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'Galle Dialogue' international maritime conference gets underway in Sri Lanka

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- The ninth annual International Maritime Conference 'Galle Dialogue 2018' organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the patronage of the Ministry of Defense, commenced in capital Colombo on Monday with the participation of representatives from 50 countries.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Oct 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy personnel on Monday (22) have arrested two persons in northern seas with over 150 kg of Kerala cannabis.
 

Oct 23 (Island) Investigations into the protest launched by the inmates of Angunukolapelessa Prison have revealed that it was been masterminded by a section of prisons officials. The protest which commenced, on Sunday, was called off yesterday following a discussion between a team of inmates, prisons officials and the STF attached to the Angunukolapelessa prison.
 

Oct 23 (DN) Former Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) DIG Nalaka de Silva was questioned by officers attached to the Criminal Investigation Department for over 10 hours yesterday.
 

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's new Chief Justice Nalin Perera said today that he will take all the measures to ensure the independence of the judiciary and the public trust in the system. The new Chief Justice he will take every effort to create an independent, corruption-free judicial system in the country.
 

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel will be deployed to inspect the visitors to prisons in Colombo from today, Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms Bandula Jayasinghe said.
 

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- Batticaloa bound 'Meena Gaya' intercity train has collided with a wild elephant again this morning (22) and derailed, the Welikanda Police said. The train plying from Colombo to Batticaloa has hit a female elephant around 2 am Monday morning between the Moragollagama and KonWewa railway stations near Welikanda.
 

Oct 22 (ESPNCI) Wimal Nandika Dissanayake, Sri Lanka Cricket's chief financial officer, has been arrested by the country's Criminal Investigation Department on charges of financial fraud to the tune of USD 165,000.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Prisoners protest against deployment of STF Angunakolapelessa residents praise govt. decision (22 - Island)
* DIG Nalaka Silva to appear before CID for third time today (22 - DM)
* Ten years RI, fine for attempted murder (22 - DN)
* China brought in to probe Sri Lanka’s ‘India-backed’ assassination plot (22 - EN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Oct 23 (CP) Washington, DC- Ambassador Alaina Teplitz was sworn in as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka and to the Republic of Maldives. She took oath of office administered by Under Secretary David Hale, the State Department said in a Twitter post.
 

Oct 23 (CP) Colombo- The first ever nation-wide study on Sri Lanka's SMEs has recommend integrating the three top national SME institutions under one roof into an apex SME Advisory Commission.
 

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena made a financial donation of Rs. one million to student Gihan Hettiarachchi of Gampaha Bandaranaike College, who made a rocket that can travel up to 20 kilometers, for his future innovation works, at the Presidential Secretariat, today (22).
 

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Ministry of Finance and Mass Media today said the Cabinet of Ministers has decided to divest Hilton and Hyatt hotels, which are non-strategic holdings of the Government and called for private investors to complete the construction of the Hyatt Hotel and the improvement of the Hilton Hotel.
 

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom along with the British High Commission in Colombo facilitated an investment promotion event under the auspices of the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka on 18 October 2018 at the High Commission premises.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Oct 23 (CP) Colombo- Mobitel, Sri Lanka's National Mobile Service Provider once again led Sri Lanka's Technological and Digital advancements at Techno 2018.
 

Oct 23 (Island) There is a serious lack of leadership training geared to sustaining the success of our organisations in increasingly turbulent local and global markets. As a result, the vast corporate resources and the rich human capital found in our country are not fully exploited.
 

Oct 23 (DM) The government is in discussion with four foreign parties to build a US $ 2 billion new oil refinery in Sapugaskanda, Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said, yesterday.
 

Oct 23 (DN) Fintechnology Asia Pacific Lanka (FINAP) recently signed a MoU with Bartleet Electronics (a part of Bartleet Innovative Technologies) with the purpose of developing a strategic partnership to market the FINAP Micro Banking Platform to banks and other financial institutions.
 

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Finance and Mass Media said as envisaged in the Budget-2018 by the Minister Mangala Samaraweera, it has established a regulatory framework enabling the Sri Lankan companies to initiate Business to Consumer (BZC) direct E-Commerce transactions with overseas customers.
 

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to grant permission to the private sector for operating warehouse facilities for the clearance of goods imported from less than a container or the LCL Cargo imported to Sri Lanka.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lankan rupee at record low; stocks up from near 5-yr closing trough (22 - Reuters)
* Dialog and Ericsson partner with Ministry of Digital Infrastructure to establish 5G Innovation Center (22 - CP)
* Multi-pronged reforms effort remains key for Sri Lanka: IMF (22 - DFT)
* Nestlé sweeps the board at Effie Awards Six awards for Maggi, Nestomalt, Milo and Nangrow (22 - Island)
* BoC Seychelles Branch honoured for service excellence (22 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Oct 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Sustainable Energy Authority says it will distribute 1 million LED bulbs island wide next month. The Director General of the Authority, Ranjith Sepala, said that the LED bulbs will be given to selected households with monthly electricity consumption of under ninety units.
 

Oct 23 (Island) JVP had decided to vote against the budget 2019, party’s Kalutara District MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa told The Island yesterday. "We have made the decision as we are against the government’s economic policy and are certain after reading the Appropriation Bill that the government will not be able to provide relief to people.
 

Oct 23 (DM) Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has sent a hard-hitting letter to the government and recognized political parties informing them that getting officials to run provincial councils was undemocratic and likened it to an administration of dictatorship.
 

Oct 23 (DN) The Constitutional Council (CC) will meet on Thursday to decide on the appointment of two judges to the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal respectively. The Speaker’s Media Secretary Chaminda Gamage confirmed to the Daily News that the nominations for the above posts have been received from President Maithripala Sirisena.
 

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today said the United National Party, the coalition party of his government was formed as a strong political party by the great characters who led the party and wished the party would be led by such great leaders again.
 

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in September 2018 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 0.9 percent from 2.5 percent recorded in August 2018 on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Monday.
 

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- A global human rights organization today urged Sri Lanka to amend the new draft Counter Terrorism Act of 2018 (CTA) that was presented to Parliament by the government to replace the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act.
 

Oct 22 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that steps will be taken to change the methodology of holding the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination to eliminate the competition, as the exam has become extremely competitive and imposes undue pressure on the children.
 

Oct 22 (Stuff) A year after they pleaded to avoid deportation to Sri Lanka, a Queenstown family have been granted residency and are giving back to the community that supported them.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* JVP defends War Reparation Bill to the hilt (22 - Island)
* Govt should go on in one direction: Wasantha (22 - DM)
* Modi plays Gandhi tribute song by Sri Lankan artistes to PM (22 - DN)

SPORTS

Oct 23 (ESPNCI) Maybe the rains have done Sri Lanka a favour. At least there is no chance England can beat them 5-0, as India and South Africa have done over the past 21 months. But although the visitors have been comfortable victors - as expected - in the matches that have been completed, there are slivers of hope for Sri Lanka.
 

Oct 22 (ESPNCI) Ambidextrous spin-bowling allrounder Kamindu Mendis may have a chance to showcase his unique skills at the senior international level for the first time, after being picked in Sri Lanka's squad for the one-off T20 against England, on Saturday. Thisara Perera, who led Sri Lanka's limited-overs teams in fits and starts towards the end of last year, has been named captain,
 

Oct 22 (ESPNCI) There is awe and wonder every time Virat Kohli makes a century in a chase, simply because of how often he does it and often because of how simply he does it. He has 20 centuries now in 75 successful chases, another metric where he is comprehensively beating Sachin Tendulkar (14 in 124 innings) whose record of being the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs won't stand for much longer either.
 

Oct 22 (ESPNCI) Rangana Herath, the most-successful left-arm bowler in Test history, will retire after the first Test in Galle, having told the selectors that he is reluctant to play through an entire three-Test series. Galle is a sentimental venue for Herath - not only did he make his Test debut there in 1999, he also needs only one more wicket to join Muttiah Muralitharan in having taken 100 wickets at the ground.
 


WORLD

Oct 23 (BBC) A senior US official has held talks with Saudi Arabia's crown prince in Riyadh, despite growing concern over the Saudis' role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met Mohammed bin Salman on Monday. Turkish officials say Mr Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after a visit on 2 October.
 

Oct 23 (BBC) If there was a gold medal for bad air, Delhi would be hard to beat. Yet, despite high levels of air pollution, more than 30,000 people, many wearing masks, took part in the capital's half marathon on Sunday. Organisers said they used devices on the route to transmit radio frequency waves to clear the air, but scientists were sceptical of these claims.
 

Oct 23 (BBC) Some 11 children have been transferred to Australia from the Nauru detention centre to receive medical treatment. They are the latest to be moved amid a mental health crisis on the island, which has long been plagued by allegations of human rights abuses.
 

Oct 23 (BBC) Chinese President Xi Jinping has officially opened the world's longest sea crossing bridge, nine years after construction first began. Including its access roads, the bridge spans 55km (34 miles) and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai.
 


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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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