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  ‘Sri Lanka understands the importance of balancing the environment with human needs’ - President

Oct 27, 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.

The President made these observations while participating at the High-Level Meeting on Delivering Climate Action for People, Planet and Prosperity convened by Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, via video technology today (27).

 Proposals to Parliament to formalize the community-based correction process:
Oct 27, Colombo: A number of parties to submit their proposals to Parliament tomorrow to formalize the community-based correction process in Sri Lanka

  Case against Hemasiri and Pujith concludes in the Magistrate’s Court:
Oct 27, Colombo: Former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and former IGP Pujith Jayasundara have been indicted by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court today for criminal misconduct for failing to act despite intelligence that they were carrying out a terrorist attack on Easter Sunday.
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 Coronavirus update: 559 new COVID-19 cases identified Wednesday, total rises to 538,320:
Oct 27, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 559 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Wednesday.

 Government loses Rs. 27 billion in excise revenue this year due to COVID :
Oct 27, 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.

  Parliamentary Council approval to appoint former NP Governor to the Election Commission as a member :
Oct 27, 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.

 CID commences an investigation into a complaint lodged by the head of the State Intelligence Service:
Oct 27, 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.

 Distribution of seeds kits to 1.2 million families during Saubhagya Home Gardening week:
Oct 27, 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.

 Sri Lanka Police offer Rs. 2.5 mn reward for information on Mulleriyawa shooters:
Oct 27, 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.

 Agriculture Minister assures not to import substandard fertilizer:
Oct 27, 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.

 Sri Lanka Navy takes delivery of ex-US Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro:
Oct 27, 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.

 ‘Sri Lanka understands the importance of balancing the environment with human needs’ - President:
Oct 27, 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.

  Sri Lanka reports 20 Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday, toll rises to 13,674:
Oct 27, 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.

 Former Director of Intelligence summoned to court as a witness in the case against Pujitha and Hemasiri:
Oct 27, 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 ...

 Make vaccination card compulsory - Minister of Tourism:
Oct 27, 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.

 President appoints Task Force on ‘One Country, One Law’ chaired by Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero:
Oct 27, 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.

  ‘Flash’ digital banking app links with global climate impact calculation leader Doconomy:
Oct 27, 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.

 Newly constructed Magistrate Court buildings vested with the public:
Oct 26, 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.
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 LCB Finance IPO oversubscribed on the opening day:
Oct 26, 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.

 PM instructs to submit the development projects of the proposed Kurunegala General Hospital for cabinet approval:
Oct 26, 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.

 Coronavirus update: 561 new COVID-19 cases identified Tuesday, total rises to 537,201:
Oct 26, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 556 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Tuesday.

 Appropriation Bill for the year 2022 is approved by the Committee on Public Finance:
Oct 26, 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.

 Steps to start universities in batches for fully vaccinated students:
Oct 26, Colombo: The University Grants Commission (UGC) says it has decided to reopen universities in batches.

  Private-Public partnership MoU signed to promote organic fertilizer production:
Oct 26, Colombo: A Private-Public partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today to promote organic fertilizer production in Sri Lanka.

 Booster vaccine from November 01:
Oct 26, Colombo: The Minister of Health Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella says that the booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be given to the citizens of this country starting from November 01.

  Sri Lanka Central Bank reports progress of securing foreign exchange inflows :
Oct 26, 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.
 JVP seeks public views for a new national plan:
Oct 26, 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.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank cautions of financial scams, urges public to be watchful:
Oct 26, 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.
  First Poppy flower to commemorate the Remembrance Day pinned on President:
Oct 26, Colombo: The first Poppy flower to commemorate the Remembrance Day was pinned on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (26).
  Rural women need an inclusive approach to recover from COVID 19 negative impact - Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle:
Oct 26, 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.
 Sri Lanka reports 14 Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, toll rises to 13,654:
Oct 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tuesday reported 14 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Monday, October 25.
 Outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka meets Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena:
Oct 26, Colombo: Outgoing Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka, Akira Sugiyama called on Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena at the Parliament premises yesterday (25).
  Azath Salley further remanded until Nov 09:
Oct 26, 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.
 Cabinet nod to award long-term contract to import fuel :
Oct 26, 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.
 Ministry of Health appoints 1401 interns to island wide hospitals:
Oct 26, Colombo: The Ministry of Health has taken steps to appoint 1401 Intern Medical Officers to fill vacancies in hospitals island wide.
  A cost-effective local product to supply electricity to elephant fences:
Oct 26, Colombo: It was revealed at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Wildlife and 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.
 Student attendance is only 45% on the first day of reopening of all island wide schools:
Oct 26, 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.
 Dialog and Covergence.Tech Extends verifiable digital education credentials:
Oct 26, 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)
 Health Ministry announces further relaxation of public activities from today :
Oct 26, 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.
 Over 81,000 people arrested for violating the quarantine rules:
Oct 26, 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.
 Coronavirus update: 561 new COVID-19 cases identified Monday, total rises to 536,645:
Oct 25, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 561 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Monday.
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  PM instructs Secretaries of State Ministries to meet Cabinet Secretary once a month to discuss development issues:
Oct 25, 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.
  Appeals Court dismisses case against Judge Gihan Pilapitiya:
Oct 25, 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.
 State Intelligence Service Chief lodges complaint against Fr. Cyril Gamini :
Oct 25, Colombo: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.
  Government’s decision not to promote Oil Palm cultivation continues:
Oct 25, 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.
 Tourism Minister instructs to implement a special tourism promotion program targeting five countries:
Oct 25, 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.
 Foundation stone laid for the new LECO headquarters:
Oct 25, Colombo: The laying of the foundation stone for the new headquarters building of the State owned Lanka Electricity Company (LECO) was held recently under the patronage of Minister of Power Gamini Lokuge.
 Colombo Dockyard lauds the government for the support received during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Oct 25, 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.
 Sri Lanka reports 29 Covid-19 deaths on Monday, toll rises to 13,640:
Oct 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Monday reported 29 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Sunday, October 24.
 Outgoing envoy affirms assistance to strengthen friendship between Japan and Sri Lanka :
Oct 25, Colombo: The outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Sugiyama Akira called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (25).
  Adani to meet President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo - report:
Oct 25, 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.
 Sri Lanka Navy ship SLNS Samudura takes part in naval exercise with Royal Navy’s HMS Kent:
Oct 25, Colombo: Royal Navy’s type 23 frigate HMS Kent arrived at the port of Colombo on 23rd October 2021 for replenishment.
 Primary sections of all island wide schools start today after 6 months :
Oct 25, 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.
 Another stock of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines arrives in the island:
Oct 25, 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.
  Fitch affirms People’s Insurance at ‘A+(lka)’; Outlook Stable:
Oct 25, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sri Lanka-based People’s Insurance PLC’s National Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) Rating at ‘A+(lka)’. The Outlook is Stable.
  Leading professionals to judge ‘Top50 Professional and Career Women Awards 2021’ by Women in Management and IFC:
Oct 25, 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.
 Central Bank to commence LANKAOR Nationwide Rollout campaign this Monday:
Oct 24, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sn Lanka will hold the LANKAQR Nationwide Rollout campaign on Monday, October 25, 2021, at its headquarters in Colombo 01 at 10 a.m.
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 Teachers are gearing up for a continuous Satyagraha:
Oct 24, Colombo: The ‘National Coalition Against Teacher-Principal Salary Anomaly’ consisting of 16 teacher-principal trade unions has decided to hold a continuous satyagraha from tomorrow.
 Coronavirus update: 555 new COVID-19 cases identified Sunday, total rises to 536,084:
Oct 24, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 555 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Sunday.
  Sri Lanka Communist Party removes Chairman from the post :
Oct 24, Colombo: The Chairman of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka Raja Collure has been removed from his post with immediate effect, the Media Coordinator of the party announced today.
 Indian Navy training ships arrive in Sri Lanka’s Colombo and Trincomalee ports for bilateral naval exercise :
Oct 24, Colombo: The training ships of the 01st Training Squadron of the Indian Navy arrived in Sri Lanka for a bilateral naval exercise Sunday, 24th October 2021, Sri Lanka Navy said.
 Secretary to the President reiterates taking strict legal action against false propaganda against him:
Oct 24, Colombo: Secretary to the President Dr. P.B. Jayasundera in a statement issued by the President’s Media Division today reiterated that strict legal action will be taken against false news reports targeting him by certain media institutions.
 T20 World Cup: Asalanka - Bhanuka seal victory against Bangladesh:
Oct 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by five wickets in the 15th match of the Twenty20 World Cup Cricket Tournament today (24th) at the Sharjah Cricket Ground in Sharjah.
  Eran questions the purpose of maintaining COPE if it cannot take punitive actions against frauds and corruptions:
Oct 24, Colombo: Opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Eran Wickramaratne speaking on the debate on COPE report in Parliament said it was unfortunate that the COPE committee appointed by Parliament to investigate embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of rupees in Sri Lankan state institutions had not even the power to prosecute thieves and fraudsters.
 Sri Lanka reports 18 Covid-19 deaths on Sunday, toll rises to 13,611:
Oct 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Sunday reported 18 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Friday, October 22.
 Sri Lanka ranks 2nd at Allianz World Run, contributing towards countries in need:
Oct 24 (CP) Colombo- Allianz Lanka once again partnered with other Allianz offices from around the world to raise much needed funds to mitigate critical issues facing countries ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, via the Allianz World Run
 Eravur police officer suspended and arrested for assaulting two youths:
Oct 24, Colombo: Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekera said the investigations have been intensified into the incident where a traffic police officer assaulted two youths in the Eravur area in Batticaloa on Friday (22) night.
 Veteran actress Visakha Siriwardena passes away:
Oct 24, Colombo: Veteran film and teledrama actress Visakha Siriwardena has passed away. She was 64 years old at the time of her death.
  Expansion of roads to alleviate traffic congestion in Kochchikade city limits expedited:
Oct 23, Colombo: A special discussion was held on Friday under the patronage of Minister of State for Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure Nimal Lanza on the expansion of the roads in the Kochchikade city limits to four lanes on the instructions of the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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 Coronavirus update: 554 new COVID-19 cases identified Saturday, total rises to 535,529:
Oct 23, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 554 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Saturday. Among the new cases is a one foreign arrival.
 Disciplinary action against SI for firing into the air:
Oct 23, Colombo: Police Media Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said disciplinary action has been taken against a Sub Inspector who controlled an incident by firing into the air after a group obstructed a police team that went to arrest a suspect in the Kuppiyawatta area in Kadawatha.
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