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Sri Lanka President blames 'indecent political groups' for university student violence

June 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena todaySpeaking at a ceremony held Thursday at Lankapur blamed 'some indecent political groups' for using university students as tools for their conspiratory goals. The President said some politically indecent groups are trying to show the country that the government is acting to emasculate the free education.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

June 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police today arrested a Buddhist monk student leader over yesterday's attack by the university students on the Health Ministry premises. The Police arrested the convener of the Inter University Bhikkhus' Federation (IUBF) Tampitiye Sugathananda Thero over damaging public property.
 

June 22 (ECONOMYNEXT) Doctors at Sri Lanka’s main hospital refused to treat four police officers who sustained injuries when hundreds of university students stormed the health ministry, official sources said on Thursday.
 

June 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have commenced a broad investigation on the damage caused to the Ministry of Health by university students who were protesting against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) also known as the private medical college.
 

June 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will extend the Acquisition and Cross-Services Agreement (ACSA), signed between the United States and Sri Lanka in 2007 which lapsed in March this year, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday.
 

June 22 (CP) Lahore- A Pakistan anti-terrorism court on Wednesday has acquitted two of the accused in the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.
 

June 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy Wednesday arrested four fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
 

June 22 (Island) Hate speech complaints against some Muslim and Tamil politicians,were also being investigated, Police said yesterday. Police Spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody, addressing the weekly Cabinet Press Briefing at the Information Department, said that complaints of hate speech had been received not only against the Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Gnanasara Thera, but also against some politicians including Rishad Bathiudeen and Shivagilingam.
 

June 22 (DM) A Fire broke out in a car while it was traveling on St.Anthony's road near the Church in Dematagoda this morning, police said.
 

June 22 (DN) The Mirihana Special Crime Operations Unit on June 20 recovered a 9 mm pistol along with eight live bullets and a magazine hidden in a mountain in the Kuda Uda area, Wawul Lena in Hadapangoda.
 

June 22 (ABC) A Sri Lankan-born doctor who was jailed after being found guilty of killing her abusive husband has failed in her bid to have her conviction and sentence overturned.
 

June 21 (CP) Colombo- University students in Sri Lanka protesting against the private medical college, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) have forcibly entered the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine today inflicting considerable damage to the public property.
 

June 21 (CP) London- The London-based Tamil Diaspora organization, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) today reiterated its call to include international judges in the proposed transitional justice mechanism
 

June 21 (CP) Colombo- The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena organization Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, who had two arrest warrants on him, surrendered to the Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court Wednesday morning.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Govt accuses UN of producing false report on Sri Lanka (21 - Island)
* ‘Refrain from obstructing public during anti- SAITM protests today’: Court warns IUSF (21 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

June 22 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Finance and Mass Media of Sri Lanka Mangala Samaraweera met with the newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea Kim Dong-yeon on the sidelines of the Second Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) held in Jeju on 16 - 17 June 2017.
 

June 22 (CP) Colombo- United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap visited the Eastern Province this week to commemorate a milestone in U.S.-supported demining efforts and to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at a school to construct facilities to help communities displaced by natural disasters.
 

June 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Cricket Wednesday announced that it had established a high-profile evaluation and monitoring committee headed by Team manager Asanka Gurusinha to oversee the physical fitness and conditioning of the National Performance Squad ahead of their upcoming campaigns against Zimbabwe and India in Colombo.
 

June 22 (CP) Colombo- At present, all the testing works of the Moragahakanda hydro-electricity plant, which will generate 25 Megawatt hydro-power to the national grid, have been concluded, Presidents' Media Division said.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

June 22 (CP) Colombo- Building on its winning legacy, Gestetner of Ceylon PLC once again won resounding recognition for its tremendous sales performance over the past year, rising above its peers in the Asia Pacific region to win the RICOH Asia Pacific Award for Outstanding Achievement in Units & Sales Revenue FY 2016 in multi-functional products (MFP).
 

June 22 (CP) Colombo- The upcoming 'Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2017' organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will conduct a dedicated thematic session to discuss, how important it is for the Lankan manufacturing sector to become competitive to attract global markets.
 

June 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's celebrated Ceylon Tea roared at this year's World Tea Expo, drawing attention to the official country of origin and showing by example its pedigree of social, economic and environmental responsibility.
 

June 22 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares fell on Thursday in low turnover, retreating from a 17-month closing high, as investors awaited the central bank's monetary policy review.
 

June 22 (Island) Sri Lanka should promote high end tourists into the country because most tourists who arrive in the country do not even occupy a normal hotel. They are mainly backpackers, Chief Executive Officer, The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka Laleenie Hulangamuwa said.
 

June 22 (DN) The increase in the use of technology in the financial industry (fintech) is changing the face of entire banking and financial sector and Sri Lanka has the potential to become a world class centre for Fintech businesses owing to its higher literacy rate, penetration of banking accounts and the distinctive mobile network, Chief FinTech Officer of Monitory Authority of Singapore Sopnedu Mohanty said.
 

June 22 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s cabinet approval has been granted to postpone the abolition of SVAT system until the end of this year. Accordingly, the SVAT abolition will take effect from 01 January 2018 after the necessary legislation is passed through Parliament.
 

June 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in May 2017 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 7.1 percent from 8.4 percent recorded in April 2017, on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Wednesday.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lanka to abolish import control levee for imported tea (21 - CP)
* The Lamudi Third Real Estate Expo indicates a striking success (21 - Island)
* SL partners with Japan’s JCB for national banking cards (21 - DM)
* September deadline for SriLankan - no more bailouts (21 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

June 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's government doctors have decided to continue indefinitely their unannounced island wide strike commenced Thursday despite the protests by patients seeking treatment at government hospitals.
 

June 22 (CP) Colombo- A severe drought followed by heavy rainfalls in Sri Lanka has hit large swaths of cropping areas, threatening the food security of some 900,000 people, according to a report published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
 

June 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka state doctors trade union, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) has launched an island wide strike today at 8 a.m. to protest yesterday's police action on the university students protesting against the south Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).
 

June 22 (Hindu) What was the recent crisis in Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council in Jaffna?As many as 21 of the 38 members of the Provincial Council in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority north said that they had no confidence in C.V. Wigneswaran, their Chief Minister.
 

June 22 (bdnews 24) The anti-Muslim Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, Ven Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), has several serious cases against him relating to hate speech, blasphemy against the Quran, instigation of violence, and contempt of court.
 

ISLAMABAD, June 21 (APP): Chairperson Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, in a meeting with 4-member Sri Lankan parliamentary delegation led by former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa, has said that Pakistan highly values its bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and desires to further expand the friendly ties in different spheres.
 

June 22 (Island) Alleging that the yahapalana government had taken contradictory positions in respect of continuing UN interventions made in accordance with 2015 and 2017 resolutions co-sponsored by Sri Lanka, the Joint Opposition Leader Dinesh Gunawardena, MP, yesterday demanded an immediate clarification from the UNP-SLFP coalition.
 

June 22 (DM) Retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara yesterday handed over a petition to UNHRC President Joaquin Alexander Maza Martelli
 

June 22 (DN) Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Rajitha Senaratne yesterday warned that dengue numbers could worsen in future and that proper waste management could help control the situation.
 

June 21 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government will appoint a ministerial committee to coordinate the United Nations Human Rights Council Recommendations made in the consensus resolution adopted in October 2015.
 

June 21 (CP) Colombo- Leader of Sri Lanka's Opposition, and the Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake today (June 21) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 

June 21 (CP) New York- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed 27-year-old Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka - who played a key role in transforming the youth development sector at the national level - as his Envoy on Youth.
 

June 21 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena called on the politicians as well as the public officials work together with the public to find solutions for the waste management issue and the Dengue menace.
 

June 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has expressed his appreciation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for Bangladesh's assistance to the people affected by the recent floods and landslides.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Sri Lankan film festival to celebrate diplomatic ties (21 - KJD)
* Sri Lanka establishes a Technological University (21 - CP)
* UNP parliamentarian complains of being treated unjustly (21 - Island)
* JHU hits back at Gammanpila (21 - DM)
* Action against private hospitals (21 - DN)

SPORTS

June 22 (ESPNCI) Afghanistan and Ireland have been approved as Full Members by the ICC, meaning they have become cricket's 11th and 12th Test-playing nations. This was signed off on by the ICC Board in London on Thursday, during the ICC's AGM. Afghanistan and Ireland's boards had applied to the ICC to have their status upgraded from Associates,
 

June 22 (AFP) Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga faced an investigation Thursday after he compared a government minister to a monkey following criticism that the country's cricketers were too fat.
 

June 22 (ESPNCI) a Flare-up in the dressing room immediately after the Champions Trophy final may have been the last act of Anil Kumble's tumultuous final weeks as India coach. According to insiders, Kumble, who stepped down as coach on Tuesday, gave a "dressing-down" to one of his players at The Oval on Sunday,
 

June 21 (ESPNCI) Australian cricket's custodians are "crazy" to be creating added risk for the future of international cricket at a time when the game has become a seller's market due to the influx of domestic Twenty20 tournaments.
 


WORLD

June 22 (BBC) The authorities in Germany say the King of Thailand was unhurt when two teenage boys shot at him in the dark with an air pistol. King Maha Vajiralongkorn - who spends much of his time in Germany - was cycling late at night with his entourage near Munich airport.
 

June 21 (BBC) A host of proposed new laws designed to prepare the UK for a "smooth and orderly" departure from the EU have been announced in the Queen's Speech. Of 24 bills, eight relate to Brexit and its implications for key industries.
 

June 21 (AP) Pakistan said Tuesday that it has begun building a fence along its border with Afghanistan to improve security, a move that has angered authorities in Kabul. The two nations are divided by the 2,400-kilometer Durand Line, drawn by British rulers in 1896.
 

June 21 (BBC) Fifteen Muslim men have been arrested in India for allegedly shouting "anti-India and pro-Pakistan" slogans during the Champions Trophy cricket final. The men were denied bail in Madhya Pradesh state after appearing in court where they were charged with sedition.
 


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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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