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July 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says international support is needed to save the Sri Lankan farming community affected by kidney disease from their tragic situation. The President requested the assistance of all friendly countries of Sri Lanka to control the kidney disease during a meeting with the Ambassadors and representatives of international organizations at the Presidential Secretariat on Wednesday. He noted that currently over 40,000 people in several areas are affected by the disease from which about 1,000 people die annually.
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July 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police today arrested six persons suspected of abducting three supporters of a United National Front candidate in the Southern Province. The Akuressa Police have rescued the three people who were being abducted while putting up election posters in the wee hours of today in the Thibbotuwawa area in Akuressa.

July 30 (Island) Matale police are looking for Matale District UPFA candidate and former Deputy Minister Lakshman Wasantha Perera and a group of his supporters for allegedly abducting a man and assaulting him for launching a campaign against the proliferation of ethanol and printing a set of posters to be pasted in public in that regard.

July 30 (DM) The Cabinet decided to initiate investigations into the failure on the part of the Commissioners of the Bribery Commission to dispense with complaints lodged with it during the last four years, a minister said yesterday.

July 30 (DN) A leading businessman from the shipping industry was arrested and produced before Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court on rape charges yesterday. The businessman was later released on a surety of one million rupees.

July 30 (Hindu) A Sri Lankan refugee lodged in the Special Camp here went on a fast on Wednesday demanding that he should be released. Police sources said the inmate Hasan Mohamed (30) had completed his conviction period in a fake visa case booked against him.

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- 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 (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.

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Death of ruggerite: Senanayake not a suspect – Police (29 - Island)
* Interpol help sought to track down drug kingpin (29 - DM)
* Three local drug agents arrested (29 - DN)
More : LEGAL - SITUATION

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

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- 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."


FINANCE

July 30 (CP) Colombo- With Indian consumption of Sri Lankan tea rising rapidly, the Sri Lanka Tea Board has reserved a special pavilion at the 3rd edition of World Tea & Coffee Expo (WTCE) 2015 being held at Mumbai, India's commercial capital, from 1st Oct 2015 to 3rd Oct 2015.

July 30 (Island) Adam Capital Micro Credit (Pvt) Ltd.launched operations yesterday at 264, Grandpass Road Colombo with the participation of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake as chief guest. Adam Capital will offer Sharia compliant lending facilities for all communities in the country, irrespective of any religious considerations or gender discrimination.

July 30 (DN) The Nations Trust Bank (NTB) closed the first six months ending June 30, 2015 with a post-tax profit of Rs.1,257 mn a growth of 9% over the corresponding period. The results for the quarter were significantly better with post tax profits recording a commendable growth of 26%.

July 30 (DM) Credence, Sri Lanka’s pioneering venture in genomic medicine has been identified as a leader in clinical genomics and the only commercial provider of next generation sequencing.

July 30 (LBO) Profits at Sri Lanka’s Cargills (Ceylon), with interests in retailing and fast moving consumer goods, jumped to 390.6 million rupees in the June quarter against a loss of 145 million rupees reported a year earlier, the interim accounts showed.

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.

More : FINANCE
* Sri Lankan shares close at 5-mth high; turnover hits 2-1/2 mth peak (29 - Reuters)
* SLT expands teleshop network to Mullaitivu (29 - Island)
* MasterCard highlights latest e-payment innovations at Colombo workshop (29 - DM)
* BOC enters ‘Top 5 Banks’ category in Banker ratings (29 - DN)
* Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Tobacco 1H net profit up 17.6 percent: Interim Report (29 - LBO)
More : FINANCE

POLITICS - GENERAL

July 30 Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received cabinet approval to allocate an additional provision of Rs. 345 million to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana to reconstruct two temples in Nepal damaged by the 7.8 magnitude quake on April 25.

July 30 (CP) Colombo- Another deputy minister of Sri Lankan government has decided to resign from his deputy ministerial post. Deputy Minister of Mass Media Shantha Bandara said he had decided to resign from his post today. He was compelled to take this decision since the convening of the SLFP central committee meeting was postponed.

July 30 (Island) The United National Party yesterday rejected the Tamil National Alliance’s call for the establishment of a federal structure in a merged North and East."We are opposed to federalism but committed to devolving power to the provinces in consultation with all stakeholders.

July 30 (DM) Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said on Tuesday that the use of hate speech, in canvassing votes, was a serious offence under the Parliamentary Elections Act, and therefore he urged the candidates to desist from such acts.

July 30 (DN) Former President and UPFA Kurunegala District candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to be questioned in connection with alleged financial misappropriations involving Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA), highly placed police sources told the Daily News yesterday.

July 30 (WSJ) Flanked by saffron-robed Buddhist monks, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa exhorted a crowd of more than a thousand supporters at a weekend election rally, saying: “We saved this country. Don’t let it be divided again.”

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) 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.

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 (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 (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.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Poster removal costs taxpayer an arm and a leg EC to consult AG on preventive action (29 - Island)
* Several key UPFA figures dodge election manifesto launch (29 - DN)
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SPORTS

July 30 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka will send a young team to participate in the Moin-Ud-Dowla Gold Cup cricket tournament in Hyderabad from September 1 to 15. The tour will be part of Sri Lanka's preparations to have a strong team ready for the next World Cup, which will be held in England in 2019. "The need to bring in young blood into the side nobody is going to deny that it is a must," Kapila Wijegunawardene, the SLC's chief selector, said.

More : SPORTS

July 30 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka have more-or-less been the top-ranked T20 side in the world since September 2012, but no one will argue that it means much. T20 is the format most international sides forget about for 18 months in each two-year cycle. Sri Lanka are a full 13 rankings points clear of the next-best side, but have played only one T20I in the 16 months since winning the World T20. But now, with the next World T20 in India on the horizon, sides are again dusting their T20 kits and beginning to put wheels in motion.

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 bcci.tv. 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.


WORLD

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.

More : WORLD

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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