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Jan 30 (CP) Colombo- Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said the charge sheet related to the removal of the Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has been prepared and all the representatives of the ruling party in the Parliament have expressed their agreement.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Jan 30 (CP) Colombo- Thalangama Police say two people who were filming around the Parliament have been arrested. The two suspects who had come near the main entrance G1 while taking video footage of the area around the Parliament were arrested by the police officers belonging to the Parliament Division.
 

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- National Election Commission member MM Mohammed has also received death threats to resign from his post. A spokesman for the Election Commission said that some person had threatened the commissioner with death over the phone.
 

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- A special traffic plan will be implemented in several areas of Colombo due to the rehearsals for the 75th National Independence Day. This traffic plan is in effect on January 28, January 29, February 01, February 02 and February 03.
 

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- Public Security Minister Tiran Alles said that the information regarding the death of Mr. Dinesh Schaftetr, who was a director of Janashakti Group, will be informed to everyone including the media within the next two weeks.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles Friday said a disciplinary inquiry will be conducted urgently against the former head of State Intelligence Service, Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Nilantha Jayawardena, who is accused of failing to prevent the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday in 2019, and submit the report to the Supreme Court.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo High Court today scheduled the hearing of a case, filed by the Bribery Commission against former minister and parliamentarian Johnston Fernando and two others over corruption charges for May 10, 2023.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- On successful completion of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) – 2023 Exercise, USS Anchorage (LPD-23) of the United States Navy departed the island this morning (27th January 2023).
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)/Marine Exercise (MAREX) Sri Lanka 2023 concluded in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 26, following eight days of in-person and at-sea engagements that enhanced collaboration between the Sri Lanka and U.S. militaries.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal ordered yesterday (26) to give State Minister of Tourism Diana Gamage time until February 17 to file objections to the writ petition filed by a social activist requesting the issuance of a writ to revoke the position of State Minister Diana Gamage as a Member of Parliament.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court issued notices to former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and former President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga to appear before court on February 17.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court issued notices to former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and former President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga to appear before court on February 17.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Police have found a van in the Peradeniya area suspected to be involved a robbery of an ATM machine of a private bank in Gampola town. The Police say, four masked men stole an ATM with a large amount of money from a Gampola private bank early Wednesday morning.
 

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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Jan 30 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has filed a Contempt of Court case before the Supreme Court against the Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy, the Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), and the Chairman of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) over the provision of uninterrupted electricity during the GCE A/L exam period.
 

Jan 30 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe instructed the Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Vidura Wickramanayaka to prepare and submit a Cabinet memorandum for the upcoming activities of the Sinhala Cultural Institute.
 

Jan 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry undertook an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 22 to 27 January 2023 on the invitation extended by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.
 

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo: Chief of the Presidential Staff, Senior Security Adviser to the President Sagala Ratnayake has instructed the district secretaries to hand over 100 acres of land identified as private land belonging to the Tamil people that have been used by the security forces in the north, to the original owners with no impact to the national security.
 

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has been able to save US$ 2,500 million during the period from first the date of suspension of imports till now, State Minister of Finance Dr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Jan 30 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has announced attractive new benefits for holders of foreign currency accounts with immediate effect.
 

Jan 30 (CP) Colombo- INSEE Cement Sri Lanka signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Defiance and entered into an agreement today (Jan 30) at the Defiance Ministry to provide cement bags under a concessionary price to the Tri Service personnel.
 

Jan 30 (Bloomberg) -- Holders of Sri Lanka’s foreign bonds want more clarity on the nation’s local-currency debt before they sit down for formal restructuring talks, according to people familiar with the situation.
 

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- Spain is one of the fastest recovery markets for Sri Lanka Tourism after the pandemic and participation in FITUR argues well for the much-needed exposure for Sri Lanka as an attractive tourism destination for Spanish-speaking countries, contributing in a substantive manner to its overall growth strategy.
 

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- Elpitiya Plantations PLC (EPP), the leading plantation company in Sri Lanka, for the first time was recognized among the Ten Best Corporate Citizens award and competing among other larger corporate giants.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Select Committee of Parliament to study the practical problems and difficulties that have arisen in relation to enhancing the rank in the Ease of Doing Business Index in Sri Lanka and make its proposals and recommendations, discussed the future of the Board of Investment (BOI) of Sri Lanka.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Central Depository Systems (CDS), a fully owned subsidiary of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), recently signed a service agreement with Lanka IOC PLC as the registrar for Lanka IOC PLC, with effect from 01st of January 2023.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Oxbridge and Ivy Social was held at Cinnamon Life Integrated Resort, an iconic 4.5 million sq.ft. integrated mixed-use development created and developed by John Keells Holdings PLC recently.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Export Development Board has launched its flagship statistical publication “Export Performance Indicators 2021”. The latest edition provides statistical information related to Sri Lanka’s external trade and its contribution to major economic indicators such as trade balance, GDP and individual sectoral involvement for the year 2021 and five preceding years.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Dr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Executive Director (India) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), says that Sri Lanka has completed all the requirements to be met for the IMF relief package.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Dialog Broadband Networks (Pvt) Limited, a subsidiary of Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, announced the launch of two new Home Broadband Prepaid plans in line with the company’s vision of delivering affordable and accessible world-class internet services to all Sri Lankans.
 

Jan 27 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares rose on Friday, lifted by gains in industrial and consumer staples stocks. The CSE All Share index rose 0.36% to 8,958.79. * The index rose ~2.8% for the week.
 

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POLITICS - GENERAL

Jan 29 (CP) Colombo- A Japanese company has agreed to the government to clean and beautify the Colombo Beira Lake for free. The relevant company has expressed this agreement after a discussion between the President’s Senior Advisor on Climate Change Ruwan Wijewardena and the company’s representatives held at the President’s Secretariat last week.
 

Jan 29, Colombo: Former Secretary General of the United Nations and Chairman of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on February 06, President’s Senior Adviser on Climate Change, Ruwan Wijewardena said.
 

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- Multi Award Winning Veteran Indian Actor Ashish Vidyarthi, known for his roles as a villain and many other roles in Bollywood, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, has arrived in Sri Lanka on special mission to support Sri Lanka Tourism Industry by creating positive impressions within international tourists including fellow Indians.
 

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe warns that the country slowly recovering from the economic crisis will fall into a crisis again similar to the situation last year, if the economic and agricultural programs implemented by the government and the debt restructuring program according to the IMF are disrupted.
 

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s electricity regulator, the Public Utilities Commission has rejected a request by the power supplier Ceylon Electricity Board to curtail electricity supply by managing the demand.
 

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- The United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, and Qatar next week.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal today gave the government three months to complete the demarcation of the Muthurajawela Wetland. The court issued the order when two petitions filed by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and the Environmental Justice Center were taken up for consideration on Friday.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has requested electricity consumers to inform the PUCSL if any unauthorized power cuts are imposed by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB). The PUCSL said the complaints can be directed in writing.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera says that they have taken advice on the legal measures that can be taken against the actions taken by the members of the Human Rights Commission regarding the power cuts during the GCE advanced Level examination period.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday prorogued the Parliament until February 08. The gazette notification on the prorogation of the 3rd session of the 9th Parliament was issued by President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake and will be effective from midnight today (27).
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has again sent a letter to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) asking them to refrain from disconnecting the electricity during the period of GCE A/L exam up to February 17.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has endorsed the certificate on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Bill and the Bureau of Rehabilitation Bill which were debated and passed in Parliament recently.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is bound to implement the existing law in accordance with the executive powers of the President. Addressing the All-Party Conference yesterday, the President further said the 13th Amendment to the Constitution is being implemented accordingly or the Parliament should abolish the 13th amendment.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The power supplier, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says it is a challenge for the CEB to find money to provide continuous electricity during the GCE advanced Level examination period.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The National Election Commission of Sri Lanka has stated that the Commission has not yet received a written resignation of a member of the Election Commission or a copy of a letter so sent, contrary to the media reports.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The National Building Research Organization (NBRO), which functions under the purview of the Ministry of Defense, will be strengthened with regulatory powers with the enactment of the proposed National Building Research Institute Act this year, Defense Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne said.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the relevant officials to pay attention to the current financial position of the country while estimating the required expenditure to make arrangements to celebrate the 75th Independence anniversary on 4th February.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia met with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on Thursday in Riyadh. Sri Lanka Embassy in Riyadh said Foreign Minister Ali Sabry had a productive discussion with the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe pointed out that the industrial education and training opportunities in Sri Lanka should be improved by introducing modern technology required to surpass the new industrial technology and digital economy of the fourth and fifth industrial revolutions.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Member of Parliament Mrs. Rohini Kumari Wijeratne, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Caucus for Children, recently handed over the applications of justice of peace for the probation officers to avoid the inconvenience of obtaining affidavits required in legal proceedings for children who become victims.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) which met yesterday (Jan. 25) under the chairmanship of Prof. Ranjith Bandara held a four-pointer discussion as an extension of the Committee meeting held on January 19.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Commonwealth Secretary-General, KC Patricia Scotland is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka next week to attend the 75th Independence Day celebrations, the Commonwealth Secretariat said. The Secretary-General has been invited by President Ranil Wickremesinghe to attend the events in Colombo on Saturday 4 February marking the significant anniversary.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Examination Commissioner-General Amit Jayasundara has said that the results of the 2022 Grade Five Scholarship Examination were released at midnight yesterday (25).
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Health Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella said sufficient quantities of all 14 life-saving medicines for the next six months are available in the country. The Minister said that the shortage of certain medicines in the country can be resolved within the next month and that the focus is on many long-term, short-term and medium-term solutions for the drug shortage problem.
 

Jan 27 (SPA) CEO of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) Sultan Al-Marshad received here today Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Ali Sabry, and his accompanying delegation.
 

Jan27 (Mongabay) Each day, as the sun set over the horizon, Thettuwage Tennakoon and his wife would carefully climb up into their treehouse in the middle of their rice field. This elevated position was ideal for keeping watch over the crop — and for staying safe from the elephants they were guarding the crop against.
 

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SPORTS

Jan 31 ( ESPNCI) Mickey Arthur and the PCB are close to agreeing a deal that will result in Arthur’s return to the Pakistan men’s side - but as team director and not, as previously, head coach. Talks between the two had ended three weeks ago when the PCB announced it was moving on in its search for a replacement for Saqlain Mushtaq, the outgoing Pakistan coach.
 

Jan 31 (ESPNCI) A little over four months after winning the Asia Cup, Sri Lanka are on the verge of a selection committee shake-up and its chief Pramodya Wickramasinghe is likely to be among the first names on the chopping block. Wickramasinghe has headed the selection committee since April 2021,
 

Jan 27 (ESPNCI) It was heartbreak and ecstasy in equal measures in Potchefstroom as India and England made the final of the inaugural Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup to be played on Sunday. While India comfortably beat New Zealand in the first semi-final, tensions swayed one way
 

Jan 27 (ESPNCI) New Zealand were put in on a pitch that turned, and were then expected to bowl in the dew, but they managed to score what turned out to be enough off India’s fast bowlers. Half-centuries from Daryl Mitchell and Devon Conway and an early burst from Finn Allen took New Zealand to 176
 


WORLD

Jan 31 (BBC) The number of endangered rhinos poached in Namibia last year was the highest on record and almost twice as many as the year before, officials say. A total of 87 rhinos were killed compared with 45 in 2021, official government data show.
 

Jan 31 (BBC) The death toll has risen to 83 people after a mosque suicide bombing which targeted policemen in the Pakistan province of Peshawar. The mosque is within a high-security police headquarters area and a probe is under way into how the bomber got in.
 

Jan 28 (BBC) South Africa has signed an agreement to introduce dozens of African cheetahs to India over the next decade. The first batch of 12 cheetahs will be sent next month, the South African environment department said. It plans to send a similar number annually for the next eight to 10 years
 

Jan 27 (BBC) An urgent search is under way in Western Australia after a tiny capsule containing a radioactive substance went missing. The casing contains a small quantity of radioactive Caesium-137, which could cause serious illness if touched. It was lost between the town of Newman and the city of Perth in mid-January - a distance of roughly 1,400km (870 miles).
 


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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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