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U.S. supports to promote Public-Private Partnerships in Sri Lanka

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- The United States, which has solid experience in supporting Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programs across the world, has expressed support to the government of Sri Lanka to adapt and institutionalize the PPP model to encourage the private sector involvement in development. "By providing training and capacity building in the areas of public private partnerships and electronic government procurement we will be helping to create a stronger PPP enabling environment which will encourage future private sector involvement in PPPs," the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap said.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court Monday ordered to remand five army personnel including a Lieutenant Colonel attached to the Achchuveli Camp over a case filed on the killing of two civilians in 1998, local media reported.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo High Court today issued notice to former minister and former General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP) Tissa Attanayake over the release of a forged document to media during the 2015 Presidential Election.

** Related Story ::Former minister Tissa Attanayake indicted on three counts over forged document

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court will decide on Friday, September 30 whether to issue an arrest warrant through the Interpol on former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga.

** Related Story ::FCID seeks Interpol warrant on former ambassador Udaya Weeratunga

Sept 26 (CP) Kathmandu- Nepal Police on Saturday have arrested an Iranian national who was attempting to smuggle 1.7 kg of contraband drugs to Sri Lanka via India at the country's international airport. A 34-year-old Iranian man was arrested from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu during a routine screen examination, police said.

Sept 26 (Guardian) The body of a celebrated Sri Lankan journalist gunned down in the final months of the country’s brutal civil war in 2009 will be exhumed on Tuesday as part of a fresh investigation into his death.

Sept 26 (Island) Kaduwela Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala on Friday further remanded, till October 7, Lt Col Pradeep Kumara Nettasinghe, charged with shooting and injuring his estranged wife, The army officer was arrested over the shooting his estranged wife Janaki Fernando’s at her Malabe residence on the night of August 27. She was seriously injured in the attack.

Sept 26 (DM) A close associate of Dematagoda Chaminda had been arrested at Bambalapitiya last evening. Chaminda had been convicted in the Baratha Lakshman assassination case.

Sept 26 (DN) A 15-year-old student from Welipenna Uthumgama died last afternoon, after a clash between two groups who were playing cricket. The children, including the victim Malinda Nandana Lakshan, were playing cricket in a paddy field and an argument had ensued regarding the dismissal of a player.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested the son of former minister and United People's Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage, on charges of driving under the influence late last night.

** Related Story ::Cricketer Ramith Rambukwella arrested for crash while driving drunk

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* 18 Sri Lankans bailed over human trafficking in India (25 - Island)
* Death by drowning: SL has more than 3 a day (25 - ST)
* Reduction in SL’s UN peacekeeping contingent? (25 - SO)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Finance Ministry today said the new amendment to the Value Added Tax (VAT) bill, which proposes to increase the VAT to 15% from the current 11%, will eliminate the hidden payments in the existing system and actually will bring down the amount of payment to be made.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says launching a protest march like Eluga Thamil (Rise Up Tamils!) is not beneficial to the Tamil people at this time when discussions are being conducted for a new constitution.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- The government will be receptive to the issues of the Tamil people in the North and East and work towards finding solutions but will not yield to the extremism, Sri Lanka's State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene said.


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Intex South Asia, an international textile sourcing show of South Asian region will be held on November 16 -18, 2016 at the Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo: Seven aviation related firms, mainly Europe-based companies, have expressed interest in utilizing Sri Lanka's Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) in Hambantota, which has been dubbed as the world's emptiest airport, a media report said.

Sept 26 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's central bank is expected to keep its key interest rates steady on Wednesday, after cutting three times since December to fend off pressure on the fragile rupee currency and curb accelerating credit growth that has pushed up inflation.

Sept 26 (Reuters) The Sri Lankan rupee edged down on Monday as seasonal demand for dollar from importers outpaced sales by exporters and banks, dealers said. Rupee forwards were actively traded on Monday in the absence of active spot trading.

Sept 26 (BBC) Samsung has said it will delay restarting the sale of its Galaxy Note 7 phone in South Korea, as the firm needs more time for the global recall of the device. The South Korean tech giant was forced to recall some 2.5 million devices globally due to overheating batteries.

Sept 26 (Island) Officials of Sri Lanka Apparel Brands Association [ SLABA ], the Royal Turf Club and the Export Development Board, pose for a photograph at SLABA Runway 2016 held in Colombo recently. The Sri Lanka Apparel Brands Association [ SLABA ] together with The Royal Turf Club and the Export Development Board, staged the Royal Turf Club SLABA Runway 2016

Sept 26 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s Overseas Realty is to raise 7.3 billion rupees by way of a rights issue, the company said in a stock exchange filing. The company is to issue 355 million new ordinary shares at 20.50 rupees each in the ratio of two new shares for every five shares held.

Sept 26 (DM) Despite currently having the best environment to promote tourists into Sri Lanka, the launch of the Rs. 800 million tourism promotions campaign has been postponed again at least till next January, in view of administrative delays experienced in the tender process.

Sept 26 (DN) With the emergence of a next generation of consumers, factors that will shape the way tomorrow’s transactions are made.These key factors include the impact of technology, shifting customer expectations, changing global demographics, the rise of e-commerce, and the growing regulatory supervision.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka - Italy Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has invited the Chairman of the Board of Investment (BOI) Mr. Upul Jayasuriya to speak on the 'Growing Business and Investment Opportunities' in the country.

Sept 25 (Guardian) "Stop! You can't go any further!" We were on our way to a small temple overlooking the lake at Ulpotha when Suzi, the manager, came rushing up, looking flustered. "The elephants are closer now. It's not safe."

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* Hopes of depositors fade over early solution to CIFL crisis (25 - ST)
* Lanka IOC introduces (25 - Island)
* Kelani Cables trains Kilinochchi electricians (25 - SO)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Local media reports which said that Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has claimed that he gets harassed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), have misinterpreted the Finance Minister's statement, Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne said.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- A severe drought situation has been reported several districts in Sri Lankan causing a water shortage for public use, the Government Information Department said. A severe drought is prevailing in several districts including Ampara, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Hambantota, and Monaragala Districts.

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Czech President Milos Zeman and Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek will visit Sri Lanka on two separate occasions next year, a Czech newspaper Mlada fronta Dnes reported referring to a schedule of politicians' foreign trips until the end of 2017.

Sept 26 (Island) Chief Government Whip and Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella, on Saturday sent show cause letters to 25 UNP MPs on the instructions of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, for travelling overseas without informing the party hierarchy. MPs leaving the country are required to obtain prior approval from the Prime Minister and Chairman of the party.

Sept 26 (DM) Despite obstacles, the real SLFP members would go ahead with the plans to form a government under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirsena, UPFA Secretary and Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said today.

Sept 26 (DN) While the Central Provincial Council is engulfed in a grave financial crisis, a group of council members from the governing UPFA and the opposition and several officials are billed to take wing on a sojourn to Russia, in two separate batches, on the pretext of a study tour.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- A proposal to increase prices of cigarettes by 5 rupees will be presented to the Cabinet in two weeks, the Ministry of Health said in a communiqué. According to the Ministry of Health, the Cabinet Subcommittee has approved the revision of prices of cigarettes and amendments to the Value Added Tax.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka is taking action towards a target of zero rabies death by 2020. The Health Ministry has announced that action would be taken to completely eliminate rabies from Sri Lanka within the next four years. It is planned to commemorate World Rabies Day this year making this aim more meaningful. World Rabies Day falls on the 28th of this month.

Sept 25 (CP) Lahore- Pakistan's provincial government of Punjab has decided to explore the prospects of increasing mutual cooperation with Sri Lanka on education sector reforms. The Punjab Government has constituted a working group for collaboration with Sri Lanka, under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Punjab, Shamail Ahmad Khawaja.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- India's Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and a delegation comprising high ranking officials will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow, local media reported. During the three-day visit to the island, Minister Sitharaman is scheduled to hold discussions with the Sri Lankan Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama and other state representatives.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake assured to bring a budget for 2017, that will fulfill the people's expectations and further strengthens the country's development journey.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development plans to launch a program to save the fish in the small reservoirs in the North Central and Eastern provinces hit by the drought.

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- The leader of Sri Lanka's nationalist party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thera stepped down as the chairman of the party yesterday at its annual convention.

Sept 25 (CP) Vatican City- Pope Francis has appointed the Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi (India), as his special envoy to the Asian Bishops' Conference to be held in Colombo in November, the Vatican announced Saturday.

Sept 25 (NIE) COLOMBO- The “Ezhuga Tamizh” rally and general strike which were organized in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province on Saturday, represent a jockeying for power and position in Tamil nationalist politics rather than a genuine attempt to find a realistic and sustainable solution to the Tamil question, say independent observers of the North Sri Lankan political scene.

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SPORTS

Sept 26 (ESPNCI) Nick Lee, the 32-year-old former right-hand batsman from Kent, has been appointed Sri Lanka's trainer, the SLC announced on Sunday. Lee will replace Michael Main, the former Hampshire strength and conditioning coach, who was initially appointed for a two-year term in May last year but quit from his post at the end of the home series against Australia. Lee will assume his role from October.

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Sept 26 (ESPNCI) Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev have joined the list of prominent commentators fielded by the BCCI to challenge some recommendations made by the Lodha panel. While Kapil expressed concern about the wisdom of the "one state, one vote" system, Gavaskar said that the blueprint already existed in the BCCI's structure for the state associations to follow with regard to their office bearers.

Sept 25 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka will host the Under-19 Asia Cup between December 8 and 22, Sri Lanka Cricket has announced. After a meeting of the SLC's executive committee on September 24, the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota, the Galle International Cricket Stadium and Matara Uyanwatte Stadium were approved as venues for the tournament.

Sept 25 (ESPNCI) West Indies' batting coach Toby Radford rued another poor batting display from his side in their 16-run loss to Pakistan in the second T20I in Dubai. Having lost the series, Radford said that West Indies couldn't counter Pakistan's game plan of spin on a ground with a slow track and big boundaries. Poor starts in the Powerplay didn't help their cause, he added.


WORLD

Sept 26 (BBC) Japan says it scrambled fighter jets on Sunday after eight Chinese military aircraft flew between Japanese islands. The planes, thought to be bombers, surveillance planes and one fighter jet, flew along the Miyako Straits, between Okinawa and Miyakojima. China said about 40 of its aircraft had been involved in what it said was a routine drill.

More : WORLD

Sept 26 (Hindu) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that India would ratify the Paris climate deal on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Addressing delegates at the BJP’s national council meeting in Kozhikode, Mr. Modi said that, “on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, India will ratify the decisions reached at the Conference of Parties (CoP) in Paris.”

Sept 26 (BBC) The former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund has told the BBC a slowdown in China is the greatest threat to the global economy. Ken Rogoff said a calamitous "hard landing" for one of the main engines of global growth could not be ruled out.

Sept 28 (BDN24) A British minister for Asia has “appreciated” the way Bangladesh government has dealt with terrorism and violent extremism in a bilateral meeting with foreign minister A H Mahmood Ali. Alok Sharma met Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Friday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, the foreign ministry said.


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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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