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Sri Lankan President links EU decisions to opposition 'conspiracies'

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has charged that the recent decisions taken by the European Union are a result of the attempts by the opposition parties to oust him. He accused that certain politicians are working with the pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora to oust him at the much anticipated presidential election. Addressing a function of the health sector workers at Temple Trees Saturday, the President said that a "certain political party leader" had met the representatives of the European Union recently and within two weeks after the meeting the European Union has relaxed the ban on the LTTE.
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SECURITY - SITUATION

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Australia has advised its citizens traveling to Sri Lanka to "exercise a high degree of caution" in the country at this time because of the unpredictable security environment in the island.

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The main constituent party of Sri Lanka's ruling alliance, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) said the removing of the ban on the Tamil Tiger terrorist group LTTE by the European Union is the result of continuous mission against the country since the government defeated the LTTE five years ago.

Oct 20 (Hindu) With the arrest of three persons, including two Sri Lankans, the Delhi Police Special Cell claimed to have busted an international drug syndicate operating from Chennai which supplied heroin to Sri Lanka by concealing it in processed food tin cans.

Oct 20 (Island) Undergraduates of the Sabarag-amuwa University have restarted their Sathyagraha at a different location as police removed their temporary structure at the Pambahinna Junction on a court order on Saturday.

Oct 20 (DN) Sri Lankan passenger from Dehiwala was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport yesterday, attempting to take foreign currency out of the country in 2 parcels containing 150 Bahrain Dinar, 6,500 Euro, 31,500 Saudi Riyal, 400 Kuwait Dinar, 2,000 Qatar Riyal, 8,000 Swiss Frank, 180 Oman Riyal, & 11,400 UAE Dirham concealed in his rectum.

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The decision by the General Court of European Union to lift the sanctions the EU imposed in 2006 against the LTTE, the Tamil Tiger terrorist group, will help to revive the vanquished outfit in Sri Lanka's Tamil-dominated Northern Province, a senior Tamil political leader has said.

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has decided to contest the decision by the General Court of the European Union (EU)to annul the sanctions placed on the Tamil Tiger terrorist group and will send an envoy to seek support in the union against the ruling.

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka will conduct public sittings to hear cases of missing in Mullaitivu District again from 2nd to the 5th of November 2014.

Oct 19 (CP) Chennai- In an inter-state joint police operation, the anti-narcotics wing of the Delhi Police and the Chennai city police have arrested two Sri Lankans and a Chennai resident for possession of narcotics.

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* Six vehicle racketeers arrested (19 - Nation)
* Defence Ministry seeks details of your lost property in north (19 - ST)
* LTTE seeks legal loopholes on foreign soil (19 - SO)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka cabinet spokesman and Minister of Media Information Keheliya Rambukwella revealed today that the Presidential election would be held in January 2015. He expressed these views addressing a meeting held in Kundasale in Kandy district yesterday to launch several development projects in the district.

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Two parliamentarians of a minor opposition party would soon join the main opposition United National Party (UNP), party sources said. MPs Arjuna Ranatunga and Tiran Alles of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) led by former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka are expected to join the UNP soon.

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka and India have held the 24th International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting in the mid seas Thursday to discuss maritime issues common to both countries. The IMBL meeting between the Sri Lanka Navy and the Indian Navy/Coast Guard was held onboard SLNS Sagara


FINANCE

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo: UK seafood importers have slammed the European Union's decision to slap a ban on Sri Lanka's fish imports which will go into effect from January 2015. UK seafood processors Icelandic Seachill, Direct Seafoods and New England Seafood have expressed disappointment over the EU's red card decision...

Oct 20 (BP) New infrastructure being built across the country is the most visible evidence of the peace dividend Sri Lanka has been enjoying since the end of nearly three decades of conflict.

Oct 20 (BFD) Ansell has completed its second biomass boiler at the Ansell factory complex in Biyagama, Sri Lanka. The new boiler has a capacity of 12.5MW and will be the largest hot water boiler in Sri Lanka.

Oct 20 (Island) An ambitious and eye-catching Ceylon Tea advertising program targeting the Middle East/Gulf Region was launched by Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Plantation Industries at both Dubai and Sharjah International Airports recently.

Oct 20 (DN) The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is now planning to transform the Trincomalee Port, which is one of the biggest natural harbours in the world, into an industrial port. “As the port is not seeing much exploitation as of current, we have decided to bring into existence a strategy ...

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- INFOTEL, the popular Sri Lankan ICT exposition organized by the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) will be held this year from 24 to 26 October at the BMICH. The 2014 edition will be held under the theme 'A Smarter Tomorrow'.

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* Room for further cuts in domestic petroleum prices (19 - Island)
* Tourism stumped by northern travel ban (19 - ST)
* UB Finance to boost SME growth (19 - SO)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa will meet the leaders of the government coalition party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) tomorrow. The meeting is a part of the series of discussions the President is holding before the anticipated snap Presidential election.

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The Global Health Group, a California-based action group that assists strengthening the public health capabilities in developing countries, has hailed Sri Lanka's success in Malaria eradication as a "spectacular achievement".

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Coalition partner of Sri Lanka's ruling alliance, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) announced Sunday that the party would present to the President a set of proposals to amend the Constitution. The JHU at its 11th national congress held in Maharagama Sunday adopted eight resolutions

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka opposition political parties have planned to summon more than 100,000 workers to Colombo on October 20th and 21st. The collective of government, semi-government and private sector trade unions is to stage a massive demonstration on October 21 in front of the Fort Railway Station in Colombo to make 17 demands including a Rs. 10,000 salary increase from the government.

Oct 20 (ENS) MADURAI- : MDMK chief Vaiko here on Sunday termed the recent comment that ‘India has to learn a lot from the Sri Lankan Army’ by the Indian Defence Secretary “humiliating”. Addressing a student gathering during an award ceremony, Vaiko also raised concern over the latest diplomatic move of the Centre towards Sri Lanka

Oct 20 (Island) In preparation for the forthcoming presidential election, the UNP has summoned those in charge of polling booths countrywide to Colombo. They’ll converge at Hyde Park on October 28 afternoon, in accordance with the main Opposition party’s overall strategy meant to be what newly appointed Deputy National Organizer, Harin Fernando called a ‘show of force’.

Oct 20 (DM) The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) adopted eight resolutions at its 11th convention yesterday -- including one calling for the reduction of the Cabinet to 25 members and another to amend the Constitution so as to get rid of the presidential immunity before the nest presidential election is held.

Oct 20 (DN) Certain powerful nations with vested interests try to destabilize countries by installing puppet leaders as Heads of State, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. The President was speaking at a meeting with agricultural officers held at Temple Trees on Saturday.

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- After the European Commission proposed to ban imports of fisheries products from Sri Lanka, several foreign countries have already expressed their willingness to purchase their fish product requirements from Sri Lanka, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said today.

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has developed a national strategy in compliance with the international standards to identify and protect trafficking victims. The National Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force chaired by the Secretary, Ministry of Justice has developed a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the identification and protection of trafficking victims.

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will launch the sixth phase of the "Divi Neguma" domestic agriculture program on Monday (October 20) , the Ministry of Economic Development announced.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* All political parties agree to limit election propaganda (19 - Nation)
* Colombage or Justice Tilakawardane tipped as SL’s new HC in London? (19 - Island)
* Tit-for-tat: Govt. officials boycott NPC programme (19 - ST)
* JVP ploy to shun contesting Presidential poll (19 - SO)
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SPORTS

Oct 20 (SSK) Legendary Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev has said that Sri Lanka and Australia are firm favourites to win the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand. Speaking at the ‘Salaam Cricket’ conclave in Delhi, organised by Aaj Tak-Headlines Today and titled as "Seven Wonders: All World Cup Winning Captains on One Platform", Kapil said: "I get the feeling that Sri Lanka and Australia are the favourites to win the 2015 World Cup apart from India. New Zealand, I would say are the dark horses."

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Oct 20 (ESPNCI) Captain Chamari Atapattu's 63 steered Sri Lanka Women to a four-wicket win against South Africa Women to equalise the series 1-1 in Colombo, after the match was reduced to 27 overs a side. Chasing 140, Sri Lanka almost wasted the platform set up by Atapattu, falling to 128 for 6, but still got home with an over to spare. Asked to bat, South Africa got a stable start with an opening stand of 42 in nine overs but Inoka Ranaweera's quick wickets soon reduced them to 56 for 3. Mignon du Preez and Marizanne Kapp put on 48 runs in 9.2 overs before both were dismissed within a span of three overs, for 34 and 29 respectively.

Oct 20 (CB) Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors, Sanath Jayasuriya, has said that the hastily-arranged five-match ODI series in India will help the fringe players to prove their worth before next year's World Cup. After the West Indian players abruptly pulled out of their tour of India last Friday over pay disputes, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) accepted India's invitation to play a five-match series from November 1. "This is an ideal opportunity for some of the bowlers, who have been around to grab their chance by performing against a top team like India," Jayasuriya was quoted as saying in ESPNCricinfo.

Oct 19 (NDTV) Colombo- After having agreed to play a five-match ODI series in India on a short notice post the West Indies pull-out, the Sri Lankan board is looking for a return in favour from the BCCI in August next year by playing three Test matches in the island nation. (Also read: Sangakkara questions Sri Lanka's decision to schedule India tour) "We have already confirmed our participation in the five ODI slated to held between November 1 and 14.


WORLD

Oct 20 (BBC) India's BJP is set to form governments in Maharashtra and Haryana, after the party won the elections in both states. Last week's elections were PM Narendra Modi's first major test of popularity five months after he led his BJP to a landslide general election win.

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Oct 19 (ANI) Dharamsala- Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has said that the joint conferring of this year's Nobel Peace Prize on Indian Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai can help resolve the border conflict between the two neighbours. Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban two years ago for advocating girls' right to education, and Indian children's right advocate Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday (October 10).

Oct 19 (GT) Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party made big gains in two Indian state elections, partial results showed on Sunday, in an endorsement that will encourage him to step up the pace of economic reforms. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was leading in 109 of 288 seats in Maharashtra, NDTV news said. That more than doubled its seat count in the western state that is home to Mumbai, the financial capital, but fell short of an outright majority.

Oct 19 (AFP) The death toll from a devastating snowstorm in Nepal's Himalayas has climbed to 43 in the worst trekking disaster ever to hit the mountainous country. Tuesday's storm, which triggered avalanches, struck at the height of the trekking season, catching hikers unaware on their way up to an exposed high mountain pass along the scenic Annapurna Circuit route.


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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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