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Selection of DPJ building to relocate Ag Ministry was based on a cabinet decision, PM tells Presidential Commission

Sept 17 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing corruption and fraud in state institutions that the DPJ Building was selected for the relocation of the Agriculture Ministry based on a Cabinet decision.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Sept 17 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) is currently conducting a specialized ship search and seizure training for the overseas Coast Guard personnel in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, (UNODC), the Navy said.
 

Sept 17 (CP) Colombo- Eight Police officers serving in the divisional anti-vice unit attached to Chilaw Police Headquarters have been interdicted, the Police Media Division said. The police officers interdicted include a sub inspector who served as the OIC, a police sergeant, five police constables and a police constable driver.
 

Sept 17 (Island) The dossier of legal documents pertaining to Sri Lankaís request for the extradition of former Governor of the Central Bank, Arjuna Mahendran, in connection with the bond scams, was handed over to representatives of the Singapore Government yesterday by officials of the Sri Lankan High Commission in Singapore
 

Sept 17 (DN) A revision application filed by former Trade Minister and Joint Opposition Minister Johnston Fernando, challenging a Chief Magistrateís court order regarding a corruption case filed by Bribery Commission, was yesterday fixed for submission by the Colombo High Court.
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy has seized four Sri Lanka fishing vessels engaged in illegal activities in Maldivian waters and arrested the 27 people on board the vessels. Sri Lanka Navy ships patrolling in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) had spotted the four Sri Lankan multiday fishing vessels
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Two suspects have been arrested this morning in connection with the fatal shooting at Embulgama Junction in Hanwella Sunday night. A van and a motorcycle used by the suspects have also been recovered, the police said.
 

Sept 16 (AP) Jaffna- Shops were shut in Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil-majority north on Monday in support of a rally demanding an international probe into alleged atrocities during the nation's civil war and an end to reported state-sponsored efforts to change the ethnic balance of the Tamils' traditional homeland.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Dumped body recovered from canal in Kantale (16 - Times)
* STF detects 1050 kilos of beedi leaves (16 - Island)
* Shooting kills one in Hanwella (16 - DM)
* Six-car crash on E01 hospitalises two (16 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 17 (CP) Colombo- SriLankan Airlines' intensive efforts to drive the recovery of the island's tourism industry in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attack were honored with a global accolade - the 'Best Marketing Innovation' award from the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX).
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena dropped another bombshell today alleging that a Chinese company in 2012 has misappropriated Rs. 2 billion from the funds for the Lotus Tower construction.
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the fraud and corruption in the state institutions.
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- The Lotus Tower in Sri Lanka, the tallest tower in South Asia, was declared opened to the public by President Maithripala Sirisena today.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Sept 17 (CP) Colombo- The country's foremost economic event, the Sri Lanka Economic Summit (SLES) 2019, kicks off at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo, today. The two-day event is themed around Re-calibrating Sri Lanka's Economic Trajectory Towards 2025, to guide Sri Lanka's journey towards development and prosperity.
 

Sept 17 (ECONOMYNEXT) Sri Lanka's China managed Hambantota Port has inked a deal with Thailand's Ranong port with a view to developing shipping routes in the region, the company said.
 

Sept 17 (DM) The first specialised free trade zone for rubber-based value-added exports of China Hainan Rubber Industry Group Co. Ltd will be set up in Kegalle next year.
 

Sept 17 (Island) "There is no love sincerer than the love of food", and the Chinese have understood this principle better than most. Infused with centuries-old culture and heritage, Chinese cuisine is a way of life - an authentic experience that lingers long after the fact.
 

Sept 17 (DN) Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama yesterday encouraged investors to invest in Sri Lanka now and take advantage of this emerging gateway to South Asia, Europe and Africa.
 

Sept 16 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankaís rupee closed weaker on Monday, with continued foreign outflows from government securities, while equities ended slightly firmer for the second straight session.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lanka Central Bank to issue Treasury Bills for 8.5 billion rupees (16 - CP)
* The Finance plunges deeper into the abyss with another Rs.1bn loss (16 - Island)
* Demand builds for first state run automotive service hub (16 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Sept 17 (CP) Colombo- Two new parliamentarians and a former parliamentarian are due to be sworn in as Members of Parliament when the parliament conveners this afternoon. Shantha Bandara, DB Herath and Manoj Sirisena have been appointed as National List MPs of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
 

Sept 17 (Island) The civil society grouping " Purawesi Balaya " has called on the government to abolish the Executive Presidency immediately or within a specified time period. The request was made when a " Purawesi Balaya" delegation which included Prof. Sarath Wijesinghe, Gamini Viyangoda, Lal Wijenayake and K.W.Janaranjana met Prime Minister and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees on Sunday, informed sources said.
 

Sept 17 (DM) Minister Sajith Premadasa said today there has been no scientific survey done on the maintainability or the abolition of the Executive Presidency and his personal views are of no value. Addressing a press conference early morning at the official residence of Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Minister Premadasa said that he is willing to listen to the people of the country and it is their decision.
 

Sept 17 (Island) All 106 MPs representing the government should be convened and the person who could get the support of the majority of them should be named the presidential candidate of the Democratic National Front (DNF), Minister Champika Ranawaka told the media, yesterday, in Colombo.
 

Sept 17 (DN) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told the Presidential Commission probing corruption that the DPJ Building was selected for the relocation of the Agriculture Ministry based on a Cabinet decision. He said that on no occasion had he instructed the officials to select that building for the Agriculture Ministry.
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Minister Sajith Premadasa says he has written to the Leader of the party, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, requesting him to nominate the candidate from the UNP for the upcoming presidential election soon.
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance today said it has received reports that fraudulent documents with the heading of the Department of Trade Investment Policy of the Ministry of Finance and the name and title of its Director General have been sent to Sri Lankans immigrants, stating that Sri Lankans working abroad will be granted duty free vehicle permits.
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Seventy percent of the construction work by the Road Development Authority (RDA) in the first phase of the development of Palaly Airport, which is being developed as a regional and international airport, has been completed, according to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing corruption and malpractice of the government at the BMICH this morning to give testimony over the complaint regarding the lease of the Agriculture Ministry building.
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday stressed that he would not allow anyone to underestimate the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and if that happens he is ready to show the strength of the party to all.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* TNA yet not satisfied with Sajithís candidacy (16 - Island)
* Sajith and UNF decide not to drag the issue (16 - DM)
* SLFPís five dissident MPs un-fazed by expulsion threat (16 - DN)

SPORTS

Sept 17 (ESPNCI) It's a beautiful spring May day. Australia are at Whitgift, in London's south, a school that is wealthy enough to have impeccable cricket facilities. A small band of journalists watch Marcus Stoinis smite Nathan Coulter-Nile over the distant green hedge that encloses the oval.
 

Sept 16 (ICC) August marked the start of the road to the ICC Menís Cricket World Cup 2023 with the first Menís CWC League 2 series getting underway; this week the first-ever Menís CWC Challenge League takes place which sits three steps away from India 2023 at the foot of the pathway.
 

Sept 16 (ESPNCI) As the Australian duo of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood regularly scythe through the flimsy England batting line-up, it's a reminder of the dramatic effect talented bowling pairs have on Test matches. Having been weaned on the outstanding fast bowling exploits of Ray Lindwall and Keith Miller,
 

Sept 16 (BBC) England ended their memorable summer by earning a 2-2 draw in the Ashes with a 135-run defeat of Australia in the fifth Test. On a beautifully sunny day at The Oval, England set Australia 399 to win and bowled them out for 263 to square the contest
 


WORLD

Sept 17 (BBC) The United States has issued satellite images and cited intelligence to back its allegation Iran was behind attacks on major Saudi oil facilities. Iran denies involvement in Saturday's air attacks, which were claimed by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen.
 

Sept 17 (BBC) More than half of the 147 tigers that were rescued from a controversial Thai Buddhist temple just three years ago have died, officials have said. A total of 86 tigers have died since they were moved from the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple, a tourist attraction known as Tiger Temple, in 2016.
 

Sept 17 (BBC) Dozens of people have been arrested in Pakistan after a teenager accused his Hindu headteacher of blasphemy, sparking riots. The principal, who owns the school, was accused of making comments about the Prophet Muhammad in Sindh province.
 

Sept 16 (BBC) Oil prices hit their highest in four months after two attacks on Saudi Arabian facilities on Saturday knocked out more than 5% of global supply. At the start of trading, Brent crude jumped 19% to $71.95 a barrel, while the other major benchmark, West Texas Intermediate, rose 15% to $63.34.
 


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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 Lankaís 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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