Tuesday, 19 January 2021 10:01

Sri Lanka Original Narrative: 19.01.2021

1.Colombo Stock Exchange's All Share Price Index reaches highest-ever close at 7,922 points: surpasses previous record of 7,811 points on 14 February 2011: PM Mahinda Rajapaksa thanks investors for their faith in local companies.

2. State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal says Sri Lanka has proved that it's stock market is not a thin market: aims at USD 7000 per capita: pledges the Government will set framework to reach a GDP of USD 150 billion over the next 5 years.

3. Former Minister Eran Wickremaratne upset about Colombo Stock Market's progress as investors return to the market in droves: turnover surpasses Rs.12 billion for the second consecutive day: number of trades reaches a record 67,153.

4. Public Security Minister Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera proposes compulsory army training for all young persons: says the law for this purpose will be introduced in Parliament soon.

5. Colombo High Court serves indictment on former Minister Rajitha Senaratne and 2 others for causing losses to the State when leasing out Modera Fisheries Harbour in 2014.

6. Attorney General Dappula de Livera advises Secretary General of Parliament that MP Ranjan Ramanayake's seat in Parliament has fallen vacant due to his conviction and sentence for contempt of Court.

7. Sri Lanka's tourism sector earns Rs.420 million in Forex so far through the Ukrainian tourism pilot project, saysTourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga.

8. England wins the first Cricket Test against Sri Lanka by 7 wickets and leads series 1-0: SL-135 & 359, England-421 & 76/3.

9. UNP Chairman Wajira Abeywardena says the ever-green UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will enter Parliament on its National List "at the right time".

10. President of the Sri Lanka Indigenous Medical Congress Ven Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera urges Government to legalise cannabis (ganja) cultivation: points out the "Kansa" or ganja plant has valuable "medicinal properties".

(LIN)

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