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President appoints Task Force on ‘One Country, One Law’ chaired by Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a 13-member Presidential Task Force to study the implementation of the concept "One Country, One Law" and to prepare a draft Act. An Extraordinary Gazette Notification has been issued establishing the Presidential Task Force of 13 members for one country and one law.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The proceedings of the case against Former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and former IGP Pujith Jayasundera concluded today in the Colombo Magistrate’s Court.
 

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) informed the Colombo Magistrate’s court today that it has commenced investigations into a complaint lodged by the head of the State Intelligence Service, Major General Suresh Sallay.
 

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have requested public assistance to find the main suspect in the shooting death of a person in the Meegahawatta area in Mulleriyawa on Monday.
 

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Wednesday reported 20 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Tuesday, October 26. Among the deaths reported today, 11 are of males and 09 of females.
 

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- A three-judge bench of the High Court has summoned former Director of the State Intelligence Service Nilantha Jayawardena to appear in court on the 22nd November to give evidence in the case against former IGP Pujith Jayasundera and former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando who have been charged for failing to prevent the Easter Sunday Attack in April 2019.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 556 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Tuesday. According to the Epidemiology Unit report at 9 pm Tuesday, a total of 537,201 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the inception of the pandemic.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Former Governor of the Western Province Azath Salley who was arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act has been remanded till the November 09 by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court. The case was called before Colombo Chief Magistrate Buddhika Sri Ragala this morning (October 26).
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- As of today (26), 81,353 people have been arrested for violating quarantine rules following the imposition of quarantine regulations on October 30 last year with the expansion of COVID-19, according to the Police Headquarters.
 

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo-: The Court of Appeal today issued a writ order quashing the case filed against High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya in the Nugegoda Magistrate’s Court on the instructions of the Attorney General following the revelation of the controversial audio recording of former Minister Ranjan Ramanayake.
 

Oct 25, Colombo: Director of State Intelligence Service, Major General Suresh Sallay today (25) lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) against leading Catholic priest, Reverend Father Cyril Gamini over a number of malicious allegations purportedly made by the priest and others in connection with the Easter Sunday attack in 2019.
 

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- Royal Navy’s type 23 frigate HMS Kent arrived at the port of Colombo on 23rd October 2021 for replenishment. The visiting frigate engaged in a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Sri Lanka Navy off Colombo and left the island on 24th October 2021, Sri Lanka Navy Media Unit said.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Sri Lanka reports 14 Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, toll rises to 13,654 (26 - CP)
* Sri Lanka reports 29 Covid-19 deaths on Monday, toll rises to 13,640 (25 - CP)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) formally took the delivery of the EX-United States Coast Guard Cutter, USCGC Douglas Munro, provided by the United States to Sri Lanka Navy, in a ceremony held at the U.S. Coast Guard Base Seattle, Washington on 26th October 2021, the Navy media unit said.
 

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that Sri Lanka, with its rich philosophical heritage shaped by the teachings of the Buddha, fully understands the importance of balancing environmental boundaries with human needs.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the Secretary to the Ministry of Health today (26) to submit the memorandum of the concept of development projects in the Kurunegala General Hospital to the next cabinet meeting for approval.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- The first Poppy flower to commemorate the Remembrance Day was pinned on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (26). Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association, Major General Upul Perera pinned the poppy flower on President Rajapaksa.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Outgoing Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka, Akira Sugiyama called on Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena at the Parliament premises yesterday (25).
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has announced a partnership with Doconomy of Sweden, a global leader in impact-tech solutions, to further develop the effectiveness of the Carbon Footprint Calculator in the ‘Flash’ Digital Banking app developed and deployed in Sri Lanka by the Bank.
 

Oct 27 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares ended at a record close on Wednesday, extending wins for the eighth consecutive session on the back of gains among financial and material stocks.
 

Oct 26 (Xinhua) COLOMBO-- The China International Import Expo (CIIE) provides Sri Lankan tea exporters with an opportunity to enter the Chinese market while encouraging producers to step up quality, Sri Lankan business leaders have said.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Lanka Credit and Business Finance Limited, which opened today (26th October 2021) was oversubscribed on the initial day itself, Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) said.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- The Appropriation Bill for the year 2022 was approved by the Committee on Public Finance which met in Parliament recently (21), the Parliament Communication Department said today. The Appropriation Bill for the Budget 2022 has been presented to Parliament as a supplement to the Gazette Notification dated 29.09.2021
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- A Private-Public partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today to promote organic fertilizer production in Sri Lanka. The MoU signed between the Colombo Commercial Fertilizer Company and the Warsaw-based Polish business capital company Fundacja Regina Purpurea Fundus.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) today provided the information to investors and the general public on the progress made by the CBSL and the Government in securing foreign exchange inflows as announced in the Six-Month Road Map for Ensuring Macroeconomic and Financial System Stability.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to import diesel and petrol from Singapore for a period of 8 months, from January 1, 2022 till August 31, 2022. Bids are called from the registered suppliers of Lanka Petroleum Cooperation for the long term contract
 

Oct 26 (MC) The Adani group, which recently sealed a deal with Sri Lanka to develop and run the strategic Colombo Port’s Western Container Terminal, is also exploring the possibility of investing in the island nation’s energy and wind sector, a senior official from the state-owned Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said on Tuesday.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- In yet another progressive step bringing about a giant leap within the Sri Lankan education domain and marking a first in the country, Dialog Enterprise introduced Convergence Tech Identity (CTI), a revolutionary digital education credentials service, in partnership with Convergence.Tech, the renowned Canadian consulting and technology company working across Digital Transformation, Identity, Credentials, and Traceability.
 

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- A group of officials including the Chairman of the Colombo Dockyard PLC met Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (25) at Temple Trees and expressed their gratitude for the assistance received from the government to earn foreign exchange by producing two ships during the Covid epidemic.
 

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has instructed the authorities to expedite the implementation of a special promotion program targeting five major countries to attract more tourists to Sri Lanka. Accordingly, these promotions will be carried out in France, Britain, Germany, India and Russia.
 

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- The highly anticipated annual ‘Top50 Professional and Career Women Awards 2021’, has received an outpouring of applications since it opened for entries in September.
 

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* Sri Lankan shares set record close on consumer, financial stocks boost (26 - Reuters)
* Foundation stone laid for the new LECO headquarters (25 - CP)
* Sri Lankan garment makers fear loss of GSP+ (25 - ET)
* Sri Lankan shares hit fresh record highs propelled by industrial gains (25 - Reuters)
* SLT-Mobitel begins construction of new Mobitel headquarters (25 - DM)
* Fitch affirms People’s Insurance at ‘A+(lka)’; Outlook Stable (25 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- A number of parties will submit their proposals to Parliament Thursday to formalize the community-based correction process in Sri Lanka Parliament Communication Department said. Public opinion and suggestions regarding the report prepared to further formalize the community-based correction system in Sri Lanka will be taken for discussion in Parliament tomorrow.
 

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Government has lost Rs. 27 billion in excise revenue this year due to the current COVID situation, Commissioner General of Excise M J. Gunasiri told the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) at its meeting held recently.
 

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Parliamentary Council has approved the appointments of Sundaram Arumainayagam as a member to the Public Service Commission and Mrs. P. S. M. Charles as a member to the Election Commission.
 

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Agriculture has taken steps to declare an island wide home gardening week with the aim of producing food free of toxins. The national ceremony to distribute seed kits of seven varieties of home garden vegetables to 1.2 million selected families will be held on November 01
 

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage states that all fertilizers are imported to Sri Lanka only if they comply with the relevant standards as per the Fertilizer Act. The Minister of Agriculture also emphasized that any type of fertilizer imported from abroad is brought into the country in accordance with the law.
 

Oct 27 (CP) Colombo- Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has requested the Minister of Health to look into the possibility of making the use of the Covid vaccination card compulsory as nearly 13.7 million people in the country have been fully vaccinated. Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that this will make the Covid vaccination card compulsory for foreign tourists as well.
 

Oct 27 (UCAN) A cardinal has urged the Sri Lankan government to sue for damage to beaches, the seabed, marine animals, fishermen and the environment caused by a shipwreck.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Justice Ali Sabry today (26) declared open to the public the newly constructed Medawachchiya District / Magistrate’s Court and Kahatagasdigiliya District / Magistrate’s Court in line with the Vision of Prosperity Policy Statement.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- The University Grants Commission (UGC) says it has decided to reopen universities in batches. University Grants Commission Chairman Prof. Sampath Amaratunga said that permission has been granted to resume university studies at any given date
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka leftist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says it has decided to launch a new national plan to find solutions to the current social, economic and political crises facing the country.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) said it has been receiving information regarding certain financial scams and cautioned the public to be watchful of these scams.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics, and COVID Disease Control and the Chairperson of the Women’s Caucus in the Ninth Parliament of Sri Lanka said that rural women need an inclusive approach to recover from the negative impact of Covid-19.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Health has taken steps to appoint 1401 Intern Medical Officers to fill vacancies in hospitals island wide. Health Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella presented appointments to 1,401 interns at the National Blood Transfusion Center in Narahenpita yesterday (25).
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- It was revealed at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Wildlife & Forest Conservation that the energizer used thus far at a high expense to supply electricity to elephant fences is being produced by a private company in Sri Lanka at a cost of Rs. 76,300, Parliament Communication Department said.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- Secretary to the Ministry of Education Professor Kapila Perera said 97% of the principals and 89% of the teachers had reported for duty when the primary sections of all the island wide schools opened on Monday (Oct 25) while student attendance was only 45% on the first day.
 

Oct 26 (CP) Colombo- The Director-General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena has announced revised guidelines for activities in public and work settings with effect from midnight Monday. Accordingly, night time travel restrictions imposed between 11.00 p.m. and 4.00 a.m. have been removed.
 

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- The outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Sugiyama Akira called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (25). The President commended Mr. Sugiyama Akira for rendering his valuable service to Sri Lanka in various ways
 

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (25) instructed the Secretaries of State Ministries to meet once a month with the Secretary to the Cabinet of Ministers to discuss the development projects and the problems that exist in their implementation and the expected program.
 

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to continue implementing the decision not to promote oil palm (Katupol) cultivation in Sri Lanka.
 

Oct 25 (UCAN) Pope Francis has expressed his support for the Sri Lankan Church in its attempts to seek justice for the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings.
 

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- Gautam Adani, chairman of the Adani Group that was chosen to develop a major port terminal project in Sri Lanka, is scheduled to meet President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo on Monday, The Hindu reported according to official sources in Colombo and New Delhi.
 

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- After a period of 06 months, the academic activities of the primary sections of all schools in the island will commence from today. The Ministry of Education stated that the academic activities will be carried out strictly adhering to the health guidelines.
 

Oct 25 (CP) Colombo- Oct 19, Colombo: Another consignment of the U.S. manufactured Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine purchased by the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) has arrived in Sri Lanka early Monday.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Teachers, students can cross borders for schooling (25 - DN)
* Namal Karunaratne demands Rs.500 Mn as damages from Mahindananda Aluthgamage (25 - DM)

SPORTS

Oct 27 (ESPNCI) This group is accepted as the toughest to emerge from but a victory for either Australia or Sri Lanka to make it two from two would leave them strongly placed for a semi-final slot. Both sides chased successfully in their opening games, but Sri Lanka’s was more convincing than Australia’s albeit on a surface that was easier for strokeplay in Sharjah.
 

Oct 27 (AFP) Dubai- Sri Lanka mystery spinner Maheesh Theekshana will attempt to bamboozle Australia at the T20 World Cup on Thursday with coach Mickey Arthur backing the 21-year-old to "pose some questions". Theekshana claimed eight wickets in three qualifying matches last week as Sri Lanka,
 

Oct 26 (SLC) Two international cricketers, Faf du Plessis and Wahab Riaz, will team up with Jaffna Kings for the upcoming 2021 Lanka Premier League (LPL). Du Plessis, who represented the winning team, Chennai Super Kings, of recently- concluded IPL 2021, will join Jaffna Kings as an Overseas Icon Player ( Pre-draft).
 

Oct 26 (SLC) Chamindu Wickramasinghe struck a superb 102 inclusive of 10 boundaries and 3 sixes enabling Sri Lanka U19 to defeat Bangladesh U19 by 4 runs in the final Youth International between the two countries that went down to the wire in the fifth and final match at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Monday.
 


WORLD

Oct 27 (BBC) Washington has revoked the US licence of one of China’s biggest telecoms companies citing "national security" concerns. China Telecom must stop providing services in America within 60 days. Officials said the Chinese government’s control of the company gave it the opportunity "to access, store, disrupt, and/or misroute US communications".
 

Oct 27 (BBC) Australia has confirmed it will lift a ban next week that has prevented its own citizens travelling overseas without permission. Australians have spent 19 months under some of the world’s strictest border rules, in an effort to keep out Covid.
 

Oct 26 (HT) Two men, accused of spreading communal hatred on social media in Bangladesh, have admitted to their crimes, a court said on Monday. The violence against the minority Hindu community in Bangladesh broke out on October 13 during the Durga Puja festivities after an alleged blasphemous post on social media. The mayhem continued for a few days and spread to other parts of the country.
 

Oct 26 (HT) The Biden administration on Monday (local time) announced new Covid-19 international air travel rules starting from November 8. Starting on November 8, foreign national air travellers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding
 


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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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