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Sri Lanka is collaborating with other countries to make island the economic hub of Indian Ocean

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Sri Lanka is collaborating with other countries to make island the economic hub of Indian Ocean. Marking 40 years of his political life in Parliament, the Premier in a Facebook post said the government has taken steps to have close links with India while strengthening ties with China and Japan for the betterment of the island.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

July 24 (Island) State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene, MP, yesterday said law enforcement authorities had been directed to arrest those responsible for recent incidents including the attack on Coast Guard personnel at Vallipuram, in the Jaffna peninsula.
 

July 24 (DM) Jaffna lawyers will boycott their normal duties today as a mark of protest against the shooting incident that killed the security officers of Jaffna High Court Judge M. Ilanchezhiyan. The lawyers took this decision yesterday.
 

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning arrested a French national who tried to smuggle in several precious stones worth over Rs.11 million.
 

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police used water cannons to dismantle a stage set up by the university students protesting the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) at the Lipton Circus today.
 

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy today came to the rescue of two more elephants that were swept out to the sea. A group of naval personnel attached to the Eastern Naval Command managed to rescue the two elephants, dragged away by the currents, in between Round Island and Foul Point, Trincomalee this morning (July, 23).
 

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Jaffna Police have arrested two suspects in connection with Saturday's shooting at the Jaffna High Court judge M. Illancheliyan and his security officers in Nallur.
 

July 23 (CP) Colombo- A Police officer, who was critically injured in yesterday's shooting incident in Nallur when an unidentified man opened fire at the Jaffna High Court judge, has died. The officer identified as Sergeant Hemachandra has succumbed to his injuries early this morning
 

July 23 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan Navy on Saturday ceremonially took delivery of its largest warship, built in India under a US$ 155 million contract inked four years ago for two such vessels.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Tension in north following attack on Coast Guard patrol (23 - Island)
* Megapolis minister tells Police Chief to probe Horton Square directors’ dealings (23 - ST)
* I will fight for justice and find my son-– Sarojini Naganathan (23 - SO)
* Jaffna High Court Judge escapes assassination attempt (23 - CP)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena today condemned the shooting attack aimed at the Jaffna High Court Judge M. Illanchelian yesterday in Nallur.
 

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday said a project will be initiated next month to build three small power plants in Western Province using waste for energy generation.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

July 24 (Island) Singer Sri Lanka PLC, the country’s leading consumer durable retailer celebrate their 10th year of partnership with Samsung. To mark this achievement of a successful journey together, a host of exclusive offers are lined up for Samsung products at all Singer showrooms.
 

July 24 (DN) The much awaited and the long overdue E signature for Custom clearing and container scanning would be up and running by the end of the year assured the Director General of Sri Lanka Customs, Chulananda De Silva.
 

July 24 (DH) Sri Lanka is preparing to be part of the ambitious Ramayana circuit India is planning for tourists. The Indian government is identifying places connected with the Ramayana, while Sri Lanka has already identified 71 locations across the island nation for inclusion in the circuit.
 

July 24 (NAR) COLOMBO- Despite a recent move by the European Union to restore Sri Lanka to its highly favorable Generalized System of Preferences Plus program, the country will find it hard to catch up with Bangladesh, which has powered ahead in textile and apparel production in the last few years.
 

July 23 (CP) Colombo- The international hotel chain Marriott has opened its first hotel in Sri Lanka, the Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa last week. The 198-room, Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, will be operated under Marriott's flagship Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Trust accounts under scrutiny for money laundering (23 - ST)
* Razeen Sally, Senior Advisor at Finance Ministry (23 - SO)

POLITICS - GENERAL

July 24 (Island) Secretary to the Ministry of Health Janaka Sugathadasa has instructed Director of the Medical Supplies Division Lal Panapitiya not to give priority to any supplier when settling their dues amounting to millions of rupees but to adhere to the usual payment procedure.
 

July 24 (DM) Number of members elected to 336 Local Government bodies under the new electoral system will be doubled while the number of Local Government bodies will be increased by one Pradeshiya Sabha the Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faiszer Musthapha said yesterday.
 

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says the government has taken measures to provide necessary solutions to control the dengue menace and waste management though different quarters are leveling criticism against the government.
 

July 23 (CP) Colombo- The state doctors' union, Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has decided to launch an island wide token strike on Tuesday (25th) to protest the attempt by the police to arrest the convener of the Medical Students Action Committee Ryan Jayalath.
 

July 23, Colombo: Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says that the call for nominations for the Sabaragamuwa, North Central and Eastern provincial council elections will be announced on the 2nd of October.
 

July 23 (CP) Colombo- The 28th Presidents of Law Associations of Asia (POLA) Conference opened in Sri Lanka on Saturday with the participation of over 300 delegates from the Asia Pacific Region.
 

July 23 (CP) Atlanta- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel watch for Sri Lanka due to the current dengue epidemic. The Level 1 travel watch recommends travelers to Sri Lanka to practice usual precautions preventing mosquito bites
 

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today strongly condemned yesterday's attack on Jaffna High Court Judge M. IIIancheIIiyan.
 

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Parliament has organized a Felicitation Ceremony on the 24th July at Waters Edge, Battaramulla to honor the staff of the Secretary General of Parliament, who rendered a commendable service to the Parliament for more than two and a half decades.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Uma Oya contractor buys new machinery to speed up project construction (23 - Island)
* GMOA says newly formed alliance against SAITM will discuss further trade union action (23 - ST)

SPORTS

England completed a stunning fightback to beat India by nine runs and win the Women's World Cup at an ecstatic Lord's. Chasing 229, India looked set for victory at 191-3, but Anya Shrubsole pinned Punam Raut lbw for 86 to spark a collapse of seven wickets for 28 runs.
 

July 23 (ESPNCI) Batting allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva, uncapped left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, and seamer Nuwan Pradeep returned to Sri Lanka's squad for the first Test against India, in Galle.
 

July 23 (Papare) Sri Lanka’s up and coming swimming prodigy, Kyle Abeysinghe brought the country its first medal in the Commonwealth Youth Games held in the Bahamas winning the silver medal in the Men’s 100m Freestyle a short while ago.
 

July 23 (BBC) Seamer Anya Shrubsole says England are aiming to produce the "perfect game" when they face India in the Women's World Cup final at Lord's on Sunday. England have won six straight matches since losing the opening game to India.
 


WORLD

July 24 (NIE) WASHINGTON- India has witnessed the third highest number of terrorist attacks in 2016, more than Pakistan, according to the latest data compiled by the US State Department. Iraq with 2,965 terrorist attacks, followed by Afghanistan with 1,340 attacks, were ranked first and second position in the list.
 

July 24 (BBC) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its forecasts for US and UK economic growth this year, following "weaker-than-expected activity" in the first three months. The IMF says it now expects the UK to grow by 1.7% this year, compared with the 2% it was previously forecasting. The US will now grow 2.1%, as against the 2.3% it was predicting in April.
 

July 23 (ANI) Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Saturday said that the talk of appointing a new Prime Minister is just a speculation. His statement comes amidst fears that Pakistan's Supreme Court is set to ask Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down over the Panama Papers case.
 

July 23 (ESPNCI) Prince William and Prince Harry have recalled the "fun" way their mother brought them up saying Princess Diana was a "total kid through and through". In an ITV documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death, the princes said she understood the "real life outside of palace walls" and encouraged them to be "naughty".
 


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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