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Sri Lankan President talks of raising per capita income to US$ 6000

June 29 (CP) Dehiowita- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the aim of his government is to increase the per capita income of Sri Lankans to 6000 US dollars within the next five years. The President was addressing a ceremony held at the Dehiowita Pradeshiya Sabha auditorium today to distribute the benefits to those involved in the second stage of the Seeeethawaka River Gem Mining Project. President Sirisena said the government will launch new industries aiming to increase the per capita income to 6000 US Dollars.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

June 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has called on the Government to free Tamil political prisoners before holding a festival for the diaspora in Sri Lanka.

June 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs officials have arrested a Sri Lankan national this morning at the Departure Lounge of the Colombo International Airport in Katunayake for attempting to smuggle out foreign currency worth Rs 16.9 million.

June 28 (CP) Trincomalee- Sri Lanka Navy is vested with the huge responsibility of eradicating drug menace that plagues the society and protect the country from drug smugglers, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said.

June 28 (CP) Colombo- The investigations into financial crimes by the special police unit, Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) will continue despite the dissolution of Parliament, a government minister said.

June 29 (Island) One person was killed and nine others injured when a bus collided with two vans at Minuwangoda on Friday (26). The deceased has been identified as Liyanage Don Stephen (74), a resident of Sensumgama in Pugoda.

June 29 (DM) Police officers attached to Colombo city limits expressed their dissatisfaction over Colombo Mayor’s decision to allow pavement hawkers to conduct their businesses on certain streets in Pettah. Police officers who wish to remain anonymous told the Daily Mirror that this decision would lead to violation of several statutory laws

June 29 (DN) Police has recovered a LTTE uniform, a jacket, two caps from a house in Kaithady West, Chavakachcheri. Acting on information received by the Chavakachcheri Police, the officers had gone to the house and seized the two items.

June 29 (DT) ISLAMABAD- The Airport Security Force (ASF) foiled a bid to smuggle one kilogramme of heroin worth millions of rupees abroad and arrested drugs pusher on Sunday.

June 28 (AFP) JAFFNA, Sri Lanka- Shunned, destitute and pushed into prostitution in some cases, Sri Lanka's Tamil widows have returned to northern Jaffna since the end of the separatist war only to discover they are not welcome even in their homeland.

June 28 (NIE) COLOMBO- An application by a former top LTTE leader, Athmalingam Ravindra alias Rupan, for an Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) ticket to contest the August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections, may have put the ITAK in a fix.

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* Government firm in its resolve to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations (28 - Island)
* Live wire kills 26-year-old, injures 13 while hoisting flag pole (28 - ST)
* Expert committee probes sexual abuse cases in Jaffna (28 - SO)
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June 30 (CP) Washington, DC- The World Bank Board has approved a US$ 165 million credit for Sri Lanka to provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation in several districts. Funding will be provided to increase access to piped water services and improved sanitation in the Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Monaragala, Kegalle and Ratnapura Districts.

June 29 (CP) Geneva- Sri Lanka and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have entered into an agreement to begin cooperation between CERN and the scientific community in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha and the Director General of CERN, Mr. Rolf-Dieter Heurer, signed an 'Expression of Interest' (EOI) Agreement

June 29 (CP) Colombo- Despite economies such as Sri Lanka taking the knowledge economy path to drive growth, heavy industries are still important, and the manufacturing sub sector is the biggest contributor to Lankan industrial value addition, Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

June 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena commended the long service of retiring Sri Lankan Consul in Hong Kong, Dr, Thomas Cheung when he called on the President today (June 29) at the Presidential Secretariat to bid farewell.


FINANCE

June 29 (CP) Doha- Qatar Airways, the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar will roll out a Boeing Dreamliner to fly to the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo from September 1. The Gulf carrier will add the B787-8 on to one of its three daily services between Doha and the Sri Lankan capital, the airline said in a release.

June 29 (CP) Beijing- Sri Lanka today signed the article of agreement of the China-initiated multilateral bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the signing ceremony held in Beijing, China.

June 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Bank has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as the Monetary Board was of the view that the current monetary policy stance is appropriate, the Central Bank said Monday in its monetary policy review for June.

June 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's seafood exports which continue to decline since October 2014, declined further in April 2015, the Central Bank data reported in its External Sector Performance for the month. Earnings from seafood exports declined 41.2 percent in April 2015 amounting to US$ 14.1 million compared to the US$ 23.9 million earned in the corresponding month in 2014.

June 29 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares recovered on Monday from a near 2-1/2 month low hit in the previous session after President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved parliament and announced elections, but trading volume slumped due to the political uncertainty.

June 29 (DM) The Richard Pieris Group ended it’s performance in the financial year 2014/15 reporting a Group Revenue of Rs.37.8b with a Profit before Tax of Rs.2.58 bn. The reported Profit for the year does not include any Gains of a capital nature.

June 29 (DN) The CESS fund of nearly Rs. 5 billion collected from Tea exporters to promote Ceylon Tea brand globally is left unutilized, said Anselm Perera, Chairman of the Colombo Tea Traders Association.

June 29 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s Bartleet Finance Plc, and Orent Finance had been given approval by shareholders, to merge both companies, Orient Finance said in a stock exchange listing.

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* Lanka Sathosa will not be privatized - Chairman (28 - Island)
* Chinese unit outshines SLPA Colombo terminal (28 - ST)
* Sustaining agriculture, an uphill task (28 - SO)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

June 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the parliament due to the inability to continue the parliamentary activities with the obstruction of opposition and not to cover up the COPE report on the bond issue, a government minister said.

June 29 (CP) Colombo- The extremist Sinhala Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has formed a political party to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections. The BBS will contest the August 17 elections under its political party Bodu Jana Peramuna (BJP), BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Withanage said.

June 29 (CP) Colombo- The five-member committee appointed by the Maithripala Sirisena faction of the split Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to formulate a strategy for the SLFP's election campaign is planning to hold discussions with minor parties .

June 28 (CP) Colombo- The leader of National Freedom Front (NFF) will contest the next general election with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, its leader Wimal Weerawansa said today. Speaking at a media briefing, the former minister of Rajapaksa government and a staunch supporter of Mr. Rajapaksa said his party would contest with the former president regardless of the party from which he would be nominated.

June 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister and the leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the Sri Lankan people will not allow the return of the Rajapaksa regime at the upcoming parliamentary elections.

June 28 (CP) Colombo- Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa plans to contest the upcoming general election as the prime ministerial candidate of the main opposition party, loyalists to the former president say.

June 28 (CP) Colombo- The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka has said that the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has promised to address the human rights issues and the U.S. is looking forward to work with the President.

** Related Story ::Sri Lanka yet to hold anyone accountable for alleged human rights violations - US report

June 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's local election monitors plan to invite foreign observers to monitor the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for August 17. The People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said they are going to invite at least 50 foreign observers to monitor the general elections.

June 29 (Island) Alleging that Chairman of Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) D. E. W. Gunasekera, had unfairly used unsubstantiated information available to a Special Parliamentary Investigation Committee that probed alleged insider trading and favouritism in a recent mega treasury bond issue to undermine the UNP, Deputy Justice Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe insisted the report couldn’t be presented in Parliament for want of a unanimous agreement.

June 29 (DN) Lengthy negotiations were taking place over the weekend between warring groups within the SLFP to arrive at a final agreement over nominations for Parliamentary election. There is still no agreement over the candidacy of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa under the SLFP ticket.

June 29 (DM) The United National Party (UNP) has appointed its leadership council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya, who will be in charge of the party’s campaign for the general election this year, party sources said today.

June 28 (NIE) COLOMBO- If Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is to marginalize the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and gain full control over it, so that the party wins the August 17 parliamentary elections under his leadership, he has to distance himself from the United National Party (UNP), which is now his ally and partner in the government.

June 28 (Xinhua) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday said his party was confident of winning the August parliamentary elections and would defeat any attempt by the former president to form a new government.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* SLPI partners with key stakeholders on child protection (28 - Island)
* New powers under 19A: Polls chief warns public officials, candidates (28 - ST)
* SLFP in crisis over MR’s role (28 - SO)
* SL civil servants warned of jail if election laws violated (28 - ITN)
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SPORTS

June 29 (ESPNCI) Dushmantha Chameera's pace and Tharindu Kaushal's turn was raw, but exciting, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said, after his team completed a seven-wicket victory at the P Sara Oval. Chameera - on debut - and Kaushal - in his second Test - shared nine wickets between them, each playing a central role in Pakistan's lower-order collapses. Chameera consistently clocked the highest speeds in the match, though Wahab Riaz was out of action for most of the game, and Kaushal impressed with the turn he obtained from a first-day surface, on his way to 5 for 42.

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June 29 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka negotiated a 153-run target, the threat of rain and a brief batting stutter to eventually ease to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the second Test at the P Sara Oval, leveling the series with one match to go in the series. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne's fifty and his 72-run partnership with Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews for the third wicket was the calming influence in a chase that had got off to a frenzied start. A wet outfield, the result of heavy overnight rain, had delayed the start of the day's play by half an hour

Pakistan 138 & 329 Sri Lanka 315 & 153/3 (26.3 ov)

June 29 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka break the P Sara jinx. This is their first win here after three straight losses and it was important after they had lost the first Test of the series. In the end, that first day still proved to be the difference in the match. Pakistan had won the toss but were bowled out for just 138, failing against the spin of Tharindu Kaushal. Sri Lanka took a handy lead and Azhar Ali responded with a solid century but Pakistan were just not able to put enough pressure with that target of 153.

Pakistan 138 & 244/4 (87.0 ov) Sri Lanka 315

June 28 (ESPNCI) Continuing from where he left off on the third day, Azhar Ali anchored Pakistan's innings once again on the fourth day, ushering the side to a 67-run lead at lunch. Their progress was not without a stutter, however, as Sri Lanka fast bowler Dhammika Prasad provided a stern challenge to the batsmen, troubling Younis Khan before dismissing Misbah-ul-Haq. With both the senior batsmen out, the onus on extending the lead now rests on Asad Shafiq and Azhar, who is 15 runs short of his ninth Test century.


WORLD

June 29 (BBC) Two prisoners have escaped from India's maximum security Tihar jail in Delhi by digging a tunnel under a wall and scaling another, authorities said. The men, awaiting trial for burglary, were found missing when they failed to show up for roll call on Sunday.

More : WORLD

June 29 (Parda Phash) Dhaka- Heavy downpours lashed south-eastern regions of Bangladesh which was followed by landslides, leaving at least 23 people dead, on Sunday. Whereas, around 500,000 are stranded in the upper regions as the flood water has logged the areas near Cox's Bazar and Bandarban. Though, the water has started sinking as the rain-showers have decreased.

June 29 (BBC) The director of a school in the eastern Indian state of Bihar has been killed in a mob lynching over the deaths of two of his students. Devendra Prasad Sinha was kicked and beaten with sticks by a group of men in Nalanda district on Sunday.

June 29 (BBC) A solar-powered plane is making its second bid at a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean. Solar Impulse took off from Nagoya Airfield in Japan at 18:03 GMT on Sunday and is scheduled to land in Hawaii in approximately 120 hours.


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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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