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  UNDP & UNGCSL signs MoU to accelerate progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda

Nov 30, Colombo: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Global Compact Network Sri Lanka (UNGCSL) recently signed a 4-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to ensure urgent priority is given for public-private partnerships to accelerate Sri Lanka’s progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda.

The MoU is an extension to the ongoing partnership and was signed by Robert Juhkam, Resident Representative of UNDP in Sri Lanka and Dilhan C. Fernando, Chairman of the UNGCSL with the presence of Rathika de Silva, Executive Director of UNGCSL.

 GCE O/L examination postponed:
Dec 01, Colombo: The Minister of Education Prof. GL Peiris says that the GCE Ordinary Level examination cannot be held on the scheduled dates.

 BOI Chairman Susantha Ratnayake resigns from post:
Dec 01, Colombo: Business leader Susantha Ratnayake has resigned as the Chairman of the Board of Investment, (BOI), Sri Lanka’s investment promotion agency after one year at the post.

 Main suspect in Ranjan de Silva murder arrested:
Dec 01, Colombo: The main suspect, who allegedly directed the assassination of former Municipal Councilor Ranjan Silva, the father of national cricketer Dananjaya de Silva, has been arrested in the United Arab Emirates.

 Mahara Prison Riot: Nine killed, 109 others including two prison officers injured:
Dec 01, Colombo: According to the Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana, 109 persons have been hospitalized so far following the deadly Mahara Prison riot. Among the injured are two prison officers and others are inmates.

 Registration of tourism service providers expedited before opening the country for tourists - Tourism Minister :
Dec 01, Colombo: Registration of island-wide tourist service providers will be expedited before opening the country to tourists, the Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said.

 Central Bank of Sri Lanka selects SimCorp for front-to-back reserve management:
Dec 01, Colombo: SimCorp, a leading provider of integrated, front-to-back, multi-asset investment management solutions and services to the world’s largest buy-side institutions, today announces that the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), has signed an agreement with SimCorp Asia Pacific.

  Coronavirus update: 503 new COVID-19 cases identified Monday, total rises to 23,987:
Nov 30, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 503 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Monday.
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 Sri Lanka reports 2 more COVID-19 deaths today, toll rises to 118:
Nov 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka reported two more deaths Sunday due to COVID-19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 118, according to health authorities.

 Justice Minister appoints 5-member committee to probe Mahara Prison riot:
Nov 30, Colombo: Minister of Justice, Ali Sabry, President’s Counsel, has appointed a five-member committee to investigate the incident that took place in the Mahara Prison on Sunday, 29 November 2020 and submit a full report including recommendations, Secretary to the Ministry of Justice MMPK Mayadunne informed.

  Twenty-six inmates injured in Mahara Prison riot COVID-19 infected:
Nov 30, Colombo: It has been revealed that 26 inmates who were injured in the unrest at the Mahara Prison have been infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus.

 Defense Secretary instructs IGP to probe tense situation at Mahara Prison:
Nov 30, Colombo: The Secretary, Ministry of Defense, Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), C.D. Wickramaratne to probe into the tense situation escalated at the Mahara Prison yesterday (November 29, 2020).

 Sri Lanka’s Colombo-based inflation 4.1 percent in November 2020:
Nov 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) marginally increased to 4.1 percent in November 2020 from the previous month, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Monday.

 Sri Lanka’s first ever virtual cabinet meeting held today:
Nov 30, Colombo: For the first time in history, Sri Lanka held a virtual cabinet meeting today using video technology.

 Central Bank withdraws appointment of Natwealth Securities Limited as a Primary Dealer:
Nov 30, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka today announced that appointment of NatWealth Securities Limited (NWSL) as a Primary Dealer will be withdrawn effective today.

 MP Sudarshini Fernandopulle gets new State Ministry portfolio:
Nov 30, Colombo: Member of Parliament Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle has been appointed as the State Minister of Primary Health Services, Pandemics and COVID Prevention.

 Second Report of the Committee on Public Finance on 2021 Budget to be presented in Parliament Wednesday:
Nov 30, Colombo: The second report of the Committee on Public Finance (COPF) on the Budget Proposal is scheduled to be presented in Parliament Wednesday (02), the Parliament Communications Department said.

 Japan supports the project for improving facilities of special needs children’s center in Buttala:
Nov 30, Colombo: The Government of Japan has provided a grant of US$ 83,692 (approx. Rs. 15 million) for “The Project for Improving Facilities of Center for Disabled Children in Buttala, Monaragala” through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

  Sampath Bank offers attractive loan facilities for commercial and residential solar power projects:
Nov 30, Colombo: Extending its support to the Sri Lankan Government’s intention to increase the use of solar power among commercial and residential sectors, Sampath Bank PLC recently announced the introduction of a solar loan facility

 JKH’s OCTAVE: Integrating advanced analytics with front-line business decisions:
Nov 30, Colombo: OCTAVE, the John Keells Group’s Data and Advanced Analytics Center of Excellence is making strides to build a world-class analytics practice to derive the most value from the Group’s data

 CMA CGM vessels do maiden relay transshipment at the Hambantota International Port:
Nov 30, Colombo: Two vessels owned by global French transportation and shipping group CMA CGM made their maiden call at Hambantota International Port (HIP) last week.

 Opposition Leader calls for commission on Mahara prison incident:
Nov 30, Colombo: Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa Monday (Nov. 30) called on the government to appoint a separate commission to investigate the Mahara prison incident, which killed eight inmates of the prison.

 Mahara Prison Riots Update: Eight inmates killed, 50 other inmates and two prison officers injured :
Nov 30, Colombo: Eight inmates have been killed and 50 other inmates and two prison officials were injured following the unrest erupted at the Mahara Prison yesterday afternoon, police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.

 Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and three others acquitted from the Divi Neguma case:
Nov 30, Colombo: The Colombo High Court Monday ordered the acquittal and release of four suspects, including former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who were accused of misusing government funds.

 UNDP & UNGCSL signs MoU to accelerate progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda:
Nov 30, Colombo: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Global Compact Network Sri Lanka (UNGCSL) recently signed a 4-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to ensure urgent priority is given for public-private partnerships to accelerate Sri Lanka’s progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda.

 Inmate killed in Mahara Prison unrest, three more injured:
Nov 29, Colombo: Nov 29, Colombo: An inmate has been shot dead by prison officials as he tried to break through the prison’s main gate. Three others were injured in the incident, police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
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 Coronavirus update: 496 new COVID-19 cases identified Sunday, total rises to 23,484:
Nov 29, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 496 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Sunday.
 Sri Lanka reports 7 COVID-19 deaths today, toll rises to 116:
Nov 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka reported seven more deaths Sunday (29) due to COVID-19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 116, according to health authorities.
 Switzerland and IOM donate automated PCR machine to facilitate safe repatriation of Sri Lankan migrant workers:
Nov 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka has received support from the government of Switzerland and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to scale up efforts for the safe repatriation of Sri Lankan migrant workers who were unable to return to the country due to the COID-19 epidemic.
 Customs return 62 illegal imported turmeric containers back to India:
Nov 29, Colombo: It has been decided to re-export 62 illegally imported containers of turmeric seized by the Customs back to India.
 Tipper driver who ran over a police officer arrested:
Nov 29, Colombo: A dump truck driver who ran over a police officer in the Kobeigane area in Kurunegala last night has been arrested, the police said.
 Schools in Dambulla education zone closed:
Nov 29, Colombo: All schools in the Dambulla Education Zone will be closed for a week from tomorrow (30), said Dambulla Mayor Jaliya Opatha.
  Sri Lanka Navy arrests five Indian nationals attempting to smuggle over 1372kg of dried turmeric by sea:
Nov 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested five Indian nationals attempting to smuggle over 1372kg of dried turmeric into the country by sea in a special operation conducted in the seas off the Kudiramalei Point, Puttalam in the dark hours on 28th November 2020.
 ComBank in another first: adds QR code to Credit Card statements:
Nov 29, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has become the first bank in Sri Lanka to enable its Credit Card holders to conveniently and instantly settle their Credit Card outstanding by scanning a QR code appearing on their monthly Credit Card statements.
 Prof. Vajira Dissanayake appointed as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council:
Nov 29, Colombo: Dean, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo Senior Professor. Vajira Dissanayake has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC).
  Four quarantined inmates attempted to escape form Bogambara Prison captured:
Nov 29, Colombo: Prison officers have been able to capture four quarantined inmates who attempted to escape from the quarantine center at the Bogambara Prison in Kandy today (29) by firing into air.
 Another 488 stranded Sri Lankans arrive in the island:
Nov 29, Colombo: Another 488 Sri Lankans stranded in foreign countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic have arrived in the island Sunday morning, the National Operations Center for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak said.
 Several areas in Colombo to be released from isolation on Monday:
Nov 29, Colombo: Head of the National Operations Center for the Prevention of the Spread of Covid-19, Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva has informed the removal, continuation and activations of the isolation status in currently isolated areas from Monday, November 30.
  Former President’s personal security officer makes contradictory statements to the Presidential Commission on Easter attacks:
Nov 29, Colombo: The Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Sunday attacks observed many discrepancies in the evidence provided by former President Maithripala Sirisena’s personal security guard Priyantha Pushpakumara when he testified before the Commission Friday (27).
 Pakistani prisoner dies at Sri Lanka prison hospital:
Nov 28, Colombo: A Pakistani prisoner who was detained at the Mahara Prison has died today (28) after being admitted to the Ragama Hospital due to a kidney ailment, prison sources said.
 India’s National Security Adviser Ajith Doval meets the President:
Nov 28, Colombo: India’s National Security Adviser Ajith Doval, who is in Sri Lanka to attend the 4th National Security Adviser Tripartite Meeting on Maritime Security Cooperation between India, Maldives and Sri Lanka, called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat on Saturday evening (28).
 Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Sri Lanka Saturday:
Nov 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka reported two more deaths Saturday due to COVID-19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 109, according to health authorities.
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 Coronavirus update: 487 new COVID-19 cases identified Saturday, total rises to 22,988:
Nov 28, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 487 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Saturday.
 Maldives Defense Minister meets Sri Lankan Prime Minister:
Nov 28, Colombo: Maldivian Minister of Defense Mariya Ahmed Didi and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa met Friday and held a detailed discussion on deepening bilateral partnership between both nations and regional security issues.
 Sri Lanka resumes sending migrant workers to Saudi Arabia:
Nov 28, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) says it has resumed sending migrant workers to Saudi Arabia for employment.
 Sri Lanka, India and Maldives agree to further strengthen maritime security cooperation to ensure peace in the region :
Nov 28, Colombo: During a high-level trilateral dialogue on Saturday India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives took stock of the current maritime security environment in the region and agreed to further strengthen cooperation and ensure peace and security for common benefit.
 Value Group Plantations explores exporting Ceylon Tea to Afghanistan :
Nov 28, Colombo: Value Group Plantations has discussed their interest in exporting Ceylon Tea to meet Afghanistan’s demand as a major tea-drinking nation, with the Afghan Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari.
  Afghan and Sri Lankan Foreign Ministers mark 62 Years of growing bilateral relations:
Nov 28, Colombo: Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammed Haneef Atmar and his Sri Lankan counterpart Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena have recently exchanged warm congratulatory messages on the 62nd Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, the Afghanistan Embassy in Colombo said.
 Government to launch 264 projects by next year to make water supply more efficient :
Nov 28, Colombo: All arrangements have been made to commence 264 projects in the country to make the water supply more efficient by next year, the Ministry of Water Supply disclosed at the Ministerial Consultative Committee Friday.
 More stranded Sri Lankans arrive from overseas:
Nov 28, Colombo: A total of 149 Sri Lankans who were stranded in foreign countries due to COVID-19 pandemic arrived at the Katunayake this morning (28) on several flights.
 MyDoctor partners Union Assurance to provide unlimited doctor consultations for smart health premier policy holders:
Nov 28, Colombo: Backed by Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, MyDoctor, Sri Lanka’s pioneering digital health solution provider, recently partnered Union Assurance to provide unlimited doctor consultations for Smart Health Premier policy holders.
 Priest arrested for organizing LTTE Heroes’ Day commemorations:
Nov 28, Colombo: A priest who organized a celebration with the image of former LTTE leader Vellupillai Pannirabhakaran at a religious place in Jaffna to commemorate Maaveerar Naal (Great Heroes Day) which falls on Friday (November 27) has been arrested.
 Government to take over controversial Batticaloa Campus:
Nov 28, Colombo: Education Minister Prof. GL Peiris said the government will take over the controversial Batticaloa campus in Poonani, Batticaloa, founded by the former Governor of the Eastern Province MLAM Hizbullah and accused of being prepared to teach Sharia Law.
 SSP Shani Abeysekara admitted to IDH Hospital, Opposition Leader requests to ensure his safety:
Nov 28, Colombo: Former Director of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) SSP Shani Abeysekara, who has rendered a distinguished service in the field of criminal investigations in Sri Lanka, has been admitted to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH), Angoda.
  Shani Abeysekara transferred to Welikanda COVID-19 Treatment Center:
Nov 27, Colombo: Former Director of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Shani Abeysekara who was in remand custody has been admitted to the Welikanda COVID-19 Specialized Treatment Center today (27)
 India to assist Sri Lanka to strengthen maritime security:
Nov 27, Colombo: India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval paid a courtesy call on Defense Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, today (Nov 27).
 Coronavirus update: 473 new COVID-19 cases identified Friday, total rises to 22,501:
Nov 27, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 473 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Friday.
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 Sri Lanka reports 8 COVID-19 deaths today, toll rises to 107:
Nov 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka reported eight more deaths Friday due to COVID-19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 107, according to health authorities.
 Sri Lanka can build back better from COVID-19 and realize inclusive, resilient growth - World Bank:
Nov 27, Colombo: The World Bank’s new Country Director for Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Faris Hadad-Zervos, completed his first visit to Sri Lanka Friday.
 Sri Lanka says ratings downgrade by Fitch Ratings based on uncorroborated facts:
Nov 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka, stressing that it is able to meet its debt obligations as it has done so impeccably in the past, today said it cannot accept the sovereign rating downgrade by Fitch Ratings as the action is based on “uncorroborated facts”.
  India’s NSA Ajit Doval calls on Sri Lankan PM:
Nov 27, Colombo: India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Friday called on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Wijerama.
 Fitch downgrades Sri Lanka to ‘CCC’:
Nov 27, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has downgraded Sri Lanka’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘CCC’ reflecting Sri Lanka’s increasingly challenging external-debt repayment position over the medium term.
  Measures will be taken to prevent Indian fishermen from fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters – Fisheries Minister :
Nov 27, Colombo: Minister of Fisheries Douglas Devananda said a prompt measure will be taken to prevent Indian fishermen from crossing and illegally fishing in the territorial waters of Sri Lanka after consulting with the Indian High Commission in Colombo and the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi.
 Stern regulatory measures followed to improve the quality of reclaim tea - Plantation Minister :
Nov 27, Colombo: Stern regulatory measures have been taken to improve the quality of reclaim tea, Minister of Plantations Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said in Parliament Thursday (26).
 Government to maintain a fixed fuel price amidst fluctuating world oil prices:
Nov 27, Colombo: Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila has said that maintaining a fixed fuel price amidst the fluctuating world oil prices is the policy of the new government.
 COPE recommends to set up a mechanism to prevent pollution of Kelani River:
Nov 27, Colombo: The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) held in Parliament yesterday (26), disclosed that the Kelani River, a major river in the country that supplies water to Colombo, has been severely polluted due to unauthorized constructions, unlicensed factories, restaurants and hotels.
  CD Wickramaratne assumes duties as IGP:
Nov 27, Colombo: Chandana Wickramaratne has assumed duties as the 35th Inspector General of Police (IGP) at the Police Headquarters today (27).
 COPE meeting held online for the first time :
Nov 27, Colombo: The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) in Parliament had Secretaries of three Ministries joining the committee meeting online through ZOOM technology for the first time Thursday (26).
  Government plans to purchase 1000kg of paddy per hectare from every farmer receiving fertilizer subsidy :
Nov 27, Colombo: From the next season, 1000 kg of paddy per hectare will be purchased at a guaranteed price of Rs. 50 from every farmer who receives the fertilizer subsidy the Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage said.
 Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka recommends amending the gazette issued requiring cremation of COVID-19 dead bodies :
Nov 27, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has recommended the Ministry of Health to amend the gazette issued on the disposal of bodies of people died due to COVID -19 to ensure compatibility with Sri Lankan law and international obligations.
 Sri Lanka Manufacturing and Services activities contract in October 2020 :
Nov 27, Colombo: Purchasing Managers’ Indices for both Manufacturing and Services activities contracted in October 2020, due to adverse impacts of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic erupted in the country earlier in the month, the Central Bank said in its monthly report.
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