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Sri Lanka's reinstated Prime Minister vows to re-start development activities

Dec 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's reinstated Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who was ousted by President Maithripala Sirisena 51 days ago vowed to re-start the development activities that got delayed as soon as normalcy is restored in the country. The UNP leader was reinstated as Prime Minister during a swearing in ceremony before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (16).
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo-investigations into the illegal acts by lawmakers in Sri Lanka parliament attacking police officers and destructing public property last month have been handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of police.

** Related Story ::Police wait on Speaker's approval to commence investigations into incidents in parliament
 

Dec 17 (DN) Panadura Provincial High Court Judge Damith Totawatte concluded the voir dire inquiry held in open court on December 14 on the confession made to ASP Panamaldeniya by the second accused indicted in the Katubedda Claymore bomb explosion case pronounced the order and stated that the Court accepted the alleged confession of the second accused.
 

Dec 17 (Island) One person died on the spot and six others received serious injuries when a bus returning from Kataragama plunged down a precipice on the Koggala-Hakmana road at Galenda recently. The victims were pilgrims. The deceased was R. P. Cyril of Deiyandara. The driver of the bus was absconding, the police said. Hakmana police are conducting investigations.
 

Dec 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested a Bangladeshi woman in Dehiwala, a suburb of Colombo with over 32 kilograms of heroin in her possession, Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said. The 23-year-old suspect was arrested while she was at a restaurant on Galle Road in Dehiwala.
 

Dec 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs on Saturday arrested a foreign national at the Bandaranaike International Airport with a stock of cocaine worth Rs. 30 million. The 28-year-old suspect is a businessman and has arrived at the Katunayake airport this afternoon from Guinea-Bissau.
 

Dec 15 (Reuters) COLOMBO- A plot to kill the president, links to foreign intelligence, a rogue police officer and a missing sniper: the snippets of news emerging from Sri Lanka in recent weeks seem plucked from the pages of paperback fiction.
 

Dec 15 (CP) Colombo- Over 2,000 police officers will be deployed in the city of Colombo from today (15) for public safety and traffic control during the festive season, the Police Headquarters said. Both officers in uniforms and civvies will be deployed for official duties.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Laws need to be updated to facilitate disposal of narcotics in custody: Official (16 - ST)
* UNP condemns unruly incident outside Lake House (15 - DN)
* Abduction of 11 youth in 2008, 2009 Two more Navy personnel arrested (15 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Dec 16 (CP) Colombo- Leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn-in Sunday for a fifth time as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka ending a nearly two-months long political crisis.
 

Dec 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says all citizens should commit themselves without political partiality to fulfilling responsibilities for the country's tomorrow.
 

Dec 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's controversially appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today resigned from the premiership ending a power struggle precipitated by President Maithripala seven weeks ago when he ousted the incumbent Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with Rajapaksa.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- Hayleys Energy Services (HES), the pioneer in Oil and Gas support services in Sri Lanka, announced the arrival of the oil and gas drillship "Aban Abraham" for a warm lay-up to the Hambantota International Port, Sri Lanka.
 

Dec 17 (Island) The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) will launch a Multi-Currency Board some time next year which will enable overseas companies to list here and raise capital in US dollars, a CSE official said. 'The CSE is currently working with regulator to obtain necessary approvals, including legal and non legal clearance in order to launch next year, the official told the Island Financial Review.
 

Dec 16 (CP) Colombo- Roar Media, the Sri Lanka-based new-media platform that publishes content across South Asia, recently announced a $1 million raise in funding. The round was led by BOV Capital and the Digital Innovation Fund (DIF), who also invested in Roar's previous round of funding.
 

Dec 15 (CP) Colombo- Top honors were awarded to software product engineering specialist 99X Technology, as it won gold both in the ICT Services Sector category as well as in the Overall Medium category at the National Business Excellence Awards (NBEA) 2018, organized by the National Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Ceylon Tea make vigorous inroads into new markets Supported by Dilmah (16 - Island)
* Goodwill luxury cruise between Sri Lanka and India (16 - ST)
* Hirdaramani Group partners with Help Age Sri Lanka to conduct eye camps for parents of its associates (15 - DM)
* Rs 19 billion Chalmers Granary Project to kick off in June 2019 (15 - DN)
* Investors in luxury still bullish on Sri Lanka: The Plantation Luxury Villas unveiled to investors following encouraging response (15 - CP)
* Sri Lanka’s political crisis leaves tourism operators in limbo (15 - SCMP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- The United National Party will hold a special victory rally themed 'Yukthiye Satana' (Fight for Justice) at the Galle Face green today from 1pm. The rally will be held under the auspices of Party Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
 

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- Former Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says a people friendly program for state administration during the next year will be presented. Participating in a public meeting in Suduwella area in Maradana yesterday (16), MP Senaratne said the struggle for democracy has not ended yet
 

Dec 17 (AP) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's president accused newly reappointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of corrupt leadership in a scathing speech Sunday in which he voiced doubts about their ability to work together and signaled the 2-month political crisis is far from resolved.
 

Dec 17 (FT) The Supreme Court's decision rendering President Maithripala Sirisena's dissolution of parliament unconstitutional ( December 14) is a historic and hugely positive development.
 

Dec 17 (Island) The UPFA will not join the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration, a senior UPFA MP said yesterday. UPFA General Secretary, Mahinda Amaraweera said that the party had taken that decision on Saturday.
 

Dec 17 (DM) The swearing-in of Cabinet Ministers is likely to be delayed since discussions were still underway on the assignment of portfolios to MPs joining the Government from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), sources said last afternoon.
 

Dec 17 (DN) I offered the post of Prime Minister to Ranil Wickremesinghe as a Leader who respects Parliamentary traditions and democracy, President Maithripala Sirisena said. The President was addressing the Members of the United National Front after the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday morning.
 

Dec 16 (CP) Colombo- The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) of Sri Lanka has taken measures to use drone technology for field tests in addressing environmental issues. The Central Environmental Authority says assistance of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) will be obtained for this purpose.
 

Dec 16 (CP) Colombo- Leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe will be sworn in as the Prime Minister at the Presidential Secretariat at10.30 a.m., today, the General Secretary of UNP, MP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.
 

Dec 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's majority party in parliament, United National Party (UNP) which will form a new government after its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is reinstated as Prime Minister tomorrow, will implement a special program to uplift the living conditions of the people, party's deputy leader parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa said today.
 

Dec 15 (ECONOMYNEXT) Sri Lanka's United National Front will form its own administration without getting into a coalition, senior party officials said with its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe expected to be appointed Prime Minister as early as Sunday.
 

Dec 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's controversially appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned from the Prime Minister post today.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* MR’s efforts to gain power through the backdoor failed – Sajith Premadasa (16 - Island)
* New Govt. to fire illegally appointed officials (16 - ST)
* Sathyagraha campaign held to restore democracy concluded after SC decision (15 - CP)
* Either support Ranil or be in opposition: SLPP tells TNA (15 - DM)
* UPFA MPs to attend Parliament (15 - DN)

SPORTS

Dec 17 (ESPNCI) In six Tests at the Basin Reserve, Sri Lanka have been at the receiving end of four double-hundreds from New Zealand's batsmen. Martin Crowe, Lou Vincent and Kane Williamson had done it before, and on Monday it was Tom Latham's turn. By tea on day three, Latham's efforts had set New Zealand on course to push for an innings win
 

Dec 16 (ESPNCI) 25 - Centuries for Virat Kohli in Tests, in 127 innings. Only Sir Don Bradman (in 68 innings) had completed 25 hundreds in fewer innings. Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar had taken 130 and 138 innings respectively. Kohli is the 21st batsman to register 25 or more centuries in Test cricket, and the fourth from India.
 

Dec 15 (SAMAA) Hosts Sri Lanka beat India by a slim margin of three runs to win the 2018 Emerging Asia Cup in Colombo. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 270/7 as Kaminthu Mendis and Hasitha Boyagoda made half centuries.
 

Dec 15 (ESPNCI) Having taken over the Sri Lanka Test captaincy at a difficult time in the team's development, Dinesh Chandimal talks about his time at the helm and outlines hopes for the future. You took over the captaincy when the team was in a rough state. What were those first few months like? It was a big challenge.
 


WORLD

Dec 17 (BBC) Saudi Arabia has denounced US Senate resolutions to end US military aid for a Riyadh-led war in Yemen and to blame the country's crown prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
 

Dec 16 (BDN) The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist distant cautionary signal 2 as a deep depression over the southeast Bay and the adjoining area moved north-westwards and intensified into cyclone ‘Pethai’ on Sunday.
 

Dec 16 (BBC) "Yellow vest" protesters have gathered in Paris and other cities for a fifth consecutive Saturday of demonstrations. Protesters defied a government call to suspend the action following Tuesday's attack on Strasbourg's Christmas market where a gunman killed four people.
 

Dec 16 (BBC) Three bells looted by US troops more than a century ago have been returned to their church in the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte praised his countrymen and the US at a ceremony in Balangiga, where the treasures were taken 117 years ago.
 


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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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