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  President instructs to quarantine returnees from overseas after PCR testing

June 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the officials to send returnees from foreign countries for quarantine only after results of PCR tests conducted at the airport itself are known.

The President also said to accommodate them at a separate location equipped with all the necessary facilities until the test results are released. President issued these directives during a discussion with the members of the Task Force entrusted with COVID–19 control and medical consultants at the Presidential Secretariat today (4).

 A woman alleged to be involved in Soysapura shooting arrested with heroin:
June 05, Colombo: A woman has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the shooting at the Lakmadura Hotel in Soysapura, Moratuwa last week.

  Justice prevails in a virtuous and disciplined society - President:
June 05, Colombo: In his message to mark Poson Poya Day today, Sri Lankan President said he believes justice for all prevails in a spiritually virtuous, disciplined and prosperous society and his government plans for the future based on that foundation.

 Sri Lanka EDB sets a revised target of $ 10 bn exports this year:
June 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka has set a revised target of US$ 10.75 billion in exports from an initial target of $ 18.5 billion this year as the global coronavirus pandemic dealt a blow to the top export sector of the country.

 UNDP hosts dialogue on shaping Sri Lankan businesses to adopt the post-2020 global biodiversity framework:
June 05, Colombo: In commemorating World Environment Day (WED) which falls annually on 5th June, Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL), in collaboration with its Initiating Partner - Dilmah Conservation (DC) and Associate Member - the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will host a virtual dialogue on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and the Role of Business on Tuesday, 9th June 2020.

  Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases jump to 1797 with 48 new cases:
June 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases tally increased to 1,797 Thursday with 48 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry reported.

 Police investigate assault of an autistic boy allegedly by cops :
June 04, Colombo: The police said an investigation has been launched into the recent assault on a 14-yeal-old autistic boy in Dharga Town, Aluthgama allegedly by a group of policemen.
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  Jeevan Thondaman signs nominations to contest 2020 general election from Nuwara Eliya :
June 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka Labor Congress’ Youth Secretary Jeevan Thondaman, the son of the late Arumugam Thondaman, Minister of Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure Development has signed the nominations headquarters today (04) to contest the forthcoming 2020 Parliamentary Election from Nuwara Eliya District.

 Chinese embassy donates masks to Sri Lanka Higher Education Ministry for universities:
June 04, Colombo: The Chargé d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, Hu Wei, met with Sri Lanka’s Minister of Higher Education and government spokesman Bandula Gunawardena Wednesday (June 03) and donated masks to the Ministry of Higher Education for the universities, vocational training institutes and other higher education institutions.

 Fitch Affirms Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation’s IFS Ratings at ‘B’/’AAA(lka)’:
June 04, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) Rating of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited (SLIC) at ‘B’. The Outlook is Negative. The agency has simultaneously affirmed SLIC’s National IFS Rating at ‘AAA(lka)’ with a Stable Outlook.

 Man arrested for forging President’s signature:
June 04, Colombo: The Police have arrested an individual for allegedly forging the signature of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and misusing President’s letterheads, the President’s Media Division said.

 Sri Lanka’s policy is timely immunization of every child – President tells Global Vaccine Alliance:
June 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today told the Global Vaccine Alliance that Sri Lanka provides easy and equitable access to quality immunization services for all children and the country’s immunization policy is based on the right of a child to receive timely immunization.

 President instructs to quarantine returnees from overseas after PCR testing:
June 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the officials to send returnees from foreign countries for quarantine only after results of PCR tests conducted at the airport itself are known.

 Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases jump to 1797 with 48 new cases:
June 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases tally increased to 1,797 Thursday with 48 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry reported.

 Compensation payments to the depositors of The Finance Company to commence from June 7:
June 04, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has taken steps to pay compensation to the depositors of the collapsed The Finance Company (TFC) from Sunday, 7th June, the Bank said.

 Ranil says SC’s unanimous decision confirmed UNP’s opinion on challenging elections :
June 04, Colombo: Leader of the United National Party (UNP) and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the unanimous decision of the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court dismissing the petitions challenging the election confirmed the UNP’s opinion on the elections.

 Standard Chartered Sri Lanka supports MAS Intimates’ combat against COVID-19:
June 04, Colombo: Standard Chartered announced that MAS Intimates (Pvt) Ltd., a division of MAS Holdings, became the first company in South Asia to complete a drawdown under the Bank’s USD1 billion COVID-19 financing commitment.

  ICRA Lanka expects Sri Lanka’s construction sector to demonstrate resilience despite impact of COVID-19 :
June 04, Colombo: ICRA Lanka, a subsidiary of Moody’s Investors Service, expects Sri Lanka’s construction sector to demonstrate resilience and withstand the effects of COVID-19 pandemic compared with other economic sectors of Sri Lanka.

 ICRC distributes emergency aid in 24 districts in Sri Lanka :
June 04, Colombo: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), along with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, carried out an emergency relief distribution drive in 24 districts of the country, the ICRC said in a media release.

 CSE to keep market open today for reduced hours:
June 04, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has decided to keep the market open for a limited period in view of the island wide curfew imposed by the government on Thursday and Friday.

 UNP obtains interim order preventing Harin Fernando and Vadivel Suresh using funds from Estate Workers Union:
June 04, Colombo: The District Court of Colombo yesterday issued an interim order against two of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) members preventing them from accessing funds of an Estate Workers Union.

 Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases reach 1749 with 66 new cases Wednesday:
June 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases tally increased to 1,749 Wednesday with 66 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry reported.

 UNP representatives in CMC to support party at election:
June 03, Colombo: The United National party (UNP) unanimously approved a proposal that all UNP Municipal Councilors of the Colombo Municipal Council should work with the utmost devotion to the victory of the UNP in the Parliamentary Elections and not directly or indirectly support the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) or any other political group, a senior spokesperson of Sirikotha said.

  Police launch massive operation to eradicate narcotics and underworld:
June 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have launched a massive operation in the Western Province to completely eliminate the underworld and narcotics trade, which is mainly operated by the convicted underworld gang members from the prisons.
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  Former OIC of Welikada Police granted bail, denied request to detain:
June 03, Colombo: The Colombo Magistrate’s Court Wednesday granted bail to former Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Welikada Police, Assistant Police Superintendent Sudath Asmadala, who was arrested on suspicion of covering up for a car accident involving former minister Patali Champika Ranwaka in 2016.

 Dengue eradication program in Colombo city on 4 days this week:
June 03, Colombo: With the prevailing dengue threat in the Colombo Municipal Council limits, a Dengue Prevention Campaign will be held for four days on June 04, 05, 06 and 07, the Municipal Commissioner of Colombo said.
 Deciding on the date of the general election next Monday:
June 03, Colombo: The date of the general election for the parliamentary election in Sri Lanka will be decided after the next meeting of the Elections Commission on next Monday (June 08), said its Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya.
 Sri Lanka Cricket says none of the current national players are under investigation by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit:
June 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today issuing a statement announced that none of the current national players are under investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit as some media reports claimed.
  PM holds Central Bank responsible for the collapse of financial institutions under its purview:
June 03, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that the Central Bank should take responsibility for the collapse of the financial institutions under its purview and urged to take action against fraud at these institutions.
 A new Commissioner General of Prisons appointed:
June 03, Colombo: The Commissioner General of Prisons TMJW Jayasiri Tennakoon has been removed from his post and Prisons Intelligence and Security Division Commissioner Thushara Upuldeniya has been appointed for the post.
 Health Ministry issues guidelines on holding election to the Election Commission:
June 03, Colombo: Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Pavithra Wanniarachchi says that the Ministry of Health has issued necessary guidelines to the Elections Commission on holding the forthcoming General Election.
 ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID–19 Fund balance surpasses Rs. 1,243 million:
June 03, Colombo: Following corporate, individual donations and direct deposits, ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund balance has now surpassed Rs. 1,243 million, President’s Media Division (PMD) said.
 Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases surpass 1700 with 34 new cases Wednesday:
June 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases tally increased to 1,717 Wednesday with 34 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said.
 Mobitel named Fastest Mobile Network in Sri Lanka by Ookla:
June 03, Colombo: Leader in internet testing and analysis, has declared Mobitel as the Winner of the Speedtest Award™ for 2019, successfully winning the award for all four quarters consecutively as the Fastest Mobile Network in Sri Lanka.
 Sri Lanka President appoints a Presidential Task Force to build a secure country, virtuous society :
June 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a 13- member Presidential Task Force headed by the Defense Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne to build a secure country and a disciplined society.
 Two soldiers killed in motorcycle-bus collision:
June 03, Colombo: Two soldiers were killed when their motorcycle collided with a private bus plying in the opposite direction on the Bakamuna-Dambulla road at the Damanayaya area in Bakamuna, the Police said.
 Election Commission to meet today to discuss preparations for general election :
June 03, Colombo: The National Election Commission will meet on Wednesday at the its office in Rajagiriya to discuss preparations for the General Election, the Chairman of the Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said.
 Thursday declared a public holiday, islandwide curfew from 10 pm tonight:
June 03, Colombo: The Ministry of Public Administration announced that Thursday (June 04) has been declared a holiday for all government institutions.
 Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases reach 1683 with 40 new cases Tuesday:
June 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases tally increased to 1,683 Tuesday with 40 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry reported.
 Mount Lavinia beach nourishment project successful – DG Coastal Conservation Dept.:
June 03, Colombo: The Artificial Soft Beach Nourishment Project is a successful and effective project that was planned to prevent coastal erosion along the coastal zone extending from Mount Lavinia to Kalutara, Director General Coastal Conservation Department (CCD) Prabath Chandrakeerthi has said.
 ComBank awarded its 20th ‘Best Bank in Sri Lanka’ title by Global Finance:
June 03, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been declared Sri Lanka’s Best Bank in 2020 by the US-based Global Finance magazine, an accolade the Bank wins for the 20th time in the 27 years that Global Finance has presented awards to the world’s best banks.
 Printing ballot paper for General Elections commences:
June 02, Colombo: With the Supreme Court ruling to dismiss the petitions against holding the general election later this month, The Election Commission has begun its preparations for the general election.
 Presidential Task Force to protect archaeological sites in the Eastern Province appointed:
June 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka President has appointed an 11-member Presidential Task Force to identify sites of archaeological importance in the Eastern Province and to take measures to preserve them.
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 Public transport, including trains and buses, return to normal from Monday:
June 02, Colombo: The Transport Services Management Ministry today (02) decided to operate the public transport services including trains and buses in the country normally with effect from Monday (June 08) considering the public behavior over the next few days as well as the advice given by the Health Units on COVID-19 Epidemic.
 Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 1656 with 13 new cases Tuesday:
June 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases total increased to 1,656 on Tuesday with 13 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said.
 UNODC and EU strengthen resilience of Sri Lankan prisons to COVID-19:
June 02, Colombo: United nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Union (EU) support the Sri Lankan prisons in the context of COVID-19 by distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitization items, as well as 10 computers to keep court hearings ongoing remotely.
 Sri Lankan Cricket legend views US activism against racism is a powerful lesson to all :
June 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s legendary cricket captain and batting great Kumar Sangakkara views that the anti-racism protests in the United States is a powerful lesson to all and the people have the power to choose leaders and make change.
  Sri Lanka Supreme Court allows dissolution of parliament and June 20 election :
June 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today dismissed all Fundamental Rights petitions filed challenging the gazette notifications issued by the President to dissolve the Parliament and by the Election Commission to hold election later this month.
 Sri Lanka SEC approves rules for digitalization of the Colombo Stock Market:
June 02, Colombo: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) has approved amendments to the Stockbroker Rules, Central Depository Systems (CDS) Rules and Listing Rules submitted by the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), which will enable the stock market to transition from a paper based to an electronic based environment.
  Sri Lanka-China friendship organizations condemn escalating violence in Hong Kong:
June 02, Colombo: On 1st June 2020, five Sri Lanka- China friendship organizations issuing joint statement on Hong Kong national security legislation condemned the escalating violence in the special administrative region of China.
 Sri Lankan murder suspect arrested in South Korea attempting to cross into North:
June 02, Colombo: South Korean have arrested a Sri Lankan national suspected of murdering another Sri Lankan coworker as he was attempting to flee to China by crossing into North Korea.
  UNDP provides 10,000 surgical masks and 30 Infrared thermometers to DMC:
June 02, Colombo: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka has provided 10,000 surgical masks and 30 Infrared thermometers to Disaster Management Centre (DMC) to keep the communities safe during the southwest monsoon amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
  ICTA issues statement on resignation of Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana from board:
June 02, Colombo: The Chairman of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) Jayantha De Silva has issued a statement on behalf of the Board on the resignation of former board member Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, who resigned from the Board citing disagreements with the chairman and the board.
  Another group of 291 stranded Sri Lankans to arrive from Singapore :
June 02, Colombo: A group of 291 Sri Lankans stranded in Singapore due to the COVID-19 pandemic will arrive in the country today, the head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said.
  Another suspect arrested over Soysapura shooting:
June 02, Colombo: Another suspect has been arrested yesterday for allegedly shooting at a restaurant in Soysapura in Moratuwa and damaging its property.
 Manning Market closed on June 4th and 5th:
June 02, Colombo: The Manning Market in Pettah, the main vegetable and fruit market of Sri Lanka will be closed on the 4th and 05th of June as curfew is in force throughout the country, Vice President of the Manning Market Traders’ Association, Nimal Attanayake said.
 Sri Lankan President to put an end to underworld kingpins operating from prisons:
June 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has emphasized that crimes operated by underworld kingpins and drug mafia from prisons must be put to an end without delay.
  Ceylinco Life Great Place to Work Certified in 2020:
June 02, Colombo: Ceylinco Life has been certified as a ‘Great Workplace’ in Sri Lanka following an independent analysis of an assessment by Great Place to Work®, the global authority on workplace culture.
 Dialog Axiata gifts fully-functional ICU at Negombo General Hospital to the public:
June 02, Colombo: Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, in less than a month, concluded the immediate civil reconstruction and provision of equipment to establish a fully functional Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Negombo District General Hospital.
 SPC in financial crisis as Health Ministry owes over Rs. 27 billion to Medical Supplies Division:
June 01, Colombo: June 01, Colombo: The Ministry of Health needs to pay Rs. 27.64 billion to the Medical Supplies Division by December 31 for the supplies from the State Pharmaceutical Corporation, the Health Ministry records showed, according to a report.
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 PM Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Minister of Community Empowerment, Estate Infrastructure Development:
June 01, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa took oaths as the new Cabinet Minister of Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure Development before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, today (01).
 Temporary residents in Colombo and suburbs are requested to register at the nearest Police Station:
June 01, Colombo: Senior DIG for Western Province Deshabandu Tennakoon says that temporary residents in Colombo and suburbs are requested to register at the nearest Police Station.
 Sri Lanka Supreme Court to decide on petitions challenging elections tomorrow:
June 01, Colombo: The Supreme Court today announced that the order to grant leave to proceed in the Fundamental Rights petitions filed challenging the dissolution of Parliament and the election date will be delivered tomorrow (June 02) at 3.00 PM.
 AG orders arrest of former OIC of Welikada Police in connection with Patali’s accident:
June 01, Colombo: The Attorney General has informed the Colombo Crimes Division to arrest the former OIC of the Welikada Police ASP Sudath Asmadala on warrants in connection with a 2016 traffic accident involving former minister Patali Champika Ranawaka.
 Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka reports 11th COVID-19 death, cases rise to 1643 with 10 new cases Monday:
June 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases total increased to 1,643 on Monday with 10 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said.
 ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID–19 Fund balance surpasses Rs. 1.217 billion:
June 01, Colombo: With corporate and individual donations and direct deposits, ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund balance has surpassed Rs. 1.217 billion, President’s Media Division said.
  President and PM take the lead in dengue prevention:
June 01, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa issued directives to Governors and Local Government authorities to prepare a mechanism to control imminent dengue outbreak with the receding of prevailing rainy weather conditions, President’s Media Division said.
 Sri Lanka trade deficit narrows in March 2020 as imports expenditure decline faster :
June 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s trade deficit contracted in March 2020 as expenditure on imports declined at a faster pace than the decline in exports earnings, the Central Bank reported Monday in its External Sector Performance review for the month.
 Sri Lanka Embassy monitoring the migrant community in Jordan:
June 01, Colombo: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Amman continues to closely monitor the situation on the spread of COVID-19 in Jordan and is taking all requisite measures to ensure the welfare of Sri Lankans in Jordan, the Embassy said in a statement.
 PUCSL to resolve consumer complaints and address lube and electricity industry inquiries online:
June 01, Colombo: Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator and the shadow regulator of the lubricant industry is all set to resolve the electricity consumer complaints
 John Keells Group supports Sri Lanka’s battle against COVID-19:
June 01, Colombo: Fulfilling its ongoing commitment to its communities and other stakeholders, the John Keells Group has been playing an active role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka from the beginning of the lockdown in Sri Lanka.
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