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Oct 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena reiterating his government's commitment to develop sustainable energy sources said the country will take measures to achieve development through renewable energy generation. Speaking at a religious ceremony held at the Bopitiya Siri Indrasabha Piriven Viharaya in Mathugama on Saturday, the President said several investors had shown interest in alternative power generation opportunities in Sri Lanka.
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Oct 23 (CP) Bhubaneswar- A Sri Lankan sailor was found dead on a cargo vessel anchored at Dhamra port in Odisha's Bhadrak district on Sunday, according to a report in New Indian Express.

Oct 23 (CP) Colombo- The National Police Commission will also conduct an investigation into the recent deaths of two Jaffna University students allegedly by police, Secretary of the Commission, Ariyadasa Cooray has told local media.

Oct 23 (Island) Customs officers took into custody a Chinese woman who attempted to smuggle in cigarettes worth Rs. 4.8 million to Sri Lanka. Officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) found 477 cartons of cigarettes in the possession of the 30-year-old suspect yesterday.

Oct 23 (ST) Police investigations into the attack on a nightclub in Colombo two weeks ago, where a security guard was injured and property was damaged by an unidentified group, has ended without a trace of the persons responsible for the attack.

Oct 23 (SO) The investigation into journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga’s death has become a severe indictment on the country’s former defence apparatus, which operated as a personal tool in the hands of political powers under the Rajapaksa administration.

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka and India navies focused on maritime security at a meeting held aboard an Indian naval ship in the mid seas on Friday.

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- The police initially has not revealed the truth about the fatal shooting of the two Jaffna University students, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said. Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya, the Minister said the Jaffna police was on alert on the information they had received about roaming motorcycle gangs in the city.

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- Two Sri Lankan Navy ships have left from the Port of Colombo Saturday on a week-long training and goodwill visit to India, the Navy said. Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS Sayura and Fast Missile Vessel SLNS Suranimala are on a training and goodwill visit from 22nd to 28th October 2016.

* Lasantha killing: Phone details reveal Sgt Maj was at home at the time of incident (22 - Island)
* Kalpitiya OIC transferred (22 - DM)
* Multi intelligence unit to stem illicit drug trade (22 - DN)


Oct 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Cricket announced today that veteran Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath will lead the Sri Lanka Tech in the two Test Series against Zimbabwe commencing on the 29th October in Harare.

Oct 23 (CP) Colombo- Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, who arrived in Sri Lanka with a business delegation on Saturday for a three-day official visit, met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today.

Oct 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Coast Guard is joining the Indian and Maldivian Coast Guards for a four-day naval exercise in the seas off Male in the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel, SLNS Sagara representing the Sri Lankan Coast Guard left for Maldives today.

Oct 23 (CP) Colombo- The heads of national drug law enforcement agencies in Asia-Pacific Region will get together in Sri Lankan capital of Colombo for three days from tomorrow to discuss solutions to the growing problem of illicit drug trade in the region.

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne signed the Gazette on reducing the prices of 48 pharmaceutical drugs yesterday at the Health Ministry.


Oct 23 (CP) Colombo- A major participant in global sand industry, Iluka Resources Ltd of Australia says it is currently assessing the potential for the development of a mineral sands deposit in Puttalam, Sri Lanka.

Oct 23 (Island) The Commercial Bank of Ceylon’s second issue of debentures for 2016 opens on Monday, 24th October. The Bank is seeking to raise Rs 5 billion with an option to increase it by a further Rs 2 billion to strengthen its Tier II capital and to raise long term funds for expansion.

Oct 23 (ST) Depositors representing three of the four failed finance companies that are being bailed out by the Central Bank (CB) cautiously welcomed this week’s move but sought a ‘confirmation in writing’ on the decision.

Oct 23 (SO) Despite the stalemate between trade unions and plantation companies over the wage increase coming to an end last week, dissatisfaction lingers on as both parties failed to reach their full expectations.

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- Illuminating homes whilst sharing a green conscious message, ExpoFreight Lanka (EFL) brought back its 'Bulb for Bulb' campaign for the second consecutive year. EFL initiated the Bulb for Bulb campaign for World Environment Day last year in Orugodawatte, a heavily industrialized town neighboring the company's Sri Lankan operations.

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- Two companies globally known for yacht building and marina construction have visited Sri Lanka to explore opportunities to invest in marine tourism. The two manufacturers have consented to support marine tourism in Sri Lanka related to fisheries industry, according to the State Minister.

* All time Colombo Tea Auction record prices at auction of October19 (22 - Island)
* Govt. to develop H'tota Port on PPP basis (22 - DM)
* Interim Order preventing HNB issuing shares to ADB (22 - DN)


Oct 23 (CP) Colombo- Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar arrived in Sri Lanka with a business delegation on Saturday for a three-day official visit. The Foreign Secretary and the delegation is in Sri Lanka to promote Indian business and investment in the island nation

Oct 23 (Island) The parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has still not reached a conclusion on the Treasury Bond controversy, discussions are ongoing and the committee is due to meet on Monday morning to hopefully finalize the report,

Oct 23 (ST) he Joint Opposition (JO) has submitted its list of proposals to the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly, tasked with drafting a new Constitution for the country. The 14-point list of proposals were submitted by JO MPs Dinesh Gunawardena and Prasanna Ranatunga.

Oct 23 (SO) Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, Dr. Suren Batagoda, told the Sunday Observer that the Ministry hopes to increase the reserve power margin in the system to 600 megawatts, so that the country will not experience a total power failure if Norochcholai falters.

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena expressing grief over the death of the two students of the Jaffna University today said he has ordered the officials to conduct an independent inquiry into the deaths and to produce the report to the courts without delay.

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, is scheduled for a visit to Tehran later this year to expand relations with the Islamic Republic, according to a Mehr News Agency report. President Sirisena's visit to Teheran is expected to take place in late November or early December.

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- The Steering Committee appointed by the Constitutional Assembly at its 27th meeting held Friday has extensively discussed three main areas but has not made any definite decisions. The three main areas under discussion presently are the Electoral Reforms, power devolution and the Executive.

Oct 22 (CP) London- The London-based Tamil Diaspora organization, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has welcomed the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye's statement urging the Sri Lankan government to take immediate measures to set up a dedicated minority rights mechanism to bring lasting peace and reconciliation among all communities.

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has "unequivocally" condemned the fatal shooting of two Jaffna University students on Thursday night. In a statement the TNA expressing deep regret about the incident called on the Inspector General of Police to conduct an impartial investigation and take immediate action.

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- A group of 25 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees lived in camps in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka on October 25, 2016 under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation program. According to the Secretary to Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs V. Sivagnanasothy, the group consisting of 25 persons from 8 families will arrive on a Mihin Lanka flight from Madurai, India.

Oct 22 (Hindu) The foremost place accorded to Sri Lanka's majority religion of Buddhism will be preserved in its new Constitution, President Maithripala Sirisena has said. "Buddhism's position, coming since 1972, will not be changed," Mr. Sirisena told a religious gathering in the eastern port district of Trincomalee on Friday.

Oct 22 (DC) Colombo- Tamils in Sri Lanka are feeling pessimistic due to lack of progress in reconciliation efforts by President Maithripala Sirisena who had promised to reach out to the minority community more vigorously than his predecessor, a UK-based diaspora group said on Saturday.

Oct 22 (ANI) A report from Sri Lanka has exposed Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence's (ISI's) use of the island nation for promoting its terror activities worldwide, and alarm bells are ringing within the Pakistan establishment, as they see this as the end of an importation operations hub.

* Justice Minister defends Prez, lashes out at Prof. Wijesooriya CIABOC affair (22 - Island)
* COPE meeting in chaos? (22 - DM)
* Allegations of reduction in education budget (22 - DN)


Oct 23 (ESPNCI) Landscape-gazing from an airplane window is a fascinating exercise, mostly because the topography of each city tells its own story. While Dharamsala has gorgeously irregular shapes, with its jagged hills and silent valleys, Delhi's tightly-packed clusters paint a chaotic visual. New Zealand's performance in the first two ODIs mirrored these patterns. There was one big innings in between several small ones in Dharamsala. Then the bowlers banded together and found redemption in a panicky finish in Delhi.


Oct 23 (ESPNCI) Amit Mishra is one of three men over 30 in India's squad for the ODIs against New Zealand. He is the leader of the spin attack, yet he has played only 33 matches, six more than the second spinner Axar Patel. He came into the series having not played any ODI cricket since October 2015, and may well go out once the resting R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja return. But with six wickets in two games, including that of Kane Williamson, New Zealand's century-maker in Delhi, Mishra has done his prospects no harm.

Oct 23 (ESPNCI) The BCCI is likely to defer the bidding process for the IPL broadcast, digital and media rights, which had been scheduled to open in Mumbai on October 25, in wake of the fresh order from the Supreme Court on Friday. The court order had directed the BCCI to route all tenders and contracts through the Lodha Committee. The committee has not yet decided when it will conduct its next meeting to decide its next step following the court order.

Oct 22 (DS) Thisara is a vital part of our team, and he still hasn’t come right in New Zealand. If we can have Thisara batting well and bowling well, he’s a match-winner. He has proven that with the amount of man-of-the-match awards he’s won. Right now he’s trying to find that form. Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardena backed misfiring big hitter Thisara Perera to come out of his frustrating stint with the bat and the ball ahead of the concluded World Twenty20 in February 2015.


Oct 23 (BBC) Opium production in Afghanistan has increased by 43% in the past year, United Nations officials have said. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said the area used to farm the poppy plant, the source of opium, increased by 10% to 201,000 hectares. But better farming conditions resulted in a higher yield per hectare, increasing overall production.

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Oct 23 (PTI) DHAKA- Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was today re-elected unopposed as the ruling Awami League's president, asked cadres to reach out to the people to ensure that the party is returned to power for a third successive term. Addressing the party's National Council, she said, "Awami League must come back to power to take the nation forward towards its goal of becoming a poverty-free nation."

Oct 23 (BBC) Multiple blasts in a park area of the Japanese city of Utsunomiya have killed at least one person and injured at least two, emergency services say. The explosions took place almost simultaneously at about 11:30 local time (02:30 GMT) in the city in Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. Tokyo-based broadcaster NHK World broadcast images showing two burnt-out cars in a parking area.

Oct 22 (BBC) Bob Dylan's failure to acknowledge his Nobel Prize in literature is "impolite and arrogant", according to a member of the body that awards it. The 75-year-old singer was named the shock winner of the prize last week. But all efforts by the Swedish Academy to contact him have failed, and he has not acknowledged the win in public.

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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