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Sri Lanka President to build a people-centric economy

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that he will build a people-centric economy that will be fully owned by the people of the country. The President said the objective of the government is create a National Economy for the future that will strengthen the local entrepreneurs instead of vending national resources and financial assets of the country to foreigners.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Two women were killed and five others were injured when a bus transporting employees of an apparel factory collided with a van transporting apparel workers in the Aparekka area on the Yatiyana-Matara main road in the Thihagoda police division.
 

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Police Special Task Force (STF) raided a house in Pavalikanda, Ahungalla, Ambalangoda and arrested a person with several uniforms similar to Army uniforms and heroin.
 

Aug 04 (NIE) COIMBATORE: The investigation into the death of Sri Lankan underworld criminal Angoda Lokka was transferred to the CB-CID from Coimbatore City police on Monday evening.
 

Aug 04 (Island) The Negombo Police, probing the alleged links between prison officials and inmates serving time there for drug offences, said that there had been numerous complaints about drug cartels operating from the Negombo Prison but former Superintendent (SP) of the Negombo Prison, Anuruddha Sampayo, always told them that there were no such rackets.
 

Aug 04 (DM) A Sub Inspector (SI) attached to the Embilipitiya Police Station had been arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) last night for allegedly fabricating evidence with former CID Director Shani Abeysekara, Police Spokesman Jaliya Senaratna said.
 

Aug 04 (DN) Former Superintendent of the Negombo Prison Anuruddha Sampayo, who had been in hiding for 11 days after being issued a court warrant, was arrested after a joint operation by the Intelligence services to get him out of hiding, Police Spokesman SSP Jaliya Senaratne said yesterday.
 

Aug 04 (DM) The cat, which was caught when it tried to enter the Welikada Magazine prison with two heroin packets tied around its neck on Saturday, remains unharmed in the prison premises, a spokesman said.
 

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2,824 today after one more person tested positive for the coronavirus, while over 2,500 of them have recovered, the Health Ministry said.
 

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- A cat detained at Sri Lanka’s main Welikada prison believed to have been used to smuggle drugs into the prison has escaped, local media reports said Monday.
 

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lanka’s underworld kingpin Angoda Lokka who was hiding in Coimbatore, India has died on July 3 reportedly of cardiac arrest, and the Coimbatore police on Sunday confirmed the death, Express News Service reported.
 

Aug 02 (CP) Colombo- Former Superintendent (SP) of the Negombo Prison Anuruddha Sampayo, who was evading arrest after being issued warrants, has been arrested in Kurunegala after he surrendered, Police Media Division said.
 

Aug 02 (CP) Colombo- A cat with a packet of heroin tied to his neck directed towards the Welikada Prison in Colombo, has been seized by prison authorities. The cat was found on a tip off received by Prisons Intelligence officers.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Military assistance may be sought to execute warrants if police fail to make arrests (3 - Island)
* Narcotic busts in several areas (3 - DN)
* Three inmates escape from Kalutara Prison (3 - DM)
* Shani remanded; more arrests likely (2 - ST)
* Neglecting arrest of Anuruddha Sampayo: Police deny allegations (2 - SO)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Constitutional Council held its final meeting before the next Parliament on Monday (03) at 5.30 pm at the Speaker’s Residence under the patronage of its Chairman and former Speaker of the 8th Parliament Karu Jayasuriya.
 

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has resigned from the post. Sri Lanka parliament media unit said the Constitutional Council which met Monday noted that Dr. Deepika Udagama has tendered her resignation from the post
 

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has summoned the new Parliament to meet on 20th August, 2020 (Thursday) following the General Election tomorrow, August 05th.
 

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka National Debate Team became the first runner-up in the online World Schools Debating Championship 2020 while Canada beat Sri Lanka to win the Championship, in the final held on Sunday.
 

Aug 03 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa hopes to tighten his hold on the nation’s fractious politics in an election on Wednesday that could elevate his brother and allow the two to change the constitution if they prevail.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- In Sri Lanka, owing to spiraling property prices it is a challenge for average citizens to finance real estate investments. Therefore, a significant proportion of the population of Sri Lanka is unable to benefit from the value appreciation of property and infrastructure development.
 

Aug 04 (Island) Responding to Sri Lanka’s surge in data utilization due to the rising engagement in e-learning platforms, meetings and live streaming, Airtel Lanka announced the launch of its latest Study from Home (SFH) and Work from Home (WFH) data package.
 

Aug 04 (DN) Women Empowered Global (WEG), an organization dedicated to empowering women through education, leadership, career and entrepreneurial programs recently joined hands with the National Chamber of Exporters to empower SMEs and the export sector for sustainability, human capital development and women empowerment.
 

Aug 04 (DM) Credit card spending, a gauge for consumer spending of an economy, showed a robust increase in June, in a sign that the economic activities are gaining momentum faster than expected after the coronavirus sapped consumer spending, as people were forced to remain indoors for nearly two months.
 

Aug 03 (WF) It’s no secret that modern banking is very different from what it was 33 years ago, when Sampath Bank first opened its doors as a private commercial bank in Sri Lanka.
 

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Union Bank recorded a resilient performance within the first six months of 2020 amidst many challenges triggered by the Covid-19 outbreak in Sri Lanka from March this year.
 

Aug 02 (CP) Colombo- The District Base Hospital Teldeniya, currently a designated COVID-19 Treatment Centre, received essential medical equipment from a collection of a day’s salary spearheaded by the Association of Commercial Bank Executives (ACBE) to support worthy causes related to the pandemic.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Mount Clifford Residencies ‘redefine’ urban living in Homagama (3 - Island)
* Property market on the Colombo bourse (2 - ST)
* Tourism SME issues not yet resolved successfully - ASMET President (2 - SO)
* India, Sri Lanka Five-Time More Vulnerable to Crypto Hacks (2 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- The Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said in a special statement to the media yesterday requested the public to fulfill their duty properly to elect a suitable group of people who can make decisions for the future prosperity of the country in this general election.
 

Aug 04 (Island) Election Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday (3) said that the recent Ratnapura High Court ruling, in respect of the 2015 January Kahawatte killing, wouldn’t bar SLPP candidate Premalal Jayasekera from contesting the parliamentary polls on August 5.
 

Aug 04 (DN) The Election Commission stated in a communiqué, yesterday, that it has made arrangements to start the counting of votes in the Parliamentary Elections to be held tomorrow in the respective districts, at 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., the following day.
 

Aug 04 (DM) Election Commission’s Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday the police officers on duty had been assigned weapons to be used if necessary. “We would like to remind the police officers on duty that they are not given weapons to brush their teeth but to use them if the need arises,” he said.
 

Aug 04 (IPD) Sri Lanka’s governing political parties use the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a foil to win elections and justify lapses in good governance.
 

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Election monitoring organization Peoples for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) says it has received 940 complaints about propaganda on social media in the past 9 hours after Election campaigning ended at midnight on Sunday (02) until 9 am Monday (03).
 

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- The health authorities have made arrangements to disinfect and sanitize all polling centers island wide today (03) and tomorrow (04) with the assistance of Municipal Councils, Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas and under the supervision of Health Officers.
 

Aug 03 (IE) After successfully containing the spread of COVID-19, Sri Lanka is set to hold parliamentary elections on August 5.
 

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has said that a number of special measures have been taken regarding the security of ballot boxes as the counting of votes will begin the day after the election due to the Corona epidemic.
 

Aug 03 (ER) With the new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa winning the election in Nov 2019 almost exclusively with the majority Sinhala-Buddhist vote, Tamil peoples struggle for justice and equality in Sri Lanka has undoubtedly entered a grave and challenging phase yet again.
 

Aug 02 (CP) Colombo- The trade unions of the Colombo Port say they have decided to call off the strike they launched on 31st July after discussions with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 

Aug 02 (CP) Colombo- A group of 373 Sri Lankans who were unable to return to Sri Lanka due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions have arrived in the country early this morning onboard three different plights.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* NEWSTamil diaspora extend support to TNA (3 - Island)
* Only UNP has action plan to solve country’s burning issues - Ranil (3 - DN)
* People will be made stakeholders in country’s development: PM (3 - DM)
* Ballot boxes to be placed in containers sealed and signed before counting begins the next day (2 - ST)
* New technology for local election monitors (2 - SO)
* Come to the polling centers without fear – EC Chief (2 - CP)
* President pledges to develop Hambanthota District as a ‘Great Commercial City’ (2 - CP)
* Not afraid of acts of sabotage, strikes - President (2 - CP)
* Solutions to drinking water problems from the annual budget (2 - CP)
* All election campaigning and propaganda activities end midnight today (2 - CP)
* Comprehensive monitoring of Victoria Dam (2 - CP)

SPORTS

Aug 04 (ICC) Ireland fast bowler Josh Little has been reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second ODI against England in Southampton on Saturday. Little was found to have breached Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel
 

Aug 04 (ICC) The likes of Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes will be ones to watch during the upcoming three-Test series between England and Pakistan. Azhar, Babar and Abbas among Pakistan players to watch against England; the likes of Stokes and Broad will be looking to build on gains in West Indies series
 

Aug 04 (ESPNCI) The English cricket summer has long held a central place in the Pakistani cricket calendar. But you could argue now that it has become a mere subset of the Pakistani cricket summer. Including this year and the next, when Pakistan are scheduled to visit for a limited-overs-only series, they will have toured England six summers in a row.
 

Aug 02 (ICC) Jonny Bairstow was the Player of the Match as England survived a few jittery moments to beat Ireland by four wickets. The 30-year old Bairstow smashed the joint-fastest fifty by an England batsman in ODIs on Saturday as he blitzed 82 in 41 balls
 


WORLD

Aug 04 (BBC) Tens of million of people in the Philippine capital Manila are back in lockdown, after doctors warned a surge in new coronavirus cases could push the healthcare system to collapse. Stay-at-home orders are now in effect in Manila and four surrounding provinces on the island of Luzon.
 

Aug 04 (BBC) Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a tiny, remote island in the western Pacific have been saved after rescuers spotted their SOS message on a beach. The men were found on Pikelot Island in Micronesia by Australian and US military aircraft on Sunday, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) said.
 

Aug 04 (BBC) At least 29 people have been killed in an attack on a prison in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad which saw more than 1,000 inmates try to flee. The attack, claimed by the Islamic State group (IS), began on Sunday evening when car bombs were detonated at the prison’s entrance by gunmen.
 

Aug 04 (HT) Like most Spaniards, Emma Gaya thought the worst of the pandemic was behind her. Spain’s government had ended a three-month lockdown after an Covid-19 onslaught that claimed at least 28,400 lives in the European Union nation.
 


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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