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[Last Updated = Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 11:38 pm SL Time]
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Premier Modi expresses disappointment in the delay in implementing Indian projects in Sri Lanka

Oct 20 (CP) New Delhi- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing regret and disappointment over the delay of implementing family development projects agreed under the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding between India and Sri Lanka has requested the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to take steps to expedite the projects.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Chief Magistrate's Court issued an order yesterday (19) to the Government Analyst to submit a report on the analysis to determine the presence of human remains or gun residue in the defender jeep that was given to the former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa's Siriliya Saviya charity organization in 2011.
 

Oct 20 (Island) The Colombo High Court at Bar gave Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Secretary Defence, time till November 9 to file written submissions pertaining to the indictment in respect of the abuse of state funds to build the D. A. Rajapaksa Memorial at Hambantota. The amount allegedly abused is around Rs. 39.9 million.
 

Oct 20 (DM) Former Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) DIG Kaushal Nalaka de Silva was questioned over nine hours for the second day today over the inquiry into the alleged assassination plot on President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
 

Oct 20 (DN) Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne yesterday ordered the CID to arrest those who were involved in aiding and abetting Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath to flee the country.
 

Oct 19 (CP) New York- The United Nations has asked the government of Sri Lanka to immediately repatriate the commander of the country's contingent in the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Magistrate's Court today ordered to take up the case filed against former State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran, over her controversial statement regarding the LTTE, on December 07.
 

Oct 19, Sydney: A Sri Lankan university student wrongly accused of a terror plot to assassinate former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull plans to sue the police for 'unforgivable' treatment after the prosecution dropped terror charges against him, AAP reported.
 

Oct 19 (Hindu) Sri Lanka’s investigation authorities must expedite their probe into the alleged assassination plot targeting President Maithripala Sirisena, his advisers have said, terming it a “very serious matter”.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Contempt of court case against Dr Padeniya fixed for March 02 (19 - Island)
* AG to challenge acquittal of ex-minister Johnston Fernando and two others (19 - CP)
* RADA case prosecution will effectively proceed, AG informs Court (19 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena says, the policies and objectives of the Scout movement founded by Lord Baden-Powell was prepared according to the economic, social and cultural features of the then society and amendments should be made to in par with the modern world based on knowledge and technology while protecting the original values of the movement.
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who paid an official visit to India from 18-20 October 2018, met with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi for bilateral discussions.
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Government of Australia has affirmed its commitment to support Sri Lanka in capacity building and legislative reform to combat people smuggling and other transnational crimes.
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The famed Northern lands where Sri Lanka's chemical giant Paranthan Chemicals Company (PCC) stood are now earmarked for a large industry block which will also pack Sri Lanka's first Heavy Chemical Industry Zone, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Oct 20, Colombo: On Friday 26 October, Crocodile Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, the sole licensee for the globally renowned brand Crocodile, will mark its decade-long presence as an iconic men's apparel label here in Sri Lanka.
 

Oct 20 (Nikkei) COLOMBO/TOKYO -- Sri Lankan tycoon Ashok Pathirage remains bullish about his country's consumer spending prospects, even as it endures a currency sell-off, and he is turning to foreign investors and contractors to build up his retail business.
 

Oct 20 (Island) Testifying the reliability of its information security systems, Amăna Bank recently achieved the prestigious ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification the world’s highest accreditation for information protection and security.
 

Oct 20 (DM) The 18th Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APITCA) awards 2018, which was held in Guangzhou, China from the 10th to 14th October, named DirectPay as the overall winner in the Consumer - Wealth and Retail Category
 

Oct 20 (DN) Tourism industry representatives lament they have been asked to pay up to 1 percent municipal or Provincial Council tax depending on the location, in addition to high taxes they are already paying.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, launched Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi or WiFi Calling) service, that will enable users to make calls using a Wi-Fi network.
 

Oct 19 (Reuters) COLOMBO- The Sri Lankan rupee fell to a record low of 171.80 per dollar on Friday as banks and importers bought the U.S. dollar, while stocks slid to a near five-year closing low in dull trade.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Loan scheme for the installation of the rooftop solar power generation systems under the Solar Power Generation Project (19 - CP)
* 'Exporting companies to have access to development banking fund’ (19 - Island)
* Tourism industry laments over additional taxes (19 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says that a proposal has been made not to allow imports of fruits in the future without prior consultation of the Ministry of Agriculture.
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Public Enterprise & Kandy City Development Lakshman Kiriella said the powers to dissolve the Board of Directors in any bank is vested with the Minister and director board of any bank has been dissolved.
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe today expressed condolences over the loss of lives in the deadly train accident in Amritsar, punjab that killed at least 59 people and injured scores yesterday.
 

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Education states that legal action will be taken against those who are spreading rumors to mislead the public regarding the "Suraksha Sisu Rakshanaya" insurance policy.
 

Oct 20 (First Post) Like Alice said when she stepped through the looking glass, this is getting curiouser and curiouser. The usually reliable newspaper, The Hindu, reported that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had alleged during a weekly cabinet meeting, that India's external intelligence agency the Research & Analysis Wing was plotting to assassinate him.
 

Oct 20 (Express Tribune) KARACHI- The Pakistan Business Council (PBC) has drafted a report focused on the free trade agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka and has found motorcycle and cement manufacturing as potential industries that Pakistan can increasingly rely on.
 

Oct 20 (Island) KANDY- Most Venerable Mahanayake Thera and the Supreme Council of Sangha of Asgiriya Chapter have decided to confer the title, "Shshanamamaka Janaprasadani" on Public Enterprise and Kandy Development Minister and Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella.
 

Oct 20 (DM) The Presidential Secretariat has reportedly informed the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to take immediate steps to remove the stray cats which had invaded the President’s House. It said the cat population in the premises was fast increasing.
 

Oct 20 (DN) Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa yesterday accused the Joint Opposition of trying to undermine the flow of foreign aid to the country fearing that it could erode their vote base ahead of the up-coming elections.
 

Oct 19 (CP) New Delhi- Congress party president Rahul Gandhi, on Friday, called on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is in New Delhi on an official visit.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- High Commissioner of Pakistan, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat called on Minister for Science, Technology and Research, Dr. Sarath Amunugama at the Ministry recently. During the meeting, the matters of mutual cooperation in varying levels and bilateral relations between the two countries were discussed.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy Dilip Wedaarachchi emphasized the necessity of accelerating the process of digitizing and networking the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and its affiliate institutions.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Ministerial Consultative Committees restored (19 - Island)
* Heads of three State institutions refuse to resign (19 - DM)
* BoI Directors were respected professionals - Malik (19 - DN)
* Lens on Mahinda Rajapaksa for rumours on Sirisena's assassination plot (19 - TOI)

SPORTS

Oct 20 (ESPNCI) Sure it's another Sri Lanka loss, and sure they are ruing their mistakes yet again, but at least this time it is specific moments that lost Sri Lanka the game, rather than overs upon overs of incompetence. Dasun Shanaka, whose run-a-ball 66 did the most to propel Sri Lanka toward respectability, pinpointed two of the instances in which his team had let the match slip.
 

Oct 20 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka overcame their-now traditional mini-collapse to post a respectable 273 for 7, but the efforts of the lower order, who had propelled them to that score, were not enough to deny England another comfortable victory. In yet another calm and proficient display of batting, England cruised to 132 for 2 at the end of 27 overs
 

Oct 20 (ESPNCI) The first two Sri Lankan cricketers to catch this observer's eye were Roy Dias and Duleep Mendis. Dias, slim and elegant at the crease, played the game in beautifully straight lines and had a hand in important moments during Sri Lanka's early days at the top table, most especially against Pakistan and India.
 

Oct 19 (ESPNCI) Jonny Bairstow has emerged as an injury doubt ahead of Saturday's fourth ODI against Sri Lanka after injuring his right ankle during England's training session on the eve of the match at Pallekele. Bairstow suffered the injury while playing football on the outfield.
 


WORLD

Oct 20 (BBC) Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a fight in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the country's state TV reported quoting an initial probe. It said deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, were dismissed over the affair.
 

Oct 20 (BBC) Two satellites developed in Europe and Japan are on their way to Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun. The joint endeavour, known as BepiColombo, left Earth on an Ariane rocket that launched out of South America.
 

Oct 20 (BBC) More than 60 people have been killed and 100 hurt after a train ran into a crowd near Amritsar in India's northern Punjab state, police told the BBC. The victims were standing on the railway tracks watching celebrations for Dusshera, a Hindu festival marking the triumph of good over evil.
 

Oct 19 (BBC) As Canada became the second country to legalise marijuana on Wednesday, some areas faced their first major challenge as supply failed to meet demand. Customers queued for hours. Some retailers sold out on the first day, and shortages continued on Thursday.
 


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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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