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Our main responsibility is to protect and foster the working people - President

May 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, speaking at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party's May Day rally in Galle yesterday, said his government's main responsibility is to protect and foster the working people and the government is fully committed to protect and further improve the rights of the working class. Addressing the massive May Day rally of the SLFP and UPFA at the Samanala Grounds in Galle town, President Sirisena said the 8th goal of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) stresses the need for nations to adapt a decent work agenda to provide the working class the living conditions they deserve.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

May 02 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today issued notice to immigration officials and police to show cause on how a suspect of the alleged kidney racket escaped the country.

** Related Story ::Indian kidney racket suspect escapes from Sri Lanka's detention camp

May 02 (CP) Colombo- The Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) of Sri Lanka Police today arrested another rehabilitated leader of the Tamil Tiger terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

May 02, Colombo: Army personnel deployed in the security detail of former president and current Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa have been replaced with officers of Police Special Task Force (STF) with effect from today.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- The Media Unit of Sri Lanka Police has been suspended with immediate effect on the instructions of IGP Pujitha Jayasundara, the Ministry of Law and Order said. According to a report in Economynext, official sources on Monday have indicated that there is a "serious issue" with the present Police Media Spokesman Assistant Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested eight Nigerian nationals and two Sri Lankans during a raid for possession of cocaine, the police said. The Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) and the Special Task Force (STF) arrested the eight Nigerians and the Sri Lankan husband and wife couple in a joint operation conducted on Sunday in Mount Lavinia and Kelaniya areas.

May 02 (Island) Investigations reveal that some of those wanted in connection with the chance detection of an explosive haul including a suicide vest at Chavakachcheri during the last week of March have fled to India. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera yesterday told The Island that a person identified as S. Sivakaran arrested in Mannar on April 27 was believed to have helped the wanted persons escape.

May 02 (DN) A 14-year-old student who pleaded guilty to stealing laptop computers and accessories worth around Rs. 400,000 was released on two surety bails of Rs. 200,000 each by the Trincomalee Magistrate's Court.

May 01 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has asked the Ministry of Defense to initiate action against the former Director of Air Operations of the SLAF Air Vice Marshal K.V.B. Jayampathy, according to a report in state-run weekly Sunday Observer.

May 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has issued notice for Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran and three others to appear in the Court over a petition filed against a resolution recently passed by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) calling for a federal solution and merger of the North and East.

May 01 (AFP) COLOMBO: Cash-strapped Sri Lanka announced on Sunday (May 1) it was setting up a special panel to chase after nationals likely to figure in the "Panama Papers," a trove of leaked documents on global tax evasion.

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Police arrest cattle rustlers transporting 6 cows in a van (1 - Island)
* Three bodies with gunshot injuries found inside a car (1 - ST)
* Allegedly funding MR’s polls campaign: FCID to prosecute chinese company (1 - SO)
More : LEGAL - SITUATION

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

May 02 (CP) Colombo- The free distribution of Thalassemia Infusion Systems produced by the Sri Lanka Navy to the Lady Ridgeway Children's Hospital and Thalassemia affected children took place Monday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's House.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has conveyed his best wishes to the Global Dignity, a global independent, non-political organization working towards dignity for people, on its 10th anniversary.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka and China will hold high level discussions in June on the bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said in a statement on Monday.

May 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today vowed to fight corruption, strengthen the economy, and develop the nation into a high income country by 2020.

May 01 (CP) Galle- The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) held their May Day rally at the Samanala Grounds in Galle Sunday under the patronage of party leader President Maithripala Sirisena under the theme "Ratak Dinana Athak, Lowak Dinana Hetak".


FINANCE - TRAVEL

May 02 (CP) Colombo- Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has announced it has signed a letter of intent with Fairway Holdings of Sri Lanka for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. This is the first Bell 505 signed for in Sri Lanka.

May 02 (CP) Amsterdam- At the start of the 2016 winter schedule, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will resume direct service to Sri Lanka's Colombo International Airport from October, the airline said in a statement Monday. The first flight to Colombo is scheduled to depart on Monday, 31 October 2016.

May 02 (TOO) Muscat- Sri Lanka expects tourist arrivals from Oman to increase to 20 per cent of the total in 2016. This was stated by Deepal Pallegangoda, Country Manager Oman, Mihin Lanka, during a Sri Lanka Tourism road show at Al Falaj Hotel on Sunday.

May 02 (Island) Sri Lanka's agriculture sector needs to increase its productivity because 30 percent of the total work force is involved in the sector, which contributes only 10 percent to the GDP, Central Bank Deputy Governor Dr Nandalal Weerasinghe said.

May 02 (DN) Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe has given the nod for The Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association (CMTA) proposal to base brand new vehicle valuation on manufacturer’s invoice value, said Gihan Pilapitiya, Chairman CMTA.

May 01 (Hindu) Sri Lanka's revenue from tourism rose to $2.98 billion from $349 million over the last six years after the island nation's 26-year-old civil war ended in 2009.

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lanka National Chamber hosts B2B meetings with Czech delegation (1 - CP)
* Strong first quarter at Overseas Realty, 16% of Phase 3 pre-sold (1 - Island)
* Legal reforms frame to handle sick SOEs (1 - ST)
* Lanka seeks credit line now from Russia (1 - ST)
* Swiss Hospitality and Banking Institute opens (1 - SO)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

May 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Local Government (LG) elections will be held after delimitation process is complete, the Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Faizer Mustapha said today.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- The Czech Republic has expressed willingness to support the development of Sri Lanka's transport and civil aviation sectors. Meeting with Sri Lanka's Minister of Transport Nimal Siripala de Silva, the New Delhi-based Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Sri Lanka Milan Hovorka recalled the long standing friendly relations between the two countries and said his country was ready to support Sri Lanka on any occasion.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- The amendments made to Value Added Tax (VAT) and the Nation Building Tax (NBT) will be effective from today exempting essential services including water and electricity, and health and education sectors, Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- The administration of the Kelaniya University said the university will remain closed and will not open on May 3rd as scheduled. The university will be reopened for students on May 11th. The administration said health units are still conducting investigations into the mysterious infection spreading among the students within the university.

May 02 (Island) The JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday said that if the economy was to be developed both the UPFA and the UNP had to be wiped out from Sri Lankan politics. Dissanayake, addressing his party’s May Day rally, at the BRC grounds in Colombo said, the Rajapaksas had lined their pockets with huge commissions and kickbacks by undertaking gigantic projects which didn’t benefit the common man.

May 02 (DM) Former General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake said what is now happening in the North is what he had said earlier and which were not accepted by some. Speaking to media personnel on last Saturday morning he said that the Northern Provincial Council had made certain proposals and after adopting them had sought international assistance, which had been flatly declined by the foreign delegates.

May 02 (DN) The Audit Bill will be presented to the Cabinet next Wednesday, Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said. He was addressing a May Day rally organised by the Sri Lanka Republic Health Services Association at Punchi Borella.

May 02 (Hindu) "Twenty public meetings. Seventeen rallies." This was how a leading Tamil daily in Sri Lanka presented a report on the planned events for the May Day. In the capital city, Prime Minister and the ruling United National Party (UNP) chief Ranil Wickremesinghe told a rally that his government would ensure that benefits of development reached people.

May 01 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Transport Board says 3500 buses have been hired by political parties to ferry their supporters taking part in the May Day rallies today. Deputy General Manager, Raja Gunatilleke told media that the SLTB buses were released after receiving payment from the party organizations.

May 01, Geneva: The Director General of the Geneva based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Dr. Francis Gurry, has commended Sri Lanka for its achievements and concrete deliverables under the 10 Point Action Plan between the Government of Sri Lanka and the WIPO, which could serve as a good model for other countries similarly placed as Sri Lanka.

May 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka today celebrates the World Labor Day to salute to those who made sacrifices to protect the laborers' rights and overcame their challenges. Political parties and other organizations including a number of trade unions have made arrangements to hold 18 rallies and 17 parades island-wide to mark the 130th Labor Day, the state media said.

May 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized that the labor unions must ideally give priority to safeguard the rights of the workers instead of focusing on political agendas.

May 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena honoring the working people on the International Workers' Day, today called for a firm commitment to make the victories achieved by working people a reality as the nation enters into a new political and economic process.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Only Maithri has answers to MR’s problems, says SB (1 - Island)
* Rajapaksa meets Udayanga in Thailand while FCID hunts for the wanted Sri Lankan in Ukraine (1 - ST)
* No room for LTTE revival - PM (1 - SO)
More : POLITICS - GENERAL

SPORTS

May 01 (IC) Former Sri Lanka cricketer Sidath Wettimuny has been a part of seven interim-committees over the past 15 years. © AFP PHOTO Sidath Wettimuny, the former head of the interim committee governing Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), has said that the SLC constitution, which allows in excess of 140 entities to vote, has "lent itself to huge politicisation" leading to "unruly governance".

More : SPORTS

May 01 (SO) A spectacular try in the 36th minute of the second half by hooker Azmir Fajudeen enabled Royal College, Colombo to edge out traditional rivals Trinity College, Kandy by 22 points to 17 in the first leg of their 72nd annual Bradby Shield rugby encounter played at Royal College Sports Complex grounds, Reid Avenue yesterday.

May 01 (ESPNCI) The PCB has taken a step towards establishing a biomechanics facility in the country by forming a partnership with Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and giving them $460,000 worth of equipment for three years. The equipment had been lying unused at the National Cricket Academy for the last eight years but will become operational from June.

May 01 (CN) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has agreed to a proposal forwarded by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to apply a points system for their tour of England scheduled in July. "We have received an agreement in principle from the boards of both Sri Lanka and Pakistan and will release further details of the proposal in due course," an ECB spokesman told ESPNCricinfo.


WORLD

May 02 (BBC) The bodies of two American climbers have been found in a glacier in the Himalayas, 16 years after they were killed by a huge avalanche. World-renowned mountaineer Alex Lowe had been climbing the 8,013m (26,290ft) Shishapangma peak in Tibet in October 1999 with cameraman David Bridges when they were hit.

More : WORLD

May 02 (Hindu) As the anniversary of Nepal’s devastating earthquake came and went last week, Tilakmananda Bajracharya, a priest, peered up at the mountainside temple his family has tended for 13 generations, wondering how long it would remain upright.

May 01 (HT) Time heals. And when it doesn’t, at least it dulls the first shock of a tragedy and gives one some semblance of recovery. So a gathering to commemorate possibly the worst disaster in the history of a community, may, to a casual onlooker, assume the appearance of a celebration. At Kathmandu’s Durbar Square on Sunday, April 24, Nepalese youngsters, dressed in their best, walked about arm-in-arm, laughed and chatted and clicked selfies on their smart phones

May 01 (AP) NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya's president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species. Uhuru Kenyatta put a flame to the biggest of 11 pyres of ivory tusks and one of rhino horn in a chilly afternoon.


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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