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JVP objects to presidential pardon to Royal Park murder convict

Nov 12 CP) Colombo- The presidential pardon made available for those convicted of murder is a blatant attack on the supremacy of the Law, Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said condemning the outgoing Sri Lankan President's pardon to a convicted killer who brutally murdered a young girl in 2005.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Nov 13 (DN) Police Spokesperson SSP Ruwan Gunasekara yesterday said 47 motorcycles, including five police motorbikes and one police three-wheeler were damaged in a fire which broke out at the Presidential Security Division building premises in Colombo Fort on Sunday (10) night.
 

Nov 12 (CP) Colombo- The Police Narcotics Bureau has arrested two suspects with 105 kilograms of Kerala Cannabis in the Mulankavil area along the Jaffna-Mannar road. The raid was carried out on information received by the Police Narcotics Bureau.
 

Nov 12 (CP) Colombo- Police Media spokesman SSP Ruwan Gunasekara said that police fatally shot a suspect, who was being taken to be submitted to the Karapitiya Judicial Medical Officer, when he attempted to flee.
 

Nov 12 (CP) Colombo- Five persons including a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Pradeshiya Sabha member have been arrested by police for assaulting a female UNP Pradeshiya Sabha member of the Ridimaliyadda Pradeshiya Sabha.
 

Nov 12 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has foiled an illegal migration attempt when a navy patrol craft intercepted a vessel sailing off the northwestern coast of the island on Monday (11th November).
 

Nov 11 (CP) Colombo- The two police officers of MP SB Dissanayake's security detail, who was remanded on suspicion of shooting and injuring two youths were further remanded.
 

Nov 11 (CP) Colombo- A three-wheeler and 47 motorcycles were destroyed in a fire that broke out in the vehicle yard of the Presidential Security Division at Chatham Street in Colombo around 10 pm last night.
 

Nov 11 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy Saturday arrested three fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
 

Nov 12 (AFP) Hundreds of inmates at Sri Lanka's biggest high-security prison staged a second day of protests Tuesday, demanding their freedom after the president pardoned a well-connected man convicted of brutally murdering a Swedish teenager.
 

Nov 12 (Island) The detention of two suspects arrested last week following a complaint by Archaeology Department was extended by the Vavuniya Magistrate’s court till Nov. 13.
 

Nov 12 (Times) suspects who had organised a party in Bentota last Sunday in which narcotics had been consumed have been remanded until November 19 on orders of the Balapitiya Magistrate's Court. Police said that they were among a group of 22 individuals between the ages of 19 and 48 who had been arrested at the party with heroin, cannabis, and narcotic tablets.
 

Nov 12 (DM) The Attorney General today requested the Chef Justice to appoint a three-judge bench to hear the case filed against all suspects, including former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda over the magisterial inquiry conducted into the alleged abduction and disappearances of eleven youth in 2008.
 

Nov 12 (DN) Two persons were arrested by Mirihana Police for allegedly distributing leaflets against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the Mirihana area. Police Spokesperson SSP Ruwan Gunasekara said yesterday the two suspects were arrested on Sunday
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Welikada Prisoners protest against release of Royal Park murder convict (11 - Times)
* White van driver, victim recall abductions, mystery of LTTE gold (11 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Nov 12 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that it is a tragedy to question the citizenship of a person who is contesting for the Presidency. The Minister pointed out that there has never been such a crisis in the history of world politics.
 

Nov 12 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has called for an overarching security architecture tasked to mitigate regional security challenges in the Indian Ocean Region, giving priority to the littoral states and sensitive to the interests of all maritime users of the Indian Ocean.
 

Nov 12 (CP) Colombo- Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland made a brief visit to a mangrove replanting site in Wadduwa in Koggala recently on the sidelines of Commonwealth Law Ministers Conference in Colombo
 

Nov 11 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President says his controversial pardon to a convict killer of the murder of a teenage girl was on requests from many religious leaders, former Supreme Court Judges and Civil Society and youth leaders.
 

Nov 11 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka parliament unanimously approved the Bill on Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports which was debated today. Bill on Prevention of offences in Sports presented by the Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment, and Sports Harin Fernando deals comprehensively with match-fixing, corruption, illegal manipulation, and illegal betting in sports.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Nov 13 (CP) Colombo- Sunshine Energy Ltd. (SEL), a fully-owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka's diversified conglomerate Sunshine Holdings Plc, opened its third hydropower plant Elgin recently in the town of Lindula in the Central Province.
 

Nov 13 (DM) China’s Hainan Rubber Industry Group Co. Ltd has reached an agreement with the Plantation Industries Ministry to invest US$ 300 million to set up specialised free trade zones for rubber-based value-added exports in Kegalle and Kalutara districts next year.
 

Nov 13 (DN) According to World Travel and Tourism Council WTTC, as one of the world’s largest economic sectors, Travel & Tourism creates jobs, drives exports, and generates prosperity across the world. The sector accounted for 10.4% of global GDP and 319 million jobs, or 10% of total employment in 2018.
 

Nov 12 (CP) Colombo- The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) said it has completed five forensic audits on the issuance of Treasury Bonds to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the reports will be issued to the authorities who have the legal authority while maintaining confidentiality.
 

Nov 12 (CP) Colomb- Ceylon Graphite Corp disclosed Monday that its wholly-owned subsidiary Sarcon Development Pvt Ltd has been granted an environmental protection license for its K1 graphite mining project in Karasnagla, from the Sri Lanka Central Environmental Authority (CEA), country's top environmental regulator.
 

Nov 12 (CP) Colombo-: The Singer Group reported consolidated revenues of Rs. 27.1 billion for the first half which ended 30 September 2019 and Company Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC which is the main marketing arm of the Group recorded Rs. 22 billion for same period which is 3% above the prior year.
 

Nov 11 (CP) Colombo- The Jaffna International Airport will commence commercial flight operations from today (11). Alliance Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India will commence commercial flight operations from Jaffna International Airport to Chennai International Airport today.
 

Nov 11 (CP) Colombo- Santani Spa and Resorts won the Gold Award for Best in the World for wellness at a celebrity event held at London's Brand new venue Magazine on 5th November.
 

Nov 12 (Island) Nations Trust Bank American Express partnered with the George Keyt Foundation for the 9th consecutive year to host "Sri Lankan Art 2019"; an exhibition and sale of contemporary Sri Lankan art.
 

Nov 12 (DN) LOLC Group’s subsidiary company, Browns Investments PLC, signed an agreement with the Barceló Hotel Group to develop a three hotels complex in North Male’ Atoll, Maldives and to manage five leisure properties of Browns Hotels and Resorts in Sri Lanka and Maldives.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Fairfax strengthens its commitment to Sri Lanka (11 - Island)
* Lanka-Australia trade tops AUD 1.5 bn mark (11 - DN)
* SLTPB plans Rs.100mn TV campaign in Germany this year (22 - DM)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Nov 13 (CP) Colombo- The winner of Sri Lanka's presidential election on November 16, 2019 will face enormous challenges to deliver justice for past crimes and prevent future abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.
 

Nov 13 (DM) National Peoples’ Power (NPP) Presidential candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday assured northern people that they would create a situation where Tamil people would be able to learn and deal with the government in their mother tongue.
 

Nov 13 (Al Jazeera) On November 16, Sri Lankans will go to the polls to elect a new president, a landmark vote as the island nation struggles with a sluggish economy, security challenges and increasing political polarisation.
 

Nov 13 (DN) A group of US-based Sri Lankan professionals yesterday recalled the lawlessness during the Rajapaksa regime and expressed their disbelief that SLPP candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who played a key role in that era could now campaign for votes with the promise that he would behave differently if elected.
 

Nov 13 (Xinhua) COLOMBO- A medical team from China performed 100 cataract surgeries, free of charge, in Sri Lanka on Sunday and Monday, in order to strengthen medical cooperation between the two countries.
 

Nov 12 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected social media reports that he will deliver a special address on November 18, the President's Media Division said today (Nov 12).
 

Nov 12 (CP) Colombo- Campaigning for the 2019 Presidential election in Sri Lanka will end at midnight on Wednesday (13), the Elections Commission announced. All types of canvassing or election campaigning activities for the Presidential election scheduled for Saturday November 16 should end 48 hours before the election.
 

Nov 12 (CP) Colombo- The Presidential candidate of the New Democratic Front (NDF) Sajith Premadasa has condemned the outgoing President Maithripala Sirisena's move to pardon the convicted killer on death row.
 

Nov 12 (CP) Colombo- The anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has drawn the attention of the Elections Commission to the use of Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), helicopters for the transport of politicians to and from campaign rallies.
 

Nov 12 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka revealed several details of the fraud and corruption that occurred during the sale of the land where the Army Headquarters was located to the Chinese by the previous administration of Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 

Nov 11 (CP) Colombo- President's Counsel Upul Jayasuriya says there is no convincing evidence that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the Presidential Candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has relinquished his US citizenship.
 

Nov 11 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has written to the Election Commission requesting to secure the voting rights of some 8000 (female Buddhist monks) who ae unable to cast their votes at the presidential election.
 

Nov 12 (Reuters) Sri Lanka goes to the polls on Saturday at a time when the economy is growing at its slowest in 18 years, and the tourism industry is still reeling from militant bomb attacks in April.
 

Nov 12 (Reuters) COLOMBO- One brother is considered a shoo-in for the job of Sri Lanka's president in elections this weekend and another is eyeing the prime minister's post when that election becomes due early next year.
 

Nov 12 (Island) Complaints of election-related incidents had increased to nearly 3,600 by yesterday evening, according to the Elections Commission (EC). Thirty five candidates are in the fray with many of them being dummy contenders, while the actual fight is between the top two contenders at the eighth presidential election on Saturday, November 16.
 

Nov 12 (DM) President Maithripala Sirisena has withdrawn the Cabinet memo he submitted with Minister Vajira Abeywardena last week seeking approval to make permanent the personal staff of the President, Prime Minister, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, saying the move gained unnecessary publicity.
 

Nov 12 (DN) New Democratic Front (NDF) Presidential candidate Minister Sajith Premadasa yesterday promised the people of Puttalam that he would ensure the Aruwakkalu Waste Management Project will not affect the people in the area in an adverse manner.
 

Nov 11 (AFP) A senior Sri Lankan minister accused social media giant Facebook on Monday of censoring comments he made questioning the citizenship of presidential election frontrunner Gotabhaya Rajapakse.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Felicitation ceremony for President Sirisena on Nov 14 (11 - Times)
* Mannar Bishop says no to poll boycott urged by some northern parties (11 - Island)
* Two arrested from Mirihana with derogatory leaflets on Gota (11 - DM)
* CBK’s stance questioned at Puttalam meeting (11 - DM)
* Most SLFPers wanted an SLFP Prez candidate - CBK (11 - DN)
* Special parliamentary session today (11 - CP)
* Outrage as Sri Lankan president pardons killer of Swedish teen (11 - CGTN)
* Sri Lanka presidential candidate eyes youth to beat pro-China rival (11 - 11)

SPORTS

Nov 13 (ICC) 100 days-to-go until the start of the biggest women’s sporting event ever held in Australia. Global pop superstar Katy Perry will perform exclusively at the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 on Sunday 8 March
 

Nov 13 (ESPNCI) "Our aim was to take the pitches out of the equation. You have to take 20 wickets, whether it's Johannesburg, Mumbai, Delhi, Auckland or even Melbourne where we won [against Australia]. How do you do that? For that, you need fast bowlers, spinners, a complete bowling unit." Those were Ravi Shastri's words after India rolled over South Africa
 

Nov 13 (ESPNCI) It was all rather sombre at the BCB's packed reception area on the evening of October 29. Shakib Al Hasan read out his statement. And minutes after he was done, BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan announced that Bangladesh would have a new Test captain - such was the atmosphere that there was no space for appreciation or celebration when Mominul Haque's name was read out.
 

Nov 13 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka's parliament criminalised a wide swathe of corruption-related activity in sports on Monday. This was in the wake of the ICC anti-corruption unit's investigation into the country's cricket over the past two years. Below is a rough guideline to the punishments, and a list of many of the new offences that will be become part of the law
 


WORLD

Nov 13 (BBC) More than 1,000 birds have been found dead along the shore of India's biggest inland saltwater lake, a senior forest official has told the BBC. The birds were discovered around Sambhar Lake, 80km (49 miles) south-west of the city of Jaipur, in the northern state of Rajasthan.
 

Nov 13 (BBC) Hong Kong's rule of law has been pushed to the "brink of total collapse" after more than five months of protests, police have warned. The warning came as protesters clashed with police across the city on Tuesday.
 

Nov 13 (BBC) A river near the inter-Korean border has turned red after being polluted with blood from pig carcasses. South Korean authorities had culled 47,000 pigs in an attempt to halt the spread of African swine fever (ASF).
 

Nov 12 (BBC) An American submarine that went missing in World War Two has been rediscovered at the bottom of the East China sea. The USS Grayback and its 80 crew members disappeared in 1944 when it was attacked by a Japanese aircraft.
 


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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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