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  Sri Lanka Central Bank approves over Rs. 60 billion working capital loans to COVID-19 affected businesses

July 10, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) said it has approved more than Rs. 60 billion working capital loans to COVID-19 affected businesses under the Saubagya COVID-19 renaissance loan scheme.

The Central Bank said it has approved 22,306 loans amounting to Rs. 60,250 million under the Saubagya COVID-19 renaissance facility as of 10th July 2020 with the approval given for 2,066 new loans, amounting to Rs. 6,978 million during the week ended on 10th July 2020. The licensed banks had already disbursed Rs. 30,528 million among 13,333 borrowers islandwide as of 9th July 2020.

 US donates lifesaving safety equipment to Sri Lanka Life Saving :
July 11, Colombo: The US Embassy in Colombo has donated lifesaving safety equipment to Sri Lanka Life Saving, an organization that provides public safety services for the citizens and visitors of Sri Lanka through drowning prevention, rescue, awareness and education.

 Program launched to uplift the inland fisheries industry in Northern Province:
July 11, Colombo: The Fisheries Ministry has launched a program to uplift the inland fishery industry in the Northern Province where about 2,500 families are engaged in the freshwater fishery industry.

 Second underwater museum constructed in Sri Lanka declared open in Trincomalee:
July 11, Colombo: Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva declared open Sri Lanka’s second underwater museum which was constructed off the Sandy Bay beach in Trincomalee on 10th July 2020.

 Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 2454 after 300 at a Rehabilitation Center tested positive:
July 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases jumped to 2,454 today after 300 more persons at a Rehabilitation tested positive for the coronavirus, the highest total in a single day, the Health Ministry said.

  Police seek death penalty for PNB officers colluded with drug traffickers :
July 11, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Police intend to request the Attorney General to carry out the death penalty against the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officers who were arrested for selling seized drugs back to the drug traffickers, Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (Legal) Attorney-at-Law Ajith Rohana said.

 Provincial Councils revert to the old system after the general election - PM:
July 11, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that after the general election the provincial council elections will be held according to the old system.

 State doctors’ union urges to increase PCR testing to prevent a second wave of COVID-19:
July 11, Colombo: The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) says that the number of PCR tests carried out daily should be increased as there is a high risk of a second wave of coronavirus in the country following the emergence of cluster of infected persons found at the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Center.

 Senkadagala Finance receives USD 25mn facility from a Dutch development bank:
July 11, Colombo: Senkadagala Finance recently announced that it received a US $25 million 5 Year Green Investment Facility from Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO).

  ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID – 19 Fund balance surpasses Rs. 1458 million:
July 11, Colombo: Following corporate, individual donations and direct deposits, ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund balance has now surpassed Rs. 1458 million, the President’s Media Division said.

 Stern action against spreading false rumors about coronavirus cases:
July 11, Colombo: Police say they will take stern action against people who spread false rumors in society and via social media that COVID-19 cases have been found in various parts of the country.

  Two separate cases filed against former minister and two others over causing and fleeing an accident:
July 11, Colombo: The Attorney General filed two separate cases in the Colombo High Court yesterday against the former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka on charges of driving recklessly causing serious injury to a youth on February 28, 2016 in Rajagiriya and fleeing the accident.

 Another 87 COVID-19 patients from Kandakadu Center, total cases rise to 2454:
July 10, Colombo: Another 196 people at the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre in Kandakadu have tested positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health on Friday.
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  UNP to release election manifesto next week:
July 10, Colombo: The United National Party (UNP) will release its manifesto for the upcoming general election next week.

 President on campaign trail in Matale addresses people’s problems :
July 10, Colombo: President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is engaged in a tour of the Matale district today (Jan. 10) to ensure the victory of the candidates contesting the general election from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.

 Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases jump to 2350 after 196 more infected persons:
July 10, Colombo: July 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases jumped to 2,350 today after 196 more persons at a rehabilitation facility tested positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said.

 Sri Lanka Central Bank approves over Rs. 60 billion working capital loans to COVID-19 affected businesses:
July 10, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) said it has approved more than Rs. 60 billion working capital loans to COVID-19 affected businesses under the Saubagya COVID-19 renaissance loan scheme.

 Hatch announces partnership with HubSpot :
July 10, Colombo: Hatch continually strives to give startups and SME’s expertise, support, and mentorship through their entrepreneurial journey. Its commitment to bringing about lasting change has driven it to build strong partnerships with companies who share the same values.

 People’s Bank collaborates with IDB to support 5,000 MSMEs :
July 10, Colombo: People’s Bank has tied up with the Industrial Development Board (IDB) to initiate a program to develop Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.

 Another 196 COVID-19 patents identified from Kandakadu Rehabilitation Center:
July 10, Colombo: Another 196 people at the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre in Kandakadu have tested positive for COVID-19, the Government Information Department said on Friday (July 10).

 HNB announces exclusive partnership with
July 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank HNB PLC announced the beginning of an exclusive partnership with the first and only local education payment platform,

 Police seize several vehicles belonging to two PNB officers detained over links with drug traffickers:
July 10, Colombo: Four lorries, two vans and a luxury car belonging to a detained Sub-Inspector and a Sergeant of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) have been taken into custody from Pallewela, Gampaha yesterday.

  Election Chief says newspapers should inform public about election laws and consequences of violations:
July 10, Colombo: Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said the media should understand that the democracy is costly and the upcoming general election will cost about Rs. 10 billion.

  Sri Lanka ensures UN peacekeepers are trained and equipped to maintain peace while upholding human rights:
July 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka has taken measures to ensure the Sri Lankan peacekeepers are well trained and equipped to maintain peace in conflict situations while upholding human rights, the United Nations Security Council was told.
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 Army Commander assures all measures taken to avert COVID-19 transmission to society from prison cluster :
July 09, Colombo: Head, National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva assured that all necessary measures have been taken to prevent the COVID-19 virus transmission to society from the prison cluster.

 CSD provides over 100,000 citrus saplings to mitigate human elephant conflict in Wellawaya:
July 09, Colombo: The Civil Security Department (CSD) initiating a new conception to mitigate the human elephant conflict in the affected areas, distributed over 100,000 citrus saplings among the staff members living in Handapanagala to be planted along elephant corridors recently.
 Ministry of Education issues instructions for the arrival and departure of the academic staff of schools:
July 09, Colombo: The Ministry of Education has issued a code of instructions about how to conduct the arrival and the departure of academic staff of schools in relation to the process of reopening the government schools and government approved private schools that had been closed due to the spread of COVID-19 virus.
 CEB extends agreements of 15 stalled hydropower projects :
July 09, Colombo: The Minister of Power and Energy, Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed the Ceylon Electricity Board to extend the agreements of 15 mini hydro power projects that have been stalled by the previous government in the last five years.
 Sri Lanka Cabinet approves agreement to transfer sentenced prisoners with Afghanistan:
July 09, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the proposal to sign an agreement between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan to facilitate the exchange of sentenced persons except for those convicted of terrorism and drug trafficking.
 Cabinet nod to purchase four helicopters for Sri Lanka Air Force :
July 09, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to purchase four helicopters for the Sri Lanka Air Force, Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Minister Ramesh Pathirana said.
 Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 2153 with 59 more infected persons:
July 09, Colombo: July 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2,153 today with 59 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said.
 57 from Kandakadu Rehabilitation Center test positive for COVID-19:
July 09, Colombo: Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said 56 persons at the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre in East Kandakadu, have tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.
 New PCR testing laboratory established at Katunayake airport:
July 09, Colombo: A new medical laboratory has been opened within the premises of the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake to conduct PCR tests on passengers and issue results.
 Election Commission orders to remove campaign stickers from all vehicles:
July 09, Colombo: The National Election Commission has instructed the police to remove stickers, photographs and pictures on all vehicles and three wheelers that were pasted to promote parties, independent groups or candidates of the upcoming election next month.
 Three women arrested with heroin, live ammo:
July 09, Colombo: Following a tip off received the Hungama police have arrested three women possessing heroin and live ammunition yesterday (08) during a raid.
 Another 298 Sri Lankans stranded in the UAE arrive at Mattala :
July 09, Colombo: Another 298 Sri Lankans stranded in the United Arab Emirates due to COVID-19 restrictions have been repatriated today.
 ComBank offers free accident cover of up to Rs 500,000 to ‘Anagi’ women’s account holders:
July 09, Colombo: Holders of Commercial Bank ‘Anagi’ Women’s Savings Accounts can now enjoy the protection of a Personal Accident Insurance Cover of up to Rs 500,000 free of charge, subject to maintaining a stipulated balance in their accounts.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank further relaxes policy rates by 100 bps to support rapid recovery of economy:
July 09, Colombo: The Monetary Board of Sri Lanka’s Central Bank has decided to further relax monetary policies and reduce policy interest rates aiming to support rapid recovery of economy hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as inflation remains subdued.
 Committee appointed to probe irregularities and illegal activities of finance and leasing businesses submits report:
July 09, Colombo: In view of the recent developments in the finance leasing business, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka had appointed a three member committee to examine and report on the irregularities and illegal activities of the finance and finance leasing businesses, and to make recommendations to curtail such activities.
  Special operations center to handle election violations:
July 08, Colombo: Police Headquarters has setup a special operations center to handle forthcoming General Election related issues, the Police said.
 J’pura University student injured with a tire returns to university :
July 08, Colombo: Sri Jayewardenepura University student Pasindu Hirushan, who was seriously injured when a tire rolled down a set of steps hit his head, returned to the university today four months after the injury.
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 Government decides to bear part of the increased electricity bills:
July 08, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers, which met today (08) has decided that the government, giving maximum relief to consumers affected by the COVID-19 crisis, will bear part of the March and April electricity bills, Minister of Transport Services, Power and Energy Mahinda Amaraweera said.
 Fourth year studies at the University of Kelaniya to begin on July 13:
July 08, Colombo: The University of Kelaniya has decided to commence its fourth year of academic activities from the 13th of this month.
 Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 2093 with 9 infected repatriates from Saudi Arabia:
July 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2093 today with 12 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said.
 No visitors to all prisons in the country:
July 08, Colombo: Commissioner General of Prisons Thushara Upuldeniya said a decision has been taken to bar visitors to all the prisons in the country, until further notice.
 Sri Lanka to re-engineer skill sector to accommodate the labor force repatriated due to COVID-19:
July 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says although the repatriation of Sri Lankan workers from abroad in the wake of COVID-19 spread made a considerable change to the overall employment profile, the aim was to secure the lives of the workforce.
 Renewable energy for health care in Sri Lanka, during COVID-19 and beyond:
July 08, Colombo: The COVID-19 pandemic is prompting a fresh look at options to ensure reliable power for health facilities , including the Vavuniya General Hospital in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, a World Bank blog says.
 UNDP and the EU support the COVID-19 Response of Local Government Authorities in Sri Lanka:
July 08, Colombo: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has provided COVID-19 protective and preventive equipment to 134 Local Government authorities across the Eastern, Northern, North-Central and Uva Provinces.
 Former LTTE member injured in Kilinochchi explosion succumbed to injuries:
July 08, Colombo: A former LTTE member who was severely injured in an accidental explosion at his house in Iyakkachchi, Kilinochchi last Friday (July 03) has succumbed to his injuries today.
 Sri Lanka eliminates measles and rubella, ahead of 2023 target:
July 08, Colombo: The World Health organization today announced that Sri Lanka and Maldives were verified for having eliminated rubella, making them the first two countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve measles and rubella elimination ahead of the 2023 target.
  Japan grants additional Rs. 1. 36 billion to help Sri Lanka’s fight against COVID-19 :
July 08, Colombo: The Government of Japan has provided an additional Rs. 1.36 billion (JPY 800 million) to the Government of Sri Lanka to strengthen the health sector to tackle COVID-19 through the provision of medical equipment.
 Election Commission receives over 2000 election law violations complaints:
July 08, Colombo: The National Election Commission (NEC) said it has received 2,084 complaints of election law violations so far since the 2020 parliamentary elections were announced.
 186 inmates of Welikada Prison sent to Poonani Quarantine Center:
July 08, Colombo: Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said 186 inmates of the Welikada Prison were sent to quarantine at another quarantine center in Punani last night.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank commences the process of developing a Blockchain Technology based Know-Your-Customer Proof of Concept:
July 08, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) entered into agreements to begin the process of developing Blockchain Technology Based Shared Know-Your-Customer (KYC) proofs of concept (POCs) on 7 July 2020.
 UNP government will grant all allowances that were not given to state employees in 2020 - Ranil:
July 08, Colombo: Former Prime Minister and Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe said all the allowances that were due to be given to the public servants in January 2020 according to a decision taken by the former United National Front government and the present government failed to grant will be given under a future UNP government.
  PM instructs to expedite work on 10 Colombo Port City bridges:
July 08, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed to expedite the construction of 10 bridges in the Colombo Port City.
 PNB inspector wanted for alleged drug racket surrenders:
July 07, Colombo: Inspector of Police (IP) Weherawatta Kankanamlage Saman Wasantha Kumara attached to the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), wanted for involving in an alleged drug racket surrendered to the Kadawatha Police this morning (July 07), the Ministry of Defense said.
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 Digamadulla already a hotspot for election violence - CaFFE:
July 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka election monitor, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) yesterday warned that certain parts of Digamadulla district in the Eastern Province could be a hotspot for election violence.
  ‘First live twin elephant babies’ found in Minneriya National Park:
July 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Wildlife Conservation Department says that the first two live twin elephants recorded in Sri Lanka are being seen at Minneriya National Park these days.
 Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 2081 with 4 new cases Tuesday:
July 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2081 today with four more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said.
 Election Commission notifies politicians, activists to refrain from canvassing in public offices:
July 07, Colombo: The Election Commission has notified politicians and political activists that it is prohibited to canvass or distribute leaflets in public offices and institutions.
  Court of Appeal issues interim injunction suspending execution of arrest warrant of Ravi Karunanayake and others:
July 07, Colombo: The Court of Appeal has issued an injunction suspending the execution of a warrant issued by the Fort Magistrate’s Court for the arrest of seven persons including former minister Ravi Karunanayake.
 Visitors not allowed to Welikada Prison after inmate tests positive for COVID-19:
July 07, Colombo: Visitors are barred from entering the Welikada Prison premises until further notice after an inmate at Welikada remand prison tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.
  Three-year plan to increase foreign employment related income:
July 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) has focused on formulating a three-year plan to increase development and revenue of the Bureau and its partners.
 Group of 275 Sri Lankans stranded in Saudi Arabia arrives in the country:
July 07, Colombo: A SriLankan Airlines flight carrying 290 Sri Lankans who were stranded in Bahrain due to COVID-19 pandemic arrived at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning.
 Bodies of three members of same family murdered in Qatar repatriated to Sri Lanka:
July 07, Colombo: The bodies of three Sri Lankans from the same family, who were murdered in Qatar, have been brought to the country Tuesday afternoon.
 Security in the North tightened with discovery of bombs in Kilinochchi:
July 07, Colombo: The Security forces have stepped up security in the North following the discovery of locally manufactured bombs in Kilinochchi.
 No change in interest rate paid on senior citizen’s deposits - Finance Ministry :
July 07, Colombo: There has been no change in the interest rate paid on senior citizen deposits and the interest rate which prevailed thus far will continue, the Finance Ministry said.
 Sri Lanka Tourism to support SMEs and product development with EU funding:
July 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism said it has been in discussion with the European Union Office in Colombo regarding the most effective use of a Euro 3.5 million government to government grant offered to help recover from the crisis.
 BBC collaborates with Sri Lanka Tourism to revive the Tourism Sector:
July 07, Colombo: Despite being considerably affected by the recent COVID -19 outbreak, Sri Lanka Tourism is currently taking several measures to revive the Tourism sector by collaborating with key international organizations, and platforms, through destination promotional marketing among new markets via social and digital media.
 Sri Lanka Telecom contributes tech support to create online store for Sathosa:
July 07, Colombo: Contributing to the government of Sri Lanka’s objective of promoting the retail operations in the country, Lanka Sathosa Limited partnered with Sri Lanka Telecom to create an online retail store on behalf of the largest state owned retail network.
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