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Sri Lanka to contest the European Court decision lifting sanctions on LTTE

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has decided to contest the decision by the General Court of the European Union (EU)to annul the sanctions placed on the Tamil Tiger terrorist group and will send an envoy to seek support in the union against the ruling. Sri Lanka's EU Ambassador Rodney Perera is to travel to Strasbourg on Monday to attend the EU parliament's plenary session and to mobilize two key committees, foreign affairs and security and defense, a report by Press Trust of India said. Ambassador Perera is also expected to lobby European Council to challenge the Court's ruling.
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SECURITY - SITUATION

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The decision by the General Court of European Union to lift the sanctions the EU imposed in 2006 against the LTTE, the Tamil Tiger terrorist group, will help to revive the vanquished outfit in Sri Lanka's Tamil-dominated Northern Province, a senior Tamil political leader has said.

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka will conduct public sittings to hear cases of missing in Mullaitivu District again from 2nd to the 5th of November 2014.

Oct 19 (CP) Chennai- In an inter-state joint police operation, the anti-narcotics wing of the Delhi Police and the Chennai city police have arrested two Sri Lankans and a Chennai resident for possession of narcotics.

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will mark the National Safety Day, which was commemorated for eight years continuously since 2006, in Hambantota district this year. The Ministry of Disaster Management has made arrangements to commemorate the National Safety Day this year on 26th December under the theme "Safety Sri Lanka- let us unite to eradicate disasters"

Oct 18 (CP) Chennai- Following the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision to annul the sanctions against Sri Lanka's defunct Tamil Tiger terrorist group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) , the pro-LTTE Tamil political parties in Tamil Nadu have begun to demand the Indian government to lift the group's ban in India.

** Related Story ::European Court annuls sanctions on LTTE on technical grounds but maintains asset freeze

Oct 19 (Nation) Six suspects, including two women have been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) after authorities uncovered a sophisticated vehicle theft racket. The Police said the suspects would check major newspapers for advertisements regarding vehicles available for rent and then rent the said vehicles for one monthís period after making a payment.

Oct 19 (ST) The Ministry of Defence and Urban Development is inviting complaints from people who have lost their property or land in the Northern Province due to terrorism after 1980. The ministry said those who had lost property or land should send in details about themselves and their property to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, 15/5, Baladaksha Mawatha, Colombo 03.

Oct 19 (SO) The LTTE is now reorganising to seek legitimacy on foreign soil through loopholes in their legal systems with the same ruthlessness and deceptiveness it operated in Sri Lanka in the post 2009 phase, International Terrorism Expert Rohan Gunaratna said.

Oct 18 (Hindu) Fishermen leaders of Northern Sri Lanka have sought legal action to deter Indian fishermen from illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters.

Oct 18 (ENS) The European Union court, which struck down the sanctions imposed on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the EU in 2006, had its own reasons to do so. Significantly, the court has not lifted the freezing of the assets owned by the banned organisation.

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* Leading US role in EU ban on Tigers recalled (18 - Island)
* Doctor killed, three injured in accident (18 - DM)
* No bail for alleged abductors (18 - DN)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Two parliamentarians of a minor opposition party would soon join the main opposition United National Party (UNP), party sources said. MPs Arjuna Ranatunga and Tiran Alles of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) led by former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka are expected to join the UNP soon.

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka and India have held the 24th International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting in the mid seas Thursday to discuss maritime issues common to both countries. The IMBL meeting between the Sri Lanka Navy and the Indian Navy/Coast Guard was held onboard SLNS Sagara

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today reiterated that he is prepared to abolish the Executive Presidential System on the day the separatists give up their call for a separate state in Sri Lanka.

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- In an unprecedented move, Sri Lanka's former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva has apologized for his verdict in the "helping Hambantota" case that paved the way for the current President, Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest for presidential election in 2005.


FINANCE

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- INFOTEL, the popular Sri Lankan ICT exposition organized by the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) will be held this year from 24 to 26 October at the BMICH. The 2014 edition will be held under the theme 'A Smarter Tomorrow'.

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has established an Inter Regulatory Institutions Council to facilitate sharing information among financial sector regulators. The Council has been established with the view to identify issues that require collective action by financial sector regulators to promote financial system stability and the development of the financial sector.

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines, replacing its fleet with wide-body aircraft will take delivery of its first brand new Airbus A330-300 aircraft during the last week of October 2014.

Oct 19 (Island) International oil prices have been falling through the year despite various attempts by the OPEC to drive prices up, industry statistics reveal, with prices of Brent crude oil down to 83.56 USD/BBL in October from 94.72 in September 2014.

Oct 19 (ST) Sri Lankaís tourism industry was caught unawares after the Government announced restrictions on travel to the north for foreigners. While one industry body said they had received news of the restriction and noted that henceforth it would take 2-3 days to get clearance for foreigners to visit the north, at least two other associations were unaware and expressed surprise.

Oct 19 (SO) UB Finance will open avenues to improve the SME sector and the personal aspirations and lifestyles of the people, UB Finance Ltd, Chairman Alexis Lovell told the Annual General Meeting of the company at the Post Graduate Institute of Management recently.

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* First Capital Holdings PLC reports significant growth (18 - Island)
* Hingurana targets 30,000 metric tonnes of sugar in 2015 (18 - DN)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Coalition partner of Sri Lanka's ruling alliance, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) announced Sunday that the party would present to the President a set of proposals to amend the Constitution. The JHU at its 11th national congress held in Maharagama Sunday adopted eight resolutions

Oct 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka opposition political parties have planned to summon more than 100,000 workers to Colombo on October 20th and 21st. The collective of government, semi-government and private sector trade unions is to stage a massive demonstration on October 21 in front of the Fort Railway Station in Colombo to make 17 demands including a Rs. 10,000 salary increase from the government.

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- After the European Commission proposed to ban imports of fisheries products from Sri Lanka, several foreign countries have already expressed their willingness to purchase their fish product requirements from Sri Lanka, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said today.

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has developed a national strategy in compliance with the international standards to identify and protect trafficking victims. The National Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force chaired by the Secretary, Ministry of Justice has developed a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the identification and protection of trafficking victims.

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will launch the sixth phase of the "Divi Neguma" domestic agriculture program on Monday (October 20) , the Ministry of Economic Development announced.

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Japan today handed over a self-propelled grab hopper dredger constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.2 billion to Sri Lanka today to develop country's fishery industry. The handing over ceremony of a self-propelled grab hopper dredger named "Sayuru" took place today (October 18) at the Dikkowita Fishery Harbor

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Major rivers in Southern Sri Lanka, swollen by incessant rain, have overflown submerging roads and low lying areas in the South. The Kalu, Gin and Nilwala rivers in the south are overflowing, the National Disaster Management center said, cautioning the people in low lying areas.

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has removed the General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways B.A.P. Ariyaratne with immediate effect. Ariyaratne has been removed from service from October 16th, immediately after the railway strike in Sri Lanka which paralyzed the train services for about two days.

Oct 19 (Nation) Jathika Hela Urumayaís (JHU) policy of not harming the environment with banners and cut-outs at the election propaganda campaigns has been given thumbs up at the Fridayís meeting between the political party secretaries and the Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya.

Oct 19 (Island) Speculation is rife that former Navy Commander, Admiral (Retd) Jayanath Colombage is tipped to be appointed Sri Lankaís new High Commissioner to London. The government has opted to nominate a senior naval officer to counter LTTE propaganda in the UK, which is expected to heighten, particularly after an EU court lifted sanctions against the LTTE, knowledgeable sources indicated.

Oct 19 (ST) Central Government officials boycotted a Northern Provincial Council mobile service, in what has been described as tit-for-tat, after Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneshwaran kept away from the District Development Council (DDC) meeting presided over by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Jaffna on Monday.

Oct 19 (SO) Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa said that the JVPís argument that President Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot contest a third term is a ploy adopted to avoid contesting the Presidential election.

Oct 18 (Arab News) The Sri Lankan government brushed aside allegations made by a group of Buddhist monks in Colombo on Thursday on the abuse of housemaids in the Kingdom.

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* JVP, ex-CJ reiterate MR cannot seek a third term (18 - Island)
* Northern trains earn Rs. 3 mn in four days (18 - DM)
* 'South Korea will always support Sri Lanka at international fora' (18 - DN)
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SPORTS

Oct 19 (NDTV) Colombo- After having agreed to play a five-match ODI series in India on a short notice post the West Indies pull-out, the Sri Lankan board is looking for a return in favour from the BCCI in August next year by playing three Test matches in the island nation. (Also read: Sangakkara questions Sri Lanka's decision to schedule India tour) "We have already confirmed our participation in the five ODI slated to held between November 1 and 14.

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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said it had been left with no choice but to abandon its tour of India after its players "withdrew their services" amid an internal dispute. The board said in a statement it had held an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss developments in India, where the team had another one-dayer, a Twenty20 international and three test matches left to play on the tour.

Air India has issued a frequent flier pass to the entire Sri Lankan team at the behest of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Sri Lankan team is being fed with all kinds of luxury by the Indian national airline carrier as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) stepped in to play a series within 15 minutes after the West Indies tour was called off.

Oct 18 (NDTV) After West Indies' dramatic pullout from the India tour due to pay dispute with WICB, Sri Lanka Cricket's decision to fill in with a five-match ODI series has come in for sharp criticism from Kumar Sangakkara. "Our 6 weeks of pure fitness work ends abruptly. Have a week to do a months requirement of skills work before India.


WORLD

Oct 19 (ANI) Dharamsala- Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has said that the joint conferring of this year's Nobel Peace Prize on Indian Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai can help resolve the border conflict between the two neighbours. Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban two years ago for advocating girls' right to education, and Indian children's right advocate Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday (October 10).

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Oct 19 (GT) Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party made big gains in two Indian state elections, partial results showed on Sunday, in an endorsement that will encourage him to step up the pace of economic reforms. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was leading in 109 of 288 seats in Maharashtra, NDTV news said. That more than doubled its seat count in the western state that is home to Mumbai, the financial capital, but fell short of an outright majority.

Oct 19 (AFP) The death toll from a devastating snowstorm in Nepal's Himalayas has climbed to 43 in the worst trekking disaster ever to hit the mountainous country. Tuesday's storm, which triggered avalanches, struck at the height of the trekking season, catching hikers unaware on their way up to an exposed high mountain pass along the scenic Annapurna Circuit route.

Oct 18 (BBC) Dozens of Bangladeshis have been rescued after being abducted and shipped to Thailand to be sold as slaves. The men were promised well-paid jobs, before being drugged, bound and kidnapped.


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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 Lankaís 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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