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President urges International Community to consider Sri Lanka's progress in reconciliation, Human Rights

Sept 20 (CP) New York- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the international community to seriously consider the tremendous progress made by the government towards reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedoms, human rights and the rule of law.(Video)
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Sept 20, Colombo:Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga released former President's Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and the former Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Anusha Palpita on cash bail of Rs.100,000 with three sureties of Rs.1 million each.
 

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- A Sudanese military delegation visiting Sri Lanka has shown interest in conducting joint naval exercises and collaborating in training with the island nation's military.
 

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- Former Governor of Sri Lanka's Central Bank today appeared before the Presidential Commission inquiring into the Central Bank bond scam for the second day.
 

Sept 20 (Island) Nishantha Mihiraj, a disabled soldier has complained to the Supreme Court in a fundamental rights violation petition due to a police assault he had lost vision in one eye.
 

Sept 20 (DM) Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda yesterday said that according to the experts who conducted the extraction of data from Arjuna Mahendran’s mobile phone, data pertaining a considerable time period (approximately 11 months), which coincide with the mandated period of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, could not be located.
 

Sept 20 (DN) The Pugoda Magistrate Courts yesterday issued an open warrant against Parliamentarian Prasanna Ranatunge, former Dompe Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Milan Jayatilake and four others for their failure to appear in Courts over their alleged involvement in damaging and obstructing vehicles transporting garbage from Colombo to the recycling plant in Dompe, Kirindiwela.
 

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- The Education Ministry of Sri Lanka has decided to take strictly enforce the law against trade unions and university student unions coming into schools to recruit school students for protests.
 

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy said it has arrested nine Indian fishermen and seized their two trawlers this morning for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
 

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs officials have arrested an individual at the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake this morning for attempting to illegally bring palladium metal worth nearly Rs. 2 million.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Kandy prisoners’ hunger strike continues (19 - Island)
* Arjun Mahendran arrives before PCoI (19 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Government will support to empower the grassroot level entrepreneurs so they are able to grow and create new jobs for the nation to build up a strong economy.
 

Sept 20 (CP) New York- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena and First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena attended a reception hosted by the United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for visiting Heads of State on Tuesday in New York.
 

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- Although war is over in Sri Lanka, many still face discrimination and hate and much need to be done for peacebuilding and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, the United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Una McCauley says.
 

Sept 20 (CP) New York- Pakistan's new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has assured to continue the assistance provided to Sri Lanka when he met with President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.
 

Sept 20 (ICC) Sri Lanka have qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after the Windies lost the first ODI against England at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- The 20th Century Fox, together with the British High Commission in Colombo Sri Lanka, Skyline Entertainment Pvt Ltd, celebrated Britain's creative industries during a reception to launch the film 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'.
 

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has begun boosting its world class porcelain, glass and red-clay industry segments with a host of new initiatives and has also realized that the red-clay sector that is now surging
 

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's power regulator, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), has warned that shortcomings in the implementation of long term generation plan could affect the electricity supply and investments.
 

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- Fitch Ratings says Hayleys PLC's acquisition of a controlling stake in Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC (Singer, A-(lka)/Stable) is neutral for Singer's rating. This is because Hayleys' balance sheet will be stretched significantly
 

Sept 20 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka is considering listing two state-owned banks and an insurance company next year, by selling stakes of at least 10 percent in each, government, regulatory and exchange officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
 

Sept 20 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares gained for a fifth straight session on Wednesday to hit a more than five-week closing high as foreign investors bought into blue-chips, boosting sentiment.
 

Sept 20 (Island) Cargills Bank Limited announced the divesture of 80.34% stake controlling interest in Colombo Trust Finance PLC (CTF) to Dialog Axiata PLC.
 

Sept 20 (DM) During the last decade, digital transformation has been the main challenge for numerous industries and service providers and it has also touched the education sector in all geographies.
 

Sept 20 (DN) Contactless payments are rapidly growing in popularity across the world and in Sri Lanka too this segment is showing growth, said Visa Group Country Manager for India and South Asia, T.R. Ramachandran.
 

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- The United States has assured that there will be no major change in its trade policy towards Sri Lanka under the new administration. The assurance was given by the new Washington DC-based Assistant US Trade Representative for South and Central Asian Affairs Mark Linscott
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* World Federation of Exchanges CEO visits Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (19 - CP)
* Sri Lankan shares mark 4-wk closing high on foreign buying (19 - Reuters)
* Metropolitan ties up with Singer to offer Canon printers (19 - Island)
* Lankan doctor video consultation app start-up raises US $ 1mn in seed funding (19 - DM)
* Mercantile Investments and Finance records PAT of Rs 202 mn for 2016-17 (19 - DN)
* National Chamber Seminar on 'Bilateral Trade between Sri Lanka and Indonesia' on September 26 (19 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- Despite the commotion earlier today, Sri Lanka parliament passed a bill to increase female representation in Provincial Councils with two-third majority. The third reading of the Provincial Council (PC) Elections (Amendment) Bill passed in Parliament a short while ago with a two-thirds majority.
 

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's electricity workers ended their strike today following government assurance to increase their salaries and the Railway Strike scheduled to begin midnight today has been cancelled while the state Doctors' union, Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) announced another 24-hour anti SAITM strike for tomorrow.
 

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- India and Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today, to upgrade Thondaman Vocational Training Centre (TVTC), Hatton located in Nuwara Eliya District of Sri Lanka.
 

Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya temporarily adjourned parliamentary proceedings due to disruption by the members of the Joint Opposition today. The Speaker suspended the sittings at around 11.20 a.m.
 

Sept 20 (CP) Jakarta- Indonesia and Sri Lanka will soon set up a parliamentary cooperation group to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries in various fields such as politics, economy, and culture.
 

Sept 20 (Island) The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday rejected the Presidential Committee Report on resolving issues related to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).
 

Sept 20 (DN) There wouldn’t be a single Joint Opposition member in Parliament after January next year provided they contested the Local Government election from a party other than Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament yesterday.
 

Sept 20 (UN) Noting that history is marked with leaders who have sought to consolidate power within themselves, the President of Sri Lanka today underscored that as leaders come into power, they must yield it to build democratic institutions and safeguard democracies.
 

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says the power supply in the country is being carried out as usual despite the strike launched by the workers union of the power supplier Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) entered its seventh day today.
 

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva today presented the Motor Traffic (Amendment) Bill to Parliament for debate. Presenting the Bill to lawmakers, the Minister said the bill has been prepared after extensive discussions
 

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that the government has no intention to postpone elections. The Local Government elections will be held under the new Mixed Electoral System.
 

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ruled that a referendum is needed in addition to a two-third majority vote in parliament to approve the 20th Amendment to the Constitution Bill which sought to hold elections to all nine provincial councils on the same day.
 

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to postpone the debate of the draft bill related to the International Covenant on Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
 

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- The World Bank says Sri Lanka's aspirations cannot be realized in the current status quo and needs critical reforms to boost its economy.
 

Sept 19 (News In Asia) Backtracking and tardiness in the implementation of pledges in regard to accountability measures such as the ratification of the international convention on enforced disappearances, will harm all Sri Lankans, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Mirror.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Sri Lanka minister takes cover after close shave (19 - EN)
* Parliament not to debate 20th Amendment to the Constitution Bill tomorrow (19 - CP)
* CaFFE alleges govt. bid to put off PC polls Speaker urged to intervene (19 - Island)
* No US visa for me, says SF (19 - DM)
* 20th Amendment to the Constitution passed in Central Provincial Council (19 - DN)
* Sri Lanka President to address 72nd UN General Assembly today (19 - CP)

SPORTS

Sept 20 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka allrounder Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi later this month with a calf strain. He had sustained the injury during training on Tuesday, before undergoing scans on Wednesday. SLC cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha confirmed Mathews' unavailability.
 

Sept 20 (ESPNCI) Uncapped batsmen Sadeera Samarawickrama and Roshen Silva have earned call-ups to the Sri Lanka Test squad touring the UAE. Back in the fray, meanwhile, are two relatively experienced batsmen. Lahiru Thirimanne, who last played a Test in June 2016, has been recalled, as vice-captain no less.
 

Sept 20 (AFP) Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga backed his side to uphold the island's proud World Cup record after their automatic qualification for the 2019 edition in Britain was assured by West Indies' seven-wicket loss to England on Tuesday.
 

Sept 20 (GEO) LAHORE- Leg-spinner Yasir Shah continued to struggle to impress team management and coaches at the training camp underway at the Gaddafi Stadium, ahead of the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka later this month. According to sources close to the matter, the trainer and coach remain unhappy with the spinner’s fitness
 


WORLD

Sept 20 (BBC) Donald Trump's first major speech at the United Nations has been denounced by some of the member nations he singled out for criticism. The US president included Iran among "a small group of rogue regimes", and said the US would "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to do so.
 

Sept 20 (BBC) Hurricane Maria, the second maximum-strength Atlantic storm of the season, has reached the southernmost Virgin Islands as it heads for Puerto Rico. The category five hurricane began lashing St Croix in its north-westerly path across the Caribbean.
 

Sept 20 (BBC) A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 130 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City. Rescuers are searching for survivors and there are reports of children trapped in a partly collapsed school. The 7.1 magnitude quake caused damage in Morelos and Puebla states and in Mexico State.
 

Sept 19 (BBC) Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said her government does not fear "international scrutiny" of its handling of the growing Rohingya crisis. It was her first address to the country about the violence in northern Rakhine state that has seen more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims cross into Bangladesh.
 


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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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