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[Last Updated = Mon, Aug 29, 2016, 12:59 pm SL Time]
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SLFP will not contest under swan symbol -Minister

Aug 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will not contest the next elections under the Swan symbol of the New Democratic Front, the constituent party with the United National Party (UNP), a government minister said. Speaking at a public rally, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and the General Secretary of United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Mahinda Amaraweera said the SLFP will not contest under the swan symbol as the joint opposition loyal to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has claimed.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Aug 29 (CP) Colombo- The chief incumbent of the Alan Mathiniyaramaya Temple in Polhengoda Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thera, who has been released on bail, has requested permission from the court to travel abroad from September 3 - 7.

Aug 29 (CP) Riyadh: A Sri Lankan woman, who received the death sentence after being convicted of adultery in Saudi Arabia, has been deported home on completion of her jail term in Dawadmi, some 400 km from the capital of Riyadh.

** Related Story ::Saudi court commutes death sentence for Sri Lankan housemaid

Aug 29 (Island) The Athuruugriya Police have commenced an investigation into a shooting incident, where an unidentified person attempted to kill the estranged wife of an army Colonel at Malabe on Saturday. Police said the assailant had arrived and waited outside a house at No 329 E, Isuru Pura, Malabe and shot the 43-year-old mother of three when she was in her bedroom.

Aug 29 (DN) Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne ordered a special investigation into the alleged abuse of a female patient at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital. Kohuwala Police are investigating the incident following a complaint from the hospital’s Police division.

Aug 29 (DM) At least three people were killed and two others were injured in two separate accidents in Colombo-Katunayake Expressway and the Southern Expressway. Police said two people were killed and one injured when a car they were travelling in, crashed into a lamp post near the Ja-Ela entrance of the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway this morning.

Aug 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Navy personnel on Sunday arrested an individual transporting 50 kilograms of Kerala cannabis (Kerala Ganja). Naval personnel onboard P 483 Fast Attack Craft, which was on routine patrol, attached to the Northern Naval Command, arrested a person with 50 kg of Kerala Cannabis in the seas North of Point Pedro this morning (28).

Aug 28 (CP) Lahore- Four Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) terrorists who were allegedly involved in the attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team in 2009, were shot dead by the Pakistan police in the wee hours of Sunday, Press Trust of India reported.

** Related Story ::Pakistan court indicts six for attack on Sri Lanka cricket team

Aug 28 (CP) Colombo- An independent and nonpartisan organization working towards peace in Sri Lanka says the passage of the Office of Missing Persons bill (OMP), albeit in controversial circumstances in Parliament, augers well for the forward movement of the reconciliation process.

Aug 28 (DC) Chennai- Sri Lankan Tamil refugee Dushyanthan appears shattered now since being told by the specialists at the government-run Institute of Child Health (ICH), Egmore, that his son Vijith Kumar, barely 11, will remain paralysed down the waist for the rest of his life, due to urethral sticture.

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Junior police officers suffering in silence due to denial of promotions (28 - Island)
* Hackers attack President’s website, warning of cyber war (28 - ST)
* CERD concerns over military occupation in N&E : Calls on govt. to move legislation banning hate speech (28 - SO)
More : LEGAL - SITUATION

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Aug 28 (CP) Colombo- The World Bank South Asia Region Vice President, Annette Dixon arrived Sunday on an official two day visit to Sri Lanka. During her stay, she will be meeting with senior government officials and visiting the World Bank supported projects in the Northern Province.

Aug 28 (CP) Colombo- The United States Navy ship, USS Frank Cable (AS-40) will arrive in Sri Lanka for a routine refueling and port visit on August 29, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said. This is the third U.S. Navy ship to visit Sri Lanka in 2016, following visits by the USS Blue Ridge and USS New Orleans.

Aug 28 (CP) Geneva- For the first time, two Sri Lankan undergraduate students participated in the 2016 Summer Student Programme at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, the most prominent particle physics research institute in the world.


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Aug 29 (CP) Colombo- In its efforts to stay ahead with technological advancements and provide its stakeholders with a range of updated services for their convenience and further development, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) recently launched the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Online Tool for the benefit of its members.

Aug 29 (Island) The Commercial Bank of Ceylon and Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) have announced a new partnership to promote the TATA Passenger and Commercial vehicle range.

Aug 29 (DN) CIC Holdings PLC for the first time in the world has developed a technology to scan weeds in large paddy fields using battery powered drones (planes) and spray chemicals to them using the drone. The company’s research and development team has used studies and research for the past 8 years to introduce this novel technology

Aug 29 (DM) John Keells Holdings PLC and its subsidiaries last week sold 413, 408 ordinary shares of Keells Food Products PLC at Rs.160 a share to increase the public holding in the company as required by the capital market regulator as a part of its minimum public free float rules, a stock exchange filing said.

Aug 28 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC has been adjudged 'The Strongest Bank in Sri Lanka in 2016' following a detailed and transparent scorecard compiled and analyzed by The Asian Banker, a leading provider of strategic intelligence on the financial services industry.

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Ceylon Tea July exports at 14-year low: India and Kenya forge ahead (28 - Island)
* Taxing Sri Lankans is essential but questions over proper use, BT-RCB poll shows (28 - ST)
* Spa Ceylon expands to Hyderabad and Karachi (28 - SO)
* Sri Lanka's July remittances down, 7-months up (28 - EN)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Aug 29 (CP) Colombo- The World Health Organization (WHO) has donated four mobile hospitals and medical equipment worth Rs. 80 million to the Ministry of Health. During the flood season in May 2016, which affected 22 districts, WHO has donated medical equipment to the Health Ministry, that are essential in sudden disaster situations.

Aug 29 (CP) Colombo- Treasury Secretary Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunga will hold a special discussion today with the administrative officials who have decided not to sit at the Director Board and Tender Board meetings until their grievances are addressed.

Aug 29 (DN) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed Sports officials to probe how 46 officials accompanied a 9-member sports team that represented Sri Lanka at the recently concluded Rio Olympics. The Prime Minister has also ordered officials to submit a full report on the activities of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka for the past five years.

Aug 29 (Island) Both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have failed to honour their promise of ensuring democratic rights of the public by depriving Kumar Gunaratnam of his, say political parties, trade unionists, artistes and civil society activists.

Aug 29 (DM) Police had to escort the Minister of Land, Tourism and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga, when the people of the area hooted him on Saturday when he arrived to lay the foundation stone for a Tamil school at Olyyamulla in Wattala.

Aug 28 (CP) Colombo- On what grounds does anyone say that the Office of the Missing Person's Bill would have adverse effect on war heroes and soldiers, the General Secretary of Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Tilvin Silva asked.

Aug 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's National Drug Regulation Authority had agreed to issue the Gazette notification announcing the reduced prices of pharmaceuticals by August 31, the Minster of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.

Aug 28 (CP) Colombo- Indian Minister of State for Commerce, Nirmala Sitharaman's cancelled visit to Sri Lanka was at no time linked to the on-going negotiations between India and Sri Lanka on the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA), New Indian Express has learnt.

Aug 28 (CP) Colombo- The teachers' trade union in Sri Lanka says the failure of the educational administration is to be blamed for the teacher shortage in the country. The Ceylon Teachers' Union, says a number of problems have risen in the educational administration as there is no proper mechanism for the recruitment of teachers and the national teacher transfer policy is not correctly implemented.

Aug 28 (DM) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa last evening said Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which was headed by him until 2015 when he lost the Presidential Election, was forcibly snatched by his successor President Maithripala Sirisena.

Aug 28 (Asia News) COLOMBO- The Missionaries of Charity in Sri Lanka have decided to undertake a "spiritual" pilgrimage to prepare for the canonisation of Mother Teresa, said Sister M. Johannes MC, regional superior of the order founded by Mother Teresa.

Aug 28 (Peninsula) DOHA- The management of Stafford Sri Lankan School Doha has announced a plan to invest about QR50m to develop a brand new school campus in Abu Hamour.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* SAITM MBBS graduates ready to serve Sri Lanka (28 - Island)
* SLFP takes soft line on dissidents (28 - ST)
* Media access to Parliam. Committees soon (28 - SO)
More : POLITICS - GENERAL

SPORTS

Aug 29 (ESPNCI) Problems with certain sections of the Central Broward Regional Park outfield, which West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite said were 'unsafe', was the deciding factor in calling off play in Sunday's second T20I in Lauderhill. The India captain MS Dhoni had a slightly differing view and said he had played in worse conditions during his career.

More : SPORTS

Aug 29 (ESPNCI) Tillakaratne Dilshan cast aspersions on the conduct of former and present team-mates -particularly Angelo Mathews - soon after his final ODI, against Australia on Sunday. Prompted to speak on the challenges faced in his 10-month stint as Sri Lanka captain between April 2011 and January 2012, Dilshan suggested he did not have the support of some team-mates.

Sri Lanka 226 (49.2 ov) Australia 227/8 (46.0 ov)

Aug 28 (ESPNCI) David Warner's first act as captain of Australia was to call incorrectly at the toss in Dambulla, where Angelo Mathews chose to bat. It meant that for the third consecutive time from three games in this series, Australia would have to chase down a target.

Aug 28 (CC) Born on August 28, 1983, Separamadu Lasith Malinga Swarnajith, popularly known as Lasith Malinga, turns 32. Once termed as Sri Lanka‘s mystery bowler, Malinga tasted more success in limited-overs cricket over the years and became one of the key members of the side with his unusual style of sling-bowling.


WORLD

Aug 29 (NIE) NEW YORK- India will aim to get armed drones technology from the United States during Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's visit to the United States. Parrikar, who left for Washington on Sunday, will meet with his American counterpart Ashton Carter on Monday. This will be the sixth meeting between the two defence ministers.

More : WORLD

Aug 29 (BBC) Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of the Zika virus which were locally transmitted. Most of those infected were foreign construction workers, and all lived or worked within the same region of the country, said the health ministry. None were known to have travelled to Zika-affected areas recently. Thirty-four people have fully recovered but seven are still in hospital.

Aug 28 (BBC) Spanish police say they have dismantled a nationwide network that illegally regularised the working status of Chinese immigrants in Spain. They arrested 57 people in Barcelona, Valencia, San Sebastian and Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. Chinese nationals illegally living in Spain reportedly paid the ring €8,000 ($8,960; £6,820) each to obtain fake contracts as domestic workers.

Aug 28 (AFP) Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the nation is “free of another curse” on Saturday after police stormed a militant hideout, shooting dead the suspected mastermind of a horrific attack on a cafe that killed 20 hostages. The bodies of three Islamist extremists were retrieved after police staged an hour-long gun battle with militants in Narayanganj, near Dhaka, officers said.


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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