Sri Lanka News, Sri Lanka sets a new record of over 2,500 new COVID-19 cases in a single day :: LankTime 2021-05-10 14:14:08
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Description:Latest News from Sri Lanka: LankaPage wishes its readers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays...[Last Updated = Mon, May 10, 2021, 12:02 am SL Time]May 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Sunday set a new record with the number of daily Covid-19 infections exceeding 2,500 for the first time since the epidemic began. According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 2,672 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Sunday.According to the Epidemiology Unit report at 8:25 pm Saturday, a total of 125,906 COVID-19 cases have been reported Full StoryLEGAL - SITUATIONSri Lanka reports 15 more COVID-19 deaths Sunday, toll exceeds 800May 09 (CP) Colombo- The Director General of Health Services Sunday confirmed 15 deaths that occurred from May 06 to May 09 due to Covid-19 virus infection. The total number of deaths due to Covid-19 infection in Sri Lanka is 801 by now.South African national arrested at Sri Lanka airport with 2 kilos of cocaineMay 09 (CP) Colombo- A South African national who had smuggled 2 kilos and 29 grams of cocaine into Sri Lanka has been arrested by the Sri Lanka Customs at the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake.21 GN divisions in Ratnapura and Nuwara Eliya Districts isolated with immediate effect from todayMay 09 (CP) Colombo- General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army, Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of Covid 19 outbreak, on Sunday (May 09) announced that 20 Grama Niladhari (GN) Divisions in Ratnapura District and one GN division in Nuwara Eliya District have been designated as isolated areas with immediate effect.Six caught for stealing iPhones sent via courierMay 09 (DM) Police have arrested six suspects, including three supervisors of a leading courier service in connection with a robbery of iPhone mobile phones being sent to Sri Lanka via air cargo from abroad.Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said around 19 iPhones have been stolen in this manner since last January.Police round up unmasked persons in public spaces in ColomboMay 09 (Island) With the alarming spike in Covid-19 infections across the country, Police on Friday launched an operation in Colombo to round up unmasked persons in public spaces.Police said that 85 people taken into custody were initially taken to the Bo-tree junction in Pettah28,000 community police officers to keep neighbourhood watchMay 09 (ST) A Community Police contingent of 28,000 is to work out of Grama Niladari offices rather than Police stations to resolve minor neighbourhood disputes and counsel wayward youth before issues escalate into bigger proportions, according to the Government’s newest plan to nip local-level problems in the bud.Drunken motorist runs over OICMay 09 (SO) The Officer-in -Charge of the Traffic Division at the Ampara Police Station was yesterday left in a life-threatening condition in hospital after he was run over by a speeding drunken motorist.Sri Lanka records highest coronavirus daily death toll Saturday raising the toll to 786May 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka reported its highest ever single-day death toll from COVID-19 on Saturday (May 08) with 22 deaths raising the overall death toll to 786.The Director General of Health Services Saturday confirmed 22 deaths caused by Covid-19 virus infection from May 02 up to today.Coronavirus update: 1,896 new COVID-19 cases identified Saturday, total rises to 123,234May 08 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 1,914 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Saturday.Among the positive cases identified Saturday are, 1890 associates of the New Year COVID-19 cluster and 06 foreign arrivals.21 GN Divisions in five Districts newly IsolatedMay 08 (CP) Colombo- General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army, Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of Covid 19 outbreak, announced that 08 Grama Niladhari (GN) Divisions in Colombo and Galle Districts and 13 GN divisions in Gampaha, Kalutara and Jaffna Districts have been designated as isolated areas with effect from 05.00 AM and 06.30 AM Saturday respectively.Sri Lanka Navy seizes 235 kilos of Kerala cannabis in KalpitiyaMay 08 (CP) Colombo- During a special operation conducted in the northwestern and western waters of the island on Friday (07), Sri Lanka Navy seized 235 kg of Kerala cannabis being smuggled into the country from India.Police arrest 617 persons for violating quarantine rulesMay 08 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana stated that 617 persons were arrested for violating the quarantine rules yesterday (07) and 342 of them were arrested in Colombo.Police Spokesman said it was the highest number of arrests made in a single day since October 30.Coronavirus update: 1914 new COVID-19 cases identified Friday, total rises to 121,338May 07 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 1,914 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Friday.Among the positive cases identified Friday are, 1889 associates of the New Year COVID-19 cluster and 25 foreign arrivals.Sri Lanka reports 19 more COVID-19 deaths Friday, toll rises to 764May 07 (CP) Colombo- The Director General of Health Services confirmed 19 deaths caused by Covid-19 virus infection Friday. The total number of deaths due to Covid-19 infection in Sri Lanka is 764 by now.STF arrest drug dealer with Rs. 20 million worth ‘ice’ and ‘hash’May 07, Colombo: The Police Special Task Force (STF) arrested a 23-year-old suspect with 2.2 kilograms of methamphetamine, also called ‘ice’ during a raid carried out by in the Bloemendhal area in Colombo.Following interrogation of the suspect, the STF have seized 4 .527 kilograms of hashPolice arrest 436 for violating COVID regulationsMay 07 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested 436 people for violating the COVID regulations in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00 am Friday (07), Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.They have been arrested for failing to wear face masks and maintain social distancing, DIG Ajith Rohana said. 12 more GN Divisions in three districts isolated, isolation lifted in 4 GN divisionsMay 07 (CP) Colombo- General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army, Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of Covid 19 outbreak, Friday announced that following Grama Niladhari Divisions in Colombo, Gampaha, and Kalutara districts have been designated as isolated areas with immediate effect.COVID-19 Indian variant detected in Sri LankaMay 08 (CP) Colombo- An individual with the new COVID-19 variant currently spreading in India was found at a quarantine center in Colombo, Director of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of Sri Jayewardenepura University Dr. Chandima Jeewandara said.President holds successful discussion with WHO chief to obtain more COVID vaccinesMay 07 (CP) Colombo- The zoom discussion held between World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was very successful, the President’s Media Division said. The zoom meeting was held from the Presidential Secretariat, today (07).World Bank strengthens engagement in Sri LankaMay 07 (CP) Colombo- The World Bank Thursday launched public consultations to update its Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) in Sri Lanka. This online platform will enable the Bank to engage with the Sri Lankan public and development partners and seek their views on the most pressing development opportunities and challenges for the country.FINANCE - TRAVEL SLT-MOBITEL partners STEMUP for ‘Hack:bit 2020’May 09 (CP) Colombo- SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT and Mobile Services Provider partnered with STEMUP Educational Foundation to conduct Hack:bit 2020, a virtual inter-school and inter-university nationwide hackathon with the aim of inspiring creativity amongst Sri Lankan youth.Sri Lanka: New Commission To Govern Colombo Port City Soon – AnalysisMay 09 (ER) The Sri Lankan Supreme Court’s determination on the proposed Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill will be placed before the parliament on May 18, paving way for the legal act to establish the Commission, with an amendment in accordance with the judiciary’s verdict. Rupee devaluation, high shipping rates hurt tea prices at Colombo auctionsMay 09 (Island) The Sri Lankan rupee weakening against the US dollar coupled with surging shipping rates reflected adversely on tea prices at the Colombo auctions.This contributed to regressive price trends in Colombo, Forbes & Walker (F&W) said in its weekly Tea Market report.Govt. reviews blanket ban on chemical fertiliserMay 09 (ST) The Finance Ministry has issued a gazette that, without completely banning the import of all agrochemicals, allows for some items to be brought in after May 6 this year subject to special import licence regulations.Central Govt debt rose to 101% of GDP last year - CBMay 09 (SO) Reflecting the expanded budget deficit and resultant large financing requirements as well as the contraction of GDP, the outstanding central government debt rose to 101.0 percent of GDP at end 2020, from 86.8 percent of GDP at end 2019Payment of additional compensation to the depositors of Swarnamahal Financial Services from MondayMay 08 (CP) Colombo- The Central Bank of Sri informed the eligible depositors and relevant legal beneficiaries of eligible deposits of Swarnamahal Financial Services PLC (SFSP) that the payment of additional compensation under the Sri Lanka Deposit Insurance and Liquidity Support Scheme will commence from Monday, May 10 onwards.ComBank wins ‘European Quality Award’ from Europe Business Assembly, UKMay 08 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been presented the ‘European Quality Award’ by the Europe Business Assembly of Oxford, UK, which is an international corporation that encourages economic and social development on a global level.Sri Lankan shares end higher to post first weekly gain in threeMay 07 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares closed higher on Friday, for a third straight session, boosted by gains in industrial and financial stocks. DFCC Bank partners with Visa for Micro Merchant transactionsMay 07 (CP) Colombo- DFCC Bank, with the aim of being the most customer-centric and digitally-enabled bank in the years to come, recently partnered with Visa to facilitate digitally driven, cost-effective transactions at Micro Merchant Businesses and increase card acceptance among Micro Merchants in Sri Lanka.SEC to Showcase Sri Lanka as an attractive destination for foreign portfolio investmentMay 07 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has performed exceptionally well in the past 12 months with the All Share Price Index (ASPI) appreciating more than 55% and the S&P SL 20 Index appreciating more than 44%. POLITICS - GENERALA special discussion on the complete or 75 percent lockdown of the countryMay 09 (CP) Colombo- It is reported that the head of the Presidential Task Force for economic Revival Basil Rajapaksa has instructed the officials to be prepared if the country has to be completely or 75 percent shut down due to the Covid situation in the country.Urgent plans to repatriate Sri Lankans who have gone to IndiaMay 09 (CP) Colombo- Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that a program will be planned and implemented immediately to repatriate Sri Lankans who have gone to India for health reasons or other reasons.The Minister further stated that necessary action will be taken in this regard after next week.Government decides not to call pregnant state employees for workMay 09 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Public Administration says that it has decided to suspend calling pregnant mothers employed in public institutions for work.Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration JJ Ratnasiri says that this decision was taken as the health sector Discussion on starting schools next Wednesday - Education MinisterMay 09 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Education, Prof. GL Peiris said he expects to meet with a group of leading doctors and education experts in Sri Lanka next Wednesday to obtain advice regarding the opening of schools, pre-schools, pirivenas and universities.People of Kirulapone to be given Sinopharm vaccine todayMay 09 (CP) Colombo- People of the Kirulapone area will be vaccinated today against Covid-19 with the Sinopharm vaccine which was donated by the Government of China, the Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of Covid-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said.Those who give ‘voice cuts’ to media should be masked – DGHSMay 09 (Island) The media has a right to ask those who give ‘voice cuts’ to be masked as they pose a threat to others in case they are infected with Covid-19, says Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director-General of Health Services (DGHS).Crowds and events still the norm, despite Health DG’s instructionsMay 09 (ST) A week after the Health Services Director General issuing Alert Level 3 warning to restrict activities and functions, people are yet to grasp the grim nature of the pandemic as jammed packed office trains, closed-door private parties, crowds at beaches and clothing shops filling with Ramadan shoppers’ are still the norm.Ayurvedic hospitals to admit Covid-19 patientsMay 09 (SO) State Minister of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurvedic Hospitals Development and Community Health Sisira Jayakody said a decision has been taken to convert all 118 Ayurvedic hospitals countrywide into intermediate care centresThe state Vesak Festival suspended due to the pandemicMay 08 (CP) Colombo- The state Vesak Festival scheduled to be held at Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya in Jaffna has been temporarily suspended due to the pandemic.The Ministry of Buddha Sasana said that the decision was taken on the advice of health authorities.Blending edible coconut oil with any other oil prohibitedMay 08 (CP) Colombo- The Consumer Affairs Authority has issued an Extraordinary Gazette notification prohibiting the blending of edible coconut oil with any other oil. This Direction shall come into effect from 07th May, 2021.Sri Lanka commences administering Sinopharm COVID -19 vaccine to publicMay 08 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation Prof. Channa Jayasumana said vaccination of people with China’s Sinopharm COVID -19 vaccine will begin today (08).Sri Lanka: Stop the criminal mishandling of the pandemic! Lockdown the country with full compensation to those affected!May 08 (WSWS)As India is ravaged by a tsunami of the COVID-19 cases accounting for almost half of the global daily total, Sri Lanka is facing a new surge along with other countries in the region. Dr. Olivia Nieveras, officer-in-charge of the World Health Organization’s Colombo office, last week urged Sri Lanka to take “the latest coronavirus surge seriously.”Sri Lanka congratulates Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Green and Middle East Green InitiativesMay 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Friday congratulated the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Green and Middle East Green Initiatives, which call for regional cooperation to tackle the environmental challenges facing Saudi Arabia and the wider region.Sri Lanka condemns terrorist attack on Maldivian Speaker and former President Mohamed NasheedMay 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka condemned the terrorist attack on the Speaker of the Maldivian Parliament and the former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, on 06 May 2021. The Prime Minister says development programs will not be hampered by any challengesMay 07 (CP) Colombo: “We as a country, should join hands and face this challenging time,” Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said today emphasizing that the development process of the country will not be limited by any challenges.All educational institutions indefinitely closed in Sri LankaMay 07 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has decided not to reopen all schools, pre-schools, pirivenas, tuition classes and universities in the country until further notice due to the threat of Covid 19 in the country, Education Minister Prof. GL Peiris said.Talawakelle Tea Research Institute premises and St. Coombs Estate will be isolatedMay 07 (CP) Colombo- Lindula Health Medical Officer Janath Abeygunaratne said that steps have been taken to isolate the Talawakelle Tea Research Institute premises and the St. Coombs Estate Grama Niladhari Division from today (07).Welisara Economic Center closedMay 07 (CP) Colombo- It has been decided to close the Welisara Economic Center until further notice.The Welisara Economic Center was temporarily closed after it was confirmed that 38 employees of 25 shops were infected with COVID-19 coronavirus.Sri Lanka approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine for emergency useMay 07 (CP) Colombo- The National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) of Sri Lanka has approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in the country.Accordingly, five million doses of the vaccine will be imported in the near futurePM calls on teachers and principals to commit to elevate examination results to a higher levelMay 07 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (07) said that teachers as well as principals of all schools in the country should work hard to bring the examination results of their schools to a higher level as there is a tendency for children to seek admission to schools that show high results.President instructs to expedite import procedures and administering COVID-19 vaccines to publicMay 07 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the relevant officials to expedite both the import procedures and administering COVID-19 vaccines to the public as the third wave of the epidemic is raging in the country. Sri Lankan Christians offer solidarity and support against COVID-19May 07 (AsiaNews) Colombo– Sri Lankan Christians are mobilising to help the authorities and fellow Sri Lankans stem the crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, which in recent weeks has particularly virulent in South Asia, starting with neighbouring India.Pakistan setting up another 3-day win in 2nd Harare testMay 09 (HT) Zimbabwe, already in deep trouble after nearly two days in the field, was 52-4 in reply by stumps, trailing by 458 runs, and at risk of losing the test inside three days by an innings, as it did in the first test last week. Abid Ali’s maiden test double century and Nauman Ali’s 97 carried Pakistan to 510-8 declared against an overwhelmed Zimbabwe host on day two of the second test on Saturday.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 Lanka�s 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%.More Information
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