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Sri Lanka sets a new record of over 2,500 new COVID-19 cases in a single day

May 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Sunday set a new record with the number of daily Covid-19 infections exceeding 2,500 for the first time since the epidemic began. According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 2,672 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Sunday. According to the Epidemiology Unit report at 8:25 pm Saturday, a total of 125,906 COVID-19 cases have been reported
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LEGAL - SITUATION

May 09 (CP) Colombo- The Director General of Health Services Sunday confirmed 15 deaths that occurred from May 06 to May 09 due to Covid-19 virus infection. The total number of deaths due to Covid-19 infection in Sri Lanka is 801 by now.
 

May 09 (CP) Colombo- A South African national who had smuggled 2 kilos and 29 grams of cocaine into Sri Lanka has been arrested by the Sri Lanka Customs at the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake.
 

May 09 (CP) Colombo- General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army, Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of Covid 19 outbreak, on Sunday (May 09) announced that 20 Grama Niladhari (GN) Divisions in Ratnapura District and one GN division in Nuwara Eliya District have been designated as isolated areas with immediate effect.
 

May 09 (DM) Police have arrested six suspects, including three supervisors of a leading courier service in connection with a robbery of iPhone mobile phones being sent to Sri Lanka via air cargo from abroad. Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said around 19 iPhones have been stolen in this manner since last January.
 

May 09 (Island) With the alarming spike in Covid-19 infections across the country, Police on Friday launched an operation in Colombo to round up unmasked persons in public spaces. Police said that 85 people taken into custody were initially taken to the Bo-tree junction in Pettah
 

May 09 (ST) A Community Police contingent of 28,000 is to work out of Grama Niladari offices rather than Police stations to resolve minor neighbourhood disputes and counsel wayward youth before issues escalate into bigger proportions, according to the Government’s newest plan to nip local-level problems in the bud.
 

May 09 (SO) The Officer-in -Charge of the Traffic Division at the Ampara Police Station was yesterday left in a life-threatening condition in hospital after he was run over by a speeding drunken motorist.
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka reported its highest ever single-day death toll from COVID-19 on Saturday (May 08) with 22 deaths raising the overall death toll to 786. The Director General of Health Services Saturday confirmed 22 deaths caused by Covid-19 virus infection from May 02 up to today.
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 1,914 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Saturday. Among the positive cases identified Saturday are, 1890 associates of the New Year COVID-19 cluster and 06 foreign arrivals.
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army, Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of Covid 19 outbreak, announced that 08 Grama Niladhari (GN) Divisions in Colombo and Galle Districts and 13 GN divisions in Gampaha, Kalutara and Jaffna Districts have been designated as isolated areas with effect from 05.00 AM and 06.30 AM Saturday respectively.
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- During a special operation conducted in the northwestern and western waters of the island on Friday (07), Sri Lanka Navy seized 235 kg of Kerala cannabis being smuggled into the country from India.
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana stated that 617 persons were arrested for violating the quarantine rules yesterday (07) and 342 of them were arrested in Colombo. Police Spokesman said it was the highest number of arrests made in a single day since October 30.
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 1,914 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Friday. Among the positive cases identified Friday are, 1889 associates of the New Year COVID-19 cluster and 25 foreign arrivals.
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo- The Director General of Health Services confirmed 19 deaths caused by Covid-19 virus infection Friday. The total number of deaths due to Covid-19 infection in Sri Lanka is 764 by now.
 

May 07, Colombo: The Police Special Task Force (STF) arrested a 23-year-old suspect with 2.2 kilograms of methamphetamine, also called ‘ice’ during a raid carried out by in the Bloemendhal area in Colombo. Following interrogation of the suspect, the STF have seized 4 .527 kilograms of hash
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested 436 people for violating the COVID regulations in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00 am Friday (07), Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said. They have been arrested for failing to wear face masks and maintain social distancing, DIG Ajith Rohana said.
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo- General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army, Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of Covid 19 outbreak, Friday announced that following Grama Niladhari Divisions in Colombo, Gampaha, and Kalutara districts have been designated as isolated areas with immediate effect.
 

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* Sri Lanka frees 86 Indian fishermen (7 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

May 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan high Jumper Ushan Thivanka Perera Saturday shattered Sri Lanka’s national record in High Jump and set a new South Asian record, with a top clearance of 2.30 meters (7’ 6 ½").
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and First Lady Ioma Rajapaksa have become grandparents for the first time as their son Manoj Rajapaksa and his wife Sevvandi Rajapaksa welcomed their first child today.
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- Construction of a 1200-bed hospital with all state-of-the-art health facilities by Sri Lanka Army in Seeduwa for the benefit of the COVID patients is nearing completion.
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- An individual with the new COVID-19 variant currently spreading in India was found at a quarantine center in Colombo, Director of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of Sri Jayewardenepura University Dr. Chandima Jeewandara said.
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo- The zoom discussion held between World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was very successful, the President’s Media Division said. The zoom meeting was held from the Presidential Secretariat, today (07).
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo- The World Bank Thursday launched public consultations to update its Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) in Sri Lanka. This online platform will enable the Bank to engage with the Sri Lankan public and development partners and seek their views on the most pressing development opportunities and challenges for the country.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

May 09 (CP) Colombo- SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT and Mobile Services Provider partnered with STEMUP Educational Foundation to conduct Hack:bit 2020, a virtual inter-school and inter-university nationwide hackathon with the aim of inspiring creativity amongst Sri Lankan youth.
 

May 09 (ER) The Sri Lankan Supreme Court’s determination on the proposed Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill will be placed before the parliament on May 18, paving way for the legal act to establish the Commission, with an amendment in accordance with the judiciary’s verdict.
 

May 09 (Island) The Sri Lankan rupee weakening against the US dollar coupled with surging shipping rates reflected adversely on tea prices at the Colombo auctions. This contributed to regressive price trends in Colombo, Forbes & Walker (F&W) said in its weekly Tea Market report.
 

May 09 (ST) The Finance Ministry has issued a gazette that, without completely banning the import of all agrochemicals, allows for some items to be brought in after May 6 this year subject to special import licence regulations.
 

May 09 (SO) Reflecting the expanded budget deficit and resultant large financing requirements as well as the contraction of GDP, the outstanding central government debt rose to 101.0 percent of GDP at end 2020, from 86.8 percent of GDP at end 2019
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- The Central Bank of Sri informed the eligible depositors and relevant legal beneficiaries of eligible deposits of Swarnamahal Financial Services PLC (SFSP) that the payment of additional compensation under the Sri Lanka Deposit Insurance and Liquidity Support Scheme will commence from Monday, May 10 onwards.
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been presented the ‘European Quality Award’ by the Europe Business Assembly of Oxford, UK, which is an international corporation that encourages economic and social development on a global level.
 

May 07 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares closed higher on Friday, for a third straight session, boosted by gains in industrial and financial stocks.
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo- DFCC Bank, with the aim of being the most customer-centric and digitally-enabled bank in the years to come, recently partnered with Visa to facilitate digitally driven, cost-effective transactions at Micro Merchant Businesses and increase card acceptance among Micro Merchants in Sri Lanka.
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has performed exceptionally well in the past 12 months with the All Share Price Index (ASPI) appreciating more than 55% and the S&P SL 20 Index appreciating more than 44%.
 

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POLITICS - GENERAL

May 09 (CP) Colombo- It is reported that the head of the Presidential Task Force for economic Revival Basil Rajapaksa has instructed the officials to be prepared if the country has to be completely or 75 percent shut down due to the Covid situation in the country.
 

May 09 (CP) Colombo- Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that a program will be planned and implemented immediately to repatriate Sri Lankans who have gone to India for health reasons or other reasons. The Minister further stated that necessary action will be taken in this regard after next week.
 

May 09 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Public Administration says that it has decided to suspend calling pregnant mothers employed in public institutions for work. Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration JJ Ratnasiri says that this decision was taken as the health sector
 

May 09 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Education, Prof. GL Peiris said he expects to meet with a group of leading doctors and education experts in Sri Lanka next Wednesday to obtain advice regarding the opening of schools, pre-schools, pirivenas and universities.
 

May 09 (CP) Colombo- People of the Kirulapone area will be vaccinated today against Covid-19 with the Sinopharm vaccine which was donated by the Government of China, the Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of Covid-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said.
 

May 09 (Island) The media has a right to ask those who give ‘voice cuts’ to be masked as they pose a threat to others in case they are infected with Covid-19, says Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director-General of Health Services (DGHS).
 

May 09 (ST) A week after the Health Services Director General issuing Alert Level 3 warning to restrict activities and functions, people are yet to grasp the grim nature of the pandemic as jammed packed office trains, closed-door private parties, crowds at beaches and clothing shops filling with Ramadan shoppers’ are still the norm.
 

May 09 (SO) State Minister of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurvedic Hospitals Development and Community Health Sisira Jayakody said a decision has been taken to convert all 118 Ayurvedic hospitals countrywide into intermediate care centres
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- The state Vesak Festival scheduled to be held at Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya in Jaffna has been temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. The Ministry of Buddha Sasana said that the decision was taken on the advice of health authorities.
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- The Consumer Affairs Authority has issued an Extraordinary Gazette notification prohibiting the blending of edible coconut oil with any other oil. This Direction shall come into effect from 07th May, 2021.
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation Prof. Channa Jayasumana said vaccination of people with China’s Sinopharm COVID -19 vaccine will begin today (08).
 

May 08 (WSWS)As India is ravaged by a tsunami of the COVID-19 cases accounting for almost half of the global daily total, Sri Lanka is facing a new surge along with other countries in the region. Dr. Olivia Nieveras, officer-in-charge of the World Health Organization’s Colombo office, last week urged Sri Lanka to take “the latest coronavirus surge seriously.”
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Friday congratulated the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Green and Middle East Green Initiatives, which call for regional cooperation to tackle the environmental challenges facing Saudi Arabia and the wider region.
 

May 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka condemned the terrorist attack on the Speaker of the Maldivian Parliament and the former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, on 06 May 2021.
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo: “We as a country, should join hands and face this challenging time,” Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said today emphasizing that the development process of the country will not be limited by any challenges.
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has decided not to reopen all schools, pre-schools, pirivenas, tuition classes and universities in the country until further notice due to the threat of Covid 19 in the country, Education Minister Prof. GL Peiris said.
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo- Lindula Health Medical Officer Janath Abeygunaratne said that steps have been taken to isolate the Talawakelle Tea Research Institute premises and the St. Coombs Estate Grama Niladhari Division from today (07).
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo- It has been decided to close the Welisara Economic Center until further notice. The Welisara Economic Center was temporarily closed after it was confirmed that 38 employees of 25 shops were infected with COVID-19 coronavirus.
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo- The National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) of Sri Lanka has approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in the country. Accordingly, five million doses of the vaccine will be imported in the near future
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (07) said that teachers as well as principals of all schools in the country should work hard to bring the examination results of their schools to a higher level as there is a tendency for children to seek admission to schools that show high results.
 

May 07 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the relevant officials to expedite both the import procedures and administering COVID-19 vaccines to the public as the third wave of the epidemic is raging in the country.
 

May 07 (AsiaNews) Colombo– Sri Lankan Christians are mobilising to help the authorities and fellow Sri Lankans stem the crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, which in recent weeks has particularly virulent in South Asia, starting with neighbouring India.
 

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* Laws should be amended to protect environment – State Minister Godahewa (7 - DN)
* SL likely to roll out Sinopharm vaccines by next week (7 - DM)
* Government to suspend 2 million ownerless Facebook accounts (7 - CP)
* Jeopardizing Sri Lanka’s domestic stability (7 - iInkstick)

SPORTS

May 09 (HT) Indian cricketers will complete an eight-day hard quarantine period in Mumbai before leaving on June 2 for a marathon tour of the United Kingdom, where they will play six Test matches including the marquee World Test Championship final against New Zealand.
 

May 09 (HT) Zimbabwe, already in deep trouble after nearly two days in the field, was 52-4 in reply by stumps, trailing by 458 runs, and at risk of losing the test inside three days by an innings, as it did in the first test last week. Abid Ali’s maiden test double century and Nauman Ali’s 97 carried Pakistan to 510-8 declared against an overwhelmed Zimbabwe host on day two of the second test on Saturday.
 

May 09 (ESPNCI) India captain Virat Kohli and his wife, actor Anushka Sharma, have donated INR 2 crore (US$ 270,000 approx.) towards a fundraising campaign to aid India’s Covid-19 relief. "Things have been very tough for India, as we fight the pandemic, and it really pains us to see our country suffer like this," Kohli and Sharma said
 

May 09 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka is among the nations vying to host the remainder of the 2021 IPL season - a move that would substantially benefit the finances of Sri Lanka Cricket, should the BCCI agree. SLC has repeatedly attempted to bring the IPL to its shores in previous years, offering as recently as in 2020
 


WORLD

May 09 (CNA) The State Department said on Friday (May 8) it is allowing non-essential diplomats and the families of all American staff at the US embassy in Kathmandu to leave Nepal at government expense due a surge in coronavirus cases. The department also advised private Americans to reconsider any plans they may have to visit the Himalayan country
 

May 09 (CNA) India on Saturday (May 8) reported its highest ever single-day COVID-19 death toll, as cases continued to rise and states imposed stricter lockdowns. India’s health ministry reported 4,187 fatalities over the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll close to 240,000.
 

May 09 (HT) Remnants of China’s largest rocket, the Long March, which was launched last week, re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday morning and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean, the country’s state-sponsored media network, the China Central Television (CCTV), reported on Sunday, citing the China Manned Space Engineering Office.
 

May 07 (BBC) Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed is in a critical condition following a bomb attack. A British national was among four others injured in the blast, which is being treated as a terrorist incident. No-one has claimed the attack.
 


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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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