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President congratulates Sri Lanka cricket team for historic Test win against Australia

July 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today offered his warmest wishes to the Sri Lanka Cricket team for their historic win in the first Test match against world's top ranked Australia. President Sirisena calling Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews and congratulated on Sri Lanka's second ever win against Australia and offered best wishes for upcoming matches.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

July 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Navy personnel Friday (29) arrested two individuals transporting 8 kilograms of Kerala cannabis (Kerala Ganja). Naval personnel attached to the Naval Deployment Vettalakerni in the North Central Naval Command arrested the two persons when they were transporting the cannabis stock in the general area of Iyaakachchi yesterday, the Navy said.

July 30 (Island) The Supreme Court yesterday fixed for support on August 31, 2016, a fundamental rights violation petition filed by Attorney-at-Law, Nayanananda Kodituwakku, who has complained to the court that the judicial power of the people was vested in the courts of law and Parliament vested with the legislative powers of the people should not attempt to overrule the judgements of the highest court.

July 30 (DM) Request made by the Peliyagoda Police to restrict the Jana Satana Pada Yathra from Kiribathgoda to Colombo were yesterday rejected by Colombo Additional Magistrate Chanima Wijebandara. The magistrate ordered the police to inform the courts if the public are inconvenienced, or public property is damaged due to the march.

July 30 (DN) Three unidentified persons, who arrived in a three wheeler yesterday, shot at a person in Mutwal yesterday evening. According to Modera Police sources, the victim had died on admission to the Colombo National Hospital.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police today questioned a former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mahinda Balasuriya in connection with the murder of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickremetunga.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Gampaha Magistrate Ms. Kavindaa Nanayakkara today ordered the Joint Opposition's protest march Pada Yathra to march through the city on the left side of the road so as not to inconvenience the public. The Magistrate said the Assistant Superintendent of Police has the authority to arrest any individual violating the directive.

July 29 (CP) Kegalle- Kegalle Magistrate Court has ordered the joint opposition's 'Jana Satana Paada Yatra'to use only the Kandy to Colombo lane of the road when the march is proceeding through the city. Kegalle Magistrate Gayan Meegahage issued the order just a short while ago and the police handed it to MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage at Uthuwan Kande.

July 29 (CP) Karaikal- As many as 77 Tamil Nadu fishermen released and repatriated Thursday have alleged that they have been mistreated during their incarceration in Sri Lanka jails. The fishermen alleged that during their prison term, they were abused and were provided unhygienic food, according to New Indian Express.

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* The corrupt and killers involved in protest march - Kiriella (29 - Island)
* Tourist hotel owner, five others charged with rape of 13-year-old girl (29 - DM)
* Former Aranayake PS member nabbed with illicit liquor (29 - DN)
* 77 fishermen freed, say were abused in Lanka (29 - NIE)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

July 30 (CP) Colombo- The Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy emphasized the importance of stabilization and strong fundamentals for both the economy and the capital market going forward as quick fixes are not a viable method to boost the economy.

July 29 (CP) New Delhi- India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Friday (July 29) chaired a meeting of Internal Stakeholders to discuss the way forward towards a permanent solution to the fishermen issue between India and Sri Lanka.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- While some people greedy for power walk through roads aimlessly, the government is committed to build the country by working with consciousness and discipline, the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said today.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Signaling a surge in U.S. development assistance for Sri Lanka, the newly-arrived Dr. Andrew Sisson officially assumed duties yesterday as the Mission Director of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to Sri Lanka and Maldives.


FINANCE - TRAVEL

July 30 (CP) Colombo- Compass Tech Asia, a subsidiary of Compass Ventures General Group, recently launched the Homeland Security (HLS) division of their company at a high-level seminar hosted at Cinnamon Grand in Colombo.

July 30 (Island) Sri Lankan government’s top policy makers led by President Maithripala Sirisena are slated to attend the upcoming Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016 and will discuss how to ‘Focus.Act.Deliver’ to propel the nation’s economy to new heights.

July 30 (DM) The Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB) and Building Economics and Management Research Unit (BEMRU), Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, are jointly organising the fifth World Construction Symposium in Colombo from July 29-31, 2016.

July 30 (DN) The JKH Group has posted a Group profit before tax (PBT) of Rs.3.58 billion in the first quarter of the financial year 2016/17. This is an increase of 17 per cent over the Rs.3.05 billion recorded in the previous financial year.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Shippers' Council is largely contributing to the success of Sri Lanka's import and export sectors, Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga said. The Minister extending his wishes to mark the 50th anniversary of the Shippers' Council in a message said the employees' continued commitment, perseverance and a proper management contributed to the institutional development of the Council.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Pakistan's national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has formalized wet leasing of three A-330 aircraft from SriLankan Airlines. PIA CEO, Bernd Hildebrand signed the contract with Chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines, Ajith Dias and CEO Capt. Suren Ratwatte at a ceremony held in Colombo on Friday said a press release.

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* Sri Lankan shares steady; seen falling after rate hike (29 - Reuters)
* Sri Lanka's Colombo inflation declines to 5.5 percent in July 2016 (29 - CP)
* Sri Lankan rupee falls slightly on importer dollar demand; stocks down (29 - Reuters)
* Sri Lanka to abolish hotel minimum rates by next year (29 - LBO)
* Mihin Lanka flies Singaporean travel agents to the vibrant Seychelles via Colombo (29 - Island)
* Flemingo Duty Free partners with FlySmiLes (29 - DM)
* Quick fixes not a viable method to boost economy - CB Governor (29 - DN)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

July 30 (CP) Colombo- In order to guarantee that more women enter the workforce, the Sri Lankan government has taken measures to ensure quality child day care throughout the country. The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) and the Prime Minister's Office in a joint press release said the two institutions have drafted a comprehensive National Guidelines for Child Day Care Centers.

July 30 (Island) Deputy Minister of Mass Media and Parliamentary Reforms Karunaratne Paranavithana alleges that an influential section of the media is deliberately undermining the government and its major projects including post-war national reconciliation efforts.

July 30 (DM) Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya is reported to have emphasised at a meeting with Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faiszer Mustapha that the local authorities’ election should not be delayed any further.

July 30 (DN) The annual prize giving ceremony of St. Paul’s Girls School, Milagiriya was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday. The President presented certificates to pupils for their outstanding performance in the field of education while teachers who rendered a yeoman service to the school were felicitated.

July 30 (Glamour) Known as the island of serendipity, Sri Lanka hangs like a tear drop from the southern tip of India offering everything from sacred temples and rolling tea plantations to pristine beaches and wildlife-packed jungles.

July 29 (CP) Jaffna- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) together with the Government of Canada is supporting a new generation of herbal farming and indigenous herbal products through the new SIddha Medicine Production Sales and Service Cooperative Society (COPHARM) in Northern Sri Lanka.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- A special meeting to gather different views in order to prepare a new Customs Ordinance as proposed by the budget 2016 was held with the patronage of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake Thursday (July 28) at the Ministry of Finance.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Pakistan is committed to human capital development and promotion of entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka, the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Colombo, Major General (Retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain said.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- The protest march 'Jana Satana Pada Yatra' against the government launched Thursday by the Joint Opposition is a "political gimmick by bunch of crooks" and will not break the historic partnership between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party led by President Maithripala Sirisena and the United National Party led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake said yesterday.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Following the conclusion of a visit by a high level delegation of the Japanese Government Thursday, the Sri Lankan government has confirmed that Japan is willing to fund the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system proposed in the Megalopolis Development plan.

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* SAITM dons ask why double standards on Malabe PMC (29 - Island)
* Micro hospitals have replaced Lamborghinis at Galle Face: PM (29 - DN)
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SPORTS

July 30 (SLC) In the end, it was a blend of youth and experience that secured Sri Lanka a remarkable 106-run win against the top-ranked Australia side in the rain-hit first Test in Pallekele on Saturday (June 30). It was only its second Test win against the visiting side. Twenty-one-year-old Kusal Mendis paved the way with a masterful 176, while 38-year-old Rangana Herath applied the finishing touches, with 5 for 54 in Australia’s second innings, four of those wickets coming on the last day.

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Sri Lanka 117 & 353 Australia 203 & 161 (88.3 ov)

July 30 (ESPNCI) Tonight, Sri Lanka are gonna party like it's 1999. Specifically, like it's September 11, 1999, the only other date on which they beat Australia in a Test. That victory came in Kandy with an XI full of Sri Lankan greats - Aravinda de Silva, Arjuna Ranatunga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas.

July 30 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford, who has previously praised Kusal Perera's technique, described Kusal Mendis' 176 as "one of the best" he's seen, and said the batsman's temperament had impressed him as well. At the end of day four, Mendis' innings still appears a monumental anomaly in a match in which the next highest score is 47. "What can you say? It's one of the best innings I've ever seen," Ford said. "It was

Sri Lanka 117 & 353 Australia 203 & 83/3 (27.0 ov)

July 29 (ESPNCI) Australia do not lose Tests to Sri Lanka. That, at least, is the conventional wisdom, for it has happened only once in the 33-year history between the two nations. It has not happened this century. But times change. There is every chance Sri Lanka will rewrite the conventions in 2016,


WORLD

July 30 (BBC) A man from India's Dalit community has been beheaded and his wife hacked to death after a row over a 15 rupees (22 cents; 16 pence) debt in Uttar Pradesh state. Police said the couple were murdered by an upper caste grocer on Thursday when they told him they needed time to pay for biscuits they had bought from him. The grocer has been arrested.

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July 30 (Hindu) China and Russia are underscoring their military partnership, by holding a joint naval exercise in the South China Sea (SCS), following a ruling, by an international tribunal at The Hague, which did not go in Beijing’s favour. The drill will “enhance the capabilities of the two navies to jointly deal with maritime security threats,” China’s Defence Ministry spokesman, Senior Colonel Yang Yujun, announced on Thursday

July 29 (LM) New Delhi- Union minister for home affairs Rajnath Singh promised Bangladesh India’s fullest support in its fight against “terrorism, fundamentalism and radicalism” during discussions held on Thursday in New Delhi with his Bangladeshi counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan. Khan is on a four day-visit to India to discuss security and border management issues in the wake of recent terror attacks in Bangladesh.

July 29 (BBC) Indonesia has carried out the executions of four drug convicts, including three foreigners. The Indonesian man and three Nigerians were killed by firing squad shortly after midnight local time (17:00 GMT) at the Nusakambangan prison island. A further 10 convicts being held on the island are also expected to be put to death in the near future.


About Sri Lanka ::-
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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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