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Sri Lanka's President urges new cabinet ministers to work in unison

Sept 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today told the members of the new cabinet that they have a special responsibility to work in in unison to take the country forward in the backdrop of a new political culture although they belong to different political parties. The new Cabinet of 42 ministers took oath Friday from the President at the Presidential Secretariat. Ministers are representing the United National Party, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress.
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Sept 04 (CP) Colombo- The pro-LTTE Tamil Nadu political leader, the general secretary of the MDMK, V. Gopalasamy aka Vaiko has asked the chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa to bring a resolution against a domestic probe in Sri Lanka.

Sept 04 (Island) A 44-year-old suspect arrested on Wednesday for allegedly keeping in his possession illicit liquor in the Thirappane police area was found dead inside the cell of that police station yesterday early morning, the day police celebrated ‘149th Police Day’.

Sept 04 (DM) Former minister John Amarathunga said the government will be compelled to hand over former chief international arms procurer for the LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan if India wanted him in connection with the killing of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Sept 04 (DN) Former Judicial Medical Officer of Colombo Ananda Samarasekera yesterday informed the Colombo Additional Magistrate that JMO Ajith Tennakoon influenced the doctors who conducted the first postmortem inquiry into Wasim Thajudeen's death.

Sept 03 (CP) Colombo- The three-week long joint military exercise involving thousands of Sri Lankan armed forces personnel and representatives from foreign countries commenced Thursday (September3) in Kokilai in the East for the sixth consecutive year.

Sept 03 (CP) Colombo- Improving the defense ties between the two countries, Sri Lanka Navy ships engaged in a joint exercise with a visiting Australian naval ship yesterday.

** Related Story ::Australian naval ship arrives at Sri Lanka port on a goodwill mission

Sept 03 (CP) Colombo- Former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was summoned today to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources, and Privileges to record a statement over several allegations.

* EPDP denies accusation, ready to assist probe Ekneligoda disappearance (3 - Island)
* Magistrate not satisfied over police investigations (3 - DN)


Sept 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates Friday explored ways to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries, especially in trade and investment. The discussions took place when the UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nayhan met with his Sri Lankan counterpart Minister Mangala Samaraweera today at the Ministry.

Sept 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's new cabinet of ministers was sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat Friday. Full list of Cabinet Ministers follows:

Sept 03 (CP) New Delhi- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday that India and Sri Lanka enjoyed deep and enduring links of kinship, history and culture and India attached the highest importance to its relations with Sri Lanka.


Sept 04 (CP) Colombo- Good destination management includes development of new products whilst focusing on market development work on the strong foundation branding if a country wishes to attract the top dollar potential tourists Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) Chairman Dr. Rohantha Athukorala said .

Sept 04 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's rupee currency fell 2 percent to trade at a record low of 137.50 per dollar on Friday after the central bank stopped quoting a reference rate, currency dealers said.

Sept 04 (Island) Taking yet another important stride towards enabling faster and reliable real-time electronic payment, LOLC Finance PLC is now connected to the Common Electronic Fund Transfer Switch (CEFTS), creating a superior level of convenience to its customers. LOLC Finance becomes one of the first Non-Banking Financial Institutions to register with this system.

Sept 04 (DM) Private sector representatives and economists yesterday urged the new government to involve views of relevant stakeholders when entering into preferential trade agreements

Sept 04 (DN) Mercantile Shipping Company PLC Group has made a net loss of Rs. 348.9 million after tax, having provided for substantial exchange losses aggregating to Rs. 219.9 Million compared to a net loss of Rs. 185.7 million last year.

Sept 04 (LBO) The Sri Lankan central bank may intervene less in the forex market by not quoting a specific level, a market source told Lanka Business Online, as the rupee opened lower against the dollar on Friday.

Sept 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Bank on Thursday received the $1.1 billion from the $1.5 billion swap agreement with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) signed earlier this year.

Sept 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 18.7 percent in August this year compared to the same period last year, the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.

Sept 03 (CP) Colombo- Facets Sri Lanka 2015, the 25th International Gem & Jewellery Show will open today at the he BMICH Exhibition and Convention Centre in Colombo.

* Sri Lanka central bank says will float rupee from Friday - market sources (3 - Reuters)
* SLIIT joins hands with ACL Cables (3 - Island)
* Lanka Telcos in high risk category (3 - DN)


Sept 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna named Bimal Rathnayake to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the party's National List MP Sarathchandra Mayadunne yesterday.

Sept 04 (Island) The Patriotic National Movement (PNM) yesterday alleged that the appointment of TNA leader R. Sampanthan as the Leader of the Opposition reflected the failure on the part of the SLFP to recognise its hallowed responsibility to represent those who had exercised their franchise for the coalition.

Sept 04 (DM) Newly appointed Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, in his address to Parliament, said Sri Lanka should have ‘three to five regions’ with maximum power devolved to them taking a good example from India as the giant neighbour to resolve the Tamil national question.

Sept 04 (DN) September 3, 2015 will be remembered as a red letter day in Sri Lanka's political history. For the first time since Independence, a National Government has been formed with Parliamentary approval:

Sept 03 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe informed Parliament today that a National Agricultural Authority with full powers will be established for the purchase of paddy.

Sept 03 (CP) Polonnaruwa- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena said he plans to initiate a new project within the next two years to provide clean drinking water to the people in the areas where kidney disease is prevalent.

Sept 03 (CP) Colombo- The Leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Anura Kumara Dissanayake was appointed as Chief Opposition Whip of the Eighth Parliament today. Dissanayake, who assumed the leadership of JVP in February 2014, was elected to parliament from Colombo District at the August 17 General Election.

Sept 03 (CP) Colombo- Speaker of the House Karu Jayasuriya has accepted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe's request to increase the number of Ministries. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at the parliament today said that a National Government has been established

Sept 03 (CP) Colombo- Two days after taking oath as a member of the eighth parliament, National List MP of Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Sarathchandra Mayadunne resigned from his post today.

Sept 03 (CP) Colombo- Leader of Sri Lanka's main Tamil party. Tamil National Alliance leader and Trincomalee District parliamentarian R. Sampanthan was designated as the Opposition Leader of the eighth parliament.

Septy 03 (Brokkings) Sri Lanka occupied little thought throughout the West for much of the period since independence in 1948. In the last few years, however, Sri Lanka began to feature as a country of strategic relevance to great powers, particularly China and the United States.

Sept 03 (GN) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena started from where he had left off, prior to the general elections, by urging all the country's lawmakers to commence the journey towards ethnic reconciliation with the minorities.

Sept 03 (Hindu) The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has called upon newly-elected Members of Parliament to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), dubbed by human rights activists as draconian, in two months.

Sept 03 (NIE) THIRUVANANTHAPURAM- The URC South office of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan had a group of uncommon visitors recently. The team included a set of officials from the Education Department of the Sri Lankan government.

* Communist Party Leader challenges National List selection in SC (3 - Island)
* Global Hindu-Buddhist Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness begins today in New Delhi (3 - CP)
* No dispute regarding portfolios - Duminda (3 - DN)


Sept 04 (TET) KARACHI- The first edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has attracted some leading T20 players from around the world; according to the information made available by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials, four West Indian and two Sri Lankan T20 specialists have expressed interest in the inaugural event, set to take place in Doha in February 2016. The West Indian quartet of Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree are among the most sought-after T20 players and feature in various leagues around the world.


Sept 03 (CP) Colombo- Head Coach of Sri Lanka's national cricket team Marvan Atapattu stepped down from his post today after nearly a year in the job. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced that it had accepted his resignation. His resignation comes in the wake of Sri Lanka's 1-2 loss against India in the recently concluded home Test series. Before Atapattu was appointed to head coach position in October 2014, he served as the Batting Coach to the team from 2011

Sept 03 (Alpha) Sri Lanka’s most accomplished cricketer and all-round top bloke Kumar Sangakkara retired from all forms of cricket recently. Erudite, articulate and deeply passionate about the game, Sangakkara was also among the greatest batsmen of the modern era and grew from being a canny sledger to an elder statesman, liked by friends and rival teams. Such was his aura that the Sri Lankan president offered him a diplomat’s post in the UK on the day he retired – a fitting testament to the impact he had on the game and his country.


Sept 03 (BBC) Five Chinese naval ships are currently positioned in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, US officials confirm. It is believed to be the first time Chinese military vessels have been seen operating in the area. Officials say they have been monitoring the ships' activities, but said they were operating in international waters.

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Sept 03 (BBC) Malaysian authorities say a boat carrying at least 70 people has capsized off the country's west coast. The capsizing took place early on Thursday near the town of Sabak Bernam in Selangor state.

Sept 03 (BBC) French prosecutors have said they believe "with certainty" that a wing part found on Reunion Island in July came from missing flight MH370. The wing section, known as a flaperon, had been examined in France by international aviation experts.

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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