“We are proud to end the year as the leading provider of COVID-19 linked concessionary loans among the private banks, and the process continues,” he said. Notably, Commercial Bank disbursed the highest loan value within a short period during the first wave of the pandemic, and disbursed Rs 2.8 billion, Rs 17.7 billion and Rs 6.1 billion respectively under Phases I, II and III of the programme. The Bank also completed a landmark private equity placement with IFC in 2020. The Bank increased its stake in Commercial Insurance Brokers, and its subsidiary CBC Myanmar Microfinance Ltd. expanded its operations by opening a branch in Pyinmana. The Bank has also pledged to reforest 100 hectares of land in the dry zone of Sri Lanka to mark its centenary.
January 12, 2021 01:04 UTC
By Prof Kirthi Tennakone(Email: [email protected] )Hardly a day passes without the letters, PCR, – the acronym for polymerase chain reaction — being mentioned. The polymerase chain reaction is a game changing technique offering diverse and far reaching applications beyond a gold standard for COVID-19 detection. It is fascinating and entertaining to learn about polymerase chain reaction and its discoverer Kary Mullis, nicknamed untamed genius. There, he worked in a laboratory devoted to DNA chemistry, often quarrelling with coworkers. Kary Mullis, who passed away in 2019, will be remembered as a demarcater of biology into two epochs – before PCR and after PCR.
January 12, 2021 00:33 UTC
Britons shouldn't 'lose focus on the pandemic' as coronavirus is 'still causing huge, huge problems for our NHS', Mr Johnson added. It is also not clear whether Mr Johnson was driven to the park with his bike, or cycled the whole way there and back. Government sources yesterday said Mr Johnson was 'reluctant' to scrap the exemption, which provides one of the few remaining lifelines for the lonely. Pre-school nurseries and places of worship could also face restrictions if cases continue to rise – but Mr Hancock said support bubbles were sacrosanct. A few hours after his ride, Mr Johnson held a meeting with Cabinet colleagues to discuss the current lockdown.
January 12, 2021 00:00 UTC
Disease hits 5,000 cows in 15 districtsBy Pamodi WaravitaThe interim report of the committee looking into the lumpy skin disease that has currently affected 5,000 cows in 15 districts is scheduled to be handed to State Minister D.B. “The (report) would be handed over to the State Minister tomorrow,” Secretary to the State Ministry of Livestock, Farm Promotion, and Dairy and Egg-Related Industries S. Senanayake told The Morning yesterday (11). Initially, the virus was only affecting cows in the northern districts, and we sent samples to the UK in October 2021 to correctly identify the virus as the lumpy skin disease,” said Hettiarachchi. The virus is spread from animal to animal through flies which land on the skin of the animals,” Hettiarachchi elaborated. Another serious long-term effect of the virus includes the reduction in the reproduction ability of both male and female cows.
January 11, 2021 22:18 UTC
This is the best we can do for now, but there’s definitely more to kombucha than its characteristic tang. Kombucha and its ever-growing reputation has really shed some light on the importance of adding fermented foods to one’s diet and the benefits it brings. Since Oneida is definitely a more reliable authority than ourselves, here’s how she explained it: “Kombucha does not taste like tea or ice tea. She said in trying kombucha, it evoked a memory where in 1997, her mom who is from Kandy actually brewed kombucha in their home. Kombucha is a great refreshing drink that is healthier but still tasty, fizzy, and refreshing,” she said.
January 11, 2021 22:18 UTC
The Government has paid attention to establish underground electrical transmission cable systems and promote renewable energy resources, including hydro, solar, and wind power, Minister of Power Dullas Alahapperuma said. He said that there is a need to make Sri Lanka’s electricity service more efficient, inexpensive, and uninterrupted; at the same time, the Government has identified the need of underground electrical transmission cable systems. Ltd. (LECO) to launch a pilot project to establish Sri Lanka’s first underground electrical transmission cable system in Galle. To date, 99.6% of people living in the Galle District have been provided with electricity. Renewable energy projects in the Galle District are yet to gain popularity, he opined, adding that only 919 houses in the district have installed solar panels on the roof.
January 11, 2021 22:07 UTC
Neyara WeerawansaAs the year’s most significant domestic tennis tournament, the Sri Lanka Tennis Nationals 2020, which was postponed from last year due to the pandemic, continued on its second day on Sunday (10) at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association SLTA) hard courts in Colombo, there was an alleged attempt by one of its participants to take an injunction order from courts to hold up the event. “I was forced to play under protest,” the player told the Morning Sports on Saturday (9). “The player was suspended from the tournament. This year’s Tennis Nationals will go on till 24 January under the Health Ministry guidelines on conducting sporting competitions during the spread of Covid-19. Prasanna AthaudaRESULTSMen’s Open:Prasanna Athauda beat Nadun Senadeera 6/0, 6/1Vichintaya Nilaweera beat Ramith Herath 6/0, 6/3Dilvan Herath beat Heshika Perera 7/5, 6/1Kavisha Ratnayake beat Manesh Kajan 6/4, 1/6, 10/6Women’s Open:Neyara Weerawansa beat Dewmini Weerawansa 6/1, 6/0Photo Ishan Wanniarachchi
January 11, 2021 06:00 UTC
Very heavy showers above 150mm can be expected at some places in Northern, Eastern, North-Central, and Central provinces. Heavy showers can be expected at some places in the sea areas extending from Puttalam to Hambantota via Kankasanthurai, Trincomalee, Batticaloa. Winds will be North-easterly in the sea areas around the island and wind speed will be 30-40 kmph. Wind speed can increase up to 60-70 kmph at times over the sea areas extending from Puttalam to Trincomalee via Kankasanthurai. Other sea areas around the island can be moderate.
January 11, 2021 02:48 UTC
Heavy snow and polar temperature could hit the UK later this month as conditions are coming into place for a second 'Beast from the East'. In the 2018 event, the Met Office issued a red snow warning, its highest level, meaning the weather could cause damage to buildings and roads. There were sixteen specifically weather-related deaths, although official data found that the extreme weather event may have increased mortality rates to the highest level since 2009. In the 2018 event, the Met Office issued a red snow warning, its highest level, meaning the weather could cause damage to buildings and roads. It comes after a week of snow and ice for large parts of the country - with a Met Office weather warning still in place.
January 11, 2021 00:11 UTC
In retrospect, Founder &CEO of OPPO in a message to the group’s staff exceeding 40,000 members noted: “We can be proud that in 2020, OPPO grew in a declining market. In India, we saw sales continue to rise with a 33% increase in brand preference. By the end of 2020 we had almost 400M worldwide users of our ColorOS operating system.”OPPO launched an assortment of new models in 2020: OPPO F15, F17 & F17 Pro & Reno 3. In November, OPPO hosted INNO DAY themed ‘Technology for Mankind – Kindness for the World’ as an online event. INNO DAY is an annual forum where industry experts, partners & key opinion leader elaborate on the future of technology.
January 11, 2021 00:00 UTC
Sportsmail's NASSER HUSSAIN caught up with Sri Lanka legend and Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene ahead of the series. Sri Lanka lost to a dominant South Africa this month, while England come in under-cookedNH: Is Test cricket still financially viable in Sri Lanka? There is no Jofra Archer or Ben Stokes for England in Sri Lanka while Moeen Ali is illMJ: Yeah, it is. NH: How much did the 3-0 defeat hurt Sri Lanka, and how much is it feeding into their mindset now? NH: When I went to Sri Lanka, England were never favourites.
January 11, 2021 00:00 UTC
The decision to take away the 2022 PGA Championship - one of the sport's major tournaments - hasn't been announced yet. 'The odds that ’22’s PGA Championship will happen as scheduled in New Jersey are about as good as the chances of you or I winning it,' Lynch wrote on Saturday, clearly tongue-in-cheek. Trump National Golf Club (pictured) is in danger of losing a major golf tournamentThe Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey was set to host a major in 2022One report from Golfweek suggests the 2022 PGA Championship will be played elsewhere'Seth Waugh, the PGA of America’s CEO, was a banker and has an alert eye for high-risk exposure. The 2022 PGA Championship was set to be the first men's major to take place at Trump National Golf Club. The possible removal of one of golf's biggest tournaments from Trump National is the latest in a line of responses after Trump helped incite the Wednesday riot that is connected to at least five deaths.
January 10, 2021 23:03 UTC
This and other changes have been proposed as amendments to the Antiquities Ordinance as amended, which are scheduled to be submitted to government authorities soon, according to an officer involved in legal affairs at the Department who spoke to The Morning last week. The officer also noted that the subject Minister, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, had last week requested that the Department consider any additional new proposals to amend the said law. In addition, stringent punishments in the form of both increased fines and terms of imprisonment have been proposed by the Department for those who commit offences under this law. According to him, the law at present was silent on the matter of bail. When the relevant suspect is produced before a Magistrate’s Court, the Magistrate states that he/she has no power concerning bail,” he explained.
Sri Lanka has decided to establish a diplomatic mission in Spain to capitalise on the growing trade relationship between the two nations, with a particular focus on Sri Lanka’s exports to Spain. Therefore, we have decided to open an embassy in Spain,” State Minister of Regional Co-operation Tharaka Balasuriya told The Morning yesterday (10). The total trade turnover between Sri Lanka and Spain was $ 163 million in 2019, with Sri Lanka’s exports amounting to $ 69 million, according to Foreign Ministry statistics. Sri Lanka is currently awaiting the approval of the Government of Spain to open the diplomatic mission. Over the years, Spain has extended development assistance to Sri Lanka through two channels, namely Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Export Credit Facility.
By Hiranyada DewasiriThe Department of Examinations is in the process of introducing digital technology to automate stages of the examination process and evaluation system that were previously conducted manually, The Morning learnt. The Department’s Commissioner of School Examination Evaluation Pushpa Wijesooriya told The Morning last week that the Department has taken steps to introduce the digitisation of various stages of the examination process since 2019. In October last year (2020), Cabinet approval was granted to purchase new equipment including for internet facilities and for the training of Department staff, for the purpose of modernising the examinations process. The current system requires a centre’s evaluation process to be concluded to send the manually prepared marksheet to the Department. Also, the Department of Examinations is working with the Department of National Archives to digitally archive old examination records from as far back as 1950, it is learnt.