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Sri Lanka provides tax relief on female hygiene products

Oct 02 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to waive duties imposed on five imported raw materials for locally produced sanitary napkins in order to make hygiene products more affordable in view of ensuring hygiene among women and school girls. In addition, it has also been decided to provide tax concessions for imported finished sanitary napkins as well.
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Oct 02 (CP) Colombo- Police have found over 3 kilograms of heroin during the inspection of a Montero car in the Walahanduwa area of the Southern Expressway. The driver of the car has fled and investigations have been started to arrest him.

Oct 02 (CP) Colombo- A woman who was traveling in a bus has been killed in a shooting incident in Mirigama Danowita area. A shootout had occurred in the early hours of today (02) between the police and a group who had come to rob a liquor store in Danowita Junction area.

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Navy today (Oct 01) safely rescued 38 people on board a vessel that was in distress due to sea water leakage while carrying a group of local tourists from Kalpitiya to Battalangunduwa Island.

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- The police have arrested an individual with two kilograms and 65 grams of heroin in the Wattekade area of Avissawella. The suspect was arrested during a raid conducted on information received by the officers of Avissawella Divisional Intelligence Division.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Arjun Aloysius, director of Perpetual Treasuries Company, has been ordered to appear before the court on 03rd October in connection with an incident of non-payment of income tax amounting to Rs. 5.32 billion to the government.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Former President Maithripala Sirisena has submitted a writ petition to the Court of Appeal. Requesting to cancel the summons issued to appear before the Fort Magistrate Court. Fort Magistrate’s Court has issued the order for the former President to appear before the court

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The officers of the Narcotics Control Division of the Sri Lanka Customs have nabbed an Ugandan man at the arrivals terminal of the Bandaranaike International Airport with cocaine pills in his stomach, Sudatta Silva, Customs Media Spokesperson, Deputy Director of Customs (Legal Affairs) said.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy apprehended 07 more individuals who were suspected to be attempting to illegally migrate to a foreign country by sea, during a search operation carried out in seas off Sand Banks, Talaimannar on 28th September 2022, Navy Media Unit said.



Oct 02 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Embassy to the U.S. working in collaboration with American humanitarian donor organizations has facilitated the provision of free medicines and medical supplies worth over Rs. 4.6 billion (USD 12.6 million) to Sri Lanka from July to October 2022.

Oct 02 (CP) Colombo- The Republic of Korea has, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), provided a grant worth USD 6 million to Sri Lanka to help communities affected by Covid-19 in the Central and Uva Provinces.

Oct 02 (SLC) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s dominant T20 Asia Cup hurrah has raised great expectations to making the big fling at this October’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued an extraordinary gazette revoking the order declaring several strategic locations in Colombo district as High Security Zones.

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera said that sufficient stocks of fertilizer has been ordered to meet the requirement of the Maha season, and these fertilizer stocks will be released to the farmers for cultivation shortly.

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickramasinghe states in a message on the occasion of World Children’s and Elders Day that it is his mission to nurture the current generation of children and to create a developed country for the future generations.


Oct 02 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the University of Rajarata, Sri Lanka (RUSL) jointly announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize their collaborative efforts. The MoU calls for cooperation in improving the financial literacy among undergraduates of the state universities in Sri Lanka.

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Hapag-Lloyd has announced a new feeder service between the port of Colombo in Sri Lanka and the port of Chittagong in Bangladesh aiming to bring more fluidity into its transshipment movement. The German company’s new Chittagong Colombo Feeder (CCF) service is expected to enable swift connections from Chittagong to the carrier’s global network via Colombo

sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) increased to 69.8 percent in September 2022 from 64.3 percent in August 2022, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Wednesday.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Three leading businesses in Sri Lanka have come forward to pledge their financial support to procure and deliver vital and essential medicines and medical supplies for the country through a UNDP mechanism.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) won double recognition at the Global Port Forum Dubai, being named Multipurpose Port/Terminal of the Year 2022 and Port Infrastructure Development of the Year 2022 for the second consecutive year.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Families in a village in Sri Lanka’s deep South witnessed corporate generosity and empathy when Colombo International Container Terminals Limited (CICT) and Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) joined hands recently to donate dry rations to residents of Kandagasmankada in the Lunugamwehera Division of the Hambantota District.

Sept 30 CP) Colombo- Addressing the 55th Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors in the Philippines, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said amidst major economic stress, Sri Lanka is undertaking an unprecedented fiscal effort as part of the government’s commitment to restoring the country’s debt sustainability.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- State Minister for Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says the government is ready to ease the import restrictions on goods that have been temporarily suspended due to the ongoing economic crisis based on priority.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The long-drawn COVID-19 pandemic resulted in multiple school closures as well as prolonged social isolation of children and youth who were exposed to many risks including mental health challenges. The ongoing socio-economic instability has added to this strain.

Sept 30 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares fell for a second straight week on Friday, dragged down by industrial and financial stocks, but rounded off a quarter with solid gains.



Oct 02 (CP) Colombo- State Minister for Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that the government has not taken any decision to cut the salaries of public servants and reports that the salaries of government employees will be cut in half are completely false.

Oct 02 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says that it salutes all brotherly political parties who abstained from participating in the National Council. Issuing a statement, the SLFP says the purpose of the proposal on the National Council is only to give a false impression to the international community that political stability has been established in the country by installing an all-party government, but justice will not be done to the people’s uprisings that took place across the country by the so-called National Council.

Oct 02 (CP) Colombo- A special discussion took place this evening (02) between President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Most Rev. Dr. Harold Anthony Perera, Bishop of Kurunegala and the President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka.

Oct 02 (CP) Colombo- Secretary to the Ministry of Education Mr. Nihal Ranasinghe has stressed that schools should not collect money from students or parents for various events including children’s and teacher’s days except for the school fees approved for each school by the Ministries of Education and Provincial Education.

Oct 01 (The Age) Kudamaduwella, Sri Lanka- Kneeling on the floor of his palatial, gated home, Nishantha Fernando unfurls a roll of nautical charts. Running his finger across the map from Sri Lanka in the direction of Australia he lands upon Christmas Island, which he has circled in pen.

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- The third generator that broke down at the Norochcholai Power Plant has resumed electricity production after repair. The Norochcholai Power Plant Unit 3 broke down recently due to a steam leak.

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera announced that it has been decided to reduce the fuel prices with effect from 12.00 midnight today. Accordingly, price of Petrol 92 will be reduced by Rs 40 per liter and Price of Petrol 95 by Rs 30 per liter from midnight today.

Oct 01 (Wunderlust) As early evening arrives in central Sri Lanka, I find myself searching a dark forest for a small animal. The idea is to sweep the beam of my headtorch across the foliage to catch its reflected eyeshine.

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Mass Media, Transport and Highways Dr. Bandula Gunawardena says that a special weekend luxury train between Colombo Fort and Kandy will start from today. The special luxury tourist train will be operating from Colombo Fort to Kandy every weekend from October 1, 2022.

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathna, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Children’s Caucus, said that the caucus intends to do a significant amount of work in the future for the betterment of children of this country. Issuing a message for World Children’s Day falling on October 1st, the chairperson said that her association hopes to pay attention to the health and nutrition, safety, education, rights of children

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Justice is scheduled to meet on the 4th at 2.00 pm in Parliament to consider the twenty-second Constitution Amendment Bill to be debated in Parliament on the 6th and 7th.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The First Committee of the United Nations which deals with matters relating to disarmament and international security appointed Sri Lanka’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mohan Pieris as its Chair by acclamation on 29 September 2022.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena says that China-Sri Lanka friendship is expected to be further developed to gain strength for the prosperity of the people of Sri Lanka as well as global unity.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The First Committee of the United Nations which deals with matters relating to disarmament and international security appointed Sri Lanka’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mohan Pieris as its Chair by acclamation on 29 September 2022.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- A discussion on the national weather plan contributing to the development of the country was held yesterday (29) at the Presidential Secretariat under the leadership of President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake and the Deputy Leader of the United National Party, President’s Advisor on Climate Change Ruwan Wijewardena.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe has proposed to establish an International University on Climate Change in Sri Lanka with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in order to enable students from any country in the world to engage in educational activities.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Acting Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe says any party who is currently receiving welfare benefits will not be at risk of losing benefits under the program to identify suitable persons who are eligible to receive benefits.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The National Council in its inaugural meeting held with the participation of the ruling party and the opposition has decided to appoint two sub-committees related to national policies and economic stabilization.

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The American Center in Colombo has relocated to the new U.S. Embassy building and opened its doors to program participants once again Thursday.

* Debate on the 22nd Constitution Amendment Bill on 6th and 7th October (30 - CP)
* Sri Lanka, Philippine leaders emphasize strengthening bilateral relations through new approaches (30 - CP)


Oct 01 (ESPNCI) It was a welcome return for Jemimah Rodrigues to the national side as her T20I career best 76, including a 92-run partnership with captain Harmanpreet Kaur, followed by a stifling show by the bowlers helped India begin their Women’s T20 Asia Cup campaign with a 41-run win over Sri Lanka at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.

Oct 01 (ESPNCI) Roughly around this time last year, Dasun Shanaka was gallantly bigging up his side’s chances at the T20 World Cup - though, in reality, it was a sentiment borne more out of hope than any real confidence. "If our guys perform to their strengths I feel they can go a long way in this tournament," he had said back then. It didn’t end too well for them.

Sept 30 (ESPNCI) Australia quick Josh Hazlewood believes that the conditions in his home country could give bowlers some respite during the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. Australia will host the Men’s T20 World Cup for the first time and Hazlewood thinks that the conditions and the size of the grounds could favour bowlers

Sept 30 (ESPNCI) The winners of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia will take home a prize money of US $1.6 million, the same amount as the last year’s edition, the ICC announced on Friday. Similarly, the runners-up will collect $800,000 and the two losing semi-finalists $400,000 each.


Oct 02 (BBC) An Indian-born doctor who was holed up in a basement at home in war-torn Ukraine with his pet big cats for months says he is now separated from his animals. After the war began earlier this year, Gidikumar Patil, who is single, had pledged he would not leave his home without his pets.

Oct 02 (BBC) At least 129 people have died in a stampede at an Indonesian football match, officials say, in one of the world’s worst stadium disasters. The stampede happened after police tear-gassed rioting supporters. About 180 were injured in the crush after Arema FC lost to bitter rivals Persebaya Surabaya in East Java.

Sept 30 (BBC) Thailand’s Constitutional Court has thrown out a legal challenge to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s term limits, ruling he can stay in office. It had suspended him while it heard the case but it had been widely expected to reject the opposition parties’ petition.

Sept 30 (BBC) A suicide attack at a tuition centre in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 19 people, most of them female students, police and witnesses say. Nearly 30 others were wounded at the Kaaj education centre in the Dasht-e-Barchi area in the west of the city.

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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