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EU in the process of revising its development strategy for Sri Lanka

May 30 (CP) Colombo- The European Union (EU), in close consultation with the Government, is currently in the process of revising its development strategy for Sri Lanka, a joint EU- Sri Lanka statement said Monday. The Working Group on Cooperation under the framework of the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission concluded its meeting in Colombo on 30 May 2016. Joint Press Release issued following the meeting said it was held in a "positive, open and constructive atmosphere."
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LEGAL - SITUATION

May 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Information Secretary has expressed his discontent about the progress in the investigations into the allegations against former LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP.

May 30 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Navy Monday said it has arrested 29 local fishermen for allegedly engaged in illegal fishing practices. The arrested persons and the items were handed over to the Addalachchenai Fisheries Inspector for further investigations.

May 30 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today ordered the Sri Lanka Army to hand over documents and other information related to the investigation of the 2009 murder of a journalist.

May 30 (CP) Chennai- Hundreds of people gathered in Chennai on Sunday to pay homage to late Balachandran, son of the late founder of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who died during the final phase of the Sri Lankan civil war in May 2009, ANI reported.

May 30 (CP) Colombo- Following the recent floods that have caused loss of over 100 lives and severe damages, Israel has been in touch with the Sri Lankan authorities and provided US$ 20,000 of immediate disaster relief supplies to people and areas that were significantly affected by the disaster, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

May 30 (Island) Anuradhapura Chief Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela on Friday ordered to remand till June 02 a 22-year-old suspect alleged to have been absconding after killing his 20-year-old wife. The suspect Addarawalage Romesh Asiri (22), a resident of Akkara Wissa in Galenbindunuwewa was married to Malshani Sanjeewani (20), daughter of OIC of Horowpathana Police.

May 30 (DN) Two persons including a woman died while another woman was injured in a shooting incident that took place at a bus halt in the Pannala area. Police investigations revealed that a person on a motor bike fired at the victims with a T56 weapon and fled.

May 29 (CP) Colombo- Since the prevailing bad weather conditions in the island is expected to continue within the next 24 hours, Sri Lanka's National Building Research Organization (NBRO) Sunday issued an alert warning the people in the landslide prone areas to be vigilant.

May 29 (CP) Colombo- The Japanese government, which over the years has indicated its strong support to enhance maritime cooperation between Japan and Sri Lanka, has reconfirmed the importance of maintaining the freedom of the high seas and maritime order based on the rule of law.

May 29 (CP) Colombo- The Chief Minister of Eastern Province Nazeer Ahamed condemned the decision taken by the tri-forces to boycott events he attends as a political decision and said everybody involved in the dispute at the event in a Sampur school should apologize for their wrong actions.

May 28 (CP) Colombo- Several places in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo including Thunmulla, Armour Street and Panchikawatta areas were flooded due to heavy rain Colombo experienced on Friday night, according to local media reports.

May 29 (ECONOMYNEXT) Sri Lanka's military commanders banning controversial chief minister of the eastern province and announcing a boycott of his events has caused serious anguish in the political establishment.

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* Funds flowed to CSN from Seychelles (29 - SL)
* Pedestrian killed: CCTV footage leads to arrest of hit-and-run three-wheeler driver (29 - ST)
* US expert on disaster mitigation: People should be relocated from disaster-prone areas (29 - SO)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

May 30 (CP) Polonnaruwa- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today vowed to take strict action against government officials for any unauthorized building or environmental pollution. "If any unauthorized buildings or environmental pollution happens damaging the canal and river preservations in any area, strict actions will be taken against the responsible government officials in the areas," President Sirisena said.

May 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense said today the restrictions imposed by the security forces on the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Nazeer Ahmed have been lifted. Military Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said restrictions imposed on the Chief Minister were lifted with effect from today.

May 30 (CP) Islamabad- On the invitation of Government of Pakistan, a 43-member delegation of Sri Lankan ministers, senior monks, religious scholars, media representatives and pilgrims left for Pakistan on May 29, 2016 to attend the first-ever Wesak Festival hosted by the Government of Pakistan at Taxila from 29th May to 1st June 2016.

May 29 (CP) Seoul- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the cost effective methods for governments to discharge its obligations to provide welfare services require close cooperation with service organizations.


FINANCE - TRAVEL

May 30 (CP) Colombo- For the first time, Sri Lanka has been invited to participate in the 12th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), scheduled to take place from August 2-4 at the Jakarta Convention Centre, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

May 30 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Tourism Development, Lands and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga says Sri Lanka has potential as a venue for holding Meetings, Incentive travel, conferences and events (MICE) tourism.

** Related Story ::Sri Lanka Tourism celebrates its Golden Jubilee

May 30 (WSJ) Sri Lanka sought a $1.5 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund last month after saddling itself with billions of dollars in Chinese loans.

May 30 (Reuters) Sri Lankan rupee forwards fell on Monday due to dollar demand from importers amid fears the currency could weaken further if the government increases spending following the country's worst natural disaster since 2004, dealers said.

May 30 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares fell to a near one-month low on Monday as investors sold large cap stocks on sentiment dented by a lack of catalysts for buying risky assets, amid concerns over foreign outflows and rising interest rates.

May 30 (DM) Etisalat Lanka has taken the initiative to provide free reloads for pre-paid customers and an increase in credit limit for post-paid customers who have been affected by the natural disaster that hit Sri Lanka.

May 30 (Island) Textured Jersey Lanka (TJ) whose sustainable business practices extend not only to their financial sustainability, but also to their environmental social responsibilities, has been recognised

May 30 (DN) Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has become the first terminal operator in the Port of Colombo to implement ‘e Boat Notes’ in collaboration with Sri Lanka Customs, breaking new ground in efforts to reduce paper in export documentation.

May 29 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's Islamic finance sector continues to grow steadily but lacks staff who are qualified and have technical knowledge, the recently launched Islamic Finance Country Report 2016 said.

May 29 (Xinhua) "If the Colombo South Harbor Terminal did not exist, I would probably still be seeking employment overseas to earn money to support my 5-member family," said Yuri S. Kannangara, the assistant general manager of the operations department of the Colombo South Harbor Terminal located in Sri Lanka's capital.

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* Fiscal Reforms Imperative – CBSL (29 - SL)
* CB plans to launch Panda bonds (29 - ST)
* Business chambers urge better urban, rural planning (29 - SO)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

May 30 (CP) Colombo- The Survey Department of Sri Lanka has sought cooperation with Sri Lanka Navy in order to expedite data collection and mapping of recently flood affected areas in Colombo and Gampaha districts in Western Province.

May 30 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Canada has provided CAD 310,000 (approximately Rs. 35 million) in support to humanitarian relief efforts in Sri Lanka in response to the May 2016 flooding and landslides. The funding was disbursed through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF) and the Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund (EDAF) of Global Affairs Canada

May 30 (CP) Colombo- The Committee of Public Representations on Constitutional Reforms appointed by Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe to seek public opinion on the proposed constitutional reforms will hand over its report to the Prime Minister Tuesday (May 31).

May 30 (Hindu) With the new regime in Tamil Nadu taking charge, activists, experts and the Northern Province's fishing community advocate that the State and Central governments in India encourage deep sea fishing.

May 30 (Island) Residents living in the vicinity of the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) at Gothatuwa are up in arms against the health ministry move to dump refuse from the National Hospital in vacant lands in the area transported in ministry vehicles.

May 30 (DN) The battle between the Health Minister and the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) heated up yesterday as Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne refused to be deterred by ‘threats to strike’ and calls for his removal. However, the doctors’ appointments which have stirred much controversy will come to effect from next week, as planned, the minister said.

May 29 (CP) Colombo- The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Eastern Province Nazeer Ahamed, who humiliated a Sri Lanka Navy officer at a function in Sampur Maha Vidyalaya should apologize unconditionally, Minster Rauf Haleem, the leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, which represents the Chief Minister, said.

May 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the Island Sunday after completing a successful four-day official visit to Japan to attend the G7 outreach summit. Several ministers and other officials welcomed the President on his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport this afternoon.

May 29 (BBC) A young elephant has been rescued from an uncovered drain in Sri Lanka's Hambantota port. Locals workers joined forces with wildlife officials to use an array of basic tools to carry out the rescue operation.

May 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's state doctors' union, Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to remove current Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and appoint a qualified person to the post.

May 29 (CP) Abu Dhabi- The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has provided humanitarian aid to those affected by the floods and landslides in Sri Lanka recently, a statement here said. The ERC, in coordination with the UAE Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, is working on providing the best relief services to reduce the suffering of those affected and to improve the humanitarian situation there.

May 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) plans to stage a protest against the government this week, General Secretary of the JVP, Tilvin Silva has said. The party senior has criticized the government's decision to impose taxes on people and said the imposing taxes burdening the people is unfair and the party will stage a protest on Thursday in Colombo to pressure the government to reduce the taxes.

May 29 (CP) Colombo: Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran in a congratulatory message to Chief Minister of India's Tamil Nadu state J. Jayalalithaa on Saturday said he is eager to meet the Chief Minister to discuss Tamil people's needs.

May 29 (Forbes) Hardly anybody goes to Sri Lanka's Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) because they have a flight. No, the air transport hub is currently a daily flight or two away from being completely defunct, and the people who do go there tend to be tourists making a side trip from the nearby wildlife parks to see the stunning, fully modern airport in the middle of the jungle for themselves.

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* Flight Attendants Threaten Industrial Action (29 - SL)
* Vulnerable children the focus of care agencies (29 - ST)
* More facilities for MPs in development work (29 - SO)
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SPORTS

England 498/9d & 80/1 (23.2 ov) Sri Lanka 101 & 475 (f/o)

May 30 (ESPNCI) Alstair Cook finally reached the 10,000-run landmark, the 12th man to do so in Test history, as England secured a nine-wicket victory to take the series although not without some significant toil. Dinesh Chandimal's sixth Test century, and first outside Asia, had continued Sri Lanka's batting resurgence before they were bowled out for 475 to leave a target of 79.

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May 30 (ESPNCI) Bangladesh Women coach Janak Gamage has resigned from his job following an extended period during which, he said, he worked with the team without the BCB extending his contract. His next assignment, he said, will be with Thailand Women. Gamage, a former Sri Lanka fast bowler, was appointed by the BCB in August 2014 on a one-year contract, but he was kept around for another 10 months as he took the team to the Women's World T20 in India earlier this year.

England 498/9d Sri Lanka 101 & 446/8 (124.3 ov) (f/o)

May 30 (ESPNCI) Dinesh Chandimal's sixth Test century, and first outside Asia, ensured that England would have to bat again at Chester-le-Street. Sri Lanka's revival continued on the fourth morning despite the early loss of Milinda Siriwardana with Rangana Herath playing an important role in a stand of 89. Chandimal's hundred came from 172 balls when he guided Chris Woakes through gully - after a nervy nine deliveries on 99 -

England 498/9d Sri Lanka 101 & 309/5 (84.0 ov) (f/o)

May 29 (ESPNCI) Barring extraordinary events, Sri Lanka are still going to lose the second Test - and potentially by an innings - but they were not, to borrow one of Angelo Mathews' words, humiliated on the third day as they made England work hard for their rewards in the follow-on. The captain himself played a large part in that, Mathews striking a bristling 80, .


WORLD

May 30 (BBC) A Nepali soldier has won the world's highest marathon on Mount Everest. Bed Bahadur Sunuwar was one of more than 150 local and foreign runners in the race, which began at Nepal's base camp. The annual run marks the anniversary of the first summit of the peak by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary in 1953.

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May 30 (Dawn) ROME- At least 700 migrants may have died at sea this past week in the busiest week of migrant crossings from Libya towards Italy this year, Medecins San Frontieres and the UN Refugee agency said on Sunday. About 14,000 have been rescued since Monday amid calm seas, and there have been at least three confirmed instances of boats sinking.

May 29 (AP) A special zoo response team shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla on Saturday that grabbed and dragged a 4-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat, the Cincinnati Zoo’s director said. Authorities said the boy, who fell 10 to 12 feet, is expected to recover after being picked up out of the moat and dragged by the gorilla for about 10 minutes. He was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Zoo officials said he was alert when he was transported there.

May 29 (PTI) Pakistan seems to have failed to seal the $700 million deal for the purchase of eight F-16 fighter jets from the U.S. following a row between the two countries over their financing, a media report said on Saturday. The Pakistani government was required to provide the Letter of Acceptance for purchase of the jets by May 24, but Dawn reported that the document was not issued leading to expiry of the offer.


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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