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  Ministerial Consultative Committee on Defense meets under the Chairmanship of the President

Dec 07, Colombo: The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Defense met under the chairmanship of the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Parliament Complex this afternoon (07).

The President, who arrived in Parliament to attend the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Defense in his capacity as the Chairman was received by Dinesh Gunawardena, Leader of the House, Johnston Fernando, Chief Government Whip and several other Ministers and Members of Parliament.

 Steps are being taken to digitalize public transport services next year - Transport Minister:
Dec 08, Colombo: The Minister of Transport Pavithra Wanniarachchi stated that plans have already been made to provide an efficient and comfortable public transport service to the commuters by the year 2022 and that steps will be taken to digitalize the transport services using the latest technology.

  Ministerial Consultative Committee on Industries approves the Gazette for ordering gems worth up to USD 3000 online:
Dec 08, Colombo: Gazette Notification for ordering gems up to USD 3000, online received the approval of the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Industries Monday at the Committee meeting held in Parliament.

 Q+ Payment App & LANKAQR generate record weekend sales for 3 top fashion retailers:
Dec 08, Colombo: House of Fashions, Fashion Bug & Cool Planet join ComBank’s effort to support CBSL initiative to popularise Scan & Pay transactions country-wide.

 Mahinda Samarasinghe assumes duties as Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to the United States :
Dec 08, Colombo: Ambassador Appointed of Sri Lanka to the United States of America Mahinda Samarasinghe assumed duties at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. on 2nd December 2021, the Embassy said.

 Agreement signed to digitalize facilities for prison inmates:
Dec 08, Colombo: The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka announced that an agreement was signed between the Justice Ministry, the Department of Prisons and ICTA to digitalize facilities for prison inmates, at a ceremony held recently.

 Sri Lanka Premier invites developed countries to assist improving Indian Ocean health:
Dec 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the government is committed to making Sri Lanka a sustainable global maritime hub in the region.
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 The government has taken all possible measures to control the Covid- Minister of Health:
Dec 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Health Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella says that the government has taken all possible measures to combat the global Covid disaster in Sri Lanka.

 Coronavirus update: 748 new COVID-19 cases identified Tuesday, total rises to 569,171:
Dec 07, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 748 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Tuesday.

 China, Sri Lanka sign Rs. 7.68 billion aid agreement for the renovation of the Supreme Court building :
Dec 07, Colombo: China and Sri Lanka Tuesday signed an aid agreement of Rs. 7.68 billion for the comprehensive refurbishment of Sri Lanka Superior Courts Complex.

 Ministerial Consultative Committee on Defense meets under the Chairmanship of the President:
Dec 07, Colombo: The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Defense met under the chairmanship of the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Parliament Complex this afternoon (07).

 Sialkot business community raises $100,000 for Priyantha’s family:
Dec 07, Colombo: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the Sialkot business community had raised $100,000 for the family of the Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara who was killed by a mob of factory employees in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

  Sri Lanka reports 21 Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, toll rises to 14,505:
Dec 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tuesday reported 21 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Monday, December 06.

 Most-wanted suspect in Priyantha Kumara’s murder arrested:
Dec 07, Colombo: The Punjab Police on Monday arrested the ‘most-wanted’ suspect involved in the lynching of the Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara, Pakistani media reported.

 Cabinet nod to issue national birth certificates with Sri Lankan identity number:
Dec 07, Colombo: The government has decided to include the Sri Lanka Identity Number in the birth certificate when issuing it.

 Legal action against woman infected with COVID-19 Omicron variant:
Dec 07, Colombo: The Public Health Inspectors’ (PHIs) Union of Sri Lanka says it will take legal action against the first Sri Lankan infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 for violating Quarantine Law.

 Government to pay Rs. 2.5 mn compensation to the family of Priyantha Kumara killed in Pakistan:
Dec 07, Colombo: The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a grant of Rs. 2.5 million to the family members of Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana who was brutally murdered in Sialkot, Pakistan.

 Sathosa to deliver food items to home during the festive season:
Dec 07, Colombo: The Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardena says that steps will be taken to provide food items including rice to the people through the Sathosa at concessionary prices during the festive season.

 Separate day for GCE O/L practical test for Covid infected students:
Dec 07, Colombo: The Department of Examinations has informed that the candidates who are infected with COVID-19 or quarantined will be given a separate date to sit for the practical examinations in the aesthetic subjects of the GCE Ordinary Level-2020 examination and therefore requested not to appear for the relevant examinations on the scheduled dates.

 North Western Province Governor Raja Collure passes away from COVID-19:
Dec 07, Colombo: North Western Province Governor Raja Collure, a veteran senior politician of the country, passed away this morning (07) while receiving treatment for Covid infection at the Kotelawala Defense University Hospital.

 BOI enterprises export revenues, record 2019 values: Double digit growth recorded in seven sectors:
Dec 07, Colombo: Accounting for 65% of all national exports and 85% of all national industrial exports, the Board of Investment Monday announced that total export earnings recorded as at date for the year, from enterprises under its purview, have surpassed export revenues with the corresponding year-to-date value achieved in 2019.

 Bank of Ceylon named ‘Bank of the Year 2021- Sri Lanka’ by The Banker Magazine U.K.:
Dec 07, Colombo: Bank of Ceylon, the premier financial services organization in Sri Lanka, was awarded the coveted title of “Bank of the Year 2021 – Sri Lanka” by The Banker Magazine U.K. at an event held in London recently.

 Gas companies release LP gas to market from Monday:
Dec 06, Colombo: LP gas companies Litro and LAUGFS have been given permission to release domestic gas to the market from today (06) subject to the recommendations and conditions of the Consumer Affairs Authority.

 Sri Lanka, Egypt to expand defense cooperation to new areas:
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne, who undertook an official visit to Egypt leading the Sri Lankan delegation to the EDEX 2021, had a fruitful discussion with Gen. Mohamed Zaki, Minister of Defense of Egypt on Tuesday, 30 November 2021, the Ministry of Defense said.

 Prime Minister instructs to immediately resolve problems faced by Small and Medium Enterprises :
Dec 06, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday instructed the relevant officials to identify the problems faced by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in carrying on their business activities and provide them with immediate solutions.
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 Coronavirus update: 741 new COVID-19 cases identified Monday, total rises to 568,423:
Dec 06, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 741 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Monday.
 Sri Lanka Navy seizes about 275kg of Kerala cannabis in northern waters:
Dec 06, Colombo: During a special operation conducted in seas off Madagal, Jaffna in Monday morning Sri Lanka Navy has seized about 275kg (with wet weight) of Kerala cannabis and arrested 02 suspects in connection to the incident, the Navy Media Unit said.
  Transparency International Sri Lanka expresses concern over the delays in appointments to RTI Commission :
Dec 06, Colombo: The anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has expressed concern over the delay in appointing members to the Right to Information (RTI) Commission.
  CEB engineers suspect sabotage, call for an investigation into the power outage:
Dec 06, Colombo: The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Senior Electrical Engineers’ Association has called on the government to conduct an impartial inquiry into the recent power outages in Sri Lanka, which are suspected to be sabotage.
 Sri Lanka reports 23 Covid-19 deaths on Monday, toll rises to 14,484:
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka Monday reported 23 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Sunday, December 05.
 Remains of Sri Lankan professional killed in Pakistan arrive in the island:
Dec 06, Colombo: The remains of Diyawadanage Don Priyantha Kumar killed by a mob in Sialkot Pakistan over alleged blasphemy was brought back to Sri Lanka on Monday.
 Minister of External Affairs of India calls on Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris:
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Prof. G. L Peiris and Minister of External Affairs of India Dr. S. Jaishankar discussed bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and India on the sidelines of the 5th Indian Ocean Conference in Abu Dhabi.
  Ravi, Mahendran and others released from 11 charges in bond scam case:
Dec 06, Colombo: Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar today ordered to release of several accused including former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran and Perpetual Treasury Director Arjun Aloysius from 11 charges out of 22 in connection with the Central Bank Bond Scam issue in 2016.
 Four arrested in connection with murder of ‘Keselwatte Fawas’:
Dec 06, Colombo: Police Media Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) arrested four suspects with four swords in connection with the murder of Mohammed Kamil Mohammed Fawas alias ‘Keselwatte Fawas’.
  Sunshine Holdings to support CCC’s efforts in resetting Sri Lankan economy for next normal:
Dec 06, Colombo: For the seventh consecutive year, Sri Lanka’s diversified conglomerate Sunshine Holdings will support the country’s premier economic forum, the Economic Summit 2021.
 Customs officials at airport seize Rs. 30 million worth ‘ice’ from a Sri Lankan passenger :
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs Officers at the Arrivals Terminal of the Bandaranaike International Airport have seized a stock of crystal methamphetamine also known as ‘ice’ while inspecting a Sri Lankan passenger arrived on board SriLankan Airlines flight UL 126 from Chennai, India today.
 Speaker to chair a special party leaders’ meeting today as Opposition MPs continue to boycott parliament:
Dec 06, Colombo: A special meeting of party leaders is scheduled to be held today (06) at 8.30 am under the chairmanship of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.
  HNB – Singer Sri Lanka partnership accelerates digitalization of payment ecosystem:
Dec 06, Colombo: Pioneering the nation’s evolution in cashless and contactless payments, Sri Lanka’s most innovative private sector bank HNB PLC, partnered with Singer Sri Lanka to launch the Dynamic QR facility for the latter’s PoS (Point of Sales) terminals across the island.
 Coronavirus update: 746 new COVID-19 cases identified Sunday, total rises to 567,682:
Dec 05, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 746 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Sunday.
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 GMOA questions how the unvaccinated woman infected with omicron variant entered the country:
Dec 05, Colombo: The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) says that an immediate investigation should be carried out into how the Sri Lankan woman infected with the Omicron variant entered the country even though she had not been vaccinated.
 Sri Lanka Tourism Minister says no plans to close the country again:
Dec 05, Colombo: Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says there are no plans to close the country again. He emphasizes that the government will take further action in this regard as per the health guidelines.
 Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry coordinates repatriation of remains of Sri Lankan executive killed in Pakistan:
Dec 05, Colombo: The human remains of Diyawadanage Don Nandasiri Priyantha Kumara who was killed by a mob in Sialkot area in Pakistan on 03 December 2021 will be dispatched to Sri Lanka on 06 December 2021 through Sri Lankan Airlines at state cost, the Foreign Ministry said.
 Sri Lanka reports another 21 Covid-19 deaths on Sunday, toll rises to 14,461:
Dec 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka Sunday reported 21 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Saturday, December 04.
 Leading Singaporean edtech platform Tutopiya provides Sri Lankan tutors with global teaching opportunities:
Dec 05, Colombo: Tutopiya, a Singapore-based edtech platform, announced the official launch of its tutor recruitment drive in Sri Lanka. This drive comes at a time when online tuition is necessary amidst the pandemic and social distancing measures across the globe.
 Sri Lankan President calls on everyone in the region to work together to revive the regional economy :
Dec 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa delivering the Inaugural Address at the Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) held in Abu Dhabi on Saturday emphasized that everyone in the region should work together to revive the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
  Sapugaskanda oil refinery to resume operations fromTuesday - Energy Minister:
Dec 05, Colombo: The Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila Sapugaskanda oil refinery which was closed temporarily will resume operations from Tuesday.
 The body of Sri Lankan executive killed in Pakistan will be flown to the island tomorrow:
Dec 05, Colombo: The body of Sri Lankan executive Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana, who was brutally murdered while working in a factory in Pakistan, will be brought to Sri Lanka tomorrow (06), the Sri Lankan High Commission in Islamabad said.
 Get the most out of this Christmas Season with Seylan Credit Cards:
Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- Seylan Bank, the Bank with a Heart, is all set for Christmas with Credit Card offers to make your heart sing with joy this season.
 Steps to promote ‘Ceylon Coconut’ worldwide:
Dec 05, Colombo: The Coconut Research Board says that steps have been taken to promote the ‘Ceylon Coconut’ brand worldwide.
  The High Court hearing against former Navy Commander Karannagoda postponed till January 7:
Dec 05, Colombo: The three-judge bench of the Colombo High Court Friday adjourned the hearing of the case against former Navy Commander Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda until January 7 as he has challenged the charges filed by the Attorney General against him for abducting and disappearing 11 youths in Colombo and suburbs between 2008 and 2009.
 Agriculture Minister to revive Hadabima Authority to develop rural agriculture:
Dec 05, Colombo: Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister of Agriculture stated that the Sri Lanka Hadabima Authority, a state institution which is about 30 years old, should be used more efficiently for the expansion of rural agricultural activities.
 Committee on High Posts approves appointments of 07 Secretaries to State Ministries and a High Commissioner :
Dec 04, Colombo: The Committee on High Posts has approved the appointments of seven Secretaries to the State Ministries and one High Commissioner, Secretary General of Parliament Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake said.
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  Coronavirus update: 740new COVID-19 cases identified Saturday, total rises to 566,936:
Dec 04, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 740 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Saturday.
 Sri Lankan President meets UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance:
Dec 04, Abu Dhabi: A meeting between Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was held in Expo 2020 premises, today (04).
 Pakistani PM assures Sri Lanka President maximum punishment for barbaric murderers:
Dec 04, Colombo: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has assured President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that the perpetrators of the brutal murder of Sri Lankan professional Priyantha Kumara, who worked at a factory in Pakistan, will be brought to justice.
 An investigation into the AWOL of the Data Analysis OIC of the Crime Intelligence Analysis Bureau:
Dec 04, Colombo: An investigation has been launched into the departure of the OIC of the Statistics Data Analysis Division of the Crime Intelligence Analysis Bureau of Sri Lanka Police without informing the relevant authorities.
 CAA allows release of LP Gas to market under three conditions:
Dec 04, Colombo: Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA), the state consumer protection agency has approved the release of domestic gas to the market from tomorrow (05) subject to three conditions.
 Victoria Golf & Country Resort awarded Sri Lanka’s Best Golf Course at World Golf Awards:
Dec 04, Colombo: Victoria Golf & Country Resort (VGCR) secured the award for Sri Lanka’s best golf course at the eighth Annual World Golf Awards.
 Sri Lankan President urges Pakistan government to ensure safety of Sri Lankans living in Pakistan:
Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa ‘deeply saddened’ by the horrific killing of a Sri Lankan professional in Pakistan by a mob urged the government of Pakistan to ensure the safety of all the Sri Lankan nationals living in that country.
 Sri Lanka reports 21 Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, toll rises to 14,440:
Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka Saturday reported 21 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Friday, December 03.
 President arrives in Abu Dhabi to attend the Fifth Indian Ocean Conference:
Dec 04, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who left the country to attend the Fifth Indian Ocean Conference, arrived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at 10 pm local time Friday (03).
 Last of 23 Nagapattinam fishermen detained by Sri Lankan Navy repatriated:
Dec 04, Colombo: The last of the 23 fishermen from the district who were in October arrested and detained by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly trespassing into international waters returned home on Friday, The New Indian Express reported.
 Microsoft appoints Harsha Randeny as Country Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives:
Dec 04, Colombo: Microsoft has appointed Harsha Randeny as the Country Manager for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. He will focus on accelerating digital transformation for public and private sector businesses, SMEs, communities, and industry verticals, collaborating with our extensive partner ecosystem.
  More than 100 arrested over mob killing of Sri Lankan manager in Pakistan:
Dec 04, Colombo: As many as 100 people have been arrested in Sialkot after a mob of factory workers and others killed a Sri Lankan export manager of a factory and burnt his body.
 Veteran actor Sarath Chandrasiri passes away:
Dec 04, Colombo: Veteran actor Sarath Chandrasiri has passed away while receiving treatment at the National Hospital in Colombo. He was 57 years old at the time of his demise.
 President instructs to establish a center to make Sri Lanka a ‘green’ country:
Dec 04, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to establish a ‘Green Agriculture Operative Centre’ to systematically and sustainably fulfill the priorities identified to make Sri Lanka a ‘green’ country, President’s Media Division said.
 Sri Lanka High Commissioner seeks greater defense and security cooperation with India:
Dec 03, Colombo: High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Milinda Moragoda explored avenues to further strengthen defense and security cooperation with India during a meeting with the Defense Minister of India Shri Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on 30 November.
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  School holidays for Christmas extended:
Dec 03, Colombo: The Ministry of Education today (03 December) revised the Christmas holidays dates for all government and government-approved schools.
  PM’s Office says no official post given to Shiraz Yunus:
Dec 03, Colombo: The Prime Minister’s Office in a statement today clarified that Mr. Shiraz Yunus does not serve as the Prime Minister’s Coordinating Secretary, and no such post has been offered by the Prime Minister’s Office.
 SLMA advises PCR Testing all passengers on arrival at the Airport:
Dec 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) has advised the Government to immediately commence checking all travelers who enter Sri Lanka by conducting PCR testing at the airport before they enter the community.
  Coronavirus update: 725 new COVID-19 cases identified Friday, total rises to 565,979:
Dec 03, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 725 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Friday.
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