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Tanzania looks forward to further strengthening bilateral ties with Sri Lanka

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Tanzania was extremely satisfied with the bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and looks forward to further strengthening those ties, Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Bernard K. Membe has said. The Tanzanian Minister, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka from July 20 -22, made this remark when he called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday (July 21) evening. Membe congratulated Sri Lanka on the success of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 and told the President of the "fond memories" the Tanzanian delegation had from that visit to Sri Lanka.
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SECURITY - SITUATION

July 23 (Janes) Rising Buddhist violence in Sri Lanka peaked in June when monks ostensibly instigated anti-Muslim riots in the tourist towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala in Western Province, in which three people were killed.

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka university students' union, Inter University Students' Federation (IUSF) will hold a protest march tomorrow from Colombo Fort to the Ministry of Higher Education. A spokesman of the IUSF said that the march is organized by the Students' Union of the Rajarata University.

July 22 (CP) Kankasanthurai- Sri Lanka Navy on Monday arrested 38 Indian fishermen along with their nine fishing trawlers on two separate occasions when they were engaged in poaching well within Sri Lankan waters.

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Western Provincial Council Prasanna Ranatunga is accused of attacking a voter. The victim, who is receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital for injuries allegedly suffered during the assault, has complained to the police that the Chief Minister and a group of his supporters assaulted him with a cricket bat on a dispute over a king coconut tree.

July 22 (CP) Kurunegala- A Sri Lankan legislator who was wanted by police for assaulting a government official surrendered to the court today. The ruling United People's Freedom Alliance parliamentarian Nimal 'Nilwala' Wijesinghe has surrendered to the Kurunegala Magistrate Court this morning.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana says that the Kurunegala district MP Nimal Nilwala Wijesinghe who is wanted for assaulting a Village Officer (Grama Niladhari) is absconding. The Police had conducted a search in his residence but the suspect has already fled the area, the police media spokesman said.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Narcotics Division of Sri Lanka's Customs Department has seized a large heroin haul of over 100 kilograms today at the Orugodwatta container yard today, the Customs said. The heroin hauls was hidden inside industrial grinding machines imported from Karachi, Pakistan.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- India has refused to grant visas to the United Nations team appointed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to probe the alleged human rights violations during the last seven years of three-decades long conflict in Sri Lanka.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion Dilan Perera says that the government of Sri Lanka has banned sending employees to work in Libya. The government has taken this decision due to the perilous situation that prevails in Libya, said the Minister.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government had decided to prevent certain Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that are threats to the national security from receiving foreign funds, according to a local newspaper report.

July 22 (Island) Customs High Risk Unit at Gray Line 1, cargo terminal at Orugodawatta yesterday detected three plastic moulding machines containing about 100 kilos of heroin with a street value of Rs. 700 million. Four suspects were arrested when they came to clear the consignment.

July 22 (DM) At least 35 persons including 29 pre-school children were hospitalized following a wasp attack at a pre-school in a temple in Kataragama this morning, Police said. The injured children and others were admitted to the Kataragama District Hospital.

July 22 (DN) A resident in Hantane who had cultivated Ganja plants in flower pots kept in the first floor of his house was arrested by Kandy Police on July 19. Police said the Ganja plants were discovered during a routine check carried out in the house under the dengue eradication program.

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* Tigers in custody spill the beans – investigators (21 - Island)
* GoSL sees no reason to comply with Pillay’s requests Await OHCHR position on war-time UN report (21 - Island)
* Prisoner sentenced to 20 years’ could be free in under 13 years (21 - DM)
* Drunk driver knocks down student (21 - DN)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

July 22 (CP) Chennai- The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa has written to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi again to express her disapproval to a proposal that suggested installing buoys on the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) between India and Sri Lanka as a measure to address the fishermen issue.

July 22 (CP) Ha Noi- Vietnam and Sri Lanka have agreed to step up cooperation in fighting transnational crime, especially those involving e-commerce and credit. During a meeting between the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the visiting Sri Lankan Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order, Nanda Mallawarachchi in Ha Noi yesterday, Phuc has asked Sri Lanka to work closely with Viet Nam to fight crimes, especially those involving e-commerce and credit, as per their signed agreements.

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) media spokesman Gayantha Karunathilaka said that the party had appointed the nomination board and the operational committee for the Uva Provincial Council election.


FINANCE

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to abolish taxes imposed under the 1857/8 special gazette notification. The President ordered to remove the taxes imposed on employees of state and private banks, financial institutions, and other profit/loss institutions including insurance agencies under the Special Gazette 1857/8.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today welcomed the formation of the New Development Bank (NDB) by the five BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, Board of Investment recently enlightened the business community of Israel about Sri Lanka's investment climate at a Business Forum held in Tel Aviv.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has initiated measures to bring back a huge stock of Sri Lankan coins that are in the Buddhist pilgrim sites of India, the Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka Ajith Nivard Cabraal said.

July 22 (Reuters) Sri Lankan stocks hit a 34-month closing high on Tuesday, led by banking shares as local investors shifted funds from fixed income to riskier assets in view of the low interest rates, brokers said.

July 22 (Island) Sri Lanka is privileged to have the entry of SUBWAY— a globally recognized Quick Service Restaurant brand— as it will matter for the country in terms of creating local entrepreneurs and more jobs, ....

July 22 (DN) Sri Lanka’s leading bank with 75 years of strength, trust and stability, Bank of Ceylon has received global recognition once again as one of the top 1,000 banks in the world, from the world’s premier banking and finance Magazine, “The Banker”.

July 22 (LBO) Sri Lanka's Ceylon Leather Products said it was investing 306.4 million rupees in South Asia Textile Industries Pvt Ltd, a fabric maker. It will buy 3.06 million shares in a rights issues raising its stake to 80 percent, the firm said in a stock exchange filing.

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* With diversifications, Elpitiya Plantations steam ahead (21 - Island)
* Pharma importers cry foul over new regulation (21 - DM)
* Nano tech patent sold for US$ 1 M (21 - DN)
* Sri Lanka bank credit subdued in May: data (21 - LBO)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

July 23 (Himdu) There is a need for India and Sri Lanka to engage in a strategic dialogue, chairman of the BJP Committee for Strategic Action Subramanian Swamy said after a meeting with Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa here on Tuesday.

July 22 (CP) Colombo- British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives John Rankin today said sport is a wonderful way of uniting young people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Leader of an extremist Buddhist movement in Sri Lanka Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero today hit back at Dalai Lama for making a statement against Buddhist extremism in Sri Lanka.

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Project Minister of Ports and Highway Nirmala Kotelawala said that the government has decided to pay compensation and acquire the state and private land within 26 weeks to expedite the construction of the Colombo - Pelmadulla expressway via Ratnapura.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Main opposition United National Party (UNP) Badulla district parliamentarian Harin Fernando who is slated to hand over nominations to contest to the Uva Provincial Council election filed a petition Monday in Supreme Court against the Election Commissioner.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- A group of members from India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including the Chairman of BJP's Committee on Strategic Action and Former Union Minister Dr. Subramanian Swamy, met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees today.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- The nomination of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of ruling United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA), will on the 28th of this month to select suitable candidates for the upcoming Uva Provincial Council election.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has conveyed condolences to the Dutch and Malaysian families on the loss of loved ones on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. The President issuing messages via twitter to the Prime Ministers of Netherlands and Malaysia has said that the prayers of the Sri Lankan people are with them during this difficult time.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka opposition parties, groups and organizations are trying to form a common platform with a common aim at the next presidential elections, political activists say. The idea of a common platform is different from the common candidate and the common platform aims to abolish the executive presidency, according to the political activists.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) leader and Opposition Ranil Wickremasinghe said that each Sri Lankan is indebted Rs. 12,500 due to the losses incurred by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC).

July 21 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has taken steps to establish a pilot training school at the newly opened Mattala Airport in the Southern Province, Minister of Civil Aviation Priyankara Jayaratne said.

July 22 (Hindu) Tracing the history of maritime trade with Sri Lanka through traditional mode of shipment by vessels from Tuticorin, S. Lasington Fernando, secretary, Coastal Mechanised Sail Vessel Owners Association, said maritime relations between people of these countries were still evolving.

July 22 (Island) The prevailing drought had badly affected the country’s most attractive National Park, Yala in the deep South, but the number of visitors had not decreased, Director General of Wildlife Conservation H. D. Ratnayake said.

July 22 (DN) Former Union Minister Dr. Subramanian Swamy while stressing that India will stand by Sri Lanka's position at the UNHRC, said that there is no fundamental conflict in Sri Lanka. He was participating in a panel discussion organised by the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies(BCIS) on "India under Modi: Relevance for the Region and the World" at the BMICH, Colombo yesterday.

July 21 (BBC) The grey slender loris is found only in Sri Lanka and parts of India. Human activity is threatening the habitat of this nocturnal primate, but one site in Sri Lanka is now seeing a boost in numbers. Hotel Jetwing Vil Uyana in central Sri Lanka put development plans on hold when the animals were discovered there in 2010, and now runs a successful conservation area to protect them.

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* GMOA factions exchange fire Alleged financial frauds at docs’ union (21 - Island)
* EPRLF calls for re-merger of north and east (21 - DM)
* Minister lashes out at Opposition leader (21 - DN)
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SPORTS

July 22 (NDTV) Colombo- An upbeat South Africa will look to carry their winning momentum in the second Test against Sri Lanka beginning on Thursday, and break a 21-year-old jinx on the island. The Proteas, the current world number two, have not won a Test series in Sri Lanka since 1993 when they first toured the country and beat the hosts 1-0. On their next three tours, they won one Test while losing two series and drawing one.

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Juky 21 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga has been ruled out for the second Test against South Africa, due to the hand injury he sustained in Galle. He was fielding at mid-off when he tore the webbing between the thumb and index finger of his right hand on day one of the first Test. He was immediately taken to hospital, and had eight stitches sewn in and bowled only nine overs in that match. Dhammika Prasad and left-armer Chanaka Welegedara are in the Sri Lanka squad as fast-bowling cover, and the hosts may also name another bowler to take Eranga's place in the squad - though that decision has not yet been made.

July 21 (Times) Sri Lanka led me to believe they were going to be tough to beat at home after their recent success in England. However, judging by their defeats by South Africa in the recent ODI series and now this first Test, their success had more to do with a poor England side than their own quality; I suspect they have some thinking to do before the next Test. They lacked good old-fashioned heart against South Africa's quick bowlers in conditions not exactly pace-friendly.

July 21 (IOL) South Africa beat Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle to ensure their pristine record away from home would remain intact no matter what happens in Colombo. But the win came with the controversy of ball tampering and has opened the debate on the issue once again. South Africa began their new era under Hashim Amla with character, class and controversy. Their 153-run win in Galle had it all. The win also means that whatever happens in Colombo, their record of not having lost a series away from home for eight years will remain intact.


WORLD

July 22 (BBC) At least 60 people died in a recent outbreak of viral encephalitis in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, a top health official has said. Doctors say patients come from seven affected districts in northern Bengal. The disease usually occurs during the monsoon season across northern India and West Bengal is normally not among the worst-affected states.

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July 22 (BBC) Chinese President Xi Jinping has signed a series of oil and mineral deals with Venezuela. They include a $4bn (£2.34bn) credit line in return for Venezuelan crude and other products. The agreements came on the latest stop of a four-country visit to Latin America.

July 22 (BBC) A suicide bomb outside Kabul airport has killed at least four people, three of them reportedly foreigners, officials say. The nationalities of the foreigners, described as "advisers", are not known so far. The Taliban said they carried out this attack, Reuters news agency reports.

July 22 (BBC) Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have handed over two flight-data recorders from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysian experts. The handover came hours after the UN Security Council voted unanimously to demand immediate international access to the crash site.


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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