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Political transition in Sri Lanka brought about crucial peacebuilding opportunities - FM

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The political transition in Sri Lanka in January last year brought about crucial peacebuilding opportunities for the government and the United Nations Secretary-General's Peacebuilding Fund has helped the government to succeed in its efforts for reconciliation and good governance, Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister said. Minister Samaraweera said last year, Sri Lanka was declared by the Secretary-General as a country eligible to receive support from the Peacebuilding Fund.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested the son of former minister and United People's Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage, on charges of driving under the influence late last night.

** Related Story ::Cricketer Ramith Rambukwella arrested for crash while driving drunk

Sept 25 (Island) Eighteen Sri Lankans, arrested in June in Kanyakumari District on the charge of embarking on an "illegal" voyage to Australia, were granted interim bail by the Madras High Court bench in Madurai on Thursday. According to One India, granting the relief, Justice CT Selvam had directed the suspects to stay at the Special Refugee Camp in Tiruchirappalli.

Sept 25 (ST) Sri Lanka has one of the highest drowning rates in the world, with more than three deaths a day. It is estimated that 500,000 people drown each year globally, and 1.3 million people sustain injuries as a result of near-drowning experiences.

Sept 25 (SO) The Sri Lanka’s UN peacekeeping contingent to Mali has been slashed because of an administrative delay in passing funds to obtain ammunition, inside sources said. Initially a battalion of 800 soldiers and officers were to be sent to the West African country as peacekeeping forces by the UN.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Navy personnel with the cooperation of the police have seized a stock of Kerala Cannabis while being transferred in a three-wheeler in Mullaitivu in the Northern Province.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The police had commenced an investigation into a report that a Sri Lanka Navy sailor attached to the Trincomalee naval base has committed suicide inside the base. The 36-year-old sailor had shot himself at around 10 pm last night, the police said.

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Remandee gives the slip to prison guards (24 - Island)
* Woman’s body found (24 - DN)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- The leader of Sri Lanka's nationalist party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thera stepped down as the chairman of the party yesterday at its annual convention.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's capital city of Colombo is the fourth Fastest-Growing Destination City in the world according to the annual Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index released Thursday. According to the Index Sri Lanka's commercial hub has shown a growth of 19.57 percent over the last seven years.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) says that the proposed amendment to Criminal Procedure Code will adversely impact on the constitutionally guaranteed rights of persons including the citizens of Sri Lanka.


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka - Italy Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has invited the Chairman of the Board of Investment (BOI) Mr. Upul Jayasuriya to speak on the 'Growing Business and Investment Opportunities' in the country.

Sept 25 (ST) The hopes of depositors of the failed Central Investment and Finance Ltd (CIFL), lifted last week with the arrival of German investment group to revive the company, are turning to despair, a week later.

Sept 25 (Island) Lanka IOC introduced its Global Container packaging for SERVO Lubricants at a special function held at Taj Samudra Hotel. The newly introduced Global Container attributes to increased speed, flow, smoothness, higher life span of product and energy, withstanding a higher load.

Sept 25 (SO) Kelani Cables PLC provided knowledge in electrical wire manufacturing to over 50 electrical technicians from Kilinochchi. The technicians travelled to Colombo and visited Kelani Cables factories in Kelaniya and Siyambalape during the training session.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- TVB Group in a press release announced that there is a delay in the launch of their new 'Aggressor' branded Super Luxury Liveaboard Yacht in Sri Lanka. The Yacht operations were scheduled to commence on 3rd September 2016 with the launch of its first weekly liveaboard charter.

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Yahoo is sued for gross negligence over huge hacking (24 - CP)
* Airtel Lanka partners with mCash for bill payments (24 - Island)
* CIFC will push GDP by 2-3% in first year: FinMin (24 - DM)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development plans to launch a program to save the fish in the small reservoirs in the North Central and Eastern provinces hit by the drought.

Sept 25 (CP) Vatican City- Pope Francis has appointed the Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi (India), as his special envoy to the Asian Bishops' Conference to be held in Colombo in November, the Vatican announced Saturday.

Sept 25 (ST) The Government has adopted a national policy on the war-displaced, which acknowledges that one of the major obstacles to providing them with durable solutions for a return to normal life, is occupation of land by the military and police.

Sept 25 (Island) Plantation Industries Minister, Naveen Dissanayake said although the formalized plantation sector has been associated with a "plethora of presumably unsolvable problems", solutions are available.

Sept 25 (SO) The Ceylon Teachers Union is all set to initiate legal action if the government bows down to demands made by the Government Medical Officers Union (GMOA) concerning the allocation of schools for children of transferred GMOA members.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government plans to draft a Code of Ethics for the Councilors of the Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministries. The draft bill will be prepared obtaining views and proposals of the Councilors by the Intellectual Committee appointed by the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Thousands of Tamils in Sri Lanka's Northern Province staged a mass protest in Jaffna today demanding solutions to their issues. The march and a rally led by Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran was organized by the Tamil Makkal National Front to highlight issues faced by the community, PTI reported.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- First ever team of Sri Lankan rubber industry professionals will leave for India on Sunday (Sept. 25th) to pursue a hi-tech rubber industry training course at Cochin University of Science and Technology in Kerala.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The families displaced due to the massive landslide in Koslanda Meeriyabedda estate in Badulla district in 2014 will receive new houses built by the Sri Lanka Army before the end of the next month, the Army said.

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's nationalist party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) will hold its 13th National Convention today (24) at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium. The convention scheduled to commence at 2 pm will be held under the theme "Savoma dinana maha ratak".

Sept 24 (Al Jazeera) Puhudiwula, Sri Lanka - In the district of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka, Puhudiwula is a village of abandoned wells. Though new and well-built, these wells can be found in every garden, costing around 100,000 rupees ($700) to build.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* New Customs Act won’t be introduced without consultations -PM (24 - Island)
* I have handed over a list of corrupt officials to BC: Ranjan (24 - DM)
* Customs ‘work to rule’ called off (24 - DN)
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SPORTS

Sept 25 (ESPNCI) West Indies' batting coach Toby Radford rued another poor batting display from his side in their 16-run loss to Pakistan in the second T20I in Dubai. Having lost the series, Radford said that West Indies couldn't counter Pakistan's game plan of spin on a ground with a slow track and big boundaries. Poor starts in the Powerplay didn't help their cause, he added. In the first T20I, West Indies were struggling at 25 for 5 after the first six overs and were eventually bowled out for a paltry 115.

More : SPORTS

Sept 24 (ESPNCI) USA head coach Pubudu Dassanayake has said he is confident his side will produce a strong performance at ICC WCL Division Four in Los Angeles next month, despite the team 'not being used to the workload.' After coming out of his first five-day national team camp with USA's 22-man squad in Indianapolis this week, Dassanayake admitted there is still plenty of work to do but is encouraged by the initial progress he has seen.

Sept 24 (BBC) Bangladesh bowlers Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed could face England after having their actions cleared by the International Cricket Council. Left-arm spinner Arafat, 29, and pace bowler Taskin, 21, were reported in March for suspect actions during the ICC World Twenty20. However, the pair were cleared after being assessed in Brisbane.

Sept 24 (ESPNCI) Australia Women capitalised on another batting implosion from Sri Lanka Women to march to a nine-wicket win in the third ODI in Colombo, taking a 3-0 lead in the series with one game left. The template of the match followed the first ODI of the series, in which Sri Lanka were bowled out for 76 well before the scheduled innings break.


WORLD

Sept 28 (BDN24) A British minister for Asia has “appreciated” the way Bangladesh government has dealt with terrorism and violent extremism in a bilateral meeting with foreign minister A H Mahmood Ali. Alok Sharma met Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Friday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, the foreign ministry said.

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Sept 25 (Hindu) Pakistan’s months-long efforts to internationalise the Kashmir issue at the United Nations (U.N.) have not found any resonance with nations at the world body that are focussed on combating the growing scourge of terrorism, a top Indian diplomat has said.

Sept 24 (BBC) India has signed a formal agreement with France to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets for $8.7bn (7.8bn euros; £6.7bn), in a major defence deal. Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian signed the agreement in Delhi on Friday. PM Narendra Modi had announced the purchase in January.

Sept 24 (BBC) The Burmese president has ordered an investigation into the case of two girls who say they were kept prisoner and tortured for five years in a tailor shop. The teenagers were freed last week after a journalist helped them, but their families say that the police had on numerous occasions refused their pleas to get involved.


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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