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General consensus at the Party Leaders’ Meeting on the draft 21st Amendment to the Constitution

May 27 (CP) Colombo- The Party Leaders’ meeting to discuss the draft 21st Amendment to the Constitution was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Prime Minister’s Office this afternoon (27). The purpose of the meeting was to allow the Party Leaders present their observations regarding the draft Amendment.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

May 28 (CP) Colombo: With the approval of the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Security and the Public Service Commission, the IGP has transferred several senior officers of the Sri Lanka Police on service requirements, Police Headquarters said.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Police have arrested two persons for allegedly assaulting MP Kumara Welgama and his driver. Police spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said two suspects were arrested in the Kottawa area by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in connection with the attack on Welgama and his driver on May 09.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles has emphasized that the officers of the Sri Lanka Police should carry out their duties legally and assured that as the Minister every police officer who does so will be given protection.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Shashi Weerawansa, the wife of Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa, filed an appeal through her lawyers before Colombo Additional Magistrate Harshana Kekanawala Friday against her two-year jail sentence. After considering the request, the Magistrate adjourned the case till the 30th of this month to ascertain the facts.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has foiled two separate illegal migration attempts arresting 45 individuals in two local multiday fishing trawlers during patrols carried out today (27) in southern and western seas.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Shashi Weerawansa, the wife of Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa was sentenced to two years in prison by Colombo Chief Magistrate Buddhika Sri Ragala today (27). Shashi Weerawansa was found guilty of using falsified documents to obtain a passport.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Pradeshiya Sabha member who threatened a woman and the OIC of the Attanagalla Police Station has been remanded. Attanagalla Pradeshiya Sabha MP Chaminda Hettiarachchi was arrested for entering a house in the Urapola area in Attanagalla and assaulting and threatening a woman, damaging property and threatening police officers.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- The Attorney General informed the Supreme Court today that if the 21st Amendment to the Constitution presented in parliament is to be passed, it must obtain the approval of the people in a referendum.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Current Commander of Sri Lanka Army General Shavendra Silva will assume office on 1 June 2022 as new Chief of Defense Staff after relinquishing the office of the Commander of the Army on 31 May.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has obtained a statement from former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding the violence that took place near Temple Trees and in the Galle Face area on the 9th of May and the reasons behind it.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- A suspect has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Police in connection with the shooting death of Polonnaruwa District Parliamentarian Amarakeerthi Athukorala’s personal security guard, police sergeant, with his pistol and possession of the pistol, police said.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo High Court today ordered the release on bail of millionaire businessman Mohamed Ibrahim, the father of suicide bombers Mohamed Ilham and Mohamed Inshaf in the Easter Sunday attack, and another suspect.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police are requesting the public to provide information on those who illegally stockpile fuel and sell it at exorbitant prices. Police Media Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa said the public could provide such information by calling the hotline numbers 118, 119 and 1997.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- A group of suspects including MP Sanath Nishantha, MP Milan Jayatilake and Dan Priyasad, who were remanded in connection with the recent attacks on Maina Go Gama near Temple Trees and Gota Go Gama at Galle Face in Colombo on 9th May were produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today.

** Related Story ::Four suspects including two SLPP MPs arrested over attacks on Galle Face protesters remanded
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy and the Indian Coast Guard have implemented a joint program to prevent illegal activities in the Northern Seas, according to a report. Security has been beefed up by the Sri Lanka Navy in the seas from Talaimannar to Kankesanthurai in Sri Lanka.
 

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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

May 28 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the result of the education reform process should be to create a good citizen who is productive for the economy. The President made these remarks during a discussion held at the President’s House, Colombo Friday on a number of issues that need to be addressed as a matter of priority and urgency in the education sector, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.
 

May 28 (CP) Colombo- Acting High Commissioner of India in Colombo Vinod K. Jacob handed over a consignment of drugs and other medical supplies donated by Government of India to Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella in Colombo on 27 May 2022.
 

May 28 (CP) Colombo- Following his meeting in mid-April, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India, Milinda Moragoda has again met with the Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman Friday (27) to evaluate the status of ongoing economic cooperation and to discuss the way forward.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

May 28 (CP) Colombo- Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has had the distinction of being accorded the title, ‘Sri Lanka’s Most Valuable Brand’ for the fourth consecutive year by Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation consultancy, at the 19th edition of its annual review.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Fitch Ratings says Sri Lanka’s state-owned National Insurance Trust Fund Board’s (NITF, A+(lka)/Rating Watch Negative) Strike, Riot, Civil Commotion and Terrorism (SRCCT) fund will bear the brunt of losses stemming from recent riots in the country, with primary insurers experiencing little impact.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Amidst a host of global and local challenges, Hela Apparel Holdings PLC recorded a landmark year of growth in FY 2021/22, with revenue increasing by 75% to LKR 56 billion.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s largest aluminium extrusion manufacturer Alumex PLC was recently recognized for its strong commitment towards transparency and governance at the Asia Integrated Reporting Awards.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has enabled Senkadagala Finance PLC to become the first finance company in Sri Lanka to activate EMV 3DS fraud prevention technology in the authentication of Visa card transactions of the latter’s customers.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- To further support the growth of Esports in Sri Lanka, Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider and the official sponsor of the Sri Lanka National Esports team, has joined hands with the Sri Lanka Esports Association (SLESA) to power the inaugural edition of the ‘DIALOG-SLESA All-Island Free Fire Championship’ which is set to take place from 7th of June 2022.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Fitch Ratings has downgraded Singer Finance (Lanka) PLC’s (SFL) National Long-Term Rating to ‘A-(lka)’ from ‘A(lka)’ and placed the rating on Rating Watch Negative (RWN). Fitch Ratings has also placed the National Long-Term Ratings of three other Fitch-rated Sri Lankan finance and leasing companies (
 

May 26 (CP) Washington, DC- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, which conducted a virtual mission with the Sri Lankan authorities from May 9-24 on an economic program that could be supported by an IMF lending arrangement has concluded its virtual mission.
 

May 26 (Bloomberg) Colombo- Sri Lanka is looking to fast-track talks with the International Monetary Fund and agree on a loan by mid-June so that it can then approach other lenders for urgently needed funds.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- AkzoNobel Paints Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., in partnership with the City School of Architecture (CSA), honored the winners of the Color Awards 2021-2022 at the CSA Graduation & Awards Ceremony held recently at the BMICH. A partnership initiated four years ago by the producer of Dulux paints in Sri Lanka
 

May 26 (Bloomberg) Bankrupt Sri Lanka is seeking more energy imports as it tries to get an International Monetary Fund Program in place by mid-June. The South Asian nation is grappling with rampant inflation and shortages of everything from gasoline to food amid its worst economic crisis in a generation.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- The Central Bank of Sri Lanka, considering the prevailing macroeconomic conditions and its impact on the banking sector, has decided to implement new regulatory measures to support the banking sector to facilitate effective financial intermediation and the flow of credit to the economy, whilst ensuring the soundness of the banking sector.
 

May 25, Colombo: The Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Prof. Charitha Herath today recommended that a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) be appointed to inquire into the causes of the current economic crisis as well as all those involved, including officials who have neglected their responsibilities that led to the crisis.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The U.S. and John Keells Holdings are partnering to strengthen small businesses in Sri Lanka through an agreement to connect Keells suppliers with private business advisory service providers, a U.S. Embassy statement said.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the new Minister of Finance, Economic Stability and National Policies. The Prime Minister took oaths before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Colombo this morning (25), President’s Media Division said.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s plastic recycling capabilities and infrastructure are set to soar with BPPL Holdings PLC, the country’s pioneer in the field, securing long-term funding of US$ 15 million from the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).
 

May 25 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Tuesday he will present an interim budget within six weeks, slashing infrastructure projects to re-route funds into a two-year relief programme for the crisis-hit island nation.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The World Bank on Tuesday said it is not planning to provide any new financing to Sri Lanka until an adequate economic policy framework is in place. Issuing a statement, the global lender said recent media reports have inaccurately stated that the World Bank is planning support for Sri Lanka in the form of a bridge loan or new loan commitments
 

May 27 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares were unchanged at close on Friday, with gains in consumer staples offset by losses in industrial stocks, as the country battles a debilitating economic crisis.
 

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* Sri Lankan shares end lower as industrials weigh (25 - Reuters)

POLITICS - GENERAL

May 28 (CP) Colombo- The High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka, Sarah Hulton, called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor G.L. Peiris on 26 May 2022, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and congratulated him on his reappointment as the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka.
 

May 28 (CP) Colombo- The non-partisan peaceful people’s struggle opposite the Presidential Secretariat at Galle Face Green in Colombo marks the 50th consecutive day today (28). The protests demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa commenced on the 9th of April
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- State-owned supplier of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), Litro Gas says the distribution of domestic gas cylinders will begin in the middle of next week. Due to this Litro also requested the public not to wait in queues to buy gas cylinders.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Taking into consideration the recent situation faced by the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka, a group of Agriculture Professors from three Universities have prepared a proposal for the future agricultural development and food security in the country.
 

May 27, Colombo: The U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung has called on the Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena today (27) at the Parliament Premises. The U.S. Ambassador said that she hopes the government, including the new Prime Minister, would be able to bring about political stability and overcome the current economic crisis.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- The Parliamentary Council decided to concur with the recommendation to appoint Anthony Nihal Fonseka as a member of the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, The Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake said.
 

May 27 (Asiana Times) Recently a meeting was held in Tokyo between Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida. The Japanese government announced that India and Japan had agreed to collaborate on supporting crisis-hit Sri Lanka.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held discussions with representatives from the agriculture sector to discuss the pending food shortage in the country. During the discussions the Prime Minister stated that US $600m would be required to ensure adequate supply of fertilizer.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- The Government of France has donated a stock of medicine worth 300,000 Euros (around Rs 115 Million) following the request of the Sri Lankan government. French Ambassador to Sri Lanka Eric Lavertu handed over the stock of medicines to the Minister of Health and Water Supply Keheliya Rambukwella at the Ministry of Health yesterday (26).
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Contrary to media reports, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has not made a decision to increase the salaries of the public sector employees, the Prime Minister’s Office said today in response to media reports to that effect.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Steps will be taken to increase the monthly salaries of public servants with immediate effect through the relief budget presented by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken this decision to empower public servants to face the rising cost of living.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has called on experts in the power sector to assist in increasing the contribution of renewable energy sources in the national grid. The government has set a target of generating 70% of the total electricity demand from renewable energy sources.
 

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris has met with Vimlendra Sharan, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative and Abdur Rahim Siddiqui, the Country Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Sri Lanka Wednesday
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will make a special statement on the economy at the next sitting of the parliament scheduled for the 7th of June, Prime Minister’s Office said. According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the Premier will elaborate on the current economic situation in the country and his future plans to overcome the crisis.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Transport, Highways and Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena said that public transport will be restructured soon as a solution to the fuel crisis.
 

May 26, Colombo: The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) has emphasized that the Department of Probation and Child Care Services should expeditiously develop a National Policy on children in Sri Lanka and give proper guidance in this regard.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that Sri Lanka has appointed a new Prime Minister and a Cabinet of Ministers and discussions are ongoing in Parliament to reach a national consensus on the way forward.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- A meeting between the International Labor Organization (ILO) Resident Representative in Sri Lanka Simrin Singh and the Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara was held at the Ministry of Labor and Foreign Employment Wednesday.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has pointed out the need to make policy decisions based on building an export oriented economy. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe noted that the current economic crisis faced by the country can only be overcome by promoting exports and these policies can assist the export industry to overcome the current challenges.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris met with Dr. Alaka Singh, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Sri Lanka on 25 May 2022, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to discuss the current challenges Sri Lanka is facing, particularly with regard to pharmaceutical products.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- The Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminal Ltd. (CPSTL) states that sufficient stocks of aviation fuel will be available for the Katunayake International Airport after the 10th of next month as 70,000 metric tons of crude oil is due to be delivered to Sri Lanka.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Today the country is in bane with many crises, as a result of concentrating power around the Executive, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) parliamentarian Eran Wickramaratne says. He says the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution by the government, which appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister, gives the President the power to keep under his purview subjects of his choice and even the power to dissolve Parliament.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The government of Sri Lanka today too measures to restrict the non-essential public sector employees reporting to work to minimize government expenditure amidst the scarcity of resources.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Delivery of crude oil to Sapugaskanda refinery will begin tomorrow after 2 months (26 - CP)
* Sri Lankan religious leaders want curbs on presidential powers (26 - UCAN)
* Basil attempting to block 21st Amendment ? (26 - DM)
* UN General Assembly adopts Sri Lanka sponsored resolution to declare March 1st as ‘World Seagrass Day’ (25 - CP)
* No gas distribution until Friday, Litro announces (25 - CP)
* PM calls for an immediate report on medicine shortage in Sri Lanka (25 - CP)
* Sri Lanka Cricket to donate US$ 2 million to the country’s Health Sector (25 - CP)
* President instructs to implement language and vocational training programs targeting foreign employment (25 - CP)
* Minister instructs to expedite the release of fuel required for Yala season paddy cultivation (25 - CP)
* Litro says no gas distribution today as well, asks consumers not to stay in queues (25 - CP)
* Department of Immigration and Emigration says appointment compulsory to obtain passport services (25 - CP)

SPORTS

May 27 (ESPNCI) Asitha Fernando’s searing post-lunch spell burst through Bangladesh’s defiant middle order, then swiftly uprooted the tail, to thrust Sri Lanka toward victory, which they achieved by 10 wickets in Mirpur. Envenomed by reverse swing, Asitha engineered a collapse that saw the last five Bangladesh wickets fall for 13 runs in the space of eight overs.
 

May 27 (ESPNCI) "We have to work on our mentality. I think there’s fear of failure among us", Shakib Al Hasan said after Bangladesh slipped to 23 for 4 on the fourth evening, which seemed like a carbon copy of their collapse on the first morning, when they were 24 for 5.
 

May 27 (ESPNCI) Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka’s two most senior batters, forged a 199-run stand to put the heat on Bangladesh. Sri Lanka lost their last five wickets cheaply, but then their quicks gutted the hosts’ top order for the second time in the Test to ratchet up the temperature further.
 

May 25 (ESPNCI) Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva collected half-centuries as Sri Lanka ploughed ahead on a rain-hit day three, getting to within 83 runs of Bangladesh’s total, with five wickets still in hand. The visitors lost three wickets, including that of captain Dimuth Karunaratne for 80, but are now perhaps better-placed than Bangladesh to push for a result in the match.
 


WORLD

May 27 (BBC) The husband of one of the teachers slain in Tuesday’s mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, has reportedly died of a heart attack. Joe Garcia was the husband of Irma Garcia, who taught for 23 years at Robb Elementary School.
 

May 2t (Reuters) - Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Imran Khan disbanded a protest march by supporters on Thursday after clashes with police outside parliament, but threatened that they would return unless an election was called within six days.
 

May 25 (Reuters) -Flash floods and landslides in India’s northeast Assam state killed at least 25 people and displaced over 650,000 from their homes in the past 10 days, officials said on Tuesday. Heavy monsoons are a yearly occurrence in Assam
 

May 25 (Reuters) The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called on Taliban authorities in Afghanistan to "swiftly reverse" policies and practices that are restricting the human rights and freedoms of Afghan women and girls.
 


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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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