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Nov 23 (CP) New Delhi- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his visiting Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Hyderabad House on Thursday and held bilateral discussions. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, who arrived in New Delhi yesterday, participated as a Guest of Honor in the Opening Session of 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space 2017 held at the Pullman Hotel in Aero City in New Delhi today.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today sentenced the defendants in the case against MP Hirunika Premachandra over an abduction incident in Dematagoda after they pleaded guilty earlier this month.
 

Nov 24 (Island) The government couldn’t interfere with the ongoing judicial investigations pertaining to the assassination of Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle during the war, UPFA General Secretary and Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.
 

Nov 24 (DM) TNA MP S. Sridharan had allocated Rs.4 million out of his decentralized budget to renovate the Mahaviru Mausoleum where the bodies of dead LTTE members are buried in Kanakapuram in Kilinochchi, it is reported.
 

Nov 24 (DN) A van – motorcycle collision killed the forty- one-year-old motorcyclist on the Gampola – Nuwera Eliya road in Gampola last evening. The deceased man, identified as Indika Nishantha Perera, succumbed to injuries after being rushed to the Gampola Hospital.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Secretary to the President, Austin Fernando says criminal investigators face many challenges during the course of their work. Emphasizing the importance of the tasks entrusted to criminal investigation officials, the most senior government official said investigators' task is of immense importance to the quest for justice and fight crimes, corruption and frauds.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police today informed the court that it has sought the advice of Attorney General on the threatening remarks made by the former UPFA Southern Provincial Council Minister D. V. Upul against the officers of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID).
 

Nov 23 (Gay Times) The announcement comes after the United Nations (UN) criticised the Sri Lankan penal system for criminalising homosexuality. Nerin Pulle, Sri Lanka’s Deputy Solicitor General, has pledged to change the penal code in Sri Lanka after the country’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* More teeth for Bribery Commission to deal with corruption cases (23 - Island)
* Petrol bomb attack injures bus driver (23 - DM)
* Five women and a man arrested for running mobile brothel service (23 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena says the government will provide all the facilities necessary for the advancement of the indigenous traditional medicine of Sri Lanka while giving due respect to the field.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka for the third time, won World No Tobacco Day Award 2017, bestowed by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.
 

Nov 23 (CP) New Delhi- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today (November 23) called on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- As part of an initiative by USAID and Common Grounds, a delegation from Colombia comprising 11 members visited the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation on 21 November to draw knowledge, expertise and experiences on the reconciliation and integration efforts of the Sri Lankan Government.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- Software product engineering specialist 99X Technology was felicitated for its pioneering work and potential for exponential growth when it was ranked on the prestigious Red Herring 100 Asia Index for 2017.
 

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has completed a project to convert the company's diesel-operated rubber-tired gantry cranes to electric-powered rubber-tired gantry cranes or E-RTGs, making a major contribution to efforts by the Port of Colombo to go Green.
 

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- Recognizing a career filled with remarkable achievements in education and invaluable contribution to institutions of learning, Asian International School of Sri Lanka, Principal, Harshana Perera was recently presented with the Award for Distinguished Educationist at the Fourth Annual Icons of Learning Summit & Awards held in Singapore.
 

Nov 24 (Island) The private sector forms the main catalyst in the country’s economic progress, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. 'The government’s aim is a per capita GDP by the end of 2017 of 4000 dollars,
 

Nov 24 (DM) Nestlé’s two iconic brands, Maggi and Nestomalt, were named Sri Lanka’s Top 10 FMCG brands in the latest Brand Footprint Study by research company Kantar World panel. They are the only noodle and malted food drink brands to be ranked in the top 10.
 

Nov 24 (DN) The licence granted to Central Investments and Finance has been cancelled by the Monetary Board of the Central Bank. The Central Bank Monetary Board has taken this decision at its meeting held on Nov 6, 2017
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- In what continues to be a promising year for foreign investor involvement in the stock market, 2017 has recorded an all-time high in foreign purchases during a year, with Rs. 105.1 billion (year-to-date) in foreign purchases this year passing the record of Rs. 104.7 billion set in 2014.
 

Nov 23 (Platts) Seven weeks after its competitor, India, slashed its goods and services tax on bunker fuel, marine fuel sales at Sri Lanka's ports are expected to fall 30-35% to usual traded levels, bunker suppliers said this week.
 

Nov 23 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares hit a one-week closing low on Thursday, as investors waited for clarity on new taxes in the national budget and on key legislations, although selling by foreign investors in Commercial Bank of Ceylon helped boost turnover.
 

Nov 23 (Island) The recent budget proposal to allow feed millers to import maize under a special limited quota to meet the shortfall in the local supply was hailed by poultry producers as a strongly positive measure that will support greater efficiency within the domestic industry
 

Nov 23 (DM) Ceylinco Insurance PLC recorded a positive growth in gross written premiums (GWPs) during the three months to September (3Q17) as the insurance giant expanded business despite the challenging market conditions, particularly with regards to its life segment.
 

Nov 23 (DN) LOLC releasing its interim financials for September 30, 2017, reported excellent growth in profitability compared with September 2016 driven by the financial services sector. The PBT for the current year was Rs. 11.7 billion compared with Rs. 6.6 billion reported last year, a growth of 77%.
 

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POLITICS - GENERAL

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera says the Committee on Cost of Living has decided to impose a price control on several essential food items.
 

Nov 24 (Island) SLFP General Secretary and Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday said certain demands put forwarded by the Joint Opposition (JO) were aimed at preventing a possible reunification of the divided SLFP.
 

Nov 24 (DM) Two government Ministers representing Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)- John Seneviratne and Susil Premajayantha had discussion with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday morning to seek the possibility of uniting the two factions.
 

Nov 24 (DN) The hostel facilities of state universities will be completed next year, Leader of the House and Minister Lakshman Kiriella said. The Minister said that after providing hostel facilities the Government will pay attention to improve other facilities in universities including common rooms, libraries, canteens and toilets.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- The Dollar Academy Pipers from Scotland are currently in Sri Lanka. The 10 piece band is in Colombo ahead of the National Day of Scotland "St. Andrew's Day" - celebrated each year on the 30th of November.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- The Dollar Academy Pipers from Scotland are currently in Sri Lanka. The 10 piece band is in Colombo ahead of the National Day of Scotland "St. Andrew's Day" - celebrated each year on the 30th of November.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- The Joint Opposition has handed over a no-confidence motion to the Speaker against Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faizer Mustapha saying that the Minister should be held responsible for the continuing postponement of the local government polls.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has launched a program to assist Sri Lankan children adopted by foreign parents to find their biological parents, a Health Ministry spokesman said. According to the spokesman, Minister Senaratne provided information of the program during an interview with a television channel in the Netherlands, recently.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today announced in parliament that a party leaders' meeting will be called tomorrow (24) to discuss the postponement of Local Government elections following the Appeal Court's Interim Order suspending the operation of the Gazette notification on the Delimitation report.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Justice and Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorala says due to the mediation of Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) 115 migrant workers who did not receive wages were paid Rs. 51.64 million as salary arrears from January this year.
 

Nov 23 (IE) With an eye on China, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, days ahead of the joint venture between China Merchants Port Holding Company and Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) starts operations of Hambantota Harbour on December 8.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Speaker to decide whether Sujeewa’s criticism of Prez violated Standing Orders (23 - Island)
* Calls to COPE members are a ‘Major Issue’: Dayasiri (23 - DM)
* No comment says Deshapriya (23 - DN)

SPORTS

Nov 24 (ICC) After a humdinger of a first Test in Kolkata that ended with Sri Lanka managing to eke out a draw, the team is looking to execute its plans and put India under pressure in the second Test at Nagpur. Sri Lanka did manage to do that to an extent in Kolkata, with Suranga Lakmal denting India’s top-order, but threw away the advantage
 

Nov 23 (ESPNCI) Pride is an often-abused word in sports commentary. This, though, might be one justified case to evoke Sri Lanka's pride. They have travelled to India for a full Test series for the first time in eight years, and India are not concerned about them. They are concerned about South Africa.
 

Nov 23 (ESPNCI) Conditions in Nagpur will not assist seam-bowling to the extent they did in Kolkata, according to Dinesh Chandimal, the Sri Lanka captain. There is a fair amount of grass on the VCA Stadium pitch as well, in line with India's desire to test themselves in pace-friendly conditions ahead of their tour of South Africa.
 

Nov 23 (ESPNCI) At the end of the Kolkata Test match, Suranga Lakmal won an award. Not Player of the Match, for which he was surely in the running, but [insert sponsor name] Bankable Player of the Match. It isn't an award that will live on forever in the ESPNcricinfo scorecard - sorry, Suranga - but it was, nonetheless, both well deserved and aptly named.
 


WORLD

Nov 24 (BBC) Over half of the migrant asylum claims heard by Canadian refugee officials this year have been successful. New figures released by the federal Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) show that of 1,572 claims heard so far, 941 have been granted.
 

Nov 24 (BBC) Asylum seekers who refused to leave a former Australian-run detention centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have been moved to new housing after a three-week stand-off, Canberra has confirmed. The group had resisted leaving the Manus Island camp after it shut on 31 October, fearing attacks by locals.
 

Nov 23 (BBC) Indians have reacted angrily after the health minister from Assam state said cancer "is divine justice" caused by "past sins of a person". Himanta Biswa Sarma said that people could also get diseases like cancer "because of the sins of their parents".
 

Nov 23 (BBC) Police in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have entered a former Australian-run detention centre in a bid to get asylum seekers who remain there to leave. Hundreds of men have refused to leave the Manus Island centre since it was closed on 31 October, citing fears for their safety in the local community.
 


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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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