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UN to provide an assistance package to Sri Lanka on the request of Northern Province CM

Aug 01 (CP) New York- The United Nations said Friday that it was exploring the provision of a broad package of technical and financial assistance to Sri Lanka at the request of the Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran. UN Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stéphane Dujarric, said the UN supports the Government and the people of Sri Lanka and their efforts to advance reconciliation and accountability as evidenced by commitments made by the Secretary General and during the Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman's recent visit to Sri Lanka.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Aug 01 (CP) Anuradhapura- A van driven by a police officer rammed into a s group of opposition election supporters in Sri Lanka's North Central Province today killing at least one person and injuring four others.

Aug 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the Inspector General of Police to immediately arrest the suspects who opened fire at an election rally of his party in Colombo.

Aug 01 (DN) A priest who was engaged in treasure hunting at Walayakanda Monarch was arrested by Thanamalwila Police on a tip-off on Wednesday. Police seized equipment used by the priest for hunting treasure.

Aug 01 (DM) Preliminary police investigations had revealed the yesterday's shooting might be related to a longstanding clash between two underworld factions in the area. Unconfirmed reports allege that supporters of ‘Dematagoda Chaminda’ had carried out the attack on supporters of the ‘Bloemendhal Sanka.’

July 31 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today has issued notice for the Deputy Justice Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe to appear in court over election law violations. Following report filed by the Athurugiriya Police, the Homagama Magistrate had issued the order for the Deputy Justice Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe and another person to appear in the Homagama Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, August 5.

July 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy has deployed Rapid, Response, Rescue, and Relief Squadron (4Rs) personnel to provide lifesaving and other necessary assistance to the devotees at Okanda and Thalawila during the festival season, the Navy Media reported.

July 31 (CP) Colombo- A woman's body found in a travelling bag at the Bastian Mawatha private-bus terminal in Pettah on Wednesday, has been identified as that of a 34-year-old woman from Vaddukoddai, Jaffna, police said.

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Gunmen open fire at Sri Lanka election rally, one killed (31 - CP)
* Woman drug peddler arrested by Welikada police in dawn operation (31 - Island)
* Sujeewa Senasinghe threatened me: Police sergeant (31 - DM)
* PS Chairman arrested over 'distorted' flag at UPFA rally (31 - DN)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Aug 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says a special programme will be implemented to develop the North and East focusing on the development of both agriculture and industry sectors.

July 31 (CP) Anuradhapura- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena opened the archeologically restored historic Abayagiriya Chaithya for the public today, the Esala Poya Day.

July 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has taken significant strides in improving the quality of its financial reporting to make the reporting system more transparent and attractive to investors, the World Bank said recently.


FINANCE

Aug 01 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Agriculture has taken steps to establish a standard for imported fertilizers in agreement with fertilizer importers. As the application of fertilizer for crops varies depending on types of crops, soil conditions, climatic zones, the Department of Agriculture has declared fertilizer recommendations for all food crops.

Aug 01 (Island) Seylan Bank posted a record half-yearly performance with Profit before Income Tax reaching Rs. 2,579 Million for the 6 months ended June 30, 2015. Profits after Tax reached Rs. 1,740 Million a 43% increase compared to the Rs. 1,212 Million reported in the corresponding 6 month period in 2014.

Aug 01 (DM) Glass bottle and container manufacturer Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC posted a net profit of Rs. 146.8 million for the 3 months ended June 30 (1Q16), up 70 percent year-on-year (yoy) drawing on the increased domestic food and beverage consumption.

Aug 01 (DN) One of India’s biggest Real Estate Development Groups Shreepati Edifice signed an agreement with the Board of Investment to invest US$ 330 million to construct a mixed development hybrid project in Rajagiriya.

July 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines is adjusting operational schedules for its Colombo -Tokyo Narita route from 30th September 2015, the Routes Online reports.

July 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines managed to bag three, held at the Water's Edge recently. The award ceremony was organized by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing, coinciding with the annual National Sales Congress, to recognize and reward the outstanding sales personnel of Sri Lanka.

More : FINANCE
* BOC launches next generation savings account at 300th branch (31 - Island)
* Sri Lanka’s John Keells Holdings net up 2-pct in June quarter despite falling finance income (31 - LBO)
* Norfolk Foods adds flavour to Culinary Arts 2015 (31 - DM)
* CFA recognizes best in equity trade at Capital Market Awards (31 - DN)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Aug 01 (CP) Colombo- The Catholic Bishops' Conference in Sri Lanka has urged all citizens to do their utmost in choosing worthy candidates for parliament in the forthcoming general elections. In a statement, the Catholic Bishops' Conference in Sri Lanka noted that through this, the public can get the government it deserves.

Aug 01 (CP) Anuradhapura- Sri Lankan President yesterday dedicated four luxury buses to inaugurating a bus service for the benefit of the pilgrims who come from all over the island to worship the Atamasthana, the eight Buddhist sites.

Aug 01 (DN) The harsh reality in a conflict is that children and women suffer the most, Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Shelly Whiting said. She said although the physical impact of the war on property is less, the social impact and certain social issues are severe.

Aug 01 (Island) Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday urged the caretaker government to explain its stand on a UN project to establish a domestic mechanism to handle accountability issues with the government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) run Northern Provincial Council (NPC) named as ‘implementing partners.’

July 31 (CP) Colombo- The United National Party of Sri Lanka today vehemently condemned the attack by unidentified gunmen on a party's election rally in Bloemendhal area of Colombo that killed a supporter and injured another 12 people, critically injuring three of them.

July 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has refused to comment on a report by Britain's Channel 4 news which, citing a supposedly leaked UN document, said that the UN is preparing to assist Sri Lanka to set up a totally domestic probe into the human rights violations committed during the war.

** Related Story ::Sri Lanka justice: leaked UN document casts doubts

July 31 (CP) Colombo- The construction work of the Colombo-Kandy expressway will start on Monday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

July 31 (CP) Colombo- Ravi Jayawardena, director, board member, and current affairs head of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) , is to be appointed chairman of the institution according to local media reports.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* DEW challenges Govt., Opp. to explain how promises will be fulfilled with meagre income (31 - Island)
* Champika challenges MR to debate on bribing Tigers (31 - DM)
* Rajapaksas violated pledge given through Mahinda Chinthanaya - Karu (31 - DN)
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SPORTS

July 31 (BBC) Beijing has been chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, beating the bid of Kazakhstan's Almaty. Having hosted the 2008 Olympics, the Chinese capital will be the first city to host both a summer and winter Games. Beijing and Almaty were considered outsiders when the 2022 bid race opened two years ago.

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July 31 (ESPNCI) This tour is already Pakistan's most fruitful trip to Sri Lanka since 2006, and on Saturday, they will have a shot at sweeping the trophies. The visitors were always likely to fare well against the younger Sri Lanka players, but it is their dominance of Sri Lanka's big names that has defined the tour. Rangana Herath was defused in the Tests, where Kumar Sangakkara was also muzzled.

July 31 (TET) Former Sri Lankan left-hand batsman Sanath Jayasuriya visited Army Public School Peshawar during his one-day visit to the city. A few days back, Jayasuriya was also found enjoying the scenery in Murree and Nathiagali – tourist spots in Northern Pakistan – at a time when international teams are not ready to visit the country because of the security conditions.

July 31 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara has migrated to Australia after being overlooked for the home Test series against Pakistan. The move makes a Sri Lanka comeback highly unlikely. His club, Tamil Union, hosted a farewell event for Welegedara on Monday, before he left the country this week. "Unfortunately, the Sri Lankan selectors preferred to go with younger options against Pakistan recently,


WORLD

July 31 (BBC) Debris found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion is "very likely" to be from the missing flight MH370, a top Australian official has told the BBC. Martin Dolan, who heads Australia's search efforts, also said the operation was continuing "in the right place" in the southern part of the ocean.

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July 31 (BBC) The US has been spying on Japanese cabinet officials, banks and companies, including the Mitsubishi conglomerate, whistleblowing website Wikileaks says. Documents released by Wikileaks list 35 telephone numbers targeted for interception by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

July 31 (BBC) Four Indian teachers have been kidnapped in Libya, India's foreign ministry has reported, adding later it had secured the release of two of them. The four were abducted at a checkpoint near the city of Sirte, where they were teaching at a university.

July 31 (BBC) Jalaluddin Haqqani, the Afghan founder of the militant Haqqani network, died at least a year ago, sources close to the group have told the BBC. Haqqani died after a long illness and was buried in Afghanistan, the sources added.


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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