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Steps taken by Sri Lanka encouraging, transformative process will take time - UN Rights Chief

June 28 (CP) Geneva- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has concluded that overall the steps taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to implement some of the key commitments made in UN Resolution last year are encouraging but more rapid and sustained progress could have been made on some other issues. "Overall, the Human Rights Council should be encouraged thus far by the steps that the Government of Sri Lanka has taken to implement some of the key commitments made in Resolution 30/1," the advanced version of the High Commissioner's oral update released on Monday said.
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June 28 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Navy said the naval personnel attached to Northern Naval Command has arrested nine local fishermen in two separate incidents on Monday (27) for allegedly engaging in illegal fishing practices.

June 28 (CP) Tuticorin- The Q Branch of Tamil Nadu Police on Monday arrested nine Sri Lankan Tamils including a woman in Tiruchendur for allegedly planning to travel to Australia in a clandestine manner.

June 28 (NIE) COLOMBO- The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid, has called for a probe into allegations that cluster bombs were used by the Sri Lankan Security Forces in the final phase of Eelam War IV.

June 28 (Mirror) A British backpacker has plunged 80ft to his death during a late-night cliff-top walk with a girl in Sri Lanka, it has emerged. Tom Perry, 23, died after falling onto rocks at the foot of the sheer cliff at Weligama, a popular tourist destination on the south of the island.

June 28 (Island) Civil society groups have launched a campaign to collect signatures for a petition demanding the immediate arrest of ruling party politicians responsible for the recent attack on journalist Freddie Gamage within the Negombo Municipal Council premises.

June 28 (DM) UPFA parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa has been asked to report to the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) at 9.00 a.m. today in connection with an investigation into a law firm owned by him.

June 28 (DN) Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa testified yesterday before the Colombo Special High Court, in a case against five LTTE suspects charged with aiding and abetting the LTTE suicide cadre who attempted to assassinate him on December 1, 2006.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena asserts that his government is dedicated to improve the quality and the strength of country's security forces and will not let any war hero, retired or in service, to become helpless.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police Monday arrested former UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin Vass Gunawardena in connection with an alleged fraud involving a property in Colombo. He was accused of extorting money from a businessman.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- The United States Government recently concluded a five-day workshop in Colombo from June 13-17 for members of the Sri Lankan Ports Authority and Customs, Police, Navy, and Coast Guard to provide training on eliminating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

June 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said all the lands in the North held by the security forces will be returned to the rightful owners except the ones that are located at strategically important places.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- The 'Q' Branch CID of Tamil Nadu police has seized an abandoned mechanized boat, believed to have been used by people smugglers to illegally ferry Sri Lankan refugees to Australia. The boat was reportedly seized off the Muttom Coast in Kanyakumari District on Saturday after the police had rounded up a few Sri Lankan refugees

June 27 (PTI) Nine Sri Lankan Tamils were arrested at Tiruchendur in the district today for allegedly planning to travel to Australia in a clandestine manner, police said. "The Sri lankans who arrived in Tamil Nadu on tourist visas were tricked into believing that they could go to Australia," a top district police official told PTI.

* Woman ‘devotee’ thief arrested (27 - Island)
* Killing of 27 prisoners : CPRP lodge complaint with UN Special Rapporteur (27 - DN)


June 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that it is the responsibility of all the officers to fulfill their responsibilities and duties appropriately while taking part in the Government's initiatives to protect the environment for the future generations.

June 28 (CP) Colombo- The United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap hosted leaders from the Sri Lankan Muslim community, government officials, civil society activists, and media representatives for an Iftar on Monday night in Colombo.

June 28 (CP) Colombo- Despite the sudden uncertainty in European market, Sri Lanka is eager for opportunities unfolding in the Brexit aftermath, Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

June 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka was ranked at 50th position globally on the Human Capital Index, which quantifies how 130 countries are developing and deploying their human capital, and tracks progress over time.


June 28 (CP) Colombo- South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT), the first private container terminal in the Port of Colombo hosted members of the Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA) and members of the Sri Lanka Association of Vessel Operators (SLAVO) recently to an interactive information session on the implementation of the International Maritime Organization's SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) regulation at its terminal.

June 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera says the locally manufactured boats currently has a high demand in the international market.

June 28 (CP) Colombo- Senior executives of the globally acclaimed tourism players such as Shangri-La International, Australian Tourism, AirBnB, DERTOUR and JKH are expected to take the podium at the upcoming Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016 to discuss the country's highly potential tourism sector.

June 28 (Reuters) Sri Lankan rupee one-week forwards ended firmer on Tuesday as foreign investors sold dollars to buy local bonds, while selling of the greenback by some exporters and banks also supported sentiment.

June 28 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares ended weaker on Tuesday, falling for the seventh straight session, as comments from a senior minister on the imposition of capital gains tax on equities dented sentiment while fresh woes after Brexit also weighed.

June 28 (Reuters) Sri Lanka intends to impose a capital gains tax on profits from equities, a senior government minister said late on Monday, as the government attempts to shore up its finances to qualify for an IMF loan.

June 28 (Island) Softlogic Holdings PLC and Fairfax Asia announce that they have signed an agreement to enter into a ten year exclusive general insurance distribution agreement. The consideration payable under this agreement is [LKR] 224,000,000.

June 28 (DM) Ceylon Cold Stores (CCS), Sri Lanka’s market leader in carbonated soft drinks and frozen confectionery products, has expressed disappointment over the government’s move to intervene in the beverage market, stating inequitable enforcement of regulations pertaining to product labelling could distort competition.

June 28 (DN) Mercantile Investments and Finance (MI) has recorded commendable core business growth posting robust profitability levels for the concluded financial year 2015/16.

June 28 (IAB) Mahindra has launched the new Mahindra Imperio pick-up in Sri Lanka through authorized distributors, Ideal Motors Pvt Ltd. It is priced from LKR 3,495,000 (INR 16.28 Lakhs).

June 28 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s first Remittance Card has been launched by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon to introduce a new dimension in convenience to the process of transferring funds from overseas to local beneficiaries.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, will be suspending its operations to Paris and Frankfurt, from winter 2016.

* Sri Lankan rupee forwards fall as dollar strengthens on Brexit (27 - Reuters)
* Sri Lanka Tea Board to participate in 4th world Tea & Coffee Expo 2016 in Mumbai (27 - CP)
* Sri Lanka shares down for sixth session; Brexit woes weigh (27 - Reuters)
* Sri Lanka International Gem and Jewellery show, FACETS 2016 in September (27 - CP)
* Carlsberg to keep Sri Lanka's Lion supplied after floods (27 - EN)
* Sri Lanka may approve two blocks for exploration and drilling: PRDS (27 - LBO)


June 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today said the President and Prime Minister have avoided taking responsibility for the issue of the Central Bank Governor by handing it over to the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) to probe the allegations.

June 28 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan Government today rejected diverse opinions and ideologies giving misleading information on the proposed Constitution, the Government Information Department said. Issuing a special statement the Prime Minister's Office has affirmed that no document or a draft has been prepared by the government up to now on the proposed Constitution and the utterances from different political parties are false.

June 28 (CP) Colombo- Canada has welcomed the Sri Lankan government's commitments to reconciliation and the government's efforts to mend relations among communities so that all Sri Lankans can live in peace and dignity, free from discrimination based on ethnic, religious or linguistic identities.

June 28 (CP) Colombo- The National Audit Draft Bill that is in the making for a number of years is due to be tabled for Cabinet approval today. The Draft Bill regarding the post of the Auditor General will be tabled along with recommendations of the Cabinet Sub-Committee appointed to consider the Draft Bill.

June 28 (CP) Colombo- A group of 36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees lived in camps in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka on 28th June 2016 Under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation program. According to the Secretary to Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs V. Sivagnanasothy, a group of 20 male and 16 female refugees are scheduled to arrive on a Mihin Lanka Airline flight MJ 130 at 11.45 a.m. from Chennai.

June 28 (Xinhua) COLOMBO- The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday said that it will focus more on Asia, particularly China and India, to boost the local economy after Britain had recently decided to withdraw from the European Union (EU).

June 28 (Xinhua) COLOMBO- The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday said that it will focus more on Asia, particularly China and India, to boost the local economy after Britain had recently decided to withdraw from the European Union (EU).

June 28 (Island) Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday decried what the Joint Opposition alleged were on-going attempts to influence the Auditor General H.H. Gamini Wijesinghe in respect of audit standards as well as investigations into two major bond scams under Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran’s watch.

June 28 (DN) Minister Mano Ganeshan asked the Colombo Divisional Secretariat to collect accurate details of the lands that belong to the Urban Development Authority (UDA), National Housing Developmental Authority (NHDA), Ports Authority, Colombo Municipal Council and Provincial Council and the lands that are not being used in the Colombo North and Colombo Central electorates.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- The life expectancy for both males and females in Sri Lanka had increased since 2012 compared to 2001, while the gap between the two genders narrowed, the latest data released by the Department of Census and Statistics today shows.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) today signed a co-advisory services agreement to provide the co-advisory services to the East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo Port, the ADB said in a statement.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- The most sacred Relics of Lord Buddha from Taxila Pakistan were taken back to Pakistan after conclusion of a month long exposition at various locations around the island nation.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- Speculations are circulating in the local media that the Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne will be appointed as the new Central Bank Governor upon the departure of incumbent Governor Arjuna Mahendran at the end of this month.

June 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema and Chief Minister of India's Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu today held a meeting in Tianjin city in China and discussed the possibility of the two governments working together to promote tourism.

June 27 (Teheran Times) The Sri Lankan government met Iran Air manager and Iran government officials on Thursday to renegotiate the orders for the three A350-900 aircrafts ordered by the last government.

June 27 (IE) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday rebuffed opposition's allegations that the new Constitution formation was aimed at appeasing the minority Tamils through a federal form of power sharing.

June 27 (NIE) COLOMBO- With the Narendra Modi government reportedly planning to give Indian citizenship to illegal Hindu migrants from Bangladesh by August 15 this year, the case for giving Indian citizenship or dual citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu will be strengthened, human rights activists here feel.

* COPE chief to quit if ... (27 - Island)
* Uncertain global situation could last two years: CB (27 - DM)
* Clash of views over Executive Presidency at SLFP CC meeting (27 - DN)


June 28 (ESPNCI) When Upul Tharanga first toured England a decade ago, he opened the batting with such devastating élan that he amassed 347 runs at 69.40 in Sri Lanka's 5-0 whitewash. Five years later, he scored an unbeaten century against the same opponents to complete a ruthless 10-wicket victory in the World Cup quarter-final. This time around, however, rather than furrowing his brow to face down the new ball, Tharanga has been asked to do a job down the order,


June 28 (ICC) Following a complaint made by Cricket Namibia under the ICC Anti-Racism Code during the ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture between Afghanistan and Namibia played in Greater Noida, India, from 10-12 April 2016, the ICC has announced that a confidential conciliation process has today (Monday) been successfully undertaken by relevant parties from both teams in Edinburgh, and a consensual resolution of the matter achieved.

June 28 (ESPNCI) Despite his side's 58-run defeat to Australia in the final of the tri-nation series in Barbados on Sunday, West Indies captain Jason Holder chose to focus on the gains made by the side, particularly performances from the top order batsmen. Two of the four centuries struck in the tournament came from West Indies batsmen - Marlon Samuels scored 125 in a defeat against Australia, but Darren Bravo's crucial 102 helped the team rally from an early slide

June 27 (ESPNCI) Despite his side's 58-run defeat to Australia in the final of the tri-nation series in Barbados on Sunday, West Indies captain Jason Holder chose to focus on the gains made by the side, particularly performances from the top order batsmen. Two of the three centuries struck in the tournament came from West Indies batsmen - Marlon Samuels scored 125 in a defeat against Australia, but Darren Bravo's crucial 102 helped the team...


June 28 (BBC) Bangladeshi police have charged seven people, including an opposition politician, over the murder of an Italian aid worker. Cesare Tavella, 50, was shot dead in the capital, Dhaka, in late September. The attack was the first in a series of killings in Bangladesh claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS).

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June 28 (BBC) A religious decree declaring transgender marriage to be legal has been cautiously welcomed in Pakistan, but activists say attitudes still need to change. The decree, or fatwa, was passed on Sunday by a group of clerics. It said that according to Islam transgender people with "visible signs" of being male or female may marry someone of the opposite sex.

June 28 (BBC) David Cameron is to meet European Union leaders for the first time since the UK voted to leave. The UK prime minister will discuss the implications of the Brexit vote and the way ahead at an EU summit in Brussels. German, French and Italian leaders said on Monday there could be no "formal or informal" talks on a British exit at this stage.

June 27 (BBC) Chinese fans have reacted with outrage to Lady Gaga's meeting with the Dalai Lama over the weekend. Her social media posts about meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader on Sunday have led to online speculation over whether she will still be allowed to perform in the country. Lady Gaga is one of, if not the most, popular western musician in mainland China. Yet she has irked mainland fans by showing her support for the Dalai Lama, who many feel is a figurehead for Tibetan separatism.

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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