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Economy stabilized amid many challenges - Sri Lanka PM

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the current unity government has been able to repay loans and stabilize the economy amid many challenges. Addressing an election rally in Nikaweratiya on Sunday in support of the United National Party candidates for the local government election in the area, the Premier said the present regime took over a bankrupt economy without any future.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Jan 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today postponed the contempt of court case against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake until 23 March when it was taken up for hearing today. The case was called today before a three-judge bench comprising Justices Sisira de Abrew, Nalin Perera and Vijith Malalgoda.
 

Jan 22 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to 58 people arrested in connection with the attack on Kataragama police station and released on bail. The suspects were produced before the Tissamaharama Magistrate Court today
 

Jan 22 (Island) Police who were charged by elephants as they staked out a cannabis farm dropped an automatic rifle as they ran for their lives, sparking a hunt Sunday for the missing weapon. Policemen who had been camping out near the plantation in a bid to catch crooks turned tail and scarpered after the huge creatures started hurtling after them.
 

Jan 22 (DM) Senior Additional Solicitor General Dappula de Livera, who investigated the Central Bank bond scam along with others, had been sidelined from initiating legal action based on recommendations by the Presidential Commission regarding the fraud, sources said.
 

Jan 21, Colombo: The Special Task Force (STF) Police and the anti-riot squad have been deployed to provide security for Kataragama police and maintain law and order after tensions erupted following the shooting death of a motorcyclist in the city.
 

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The police said that a peaceful situation prevails in Kataragama now after a police officer who fatally shot a motorcyclist was arrested. The police shot at the motorcyclist at around 11.00 pm yesterday when he disregarded an order to stop for inspection upon suspicious activity.
 

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed IGP Pujith Jayasundara to hold an impartial comprehensive inquiry into a complaint lodged by a female principal alleging the Chief Minister of Uva Province Chamara Sampath Dissanayake of harassment by forcing her to kneel down before him.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Special HC to prosecute persons accused of bribery, corruption and financial crimes (21 - Island)
* Retd. High Court Judge knocks down mother and daughter, killing one (21 - ST)
* Controversial MiG deal : AG calls for more evidence (21 - SO)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Jan 22 (CP) Colombo- The government of Thailand expects to offer its assistance for the development of Sri Lanka's agriculture sector through many new programs, the country's envoy has told the Sri Lankan head of the state Maithripala Sirisena.
 

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Human Rights Commission has issued guidelines for police officers to follow before, during and after the upcoming local government election.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Jan 22 (CP) Colombo- One of Sri Lanka's leading global apparel solutions provider, Hela Clothing, recently produced and shipped their one millionth garment from their factory in Ethiopia.
 

Jan 22 (Island) The No. 1 isotonic drink in Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar - 100PLUS – was officially launched in Sri Lanka on 17th January 2018.
 

Jan 22 (DM) The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has approved the listing of shares of Sunshine group’s newly formed tea plantations subsidiary, Hatton Plantations Limited. The CSE in principle approved the introduction of 236.67 million Hatton Plantations shares, upon receiving the declaration from the company.
 

Jan 22 (DN) Sri Lanka’s largest education exhibition and job fair, EDEX Expo concluded at BMICH Colombo yesterday with a record number of stalls on display and a huge crowd participation.
 

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's premium business chamber, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) is organizing two business forums with business delegations from Singapore and Indonesia during the visit of the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and President of Indonesia Joko Widodo this week.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Tea Board cracks whip on contaminated tea exports (21 - Island)
* Debt level tops Rs. 9,387 billion: New law to manage borrowings (21 - ST)
* Govt mulls nation-branding initiative (21 - SO)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Jan 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that he refuses to give any concessions to beverage companies regarding the sugar tax on sweetened beverages proposed in the 2018 budget.
 

Jan 22 (CP) Colombo- Postal voting for the Local Government elections on February 10 will begin today. Officials of the police stations, Divisional Secretariats, District Secretariats and election office could cast their postal votes on January 22,
 

Jan 22 (Island) Leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna and Joint Opposition Parliament group leader Dinesh Gunawardena has written to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya requesting that copies of the Bond Commission report be made available to each and every MP.
 

Jan 22 (DM) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday claimed that while there was a yahapalana government in power there was a yahapalana opposition as well. Issuing a statement, he said after the August 2015 parliamentary election, the UNP Speaker refused to recognize the joint opposition
 

Jan 22 (DN) "The Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna (PPJ) is the only political party contesting the forthcoming local government elections without the picture of its leader on its election literature. The party is displaying the picture of Mahinda Rajapaksa instead, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister and UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera said.
 

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka today in strong terms condemned the attack on the Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday that killed 18 people and injured another 10 people and reiterated its stance against all forms of terrorism.
 

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The government has allocated Rs. 65 billion for a four-year program to develop all the schools in the country with the aim of providing equal educational opportunities to all the children.
 

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Uva Province Chief Minister, Chamara Sampath Dassanayake, who is alleged of humiliating a female principal by making her kneel before him, said he resigned from the post of Provincial Minister of Education with immediate effect.

** Related Story ::Teachers' union demands arrest of Uva Chief Minister for threatening a Tamil female teacher
 

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The University Grants Commission says two more faculties of medicine will be established paving the way forward for further expansion of higher education in the country.
 

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena surprised many people by asking the Supreme Court (SC) whether he has “any impediment to continue in the office of President for a period of six years.”
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* District leaders urged to lead in addressing religious & ethnic tensions (21 - Island)
* Speaker brokers SLFP-UNP truce, but undercurrents remain (21 - ST)
* Cabinet to get cracking on Corruption Court (21 - SO)

SPORTS

Jan 22 (Island) Sri Lanka's bowlers dismissed Zimbabwe for what both captains agreed was a sub-par score, but Dinesh Chandimal felt Sri Lanka's batsmen could have executed the chase better. His grouse is perhaps with Sri Lanka's middle-overs stutter, which delayed victory and probably cost Sri Lanka a bonus point.
 

Jan 22 (ESPNCI) Angelo Mathews is not merely out of the ongoing ODI tri-nation series, but is also in serious doubt for the Tests against Bangladesh, and has returned to Colombo for treatment. It was hoped that the niggle in Mathews' right hamstring would heal quickly enough for him to take part in the back-end of the tri-nation series. However, as has often been the case with Mathews' injuries, recovery has been slow.
 

Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets

Jan 21 (ESPNCI) Thisara Perera prospered with the short balls that once made him a penetrative limited-overs operator; Lakshan Sandakan turned the ball big and bought two wickets, which is the prerogative of any budding wristspinner and Nuwan Pradeep cleaned up the lower order with searing reverse swing. Sure, they are playing a side that is ranked 10th, but such has been the recent history between these teams that the following is nevertheless worth noting: this was a bowling performance of rare quality from Sri Lanka.
 

Jan 21 (ESPNCI) Zimbabwe chose to bat on a fresh Mirpur surface expected to favour batting. Graeme Cremer, their captain, said the surface may also get more difficult to score on as the game goes on. Zimbabwe had also batted first in the first game between these sides, and won by 12 runs. Sri Lanka chose to beef up their spin attack, bringing in left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan at the expense of legspinning-allrounder Wanindu Hasaranga.
 


WORLD

Jan 22 (AFP) India's President on Sunday sacked 20 lawmakers from the state assembly in New Delhi after they were revealed to be holding jobs in government despite laws forbidding the practice. The purge reduces by nearly a third the number of state assembly seats held by Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP),
 

Jan 22 (Dawn) The Foreign Office (FO) on Sunday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh to lodge a protest against casualties resulting from a ceasefire violation by Indian forces. A day earlier, six Pakistani citizens were killed and another 25 were injured
 

Jan 22 (Dawn) KABUL- Gunmen in army uniform, who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night, killed more than 30 people and wounded many more, although the final toll might still be higher.
 

Jan 22 (BDN) Bangladesh will not force the Rohingya refugees to go back to Myanmar, the foreign minister has said as the two countries signed agreements to start the repatriation process by Jan 23 despite international criticism. “It will be voluntary. In all of our documents, [that Bangladesh, Myanmar signed] we have mentioned that it will be a voluntary return.
 


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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