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Sri Lankan government to file case at High Court against Carleton Sports Network

Feb 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake says a case will be filed at the High Court over the alleged financial malpractices at the Carleton Sports Network. Issuing a statement about the investigations into the financial irregularities in the sports channel reportedly owned by the son of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Minister said the case will be directed to the Attorney General following investigations carried out by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) over charges of money laundering and misusing public property.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Feb 07 (CP) Jaffna- The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who was touring Jaffna on Sunday, said the charges levelled against LTTE prisoners should be resolved through the court and it is a responsibility of the Sri Lankan Government.

Feb 07 (CP) Rameswaram- Sri Lankan Naval personnel have allegedly chased away some fishermen from Tamil Nadu while they were fishing near Sri Lanka's Katchatheevu islet on Sunday, a PTI report said. The naval personnel also have allegedly damaged more than 30 fishing nets of the fishermen, who had put out to sea along with several others yesterday, they said.

Feb 07 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police plans to soon arrest four more army personnel suspected in the abduction of Lanka e News journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. Already six people of the Army intelligence unit have been arrested and four others will be arrested based on the analysis of mobile phone data used in the incident.

Feb 07 (DW) Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka's Northern Province on Sunday asked the UN's top human rights official for assistance in tracing thousands of civilians who disappeared during the brutal conflict between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that lasted more than 25 years.

Feb 07 (DM) The rule of law would be upheld when perusing the case against former President’s son Yoshitha Rajapaksa and the others at the Carlton Sports Network (CSN) without any intervention by President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe or any of the Cabinet Ministers, Minister of Law Order Sagala Ratnayake said in a statement today.

Feb 07 (Island) The Colombo Judicial Medical Officer was directed by Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage to submit a report on the health condition of Mrs. Sicille Kotelawala. The Magistrate visited Durdan’s Hospital, where she was warded and ordered the report to be forwarded to court on Monday.

Feb 07 (SO) A senior public official in the ports sector, under the previous government is under investigation for a massive tax fraud, involving the Carlton Sports Network (CSN) channel, police sources told the Sunday Observer. CSN reportedly bought television equipment worth £ 14,0000 from Arena Television in Reddhill, Surrey.

Jan 07 (SO) A senior public official in the ports sector, under the previous government is under investigation for a massive tax fraud, involving the Carlton Sports Network (CSN) channel, police sources told the Sunday Observer.

Feb 07 (ST) A 55-year-old Pakistani national was yesterday apprehended with one kg of heroin in his possession, in Kollupitiya, police said The man was arrested after several days of surveillance by undercover sleuths from the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), police added.

Feb 06 (CP) Colombo- The National Freedom Front (NFF), Sri Lanka's opposition political party led by MP Wimal Weerawansa, organized a protest in the capital Colombo on Saturday against the visit of the United Nations human rights chief.

Feb 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Police Chief N.K. Illangakoon today defended his force saying that a majority of police officers dutifully carry out their responsibilities, even sacrificing their lives and he is bound to protect those police officers.

Feb 06 (BBC) The UN's top human rights official has arrived in Sri Lanka amid concerns that the country's president is backtracking on promises to investigate war crimes. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, will spend four days in the country.

Feb 06 (CP) Colombo- Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne is representing Sri Lanka at the International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 being held in India from 4th to 8th February 2016.

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* Yoshitha to remain in the Navy (6 - Nation)
* DIG Vass’ wife summoned by Court (6 - CT)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Feb 07 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who arrived in Sri Lanka Saturday on a four-day official visit at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government, is visiting Jaffna and Trincomalee today and tomorrow.

Feb 07 (CP) Bhubaneshwar, Odisha- India is interested in establishing refinery and bunkering operations in Sri Lanka, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said on Saturday when he held a bilateral meeting with Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources Development of Sri Lanka Dr. Anoma Gamage.

Feb 06 (CP) Colombo- India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj says the government of India is fully satisfied with the program of the new government of Sri Lanka and will extend the fullest cooperation to the President Maithripala Sirisena's program for reconciliation and development.


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Feb 07 (Island) Speed Water Systems (Pvt) Limited, a member of Speed Group of Companies, has launched a new range of fruit drinks to the Sri Lankan market under the ‘Speed Fresh’ brand name. The products are now available in three different flavors – Orange, Mango and Mixed Fruit – in 220ml, 500ml and 1,000ml bottles.

Feb 07 (SO) According to government sources, Information Technology, marine services and ship-building industries would be initially opened to Indian professionals under the proposed Indo-Lanka Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA).

Feb 07 (ST) The party is now over for emerging market economies like Sri Lanka which had greater access to low-cost borrowings in the global capital markets until things turned the other way with the rate hike by the US Fed from near-zero levels in last December, an the expected downturn in the global economy triggered by the economic setback in China.

Feb 07 (Hindu) Sri Lanka, with close historical ties to India, boasts of a cuisine that is a confluence of many cultures. Sri Lanka’s past is dotted with colonial influences from the Dutch and the British, not to forget the spread of Buddhism from India.

Feb 06 (CP) Colombo- Flagship of Holland America Line, MS Rotterdam is scheduled to call port at Hambanthota on Sunday, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said. The largest passenger cruise liner carrying 1,176 persons and a crew of 600 on board, and arriving from Cochin Port in India will dock at the Hambantota Port on Sunday at 8:00 a.m. The ship will depart at 10:00 p.m. Sunday to Yangon, Myanmar.

Feb 06 (AFP) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka has made a formal request for an IMF bailout package to aid its struggling economy after a sharp slowdown in growth and with its budget deficit widening, officials said Saturday.

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* India keen on refinery in Sri Lanka, exporting petro items to Bangladesh (6 - Hindu)
* SLT partners with major ICT suppliers to enhance customer experience (6 - DM)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Feb 07 (CP) Colombo- Legal experts in Sri Lanka deem it is a violation of the Constitution to appoint a member of the country's military to parliament, according to a report in Sunday Leader. The move to appoint Democratic Party Leader, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to Parliament to fill the vacancy created by the demise of Lands Minister M. K. A. D. S. Gunawardena, is a violation of the Constitution, according to the legal experts.

Feb 07 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government, which is in the process of creating a mechanism to implement the proposals in the consensual UN resolution, has taken measures to appoint an 11-member Special Task Force to obtain public views on the Geneva proposals.

Feb 07 (CP) Colombo- Over 1,500 proposals have been submitted to the Committee on Public Representations on the Constitution (CPRC) appointed by Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe to seek public opinion on the proposed constitutional reforms, Chairman, attorney-at-law Lal Wijenayake said.

Feb 07 (CP) Colombo- While India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was visiting Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora is seeking a dialogue with the Indian government in an effort to strengthen the moderate voices within the Diaspora as well as in Sri Lanka.

Feb 07 (WAM) Ambassador of the UAE to Sri Lanka, Abdul Hameed Abdul Fattah Kazim, has attended a military parade staged by Sri Lanka to celebrate its 68th Independence Day.

Feb 07 (Island) Moves to initiate top level changes at the National Medicinal Drugs Regulatory Authority (NMDRA) have triggered intense lobbying with the powers-that-be, amidst a clamor by "connected parties" to foist aspirants of their choice to head this powerful body in the pharmaceutical industry, health officials asserted.

Feb 07 (SO) As the nation prepared – with much fuming over road closures in central Colombo – to celebrate Independence Day on February 4, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, who has re-emerged into national prominence with her pivotal role in last year’s dramatic regime change, was deeply reflective on key national problems.

Feb 07 (ST) Last Saturday's arrest of Lieutenant Yoshitha, second son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, continues to reverberate in many quarters. One such instance is the weekly ministerial meeting on Wednesday. Ministers representing the United National Party (UNP) were livid that one of their Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) colleagues had, wanted the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), which made the arrest, disbanded.

Feb 07 (ST) More than 200 tax appeal cases have been put on hold for the past six months due to the failure of the Government to constitute the Tax Appeals Commission and the revenue loss to the state could be a staggering Rs. 6 billion, officials said.

Feb 06 (CP) Colombo- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who arrived in Sri Lanka this morning on a four-day official visit at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government said he will listen to everyone.

Feb 06 (CP) Colombo- During the 9th Session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission held Friday in Colombo, the two sides discussed the preparations to begin negotiations on the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement that is expected to be signed by mid-2016.

Feb 06 (CP) Colombo- India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today at the President's House in Colombo. Minister Swaraj, who arrived in Sri Lanka on Friday for a two-day visit, briefed President Sirisena on the outcomes of the 9th India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission Meeting.

Feb 06 (Xinhua) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has sent his greeting to the Chinese government and its people for the Chinese New Year which falls on Feb. 8.

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* UNP, SLFP agreed on UN resolution (6 - DM)
* Korean assistance to develop Sri Lanka's fishing industry (6 - CP)
* UN Human Rights chief arrives in Sri Lanka (6 - CP)
* Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa family: Crashing fall from grace (6 - CP)
* Sri Lankan government plans to award dual citizenship to 10,000 expatriates (6 - CP)
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SPORTS

Feb 07 (ICC) It was not a massive surprise that England Under-19 struggled against Sri Lanka Under-19’s potent spin attack in the third quarterfinal of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday (February 7), but it must be disappointed as its six-wicket defeat was more a consequence of succumbing to reputations than conditions. Having played against each other in a triangular series in Colombo recently, there were no secrets, and Sri Lanka made the first move when it opened the bowling with Thilan Nimesh, the left-arm spinner, after being asked to bowl.

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Feb 07 (ZN) India and Sri Lanka will lock horns in a three-match series ahead of the Asia Cup in Bangladesh and World Twenty20. The first match will be played in Pune on Wednesday. Thanks to their superb outing Down Under, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team have gained seven places to top the ranking. They have defeated the home team 3-0, after losing the preceding One-Day International series 1-5.

Feb 07 (ESPNCI) A fine performance by Sri Lanka's spinners was capped by a stroke-filled 95 from opener Avishka Fernando as they brushed England aside by six wickets to move into the semi-final of the Under-19 World Cup. England had won the toss and opted to bat, a decision their captain Brad Taylor defended quite strongly at the presentation. "We didn't think it did an awful lot early," he said and thought 250 could have been within their reach had the middle overs gone better. As such they were all out for 184 without facing their full quota of overs.

Feb 07 (ICC) The captains at the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 have been constantly asked if their leadership role at this level is mostly ceremonial, as the coaches seem to do the real planning, or do they have a significant say in how things go. It’s a difficult question to answer for a teenaged leader. The best way to express themselves is to put up strong individual performances and lead from the front. Among the eight teams that made it to the quarterfinals, no one has done that quite like Sri Lanka’s Charith Asalanka.


WORLD

Feb 07 (BBC) The key district of Sangin in the southern Afghan province of Helmand is once again on the verge of being overrun by the Taliban, according to an Afghan army commander. The commander, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the BBC that most of the district had already been taken.

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Feb 07 (BBC) At least 124 people remain trapped under the rubble of an apartment block in the Taiwanese city of Tainan after Saturday's earthquake, officials say. Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said many of them were buried deep inside the ruins of the 17-storey block.

Feb 07 (BBC) North Korea has fired a long-range rocket, which critics say is a test of banned missile technology. A state TV announcer said that North Korea had successfully placed a satellite in orbit. The launch was condemned by Japan, South Korea and the US, who have requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council later on Sunday.

Feb 06 (Dawn) UNITED NATIONS: Decrying the rise of Islamophobia worldwide, Pakistan called on Thursday for action to combat the forces of xenophobia and warned that if timely steps were not taken to check this disturbing trend, it could threaten regional and global peace and security. Speaking at an event organised at the UN by Pakistan Mission and the OIC on “Countering Xenophobia through Interfaith Cooperation”,


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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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