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Sri Lanka will work with friendly countries to maintain maritime cooperation

Mar 28 (CP) Boao, Hainan- Sri Lanka as a maritime nation with natural ecological advantages will work in tandem with friendly countries to maintain cooperation in the maritime age, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said today. Delivering a speech at the Opening Plenary of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2015, Boao, Hainan Province, China, Saturday, the Sri Lankan President said the notable disparity in the decree of intra-regional integration calls for a new thinking on Asian growth strategy and more cooperative partnership among the community of Asia.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court Friday ordered the immediate release of Balendran Vibushika, the daughter of Tamil activist Balendran Jeayakumari, from probation. The Kilinochchi Magistrate's Court yesterday ordered the release of Balendran Vibushika, who was transferred to probationary custody in a children's home in Kilinochchi after her mother was arrested in March 2014.

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's younger brother Priyantha Sirisena has died due to the injuries he received from an axe attack . Priyantha Sirisena, who was receiving treatment at the ICU of a private hospital in Colombo, succumbed to his injuries this morning.

Mar 28 (DN) A 29-year-old Sri Lankan who attempted to smuggle Rs.13.3 million worth of gold jewellery into the country was arrested by Customs officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake last afternoon.

Mar 28 (DM) The Defence and Urban Development Ministry is reviewing the issuance of DPL passports and have requested some of the DPL passport holders to explain the rationale for obtaining this class of travel document entailing many privileges, a senior Immigration and Emigration Department official said yesterday.

Mar 28 (NIE) COLOMBO- In a startling revelation, the Sri Lankan Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Maj.Gen.Jagath Wijetilleke said that 6 to 7 percent of the 12,346 cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who had surrendered to the Sri Lankan armed forces at the end Eelam War IV in May 2009, were members of the dreaded suicide squad called the "Black Tigers". The squad contained females as well as males.

Mar 27, Trincomalee: Sri Lanka Navy along with the officials of the High Commission of India, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed four Indian naval ships arrived at the Port of Trincomalee today.(Sri Lanka Navy Photo)

Mar 27 (CP) Polonnaruwa- A Sri Lankan court today remanded the suspect, who attacked President Maithripala Sirisena's brother Priyantha Sirisena with an axe. Polonnaruwa Acting Magistrate Sarasi Iddawela ordered to remand the suspect, 34-year-old Saputhanthrige Don Nishan Lakmal Saputhanthri until April 8.

Mar 27 (CP) Colombo- The Financial Crimes Investigation Division of Sri Lanka police conducting investigations into the controversial MIG-27 aircraft deal has questioned the former Chief of the Sri Lanka Air Force and Chief of Defense Staff, Air Marshal Roshan Goonetileke today.

** Related Story ::Financial Fraud Investigation Unit of Sri Lanka police investigates MIG- 27 deal

Mar 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan parliamentarian Mervyn Silva says that former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is linked to the murder The Sunday Leader founding editor, Lasantha Wickrematunga.

** Related Story ::CID questions former Sri Lankan minister over journalists' murder

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Four Indian ships arrive at Sri Lanka's Trincomalee Port on a training mission (27 - CP)
* Financial Fraud Investigation Unit of Sri Lanka police investigates MIG- 27 deal (27 - CP)
* CID questions former Sri Lankan minister over journalists' murder (27 - CP)
* ‘No Indian fishers will be allowed in SL water’ (27 - Island)
* 'Ali Roshan' further remanded until April 2 (27 - DN)
More : LEGAL - SITUATION

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe on Saturday said his government is committed to uplift the communities in the war-torn Northern Province and will work towards providing basic facilities to the entire province. The government, he said, would provide electricity and clean drinking water to the people in the entire peninsula and would also focus on health and education to improve their standard of living.

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan at Colombo, Dr. Sarfraz Sipra today expressed "deep shock and grief" over the demise of Sri Lankan President's youngest brother.

Mar 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka and China have ended the stalemate over the Chinese-funded US$ 1.4 billion mega development project suspended by the new government and agreed to put the project back on track.

Mar 27, Fort Wayne, USA - Thursday March 26, 2015 was a busy day for Indiana Buddhist Temple. At 9 am, the monks welcomed students from Bluffton University, Bluffton OH. At 3 pm, another group of students came and visitted the temple. They came from Taylor University, Philosophy and Religion Class.


FINANCE

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- ADMO Solar, a leader in advanced energy technology, initiated a partnership with Sri Lanka Telecom, facilitating special packages and services related to solar power systems to its premium customers under their customer loyalty programme.

Mar 28 (NYT) The man in the khaki vest slurped noisily from his cup, descended briefly into scowling meditation, spat the contents into a sink and then unleashed a torrent of approving descriptors, lavishly rolling his r's along the way: "No foreign taste, very refreshing, robust, strong tannins, a tingly sensation at the end of the tongue - good show!"

Mar 28 (DN) For the first time in Sri Lanka the Triple Quadrupole Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LCMSMS) testing machine would be introduced to Sri Lanka from next month enabling the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) to locally perform tests on DCD and Melamine in imported milk powder.

Mar 28 (DM) Financial starlet LB Finance CSR team conducted another valuable awareness program on Women’s health by Dr. Nimali Widange- Assistant Registrar- Health Ministry. This awareness program was held at LB Finance Corporate office Auditorium on 24th of March 2015.

Mar 27 (CP) Colombo- Fitch Ratings Lanka has affirmed HSBC Sri Lanka Branch's (HSBCSL) National Long-Term Rating at 'AAA(lka)'. The Outlook is Stable. HSBCSL's rating is at the highest end of the National Rating scale and reflects the credit profile and financial strength of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HKSB; Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR): AA-/Stable).

Mar 27 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares fell for a fifth straight session on Friday and closed at their lowest in nearly eight months as investors sold their stocks to settle margin trading ahead of quarter-end, while political worries also weighed on sentiment.

More : FINANCE
* Sri Lanka to produce indigenous natural gas and stop importing fossil fuel: Official (27 - Island)
* Lanka’s brand value to reach US$ 79 b in 2015 (27 - DN)
* Samsung unveils GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge, the world’s most advanced smartphones in Sri Lanka (27 - DM)
* Sri Lanka's micro-finance sector to access CRIB through a new regulation (27 - LBO)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- The Russian government ending a long standoff has paid off the dues owed by a stranded Russian research vessel to Sri Lanka's Colombo port, Russian News agency Tass reported. Moscow has paid off its debt to Sri Lanka's port Colombo for the maintenance of the Russian research vessel, the Akademik Nikolay Strakhov, the Russian Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations has said on Friday.

Mar 28 (LA Times) The road from Colombo, Sri Lanka's graceful seaside capital in the south, to the northern town of Jaffna has rarely been a straight shot. Most of the 250-mile journey follows the A9 highway, which slices through palm groves and green carpets of farmland that were the main battlegrounds of the country's three-decade civil war.

Mar 28 (DN) A National Government is essential to create common policies for the fields of lands, education, foreign relations and transport though some people criticize the concept, said Plantation Industries Deputy Minister Jagath Pushpakumara said.

Mar 28 (DM) Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Ajith P. Perera said the Government was still not in a position to state whether former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga was guilty of the allegations levelled against him by the Ukraine Government that he supplied arms to rebels in Ukraine.

Mar 28 (OL) Fishermen of this island today resolved to cooperate with their Sri Lankan counterparts and not use high power motor boats and banned fishing nets. A meeting of the fishermen here also postponed their planned agitation, scheduled to be held here, demanding action against those who used banned fishing nets.

Mar 27 (CP) Colombo- India and Sri Lanka have agreed to extend till June 2016 the ongoing project to assist war affected, poor and destitute women in Batticaloa, High Commission of India in Colombo said Friday.

Mar 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ajith P. Perera denied China's claims that Sri Lankan government has agreed to resume the suspended Colombo Port City Project. Addressing media Deputy Foreign Minister said that the Sri Lankan government's stance regarding the Colombo Port City Project has not changed during President Maithripala Sirisena's visit to China.

Mar 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe Friday embarked on a tour in the Tamil dominated Northern Province in a bid to strengthen government's efforts to bring about the reconciliation among the communities.

Mar 27 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe says a decision will be reached on the proposed electoral reforms by political parties within the next 10 days. Wickremesinghe at a meeting with media heads at Temple Trees Thursday said that there was consensus on eliminating the Proportional Representative System and move towards a mix of the First-past-the-post and the PR systems.

Mar 27 (CP) Colombo- Treasurer of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Minister S.B. Nawinna has said party will take disciplinary action against any representative who violated party directives. Nawinna has made this comment in reference to the SLFP members who yesterday participated in a rally in Ratnapura

Mar 27 (CP) Washington, DC- The United States President Barack Obama Thursday announced his intent to nominate the current Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Atul Keshap for Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Mar 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will make an official three-day visit to the Northern Province from today to hold discussions with the Northern Province leaders on the issues people in the north are facing.

Mar 27 (NIE) COLOMBO- Faced with the challenge of showing by September this year, concrete progress towards reconciliation with the Tamil minority, the Sri Lankan government has taken several steps to take the reconciliation process forward.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Let’s show our unity to the enemies of the nation - Mahinda (27 - Island)
* Thirty proposals implemented, 25 more on the cards (27 - DN)
* ​Electoral reforms: Decision within 10 days (27 - DM)
More : POLITICS - GENERAL

SPORTS

Mar 28 (Telegraph) When Tim Southee or Mitchell Starc bowls the first ball of the 11th cricket World Cup final at the MCG on Sunday, it will be 4.30am in a United Kingdom opening its raddled eyes to greet the first dawn of British Summer Time.

More : SPORTS

Mar 28 (IANS) MELBOURNE- Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena was on Friday selected to officiate the final of the cricket World Cup on Sunday, thereby becoming the first person to feature in the quadrennial tournament final as both an umpire and player.

Mar 28 (ANI) Sydney- In a bid to prolong his Test career, Australia skipper Michael Clarke has announced that he will be retiring from one-day international cricket after Sunday's World Cup final against New Zealand in Melbourne. Clarke, a veteran of 244 one-day internationals, was part of Australia's 2007 World Cup win over Sri Lanka in Barbados.

Mar 27 (IBN) Colombo- A combination of poor fielding and regularly losing players through injuries has hurt Sri Lanka's chances in the cricket World Cup, captain Angelo Mathews said on Friday. "Our fielding levels dropped," Mathews said, adding that losing as many as five players from the original squad of 15 left the team unbalanced.


WORLD

Mar 27 (BBC) Federal officials have charged a former Alabama police officer with violating the civil rights of an Indian man. Prosecutors say Eric Sloan Parker, 26, used unreasonable force against Sureshbhai Patel, a 57-year-old grandfather who recently moved to the US. Mr Patel suffered injuries in February including partial paralysis when Mr Parker pushed him to the ground.

More : WORLD

Mar 27 (BBC) The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings airliner into the French Alps hid details of an illness, German prosecutors say. Torn-up sick notes were found in the homes of Andreas Lubitz, they say, including one for the day of the crash, which killed 150 passengers and crew.

Mar 27 (AP) SINGAPORE— Singaporeans hoping for a glimpse of long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew's coffin are being urged to stay away from the sprawling queue as waiting times reach 10 hours. The government said Friday that it "strongly advises" the public not to join the queue and to instead visit community tribute sites set up across the island.

Mar 27 (BBC) At least 10 Hindu pilgrims have been killed in a stampede during a bathing ritual at a holy site in Narayanganj, Bangladesh, say local media. The incident happened during the Astami Snan, one of the largest annual Hindu ceremonies in Bangladesh, when pilgrims wash in the Brahmaputra river.


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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