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Sri Lankan President praises former president Chandrika for not being corrupt

July 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday paid a glowing tribute to former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga praising her for not being corrupt and safeguarding democracy in the country. The President spoke about the contribution Kumaratunga made when she was president from 1995 - 2005 when he attended Kumaratunga's 70th birthday celebrations held at the BMICH in Colombo Sunday. President Sirisena said when people ask him what did Chandrika Kumaranatunga do for this country, the answer he can give is that the only thing Bandaranaike family did not do for this country is theft, fraud and corruption.
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July 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka police will strengthen security in areas where the nominations for the general elections are to be submitted, Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said. He said that law and order will be protected during this period following instructions of the Inspector General of Police.

July 06 (DM) A Russian woman who violated traffic laws while attempting to assault Women Police Constables as she rode a motorcycle was taken into custody by the Police on Saturday evening (04) in Negombo.

July 06 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's August elections have been timed to stop a comeback by war-time president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who remarkably may see his popularity rise in coming months if criticised for war crimes in a U.N report, said government sources.

July 06 (DN) Twelve police officers attached to the Mahiyanganaya Police Station had been transferred with immediate effect, sources at the Mahiyanganaya Police said. These transfers had been made during the past two days following an incident where a group of UNP supporters were attacked

July 06 (Island) Police said that four persons including a female Karaoke dancer, a three wheeler driver had been taken into custody over the last week’s killing of actor Indika Ratnayake in a brawl at a restaurant in Maharagama.

July 05 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has recently recruited 3,600 rehabilitated former combatants of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to the Civil Defence Force. The new recruits have been given appointment letters at a function held in Kilinochchi recently.

July 05 (CP) Colombo- The Chief Minister of Western Province Prasanna Ranatunga says an investigation conducted by the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) of Sri Lanka police against him is a conspiracy to arrest him for supporting the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

* President lauds SLN’s pivotal role in defeating scourge of terrorism (5 - Island)
* Sarath de Abrew case: CID to file report in court (5 - ST)
* NDDCB unveils: MPs in drug trade (5 - SO)

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July 06 (CP) Colombo- All arrangements are in place to accept nominations for the Lanka parliamentary elections August 17 today (06), the election Secretariat said. Additional Elections Commissioner R. M. A. L. Ratnayake said beginning from today nominations could be handed over until noon on July 13.

July 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today accused President Maithripala Sirisena of betraying the people by allowing the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the general election under the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

July 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's nationalist party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) will withdraw from the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and form a new front after the coalition party gave the nod for former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest upcoming elections.


July 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 11.9 percent in June this year compared to the same period last year, the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed. The month recorded 115,467 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 103,175 arrived in June 2014.

July 06 (Island) Just as Sri Lanka vies for China's booming export market, the country also yearns for imports from China-and Sri Lanka is an 'important location' in China's strategic Silk Road Economic Belt project and China's new "World Bank", as revealed on 02 July.

July 06 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s rupee may strengthen supported by foreign inflows to finance an upcoming general election in September this year, Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran told reporters recently.

July 06 (DN) Ceylon Biscuits Limited (CBL), the innovator of many new taste experiences for Sri Lankan consumers recently announced the launch of Munchee BeeCee, the latest addition to their innovative portfolio of biscuit products.

July 05 (CP) Colombo- Striving to be a leader in the use of Green technology, Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has moved from paper-based meetings to paperless iPad enabled meetings.

* Economy improving , inflation drops - CB Governor (5 - Island)
* 5-star hotels cheapest in Sri Lanka, Asian survey shows (5 - ST)
* Hyatt Hotel project faces Rs 9b shortfall (5 - SO)


July 06 (CP) Colombo- Legendary cricketer and Deputy Minister of Provincial Councils and Regional Development Sanath Jayasuriya says he will not contest the upcoming parliamentary elections. He told local media that he has also resigned from the post of Sri Lanka Freedom Party Chief Organizer in Matara Electorate.

July 06 (CP) Chennai- Indian central government is considering a proposal to establish a rail bridge linking Rameswaram in the Tamil Nadu state and Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka's northwest, Union minister of state for road transport, highways and shipping, Pon Radhakrishna has said.

July 06 (Island) With the UPFA announcing that it had decided to give former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nomination to contest the August 17 General Election , moves are on to revive the Common Alliance under the Swan Symbol which had ensured the installation of Maithripala Sirisena as President.

July 06 (DM) The party seriously considers the exclusion of three MPs who have tarnished their reputations. It is learnt that most party seniors are not in favour of giving nomination to them. President Maitripala Sirisena has had reservation about giving nomination to three former MPs of the United People Freedom Alliance (UPFA) charged with various allegations, it is learnt.

July 06 (DN) If President Maithripala Sirisena had taken a decision to give nomination to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest under the United People’s Freedom Front (UPFA) or the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) ticket, he will not be able to prevent a mass exodus of UPFA and SLFP MPs from joining other political parties to contest the forthcoming general election, Constitutional lawyer and Transparency International Executive Director J.C. Weliamuna yesterday told the Daily News.

July 05 (CP) Colombo- The United National Party, led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe is reportedly elated over the decision taken by the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to nominate the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest next month's parliamentary elections.

July 05 (CP) Colombo- Arjuna Ranatunga, the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) organizer for Attanagalle says he is considering to contest the upcoming elections from another party if SLFP gives nomination to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

July 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's nationalist party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) is considering to withdraw from the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and form a new coalition after the coalition party gave the nod for former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest upcoming elections.

July 05 (NIE) COLOMBO- Following the grant of the United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentary election ticket to former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his rival and serving President Maithripala Sirisena is set to form an anti-Rajapaksa alliance with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

July 05 (AM) The move by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to give nomination to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent ripples across several influential diplomatic missions operating in Colombo. Immediately after the announcement came on Friday, an Ambassador representing a powerful western nation in Colombo had sought an appointment with President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss about latest developments.

* Presidential directives won't harm Jan 8 transformation (6 - DN)
* Sri Lanka President claims ignorance over Mahinda nomination (5 - Island)
* TNA faces dispute over nominations (5 - ST)
* MR on SLFP ticket (5 - SO)


Sri Lanka 278 & 313 Pakistan 215 & 0/0 (0.1 ov)

July 06 (ESPNCI) Angelo Mathews' fifth Test century stretched Sri Lanka's lead to 376 on the fourth morning, even as Imran Khan picked up his maiden five-for with the second new ball. Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal strengthened Sri Lanka's position further before Imran broke through, adding 50 runs more to extend their sixth-wicket partnership to 117.


Sri Lanka 278 &

July 05 (ESPNCI) Angelo Mathews was the rock in Sri Lanka's middle order once again, soaking up all the pressure Pakistan created, and rebuilding from 35 for 3 to take the hosts to a commanding position. Upul Tharanga, Jehan Mubarak and Dinesh Chandimal supported their captain as Sri Lanka gradually stretched their lead to 291 until bad light ended play on another rain-hit day.

Sri Lanka 278 & 36/3 (11.1 ov) Pakistan 215

July 05 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka took two overs on the third morning to dismiss last man Imran Khan and seal a 63-run first-innings lead, leaving Sarfraz Ahmed stranded on 78. Heavily overcast skies suggested another day of rain interruptions, and play started five minutes late after a drizzle. Angelo Mathews made no attempt to go after Sarfraz.

July 05 (KT) Three Pakistani and two Sri Lankan legends have confirmed their participation in the Masters Champions League (MCL). According to a MCL spokesperson, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have confirmed their participation for the tournament, which is scheduled to be kicked off in the UAE in February.


July 05 (Xinhua) BEIJING- Some 1,000 historical documents on Japanese aggression have been donated to a Beijing museum after China said it welcomed such evidence. These documents, which were donated to the Overseas Chinese History Museum by Taiwan artists Hsu Po Yih and mainland entrepreneur Li Zhe, included books, newspapers and bonds related to major wars launched by Japan.

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July 05 (Dawn) PESHAWAR- While praising sacrifices of the Pakistan Army and Zarb-e-Azb’s “disruptive effect on terrorists” in North Waziristan Agency, US Ambassador Richard Olson has said that it is time proxy wars in South Asia come to an end. “I think the era of proxy war in South Asia should come to an end,” said Ambassador Olson, adding that they should end regardless of who was behind such wars in the region.

July 05 (BBC) US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has accused China of stealing commercial secrets and government information. She accused China of "trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in America", and urged vigilance.

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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