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UN Chief commends Sri Lankan government for establishing Office of Missing Persons

July 21 (CP) New York- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the Sri Lankan Government for setting up an Office of Missing Persons (OMP) on Thursday. "The United Nations stands ready to support this process and the Secretary-General looks forward to [the Office] becoming operational as soon as possible, starting with the appointment of independent commissioners," said the Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy Friday arrested eight fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Japan has extended a grant assistance of US$ 611,000 to Sri Lanka for de-mining activities in Northern Sri Lanka. The grant assistance from Japan aims to accelerate the Sri Lankan government's program to provide livelihood assistance to the resettled people in the North.
 

July 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today extended the interim injunction banning Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) from dumping garbage at Muthurajawela sanctuary.
 

July 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed two Japanese naval ships arrived at the Port of Colombo on Thursday. The two Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force ships, "Izumo" and "Sazanami", arrived at the Port of Colombo on a goodwill visit on 20th July, the Navy said.
 

July 20 (CP) Colombo- Seven suspects have been arrested over the haul of cocaine seized yesterday at the Ratmalana Economic Centre police said. The police said cocaine stock weighed 218 kg and 600 g and has a street value of Rs. 3.2 billion.

** Related Story ::Sri Lanka Police seize 160 kilogram cocaine consignment in a sugar container
 

July 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Army, in keeping with the government's policy to release more security forces-held lands to the civilians, has released 189 acres in Mullaitivu.
 

July 20 (CP) Washington, DC- Although Sri Lanka's counterterrorism cooperation and training with the United States in 2016 was limited, the bilateral security and defense relationship continued to grow, a U.S. report on global terrorism released Wednesday said.
 

Jully 21 (Island) Chief Magistrate of Colombo Lal Ranasinghe Bandara yesterday fined former Chairman of the Development Lotteries Board, Sarana Gunewardene Rs. 2,000 for the non declaration of assets during the period of 2005 to 2007.
 

July 21 (DN) Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Dileepa Peiris yesterday identified Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera in the Court of Appeal as the person who involved in the alleged offensive behaviour at the Homagama Magistrate’s Court on January 25 last year.
 

July 20 (TOI) BENGALURU- Sri Lankan national Divyan alias Dinesh alias Pulikesi, 30, who landed in Bengaluru police custody on Friday, happens to be Tamil Nadu's most-wanted bank card fraudster who had been on the run for five years.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Navy sought police probe after key suspect fled (20 - Island)
* Police files amended charge sheet against State Minister (20 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the country can be built through an economy based on agriculture and livelihood of farmers should be uplifted in order to achieve economic prosperity.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- The United Kingdom said the human rights situation in Sri Lanka saw some improvement in 2016 while Sri Lanka continues to be among the 30 'Human Rights Priority Countries' (HRPCs).
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Friday confirmed that Test Captain Dinesh Chandimal has been hospitalized following a diagnosis of pneumonia this morning.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has endorsed the necessary course of action to implement the Office of the Missing Persons following the sign off on the relevant Act on Thursday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake said.
 

July 20 (CP) Colombo- A national conference jointly organized by the European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL) and the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and Maldives was held in Colombo Wednesday under the theme "Is Sri Lanka the next economic miracle of Asia".
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Showcasing three outstanding new startups in acceleration as its launch ventures, StartupX Foundry stole the show at Disrupt Asia 2017, held at Hilton Colombo on the 12th of July.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in June 2017 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 7.1 percent from 8.4 percent recorded in May 2017, on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Wednesday.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Gem & Jewelry Association announced the launch of the 27th edition of the FACETS International Gem & Jewelry Exhibition, on the 19th of July at a press conference held at the OZO in Colombo.
 

July 21 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares fell for an eighth session in nine in thin trade on Friday and posted a more than one-month closing low, with blue chips leading the losers.
 

July 21 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's new tax bill, demanded by the IMF as a condition for a third tranche of aid disbursed this week, will seek to ensure that all citizens pay direct taxes and cut indirect taxes, top finance ministry officials said on Friday.
 

July 21 (Island) The decline in prices of certain blue-chip stocks including Lanka Lubricants, JKH and Ceylon Tobacco Company had brought selling pressure on investors yesterday at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), thus enabling it to touch the Rs. 1.005 billion turnover mark.
 

July 21 (DM) Sri Lanka Customs yesterday moved a step forward and became a fully-automated agency with the much-anticipated online payment platform going live.
 

July 21 (DN) Over 80% of Sri Lanka’s tax revenue is collected via indirect taxes and this should be brought down to 60% soon, said State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne.
 

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* Sri Lankan shares fall for seventh session in eight; foreigners buy (20 - Reuters)
* SL’s apparel sector heading for major labour shortage – DMS Group Head (20 - Island)
* Laugfs International hosts workshop for Airman generator dealers, service agents (20 - DM)
* Kelani Cables notches sales turnover of Rs. 7,123 mn (20 - DN)
* SriLankan Airlines global network expands to highest number of destinations (20 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera says that the new Inland Revenue Act is expected to be presented to Parliament and get it passed in the third week of August. The Minister said the amendments brought by the Supreme Court and the amendments expected to be brought in Parliament will be included in the bill.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, has granted approval to the alternate Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP) 2018- 2037 of the Ceylon Electricity Board's (CEB), with the view of ensuring energy security and continuous supply of electricity in Sri Lanka.
 

July 20, Colombo: The World Health Organization says that there is no need to impose restriction on travel to Sri Lanka on the grounds of dengue outbreak. The World Health Organization said it does not recommend that any general travel or trade restrictions be applied on Sri Lanka based on the information available for this event.
 

July 20 (CP) Colombo- Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, who arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 19 July for a three day visit met with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today at the Temple Trees.
 

July 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today signed the Office of Missing Persons gazette establishing the Office on Missing Persons (OMP).
 

July 20 (CP) Colombo- K. Mathanakumari, a single mother of three from Mullaitivu, faced many challenges to feed, clothe, and educate her children. Despite her hard work trying to provide a better life for her family, Mathanakumari had difficulties gaining access to basic resources and techniques to improve production from her dairy farm.
 

July 20 (CP) Colombo- The cabinet has given approval to a set of proposals presented by the government to immediately resolve the problems resulted from the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development scheme.
 

July 20 (CP) Colombo- The current government is taking measures to strengthen the free education and provide free vocational education to the youth in the country, President Maithripala Sirisena assured.
 

July 20 (CP) Colombo- Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop today announced that the Australian Government will provide life-saving support through the World Health Organization (WHO) to help combat a severe dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka.
 

July 21 (Island) The Foreign Ministry said yesterday procedures adopted during last week’s visit of UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Ben Emmerson, had been no different from what existed under the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa government.
 

July 21 (DM) The government and other party leaders have reached consensus to differ the First Past the Post System / PR system ratio to 60/40 from the earlier proposed ratio of 70/30 and to pass the amendments to the Local Government Electoral (Amendment) Act no 12 of 2012 next week
 

July 21 (DN) Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary and Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake yesterday said he was certain that no SLFP Parliamentarian will leave the Government. Dissanayake was responding to a question from a journalist at a press briefing in Colombo, about speculation that 18 SLFP Parliamentarians are planning to leave the government shortly.
 

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* Radical elements in GMOA not interested in resolving SAITM issue – govt. (20 - Island)
* Roshan to stay out of Joint Opposition (20 - DN)

SPORTS

July 21 (ESPNCI) Chaminda Vaas will replace Champaka Ramanayake as Sri Lanka's bowling coach. Ramanayake, who resigned after the series against Zimbabwe, cited "personal reasons" for ending a two-year stint following his reappointment in 2015. SLC made Vaas' appointment official on Friday, saying the former fast bowler "will guide the pace attack for the India tour of Sri Lanka".
 

July 21 (ESPNCI) When India were last in Sri Lanka, they were a team in transition. They had a new captain and the scars of back-to-back series defeats away from home were still fairly fresh. "We still remember, for us a as a squad, after the tour of Australia in 2014-15, we found ourselves at No. 7 in the world and from then on the transformation started," Virat Kohli said as he cast his mind back.
 

July 21 (ESPNCI) India captain Virat Kohli marked his side's arrival in Sri Lanka ahead of the first Test beginning on July 26 in Galle by reflecting back on India's 2015 tour, a place that Kohli identified as the start of India's journey to the No. 1 spot on the ICC's Test rankings table.
 

July 20 (ESPNCI) After the protracted saga preceding his own appointment as the new India coach, Ravi Shastri is eager for the focus to shift to his players and their cricket. Speaking ahead of India's departure for Sri Lanka on Wednesday, Shastri provided a peek into the kind of coach he might be, placing the credit for a team's success squarely on its players, and saying that coaches like him and Anil Kumble will "come and go".
 


WORLD

July 21 (BBC) Food served on board Indian trains and at railway stations is unfit for human consumption, an official report says. The annual audit report said checks on 80 trains and at 74 stations had found that some food was contaminated, while packaged and bottled items were past their expiry date.
 

July 21 (BBC) Three Chinese warships are in the Baltic to start China's first naval exercises with Russia in the region. The Chinese destroyer, frigate and supply ship will spend a week training with the Russian navy off Kaliningrad, a highly militarised Russian exclave. The destroyer called Hefei is a new Type 052D bristling with missiles.
 

July 21 (ANI) Two people lost their lives in an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7, which was registered on the Greek Island of Kos and the Turkish coast and the Greek Islands. The earthquake led to a small tsunami in nearby Turkey, reports Sputnik.
 

July 21 (BBC) China has agreed to allow imports of rice from the US for the first time. The agreement gives US farmers access to the world's biggest rice consumer, with China importing about 5 million tonnes last year. It follows trade talks between the two countries that resulted in little progress on other issues.
 


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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