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Sri Lankan President lifts nationwide state of emergency

Mar 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has removed the nationwide state of Emergency that was imposed on March 6 after communal clashes broke out in Kandy district. "Upon assessing the public safety situation, I instructed to revoke the State of Emergency from midnight yesterday," the President said in a Twitter post.
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Mar 19 (Island) A district investigator of the Human Rights Commission in the Southern Province was arrested recently for sexually abusing an eight-year-old girl. The 57-year-old man was arrested by the Beliatta Police.

Mar 18 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Higher Education and Highways Kabir Hashim said the BMW car that ended up in a canal at Thalawathugoda in Battaramulla early Saturday morning after crashing into two other cars, was driven by a relative of the Minister.

Mar 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested an Indian national, who has arrived on a tourist visa and conducting a business illegally. The suspect has been arrested on Saturday (17) in Muttur-Pattithidal area while engaging in business illegally, violating immigration and emigration rules, the police said.

* MiG fraud: FCID finds startling new details (18 - ST)
* Legal battle royale over Corruption Court (18 - SO)


Mar 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake says an effective weedicide is promptly needed to prevent further damage to the tea industry affected by the glyphosate ban as human labor to control growing weeds in tea plantations is costly.

Mar 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says people's representatives should set an example to the public with their conduct and behavior to create a political culture with a high standard and quality.

Mar 18 (CP) Colombo- A high-level Sri Lankan delegation led by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana will leave for Geneva tomorrow to take part in the ongoing 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).


Mar 19 (CP) Brisbane- Representatives from the tourism sector in Sri Lanka have begun a study tour as a part of the 'Sustainable Tourism Development' Short Course Award program funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Griffith University in Queensland said in a media statement.

Mar 19 (Island) The top awards Litro Gas has won at the prestigious CNCI awards ceremony, set the bar high on Litro's operational and service standards as well as managing ethical business practices, Muditha Pieris, Managing Director, Litro Gas Lanka and Litro Gas Terminal Lanka (Pvt) Limited said recently.

Mar 19 (DN) The livelihood of the country’s 300,000 tobacco farming community will be severally affected if the Government imposes the ban of tobacco cultivation from 2020, `All Ceylon Cigarette Tobacco Barn Owner’s Association’ (ACCTBOA) said.

* Brandix Head of CSR lauded for leading efforts to alleviate water poverty in Sri Lanka (18 - Island)
* Nawaloka Petroleum plans to expand operations (18 - ST)
* ‘Create an FDI enabling environment’ (18 - SO)
* Travel Black Book: Having a ball in Sri Lanka (18 - ST)


Mar 19 (CP) Colombo- Several new artifacts have been found from a recent excavation at the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and a statue of a lion made from terracotta was among them. The excavation is currently underway in the northern water conduit of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Director General of the Central Cultural Fund (CCF) Prof. Prishantha Gunawardena said.

Mar 19 (Island) The JVP would not to sign the no-confidence motion to be moved by the Joint Opposition (JO) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, JVP sources told The Island yesterday.

Mar 19 (DM) The political parties have, by and large, agreed to revert to the old Proportional Representation system for conducting the elections to the provincial councils, a Minister said yesterday.

Mar 19 (DN) The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has sought assistance from the Police and the Military to nab those who dump garbage haphazardly at public places.

Mar 18 (CP) Colombo- The Kandy District Secretariat states that compensation will be distributed for properties damaged due to the recent violence in Kandy at 10.00 am on Monday, March 19. Compensations will be given to the owners of businesses and residences damaged by the Sinhalese mob attacks earlier this month.

Mar 18 (CP) Colombo- The administration of Hardy Advanced Technological Institute in Ampara has agreed to provide prompt solutions to the residential issues of the students enrolled in full time courses at the institute.

Mar 18 (Rediff) Opposition leader and former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa must be laughing his head off. Despite all the cases of corruption against him and his family, despite the harassment and the jail terms that members of his family have had to serve, it was he who swept the civic elections in the island last month.

* SL agreeing to time-bound action plan to operate transitional justice processes should be top priority – GTF (18 - Island)
* Medical dons warn ongoing strike further blow to medical studies (18 - ST)
* JVP to launch anti-racism movement (18 - SO)


Mar 19 (HT) Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh skipper, was booed by the crowd at the R Premadasa stadium on Sunday after his team suffered a heart-breaking four-wicket loss against India on Sunday. Chasing 167, India was rescued by a magnificent cameo of 29 from eight balls from Dinesh Karthik.

Mar 19 (ICC) Ireland roared back into contention in the CWCQ with a statement victory over joint-leaders Scotland to close the gap between the two to just a single point. With both teams still to play another game and the other four teams still to play two, the race for the final

Mar 19 (ICC) Dinesh Karthik’s delirious last-ball six to win the Nidahas Trophy sees him join an exclusive club. His name now slips in alongside those of Miandad, McLaren, Nathan McCullum, Klusener and Chanderpaul as players who have won international matches with a six off the last ball.

Mar 18 (TOI) Dinesh Karthik smacked a six off the last ball to help India register a thrilling four-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy T20 Tri-Series at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.


Mar 19 (ANI) Burmese politician and diplomat, Aung San Suu Kyi, has reportedly sought help with the ongoing Rohingya crisis, from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nations and Australia, in a closed-door meeting.

Mar 19 (BBC) Vladimir Putin will lead Russia for another six years, after securing an expected victory in Sunday's presidential election. With almost all the ballots counted, he had received more than 76% of the vote, the central election commission said. The main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was barred from the race.

Mar 19 (BBC) The attorney general for the US state of Massachusetts is launching an investigation into alleged harvesting of Facebook profiles by a firm employed by Donald Trump's election campaign. Investigations by the Observer and New York Times newspapers claim details from 50 million profiles were gathered without the users' knowledge.

Mar 19 (BBC) Russia has been stockpiling the nerve agent used in the attack on an ex-spy and his daughter over the last decade, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says. He also dismissed a suggestion by Russia's EU ambassador that the agent might have come from a UK laboratory.

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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