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Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today asked the ministries and institutions to commit themselves to fulfill the responsibilities and duties bestowed upon them in a perfectly satisfactory manner when engaged in the programs implemented by the Government to eradicate the drug menace in the country. The President during a special discussion at the Presidential Secretariat on Monday discussed the problems the relevant authorities face when implementing the national program to eradicate the drug menace.
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Sept 01 (CP) Rameswaram- The Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday has apprehended 16 fishermen from Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu state of India along with their three boats for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to take disciplinary action against four of its members elected to Parliament at the 2015 General Election. These members have been charged with criticizing the party leadership in public, state-run Daily News reported.

Sept 01 (Island) The Excise Special Crimes Division on Saturday night raided an unlicensed bar at Higgolla, Matale and took into custody over Rs.100,000 worth of liquor and arrested one person. The suspect (21) is a resident of Matale.

Sept 01 (DN) A lorry and a three wheeler collided head-on along Naragala road in Bulathsinhala on Saturday killing two sisters and a lorry driver. The deceased were identified as Dhammika Priyadharshanee, 44, K. Deepika, 38, a private security officer of Horana Hospital and Harsha Siriwardena of Govinne.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has rejected the claim made by the former LTTE commander turned ex-deputy minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman that the slain LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran committed suicide.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Former LTTE leader turned deputy minister of the former Sri Lankan government Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman has reportedly claimed that the slain LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, committed suicide by shooting himself with a firearm.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Attorney General's Department today told the Court of Appeal that no crimes involving the former LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan, alias KP have been found during their examination.

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* Wasim Thajudeen killing Three ex-PSD officers traced (31 - DN)
* Commission under fire for rejecting public petitions targeting corruption (31 - Island)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- The United National Party (UNP) National List parliamentarian Karu Jayasuriya was unanimously appointed as the Speaker of the Eighth Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- The United States Embassy in Colombo on Friday, August 28 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Governor of Eastern Province Austin Fernando to build eight schools for different communities throughout the Province with the support of the Eastern Provincial Council.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Australia wants to contribute to a strong, prosperous and stable future for Sri Lanka and supports the Sri Lankan Government's democratic reform and good governance agenda, Australia's High Commissioner to Colombo Robyn Mudie said.


FINANCE

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Tourism has targeted the Indian Administrative Service, the premier administrative civil service of the Government of India which has the option of selecting a global awareness programme during one tenure, as a potential tourist and brand Ambassador for Sri Lanka.

Sept 01 (Island) The LankaPay national payment network operator, LankaClear (Private) Limited, held its Annual General Meeting on August 28 at Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo. The national payment network operator recorded a 12% growth in revenue

Sept 01 (DN) Softlogic Holdings PLC boosted Group Revenue to nearly Rs.40.0 Bn (a 35.3% growth) while Profit before tax grew to Rs.2.3 Bn (up 80.3%) and profit after tax increased to Rs.1.8 Bn (up 80.3%) for the financial year 2014/2015.

Sept 01 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s Planters Association says higher wage demand issue of the tea planation workers is still dragging. “Status remains as it is, since no one came for a final solution,” Roshan Rajadurai, president of Planter’s Association of Ceylon, told Lanka Business Online.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) of Sri Lanka together with the Department of Pensions has launched a program in association with the Sri Lanka pensions to educate pensioners on the tenants of personal financial planning.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Bank has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as the Monetary Board was of the view that the current monetary policy stance is appropriate, the Central Bank said Monday in its monetary policy review for August.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- For the second consecutive month Sri Lanka's inflation rate declined in August recording a marginal deflation of 0.2 percent. Inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI), declined marginally to -0.2 percent on an year-on-year basis in August 2015, the Department of Census and Statistics reported.

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* Sri Lankan shares slip ahead of c.bank policy move (31 - Reuters)
* ri Lankan rupee falls ahead of cenbank policy meeting (31 - Reuters)
* CIMA and HRP co-partner Personal Archetyping with Michel Nugawela (31 - DM)
* SriLankan Airlines adds nonstop Guangzhou service from Dec 2015 (31 - CP)
* ‘Glucorasa’ rejuvenates brand strength (31 - Island)
* Over 54% of Colombo City Centre booked (31 - DN)
* Sri Lanka Volkswagen deal needs transparency: Motor Traders’ Chief (31 - LBO)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- United National Party (UNP) MP for Kandy District Lakshman Kiriella was appointed as the Leader of the House when the 8th Parliament convened today for the first time. UNP MP Gayantha Karunathilaka was appointed as the Chief Government Whip.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has requested from the relevant authorities a detailed account on the paddy stocks purchased in the Polonnaruwa district by the Cooperative Societies in the last harvest season.

** Related Story ::PM instructs to expedite paddy purchasing process as a bumper crop is expected

Sept 01 (Island) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered the Urban Development Authority Chairman Ranjith Fernando to stop demolishing of historical buildings in the city and submit him a report within a week on the places of historical significance which had already been demolished.

Sept 01 (DM) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is reported to have told his party seniors that in assigning Cabinet portfolios he would consider those who had either won their respective electoral districts or improved their performance when compared with previous elections.

Sept 01 (DN) In what is called a dramatic turn of events in the local political arena NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa had tendered an apology to President Maithripala Sirisena when a UPFA delegation met the President yesterday.

Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has agreed to allow the opposition to select its own leader, National Freedom Front leader MP Wimal Weerawansa said. The President had a special meeting on Monday with the constituent party leaders of the United People's Freedom Alliance at his official residence.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Environmental Authority (CEA) today temporarily revoked a suspension order it imposed on the Environmental Protection License (EPL) of the Coca-Cola beverage factory in Biyagama.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- The former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday to attend the Sri Lanka Army's annual Defense Seminar that is to begin tomorrow. Karzai was accorded a traditional welcome and was received by Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Mr. BMUD Basnayake upon his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Pakistan continues to support Sri Lanka in enhancing its younger generation's nation building capacities with better educational opportunities, the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Major General (Retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain said.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena will address the first sitting of the eighth parliament when it convenes tomorrow. According to the Memorandum on the Order of Business of parliament, the First Sitting of the Eighth Parliament will commence at 9.30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 01, 2015.

Aug 31 (Diplomat) Sri Lankan voters have snubbed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the second time in months. On January 8, Rajapaksa was ousted from power in the presidential election, an upset that denied him a third term as the island’s president.

Aug 31 (MidDay) Decision was taken during last week’s meet between forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Sri Lankan ambassador Saroja Sirisena due to inadequate material being available on the butterfly despite it being present in both countries

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Ex-President scotches rumours about Chamal getting high post (31 - Island)
* SLFP to help rectify anomalies (31 - DM)
* Appointment of ministers: JVP to ask for Parliament debate (31 - DN)
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SPORTS

Sept 01 (ESPNCI) India fast bowler Ishant Sharma and Sri Lankan players Dhammika Prasad, Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne have been charged by the ICC for their roles in several angry exchanges during the fourth day of the SSC Test. "Details to be announced after the conclusion of the Test," the ICC said on Twitter. Ishant and Prasad faced off during the final session of the fourth day when Ishant, after being bounced several times by Prasad, smacked his helmet repeatedly while running down the pitch, as if asking the bowler to aim at his head.

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India 312 & 274 Sri Lanka 201 & 134/5 (47 ov, target 386)

Sept 01 (ESPNCI) Angelo Mathews survived 137 balls, including a no-ball that he was caught off, but India got two of the seven wickets they began the day needing. India maintained the pressure through their quicks for the first 90 minutes, resulting in the wicket of Kaushal Silva, and spin brought them another in the last third of the session. In a series in which batsmen have continued repeating their dismissals, Silva fell to the short ball for the third time.

Sept 01 (ESPNCI) Saturday's ICC town hall in Chicago has received high praise from many of those in attendance at the day-long affair aimed at developing a strategy to take USA cricket forward in the wake of the USACA's suspension by the ICC. "I think this meeting achieved what it had in mind from the organizers and from the expectations of the attendees," former USA player Usman Shuja, a member of the ICC's seven-man local advisory group in the USA, told ESPNcricinfo.

Sept 01 (ESPNCI) The Sri Lanka-India Test series witnessed its first major boil-over on its penultimate day following a spat between Ishant Sharma and Dhammika Prasad towards the end of India's second innings at the SSC. The umpires spoke to both captains following the incident, but the bad blood didn't end there; it spilled over into Ishant's celebrations at the fall of Sri Lanka's third wicket, the bowler smacking his own head repeatedly.


WORLD

Aug 31 (BBC) The Afghan Taliban have confirmed covering up their former leader Mullah Omar's death for more than two years. A biography of his successor Mullah Akhtar Mansour published on Monday says Mullah Omar died on 23 April 2013.

More : WORLD

Aug 31 (Dawn) SIALKOT- Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Sunday said if India tried to impose war on Pakistan, heavy losses will be inflicted on India, “which she will remember for decades,” reported Radio Pakistan. Talking to journalists during his visit to Kundunpur village along the working boundary in Sialkot, Asif said cowardly acts by Indian forces had “strengthened our forces’ determination to defend our motherland.”

Aug 31 (BBC) The Australian government has said a deal to resettle refugees in Cambodia is on track, despite media reports to the contrary. Under an agreement signed in September last year, Australia is paying Cambodia to take in refugees rejected from its detention centre on Nauru island.

Aug 31 (BBC) Thai police say they have found bomb-making materials in a second apartment, after the arrest of a suspect in the explosion at Bangkok's Erawan Shrine. Police spokesperson Prawut Thavornsiri said they had found "parts to make bombs and electric charges".


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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