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Sri Lanka Prime Minister promises a permanent solution to national question in next two years

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he will do his utmost to find a political solution to the national question in the next two years. The Prime Minister pointed out that the government has been unable to achieve its objective due to the lack of a majority in Parliament, despite a concerted effort in the last few years to find a political solution to the national problem.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy personnel in coordination with the officials of the Assistant Directorate of Fisheries (ADF) in Mannar yesterday (15th) have nabbed an individual for illegal harvesting conch shells.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded a nine-hour long statement from former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando yesterday (July 15), over the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, police said.
 

July 16 (Island) KANDY- The Hasalaka police took into custody two men who came to the police station after consuming liquor to secure the release of a group of suspects arrested by police in connection with illicit gem mining.
 

July 16 (DM) Father and his two sons were arrested for keeping 290 electric detonators in a house in Hedigama in Piliyandala this evening, the Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said. He said the electric detonators were found during a search operation carried out by the Sri Lanka Army and the Police following a tip-off.
 

July 16 (DN) The Acting IGP has interdicted the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the Panadura North Police Station IP Prabath Paranawithana with the covering approval of the National Police Commission over the misplacement of two T-56 assault rifles which had gone missing from his police station.
 

July 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested 3,154 drivers during a month-long special operation launched island wide earlier this month to nab people driving under the influence.
 

July 15 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal has ordered the Attorney General to inquire the Director General of the Forest Conservation Department about the current situation of the Marichchakkuttu, Kallaru Forest Reserve Zone near the Wilpattu Forest Reserve and inform the court on the 19th.
 

July 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy personnel have rescued 06 persons who were drowning in seas off the Calido beach in Kalutara Sunday (14). The group of people had gone for a bath from the Calido beach and got into difficulty in rough sea condition.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Two more Facebook parties raided by police (15 - Island)
* Questioning of intelligence officers ’in camera’ in future (15 - DM)
* Father-Daughter dead in a train accident (15 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

July 16 (CP) Colombo- UN Special Rapporteur Clément Nyaletsossi Voule will visit Sri Lanka from 18 to 26 July 2019 to assess rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the country.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- According to the Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the Statistics Department of Central Bank on Monday, the industrial production in Sri Lanka expanded in June 2019 while services sector recovered after the April 21 terrorist attacks.
 

July 16 (Sun) A HOTEL that's just across the road from Buckingham Palace has added an astounding £500 pot of tea to its menu. And despite paying the hefty sum, you still need to fork out for scones and sandwiches.
 

July 15 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena Monday declared open the fully-pledged Nuwara Eliya District Hospital constructed at a cost of Rs. 5 billion in Nuwara Eliya.
 

July 15 (CP) Colombo- The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka Monday (July 15) held an informal counterterrorism dialogue focused on preventing violent extremism and terrorism. The dialogue held in Colombo was chaired on the EU side by EU Counterterrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) in collaboration with Sri Lankan High Commission in Pakistan organized a Catalogue Show at its premises on Monday. Over a dozen Sri Lankan companies took part in catalogue show held with the aim to promote interaction and give boost to bilateral trade and joint ventures.
 

July 16 (Island) Sudath Silva was appointed Head of HR of SDB bank with effect from July15. He counts over 20 years of experience in leading institutions, of which 11 years in senior management.
 

July 16 (Island) Sudath Silva was appointed Head of HR of SDB bank with effect from July15. He counts over 20 years of experience in leading institutions, of which 11 years in senior management.
 

July 16 (DM) Transportation and Civil Aviation Ministry last week said it had started the process of upgrading Google Maps to show public transportation services as a part of Google Transit, and it would be available for use in Google Maps covering the Western Province shortly.
 

July 15 (CP) Colombo- Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, partnered with the national carrier, SriLankan Airlines to provide Dialog subscribers, a convenient way to convert their Star Points to FlySmiLes miles
 

July 15 (CP) Colombo- China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, known as Sinopec Corp, said on Monday it has set up a fuel oil company in Sri Lanka as it looks to supply fuel to ships along a major maritime route, the Reuters news agency reported.
 

July 15 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares gained for the fifth straight session on Monday to hit a nearly three-month closing high, as foreign fund inflows hit a more than seven-year high due to a block deal, while the rupee ended marginally lower.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Boosting of exports only way to reach 6% -7% GDP growth: CB Governor (15 - Island)
* Parliament to pass resolution to declare Port City part of Colombo district (15 - DM)
* Australia to assist Lanka’s tourism and cottage industry development (15 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

July 16 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena in an Extraordinary Gazette notification has announced that the term of the Presidential Commission probing corruption and fraud was extended by two and a half months from 14th July.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- The Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) has purchased 11,642 metric tons (MT) of paddy in the Northern Province under the government certified price at a cost of Rs. 447 million.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Postal Services Union has decided to launch a 48-hour token strike from 4 pm today (16) over a number of unresolved issues. The Convener of Postal Services Union Chinthaka Bandara says the union would resort to an indefinite strike if the government fails to provide solutions for their issues.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- The Administration of the Ruhuna University has decided to reopen three faculties located at the Wellamadama complex tomorrow (17), Vice Chancellor Senior Professor Sujeewa Amarasena said.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has said that the Commission is finalizing arrangements for the conduct of the Presidential election during the scheduled period. He made this statement at a media briefing held in Bandaragama yesterday.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in cooperation with the Tourism Ministry, successfully completed a joint seminar for the "Recovery of Tourism Sector in Sri Lanka after the Easter Bombings 2019" targeting officials and professionals in the tourism sector.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says the only way to build the country is to form a government with honest politicians. "The only way to re-build this economically backward and corrupted country is to elect a government with honest politicians," the President said speaking at an event in Nuwara Eliya on Monday.
 

July 16 (Island) Chairman of the SLPP Prof. G.L.Peiris yesterday said his party’s manifesto for the next Presidential election would be made available for a public debate in the first week of August. Prof. Peiris said the election manifesto was being prepared by 29 expert committees.
 

July 16 (Times) Six female inmates at the Welikada prison are currently engaged in a project to manufacture sanitary pads in a bid to meet the requirements of around 500 female inmates.
 

July 16 (DM) State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday said there was no need for him to seek an apology from the Maha Sangha as he had not made any statement insulting the Maha Sangha and said he only spoke about a ‘handful of monks’.
 

July 16 (DN) UPFA MP Faiszer Mustapha said that the Secretary to the Ministry of Justice has been tasked with swiftly formulating a draft proposal on the crucial amendments to the Muslim Marriage Act (MMDA), which is to be tabled before Parliament.
 

July 15 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says some people are trying to reject parts of the report produced by the intelligence agency about the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday.
 

July 15 (CP) Colombo- Colombo's first ever open street concept day saw residents reclaiming their streets from Green Path to Independence Avenue on foot, bicycle, skateboard and rollerblades.
 

July 15 (AFP) International drug syndicates orchestrated Sri Lanka's deadly Easter Sunday bombings, the country's leader claimed Monday, despite earlier blaming the attacks on Islamists.
 

July 15 (Reuters) UNWATUNA/GALLE, Sri Lanka- Pearl Divers, a diving school on one of Sri Lanka's most popular southern beaches, shut shop for two months after suicide bombers attacked churches and hotels on the island on Easter Sunday, killing about 250 people.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Ravi tells Chandrika to mind her business (15 - Island)
* Sajith’s wife speaks as future first lady (15 - DM)
* State Minister denounces death penalty (15 - DN)
* MP government may consider building temple at site linked to Ramayana in Sri Lanka (15 - IE)

SPORTS

July 16 (ESPNCI) Anamul Haque and Taijul Islam have been recalled into Bangladesh's 14-member squad for the three-match ODI series in Sri Lanka, which begins on July 26. They have come in as replacements for Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das, who have been granted leave by the BCB.
 

July 16 (News.lk) Sri Lanka pulled off a nerve-wracking 2-1 victory over India in the opening match of the XIV West Asia Baseball Cup at the Sri Lanka-Japan Friendship Baseball Stadium at Diyagama yesterday.The game was tied at 1-1 with Sri Lanka batting the bottom of the ninth when Sahan Gunasekera grounded out for vice-captain Naveen Anuradha to complete the winning run to jubilation of the home team after an enthralling three-hour contest.
 

July 16 (BBC) Three Australian newspapers have lost an appeal against a defamation payout that was awarded to West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle. Articles published in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times reported claims that Gayle had exposed himself to a female massage therapist in Sydney in 2015.
 

July 16 (BBC) Cricket chiefs should consider allowing teams to share the World Cup if a final is tied again, says New Zealand coach Gary Stead. England beat the Black Caps in a dramatic final at Lord's by virtue of scoring more boundaries - after the teams' 50-over scores were tied and also level after a super over.
 


WORLD

July 16 (BBC) A four-storey building has collapsed in the Indian city of Mumbai, trapping at least 40 people, fire officials say. The cause of the collapse in the Dongri area in southern Mumbai is not clear. There are no reports of casualties.
 

July 16 (BBC) Pakistan has fully reopened its airspace to civilian flights, nearly five months after it was closed during a dispute with India. The closure cost Indian airlines tens of millions of dollars, with companies forced to reroute flights.
 

July 15 (BBC) Dozens of people have been killed as monsoon floods rip through Nepal, Bangladesh and north-eastern India. At least 65 people have lost their lives in Nepal as torrential rains hit the region, police said on Monday.
 

July 15 (BBC) New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joked that she has been "traumatised" by her country's Cricket World Cup defeat after they lost a nail-biting final to England. But she told news outlet RNZ that she was "incredibly proud" of the team.
 


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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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