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[Last Updated = Wed, Sep 19, 2018, 01:33 pm SL Time]
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Sri Lanka Premier emphasizes on programs for early childhood development and pre-school education

Sept 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government has focused attention on programs to enhance early childhood development and primary education and will open pre-school education centers and day care centers under these programs.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Sept 19 (DM) Law and Order Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara recommended the National Police Commission (NPC) to send DIG Nalaka Silva on compulsory leave to facilitate an independent inquiry.
 

Sept 19 (DN) The Attorney General informed the Colombo High Court that a Facebook account belonging to former Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councillor Muhandiramge Hasitha Samantha alias Sarpaya who is on death row over a double murder is updated by a female lawyer and her sister.
 

Sept 18 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal today rejected the request made by the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and Provincial Ministers Anandi Sashitharan and K. Sivanesan to postpone the Contempt of Court case filed against them until a verdict is issued by the Supreme Court.
 

Sept 18 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan national arrested in Milan, Italy last week for attempting to smuggle four youths is not a diplomat, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

** Related Story ::Sri Lankan diplomat arrested in Italy for human smuggling
 

Sept 18 (CP) Colombo- Four elephants were killed when they were hit by a fuel tanker train plying from Orugodawatta, Colombo to Batticaloa on Tuesday in north central Sri Lanka.
 

Sept 18 (AP) COLOMBO- Family members, human rights activists and civic groups have gathered in Colombo to demand a speedy and fair investigation of a Sri Lankan student detained in Australia on suspicion of terrorism.
 

Sept 18 (DC) Chennai- The Union government has informed the Madras high court that through various mechanism, the government of Sri Lanka was impressed upon to treat Indian fishermen humanely when in detention and not to resort to violence under any circumstances while intercepting or apprehending Indian fishermen who have strayed into Sri Lankan waters.
 

Sept 17 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court Monday ordered four media institutions to provide the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) with the unedited video footage of the press conference on the assassination attempt on President Maithripala Sirisena and former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
 

Sept 17 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Navy on Sunday (16th) has rescued four local fishermen who were in distress after their fishing boat capsized in the southern sea 26 nautical miles off Kirinda fisheries harbor.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* British drowns in sea off Mirissa (18 - DM)
* Powerful bombs recovered by STF brought for fishing, say police (18 - Island)
* Puttalam PS Chairman remanded for violating bail conditions (18 - DN)
* DIG of TID transferred after allegation of assassination plot (17 - DM)
* DIG Nalaka to be grilled shortly Alleged plot to kill President and Gota (17 - Island)
* Four dead at rail crossing collision (17 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka undertook an official visit to Washington D.C. from September 12-13. Minister Ratnayaka is also the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.
 

Sept 18 (CP) Colombo- A two-day training program on the integration of women in the agriculture sector was held from 17-18 September 2018 at the Taj Samudra Hotel.
 

Sept 18 (CP) Colombo- The Enterprise Sri Lanka project, which was launched by the Ministry of Finance and Mass media to inspire, assist and create a minimum of 100,000 new entrepreneurs, has received Rs 8 billion ( USD 50 Million) from the Asian Development Bank for the rooftop solar power generation project.
 

Sept 18 (CP) Colombo- In celebration of the International Day of Peace, which is globally observed on 21 September, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sri Lanka has conducted a national symposium for young people.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Enterprise technology solution provider, Pyxle, celebrates 15 years of success this year. The company marked this milestone with the launch of its new workspace and brand Pyxle 2.0
 

Sept 19 (DN) The German business community in Sri Lanka is upbeat on Sri Lankan economy and more investments are being made by them, Chief Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka, Andreas Hergenroether said.
 

Sept 19 (Island) The 27th edition of the renowned World Food Exhibition opened at Moscow’s Expo-centre on Monday (17). As one of the two key exhibitions in this field in Russia, World Food 2018 attracted 1480 agri-food sector stakeholders from 66 countries.
 

Sept 19 (DM) MAS Holdings made history by being recognized as the ‘Exporting Conglomerate of the Year’ at the Presidential Export Awards 2018 held at the BMICH under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday.
 

Sept 18 (CP) New Delhi- India's state-owned airport authority has agreed to develop Palaly airport in Northern Sri Lanka and it will be the authority's first project in the island nation.
 

Sept 18 (The National) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka has stopped crude imports from Iran and is actively switching to other crude grades, as South Asian importers, including India, significantly restrict supply in anticipation of US sanctions against Tehran.
 

Sept 18 (Bernama) KUALA LUMPUR- To boost tourist arrivals from Malaysia, Sri Lanka has intensified tourism promotional activities, says High Commissioner to Malaysia, Ahamed Jamaldeen Mohamed Muzammil.
 

Sept 18 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares breached the 6,000-point psychological barrier and hit a 30-month closing low on Tuesday, weighed down by a weak rupee and heavy foreign selling in market heavyweight John Keells Holdings.
 

Sept 18 (Reuters) COLOMBO- The Sri Lankan rupee hit an all-time low of 166.10 per dollar on Tuesday due to dollar demand from importers and banks to facilitate foreign bond outflows, but selling of the U.S. currency by a state bank limited the fall, market sources said.
 

Sept 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Bank issuing a statement said a recent analysis by Nomura Holdings Inc has incorrectly reported that Sri Lanka's short term external debt is as high as US$ 160 billion but the actual figure is nowhere near the reported amount.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Singer records 15 per cent growth ‘despite economic odds’ (18 - Island)
* Construct 2018 ends in high note with large participation (18 - DN)
* Over USD 100 million obtained by SriLankan were not settled - Witness (18 - DN)
* Sri Lanka reduces VAT on imported fabric to 5 percent (17 - CP)
* Bank loans to construction sector slightly up in 2Q (17 - DM)
* Rs 10 mn initiatives to boost SME packaging, competitiveness (17 - DN)
* Sri Lanka shares slip to near 3-week closing low in dull trade (17 - Reuters)
* Sri Lankan rupee hits record low for fourth straight day (17 - Reuters)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Sept 19 (Island) Ports and Shipping Minister and SLFP Vice President Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday alleged that the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) always sought international intervention here in the wake of the successful conclusion of the conflict almost a decade ago.
 

Sept 19 (DN) The Cost of Living Committee appointed by the Cabinet yesterday recommended to increase the price of a 12.5Kg domestic Gas cylinder by Rs.195. Gas companies had made a proposal to the CoL Committee to increase the price of 12.5 Kg of domestic gas to Rs.325
 

Sept 18 (CP) Colombo- The next meeting of the five-member committee appointed to review make recommendations to hold provincial council elections is scheduled to meet again on the 20th of this month. The meeting is to be held under the leadership of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and with participation of all political party leaders.
 

Sept 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy Dilip Wedaarachchi says a comprehensive program will be launched island wide at the village level to boost the ornamental fish industry producing ornamental fish that are high in demand globally.
 

Sept 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President confirming that he recalled the entire staff of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Austria including its Ambassador said he did so to 'send a message' to Sri Lanka's diplomatic core to stress the importance of fulfilling duties.
 

Sept 18 (AsiaNews) Colombo- It is called "EvalColombo 2018" and is hosted by Sri Lanka: it is the first global conference on "evaluation". The event started yesterday and will last until tomorrow.
 

Sept 18 (ECONOMYNEXT) Sri Lanka's multiple ministries and agencies and regulations is making it difficult to implement policy and red tape was hindering trade and investment, and reform are required to unlock growth, officials said.
 

Sept 18 (DC) Kandy- For the first time in the past several decades, a high-level delegation from Sri Lanka is likely to visit Chennai soon “to carry the message of peace and collaboration” between the people of the island country and “the brethren” in Tamil Nadu.
 

Sept 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the Parliament must be an example of efficiency when the country is moving towards the development goals.The efficiency of the Parliament has an impact on the efficiency of the public service
 

Sept 17 (BBC) By his own admission filmmaker Jude Ratnam is a "traitor". A Tamil himself, he blames the Tamil Tigers for many of the atrocities carried out in Sri Lanka's civil war.
 

Sept 17 (CP) Colombo- Union minister Maneka Gandhi has requested Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to take measures to release an elephant chained for 67 Years and send it to an elephant orphanage.
 

Sept 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka maintained its rank in the 'high human development category' at 76th place among 189 countries according to the Human Development Index (HDI) that tracks health, education and economic well-being of the nations.
 

Sept 17 (CP) Colombo- India and Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday for construction of a 5000-metric ton temperature controlled warehouse in Dambulla, Central Province. Indian grant assistance of Rs. 300 million will be utilized for this purpose.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* National Intellectual Organisation promises to mobilise progressive forces (18 - Island)
* Indefinite country-wide strike from September 24: bus associations (17 - DM)
* Oil leak: Govt. to appoint probe committee (17 - Island)
* Construction cost of WPC building - JVP calls for Auditor General’s intervention (17 - DN)

SPORTS

Sept 18 (ESPNCI) Three days into the tournament, Sri Lanka have become the first team to crash out of the Asia Cup, hurtling to a shock 91-run defeat against Afghanistan, who had hauled themselves to 249 on the back of Rahmat Shah's 72, then defended doggedly with the ball,
 

Sept 17 (AFP)ABU DHABI- Afghanistan continued their rise in international cricket with an upset 91-run win over Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Monday, knocking the former champions out of the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka needed to win the Group B match to stay in the tournament but were outwitted by smart batting from Afghanistan
 

Sept 17 (ESPNCI) Virtually everything about this Afghanistan batting effort was steady. They began with a 57-run opening stand, they were anchored through the middle by Rahmat Shah's 72 off 92 balls,
 

Sept 17 (ESPNCI) Five Indian nationals were questioned by Sri Lankan police over possible links to fixers after Sri Lanka Cricket's anti-corruption unit flagged them during the third women's ODI between Sri Lanka and India on September 16.
 


WORLD

Sept 18 (BBC) The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (£150bn) worth of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing. The higher import taxes will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far.
 

Sept 17 (PTI) Germany on Monday rolled out the world's first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.
 

Sept 17 (PTI) ISLAMA BAD- The cash-strapped Pakistan government on Monday sold 70 cars "above their market price" as it started the process of auctioning 102 luxury vehicles of the PM House under Prime Minister Imran Khan's austerity drive, a senior minister said.
 

Sept 17 (BBC) Rescuers in the Philippines are digging through mud to retrieve bodies buried by a landslide that hit as Typhoon Mangkhut battered the country. At least 32 people in the mining town of Itogon, in Benguet province, were crushed in a single shelter.
 


About Sri Lanka ::-
Introduction to Sri Lanka ::-

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island paradise in the Indian Ocean with white sandy beaches lush greenery, exciting adventures, amazing wildlife, cascading waterfalls and a rich heritage. The island of Sri Lanka is roughly pear-shaped. The total area of Sri Lanka is 65,610 sq km. Sri Lanka’s coastline is about 1,340 km (about 833 mi) around.

The people in Sri Lanka are warm and friendly. Sri Lankans are known for hospitality in all over the world. People in Sri Lanka ethnically fall into four main categories. The population of Sri Lanka is about 20 million. Sri Lanka has a tropical climate. Sri Lanka has a democratic government. Sri Lanka is mainly an agricultural country. Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948. Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon.

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Sri Lanka became a plantation economy, famous for its production and export of cinnamon, rubber and Ceylon tea, which remains a trademark national export. By 1996 plantation crops made up only 20% of export, and further declined to 16.8% in 2005 (compared with 93% in 1970), while textiles and garments have reached 63%. The GDP grew at an average annual rate of 5.5% during the early 1990s, until a drought and a deteriorating security situation lowered growth to 3.8% in 1996. The economy rebounded in 1997-2000, with average growth of 5.3%.

Sri Lanka, with an income per head of $1,350, still lags behind some of its neighbors including Maldives and Mauritius but is ahead of its giant neighbor India. Its economy grew by an average of 5% during the 1990s during the 'War for Peace' era. According to the Sri Lankan central bank statistics, the economy was estimated to have grown by 7% last year, although inflation had reached 20%.

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