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Nov 29 (CP) Valetta- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday met with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull separately on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta. President Sirisena, the outgoing Chair-In-Office of the 53-member Commonwealth, congratulated the two Premiers for their electoral victories in Canada and Australia.
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Nov 29 (CP) Islamabad- In a manifestation of the strong political, diplomatic, economic, cultural, and defense ties between the two friendly countries, Pakistan Naval Ship PNS Shamsheer to arrive at Colombo Port on a four-day goodwill visit from November 30 to December 3.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi says the extremist groups living in and out of the country are spreading rumors of threats to national security. The Defense Secretary said some groups which are working according to a certain political agenda are spreading the rumors and there is no truth to those rumors.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy said it has assisted the Sri Lanka Coast Guard to arrest 8 Indian fishermen along with two Indian fishing trawlers poaching in Sri Lankan waters. The Indian fishermen were arrested near the Delft Island off the Jaffna peninsula on 29th November 2015.

Nov 29 (SL) The investigations carried out by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) into several allegations levelled against former monitoring MP of the External Affairs Ministry, Sajin Vass Gunawardena and former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), Priyath Bandu Wickrema have been concluded.

Nov 29 (Island) Maldives says that it awaits the outcome of investigations being conducted by Sri Lanka into an Avant Garde Maritime Services ship allegedly switching off the Global Positioning System ( GPS ) while passing its shores last month.

Nov 29 (ST) A Sri Lankan arrested in the Maldives over an alleged conspiracy to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen was this week further detained for 15 days, Foreign Ministry officials said. His detention period was extended on Monday pending further questioning on his alleged links with the assassination plot.

Nov 29 (SO) The number of road accidents had soared to over 6,000 in the past three months and eighty percent of the victims were women. "Over 80 percent of our admissions comprised females while the rest were men.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Murdered businessman Mohammed Shiyam's father withdrew a controversial statement he made yesterday following the court ruling of death sentence to his son's killer, former Deputy Inspector General of Police Vaas Gunawardena.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army General Dalbir Singh on Sunday will commence a five-day visit to Sri Lanka to hold discussions on a request made by the Sri Lankan government for India's help to upgrade the defense equipment, among others.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police has recorded a statement from Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne following a complaint made to the Inspector General of Police over the alleged defamatory remarks made by the Chairman of Avant Garde.

* Fishermen stage protest (28 - DN)
* Student’s alleged suicide: Northern schools closed as preventive measure (28 - DM)


Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Over the past few months Sri Lanka has taken a number of encouraging measures to consider reinstating European Union's GSP+ trade facility but many more measures need to be taken to be compliant with the 27 conventions required for granting the trade concession, the EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka David Daly said.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Chief of Army Staff of Indian Army General Dalbir Singh Suhag arrived in Colombo on Sunday on a five-day visit to Sri Lanka at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva.

Nov 29 (CP) Geneva- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has invited the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to host a global consultation in Sri Lanka, on the lessons learnt in advancing the health of migrants, Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva said in a statement.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has called for the immediate release of detainees who have been held for a long time without being brought charges against them.

Nov 28 (CP) Valetta- The United Kingdom recognizing the considerable progress Sri Lanka has made since it hosted the last Commonwealth Meeting in 2013, has announced a significant increase in UK support for reconciliation and human rights in Sri Lanka.


Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- The Finance Ministry of Sri Lanka says that the Government has lost an income of 147 billion rupees due to the concessionary vehicle permits. Due to the vehicle permits issued under the concessionary terms from 2012 to August this year, the Government has lost a tax income of 147 billion rupees.

Nov 29 (SL) NDB Investment Bank Limited (NDBIB), the premier investment bank in Sri Lanka, acted as the Managers and Financial Advisors to the successfully concluded maiden debenture issue of Access Engineering PLC (AEL).

Nov 29 (Island) The Colombo Stock Exchange last week announced that approximately 49.25 million new shares of John Keells Holdings, the largest market capitalized company quoted on the CSE, had been listed on Nov. 26 following the conversion of JKH warrants into ordinary shares.

Nov 29 (ST) Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is alarmed over Treasury moves to stop direct tax collections into the four state institutions from the sector, following budget proposals to withdraw such payments.

Nov 29 (SO) The revision of port and air port levy (PAL) from 5.0 percent to 7.5 percent and Nation Building Tax (NBT) from two to four percent will have a serious impact on the capital investment program.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's power authority, the state owned Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has earned over Rs. 38 million during the past three months by carrying out raids on power pirates, the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy said.

* Sweet deal on new Phuket resort; tour Sri Lanka on a motorbike (28 - SCMP)
* IWS buys APL Lanka (28 - DN)
* Shangri-La Hambantota Resort opens in June (28 - DM)


Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena who participated in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Malta, will leave for France today (29) to attend the United Nations Conference on Climate Change - 2015.

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera expects a revival in the country's fisheries sector next year with the relief measures provided in the Budget and the possibility of getting the fish export ban imposed by European Union lifted.

Nov 29 (Island) JVP firebrand K. Lalkantha likened the 2016 budget to a re-hash of the overall national economic plan proposed by the short-lived UNP Government of 2001-2004. "This budget is haunted by ‘Regaining Sri Lanka’ ghosts," Lalkantha said, referring to the tagline of that Government’s national development plan.

Nov 29 (ST) A resolution has been tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to place the pension entitlement of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on par with the entitlement enjoyed by her successor Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Nov 29 (SO) A grave injustice is being perpetrated on the Joint Opposition when members are appointed to two Parliament Oversight Committees, the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), UPFA Matara District parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma told Parliament yesterday.

Nov 28 (CP) Valetta- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday met with the leaders of Australia and Canada on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta. President Maithripala Sirisena, the outgoing Chair-In-Office of the 53-member Commonwealth, met Canada's new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and held discussions on the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Higher Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella says he is ready to discuss with the undergraduates at any time to resolve their issues. Speaking in parliament Saturday, the Minister said although the students of Inter University Federation were invited they did not come for talks.

Nov 28 (CP) Valetta- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena who participated in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Malta, will leave for France on Sunday) to attend the United Nations Conference on Climate Change - 2015.

Nov 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is preparing to introduce a new Education Act in January next year, the Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyavasam said Friday. The Minister said soon some important decisions will be taken on the Grade-five scholarship examination and the GCE O/L examination.

Nov 28 (CP) Singapore- Sri Lanka would like to enhance the existing bilateral cooperation with Singapore, the newly appointed High Commissioner to Singapore Nimal Weeraratne said.

Nov 28 (CP) Valetta- Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera together with the Foreign Ministers of India, Malta and Mauritius signed a Declaration of Intent for the creation of a Commonwealth Trade Finance Facility to assist boost trade and investment flows, particularly for small and developing countries in Malta on 26th November 2015.

* SL Ambassador To Saudi Arabia 'Approves' Stoning To Death Of House Maid (28 - AM)
* Govt. has to pay Rs.400 b for previous regime’s construction projects - PM (28 - DN)


Nov 29 (ESPNCI) Mahela Jayawardene's 59-ball 97 eased Central Districts to an eight-wicket win against Northern Districts in New Plymouth. Jayawardene's second consecutive fifty meant Central Districts crossed their target of 153 in the beginning of the 18th over. It is the third win for Central Districts from eight matches and they are second from bottom, while Northern Districts sit second behind Otago.


Nov 28 (ESPNCI) The Indian government's delay in granting permission has put a cloud over the resumption of the Pakistan-India bilateral series. ESPNcricinfo has learnt that a senior minister in the Indian government believes the chance of the series taking place is "very difficult", and that a final decision will be taken by the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

Nov 28 (ESPNCI) The PCB has made a plan B of holding the Pentangular T20 Cup in case the proposed India-Pakistan series does not go ahead. Although the Pakistan government has given the nod to play India in Sri Lanka, the PCB has been fretting over the continuous delay from their Indian counterparts. While there were ideas to engage an international team, PCB believes it is not feasible to arrange an international tour in such a short notice.

Nov 28 (SLC) Sri Lanka National team (Test Squad) led by Angelo Mathews left SLC head quarters this evening to embark on their tour to New Zealand. At a meeting of the Selection Committee held on 13th November 2015 at Sri Lanka Cricket, the following squads were selected for the Test, ODI and T/20 Series respectively for the above tour which will begin from the 03 of December 2015 and will go on up to the 10 January 2016.


Nov 29 (BBC) Nearly 150 global leaders are gathering in Paris amid tight security for a critical UN climate meeting. The conference, known as COP21, starts on Monday and will try to craft a long-term deal to limit carbon emissions.

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Nov 28 (BBC) Commonwealth countries must lead the fight against extremism, corruption and climate change, David Cameron has said. Speaking after he co-chaired a meeting of 10 leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, the PM said agreements had been made to counter online extremist "propaganda".

Nov 28 (BBC) Russia has announced a package of economic sanctions against Turkey over the shooting down of a Russian jet on the Syrian border on Tuesday. A decree signed by President Vladimir Putin (in Russian) covers imports from Turkey, the work of Turkish companies in Russia and any Turkish nationals working for Russian companies.

Nov 28 (BBC) Japan has decided to resume hunting whales in the Antarctic after a break of more than a year. The decision comes despite an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling for Japan to cease all whaling. The Japanese fisheries agency said it would go ahead with a revised plan by the end of March next year.

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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