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Death toll from bad weather in Sri Lanka rises to 91, 110 missing, tri forces launch massive search & rescue operation

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Flooding and landslides fueled by the torrential rains over the past three days have killed 91 in Sri Lanka, while the tri forces launched a massive operation to search and rescue another 110 missing in the havoc. According to the Disaster Management Center as of Friday evening, 40 people in Western Province and 48 people in Central Province have been killed in earth slips and landslides.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Two Sri Lankan Navy ships that left for Singapore earlier this month to take part in an International Maritime Defense Exhibition have returned after successful completion of their visit.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Heavy rains lashing for a third day on Friday with over 100 mm rainfalls and gusting winds have flooded major roads interrupting the transport services on main roads in the south while landslides and earth slips in Kalutara district have buried houses and shops.
 

May 26 (AP) COLOMBO- The general sat on a plastic lawn chair in the garden of his mother's home, the scent of tropical blooms filling the air as he talked about the alleged rape and sodomy of a Haitian teenager by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper.
 

May 26 (Island) Deputy Inspector General of Police Colombo N. S. Pathinayake yesterday told The Island that anti SAITM activists were willingly becoming victims of tear gas attacks in order to get more exposure for what he called their futile cause. They were making a vain attempt to create a favourable impression in the minds of the public, he said.
 

May 26 (DM) Sinhala Ravaya General Secretary Magalkande Sudaththa Thera said today stern action should be taken to arrest Muslim minsters who supported Muslim extremism before Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Gnanasara Thera was arrested.
 

May 26 (DN) Four police teams have been deployed to arrest Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation’s General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera. This is over several incidents including obstructing police officers to carry out their duties and making hate speeches that would lead to communal unrest.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's new Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake lodged a complaint with the police to requesting a probe into a false Twitter account in his name after it posted a fake news about the death of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has recommended a series of measures to address the complaints lodged by the victims affected by the explosion of army ammunition dump in Salawa nearly a year ago.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police said today that measures have been taken to arrest the extremist Buddhist monk Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera who is alleged to have obstructed Police duties, threatened and made statements against minorities inciting racial disharmony and several other incidents.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police today arrested a Sri Lanka army brigadier who was the commanding officer of the army contingent that fired on the protesters during the Rathupaswala incident in 2013 resulting in the deaths of three people.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's police had come under criticism from opposition parliamentarians and right activists for failing to take action against attacks on Muslim places of warship and businesses over the past five weeks.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Almanac case against Basil postponed (25 - Island)
* AG being consulted on misuse of super luxury vehicle by Karuna (25 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he has received a full report on the present climate situation and relevant institutions have informed him that the emergency situation will continue.
 

May 26 (CP) Sydney- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today (May 26) visited Australia's nuclear agency, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO), on an inspection tour to see its advanced research on utilization of nuclear science for disease diagnosis and medicine.
 

May 26 (CP) Sydney- President Maithripala Sirisena assured that his government is totally committed to support the campaign against human smuggling and sea piracy. He said that Sri Lanka would extend fullest cooperation to the efforts taken to enhance maritime security.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

May 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's blue chip conglomerate John Keells Holdings (JKH) recorded a 19 percent increase in the Group's recurring Profit Before Tax (PBT) and the profits attributable to equity holders for the financial year 2013/14.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's state-owned retail chain Lanka Sathosa will not be sold to a diversified conglomerate, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen assured.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's premium sleepwear label Mackly will launch its first collection of ladies' sleepwear together with its latest children's collection with a runway event at Park Street Mews on 18 June.
 

May 26 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares ended lower on Friday, recording their first weekly decline in nine, as investors booked profits in shares of diversified companies such as John Keells Holdings Plc and Melstacorp Plc .
 

May 26 (Reuters) The Sri Lankan rupee rose slightly on Friday as dollar selling by banks surpassed importer demand for the U.S. currency, traders said. Rupee forwards were active, with spot-next forwards at 152.80/90 per dollar, compared with Thursday's close of 152.90/95.
 

May 26 (Island) Several stockbrokers are now in the process of closing their outstation branches due to a lack of local investor participation in the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE).
 

May 26 (DM) Watawala Plantations PLC group, which owns and runs tea, rubber and palm oil estates, reported earnings of 89 cents a share or Rs.211.8 million in after-tax profits for its fourth and final quarter ended in March 31, 2017, ...
 

May 26 (DN) MMBL Leisure Holdings (Pvt.) Ltd. a subsidiary of the MMBL-Pathfinder Group and Welcom Hotels Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd., a subsidiary of ITC Limited, India, have inked a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a mid-market hotel chain in Sri Lanka.
 

May 26 (LBO) Sri Lanka will launch its ‘Private Public Partnership (PPP) Unit’ at the upcoming ‘Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2017’, which will take place 30th May to 1st June 2017 in Colombo.
 

May 25 (CP) New York- A spectacular week long photo exhibition of Ceylon tea including a tea tasting titled "The Story of Ceylon Tea" is currently on display from 22-26 May 2017 at the United Nations in New York, to celebrate 150 years of Ceylon Tea.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The upcoming Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2017 ' has seen interest from investors and business partners from over 20 countries, who are looking for opportunities in diverse sectors of the local economy, the organizer of the conclave, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said in a statement.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lankan rupee flat; importer demand offsets dollar sales (25 - Reuters)
* Intex Technologies partners with Softlogic Communications (25 - Island)
* Amana Bank gets capital boost from ICD (25 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

May 26 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has activated the Emergency Response Unit of the Ministry, to coordinate rescue and relief measures related to the flood situation in several parts of Sri Lanka.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said that the sluice gates of hydropower reservoirs that comes under the purview of the Ceylon Electricity Board will not be opened despite the prevalence of the rain.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- The Government of India has announced the award of scholarships to the children of Sri Lanka's Indian-origin estate workers. The High Commission of India has invited applications from the children of estate workers, who are residents of estates, for award of scholarships by the Ceylon Estate Workers Education Trust (CEWET).
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Iran and Sri Lanka have signed two memoranda of understanding (MoU) on the scientific and technological cooperation, the official news agency of Iran, IRNA reported.
 

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka presented its authentic culinary at the Annual Embassy Chef Challenge held on May 24th at the International Trade Center in the Ronald Regan Building in Washington DC.
 

May 26 (UCAN) Human rights groups, religious leaders, lawmakers and the United Nations have all called on the Sri Lankan government to take immediate action against sectarian violence and growing tensions in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.
 

May 26 (Island) MEP leader Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday said that the government had submitted a huge supplementary estimate to purchase vehicles for the members and officers of the steering committee of the Constituent Assembly.
 

May 26 (DN) The cabinet reshuffle built up the atmosphere to lead the country on a new direction and to create a new Sri Lanka, Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. The newly appointed Foreign Affairs Minister assumed official duties at the Foreign Ministry premises yesterday, following multi religious observances.
 

May 26 (BBC) China is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure and developments in Sri Lanka, but many local citizens feel the country is being sold to the Chinese. Normally the roads leading to Asian ports are bustling.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Indian handcraft exhibition Shilpa Kala - 2017 opened in Sri Lanka today provides a platform for Sri Lankan artisans, India's High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu said.
 

May 25 (CP) Geneva- Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajith Senaratne addressing the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting in Geneva on 23rd May highlighted Sri Lanka's achievements in public health and health services.
 

May 25 (CP) Canberra- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a three-day state visit to Australia, met Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the National Parliament building in Canberra on Thursday and held bilateral discussions.
 

May 25 (GN) The recent back-to-back visit of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to New Delhi and Indian Premier Narendra Modi to Colombo reinforces the two neighbouring countries' commitment to strengthen a long-standing partnership that seeks to enhance all-round prosperity and development.
 

May 25 (Forbes) When it comes to Sri Lanka, China has an ambitious agenda. It wants to turn the island nation into a trading and military outpost in the Indian Ocean. And it has a good plan in advancing that agenda, including the shoring up of Sri Lanka’s major ports.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center warns of flooding of rivers in low lying areas as heavy rains continue (25 - CP)
* PFC withholds its approval of funds for ministers’ new vehicles (25 - Island)
* Those who disturb the peace will be prosecuted : President (25 - DN)
* Sri Lankan President meets Australian PM for discussions (25 - CP)
* Sri Lanka cabinet nod to set up a 1040 MW hybrid wind and solar energy park in Pooneryn (25 - CP)

SPORTS

Sri Lanka 318/7 (50.0 ov) Australia 319/8 (49.4 ov)

May 26 (ESPNCI) After weeks of pay talks with their board, there was some cheer on the field for the Australians as they warmed up for the Champions Trophy with a two-wicket win over Sri Lanka. Aaron Finch contributed 137 off 109 balls courtesy 11 fours and six sixes while Travis Head, reprieved on 60, made 85 not out as Australia recovered from a middle-order wobble to squeeze home in a 319 chase with two balls to spare.
 

May 26 (AFP) DHAKA- Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was Friday named as the head coach of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) side Khulna Titans for the next two seasons of the Twenty20 tournament. Jayawardene, who has plied his trade across the globe after taking international retirement in 2015, played for BPL franchise Dhaka Dynamites last season.
 

May 26 (ESPNCI) Come to watch the Champions Trophy safe in the knowledge that you are well protected. That is the message from Ronnie Flanagan, the chairman of the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU), in the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester this week. Flanagan said that cricket could not "yield" to the terrorists.
 

May 25 (PTI) Sri Lanka will embrace the ‘underdog’ tag at the ICC Champions Trophy in England, according to skipper Angelo Mathews. A joint-winner in 2002, Sri Lanka has only reached the semifinal stage once since, getting to the last four in the 2013 edition, also in England.
 


WORLD

May 26 (BBC) India has inaugurated a 9.15km (5.68-mile) bridge over the Lohit river, easily its longest ever, which connects the disputed state of Arunachal Pradesh with the north-eastern state of Assam. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as its own, and refers to it as "southern Tibet".
 

May 26 (BBC) Foreign climbers and Sherpas on Mount Everest are concerned about the increasing theft of oxygen bottles from high camps. They say it could threaten the lives of mountaineers because they each have a set supply for weather and traffic-related delays, as well as for the descent.
 

May 25 (BBC) US President Donald Trump is in Brussels for what his team are describing as "tough" talks with other members of the Nato military alliance. Mr Trump is also due to meet European Union officials on Thursday. He has been critical of both Nato and the EU.
 

May 25 (BBC) A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing's claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office. According to unnamed sources cited by US media, the USS Dewey passed within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef.
 


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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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