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Sri Lanka's sovereignty and independence protected in Geneva - PM

Mar 23 (CP) Colombo- Protecting Sri Lanka's sovereignty and independence and declaring the trust in our justice system at the UNHRC in Geneva, this government clearly fulfilled Sri Lanka's first Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake's objective of an independent country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Mar 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy during a search operation in the sea has arrested three individuals in the possession of over 1500 kilograms of illegally smuggled beedi leaves.
 

Mar 23 (Times) A 53-year old man was arrested yesterday (Mar 22) for purchasing mortgaged vehicles and selling the parts of these vehicles in Mirihana, Maharagama. The suspect had made an initial payment to a leasing centre and purchased these vehicles which were returned by those who had failed to pay the lease.
 

Mar 23 (Island) The Court of Appeal, yesterday, fixed for June 28, the arguments in the writ application filed against the alleged de-forestation of the forest reserve, near the Wilpattu Animal Reserve.
 

Mar 23 (DM) A senior lawyer of the Hulftsdorp Bar has complained to the Police that he was being threatened with death after he appeared for a petitioner in a case against President Maithripala Sirisena.
 

Mar 23 (DN) Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayasinghe yesterday lifted the travel ban, imposed on Hambantota District Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and three others over the money laundering case.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today allowed the police to detain 12 people and question over a plot to assassinated a Tamil politician.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The UNP Opposition Leader of Beliatta Pradeshiya Sabha Kapila Amarakoon, who was found shot and seriously injured on Wednesday, has succumbed to his injuries at the Karapitiya hospital early this morning (22).

** Related Story ::Beliatta UNP Pradeshiya Sabha member found shot and injured
 

Mar 22 (Xinhua) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's Meteorology Department, on Friday re-issued an extreme heat advisory for several districts of the island country as temperatures were expected to soar as high as 41 degrees celsius in the coming days.
 

Mar 22 (ER) Religious Leaders led by Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith is to stage mass protests against drugs in Colombo North on Sunday (March 31).
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Sri Lanka Tamils demand foreign judges in war crimes probe (22 - AFP)
* Student unions protest against indefinite closure of Ruhuna Health Faculty (22 - Island)
* Two suspects arrested with 60 packets of heroin (22 - Times)
* Burnt body found in a vehicle (22 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's famed Pulmoddai mineral deposits will not be sold, transferred or privatized and will continue to vest with the public, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen asserted.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) today (22) launched the first cloud seeding project to successfully create artificial rain over the catchment area of Mausakelle Reservoir in central Sri Lanka.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka today inked an agreement with the EXIM Bank of China for a concessional loan of US$ 989 million for the construction of the Section one of Central Expressway Project from Kadawatha to Meerigama.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations' World Water Day is marked today, March 22 and a number of programs are planned to raise awareness of the importance of water in environment, agriculture, health and trade.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Mar 23 (CP) Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, reaffirming the global appeal and innovativeness of its marketing communication endeavors yet again, won three awards at Golden City Gates Awards 2019 at ITB Berlin
 

Mar 23 (Island) Cargills’ farmer assistance programme guarantees purchase of 140 metric tons of vegetables from about 5000 farmers each day. Under this Group Agricultural Protection (GAP) programme farmers selling their produce to Cargills are assured such trade would ensure fair prices.
 

Mar 23 (DN) Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology Ajith P Perera Sri Lankan government is planning on enacting the Cyber Security Act within the next two months in an ambitious drive to protect cyber space and citizens from emerging cyber threats.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been adjudged Sri Lanka's Best Bank in 2019 by the USA-based Global Finance magazine, giving the Bank its 19th such accolade from this entity alone.
 

Mar 22 (JSC) Sri Lanka is eyeing annual clothing exports of US$8bn by 2025 after passing the US$5bn milestone in 2018 - a move seen as especially significant for the country because it has been achieved while maintaining an "ethical and reliable brand."
 

Mar 22 (Hindu) A Singapore-based company in which stakes are held by the family members of former Union Minister of State S. Jagathrakshakan of the DMK has been linked to a record foreign direct investment of $3.85 billion in an oil refinery in Sri Lanka.
 

Mar 22 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares fell for the fifth straight session on Friday and posted their lowest close in more than six years, dragged by telecom stocks, but foreign investors’ buying capped the decline.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lanka to discuss draft national policy on LNG (22 - Island)
* Sri Lanka will see more mid-cap M&A deals (22 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Mar 23 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) expressed their appreciation to the Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera for considering their request and allocating funds in the 2019 Budget to make state buildings and transportation accessible to persons with disabilities.
 

Mar 23 (Times) The Ekala Lakdiva Engineering company introduced 14 newly designed buses to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) yesterday (Mar 22). The buses were manufactured within the SLTB's standards specification framework
 

Mar 23 (DM) It is illegal to implement power cuts without prior approval of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) and informing the general public beforehand, PUCSL Director Corporate Communications Jayanat Herat told the Daily Mirror yesterday.
 

Mar 23 (DN) Minister Rishad Bathiudeen said in Parliament yesterday that an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) is being done to establish a 25-acre industrial zone in Kondachchi in the Musali Divisional Secretariat area.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- A day after the UN again adopted a consensus resolution granting Sri Lanka two more years to implement the commitments it made in 2015 resolution, the main Tamil party, Tamil national Alliance on Friday demanded the state to adhere to the commitments and include foreign judges in a judicial mechanism to probe the alleged war crimes.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says the Wilpattu Forest is an asset to the country and a huge campaign is being waged to falsely accuse him of destroying a national treasure.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) held talks with the ruling United National Party (UNP) today regarding the 20th Amendment to the Constitution seeking abolition of the executive presidency.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The Finance Ministry has initiated a program to provide mobile services island wide to accelerate the generation of entrepreneurs under the Enterprise Sri Lanka program strengthened through the 2019 budget presented by the Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
 

Mar 21 (CP) Geneva- Sri Lanka today welcomed the adoption of the consensus resolution by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) allowing two more years to implement the commitments and invited the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to engage with the local institutions closely to verify facts on the ground.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The United National Party (UNP) Working Committee has decided to hold its May Day rally at the Colombo Municipal Council grounds at Town Hall, UNP General Secretary Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.
 

Mar 22 (EAF) Sri Lanka's move in February 2019 to bring back capital punishment for convicted drug offenders has put a spotlight on the growth of narcotics-related crime in the country.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* JVP raises S’pore snubbing President’s statement (22 - Island)
* Fin. Min. wants to issue liquor licenses on a large scale: Excise TUs (22 - DM)
* Hambantota oil refinery Main shareholder not Oman Govt. - PM (22 - DN)
* Sri Lanka to construct a 100 MW of floating solar power plant in the Maduru Oya Reservoir (22 - CP)

SPORTS

Mar 23 (ICC) The hosts have announced a 15-member squad for the three-match Twenty20 International against England, with Hansima Karunaratne, Sugandika Kumari, Inoshi Fernando earning recalls. Uncapped Madushika Meththananda is also included in the side
 

Mar 23 (ICC) South Africa fielded a new-look side in the Centurion T20I against Sri Lanka on Friday, 22 March, but they came together swimmingly, seeing off the visitors by 16 runs. Reeza Hendricks (65 off 46) and Rassie van der Dussen (64 off 44) scored half-centuries, JP Duminy scored a 17-ball 33* and the bowlers got the better of every Sri Lankan player except Isuru Udana, whose 48-ball 84* went in vain.
 

Mar 23 (ESPNCI) A UFO lands in the ESPNcricinfo office. It's shiny. The door opens - in that really cool way with a slow bzzzt - and the occupant steps out. Seven feet tall. Oval head. Long, spindly arms. Typical Hollywood alien - except for the bit where they freak out when the IPL ad plays on TV. Icome Inpeace: What the florg was that?!
 

Mar 23 (ESPNCI) Lasith Malinga has ruled himself out of at least the first six IPL matches for Mumbai Indians in order to qualify for the Sri Lanka World Cup squad. With Sri Lanka's selectors having told players they must play in the forthcoming Super Provincial One Day domestic tournament if they are to be considered for the World Cup, Malinga has chosen to fulfil that requirement.
 


WORLD

Mar 23 (BBC) Thousands of Australians have been forced to evacuate their homes in preparation for two potentially devastating cyclones. Over the weekend, Cyclone Trevor will hit the north while Cyclone Veronica will strike the country's west coast.
 

Mar 23 (BBC) Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his long-awaited report on alleged collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. A justice department official said Mr Mueller's report did not recommend any further indictments.
 

Mar 22 (BBC) The death toll in a huge blast at a chemical plant in eastern China has jumped to 47, with 90 injured, according to state news agency Xinhua. The powerful explosion followed a fire at the factory which produces fertiliser. China's earthquake administration reported a tremor equivalent to 2.2-magnitude at the time of the blast.
 

Mar 22 (BBC) EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the Article 50 process, postponing Brexit beyond 29 March. The UK will be offered a delay until 22 May, if MPs approve the withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU next week.
 


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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