumphs in 2012 and 2016, has been charged by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit on four counts of breaching the Emirates Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code. In a media statement on Wednesday, the ICC said the charges related to the T10 tournament conducted by the ECB.
 

Sept 23 (ESPNCI) Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, has made a personal intervention in a bid to ensure this winter’s Ashes tour is able to take place, after raising the issue of a travel ban on the families of England’s cricketers with his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, although any special dispensation seems unlikely.
 

Sept 22 (BBC) Australia thrashed India by nine wickets to win their 25th consecutive one-day international match. In the first of a three-match series in Mackay, 18-year-old pace bowler Darcie Brown took 4-33 as she helped restrict India to 225-8 from their 50 overs.
 

Sept 22 (ESPNCI) Pakistan will start planning for back-up options for the home Test and ODI series against England in 2022 in case the touring party decides not to tour again, the PCB chairman Ramiz Raja confirmed. England are scheduled to tour Pakistan for three Tests and five ODIs in November-December 2022.
 


WORLD

Sept 24 (HT) Top diplomats of France and the United States said on Thursday that patching up bilateral ties will take some time yet, as French discontent still sizzles over the trilateral AUKUS nuclear submarine deal that tore up one of its contracts with Australia.
 

Sept 24 (BBC) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US Vice-President Kamala Harris in Washington on Thursday, marking the first in-person meeting of Mr Modi and the highest-ranking Indian American in US history. Ms Harris is the first woman and first black and south Asian vice-president.
 

Sept 22 (BBC) A CIA officer who was travelling to India this month with the agency’s director has reported symptoms consistent with so-called Havana syndrome, US media report. Three unnamed sources told US media that the officer has received medical attention for the mystery illness.
 

Sept 22 (BBC) A 5.8 magnitude earthquake has rattled southeast Australia, damaging buildings in the city of Melbourne. The earthquake happened about 09:15 local time (23:15 GMT) on Wednesday at Mansfield, not far from the Victorian state capital.
 


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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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