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02 August 2021

CCPI based Inflation increased to 5.7 per cent in July 2021.

Headline inflation, as measured by the year-onyear (Y-o-Y) change in the Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI, 2013=100)1 , increased to 5.7 per cent in July 2021 from 5.2 per cent in June 2021. This was driven by monthly increases of prices of items in the Non-food category. Subsequently, Food inflation (Y-o-Y) decreased to 11.0 per cent in July 2021 from 11.3 per cent in June 2021, while Non-food inflation (Y-o-Y) increased to 3.2 per cent in July 2021 from 2.5 per cent in June 2021.

The CCPI, measured on an annual average basis, increased marginally to 4.2 per cent in July 2021 from 4.1 per cent in June 2021.

Monthly change of CCPI recorded at 0.50 per cent in July 2021 due to price increases observed in items of the Non-food category. Moreover, monthly changes of Food and Non-food categories recorded at -0.05 per cent and 0.55 per cent, respectively. Accordingly, within the Food category, prices of coconut, fresh fish and coconut oil decreased. Meanwhile, prices of items in the Non-Food category recorded an increase during the month due to price increases observed in the Transport (Petrol) and Restaurant and Hotels subcategories.

The core inflation (Y-o-Y), which reflects the underlying inflation in the economy, increased to 3.7 per cent in July 2021 from 3.2 per cent in June 2021. Moreover, annual average core inflation increased marginally to 3.1 per cent in July 2021 from 3.0 per cent in June 2021. 



01 August 2021

Isuru Udana announces retirement from international cricket.

Isuru Udana, the Sri Lanka paceman, announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday, 31 July.

The 33-year-old has played 56 matches for Sri Lanka, picking 45 wickets, and was part of the home series against India, in which Sri Lanka secured the T20I series 2-1, while losing the ODIs by the same margin.

Udana said he was stepping aside and making way for the young players coming through.

Udana debuted for Sri Lanka in 2009, but only became a mainstay of the side in the latter half of the last decade. He was also a handy batsman, scoring a half-century in both ODIs and T20Is. The latter was a particularly fiery knock – a 48-ball 84* against South Africa in 2019.

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Sri Lanka’s ban on all types of non-degradable lunch sheets from today (August 01) onwards.

Sri Lanka’s ban on all types of non-degradable lunch sheets will be implemented from today (August 01) onwards.

The Government of Sri Lanka imposed a ban on the manufacturing, distribution, sale, or use of non-degradable lunch sheets.

Previously, a grace period of a month was granted to sell the lunch sheets that had already been manufactured. However, the manufacturing and distribution of polythene lunch sheets were completely forbidden during that period.

The Ministry of Environment stated that the Central Environmental Authority and the Consumer Affairs Authority have launched special operations to find out whether non-degradable lunch sheets are still in production.

The ministry further stated that the law will be strictly enforced against anyone who manufactures and distributes them in defiance of these orders.

It has been estimated that Sri Lanka releases over 10 million lunch sheets into the environment per day.

While lunch sheets decompose in the soil within 2 to 3 years, scientists have confirmed that the micro-plastic particles that accumulate in the soil due to lunch sheets last for over 200 years.



Central Province governor approves feasibility study for proposed Kandy cable car project.

Central Province (CP) Governor Lalith U Gamage today granted permission to conduct a feasibility study for the proposed cable car project as a suitable solution to reduce traffic congestion and pollution in Kandy city.

The decision was taken following a discussion held at the Governor's office on 30th July 2021 with the Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka, Eric Lavertu.

The Governor of the Central Province stated that the province has received support for a number of projects, such as the Matale Water Project, under French provisions, and thanked the French country for that.



28 July 2021

Sri Lanka proposes to hold BIMSTEC Summit in December 2021.

Sri Lanka has proposed to hold the BIMSTEC summit in early December this year. This will be the 5th such summit of the grouping. Sri Lanka is the chair of the grouping and had earlier proposed holding the summit in the month of August.

BIMSTEC or Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation has 7 members- India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. The grouping was formed in the year 1997.

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Baurs to bring expert team to study Sri Lanka’s agriculture ecosystem

One of the pioneers in agriculture fertilizer and a leading diversified business group, A. Baur & Co. (Pvt.) Ltd., also known as Baurs, will be bringing down a team of renowned experts from Switzerland to study the country’s agriculture ecosystem with the purpose of providing scientific and practical solutions to converse into an organic approach.

Scheduled to arrive on the 01st of August, the 10-day visit will include meetings and diverse interactions with all key stakeholders, including visits to sites and facilities that influence organic agriculture. The expert team will also conduct first-hand training in composting and organic farming, the need of the hour.

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Health authorities concerned over spread of ’’TINEA’’.

Health authorities expressed concern about a skin disease spreading in several areas including the North Central Province.

Dr, Hema Weerakoon of the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital said the disease identified as TINEA caused by a fungus was spreading fast.

She pointed out that the environmental effects, allergy to medicines, self-medication and community activities could result in the infection. The Doctor said that men, women and children of all ages had contracted the disease.

She stressed the need to obtain treatment under medical advice for about six months to recover from the disease or else the infection could worsen. She was of opinion that the use of steroid or drugs containing steroid could result in adverse effects.



First Floating Solar Power System will be established near Diyawanna Lake.

Power Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said in Parliament yesterday that steps will be taken to establish the first Floating Solar Power System near Diyawanna Lake. The Minister said that solar panels would be installed on roofs of Government Offices to generate electricity. Minister Alahapperuma also said that a project worth USD 100 million is being implemented under the Indian Loan Scheme and 80 per cent of it will be allocated for the Project. The Minister said that solutions should be found to the problems through renewable energy and that the Government led by the President has paid special attention in this regard.

A floating solar power plant with a capacity of 1.5 MW is to be built in Diyawanna Oya to meet the daily electricity requirement of Parliament. This will be constructed with a loan from the Government of India.

This will be the first project under a programme to build floating solar systems, according to Minister of Power Dullas Alahapperuma.

Minister Dullas Alahapperuma emphasizes that the construction of the floating solar power plant in Diyawanna will be carried out at the earliest and that Parliament will set a precedent for the entire country regarding the concept of floating solar power plants.

The programme will be carried out jointly by the Ministry of Power and Energy, the State Ministry of Solar, Wind and Hydro Generation Projects Development, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the Mahaweli Authority and the Sustainable Energy Authority. Already several reservoirs and tanks have been identified for the second phase of this innovative project concept.

The CEB is to conduct feasibility studies focusing on the relevant reservoirs and will select the maximum capacity reservoirs. It has been suggested that the minimum capacity should be 100 MW.

The Power Ministry has initiated a number of renewable energy projects covering the entire island to provide uninterrupted, quality and affordable sustainable electricity services to electricity consumers, for achieving the objective of increasing the renewable energy contribution to the power sector to 70% by 2030.



23 July 2021

Hayleys Fabric cuts carbon footprint by 15% with Sri Lanka’s largest solar roof.

  • Contributes 6,241,500kWh of power per annum to the National grid
  • Largest single rooftop solar installation in Sri Lanka
  • 9,000 solar panels installed across 18,000 square metre rooftop
  • Carbon footprint reduced by 4,065.45 tCO2.

Leading textile manufacturer, Hayleys Fabric further reduced its carbon footprint by 15% with the installation of the largest private sector rooftop solar power system in Sri Lanka, contributing 6,241,500kWh of power per annum to the National Grid.

Installed by sister company Hayleys Fentons, the rooftop solar project was set up at Hayleys Fabric’s primary manufacturing facility in Horana and is part of a broader campaign to reduce carbon emissions and align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Consisting of 9,000 solar panels installed across 18,000 square metres of the company’s primary manufacturing facility rooftop, the system has contributed 4.5 Mw to the National Grid since June 2021.

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19 July 2021

Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE)'s All Share Price Index crosses 8,000 mark.

The All Share Price Index (ASPI) of Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) crossed the 8,000 mark today (July 19) as it went by 55.60 points.

ASPI closed at 8,022.55, according to the CSE.

Further, the value of turnover for today is at Rs 6.22 billion.

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Biodegradable lunch sheets compulsory from August 01.

The Environment Ministry has made the use of biodegradable lunch sheets compulsory from August 1, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

Addressing the media, he said biodegradable lunch sheets should be made available in shops from the said date.

Non-perishable lunch sheets made of polythene will be banned from August 1 and also their production and distribution.

However, a grace period of one month will be granted to sell the existing stock of lunch sheets which have already been produced. Any new production and distribution of lunch sheets made of polythene will be prohibited thereafter, the Minister said.

The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) and the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) will conduct raids to find whether the prohibited materials are still being produced. Law will be strictly enforced against the persons who manufacture and distribute in defiance of government order.

He also said a Cabinet Memorandum will be signed today (14) to submit to the Cabinet a list of banned items on eight other types of polythene and plastic products for immediate disposal.

Accordingly, the list of banned products is as follows: Single use straws and stirrers,  spoons, forks, yoghurt spoons and knives made of single plastic, volumes lesser than 400x500mm shopping bags, plastic string hopper trays, Polythene packed incense sticks and wicks, plastic garlands, plastic cups and Lunch sheets.

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Sri Lanka to field 9 athletes for 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Sri Lanka will field a nine-member team of athletes for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics Games, says the National Paralympic Committee (NPC).

The squad will be led by former bronze medal winner at the Rio Paralympics Games, Javelin thrower Dinesh Priyantha Herath.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has qualified for a rowing event for the first time in the history of Paralympics.

Tokyo Paralympics will take place from August 24 to September 05 at the Japan National Stadium with more than 4,000 athletes competing in 540 events in 22 sports.



Local boxer becomes first Sri Lankan female to judge Olympic event.

A Sri Lankan sportswoman has been selected to judge an Olympic gaming event for the first time in Sri Lanka’s sports history.

Accordingly, T. Nelka Shiromala, a Chief Inspector of the Sri Lanka Police, acts as a referee and a judge for the boxing event of the 2020 Olympic games held in Tokyo this year.

Chief Inspector Shiromala has represented Sri Lanka Police in scores of boxing events.

Following in the footsteps of her father, late Navy boxing champion Thambu Sampath, Shiromala took on the sport when women’s boxing was first introduced to Sri Lanka in 2000.

Her father tragically passed away while she was officiating the European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament in Paris last month.

Sri Lanka’s first-ever winner of Novices boxing tournament for women, Shiromala has claimed the runner-up title for five consecutive years at the national championships between 2001 and 2006.

Shiromala, who took up refereeing in 2009, made her international debut in 2011 at the Indonesian President’s Cup as the first Sri Lankan sportswoman to officiate an international sports event.

Just six months after becoming a 1-star international referee, Shiromala was promoted as a 2-star international boxing judge at the London Olympic Test event in 2011.

She went on to become the first woman 3-star referee in South Asia and South East Asia.

In 2017, Shiromala was also awarded as the best boxing judge in Asia.

She was the first female referee to officiate a sport from Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in 2018.



13 July 2021

Govt. to promote use of electric vehicles in Sri Lanka

The Cabinet of Ministers has given the go-ahead to a resolution to draw up a strategic plan for promoting the use of electric vehicles in Sri Lanka.

According to the Department of Motor Traffic, the number of vehicles registered in the country by the end of year 2020 has exceeded 8 million.

A considerable portion of these vehicles are older than 10 years and it has been identified that the lack of proper maintenance of such old vehicles lead to poisonous gas emissions, the Government Information Department said in a press release.

Meanwhile, several researches carried out by the University of Moratuwa in tandem with a few other institutions have confirmed that 60% of air pollution in Sri Lanka is caused by vehicular emissions.

Attention has also been drawn to the usage of renewable energy even for vehicular operations since immediate implementation of renewable energy projects is one of the foremost actions the government has to take.

Thereby, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved the relevant resolution furnished by the Minister of Environment to devise a strategic plan to promote the use of electric vehicles in the country, the Government Information Department said further.



Sri Lanka records highest daily vaccinations on Monday, 12 July 2021.

Sri Lanka yesterday (July 12) recorded the highest number of COVID-19 vaccines administered within a single day, according to the Epidemiology Department of the Ministry of Health.

Accordingly, a total of 232,526 vaccine doses have been administered yesterday.

State Minister of Production, Supply, and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Prof. Channa Jayasumana stated that 173,988 first doses and 40,276 doses of the China-produced Sinopharm vaccine were administered yesterday.

Further, 13,357 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine, 4,725 of the Pfizer vaccine, and 18 doses of the AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine have been administered as well.

Sri Lanka yesterday commenced the vaccination of teachers and non-academic staff of schools island-wide. The process is to be carried out continuously for two weeks.



Issue of Commemorative Coins to Mark the 65th Anniversary of Sri Lanka – China Diplomatic Relations.

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has issued gold and silver commemorative coins of Rupees 1,000, each with same depiction, to mark 65th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the People's Republic of China and the 100th Anniversary of Communist Party of China. 

The coins have been issued at the request of the Government of Sri Lanka as an accolade for long-standing friendship and mutual trust between the two countries.

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11 July 2021

Colombo Stock Market launches second phase of digitalisation

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) along with the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) continue to drive digital advancement in Sri Lanka’s capital market with the launch of the second phase of the digitalization of the Stock Market on 07th July 2021 under the patronage of His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat.



08 July 2021

Sri Lanka is in alert on most dangerous Corona variant found in Peru.

Sri Lanka too could expect the arrival of the most dangerous variant  of coronavirus called Lambda, Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath yesterday told the media.

Dr. Hearth said that the Lambda variant had been detected in more than 30 countries during the past four weeks. It was first found in Peru last December.

Dr. Herath said that while 14 days of quarantine for those coming into the country was usually enough to detect the cases but there could be outliers that escape detection.

Chief Epidemiologist, Dr. Samitha Ginige urged the people to follow health guidelines without being lulled by a false sense of security. 

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07 July 2021

Sri Lanka receives Future Policy Award 2021 on protection from hazardous chemicals.

Sri Lanka’s Control of Pesticides Act No. 33 of 1980 and the National Policy and Action Plan on Prevention of Suicide of 1997 are among the five inspiring and impactful laws and policies that won the Future Policy Award 2021.

The Award, often referred to as the ‘Oscar on Best Policies’ celebrates the most effective policy solutions that minimise the adverse effects of exposure to chemicals on human health and the environment. The above two policies from Sri Lanka have contributed to one of the greatest decreases in suicide rates ever achieved in the world. They have saved about 93,000 lives over 20 years at a direct government cost of less than USD 50 per life.

The prize is awarded by the World Future Council and is organised this year in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and with the support of the Michael Otto Foundation and the Jua Foundation.

For the sake of current and future generations,it is absolutely critical that stakeholders make the protection from hazardous chemicals a priority. Sri Lanka and the other winning policies show the way forward and are an inspiration for policymakers worldwide says Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council (WFC). 

The High Commission appreciates Prof.Michael Eddleston, Honorary Consul of Sri Lankan in Scotland for nominating Sri Lankan policies for this award and for all his efforts to gain international recognition to Sri Lanka.

The winning policies of the Future Policy Award 2021 will be celebrated at a high-level virtual Award Ceremony on July 6, 2021.



Hemantha Withanage elected as new chair of Friends of the Earth International.

Hemantha Withanage, Executive Director of the Centre for Environmental Justice in Sri Lanka has been elected as the chair of Friends of the Earth International. Hemantha follows Karin Nansen of Uruguay, whose two terms as chair ended in June 2021.

A science graduate from the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka, Hemantha joined the environmental justice movement in 1990 as an environmental officer for the Environmental Foundation Ltd. In 2004, he co-founded the Centre for Environmental Justice - the most visible environmental organisation in Sri Lanka today. From 2005-2008, Hemantha was Executive Director of the Philippines based NGO Forum on ADB, a network of civil society organisations monitoring the Asian Development Bank - for which he has also been the elected International Convenor a number of times. Hemantha has held leadership positions in number of other regional and international networks and is a leading environmental activist in the Asia Pacific region. Hemantha was an elected member of Friends of the Earth International’s Executive Committee from 2010-2018.

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