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Government is bound to ensure every citizen's rights, Sri Lankan President tells northerners

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the current government, as well as a new government that will be formed after the election, is bound to ensure every citizen's rights to the best. Speaking at a ceremony held Tuesday (July 28) in Kilinochchi town to open a modern supermarket-style Sathosa Mega Complex for the district, the President said the demographic divisions of the country such as North, South, East, and West are only in maps.
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July 29 (CP) Colombo- Officers of the Moneragala Excise Unit have raided a huge cannabis cultivation in a forest reserve in Moneragala area. The cannabis plantation spanning one and a half acre area was located in the Balaharuwa Reserve in Thanamalwila, about 12 kilometers into the forest reserve, according to the officers.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Defense officials of Sri Lanka and Iran today have discussed bilateral cooperation in defense issues relevant to the two countries. Discussions took place when the Military Attaché of the Embassy of Iran in Colombo Colonel Ebrahim Rohani called on the Sri Lanka Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo on Wednesday.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today extended the injunction preventing the Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) Central Committee holding meetings without the party leader's permission.

** Related Story :: Sri Lankan court prevents SLFP central committee meetings without President's permission

July 29 (TOI) CHENNAI: Investigators of the 'Q' branch police on Tuesday interrogated LTTE operative A Kumaraguru, who police arrested at Trichy airport on July 25 when he attempted to flee to Switzerland with a fake passport.

July 29 (Island) Reports that former Senior DIG Anura Senanayake would be questioned over the death of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen were baseless, Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara told the media yesterday.

July 29 (DM) The Police said they were seeking Interpol assistance to track down Mohamed Mubarak Mohamed Mujahid, the Producer of a local film Selvam, on charges of smuggling in more than 1,000 kilos of heroin during the past few years.

July 29 (DN) The Police Narcotics Bureau arrested three local agents of international drug dealer Mohamed Mubarak Mohamed Mujaheed who is said to be the the country’s chief narcotic supplier. Malaysian Police are investigating to trace Mujaheed, Bureau sources said.

July 29 (Channel 4) A leaked UN document raises concerns over the prospects for genuine justice for the Sri Lankan victims of alleged war crimes. Channel 4 News has been supplied with the leaked document which critics claim could pre-empt and undermine September's Human Rights Council discussion on a UN's long-awaited investigation into crimes committed at the end of Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- The family members of the Sri Lankan ISIS militant, who died in Syria during a battle, have left the country for Pakistan, police investigations have found. Police investigations have revealed that the man's wife and his five children have left for Pakistan.

** Related Story ::Sri Lankan PM orders police to investigate into ISIS member's family

July 28 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police yesterday informed the court new investigations into the death of Sri Lankan rugby player, Wasim Thajudeen, had revealed that the cause of death was not an accidental death but murder.

July 28 (ABC) A man found guilty of the stabbing murder of a fellow Sri Lankan refugee in Adelaide's north has been jailed for at least 20 years.

* Unidentified body found near Diyawanna Oya (28 - Island)
* Three die on the spot in collision (28 - DN)


July 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said he is deeply saddened by the demise of former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam describing him as an "an outstanding visionary, a great teacher and an unparalleled human being."

July 28 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Sri Lanka today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Google to launch the Google Loon project in the country to provide affordable high-speed internet services to the entire country.

July 28, Colombo: Although the Government of Sri Lanka is making significant efforts to eliminate human trafficking it does not fully comply with the minimum standards and failed to demonstrate overall increasing anti-trafficking efforts to address human trafficking last year, a US report on human trafficking said.


July 29 (CP) Colombo- Plateno Hotels Group, one of China's leading hospitality groups, has signed an agreement to launch its luxury Portofino hotel brand in Sri Lanka. The Ranna 212 Beach Resort in Tangalle, on Sri Lanka's south coast, will be rebranded as the Portofino Resort Tangalle in September 2015.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, Board of Investment (BOI) as a leading agency in the industrial and economic development of the country has taken the lead in protecting Sri Lanka's environment.

July 29 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares gained more than 0.7 percent in high turnover on Wednesday, closing at their five-month peak, as expectations of strong corporate earnings and political stability after the Aug. 17 parliamentary polls lifted investor sentiment.

July 29 (Island) Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the leading ICT solutions provider and infrastructure services provider in Sri Lanka expanded its branch network to Mullaitivu with the opening of its most recent teleshop at P.W.D. Road, Mullaitivu Town, which will serve the growing number of customers in the Mullaitivu district.

July 29 (DM) MasterCard engaged with over 100 senior electronic payments professionals at its inaugural Payments Strategy Workshop in Colombo recently. The event was unique and one of the biggest in the electronic payments industry in Sri Lanka.

July 29 (DN) Bank of Ceylon has been ranked among the Top 5 banks in the Asia-Pacific Region (excluding China and Japan) in terms of Return on Capital by (ROC) The Banker Magazine.

July 29 (LBO) Sri Lanka Ceylon Tobacco Company’s profit after tax up 17.64 percent to 5,509 million rupees in the first six months ended 30th June 2015 despite government excise and other taxes, interim report data showed.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, Board of Investment yesterday signed an investment agreement with an Indian company to revive presently defunct sugar factory situated in Kantale in the formerly war-torn Trincomalee district of the Eastern Province.

July 28 (The Diplomat) China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), a subsidiary of the state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), has proposed the construction of new facilities at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port.

* Sri Lankan shares rise, hover near 2-month closing high (28 - Reuters)
* Sri Lanka rupee up after state bank cuts dollar peg COLOMBO, JULY 28 (28 - Reuters)
* Nigel Barker at an exclusive book signing event (28 - Island)
* Nelna Group to invest Rs 500 m for mango export (28 - DN)


July 29 (CP) Colombo- The General Secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said a UPFA government will restart all the projects suspended by the current government and reinstate the employees who have lost their jobs due to suspension.

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Condoling the demise of former Indian President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said his innovative ideas on sustainable development will influence Sri Lanka's development initiatives and practice for years to come.

July 29 (CP) Tiruchi- Another batch of 45 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees have left the refugee camps in the Tamil Nadu state of India for their homeland from the international airport in Tiruchi on Tuesday, according to a report in The Hindu.

July 29 (Island) Acknowledging that the Parliamentary Elections Act of 1981 lacked provision to deal with those candidates pasting posters at public places, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday said that he would consult the Attorney General in that regard.

July 29 (DN) Several key figures of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) 'dodged' the launch of the party's election manifesto yesterday, informed party sources told the Daily News. Among them were Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva, UPFA Ratnapura District Leader John Seneviratne, Kandy District Leader S.B. Dissanayake several other district leaders and senior ex-Pariamentarians.

July 29 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka’s former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has vowed to reclaim power in a general election eight months after he was ousted as president, saying he was “ready for struggle” against an international war crimes probe.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has emphasized that workers in the Private Sector should be granted leave to exercise their franchise without being deprived of their personal leave or pay.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Tuesday suspended the membership of five members of the party who joined the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG).

July 28 (CP) Colombo- A collective of 75 civil organizations and trade unions Tuesday signed an agreement with the United National Front to consolidate the January 8th victory and to continue the good governance.

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's opposition party United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today presented its election manifesto to the party chairman, President Maithripala Sirisena.

July 28 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa vowed on Tuesday to reclaim power in a general election, eight months after he was ousted as president, saying he was "ready for struggle" against an international war crimes investigation.

July 28 (AFP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main opposition party Tuesday scrapped a longstanding promise to give greater autonomy to minority Tamils, as it tries to win over hardline sections of the Sinhalese majority before a general election.

July 28 (Hindu) The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a coalition of Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka, has demanded that the country frame a new Constitution to address a host of issues it’s grappling with, including the Tamil question.

July 28 (NIE) COLOMBO- The manifesto of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for the August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections has become a major issue among the Sinhalese majority in the island nation.

* Youth will defeat MR’s PM aspirations – UNP (28 - Island)
* Replies to MR’s letters of demand (28 - DM)
* Dilan wants list of politicians’ names connected to drug mafia revealed (28 - DN)
* QRC completes two housing projects in Sri Lanka (28 - Peninsula)


July 29 (NK) Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has said the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka will be 'tough' and the Indian side is looking forward to it. Sharma said he always tries to give his best performance while representing his country. Speaking on his preparation on playing Tests, Sharma said: Every Test match is important and I give my all while playing the format. I am looking forward to the Sri Lankan tour. They (Sri Lankan players) play well on their own backyard, Sharma told Its going to be tough series, he said.


July 29 (ESPNCI) Twenty one players from Canada, USA, Bermuda and Suriname have been shortlisted to play for an ICC Americas regional team that will take part in West Indies' Nagico Super50 tournament next January. All 21 men have been fast-tracked into phase two of a trial organised the Americas regional office in Indianapolis this September. Aside from the 21 players invited to phase two, ICC Americas high performance consultant Tom Evans said close to 300 applications have been received from the Americas region to participate in phase one of the trial, which begins on September 18 in Indianapolis.

July 28 (NDTV) New Delhi- Star batsman Rohit Sharma knows that he is in a "very tricky position" but wants to utilise the upcoming Sri Lanka tour and the subsequent tour of South Africa at home to cement his spot in the five-day format. "I stand in a very tricky position. I definitely want to do well in every Test match I am playing but it's not easy knowing how Test matches are played these days. It's a challenge and I love challenges. The Sri Lanka series and after that we have a lot of series in India.

July 28 (ESPNCI) Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera is expected to miss Sri Lanka's first Test against India in Galle from August 12 to 16 because he has not recovered fully from a side strain that kept him out of the third Test against Pakistan and the five-match ODI series. "We were unfortunate to miss Chameera in the Test and in the ODIs, he would have definitely been a determining factor had he been fit," Sri Lanka Cricket chief selector Kapila Wijegunawardene said.


July 29 (IBT) The head of the banned Pakistani Sunni extremist outifit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Malik Ishaq, was killed in an attempted breakout from police late on Tuesday, along with his sons and 11 others, local media have reported.

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July 29 (BBC) In the congested Delhi neighbourhood Sangam Vihar, home to 500,000 people, the air is fraught with anticipation. Rows of men and women are gathered in its narrow lanes, some sitting on their haunches. Large plastic drums are placed strategically in front of them. Suddenly a cry goes up: "It's here, it's here."

July 29 (BBC) Australia says it is encouraged by UN Security Council support for an international criminal tribunal into last year's MH17 crash. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has returned to New York to lobby for the establishment of the tribunal. The Malaysian Airlines plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed, killing all on board.

July 29 (BBC) Pakistani police say they have shot dead Malik Ishaq, the leader of banned Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Ishaq, who had been detained last week, was in a prison convoy in Punjab province when supporters opened fire in an attempt to free him, said police.

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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