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Sri Lanka's government political party UNP to hold inaugural election rally in Kandy

July 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan government political party, the United National Party (UNP) announced today that the party would hold its inaugural election rally in Kandy on July 14th. UNP media spokesman and Minister of Media Gayantha Karunathilaka said that UNP had held its inaugural rally in Kandy as a tradition. The party would hold a series of rallies at district, electorate and village level after the inaugural rally.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

July 07 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Attorney General has given the go-ahead to arrest the Supreme Court Justice Sarath De Abrew over the alleged assault and sexual harassment of the domestic helper at his residence.

** Related Story ::Sri Lankan Supreme Court judge accused of assault files a FR petition

July 07 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today again denied bail to the former monitoring MP of the External Affairs Ministry Sajin Vass Gunawardena. The Colombo Fort Magistrate refused to grant bail to the UPFA parliamentarian when his case was taken up Tuesday and further remanded him until July 21.

July 07 (Island) No complaints had yet been made to the Mallawi police regarding a former TNA Pradeshiya Sabha (PS) member, who is alleged to have had sexual relationships with dozens of women in the area, Police Media Unit (PMU) told The Island yesterday.

July 07 (DN) A trend of election violence victimising the political party in power by the Opposition has been developed for the first time in recent history, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon told the Daily News yesterday.

July 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Attorney General Monday gave another undertaking to the Supreme Court that police will not arrest businessman and opposition parliamentarian, Tiran Alles until July 10 regarding alleged financial fraud charges.

July 06 (CP) Colombo- A group of women of Sri Lanka Domestic Workers' Union staged a protest outside the Supreme Court this morning. They protested against Supreme Court Judge Sarath de Abrew who is accused of assaulting a domestic worker of his house.

** Related Story :: Sri Lanka Bar Association requests not to list SC judge accused of assault to hear court cases

July 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka police will strengthen security in areas where the nominations for the general elections are to be submitted, Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said. He said that law and order will be protected during this period following instructions of the Inspector General of Police.

July 07 (Star&Stripes) MANAMA, Bahrain— A 23-year-old Sri Lankan woman died early Saturday morning in Bahrain after falling from the balcony of a ninth-floor residence belonging to a U.S. Marine.

July 06 (DNA) Indian Coast Guard authorities are in touch with Sri Lanka as part of their search efforts to locate the Dornier plane which went missing nearly a month ago, the mother of a missing crew member said here today.

July 06 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's August elections have been timed to stop a comeback by war-time president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who remarkably may see his popularity rise in coming months if criticised for war crimes in a U.N report, said government sources.

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Sri Lankan Supreme Court judge accused of assault files a FR petition (6 - CP)
* No threat to Mulla Periyar dam from LTTE: Tamil Nadu (6 - DH)
* Arrested fishermen begin indefinite fast in Sri Lanka demanding release (6 - DNA)
* Intoxicated Russian tourist attempts to assault WPCs (6 - DM)
* naction over attack on UNP supporters in Mahiyanganaya Twelve Policemen transferred out (6 - DN)
* Female karaoke dancer, trishaw driver arrested for killing actor (6 - Island)
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July 07 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Women's affairs has urged the political parties to give women more opportunities when they prepare nomination lists for the upcoming general elections. The Ministry has urged all the political parties to ensure that at least 30 percent of candidates they nominate for the forthcoming general election are women.

July 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's citizen's organizations took actions today to press the political parties to grant nominations only to the respected honest politicians at the upcoming general election. March 12th Movement held a march and a mass rally today as they handed over a petition comprising one million signatures to the political party leaders.

July 06, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was a witness at the wedding of budding politician Hirunika Premachandra held in Colombo today. Hirunika, who was a model before she started her political career married actor , model and TV presenter Hiran Yatowita.

July 06 (CP) Colombo- All arrangements are in place to accept nominations for the Lanka parliamentary elections August 17 today (06), the election Secretariat said. Additional Elections Commissioner R. M. A. L. Ratnayake said beginning from today nominations could be handed over until noon on July 13.


FINANCE

July 07 (Island) For the second year in succession, the Centre for Technical Excellence in Ceramics (CENTEC) jointly with the Sri Lanka Ceramics and Glass Council, will organize a seminar targeting mainly CEOs in Sri Lankan manufacturing industries to educate them on environmental issues faced by Sri Lankan industries and how to overcome these problems without affecting the industries and the Sri Lankan economy.

July 07 (DN) For the first time in the region, Colombo International Container Terminals, (CICT) has taken the initiative to provide leadership for the “green-port” concept, in the Colombo Port .

July 07 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s Central Bank says that more private sector investments would flow in to the country after the general election helping the island achieve seven percent economic growth in 2015.

July 07 (DM) Rose Chandralatha Cooray has been appointed as the Non-Executive Chairperson of HNB Assurance PLC, effective from July 6, 2015, with the approval of the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka. Cooray is a Director of Hatton National Bank PLC and was the Senior Director till October 2014. She is a retired Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka where she served for over 35 years.

July 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has conducted a successful disaster recovery testing exercise, as a part of its Business Continuity Planning (BCP), from its Disaster Recovery site on Friday July 3rd, 2015, the CSE said in a media release.

July 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 11.9 percent in June this year compared to the same period last year, the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed. The month recorded 115,467 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 103,175 arrived in June 2014.

July 06 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares fell on Monday to a near-11-week low hit last week led by large-cap shares such as Nestle Lanka Plc and Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc on political uncertainty ahead of parliamentary elections.

July 06 (Reuters) The Sri Lankan rupee was steady on Monday in dull trade as a state-run bank sold dollars at 133.60 to keep the currency flat, dealers said. On Thursday, the state bank, through which the central bank usually directs the market, lowered the dollar selling rate by 10 cents from the previous session's close of 133.70.

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* China's new World Bank opportunity for Sri Lanka’ (6 - Island)
* Sri Lanka rupee may strengthen with foreign cash inflows for election: CB Governor (6 - LBO)
* Munchee continues to shine as leader in innovation (6 - DN)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

July 07 (CP) Colombo- The nomination committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is expected to meet President Maithripala Sirisena today to discuss the party nominations. Nomination committee member Minister S. B. Dissanayake said that a final decision would be arrived after discussing with the President today and tomorrow.

July 07 (Island) The Government Medical Officers’ Forum (GMOF) has vehemently opposed what it calls an arbitrary attempt to appoint two deputy directors general (DDGs) in the government health service.

July 07 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena should make a clear statement on whether he has agreed to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa from the UPFA since the people have not been formally informed of the decision, Puravesi Balaya co-convener Saman Ratnapriya said.

July 07 (DM) Sigiriya which is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka with locals referring to it as the Eighth Wonder of the World is under threat because of human activities. This ancient palace and fortress complex has significant archaeological importance and attracts thousands of tourists every year.

July 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has barred former members of the terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from contesting parliamentary elections next month.

July 06 (CP) Colombo- The petition carrying signatures of the public in support of the 'March 12 Declaration' demanding the political parties to field 'clean' candidates at the forthcoming election will be handed over to the party leader today.

July 06 (CP) Colombo- Legendary cricketer and Deputy Minister of Provincial Councils and Regional Development Sanath Jayasuriya says he will not contest the upcoming parliamentary elections. He told local media that he has also resigned from the post of Sri Lanka Freedom Party Chief Organizer in Matara Electorate.

July 06 (CP) Chennai- Indian central government is considering a proposal to establish a rail bridge linking Rameswaram in the Tamil Nadu state and Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka's northwest, Union minister of state for road transport, highways and shipping, Pon Radhakrishna has said.

July 06 (OD) The Sri Lankan Domestic Workers Union, along with other trade union and women’s groups, has organised a picket for Monday 6th July, outside the Supreme Court in Colombo.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Moves to revive Common Alliance under Swan Symbol with Mahinda’s entry (6 - Island)
* No nomination for Mervyn, Sajin, Duminda? (6 - DM)
* Mass exodus of MPs expected if MR gets nomination under UPFA or SLFP ticket’ (6 - DN)
* Presidential directives won't harm Jan 8 transformation (6 - DN)
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SPORTS

July 07 (ESPNCI) Uncapped left-arm spinning allrounders Milinda Siriwardana and Sachith Pathirana have been called up to Sri Lanka's squad for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan. Test spinners Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal have been left out, as have seamers Nuwan Kulasekara and Dhammika Prasad. In addition to the new allrounders, Sachithra Senanayake and legspinner Seekkuge Prasanna serve as the squad's frontline spin options.

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Sri Lanka 278 & 313 Pakistan 215 & 230/2 (63.0 ov)

July 06 (ESPNCI) Shan Masood and Younis Khan came together at 13 for 2 in a chase of 377, and responded with the highest fourth-innings partnership ever for Pakistan, leaving the visitors 147 runs adrift of achieving the highest successful chase ever in Sri Lanka. The duo had to contend with a charged up three-man pace attack running in with a new ball.

Sri Lanka 278 & 313 Pakistan 215 & 0/0 (0.1 ov)

July 06 (ESPNCI) Angelo Mathews' fifth Test century stretched Sri Lanka's lead to 376 on the fourth morning, even as Imran Khan picked up his maiden five-for with the second new ball. Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal strengthened Sri Lanka's position further before Imran broke through, adding 50 runs more to extend their sixth-wicket partnership to 117.


WORLD

July 07 (Dawn) SRINAGAR- A 11-year-old boy of Azad Jammu and Kashmir who had strayed into India-held Kashmir was repatriated by Indian army officials on Tuesday, said a report published on The Times of India. Sameer Kayani — a resident of Laswa in a town called Athmuqam — was intercepted by Indian troops as he inadvertently crossed into India last week on Thursday, TOI quoted army officials as saying.

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July 07 (Dawn) PRIME Minister Narendra Modi is visiting five Central Asian countries plus Russia this week and the next. Indian opposition parties have already berated him for what they say are avoidably frequent and expensive as well as markedly low-yield overseas trips. His foreign supporters too seem to be losing enthusiasm in his zeal to visit them. Blame it on tardy progress on the economic promises he made to them.

July 06 (BBC) India's Supreme Court has in a landmark ruling said an unwed mother does not have to reveal the name of her child's father to claim guardianship. The judges said the consent of the father was not required if the mother did not wish to disclose his identity.


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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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