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A crucial meeting to increase the daily wage of estate workers to Rs. 1,000 from Rs. 700 will be held today under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees.

Local liquor manufacturers continue to express concerns over the quality and safety of products manufactured using locally-made ethanol, following the Government-imposed ban on the import of ethanol.

The Government of India has extended its fullest cooperation to boost Sri Lanka's investment and tourism sectors, which have been hit by the Covid -19 (Corona) epidemic. Accordingly, Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Gopal Bagley assured that the necessary financial, technical and other support will be provided for this purpose.

Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth is forecast to contract 6.1% this year and grow 4.1% in 2021, the ADB said in a supplement to its Asian Development Outlook (ADO).

The World Bank has expedited the disbursement of its financial assistance to help the country prevent, detect, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen its public health preparedness.

Referring to the statement made by Vinyagamoorthy Muralitharan alias “Karuna Amman” that he killed some 2,000 to 3,000 Sri Lankan Army personnel in one night, former UNP Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said Karuna could not kill soldiers of that magnitude as claimed.

Insaf Ahamed, the suicide bomber who blew himself up at the Cinnamon Grand hotel, had spent nearly Rs.45 million within the first four months of 2019 for National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) to conduct extremist activities in the country, CI Raveendra Wimalasiri of the CID informed the PCoI probing into the Easter Attacks yesterday.

Sri Lanka recorded 40 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, all of whom were overseas returnees, with 29 returnees from India and 11 returnees from the USA testing positive.

The Department of Government Printing has stated that the printing of ballot papers for 18 districts for the 2020 general election has been completed.

The conducting of virtual meetings of Parliament Committees is to be proposed, the Parliament Secretariat said yesterday.

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