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  Core Group expresses concerns at UNHRC over Sri Lanka’s human rights violations

June 22, Colombo: The Core Group on Sri Lanka called upon the Sri Lankan Government to address the harmful legacies of war and to protect human rights, including for those from religious minorities.

Delivering a statement at the 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Core Group on behalf of Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Malawi, Montenegro and the UK regretted the lack of progress on these issues, with a number of further concerning developments.

 Committee on Public Finance approves Rs. 1,000 billion Treasury Bills issue:
June 22, Colombo: The Committee on Public Finance granted approval Monday (21) to issue Rs. 1,000 billion Treasury Bills, under the Local Treasury Bills Ordinance which is scheduled to be presented to Parliament for approval by the Minister of Finance.

 Coronavirus update: 2,093 new COVID-19 cases identified Tuesday, total rises to 241,820:
June 22, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 2,093 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Tuesday.
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 The struggle will not stop until the decision to increase fuel prices is completely withdrawn - Opposition Leader:
June 22, Colombo: Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa says that the government should take immediate steps to reduce fuel prices and provide relief to the people without further oppressing the people.

 Questions raised about possible Chinese military presence in Sri Lanka:
June 22, Colombo: Questions have been raised about the presence of uniformed Chinese individuals at a local development project in Southern Sri Lanka to clean ancient irrigation tanks.

 No shortage of fertilizer this season - Cabinet Spokesman:
June 22, Colombo: Cabinet Spokesman and Minister of Mass Media and Information Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella stated that there is sufficient amount of fertilizer and there is no shortage for this season.

 India and Sri Lanka agree to co-operate on common issues in the region:
June 22, Colombo: Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, in a telephone conversation held yesterday (21 June) with the Indian External Affairs Minister said that the steps that both countries have taken so far to enhance bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and India have been fruitful.

 Core Group expresses concerns at UNHRC over Sri Lanka’s human rights violations :
June 22, Colombo: The Core Group on Sri Lanka called upon the Sri Lankan Government to address the harmful legacies of war and to protect human rights, including for those from religious minorities.

 Sri Lanka confirms 71 Covid-19 deaths for Monday, toll exceed 2,700:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka reported that 71 deaths due to COVID-19 occurred on Monday, June 21, 2021.

 UNDP assistance to create an inclusive National Tourism Policy for Sri Lanka:
June 22, Colombo: Mapping the future of the tourism sector in Sri Lanka is vital for the country’s economic recovery post COVID-19. In line with this, the Ministry of Tourism initiated a process to develop a National Tourism Policy for Sri Lanka early this year.

  UNDP hands over Health and Safety kits for first responders in over 12 districts:
June 22, Colombo: The United Nations in Sri Lanka with the support of the United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka procured and handed over 1500 Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) kits for first responders.

 U.S. announces allocation plan to share 55 million doses of vaccine globally:
June 22, Colombo: The Biden-Harris Administration Monday announced the distribution list for 55 million of the 80 million doses of America’s own vaccine supply President Biden has pledged to allocate by the end of June in service of ending the pandemic globally.

 Two GN divisions in Ratnapura and Colombo Districts isolated from today:
June 22, Colombo: General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army, Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of Covid 19 Outbreak, announced that two Grama Niladhari (GN) Divisions in Ratnapura and Colombo Districts have been designated as isolated areas effective from 6:00 am today (June 22).

 Sri Lanka Opposition party hands over no-confidence motion against Energy Minister to Speaker:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) today handed over a no-confidence motion against the Minister of energy Udaya Gammanpila to the Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

 Cabinet approval granted to import 100,000 metric tons of rice:
June 22, Colombo: The proposal made by Minister of Trade Dr. Bandula Gunawardena to import 100,000 metric tons of rice, has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting held Monday.

 Sri Lanka national inflation rises to 6.1 percent in May 2021:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s nationwide inflation in May 2021 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) increased to 6.1 percent from 5.5 percent recorded in April on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Monday (June 21).

 Sri Lanka merchandise exports increases by 50% to US$ 884.2 million in May 2021:
June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s export sector performance has been able to manage its growth momentum in May 2021 with the challenges of this pandemic.

 Prime Minister directs resolving gem and jewelry exporters’ problems:
June 21, Colombo: The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (21) stated that the government will pay attention to solve the problems faced by gem and jewelry exporters in exporting.

 Coronavirus update: 2,131 new COVID-19 cases identified Monday, total rises to 241,820:
June 21, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 2,131new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Monday.
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 New 10-story car park to be constructed at Abdul Cader Road in Colombo 11 to ease traffic congestion:
June 21, Colombo: The construction work of the fourth car park of the 12 car park project, which is being constructed on the instructions of the Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, to reduce the frequent traffic congestion in the city of Colombo, commenced on the 20th of this month at Abdul Cader Mawatha, Colombo 11 (near the Gold Center).

 Pakistan donates over Rs. 74 million to Sri Lanka for Sports, Covid-19 :
June 21, Colombo: On behalf of the Government of Pakistan, the High Commissioner of Pakistan Major General (R) Muhammad Saad Khattak handed over two checks amounting to LKR 66 million & LKR 8.027 million to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, at a ceremony held at Gangaramaya Temple, the High Commission said in a statement today.

 Period given for parties affected by the MV X-Press Pearl to apply for compensation extended :
June 21, Colombo: The time given for parties affected by the MV X-Press Pearl disaster for compensation will be extended by another two weeks until July 02,2021, Minister of Justice Ali Sabry said.

 Upskilling women entrepreneurs during COVID-19 via digital empowerment:
June 21, Colombo: As the economic shocks of COVID-19 ripple across different industries in Sri Lanka, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) – especially those women-owned were the worst hit.

  Opportunity for recognized political parties to submit proposals for Election Law reforms until July 15:
June 21, Colombo: The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) today (June 21) decided to extend the deadline for recognized political parties to submit proposals for the proposed reforms of the Election Laws and the Electoral System until July 15.

 Parliament will convene next two days:
June 21, Colombo: The Committee on Parliamentary Business chaired by the Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena which was held today (21), decided that the Parliament will convene Tuesday (22) and Wednesday (23) this week.

 Sri Lanka seeks to enhance science and trade relations with South Africa:
June 21, Colombo: The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to South Africa Sirisena Amarasekara hosted a luncheon recently, at his official residence, for the high-ranking officials from the Department of Science and Innovation of South Africa and the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.
  Donation of Oxygen Cylinders and Regulators from Doha-Qatar to Sri Lanka:
June 21, Colombo: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Doha facilitated the second air shipment of 125 Oxygen Cylinders and 10 Oxygen Regulators to the Government of Sri Lanka, in a view of strengthening the capacity of the health sector to overcome from the COVID-19 pandemic.
 Sri Lanka confirms 52 Covid-19 deaths for Sunday:
June 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka reported that 52 deaths due to COVID-19 occurred on Sunday, June 20, 2021.
  Sri Lanka on the path to achieve affordable and clean energy by 2030:
June 21, Colombo: With less than 10 years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), realizing SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, has been at the forefront of Sri Lanka’s energy and development sector.
  Motor Traffic Department extends suspension of services:
June 21, Colombo: All services of the Department of Motor Traffic have been temporarily suspended, the Department said in a statement.
 Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association appeals for cost-sharing from Business Partners:
June 21, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association (SLRA), the apex body for organized retail in Sri Lanka, issued a communique requesting landlords, lessors, and business partners reduce leases and rentals for the Association’s membership.
 Permission to open licensed liquor stores from today:
June 21, Colombo: The Excise Department states that a limited number of outlets with excised licenses can be opened for the sale of liquor on days when the travel restrictions are lifted.
 Sri Lanka Navy seizes over 174 kg of Kerala Cannabis in Northern seas:
June 21, Colombo: During an operation conducted in the Northern Seas off Jaffna, A Sri Lanka Navy team has seized a stock of Kerala Cannabis and dried turmeric on Sunday night.
  China-Sri Lanka Association for Trade and Economic Cooperation (CSLATE) inaugurated at the Embassy of Sri Lanka:
June 21, Colombo: China Sri Lanka Association for Trade and Economic Cooperation (CSLATE) was inaugurated on 15 June, 2021 at the Embassy of Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry said.
 Embassy connects over 100 Sri Lankan ICT Companies with UAE Market:
June 21, Colombo: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi organized a webinar together with the Export Development Board (EDB) of Sri Lanka and the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Dubai to bridge over 100 Sri Lankan ICT companies and professionals with the UAE market
 Coronavirus update: 2,028 new COVID-19 cases identified Sunday, total rises to 239,689:
June 20, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 2,028 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Sunday.
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  Minister says sea turtles died because of the oil slick from MV X-Press Pearl:
June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Wildlife and Forest Conservation CB Ratnayake has said that the post mortem examinations of the dead sea turtles washed ashore following the MV X-Press Pearl disaster have revealed that the turtles had died because they couldn’t breathe due to oil stains on the sea water.
 Navy seizes 23 kg stock of Kerala cannabis in Chilaw seas:
June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy seized over 23kg of Kerala cannabis floating in the seas off Mukku Thoduwawa, Chilaw, during a search operation conducted in the sea area today (20th June 2021).
  Sri Lanka Navy and Japan defense forces conduct passage exercise off Colombo harbor:
June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy bade farewell to two Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) training ships today after a three-day visit to Colombo Port.
 Sri Lanka Health Ministry issues new health guidelines to re-open the country:
June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Director General of Health Services Asela Gunawardena on Sunday (20) announced that travel restrictions will be relaxed from tomorrow (21) to July 5 under strict health conditions and has issued new guidelines with respect to the easing of travel restrictions with effect from Monday, June 21 to July 05.
 Port City Colombo donates laptops to Colombo Municipal Council to use at vaccination centers:
June 20, Colombo: Continuing the contribution to fight the third wave, Port City Colombo donated 20 laptops to the Colombo Municipal Council to be used at vaccination centers, the Port City said.
 Removal and imposition of isolation status updated from Monday, June 21:
June 20, Colombo: General Shavendra Silva, Commander of Army, Head of the National Operations Center for the Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), announced that 24 Grama Niladhari Divisions and areas in 12 districts have been designated as isolated areas while 82 Grama Niladhari Divisions and areas in 12 districts will be released from isolation with effect from 4:00 am Monday, 21 June.
 Sri Lanka confirms 47 Covid-19 deaths for Saturday:
June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka reported that 47 deaths due to COVID-19 occurred on Saturday, June 19, 2021.
  Several Parliamentary Committees to meet tomorrow :
June 20, Colombo: The Committee on Parliamentary Business is scheduled to meet tomorrow (21) at 9.30 am at the Parliament Complex under the chairmanship of the Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to decide on the Business of the House for the next week.
 Travel restrictions are to be lifted tomorrow under strict conditions:
June 20, Colombo: Travel restrictions imposed islandwide to control the third wave of Coronavirus epidemic will be lifted tomorrow, exactly a month after they were imposed, subject to strict conditions.
  UN-EU experts to assist Sri Lanka address the environmental impact of MV X-Press Pearl disaster :
June 20, Colombo: A UN team of oil spill and chemical experts, provided by the European Union (EU), is working with the Sri Lankan Government to assess the impact on the environment caused by the MV X-press Pearl disaster, the UN in Sri Lanka announced.
  Sri Lanka Army takes action against soldiers involved in alleged harassment of civilians in Eravur:
June 20, Colombo: Commander of the Army, General Shavendra Silva last evening (19) has ordered the immediate removal of the Army personnel who were involved in the alleged harassment of civilians in Eravur, from their duties.
 Rs. 1 Bn worth of Micro Leases disbursed by HNB to 400+ Agri MSMEs:
June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank HNB PLC, disbursed over Rs. 1 billion to entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector through its recently launched Micro Leasing facility, offering Micro, Medium and Small Enterprises (MSMEs) a myriad of benefits and opportunities.
  The Sub Inspector arrested for drug trafficking detained for questioning until the 24th:
June 20, Colombo: The Galle Chief Magistrate has granted permission to detain and question the three suspects, including the Sub Inspector of Police, who were arrested while transporting nearly 52 kg of heroin, on a detention order until the 24th of this month.
 Sri Lanka Medical Association requests President not to lift travel restrictions on the 21st:
June 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) in a letter to the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested him to not to lift the currently imposed travel restrictions on the 21st.
 Sri Lanka confirms 54 Covid-19 deaths for Friday:
June 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka reported that 54 deaths due to COVID-19 occurred on Friday, June 18, 2021.
 Coronavirus update: 2,248 new COVID-19 cases identified Saturday, total rises to 237,661:
June 19, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 2,248 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Saturday.
 Lanka Phosphate Company taken under the Ministry of Agriculture:
June 19, Colombo: Lanka Phosphate Company, which was under Minister Wimal Weerawansa, will now belong to his ministry, Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage said.
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  A supplementary estimate of Rs. 200 billion to be presented to the Parliament on the 22nd:
June 19, Colombo: A supplementary estimate of Rs. 200 billion for coronavirus COVID-19 control and other government expenditure is due to be tabled in Parliament on the 22nd June.
 Postal Service made an essential service:
June 19, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued an Extraordinary Gazette notification proclaiming Sri Lanka’s Postal Service as an essential service from Friday, 18 June 2021.
 CSE set to Introduce Delivery Vs. Payment (DVP) mechanism to the Sri Lankan Stock Market:
June 19, Colombo: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) have announced the introduction of a Delivery vs Payment (DVP) system for stock market transactions.
 State Ministry of Regional Cooperation facilitates collaboration on Graphene applications with Russian Company :
June 19, Colombo: The State Ministry of Regional Cooperation, recognizing the potential of Sri Lanka’s natural resources to contribute to the country’s economy, has been facilitating to explore means by which the country could sustainably harness minerals for Sri Lanka’s economic growth.
 Sub Inspector arrested with Rs. 510 million worth drugs:
June 19, Colombo: A Sub Inspector of the Kalutara South Police was arrested early this morning while transporting a consignment of narcotics worth over Rs. 510 million in a luxury car on Hikkaduwa-Baddegama Road, the Organized Crime Prevention Division said.
 Take action to prevent the new COVID-19 virus from spreading beyond Dematagoda - Health Minister :
June 19, Colombo: Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi has instructed Health Ministry officials to take all necessary measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus outside the Dematagoda area in Colombo, where several people infected with the highly transmissible Delta variant of Covid-19 virus have been identified.
 ComBank offers lowest interest rate in the country for ‘Agri Gold Loans’:
June 19, Colombo: Individuals engaged in agriculture and related activities have been given further recognition by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon with the announcement of a concessionary rate of interest on pawning, exclusive to them via the recently-launched ‘Agri Gold Loans’ scheme.
  Farmers who produce organic fertilizer to receive Rs. 10,000 per hectare:
June 19, Colombo: The Ministry of Agriculture has decided to provide an allowance of Rs. 10,000 per hectare to farmers who produce organic fertilizer.
  Excise Department conducts over 2900 raids in 27 days:
June 19, Colombo: The Excise Department has conducted 2,908 raids islandwide in 27 days during the third wave of the Coronavirus epidemic.
 Coronavirus update: 2,349 new COVID-19 cases identified Friday, total rises to 235,413:
June 18, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 2,349 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Friday.
 Sri Lanka confirms 55 Covid-19 deaths for Thursday:
June 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka reported that 55 deaths due to COVID-19 occurred on Thursday, June 17, 2021.
  Ranil’s name gazetted for National List seat:
June 18, Colombo: The Elections Commission today (18) issued a gazette notification stating that the leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe will be appointed to the post of National List Member of Parliament from the UNP.
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  Constituent Changes to the S&P Sri Lanka 20 Index:
June 18, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) announced the following changes in S&P Sri Lanka 20 index constituents made by S&P Dow Jones Indices at the 2021 mid-year index rebalance.
 PM intervenes to alleviate the problems of the people affected by the floods:
June 18, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (18) instructed local government bodies, people’s representatives and government officials to take a collective decision to expedite the completion of projects that have been halted and to alleviate the problems faced by the people due to the floods.
  Travel Restrictions to be lifted on Monday Morning, Re-activated between 23-25 June:
June 18, Colombo: The island-wide travel restrictions now in force to control the Covid 19 virus outbreak will be lifted at 4.00 am on Monday, June 21, Head of the National Operational Center for the Prevention of the Covid 19 Outbreak General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army announced this afternoon.
 Lion at Dehiwela Zoo contracts COVID-19 Coronavirus:
June 18, Colombo: Thor, a lion cub kept at the Dehiwala National Zoological Gardens, is currently suffering from the Covid-19 viral infection, zoo authorities said.
 Foreign Ministry hosts stakeholder meeting to brief foreign experts on the MV-X Press Pearl Disaster:
June 18, Colombo: The European Union (EU)/ECHO (the emergency arm of EU funding) through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) supports three (03) technical experts to assist the Sri Lankan Government assessing the impact on the environment caused by the MV X-Press Pearl.
 UK Government marine experts to support Sri Lanka with X-Press Pearl pollution response:
June 18, Colombo: Following the X-Press Pearl container vessel fire that started in May, the UK Government is providing marine pollution expertise to help respond to the impact on the marine life and coastal habitats of Sri Lanka, the British High Commission announced.
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