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July 19 (CP) Tbilisi- The Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena who is on a three day visit to Georgia to participate in the Open Government Partnership Global Summit on Wednesday met with the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili in Tbilisi for bilateral discussions.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

July 19 (CP) Colombo- The Ramanathapuram district police in Tamil Nadu in a raid conducted on Wednesday have seized 304 kilograms of ganja (cannabis) that was to be smuggled to Sri Lanka, and arrested three suspects, a Times of India report said.

** Related Story ::Sri Lanka Navy arrest four Indian nationals with 36 kg of Kerala cannabis
 

July 19 (Island) The Sri Lanka Disabled Soldiers’ Association has complained to the Supreme Court that when its members had gathered peacefully to protest against the non-payment of their pensions and the other due compensation the police arrested the petitioners.
 

July 19 (DM) Three police officers including one Chief Inspector and two police Inspectors were transferred with immediate effect due to requirement of the service the police media division said today. They said the transfers were made following permission of the police commission and the order of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
 

July 19 (DN) The Criminal Investigation Department investigating the murder of Havelocks rugby player Wasim Thajudeen handed over two more DVDs containing the CCTV footage in connection with the murder to Colombo Additional Magistrate Isuru Nettikumara.
 

July 18 (CP) Colombo- The Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) exercise, between US Naval Special Warfare Forces personnel and Sri Lanka naval personnel from the 4th Fast Attack Flotilla (4FAF) and Special Boat Squadron (SBS) was ceremonially inaugurated at the Special Boat Squadron Training School (SBSTS) in Trincomalee yesterday (17th July).
 

July 18 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal today stated that the decision on the revision bail application filed by the bond scam suspects Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena will be announced on October 11.
 

July 18 (CP) Colombo- Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has ordered to take disciplinary action against 14 officers over the massive explosion of Salawa army ammunition storage in Kosgama.
 

July 18 (ER) Rights activists have called for a clampdown on the use of any members of the Sri Lankan armed forces suspected of involvement in civil war-period or other crimes in United Nations peacekeeping missions.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Kalkuda OIC arrested for taking a bribe further remanded (18 - CP)
* Corruption case against A’gamage: Trial in Oct. (18 - Island)
* Kerala ganja smuggling: Govt. to curb menace together with India (18 - DM)
* Malaka’s alleged assault on Scottish couple Case referred to AG for advice (18 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

July 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's largest state owned retail chain Lanka Sathosa has been able to earn a profit during the first six months of this year compared to the heavy losses incurred in previous years.
 

July 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assured that the government will safeguard country's national security and will not take any measures that would harm the country.
 

July 18 (CP) Colombo- The second stage of Sri Lanka's first fully fledged free pre-hospital care ambulance service will be launched nationwide on Saturday, July 21st in Jaffna.
 

July 18 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena said that unlimited power creates corruption and during the last three years, Sri Lanka has taken several important steps to break the link between power and corruption in the country.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

July 19 (CP) Colombo- The second edition of 'CSE Masterminds', Sri Lanka's industry-wide capital market quiz competition organized by the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) concluded recently at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo with Lanka Securities emerging as the winner of the competition.
 

July 19 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has launched Sri Lanka's first fully-fledged Digital Bank Account designed to be the next evolution in digital financial services and financial wellness.
 

July 19 (Island) Capital TRUST Residencies (Pvt) Ltd clinched four prestigious awards at the Property Guru Asia Property Awards 2018 held at Shangri-La Hotel Colombo on July 12, Among them being a major award, that of the "Best Boutique Developer".
 

July 19 (DM) Lanka Sathosa will return to profits this year amid the cost-cutting initiatives and focus on high-yielding grocery sales, according to the head of Sri Lanka’s state-run supermarket chain.
 

July 19 (DN) Swarnamahal Financial Services PLC (SFS) said that the trading of Securities of the Company has been suspended with effect from July 1, 2018, due to non-compliance of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) rules.
 

July 18 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy Dilip Wedaarachchi says the plans are afoot to strengthen fish exports to earn an annual income of US$ 1.5 billion and a number of projects are to be launched for this purpose.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lankan shares fall; foreign selling continues (18 - Reuters)
* Sri Lankan rupee ends tad weaker on importer dollar demand (18 - Reuters)
* Sri Lanka rubber group hails US tire duties decision (18 - ERJ)
* Sri Lanka's manufacturing sector slows down while services sector grows in June 2018 (18 - CP)
* NDB awarded seven accolades by Asian Banking & Finance Magazine of Singapore (18 - Island)
* Hayleys to raise Rs.4bn via debenture issue (18 - DM)
* ‘Building HR skills vital to reach upper- middle income country status’ (18 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

July 19 (CP) Colombo- The opening ceremony of the first ever International Mental Health Nursing Conference in Sri Lanka will be held this afternoon under the patronage of the Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne at the National Institute of Mental Health in Angoda.
 

July 19 (NAR) COLOMBO- The Sri Lankan government is exasperated by China's slowness to conclude a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) after Colombo sent Beijing a formal request to resume talks over three months ago.
 

July 19 (Island) Rohan Welivita, Media Secretary to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday issued the following "Alert regarding false media release" : It has come to our notice that a forged document, purporting to be a media release issued
 

July 19 (DM) The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said the Government would never implement the death penalty and that the topic had been introduced to divert the attention of the public from pressing issues.
 

July 19 (DN) Trade agreements are essential to strengthen any country economically, Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development Minister Sarath Fonseka said. The Minister said trade agreements are common between countries and are aimed at achieving economic stability.
 

July 19 (Xinhua) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's medical officials will carry out an awareness campaign in tourist hotels along the coastal belt of the island in a bid to stem the spread of HIV and AIDS, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
 

July 18 (CP) Colombo- Due to a translation error, the ColomboPage on 16 July reported that the Fisheries Department of Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has provided over Rs 440,000 to bring home the seven fishermen on Sindur-2 vessel, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hand over the money to the Maldives government.
 

July 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has received an additional US$ 16 million loan from Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) to finance the remaining work of Kalu Ganga Development Project.
 

July 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Faizer Mustapha today called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to establish a set of "simple, clear and certain rules and procedures" on ball tampering since the rules are "somewhat vague and lack clarity."
 

July 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka and Egypt will hold the Third Joint Commission meeting in Colombo to mutually explore the immense but unrealized trade potentials, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
 

July 18 (AsiaNews) Colombo– The death penalty has become a hot topic in Sri Lanka following President Maithripala Sirisena's announcement on 12 July that it would be applied to convicted drug traffickers.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* _Those who defended rapists now call for action against underworld (18 - Island)
* Appointing Dinesh Opposition Leader: 70 MPs led by JO to meet Speaker today (18 - DM)
* Office for reparations bill challenged (18 - DN)

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July 19 (BBC) India legend Sachin Tendulkar has joined forces with Middlesex to launch a new cricket academy. The leading Test run-scorer has lent his name to the Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy, which will provide coaching for nine to 14-year-olds.
 

July 19 (ICC) Thabang Moroe has said that though nothing is confirmed yet, there’s a chance AB de Villiers will be involved with Cricket South Africa (CSA) as a consultant in the future. Moroe, who had served as CSA’s interim Chief Executive since Haroon Lorgat stepped down from the position last year,
 

July 19 (ESPNCI) Tabraiz Shamsi, the left-arm wristspinner, has rejoined South Africa's squad in Sri Lanka after departing earlier in the week for family reasons. Shamsi is available for selection for the second Test, which starts in Colombo on Friday. "Shamsi's always been a part of the squad," Keshav Maharaj said.
 

July 19 (ESPNCI) When Keshav Maharaj first saw Rangana Herath at close quarters, Herath was unable to impose himself on the series. Although in the lead up to Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa in 2016-17, Maharaj had identified Herath as one of his leading spin-bowling influences, he wound up with better returns than the senior man across the three Tests - taking seven wickets at an average of 30.28, to Herath's six at 48.
 


WORLD

July 18 (BBC) A number of planes at Heathrow Airport have been disrupted after its control tower was forced to evacuate. The alarm on the airfield meant several flights were unable to land or take-off from the airport.
 

July 18 (BBC) An alleged Kremlin agent offered sex for a job with an American special interest organisation she targeted, say US officials. Maria Butina's ties with Russian intelligence make her a "grave" flight risk, US officials say, and she should not be bailed before trial.
 

July 18 (BBC) Seventeen men have been charged in India with the gang-rape of an 11-year-old girl in the city of Chennai. Police say the girl was raped repeatedly since the start of the year. They say the main perpetrator was a lift operator in her apartment block.
 

July 18 (BBC) A US company owner gave an employee a new car after he went the extra mile - 20 miles (32km) in fact, walking all night to make his first day at work. After his own car broke down, Walter Carr made the long commute by foot through the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama, to his new job in removals.
 


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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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