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Sri Lanka Marxist party to lodge complaint with rights commission on election law violations

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist Party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) accused the government of "deviously" deploying state employees in the election campaign and said the party would lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission today. Addressing a media conference Sunday at the party headquarters at Pelawatta, Information Secretary of the JVP Vijitha Herath said the party hopes to take legal action regarding the deployment of state employees to campaign for the government which is a blatant violation of law.
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Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, visited a demining site in Muhamalai during a visit to the North on Monday, 1 September, 2014. The site is operated by the UK based demining agency, the Halo Trust.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Customs has arrested a Chinese national at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning while attempting to smuggle Wallapatta. The 43-year-old Chinese man was arrested with 13 kilograms of Wallapatta worth over Rs 10 million in his possession.

Sept 01 (DM) Police arrested a man who was attempting to enter the Courts Complex in Hulftsdorp armed with a pistol. The suspect was handed over to the Keselwatta Police for further questioning.

Sept 01 (Hindu) It is more than 30 years since the special camp to give armed training to the cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was organised by the Union government at Kumbarapatti Colony in Kolathur, about 65 km from Salem.

Sept 01 (Island) The police have arrested the person who allegedly masterminded the recent kidnapping of Dinidu from his home at Meegallewa in the Galgamuwa police area demanding Rs. 3.5 mn. Police headquarters said that the Crimimal Investigation Department (CID) had arrested the suspect married to a lawyer.

Sept 01 (DN) Panadura Provincial High Court Judge Amal Thilekeratne postponed the Katubedda claymore bomb explosion case where 27 bus passengers were killed as the defence was not ready when the case was called before Court on August 28.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will soon begin a probe on alleged war crime violations parallel to the investigations conducted by the to Investigate Into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons. According to a report by the national news agency, Lankapuvath, the inquiries will go hand in hand with the investigations being conducted by the Presidential Commission on missing people.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- The arrest of four human traffickers while trying to transport six Sri Lankans to Australia through the Prakasam coast in India earlier this week has raised the suspicion among Indian investigators that the defeated Tamil terrorist group, LTTE may be trying to revive in Australia.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- The three-week long joint military exercise involving thousands of Sri Lankan armed forces personnel and representatives from foreign countries will commence on Tuesday (September 2) for the fifth consecutive year, the Army said.

* Suspects arrested in 2012 murder (31 - Nation)
* Intelligence OIC transferred for messing up my surveillance: Upul (31 - Island)
* Top liquor den busted (31 - SO)
* From Facebook friendships to sexual harassment: Police probe cases (31 - ST)


Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Monday expressed hope that the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan be "more balanced" in his responsibilities than his predecessor Navanetham Pillay.

Sept 01 (CP) Moneragala- Stressing that the best thing a society can give its children is education, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that it is parents' responsibility to provide an opportunity for the children to receive the benefits of free education.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court on Monday withdrew the interim order suspending the deportation of Pakistani and Afghan asylum seekers allowing the Sri Lankan government to send them back to the countries where they fled from.

** Related Story ::Sri Lankan court suspends deportation of Pakistani refugees

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe has planned to undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 7th to 8th September 2014, at the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, External Affairs Ministry said today in a statement.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly session in New York later this month, a Sri Lankan official has told Express News Service.


Sept 01 (CP) London- The Bank of Ceylon (UK) Ltd, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka's largest bank, Bank of Ceylon, has signed a new contract with Callcredit Information Group which will help prevent money laundering and assist in meeting with regulatory compliance.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- The Convener of a civil society movement, The Anti-Corruption Voice of Sri Lanka, Wasantha Samarasinghe said that a plan is being compiled by the Chairman and other officials of Lanka Phosphate Company to sell the Eppawala apatite deposit to China.

Sept 01 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan stocks slipped on Monday from a more than three-year high hit in the previous session, led by a decline in shares of large-caps such as Ceylon Tobacco Co Plc and Nestle Lanka Plc.

Sept 01 (Island) 3M Sri Lanka, the local subsidiary of $30.8 billion global innovation giant 3M Company, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in the country.

Sept 01 (DM) Sri Lanka’s first phase of economic development i.e. putting the hard infrastructure in place is now gradually phasing out and thus it is time authorities shift focus on building the soft side of the infrastructure consisting of a sound regulatory and tax environment, skill building and human resource development, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Sept 01 (DN) Mihin Lanka Ltd, will acquire two brand new next generation aircraft in the the next two years to fly to new destinations and also add frequency to existing routes. In addition the budget airline of the nation would also take delivery of their fourth aircraft a 112 seater, A319, next March.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and the newest member of the oneworld global airline alliance, celebrates thirty-five years of flying, at the Airline Centre in Katunayake, on Monday (September 1st).

* Toddy tapping, a dying industry (31 - Nation)
* SriLankan Airlines buoyant to ascend to new heights in China (31 - Island)
* Financial institutions launch retirement solutions (31 - SO)
* Hayleys Agriculture cultivates seaweed in the Mannar Basin (31 - ST)


Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- The strike launched by the supplementary medical professionals at the state hospitals of Sri Lanka has ended and the hospitals have resumed the normal operations from today, following the discussions with the union, Health officials said.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's veteran trade union leader Bala Tampoe passed away this afternoon at a private hospital in Colombo. He was 92 years old. Tampoe was the longtime leader of the Ceylon Mercantile Union of Sri Lanka. An advocate of criminal law, Tampoe became the General Secretary of the CMU in February 1948.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Chief ministerial candidate of Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) for Uva Province Harin Fernando said Sunday that his meeting with the Hambantota District parliamentarian and President's son Namal Rajapaksa was a chance encounter and not a planned one.

Sept 01 (NIE) COLOMBO- Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told a delegation of the Sri Lankan Tamil National Alliance (TNA), when the latter met him in New Delhi on August 23, that India would be 100 per cent with the Tamils of Sri Lanka.

Sept 01 (Island) Health Secretary Sudhrama Karunaratne yesterday said that the demands put forward by the Joint Council of Professions Supplementary to Medicine (JCPSM) had been submitted to the Cabinet Secretary Sumith Abeysinghe for Cabinet approval.

Sept 01 (DN) The people in the Uva province always stood by the UPFA which was able to take the country forward, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. He said Uva bore a historic significance in that it was the patriotic people of Uva who fought for the country’s sovereignty.

Aug 31 (CP) Bibile- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that he had instructed the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa to start a project to desalinate sea water.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Former Secretary General of Sri Lanka Parliament Sam Wijesinha passed away at home today, his family announced. He was 93 years old at the time of his death. Late Sam Wijesinha has served as first secretary-general and ombudsmen of parliament, chairman of the Human Task Force and as the Chancellor of the Open University of Sri Lanka.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) Hambantota district parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa has promised to take part in the party's election campaign for the Uva Provincial Council from tomorrow.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has decided to consult the Supreme Court to get an interpretation on the 18th Amendment to the Constitution on the holding of a Presidential election.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- During the upcoming Chinese President xi Jinping's visit to Sri Lanka, the two countries will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure trouble-free, smooth functioning of the China-funded Lakvijaya coal power plant at Norochcholai.

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Aug 31(CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is likely to undergo a change in the leadership, local media reports say. According to political reports, the main constituent party of the TNA, Illangai Tamil Arasukachchi (ITAK) will appoint a new leader at the party convention next month.

Aug 31 (Xinhua) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan Muslims on Sunday called for the protection of an ancient and historical Buddhist site in Borobudur, Indonesia after Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists threatened to attack it.

* Sajith’s Pre-conditions shake up UNP (31 - Nation)
* Situation in National Hospital improves following court order (31 - Island)
* Local universities to admit 50,000 foreign students by 2020 (31 - SO)
* Govt. to invest Rs. 230 b more in crisis- ridden CPC (31 - ST)


Sept 01 (PTI) India men will face Sri Lanka in their tournament opener while the eves will be up against Thailand in their first match of the hockey competition at the 17th Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 to October 4. The Sardar Singh-led Indian men’s hockey team will open the Asian Games campaign against the island nation on September 21 while the eves will play their first match the next day on September 22. In the men’s competition, India are placed in Pool B along side arch rivals Pakistan, Oman, China and Sri Lanka.


Sept 01 (ESPNCI) The recent news that Angelo Mathews is officially the world's third-best Test batsmen saw many supporters' eyebrows raised to Warnean levels. The surprise in some quarters stirred much debate and proved once again that where there's a list, there's some cricket fans squabbling over it. On this basis, it's a bit short-sighted of the ICC to limit their ratings to only players and teams, so here, to provoke discussion, are the first ever International Board Rankings.

Sept 01 (ESPNCI) In the 30th ODI meeting between these sides, Zimbabwe did what they had not for 31 years and beat Australia. The captain Elton Chigumbura engineered the chase that changed 11,406 days of history, after his spinners had applied a stranglehold that kept Australia to their lowest total against Zimbabwe, and achieved only their second win against these opponents. Chigumbura's opposite number, Michael Clarke, battled a hamstring niggle that ruled him out of the rest of the tri-series, and held his side together on a spin-friendly surface on which none of the other Australian batsmen settled.

Sept 01 (ICC) World champion India has been confirmed as the number-one ranked side in the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings following Zimbabwe’s three wickets victory over Australia in a triangular series match in Harare on Sunday. India had joined Australia on top of the table after winning the third ODI in Nottingham on 30 August at 114 ratings points, but took sole possession at the coveted number-one spot after Zimbabwe recorded its first victory over Australia in 31 years.


Sept 01 (BBC) An Indian charity has unveiled 108 new lavatories in a village which gained notoriety when two young girls were found hanged from a tree there in May. The teenage cousins were killed in Katra Sahadatganj in Uttar Pradesh when they went unaccompanied to relieve themselves in the fields.

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Sept 01 (BBC) Indian PM Narendra Modi is to discuss economic and security ties with Japan's Shinzo Abe, on his first major foreign visit since winning May's election. The leaders are likely to accelerate talks on a nuclear energy pact and sign an agreement on rare earths.

Aug 31 (BBC) Pakistan's army commanders are meeting after clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Islamabad left three people dead and hundreds hurt. The meeting was brought forward after clashes flared overnight. Protesters are demanding PM Nawaz Sharif resigns.

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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