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Steps taken by Sri Lanka encouraging, transformative process will take time - UN Rights Chief

June 28 (CP) Geneva- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has concluded that overall the steps taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to implement some of the key commitments made in UN Resolution last year are encouraging but more rapid and sustained progress could have been made on some other issues. "Overall, the Human Rights Council should be encouraged thus far by the steps that the Government of Sri Lanka has taken to implement some of the key commitments made in Resolution 30/1," the advanced version of the High Commissioner's oral update released on Monday said.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

June 28 (CP) Tuticorin- The Q Branch of Tamil Nadu Police on Monday arrested nine Sri Lankan Tamils including a woman in Tiruchendur for allegedly planning to travel to Australia in a clandestine manner.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police Monday arrested former UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin Vass Gunawardena in connection with an alleged fraud involving a property in Colombo. He was accused of extorting money from a businessman.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said all the lands in the North held by the security forces will be returned to the rightful owners except the ones that are located at strategically important places.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- The 'Q' Branch CID of Tamil Nadu police has seized an abandoned mechanized boat, believed to have been used by people smugglers to illegally ferry Sri Lankan refugees to Australia. The boat was reportedly seized off the Muttom Coast in Kanyakumari District on Saturday after the police had rounded up a few Sri Lankan refugees

June 26 (CP) Colombo- The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has requested Police Chief IGP Pujith Jayasundara to initiate an inquiry and take action against Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero, the leader of the extremist Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) for inciting hatred and threatening to unleash violence against the Muslim community.

June 27 (PTI) Nine Sri Lankan Tamils were arrested at Tiruchendur in the district today for allegedly planning to travel to Australia in a clandestine manner, police said. "The Sri lankans who arrived in Tamil Nadu on tourist visas were tricked into believing that they could go to Australia," a top district police official told PTI.

June 27 (Island) The Welikada Police yesterday nabbed a woman who had stolen several Buddha statues, valuable pinnacles and other such items from Sunethraramaya at Mahindarama Road in Ethul Kotte. Police said that the suspect had stolen several Buddha statues donated by Thailand to the temple.

June 27 (DN) The Committee for Protecting Rights of Prisoners (CPRP), in a complaint to United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions' office in Geneva has requested that an investigation be launched into the killing of 27 inmates of the Welikada Prison on November 2012, by armed forces.

June 26 (Guardian) The Sri Lankan government has denied reports of the discovery of cluster bombs in formerly war-hit areas of the country by questioning the evidence and rejecting the suggestion that government forces used the weapons.

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Senadhipathy Threatens To Sue RALL For Billions (26 - SL)
* Dutch Charity takes Sarvodaya to court over alleged fraud in tsunami housing funds (26 - Island)
* Police seek Interpol assistance in Gammanpila forgery case (26 - ST)
* Sweeping changes to fast track FCID probes (26 - SO)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

June 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena asserts that his government is dedicated to improve the quality and the strength of country's security forces and will not let any war hero, retired or in service, to become helpless.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) today signed a co-advisory services agreement to provide the co-advisory services to the East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo Port, the ADB said in a statement.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, will be suspending its operations to Paris and Frankfurt, from winter 2016. Accordingly, the last flights between Frankfurt and Colombo (UL 553/554) will be operated on October 30, while UL 563/564 of November 6, 2016 will conclude the operations between Paris and Colombo.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- The most sacred Relics of Lord Buddha from Taxila Pakistan were taken back to Pakistan after conclusion of a month long exposition at various locations around the island nation.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- The United States Government recently concluded a five-day workshop in Colombo from June 13-17 for members of the Sri Lankan Ports Authority and Customs, Police, Navy, and Coast Guard to provide training on eliminating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

June 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government will take measures to counter the economic fallout from the Brexit, the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union.


FINANCE - TRAVEL

June 28 (CP) Colombo- Senior executives of the globally acclaimed tourism players such as Shangri-La International, Australian Tourism, AirBnB, DERTOUR and JKH are expected to take the podium at the upcoming Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016 to discuss the country's highly potential tourism sector.

June 28 (IAB) Mahindra has launched the new Mahindra Imperio pick-up in Sri Lanka through authorized distributors, Ideal Motors Pvt Ltd. It is priced from LKR 3,495,000 (INR 16.28 Lakhs).

June 28 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s first Remittance Card has been launched by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon to introduce a new dimension in convenience to the process of transferring funds from overseas to local beneficiaries.

June 27 (CP) Mumbai- In view of the encouraging demand for its tea in India, the Sri Lanka Tea Board will be participating in India's only tea and coffee trade fair, World Tea & Coffee Expo (WTCE), Mumbai through an exclusive Pavilion for the second consecutive year.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- FACETS Sri Lanka 2016, the 26th International Gem & Jewellery Show will be held from 1st-84th September at the BMICH Exhibition and Convention Centre in Colombo. The prestigious annual International Gem and Jewellery Show is putting the spotlight on Small and Medium Gem and Jewellery enterprises this year with the novel introduction of a Gem and Jewellery Mart.

June 27 (Teheran Times) The Sri Lankan government met Iran Air manager and Iran government officials on Thursday to renegotiate the orders for the three A350-900 aircrafts ordered by the last government.

June 27 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan rupee one-week forwards ended weaker on Monday due to a stronger dollar after Britons voted to leave the European Union last week, but the losses were capped as a state-run bank sold the greenback, dealers said.

June 27 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares fell for a sixth straight session on Monday as investors turned cautious after the UK last week voted to leave the European Union.

June 27 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares fell for a sixth straight session on Monday as investors turned cautious after the UK last week voted to leave the European Union.

June 27 (ECONOMYNEXT) Sri Lanka's Ceylon Beverage Holdings Plc said its partner Carlsberg will brew and supply is brand with their factory expected to be out of commission for three months, after floods.

June 27 (LBO) Sri Lanka could shortly approve petroleum exploration and drilling for two blocks in the Cauvery basin, as bidders in the 2013 licensing round have recommitted to their bids, a government official said.

June 27 (Island) The export sector experienced growth since opening up of the Sri Lankan economy. By 1990, Sri Lanka’s export share in GDP amounted to 25%. In 1990, Sri Lanka was on par with Vietnam exporting US$ 2 bn worth of exports per annum.

June 27 (DM) Access Engineering PLC, the foremost engineering company in Sri Lanka, was recently awarded the subcontract to construct the Polgahawela flyover, a much-needed solution for heavy traffic snarls daily amass at Polgahawela railway crossing.

June 27 (DN) In the last couple of months or so the policies with regard to the automobile industry has been very ad hoc. Policies in the last 12-13 months have changes almost 14 times, said new Chairman Ceylon Motor Trader Association(CMTA), Reeza Rauf.

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* Government subcommittee recommends changes to the management of Sri Lanka's national carrier (26 - CP)
* TRI, SRI LANKA: EXCLUSIVE REVIEW (26 - CNT)
* Sri Lanka Lacks Global Brands (26 - SL)
* Lanka Sathosa restructuring in the pipeline to curb mounting losses (26 - Island)
* Lanka to offer Dubai-style offshore banking in Port City (26 - ST)
* Deputy Governor Samarasiri tipped to be Governor (26 - SO)
* Sri Lanka's MAS Holdings announces opening a plant in Haiti (26 - CP)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

June 28 (CP) Colombo- A group of 36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees lived in camps in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka on 28th June 2016 Under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation program. According to the Secretary to Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs V. Sivagnanasothy, a group of 20 male and 16 female refugees are scheduled to arrive on a Mihin Lanka Airline flight MJ 130 at 11.45 a.m. from Chennai.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- The life expectancy for both males and females in Sri Lanka had increased since 2012 compared to 2001, while the gap between the two genders narrowed, the latest data released by the Department of Census and Statistics today shows.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- Speculations are circulating in the local media that the Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne will be appointed as the new Central Bank Governor upon the departure of incumbent Governor Arjuna Mahendran at the end of this month.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema and Chief Minister of India's Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu today held a meeting in Tianjin city in China and discussed the possibility of the two governments working together to promote tourism.

June 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that a Gazette notification which makes it compulsory to mention sugar content in fizzy drinks would be issued. Issuing a special media release, the Minister said the Health Ministry has taken measures to introduce a color coding process for food categories according to the food act number 26 of 1980.

June 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the current unity government has exceeded the approved borrowing limits for last year 100 percent. JVP Financial Secretary, Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi said the government has exceeded the borrowing limit established by the parliament for last year.

June 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) will meet on Wednesday, 29th of June to discuss the ongoing investigations on the activities of the Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, the committee member Asoka Abeysinghe said.

June 26 (CP) Nuwara Eliya- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today said several programs are being implemented island wide under his direction to eradicate drug menace which affects the development and peaceful environment of the country.

June 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka health authorities with the cooperation of the police and tri-forces will commence a special island wide dengue eradication program from Monday (June 27) as the mosquito-borne disease has reached an epidemic level.

June 26 (CP) Colombo- The Tamil press in Sri Lanka, which was very hopeful that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) would render justice to Tamil victims of the last phased of the war against the LTTE, has now lost faith in the international body's commitment to the goals it had set for itself in the resolution it passed at its 30th session in September last year, according to a report in New Indian Express.

June 26 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government is taking measures to develop jetty facilities in the Jaffna Peninsula and the adjoining Islands to improve the safe transport of passengers and cargo between the islands and the Peninsula.

June 27 (IE) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday rebuffed opposition's allegations that the new Constitution formation was aimed at appeasing the minority Tamils through a federal form of power sharing.

June 27 (NIE) COLOMBO- With the Narendra Modi government reportedly planning to give Indian citizenship to illegal Hindu migrants from Bangladesh by August 15 this year, the case for giving Indian citizenship or dual citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu will be strengthened, human rights activists here feel.

June 27 (Island) Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises Sunil Handunnetti (JVP) threatens to resign from the post if he feels the members of the committee are being influenced by outside forces trying to clear Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran of wrongdoing in the alleged bond scams.

June 27 (DM) The uncertain global economic situation triggered by Brexit could last for two years, and Sri Lanka could also be affected by this crisis for such a period, a report submitted by the Central Bank to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

June 27 (DN) Two incompatible views were expressed at the SLFP Central Committee (CC) meeting last week on the abolition of the Executive Presidency, State Minister Dilan Perera said. Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, the State Minister said one group was of the view that the Executive Presidency should be retained with powers pruned

June 26 (Gueardian) You can hear Sri Lanka’s favourite street snack being made before you see it. The loud, distinctive sound of metal blades bashing against a metal hotplate fills the smoky air along the seafront at Galle Face Green in Colombo, mingling with the crash of waves against the sea wall and the cries of cooks yelling orders at each other.

June 26 (HP) Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera recently spoke at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo. Mr. Samaraweera has again presented a very optimistic assessment of the current state of affairs in the war-torn island nation.

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* Difference Of Opinion In Bid To Form New Party (26 - SL)
* Govt. gives confusing signals on local polls (26 - Island)
* Civil society organisations come out strongly against the Govt. (26 - ST)
* Auditor General to meet COPE reps on June 29 (26 - SO)
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SPORTS

June 27 (ESPNCI) Despite his side's 58-run defeat to Australia in the final of the tri-nation series in Barbados on Sunday, West Indies captain Jason Holder chose to focus on the gains made by the side, particularly performances from the top order batsmen. Two of the three centuries struck in the tournament came from West Indies batsmen - Marlon Samuels scored 125 in a defeat against Australia, but Darren Bravo's crucial 102 helped the team...

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June 27 (ESPNCI) Batsman Lahiru Thirimanne has left Sri Lanka's ongoing tour of England after sustaining a lower-back strain, which restricted his movement. Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, who was in England already with the A team, has joined the national squad as Thirimanne's replacement. Thirimanne played all three Tests, but had not played in the ODIs - against Ireland or England - on the tour.

June 26 (ESPNCI) Fifties to Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews were the sparks in a Sri Lanka score of 248 for 9, which will take some defending. As at Trent Bridge and Edgbaston, Sri Lanka batted first on a pitch that provided bowlers with only modest assistance. And at Bristol, just like in the first two games, partnerships were severed by canny quicks whenever the visitors threatened to assume control of the match.

June 26 (ESPNCI) Eoin Morgan demanded improvement from his England side after they escaped with a last-ball tie in the opening ODI of the series. He got it in no uncertain terms at Edgbaston. Accurate bowling, and a lively fielding display, was followed by a dominant, free-wheeling opening stand as Alex Hales and Jason Roy plundered the record books in a 10-wicket victory. The turnaround is now swift to the third match; a chance for England to carry their surge forward in Bristol, and an opportunity for Sri Lanka to quickly dust themselves off.


WORLD

June 27 (BBC) Chinese fans have reacted with outrage to Lady Gaga's meeting with the Dalai Lama over the weekend. Her social media posts about meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader on Sunday have led to online speculation over whether she will still be allowed to perform in the country. Lady Gaga is one of, if not the most, popular western musician in mainland China. Yet she has irked mainland fans by showing her support for the Dalai Lama, who many feel is a figurehead for Tibetan separatism.

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June 27 (Reuters) China's policymakers and leading economists on Sunday voiced concerns about Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU), with the Finance Minister saying it has heightened market uncertainty, though some expect a limited impact on the Chinese economy. The “Brexit” decision “will cast a shadow over the global economy ... The repercussions and fallout will emerge in the next five to 10 years,” said Lou Jiwei, China’s Minister of Finance, at the first annual meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing.

June 27 (PTI) India is all set to join the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) on Monday as a full member, three days after it failed to get NSG membership due to stiff opposition from China and a few other countries. “We applied for the membership of MTCR last year and all the procedural formalities have been completed. Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar will sign the document of accession into MTCR in the presence of Ambassadors of France, Netherlands and Luxembourg,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

June 26 (Xinhua) SRINAGAR- Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard near their bus which was attacked by militants at Pampore town of Pulwama district, about 24 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2016. At least eight paramilitary troopers of India's Central Reserve Police (CRPF) were killed and 18 others wounded Saturday after militants attacked their bus in the restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.


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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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