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Oct 09 (CP) Colombo- China treats Sri Lanka as an important country in South Asia and will provide every support for the development of the island nation, a visiting Chinese minister has said. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin gave this assurance when a Chinese delegation headed by the Minister called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Thursday at the Presidential Secretariat. The President, recalling the long term friendship between China and Sri Lanka, expressed his satisfaction over the support extended to him, by the Chinese President and the government, during his visit to China.
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Oct 09 (CP) Colombo- The European Union's Mission in Sri Lanka today praised Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha's announcement that Sri Lanka would vote in favor of the UN General Assembly resolution on a moratorium on the Death Penalty.

Oct 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka and India navies have held the annual International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting aboard an Indian naval ship in the mid seas on Wednesday.

Oct 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Human Right Commission (HRCSL) yesterday heard the case filed by the Ceylon Teachers' Union (CTU), on the human rights violation of the student arrested for the murder of five-year-old Seya Sadewmi.

Oct 09 (Island) The Supreme Court yesterday refused leave to proceed with the fundamental rights violation petition filed by the General Secretary of the Communist Party, D. E.W. Gunesekera, whereby, the petitioner had challenged the legality of the appointment of some defeated UPFA candidates as National List MPs.

Oct 09 (DN) Seventeen Prison Officers of the Magazine Prison identified as having received bribes from drug king pin Gampola Vidanage Samantha Kumara alias Wele Suda were interdicted from October 7, Prisons Commissioner General Rohana Pushpakumara said.

Oct 09 (DM) Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said today a suspect could not be named as an accused just because he or she had made a statement to the police in connection with a crime. He said a suspect’s statement held no legal value until police investigations found evidence to prove that the statement was true.

Oct 09 (Hindu) Nine-year-old Arunraj and his younger sister Rakshana are excited about their journey on Thursday. For the first time in their lives, they would be travelling by an airplane and both want to have a window seat.

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police Thursday arrested two former cadres of the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the assassination of Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham.

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- Former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources, and Privileges (PRECIFAC) today (8).

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Police Department has decided to recruit 1,500 Tamil youths of the North as Police Constables to provide an efficient police service to the Northern civilians. The Department has decided to undertake the recruitments as there is a dearth of Police Officers who are fluent in Tamil, the Government Information Department said.

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy has launched an investigation into a Sri Lankan-flagged ship carrying weapons seized off the coast of Galle yesterday. The Navy has spotted the ship in the seas 12 nautical miles off the coast of Galle on Tuesday.

Oct 08 (BuzzFeed) The offshore empire of the Lycamobile tycoon Subaskaran Allirajah is facing investigation as part of a sprawling international probe into allegations that billions of dollars were stolen from Sri Lanka by associates of the country’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

* Petitioner refuses to withdraw case against Wilpattu reserve settlements (8 - Island)
* Seya Sadevmi murder: Student writes to IGP (8 - DN)


Oct 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has been ranked as the sixth worst place for journalists worldwide in the 2015 Global Impunity Index published by the New York based-Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Sri Lanka moved to sixth place from fourth on this year's Global Impunity Index.

Oct 09 (CP) Washington, DC- The United States Department of State noted that the resolution on Sri Lanka is a key U.S. outcome at the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The U.S. is the main sponsor of the consensus resolution "Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka" adopted at the UNHRC last month.

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government, considering to restart the controversial China-funded Colombo Port City Project, has received approval from the Cabinet of Ministers to appoint a new committee to review the agreement with Chinese agencies on the project.

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- In a meeting today with Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan, United States Ambassador to Colombo Atul Keshap announced an additional $1.745 million (Rs. 245 million) for demining activities of international and domestic partners and the National Mine Action Committee (NMAC) under the Ministry of Rehabilitation, Resettlement, and Hindu Religious Affairs.


Oct 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines was awarded the Superior Achievement in Passenger Experience -Asia Pacific Region, at the APEX Awards -2015 held in Oregon - USA. The global award presented to SriLankan Airlines, recognizes a remarkable surge in improvements made to passenger experiences both on-board and on-ground by the airline.

Oct 09 (Reuters) The Sri Lankan rupee edged up on Friday as banks sold dollars with subdued importer dollar demand due to measures taken by the government to discourage vehicle imports, dealers said.

Oct 09 (Reuters) Sri Lankan stocks closed at a one-week high on Friday, led by banking shares ahead of the announcement of September-quarter results, brokers said.

Oct 10 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s state owned retail chain Lanka Sathosa aims to get support to revive from Singapore as the retail chain is making continues losses, ministry of industry and commerce said in a release.

Oct 09 (Island) The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) believes that the Finance Bill of March 2015, presented to Parliament recently sends a negative signal to the private sector and is likely to deter investment.This is unfortunate since the Bill comes at a time that the Sri Lankan private sector was gearing itself to partner the government in realizing the full potential of the country’s economy.

Oct 09 (DN) The new valuation method gazetted by the government which is unrealistic will further jeopardize the Motor Industry and create a vehicle price hike, the industry said.

Oct 09 (DM) Amagi Lagoon Resort and Spa is a four-star hotel located within seven kilometres to Bandaranaike International Airport. The hotel, which was established about four years ago, fronts the Negombo lagoon and offers 21 rooms,

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Finance Ministry has prepared the estimates of revenue and expenditure for the year 2016 and estimated the overall expenditure for the year to be 3.14 trillion rupees ($ 22.4 billion).

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Tourism must focus on Asian Tourism as arrivals from Asia amounted to 45.3% of the total reaching 595,583 arrivals while the contribution from Europe dropped to 39% as at end September 2015, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Chairman Dr. Rohantha Athukorala said.

* Sri Lankan rupee steady in dull trade, low importer demand (8 - Reuters)
* BOC debenture issue oversubscribed 2.5 times at Rs. 12.47 billion (8 - Island)
* BOI Chief to meet biz community at breakfast meeting (8 - DM)
* Japanese vehicle prices to soar (8 - DN)
* Sri Lanka tea prices hit lowest levels since March 2012 ; low growns most impacted (8 - LBO)


Oct 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Constitutional Council has forwarded the names of the nominated members to four independent commissions to President Maithripala Sirisena for approval. All ten members of the Constitutional Council had gathered this morning at the Parliamentary complex under the chairmanship of the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and reached a final decision regarding the members of the four independent commissions.

Oct 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's parliament will debate the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on October 20 and 21, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. Prime Minister said the government would also table the reports of the Udulagama and Paranagama Commissions at the beginning of the debate.

Oct 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi has been elected to a post in a global anti-corruption organization. Handunneththi has been elected as the Treasurer of the Committee of the SAARC Pacific Region of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) at its annual meeting.

Oct 09 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has appointed a parliamentary select committee to inquire into the activities of the Central Bank during the last decade. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informed the parliament yesterday that a committee has been appointed to inquire on many issues of the Central Bank including the hedging deal and Greek bonds.

Oct 09 (Diplomat) Are Sri Lanka's ongoing corruption investigations on a road to nowhere? The new government's incipient steps towards transitional justice have received significant attention in recent weeks.

Oct 09 (Island) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told Parliament that the government would not cancel the Central Bank transfers and it would further pursue its objective of creating a better banking service to the people.

Oct 09 (DN) The number of AIDS patients recorded in Sri Lanka today is in the region of 2,200, said consultant on Sexually Transmitted Diseases Dr. Darshanee Wijewickrama. She disclosed this at an awareness programme at the Galle Four Gravets Divisional Secretariat.

Oct 09 (DM) A new traffic plan will be introduced from Monday between 7.30 a.m. and 8.45 a.m. to ease the congestion in Colombo, the Police Department said yesterday. Traffic DIG Amarasiri Senaratne said there was heavy traffic along Sri Jayewardenepura Road from parliament and Battaramulla towards Colombo.

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today said the government will start a new program to eliminate poverty by building the economy of low income families. The President said a program will be implemented to invest every cent which the government allocates for the people, for the welfare of them.

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has granted Sri Lanka a loan amount of Japanese Yen 35 billion (approximately Rs. 41 billion) to construct a new bridge over the Kelani River.

** Related Story ::New bridge over Kelani River to link Sri Lankan capital and airport expressway

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- The European Union has agreed to provide a grant of Euro 43.7 million for the development projects in the island nation. Out of the total non-repayable financial aid, Euro 30 million will support the Integrated Rural Development Program in Central and Uva Provinces.

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- The government of Sri Lanka and French Development Agency (AFD) have signed two loan agreements for two projects totaling Euro 52 million to improve power generation in the country. Secretary to the Treasury, Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunga and AFD's Director for Asia, Mr. Pascal Pacaud signed the agreements at the Ministry of Finance recently.

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, Rauf Hakeem said a certificate can be given for the quality of the water of the Kelani river and the legal actions will be taken for the environmental pollution caused by a toxic leak caused after it is being studied.

** Related Story ::Sri Lanka Environmental Authority temporarily revokes suspension order on Coca-Cola

Oct 08 (Hindu) Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has mooted the idea of creating a "High Growth South Asia Region" to tackle the scenario of low economic growth globally.

* Sri Lanka parliamentary proceedings to be aired on public TV (8 - CP)
* Sri Lanka Speaker temporarily suspends parliament amid tense situation (8 - CP)
* Parliament sessions to be telecast live from today (8 - DM)
* UPFA constituents demand recognition as parties in Parliament, cite precedent (8 - Island)
* Only furnace oil contamination in Kelaniya (8 - DM)
* Gautam Buddha's ashes to travel from Sri Lanka to Maharashtra next week (8 - DN)


Oct 09 (ESPNCI) Batting allrounder Milinda Siriwardana and 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Mendis have been named in Sri Lanka's squad for the two-Test series against West Indies. Siriwardana had been expected to make an appearance in the squad, having made an encouraging start to his international career in the limited-overs formats, in addition to top-scoring in the most recent first-class season.


Oct 09 (ICC) The International Cricket Council has announced it is seeking requests for proposals (RFP) from companies interested in providing Sportainment services for the ICC World Twenty20 2016, which will be held in India from 11 March to 3 April. The successful company will work closely with ICC to produce, deliver and manage all Sportainment needs for the event.

Oct 09 (ESPNCI) In a strange way, perhaps there is something positive that can be taken out of the wash-out at Kolkata for South Africa. Although they are disappointed that they did not have the opportunity to play at the iconic venue, South Africa had plenty of time to process their position heading into the game and don't want to get ahead of themselves despite the early success on tour. "We have only played two days of cricket and there's 25 days of cricket left.

Oct 09 (ESPNCI) A 20-member Sri Lanka women's squad to tour New Zealand in October-November has been trimmed down to 15, the SLC announced in a release. Eshani Lokusuriyage, Sugandika Kumari, Rose Perera and Kushanthi Liyanage, who were part of the touring party named in September, have failed to make the cut. Oshadi Ranasinghe and Lasanthi Madushani, who had been part of the 20-strong team, have been placed on standby.


Oct 09 (BBC) The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has said the outlook for China's economy was not all "doom and gloom". "I would say that it's a recovery that is decelerating a bit," she told the BBC, but said it was expected to gain momentum next year.

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Oct 09 (BBC) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Oct 09 (BBC) Modi has broken his silence over the mob killing of a Muslim man rumoured to have eaten beef. Hindus and Muslims should fight poverty and not each other, he told a campaign rally in Bihar.

Oct 09 (BBC) Corals worldwide are at risk from a major episode of bleaching which turns reefs white, scientists have confirmed. The bleaching has hit reefs in the Pacific, Atlantic and Caribbean. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned it may affect over 38% of the world's reefs, and kill over 12,000 sq km of reefs.

Oct 09 (BBC) Nauru has rowed back on a pledge to process within a week all 600 outstanding refugee claims from asylum seekers at an Australia-funded centre. A Nauru official told the Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that 400 claims would be processed by Sunday.

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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