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May 23 (CP) Berlin- Sri Lanka has sought the assistance of Government of Germany to ensure the durable peace and prosperity for the Sri Lankans people. Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera addressing the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) on Friday said although Sri Lanka has shown remarkable development in recent years, the "new" Sri Lanka under President Maithripala Sirisena is not without challenges.
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May 23 (CP) Kankasanthurai- Sri Lanka Navy Saturday brought home 16 Sri Lankan fishermen released from custody by the Indian officials. Indian Coast Guard Ship "Rajtarang" has handed over the released fishermen to the Sri Lanka Navy at the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the seas north off Kankasanthurai on 23rd May 2015, the Navy said.

May 23 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court Saturday banned demonstrations in any form over the arrests of 130 protesters in the Northern Province capital city of Jaffna. Jaffna Magistrate Court against has issued a stay order against organizing any form of protest in the city over the arrests of 130 protesters who stoned the court complex and instigated violence on Wednesday.

** Related Story ::Sri Lanka court in Jaffna remands 130 people for violent protests

May 23 (Island) The Attorney General yesterday informed the Supreme Court, that there could be a settlement between the petitioner and the respondent educational authorities, pertaining to the issue of admission of six-year-old Kalappuwawadu Theekshana Dasun Prasad to year one of Dharmashoka Vidyalaya, Ambalangoda for the year 2015.

May 23 (DM) A private bus plying from Colombo to Matara caught fire in Galle this afternoon due to a technical defect, police said. They said around 50 passengers were travelling in the bus at the time of the incident but no one was injured.

May 23 (DN) The tense situation in Jaffna over the murder of a schoolgirl is under control now, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said. Addressing the media at the Information Department yesterday, he noted that the protestors who demanded the suspects be punished, had also damaged public property and several vehicles.

May 22 (CP) Colombo- Following the violent clashes erupted in the Northern city of Jaffna Wednesday over the brutal rape and murder of a school girl, several senior police officers of the Northern Province have been transferred with immediate effect.

** Related Story ::Sri Lanka police arrest scores for violence in North over alleged rape, murder of school girl

May 22 (CP) Colombo- Lawyers of all the magistrate courts in the Northern Province have decided to refrain from duties today to protest Wednesday's attack by unruly crowd on the Jaffna court complex. Lawyers of all courts in Jaffna, Mallaagam, Point Pedro, Chavakachcheri, Kayts, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, and Mullaitivu have decided to strike work, national news agency, Lankapuvath reported.

May 22 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has awarded scholarships to two Afghan students to receive training at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University. The Cabinet has approved a proposal made by the President Maithripala Sirisena to provide training opportunities for two Afghan students and to offer two scholarships for them.

* Northern Governor praises sensible police action in Jaffna (22 - Island)
* Attorney General halts Tiran’s arrest (22 - DN)


May 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe Saturday called on the country's youth to elect public representatives, who are capable of solving their problems, at the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Addressing an event held to mark the National Youth Day, the Prime Minister said a National Government would be formed after the forthcoming General Election.

May 23 (CP) Moneragala- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday called on the activists of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the political party he leads, to extend their support needed for the future activities of the government. Presiding over the Monaragala District Sri Lanka Freedom Party Convention held Saturday (23rd) at The Library Auditorium in Monaragala, the President declared that he is meticulously discharging his obligations on behalf of the country and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

May 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Chief Justice K. Sripavan accompanied by Inspector General of Police (IGP) N. K. Ilangakoon visited the troubled Tamil dominated Northern Province capital city of Jaffna Friday to observe the situation there following violent protests erupted on Wednesday.


May 23 (CP) Colombo- The India-Ceylon Economic Dialogue (ICED) will be held in Kochi in July. The business meet was devised following the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka in March. The B2B dialogue is being supported by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Kerala Bureau of Industrial promotion.

May 23 (Island) Two hundred and forty six of the Fortune 500 companies have agreed to purchase the investment and economic report on Sri Lanka which will be released at the end of the year, Country Director - Oxford Business Group (OBG), Ms. Brooke Butler told the Island Financial Review Thursday.

May 23 (DM) Switzerland says it is working towards upgrading the ‘Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement’ and the ‘Bilateral Investment Treaty’, which the country has signed with Sri Lanka.

May 23 (DN) The COPE appointed a sub committee comprising 13 members to look into the Central Bank bond issue, COPE Chairman MP DEW Gunasekara said.

May 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Bank has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as the Monetary Board was of the view that the current monetary policy stance is appropriate, the Central Bank said today in its monetary policy review for May.

May 22 (OPP) Real estate company Blue Mountain, the first Sri Lanka business to receive a five-star Asia Pacific Property Award, has hailed the achievement as “a historic victory that brought pride and honour to our nation.”

* The luxurious colonial hotel in south Sri Lanka where history is hidden in the staircase (22 - DM)
* Janashakthi Insurance announces ‘impressive’ First Quarter in 2015 (22 - Island)
* HNB Assurance maintains Q1 growth momentum (22 - DN)
* Sri Lanka's Hayleys records 32% increase in profits after tax for 2014/15 (22 - CP)
* Sri Lankan businesses should look at CEPA as a compliment not substitute: Economist (22 - LBO)
* Commercial Credit Rs.1bn debenture issue snapped up (22 - DM)
* Sri Lanka holds rates at record lows, sees credit growth supporting economy (22 - Reuters)


May 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's former army commander and Democratic Party leader, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has said that he will contest the next parliamentary elections. Fonseka has told local media that he will contest together with other members of his Democratic Party political and will decide who to support once the elections are over.

May 23 (Island) Following four SLFP Parliamentarians leaving the government on Thursday and pledging their support to the Opposition at the forthcoming general election, another group of four SLFP Ministers affirmed their continuous support for President Maithripala Sirisena.

May 23 (DM) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday Treasury Bonds worth a staggering Rs.2.7 trillion had been sold by the Central Bank to an accomplice of the previous regime by violating standard tender procedure in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

May 23 (DN) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s comments over the murder and rape of the 18-year-old girl in Punkuduthivu is an attempt to gain political mileage, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said.

May 22 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has appointed a committee to investigate corruption and malpractices allegedly taken place in the Ministry of Ports during the previous regime.

May 22 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan Government has taken steps to launch a program to provide computer laboratories to selected schools around the country and has allocated Rs. 400 million for the program. The funds would be generated from local and foreign sources for the project carried out by the Information and Communication Technology Unit operating under the External Affairs Ministry.

May 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today announced that the imports and release of the agrochemical Glyphosate will be banned with immediate effect.

May 22 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government today cautioned the public to be vigilant about disinformation campaigns by political and extremist elements to achieve their own political agendas.

May 22 (CP) Colombo- Pakistan and Sri Lanka continue to enjoy extremely cordial relations in all spheres, since establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the new High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Major General (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain said.

May 22 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government will take appropriate measures to strengthen the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development in order to get the ban imposed by the European Commission on fish exports from Sri Lanka lifted immediately.

May 22 (Hindu) A recent incident of rape and murder of an 18-year-old school girl in Pungudutivu of the Northern Province, which triggered violence on Wednesday in Jaffna, has now turned into a full-fledged political row among various parties.

May 22 (NIE) COLOMBO- Dr.Daya Somasundaram, Professor of Psychiatry at Jaffna University, blames the breakdown of traditional social and administrative structures for the gang rape and murder of 18 year old school girl, S.Vithya, at Pungudithivu on May 13, and the mayhem that engulfed Sri Lanka's Northern Province subsequently.

May 22 (NST) COLOMBO- Colombo has welcomed Malaysia's proposal for government to government cooperation in the implementation of at least three infrastructure projects worth billions of dollars in Sri Lanka.

* Sri Lanka celebrates 43rd Republic day (22 - CT)
* ‘Patriotic Muslim Collective’ protests against environmentalists demanding preservation of Wilpattu (22 - Island)
* MR still President had he appointed MS as PM - Dilan (22 - DN)


May 23 (BBC) Members of Sri Lanka's women's cricket team were forced to perform sexual favours to keep their places in the team, the sports ministry has said. The ministry said evidence of sexual harassment was uncovered in an investigation begun last year. It was launched following reports a player had been dropped for refusing to have sex with cricketing officials.


May 23 (BBC) Thousands of police and paramilitaries were on hand for Pakistan's nervy win in their first home full international fixture since a terror attack in 2009. Pakistan moved to within 30 runs of Zimbabwe's total of 172 without losing a wicket, before a batting collapse almost cost them the Twenty20 match.

May 22 (CP) Colombo- The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has withdrawn Sri Lanka from hosting of the 2017Asian Youth Games due to political influence on the National Olympic Committee. The OCA President, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah announced that the OCA has withdrawn the 3rd Asian Youth Games in 2017 from Sri Lanka due to problems with the autonomy of the National Olympic Committee from the government.

May 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's sports ministry said on Friday that an investigation had found evidence that members of the national women's cricket team had been forced to perform sexual favours for officials in order to earn or keep their places in the squad. Sri Lanka Cricket, the controlling body for the island nation's most popular sport, ordered an investigation in November after reports emerged alleging officials had asked female cricketers for sex in exchange for being on the team.


May 23 (BBC) The US Senate has blocked a bill that would have ended the bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA). It also failed to authorise a temporary extension of the current legislation. Senators are to meet again on 31 May - a day before the bill is due to expire.

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May 23 (BBC) Jayaram Jayalalitha has been sworn in as the chief minister of the Indian state Tamil Nadu, less than a fortnight after being cleared of corruption. The politician, who has served as chief minister four times before, was cheered by supporters as she travelled to the swearing-in ceremony in the state capital Chennai (Madras).

May 23 (BBC) Myanmar has rescued two migrant boats holding more than 200 people in its waters near the border with Bangladesh. It was Myanmar's first such rescue. It has faced strong criticism for not doing enough to aid those stranded at sea and stem the migrant crisis.

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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