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Sri Lanka PM reiterates call for reconciliation for the country to move forward

Feb 15 (CP) Kilinochchi- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that it is not worthwhile to open old wounds of the past and act out of hatred for one another and called on the country to seek reconciliation by speaking the truth and forgive each other for the past. "The country will not move forward if we keep exposing the wounds of the past," the Premier said reiterating his call for reconciliation.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan political leaders in unison have condemned the Pulwama terror attack which killed 46 police troops in Indian-administered Kashmir.
 

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- A woman has sustained critical injuries in a shooting incident Thursday night in Melwatte area in Kotahena and has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Colombo National Hospital.
 

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Power & energy and Business Development Thursday visited the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption to give a statement regarding the Central Bank Bond scam.
 

Feb 15 (Island) Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Kenya Sunil De Silva has requested the National Police Commission (NPC) to inquire into the conduct of the Kelaniya police following a series robberies there. The Ambassador said that he had no option but to seek the NPC intervention as the Kelaniya police had disregarded Police headquarters instructions.
 

Feb 15 (DM) A new rope is to be purchased from abroad for the use of the hangman at the Welikada Prison, a senior prison officer said. While a hangman’s rope had been gifted to the country by Pakistan in 2015
 

Feb 15 (DN) A Police officer had been shot in the hand while trying to apprehend a suspect and escort him to the Kadawatha Police Station yesterday. Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said the incident had occurred around 5.10 last evening near the Kadawatha junction
 

Feb 14 (CP) Washington- A top U.S. military commander for Asia on Tuesday said it is necessary to sustain engagement with Sri Lanka, particularly the navy despite the political turmoil in the Indian Ocean island nation.
 

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo- The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) expressing deep concern, has called on Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, to retract his recent pronouncement that executions would resume in the country notwithstanding a moratorium on capital punishment that has lasted 43 years.
 

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo-Seventy out of 72 Sri Lankans who illegally sailed to French Réunion Island on a fishing trawler from Chilaw, are to be returned to Sri Lanka this morning on a special French plane under the custody of French Authorities, the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Assault of PNB officer: UNP MP gets bail (14 - Island)
* SL Consulate in Dubai not willing to appear for Amal, son (14 - DM)
* Two arrested with heroin (14 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- From February 11 through 13, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) conducted port security capacity building at the Port of Colombo with more than 25 Sri Lankan port officials.
 

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the Kankasanthurai harbor in the Northern Province will be developed in to a commercial harbor and a vibrant economic hub would be created around the port.
 

Feb 15 (CP) Brussels- The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka at their Joint Commission on Thursday in Brussels have agreed on the importance to continue working closely together on human rights and reconciliation while committed to work jointly during next two years to foster rural development, democratic governance, investments and economic growth.
 

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that the law must be properly enforced against the persons who are engaged in drug smuggling and environmental damage irrespective of their status and positions in the society.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- The Consumer Affairs Authority of Sri Lanka has made Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Certification mandatory for food suppliers including hotels from next month. The procurement of a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification based on the Sri Lanka Standard Code of Hygienic Practice for Catering Establishments has been made mandatory
 

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila with the support of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) for the second consecutive year participated at the 26th Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) Travel and Tour Expo 2019 from 08 to 10 February 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Manila.
 

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka signed a Supplementary Agreement with Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt) Ltd on February 11, 2019.
 

Feb 15 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's rupee ended weaker on Friday, as dollar demand from importers weighed on the currency, market sources said.
 

Feb 15 (Island) The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) announces the appointment of Dimuthu Sanjaya Abeyesekera and Murtaza Jafferjee as directors of the CSE Board with effect from 1st February 2019.
 

Feb 15 (DM) Sri Lanka’s largest brewer has urged the government to come up with a foolproof mechanism to eliminate the tax revenue leakages stemming from non-declaration of full production volumes by spirits makers.
 

Feb 15 (LBO) World Bank Vice President, South Asia Region, Hartwig Schafer says that he finds the island facing a challenging macroeconomic landscape and that the nations Gross Domestic Product could be managed in a more effective manner.
 

Feb 15 (Xinhua) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka sets to launch a mega global campaign to promote its popular Ceylon Tea this year in order to boost its tea exports, local media reports said here on Thursday. Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said the global campaign will first start off in China in May and in Russia in September followed by Germany, Ukraine and Japan.
 

Feb 14 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's rupee ended tad weaker on Thursday led by higher importer dollar demand, market sources said.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Dialog and LECO to launch Sri Lanka's first IoT based smart-grid solution to support prepaid electricity metering (14 - CP)
* FriMi presents Lanka Bell monthly bills in real-time (14 - Island)
* Access Engineering set to secure largest overseas project (14 - DM)
* Rs. 4.5 bn Ceylon Tea global campaign soon (14 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development today said there has not been any fraudulent activity in awarding the tender for the construction of the 300 megawatt Combined-Cycle LNG power plant in Kerawalapitiya to a Chinese company.
 

Feb 15 (CP) Matara- The Matara Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Affairs Ministry was declared open today (15) jointly by Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana and Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera.
 

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- The British Council of Sri Lanka announced this week that it continues to strengthen its longstanding partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka in education and skills development.
 

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Kentaro Sonoura, M. P. and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, will be visiting Sri Lanka from 15 to 16 February 2019, the Embassy of Japan in Colombo announced today.
 

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- A top World Bank official says Sri Lanka has achieved exceptional growth momentum in the development drive and with the right reforms, the country can soon become an upper middle-income country.
 

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Preparations are underway for Sri Lanka to host the 18th Session of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference in 2019 from 23rd May to 3rd June in Colombo.
 

Feb 15 (MongaBay) For a large, charismatic and endangered species such as the Asian elephant, you might think scientists would have figured out where they hang out and when. But it turns out, there's very little evidence-based information on their distribution across countries in Asia.
 

Feb 15 (Island) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, yesterday, stressed the responsibility on the part of the government to hold elections as scheduled. Jayasuriya said that elections should not only be held in a free and fair environment but on time.
 

Feb 15 (DM) President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have objected to a cabinet proposal to grant employment to 7,500 GCE Advanced Level qualifiers in the state sector. The government has submitted this proposal to the regular cabinet meeting conducted on Tuesday.
 

Feb 15 (DN) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday that a strong and stable national leadership should be created in the country within the next 10 years to address longstanding political challenges and other issues.
 

Feb 15 (EAF) Sri Lanka looks to have averted a political disaster. On 26 October 2018, President Maithripala Sirisena illegally appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister and fired Ranil Wickremesinghe who had served in that role since 2015.
 

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Sri Lanka will write off nearly Rs. 1.4 billion in capital and interest of loans of 45,000 women borrowers in drought-affected districts whose capital cost is less than Rs 100,000.
 

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the United National Front-led government will focus special attention on the development of Jaffna, capital city of Northern Province.
 

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo- The latest edition of the World Bank's Sri Lanka Development Update (SLDU) highlights that poverty in the country continues to decline in line with strong economic growth despite finding the island in a challenging macroeconomic landscape.
 

Feb 14 (CP) Colombo- Building educational opportunities for the children of the Eastern Province, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) renovated two schools in Nintavur and Soodaikkudah.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* President appoints a Committee to present solutions for issues related to tea industry (14 - CP)
* A two day Dengue control field program to commence today (14 - CP)
* UNP: Aloysius was at Rohitha Rajapaksa’s wedding mass (14 - Island)
* Bugs become a menace on trains: Railways Official (14 - DM)
* Govt. allocates Rs. 1,000 mn to help rice millers (14 - DN)
* ADB, Sri Lankan universities sign agreements to foster science and technology in Sri Lanka's higher education (14 - CP)

SPORTS

Feb 15 (AFP) Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya claimed a five-wicket haul on his debut and sparked a South African collapse on the third day of the first Test on Friday. Embuldeniya, 22, took five for 66 as South Africa were bowled out for 259 in their second innings, leaving Sri Lanka to get 304 to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
 

Feb 15 (ESPNCI) On his international debut, Lasith Embuldeniya picked up 5 for 66 to bowl South Africa out 40 minutes before tea on the third day. With Vishwa Fernando also taking 4 for 71, the hosts lost their last five wickets for just eight runs, but Sri Lanka were still left with a stiff fourth innings target thanks to Quinton de Kock's second fifty of the match and Faf du Plessis' 90.
 

Feb 15 (ESPNCI) South Africa are ranked No. 2 in Tests, have the most fearsome phalanx of quicks on the planet, a serviceable top order, and are, in general, an outstanding fielding side. Despite a regular loss of wickets late on day two at Kingsmead, they have imposed themselves on Sri Lanka, and have achieved a strong position in the match.
 

Feb 15 (ESPNCI) South Africa sealed their series against Sri Lanka with a 30-run win in the second game in Potchefstroom. Captain Chamari Atapattu powered Sri Lanka's chase with a boundary-laden 94, but no other Sri Lanka batsman reached fifty and the visitors were bowled out for 231 in pursuit of a revised target of 262 in 47 overs.
 


WORLD

Feb 15 (BBC) US President Donald Trump is to declare a national emergency to fund his planned border wall with Mexico, the White House has said. He will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown - but also act to bypass Congress and use military funds for the wall, a statement said.
 

Feb 15 (BBC) India has called for sanctions against the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group it says carried out Thursday's suicide attack in Indian-administered Kashmir. Delhi asks for the leader of the Pakistan-based group to be listed as a terrorist by the UN.
 

Feb 14 (BBC) Australian PM Scott Morrison says he will re-open a controversial detention centre on Christmas Island, after a historic defeat in parliament. On Tuesday, non-government MPs secured enough votes to pass a bill making it easier for sick refugees held offshore to be treated in the country.
 

Feb 14 (BBC) Indian researchers have discovered a new species of frog - in a roadside puddle. Sonali Garg, a PhD student at Delhi University, and her supervisor SD Biju found the new species in the Western Ghats, a biodiversity hotspot in southern India.
 


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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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