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Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says he has given instructions to the Defense Secretary and the Army to speedily rebuild the War Hero Monument near the Kurunegala town, which was removed temporarily due to Kurunegala- Dambulla road reconstruction works, more innovatively and attractive than it was before. The President further said that the rumors that the Government has taken steps to remove the War Hero Monument near the Kurunegala town is totally false
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka police have arrested seven people including the prime suspect of the murder of a millionaire businessmen Mohamed Suleiman, local media reported. According to the reports, the police have arrested the main suspect who committed the murder

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has decided to consider a petition filed by the former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer and current Vice Chancellor of South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) Professor Ananda Samarasekara seeking an order to prevent his arrest regarding the case of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen's murder.

** Related Story ::Former JMO seeks apex court order preventing his arrest over missing body parts in Thajudeen case

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Bribery Commission on Wednesday charged the former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others for illegally maintaining a private floating armory.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- After the Sri Lanka police earlier this month discovered a human trafficking racket of Nepali women through Sri Lanka, the Nepal police have requested the Sri Lankan police to cooperate in controlling the illegal trade.

** Related Story ::Trafficking of Nepalese women through Sri Lanka comes to light with the rescue of 18 women

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) has decided to exclude Ministers Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa from the defendants list of the lawsuit filed by the board against the former president's election committee members for failure to pay the money they owed to the authority.

Aug 31 (PTI) About 300 fans tried to force their way into the 18,000-capacity Dambulla stadium after the authorities announced that all tickets had been sold and asked anyone without tickets to leave the area, a police official said.

Aug 31 (Island) The Athurugiriya police yesterday arrested a Lieutenant Colonel over a shooting incident at Malabe which left his wife with near fatal injuries, police said.

Aug 31 (DM) A Buddhist shrine room erected within the premises of Special Task Force camp in Kanagarayankulam, Mankulam in the North had been vandalised on Monday 29, the Police said.

Aug 31 (DN) The Colombo Magistrate’s Court learned yesterday that the two suspects arrested for hacking into the President’s official website had previously hacked thirty-seven other sites. The two - a seventeen-year-old from Kadugannawa and a twenty-seven year old from Moratuwa – interacted with each other on a forum called ‘Yakadaya’,

Aug 30 (CP) Colombo- The two suspects including a 17-year old student who allegedly hacked into Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's official website and defaced it were produced in the court today. When the suspects were produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate's Court today, Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya ordered the 17-year old student to be sent to a probation home.

Aug 30 (Reuters) Human rights activists and families of missing people rallied in Sri Lanka on Tuesday (August 30) in support of an office recently set up to independently investigate the cases of thousands of people who vanished during the government's long conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Aug 30 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lanka's Attorney General told the Supreme Court today that there is sufficient evidence to show the involvement of the Army Intelligence officers in the disappearance of journalist Ekneligoda, who disappeared six years ago.

Aug 30 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Ports Authority on Tuesday said that it had launched a separate investigation into a fire that broke out at a private construction site in the Colombo port on Monday.

Aug 30 (NIE) COLOMBO- M.K. Shivajilingam, Tamil politician and a relation of the slain Tamil Tiger chieftain Velupillai Prabhakaran, has said that he will assist Prabhakaran’s siblings, now living in India, Canada and Denmark, if they petition to the Sri Lankan Office of Missing Persons (OMP) to trace him.

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Second suspect arrested for hacking Sri Lankan President's website (30 - CP)
* Court allows Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thera to travel overseas (30 - CP)
* Undergrads injured at J-pura, Peradeniya (30 - Island)
* Two women among six in custody (30 - DN)
* MDMK leader Vaiko wants UNHRC, Red Cross to probe disappearances of Tamils in Sri Lanka (30 - CP)
More : LEGAL - SITUATION

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Sri Lanka Wednesday on a three-day visit. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva welcomed the UN Chief at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this evening.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- A major milestone in the United States-Sri Lanka bilateral trade will be reached tomorrow, September 01 when the Joint Action Plan to Boost Trade and Investment under U.S.-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework (TIFA) goes into immediate effect after adopting it by both sides in April this year.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- The World Bank has commended Sri Lanka for rapidly achieving its development goals which were set at the time loans were granted to it and has promised to increase its aid to the island nation.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will leave for Singapore today to participate in the Indian Ocean Conference 2016. "The Indian Ocean Conference 2016 - Culture, Commerce & Comity" organized by the India Foundation will be held at the Shangri La Hotel in Singapore from September 1 to 2.


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , declined to 4.3 percent in August 2016 from 5.5 percent in the previous month, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Wednesday.

Aug 31 (CP) Dublin- The tire market in Sri Lanka is expected to reach US$ 488 million in 2016, on account of consistent increase in sales of two wheelers and three wheelers, rising private sector investments in the country's construction, agriculture and industrial sectors, and expanding fleet of commercial vehicles, a recently released market research report says.

Aug 31 (Reuters) The Sri Lankan rupee ended steady on Wednesday as importer dollar demand was offset by greenback sales, a day after central bank governor Indrajith Coomaraswamy said the currency was not under upward pressure as capital inflows had not been of sufficient magnitude to exert such pressure.

Aug 31 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares edged down on Wednesday to post over two-week closing lows as investors sold large caps to book profits while retail investor participation rose a day after the central bank held its key policy rates steady.

Aug 31 (Island) Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has announced it will support the National Apprentice & Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) of Sri Lanka by providing facilities for training Quay Crane (QC) operators at the Colombo South Terminal.

Aug 31 (DM) Cargills Bank Limited narrowed its losses to Rs.38 million during the quarter ended in June 30, 2016 (2Q16) from Rs.89.5 million loss during the corresponding quarter last year as the margins improved and other incomes too came in handy, the interim results showed.

Aug 31 (DN) Despite many challenges and obstacles that the plantation sector had to face in the financial year 2015/2016, Elpitiya Plantations PLC (EPP) which is the main subsidiary of Aitken Spence Plantation Managements PLC (ASPM) has ended up with an overall profit of Rs 229 million.

Aug 31 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s growth expectation for this year is about 5 to 5.5 percent as things stand, Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajith Coomaraswamy told reporters. Coomaraswamy said no additional foreign borrowings are expected for this year.

Aug 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Bank releasing the monetary policy review for August 2016 Tuesday said it has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as the Monetary Board was of the view that the impact of policy measures adopted during the first seven months of the year through increasing policy interest rates is being transmitted to the economy gradually.

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lankan rupee edges up on exporter dlr sales, inward remittances (30 - Reuters)
* Sri Lankan stocks close steady ahead of cenbank policy meeting (30 - Reuters)
* ‘NSB’s growth momentum’ continues in 1H 2016 – PAT increases by 24% (30 - Island)
* Hotel Asia to propel Lankan hospitality products and services to Maldives (30 - CP)
* Tea stakeholders come together to safeguard industry funds (30 - DM)
* Rising chicken prices not due to chicken feed cost hikes - breeders (30 - DN)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has proposed launching a macro program to in order to prioritize alleviating poverty from the country. The government has paid its attention on alleviating poverty according to the pledge given in Presidential Election 2015 and according to the UN sustainable development goals

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to provide a development policy loan of Rs. 14.4 billion (Japanese Yen 10,000) to Sri Lanka for the development process of the government.

Aug 31 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government is taking measures to ease the restrictions imposed on foreigners to acquire land in the island for investment projects. A new draft bill is now being prepared with the aim of providing provisions to provide ownership of land without being affected by the Land Restriction and Alienation Act, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.

Aug 31 (DPA) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues his Southeast Asia trip with a visit to Sri Lanka from 1 to 3 September. His last visit to the country in 2009 came right after the end of the armed conflict. The Secretary-General then aimed to address immediate post-conflict challenges, including humanitarian relief, resettlement, reconciliation and the rehabilitation of war-torn areas.

Aug 31 (Xinhua) COLOMBO- The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said it had no concerns over the activities of former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed. There have been reports that Nasheed was working from Sri Lanka to topple the current Maldives government.

Aug 31 (Island) All SLFP leaders who were boasting that they were safeguarding the party should participate in the 65th SLFP National Convention to be held on September 04 in Kurunegala, UPFA General Secretary and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday said.

Aug 31 (DN) The Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee will launch a series of protests against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Management (SAITM) at Malabe until it is taken over by the state, said Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee Convener Ryan Jayalath.

Aug 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Housing and Construction and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Tuesday signed an Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the cooperation between the government and the UN agency.

Aug 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's former president and Kurunegala district parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa will be leading a delegation of the Joint Opposition to the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) meeting to be held in Malaysia from Sept. 1-4, 2016.

Aug 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera in a startling revelation said that the leaders of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) paid money to a defense official of the previous government to obtain safe passage out of the country.

Aug 30 (CP) Colombo- The Government of India has decided to provide opportunities for admission of meritorious Sri Lankan students to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in India, from the 2017-18 academic sessions onwards.

Aug 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has appointed two new organizers for Ududumbara and Yatinuwara electorates.

Aug 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday opened a new freshwater prawn hatchery at Kahandamodara, in the south.

Aug 30 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lanka Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga says a decision over who will operate the bunkering facility at Sri Lanka's Hambantota port will be dependent on the outcome of talks with China, according to a report in Ship & Bunker.

Motorists advised to take alternate routes

Aug 30 (CP) Colombo- Construction work of the proposed flyover at Welikada junction in Rajagiriya will commence today, the Road Development Authority (RDA) said. Accordingly, a traffic lane at the Rajagiriya Junction will be closed from the 30th of August to December 2017.

Aug 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) ARANAYAKE- Sri Lanka is planning to begin testing its first web-based disaster damage and loss reporting system by the end of the year, authorities say.

Aug 30 (CSS) As the testimonies of survivors of sexual violence in Sri Lanka’s long war enter the public domain and the government designs transitional justice mechanisms, is an end to impunity in sight?

Aug 30 (Arab News) RIYADH- Two senior ministers from Colombo will join Sri Lankan pilgrims during this Haj, the island's consul general, Faizer Mackeen, told Arab News on Monday. The VIP delegation will include Mohamed Hashim Abdul Haleem, Muslim religious affairs and posts; State Minister Abdul Hameed Mohamed Fowzie; and legislator Mujibur Rahman.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* PAFFREL calls for end to foot dragging over LG polls (30 - Island)
* MR too old at 70 to form new party: Rajitha (30 - DM)
* Grave injustice to SLFPers during MR’s rule: Ekanayake: ‘UNPers admitted to govt, ministry portfolios offered to them’ (30 - DN)
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SPORTS

Aug 31 (ESPNCI) The ICC will discuss the fiasco in Florida in its annual workshop for match officials next month. A 40-minute delay at the start of the India-West Indies T20I in Lauderhill on Sunday, for "technical" reasons, robbed the match of a result with rain arriving two overs into the second innings. Had the match begun on time - conditions at the ground were perfect at the regulation start time - the match would have been past the halfway mark of its second innings. Only five overs in each innings are required to be bowled for a result in T20 matches.

More : SPORTS

Sri Lanka 212 (50.0 ov) Australia 217/4 (31.0 ov)

Aug 31 (ESPNCI) Dhananjaya de Silva played brilliantly for 76 but otherwise Sri Lanka's batsmen struggled in the fourth ODI against Australia in Dambulla, where John Hastings snared six wickets and was key to dismissing the hosts for 212. Sri Lanka might have found an opener in de Silva - and they needed one after the retirement of Tillakaratne Dilshan - but they lost their captain Angelo Mathews to a calf injury and may find themselves in danger of losing the series.

Aug 31 (CB) The national selectors named Grace Harris and Nicole Bolton in the Australia Women's squad for their upcoming limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in September. The 14-member squad, which features as many as 12 players who were a part of the Australian contingent for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India, will play four One-Day Internationals and a lone Twenty20 International in their first-ever bilateral tour of Sri Lanka, starting September 18.

Aug 31 (BBC) England posted the highest ever one-day international total as they beat Pakistan by 169 runs at Trent Bridge to secure a series victory. Alex Hales struck a record 171 and Jos Buttler made England's fastest ever 50 from 22 balls as England hit 444-3. This surpassed the 443-9 posted by Sri Lanka against the Netherlands in 2006.


WORLD

Aug 31 (TIME) Nepal on Tuesday issued a 10-year ban on an Indian couple, after their claim that they successfully scaled Mount Everest — and the photos they shared showing them at the summit — were debunked by an investigation. The Nepal Tourism Board also revoked the certificates bestowed on Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod for the climb they claim to have completed on May 23 this year, the Kathmandu Post reported.

More : WORLD

Aug 30 (BBC) A car has exploded after ramming the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, with at least one person killed, reports say. Kyrgyz security officials quoted by the local AKIpress news agency described the blast as a terrorist attack. The news agency also quoted the chief of security at the Chinese embassy as saying that no staff there had been injured.

Aug 30 (BBC) US actor Gene Wilder, remembered by many for his lead role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died at the age of 83, his family has confirmed. The comic actor also starred in classic films such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Wilder frequently collaborated with writer and director Mel Brooks as well as stand-up comedian Richard Pryor.

Aug 30 (PTI) Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has said India’s designation as a ‘major defence partner’ would allow the U.S. to cooperate with it — in both strategic and technological domains —— at par with its closet and most long-standing allies. “First of all with respect to the major defence partnership agreement, that is a very substantial change. It’s an enormous change from 50 years of history.


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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