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While some walk for power, government committed to build the country - Sri Lankan President

July 29 (CP) Colombo- While some people greedy for power walk through roads aimlessly, the government is committed to build the country by working with consciousness and discipline, the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said today. Speaking at a ceremony held at the auditorium of Mawanella Provincial Council today (July 29) to distribute computers to fifty religious institutions including Pirivenas and churches in Kegalle District, the President said if the former leaders performed their duties and governed properly, there would not be a need for them to undertake long marches for political purposes, hurting their feet.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

July 29 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police today questioned a former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mahinda Balasuriya in connection with the murder of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickremetunga.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Gampaha Magistrate Ms. Kavindaa Nanayakkara today ordered the Joint Opposition's protest march Pada Yathra to march through the city on the left side of the road so as not to inconvenience the public. The Magistrate said the Assistant Superintendent of Police has the authority to arrest any individual violating the directive.

July 29 (CP) Kegalle- Kegalle Magistrate Court has ordered the joint opposition's 'Jana Satana Paada Yatra'to use only the Kandy to Colombo lane of the road when the march is proceeding through the city. Kegalle Magistrate Gayan Meegahage issued the order just a short while ago and the police handed it to MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage at Uthuwan Kande.

July 29 (CP) Karaikal- As many as 77 Tamil Nadu fishermen released and repatriated Thursday have alleged that they have been mistreated during their incarceration in Sri Lanka jails. The fishermen alleged that during their prison term, they were abused and were provided unhygienic food, according to New Indian Express.

July 29 (Island) KANDY– Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella told a media conference at his residence at Dangolla, Kandy yesterday (28) that the participants of the pada yatra from Kandy to Colombo were the corrupt and killers. "For whose sake are those people staging the pada yatra?" Minister Kiriella asked.

July 29 (DM) The owner of a tourist hotel in Akuressa and five others were taken into custody by the Matara Division Women and Children’s Bureau last morning on the charge of rape of a 13-year-old girl. Three hotel mangers and a woman who aided and abetted the crime were among them.

July 29 (DN) A former member of the Aranayake Pradeshiya Sabha was arrested for the alleged possession of illicit liquor by Aranayake Police on Wednesday. Police nabbed him at his house in Pollambegoda and also recovered eight bottles of illicit liquor from the suspect's possession.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today dismissed a petition filed by the National Freedom Front (NFF) leader MP Wimal Weerawansa, who sought an order to halt an investigation launched against him by the Bribery Commission over his assets.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- The United States is working to strengthen its relationship with all of the different facets of the Sri Lankan government, including the military, the U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap said.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Army has trained a newly-recruited batch of Sri Lanka Customs guards in response to a request made by the Director General of Customs to the Commander of the Army seeking training assistance.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's police chief IGP Pujith Jayasundara has warned to take stern action against anyone attempting to violate the court orders and engage in political activities regardless of his or her status.

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* 77 fishermen freed, say were abused in Lanka (29 - NIE)
* Sri Lanka Navy assists repatriation of 77 Indian fishermen (28 - CP)
* Riot squads on standby at Pallekele (28 - Island)
* Nalanda Principal granted bail (28 - DN)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

July 29 (CP) New Delhi- India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Friday (July 29) chaired a meeting of Internal Stakeholders to discuss the way forward towards a permanent solution to the fishermen issue between India and Sri Lanka.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Pakistan is committed to human capital development and promotion of entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka, the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Colombo, Major General (Retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain said.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today announced the recruitment of Nic Pothas as the National Fielding Coach. Pothus will join Sri Lanka Cricket from 8th August. The 42-year-old South African, a versatile wicketkeeper-batsman, who retired from 1st Class Cricket in 2011 having amassed over 11,000 runs in all forms

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Signaling a surge in U.S. development assistance for Sri Lanka, the newly-arrived Dr. Andrew Sisson officially assumed duties yesterday as the Mission Director of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to Sri Lanka and Maldives.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Following the conclusion of a visit by a high level delegation of the Japanese Government Thursday, the Sri Lankan government has confirmed that Japan is willing to fund the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system proposed in the Megalopolis Development plan.


FINANCE - TRAVEL

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Shippers' Council is largely contributing to the success of Sri Lanka's import and export sectors, Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga said. The Minister extending his wishes to mark the 50th anniversary of the Shippers' Council in a message said the employees' continued commitment, perseverance and a proper management contributed to the institutional development of the Council.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI), declined to 5.5 percent in July 2016 from 6.0 percent in the previous month, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Friday.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Pakistan's national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has formalized wet leasing of three A-330 aircraft from SriLankan Airlines. PIA CEO, Bernd Hildebrand signed the contract with Chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines, Ajith Dias and CEO Capt. Suren Ratwatte at a ceremony held in Colombo on Friday said a press release.

July 29 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares ended steady in thin trade on Friday, though cautious investors fear the gains would be short-lived, as the central bank's surprise move to raise key policy rates will hurt market sentiment.

July 29 (Reuters) The Sri Lankan rupee edged down on Friday due to importer dollar demand a day after the central bank surprisingly raised key policy rates, dealers said.

July 29 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s Tourism Development ministry has decided to abolish the minimum room rates imposed on city hotels with effect from 31st March 2017.

July 29 (Island) A group of travel agents from Singapore flew to the Seychelles via Colombo for a familiarization tour to Seychelles combined with Sri Lanka as a part of an initiative taken by SriLankan Airlines & Mihin Lanka to promote dual destinations.

July 29 (DN) Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajith Coomaraswamy said quick fixes are not a viable method to boost the economy in moving forward. He stated that quick fixes are not a viable method to boost the economy in moving forward.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Bank today said it has decided to increase both the deposit rate and the lending rate by 50 basis points further tightening the monetary policy as a pre-emptive policy measure to control inflationary pressures.

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* Flemingo Duty Free partners with FlySmiLes (29 - DM)
* Sri Lankan shares edge up ahead of policy rates announcement (28 - Reuters)
* Sri Lankan shares edge up ahead of policy rates announcement (28 - Reuters)
* JKOA rewards top performers at annual Dealer Convention (28 - CP)
* Sri Lanka’s Access Engineering net down 13-pct in June quarter (28 - LBO)
* Oman to attend World Export Development Forum in Sri Lanka (28 - CP)
* ‘Opportunities for SL in growing demand for organic food in EU region’ (28 - Island)
* Lanka becoming more integrated with global value chains (28 - DN)
* COYLE continues partnership with Dialog as exclusive telecommunication partner (28 - DM)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

July 29 (CP) Jaffna- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) together with the Government of Canada is supporting a new generation of herbal farming and indigenous herbal products through the new SIddha Medicine Production Sales and Service Cooperative Society (COPHARM) in Northern Sri Lanka.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- A special meeting to gather different views in order to prepare a new Customs Ordinance as proposed by the budget 2016 was held with the patronage of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake Thursday (July 28) at the Ministry of Finance.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- The protest march 'Jana Satana Pada Yatra' against the government launched Thursday by the Joint Opposition is a "political gimmick by bunch of crooks" and will not break the historic partnership between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party led by President Maithripala Sirisena and the United National Party led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake said yesterday.

July 29 (Island) The academic staff of South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine yesterday said the treatment its medical graduates received from the government amounted to discrimination. They said the government’s indecisiveness had caused immense suffering to the SAITM medical graduates.

July 29 (DN) Three years ago, the Galle Face Green was used for night races by placing sand bags. Some Lamborghini cars travelled through Galle Face, even knocking down some people. Because of the Good Governance that exists today, micro hospitals (modern ambulances) leave from the Galle Face Green in order to save lives” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- The main challenge faced by Sri Lanka's health sector is the severe shortage of human resources and the problems surface in the sector when measures are taken to eliminate the shortage, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today briefed Foreign Minister of Canada Stéphane Dion on Sri Lanka's progress on good governance, reconciliation and economic development. He apprised the Canadian Foreign Minister of the steps taken in the past 18 months such as adoption of the 19th Amendment

July 28 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has created an economic environment conducive to enable local and foreign investors to engage in their businesses hassle free, Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said. Pointing out that the best mechanism to provide a superb service to the people is a competitive market system, Minister Karunanayake said the policy of the government is to allow competition in the market

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Canada today, welcoming the positive engagement by Sri Lanka with the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms, encouraged the government to take advantage of this momentum to move forward on other reforms without delays.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- The emergency ambulance service set up with the assistance from the Government of India was launched today at Galle Face Green in Colombo under the patronage of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government will soon establish the proposed Independent Media Commission after a consensus with the heads of the media institutions, journalists, academics, and public, the Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilake said.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Customers in Sri Lanka will now be able to apply for their UK visit visas, more easily thanks to a new online application form, the British High Commission in Colombo says. The new form, called Access UK, offers customers a number of benefits including a shorter form, with questions ordered logically,

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka and Switzerland have inked a Memorandum of Understanding to provide employment opportunities to Sri Lankan navy personnel in Switzerland, the Ministry of Ports and Shipping announced.

July 28 (Xinhua) COLOMBO- Fifteen Sri Lankan students will go to China to further their studies after being awarded Chinese Government Scholarships, a Sri Lankan official said on Thursday in Colombo.

July 28 (Forbes) China just requested 15,000 acres of land in southern Sri Lanka for the creation of a special economic zone that will reputedly create one million jobs, according to the country's Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Protest marches never toppled govts – Rajitha (28 - Island)
* SLFPers taking part in today's Pada Yatra are traitors: CM (28 - DM)
* Karu Jayasuriya returns to Sri Lanka after treatment in Singapore (28 - DN)
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SPORTS

Sri Lanka 117 & 353 Australia 203 & 83/3 (27.0 ov)

July 29 (ESPNCI) Australia do not lose Tests to Sri Lanka. That, at least, is the conventional wisdom, for it has happened only once in the 33-year history between the two nations. It has not happened this century. But times change. There is every chance Sri Lanka will rewrite the conventions in 2016, for at stumps on day four they were in a powerful position, seven wickets from victory. Australia needed 185 runs, and runs were coming at glacial speed.

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Sri Lanka 117 & 314/7 (87.3 ov) Australia 203

July 29 (ESPNCI) Kusal Mendis had one first-class century before today. He walked to the crease at 6 for 2, after a wicket fell on the third ball of the morning. Sri Lanka were 80 short of making Australia bat again. Mendis had survived only seven deliveries in the first innings. The ingredients were all wrong, but like the world's greatest chef he worked his magic and fashioned them into something delicious.

July 28 (CP) Pallekele- Kusal Mendis struck a magnificent maiden century on Thursday (July 28), as Sri Lanka fought its way back into contention in the first Test against Australia. By the time bad light brought an early end to the proceedings for a third consecutive day a little after tea, Sri Lanka had opened up a lead of 196 runs in Pallekele.

July 28 (ESPNCI) Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has revealed that one of the biggest challenges he faced during his tenure as captain was to convince Muttiah Muralitharan to overcome his "defensive mindset" as a bowler. Jayawardene made the comments on the second episode of ESPNcricinfo Talking Cricket, to be aired on SONY ESPN on Friday night.


WORLD

July 29 (LM) New Delhi- Union minister for home affairs Rajnath Singh promised Bangladesh India’s fullest support in its fight against “terrorism, fundamentalism and radicalism” during discussions held on Thursday in New Delhi with his Bangladeshi counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan. Khan is on a four day-visit to India to discuss security and border management issues in the wake of recent terror attacks in Bangladesh.

More : WORLD

July 29 (BBC) Indonesia has carried out the executions of four drug convicts, including three foreigners. The Indonesian man and three Nigerians were killed by firing squad shortly after midnight local time (17:00 GMT) at the Nusakambangan prison island. A further 10 convicts being held on the island are also expected to be put to death in the near future.

July 28 (BBC) More than 100 people have been killed in monsoon floods in South Asia, as torrential rain caused chaos in several countries. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, with many rescued from rising waters and housed in shelters. Nepal has suffered the highest death toll with over 75 people killed this week in floods and landslides.

July 28 (BBC) Indonesia has confirmed it will execute 14 people on death row for drug crimes in the coming days. UN human rights officials have expressed concern over the planned executions, urging Jakarta to put an end to "unjust" capital punishment. The inmates have not been officially named but they are known to include citizens of Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India.


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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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