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Our main responsibility is to protect and foster the working people - President

May 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, speaking at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party's May Day rally in Galle yesterday, said his government's main responsibility is to protect and foster the working people and the government is fully committed to protect and further improve the rights of the working class. Addressing the massive May Day rally of the SLFP and UPFA at the Samanala Grounds in Galle town, President Sirisena said the 8th goal of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) stresses the need for nations to adapt a decent work agenda to provide the working class the living conditions they deserve.
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May 03 (CP) Colombo- A boat carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers has arrived within the Cocos Islands on Monday morning, the Australian media reported. The ABC quoting local residents said a wooden boat, carrying 12 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, arrived about 10.45 am on Monday in bad weather.

May 03 (Island) The Supreme Court yesterday directed the parties concerned about the implications of the Uma Oya project to hold discussions with the Attorney General on May 9. The Centre for Environmental Justice affected and residents in the Bandarawela have complained in a fundamental rights violation petition that 1,200 families are faced with hardships due to the project.

May 03 (DN) An undergraduate was knocked down by a bus in Gandara police division on Sunday. Gandara Police said the undergraduate was knocked by a CTB bus carrying Joint Opposition supporters after the May Day rally at Kirulapone.

May 03 (The News) Karachi- Customs officials arrested a Colombo-bound Pakistani national at the Karachi airport after 3,400 kilograms of heroin were found concealed in a novel manner within his luggage.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today issued notice to immigration officials and police to show cause on how a suspect of the alleged kidney racket escaped the country.

** Related Story ::Indian kidney racket suspect escapes from Sri Lanka's detention camp

May 02 (CP) Colombo- The Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) of Sri Lanka Police today arrested another rehabilitated leader of the Tamil Tiger terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

May 02, Colombo: Army personnel deployed in the security detail of former president and current Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa have been replaced with officers of Police Special Task Force (STF) with effect from today.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- The Media Unit of Sri Lanka Police has been suspended with immediate effect on the instructions of IGP Pujitha Jayasundara, the Ministry of Law and Order said. According to a report in Economynext, official sources on Monday have indicated that there is a "serious issue" with the present Police Media Spokesman Assistant Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested eight Nigerian nationals and two Sri Lankans during a raid for possession of cocaine, the police said. The Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) and the Special Task Force (STF) arrested the eight Nigerians and the Sri Lankan husband and wife couple in a joint operation conducted on Sunday in Mount Lavinia and Kelaniya areas.

* Chava explosives: Key suspects flee to India (2 - Island)
* Student steals laptops, accessories worth Rs. 400,000 (2 - DN)


May 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan in a message to mark the World Press Freedom Day, today called on the government to take all steps necessary to investigate the killings of journalists and bring the perpetrators of those crimes to justice.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- The free distribution of Thalassemia Infusion Systems produced by the Sri Lanka Navy to the Lady Ridgeway Children's Hospital and Thalassemia affected children took place Monday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's House.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has conveyed his best wishes to the Global Dignity, a global independent, non-political organization working towards dignity for people, on its 10th anniversary.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka and China will hold high level discussions in June on the bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said in a statement on Monday.


May 03 (TradeArabia) Sri Lankan Minister of Tourism John Amaratunga was presented with the latest edition of the only Arabic language travel guidebook on Sri Lanka, by Emirati author and entrepreneur Heba Al Mansoori.

May 03 (DM) Initiated in 2007, the John Keells Management Trainee Programme aims at recruiting outstanding talent and guiding them into roles, which will enable them to be part of the future leadership of the group.

May 03 (DN) The Sri Lanka Tea Board will spend over Rs 4.8 billion for 2016 and a further Rs.2 billion in 2017 to promote Sri Lankan tea globally,Plantations Minister Naveen Dissanayake said.

May 03 (CNBC) Sri Lanka's deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) may have averted a crisis, but the bailout may undermine a key source of strength: the country's impressive economic growth rate.

May 03 (Reuters) COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is seeking to raise 100 billion rupees (US$685.6mil) in revenue in 2016 by increasing the value added tax (VAT) and new taxes effective from Monday, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake (pic) said late on Sunday.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has announced it has signed a letter of intent with Fairway Holdings of Sri Lanka for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. This is the first Bell 505 signed for in Sri Lanka.

May 02 (CP) Amsterdam- At the start of the 2016 winter schedule, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will resume direct service to Sri Lanka's Colombo International Airport from October, the airline said in a statement Monday. The first flight to Colombo is scheduled to depart on Monday, 31 October 2016.

* Sri Lanka expects 20% jump in tourists from Oman (2 - TOO)
* Local agriculture sector contributing only 10 per cent to Gross Domestic Productí (2 - Island)
* PM nod for CMTA drive (2 - DN)


May 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's state sector doctors' union, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA), strongly condemning the police attack on medical students, who were engaged in a protest against the Malabe private medical college, said the doctors will serving at state hospitals will engage in a protest today.

May 03 (CP) Colombo- General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake says the party central committee will take disciplinary action against all party members who participated in the Joint Opposition's May Day rally in Kirulapone.

May 03 (ECONOMYNEXT) Sri Lanka needs "immediate improvements" to public transport to curb the economic loss caused by road traffic congestion, the Central Bank has said. In the medium term, policymakers must adopt ĎTransport Demand Managementí processes to promote efficient public transportation modes and reduce travel demand from single occupancy private vehicles, or redistribute demand over space or time, it said.

May 03 (Island) Value Added Tax (VAT) increased to 15 percent, was operative from May 2, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. "Education and pharmaceutical drugs have been exempted from the increase, Karunanayake said at a press conference Sunday.

May 03 (Island) The Government Medical Officersí Association (GMOA) yesterday announced a lunch hour protest in several government hospitals today (03) against the attack on the protest march organised by the Medical Faculty Studentsí Action Committee (MFSAC) last week.

May 03 (DM) The Provincial Minister of Irrigation of the ruling UPFA North Central Provincial Council H.B. Semasinghe said that he attended both SLFP rallies held on the May Day in Galle and Kirulapone, Colombo.

May 03 (DN) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa needs a human shield just like late LTTE Leader Prabhakaran did during the last stages of the war, Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa said. Addressing media during a press briefing at the Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry in Colombo yesterday he said military personnel cannot be provided to the former President to travel around the country to topple the government.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Local Government (LG) elections will be held after delimitation process is complete, the Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Faizer Mustapha said today.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- The Czech Republic has expressed willingness to support the development of Sri Lanka's transport and civil aviation sectors. Meeting with Sri Lanka's Minister of Transport Nimal Siripala de Silva, the New Delhi-based Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Sri Lanka Milan Hovorka recalled the long standing friendly relations between the two countries and said his country was ready to support Sri Lanka on any occasion.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- The amendments made to Value Added Tax (VAT) and the Nation Building Tax (NBT) will be effective from today exempting essential services including water and electricity, and health and education sectors, Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said.

May 02 (CP) Colombo- The administration of the Kelaniya University said the university will remain closed and will not open on May 3rd as scheduled. The university will be reopened for students on May 11th. The administration said health units are still conducting investigations into the mysterious infection spreading among the students within the university.

May 02 (Hindu) "Twenty public meetings. Seventeen rallies." This was how a leading Tamil daily in Sri Lanka presented a report on the planned events for the May Day. In the capital city, Prime Minister and the ruling United National Party (UNP) chief Ranil Wickremesinghe told a rally that his government would ensure that benefits of development reached people.

* JVP solution: Wipe out UPFA, UNP (2 - Island)
* What is happening now is what I said earlier: Attanayake (2 - DM)
* Audit Bill before Cabinet next Wednesday (2 - DN)


May 03 (DS) The Sri Lankan Kabaddi team reached Pakistan to participate in the Asia Kabaddi Cup which will be staged in Wah Cantt in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Officials of the Pakistan Kabaddi Federation received the Lankan team at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore.


May 03 (ICC) Shahid Afridiís international career has been a rollercoaster ride. Known for his aggressive batting style and wicket-taking abilities, Afridi has scored 1,716 runs and taken 48 wickets in 27 Tests. Making his One-Day International debut in 1996, Afridi amassed 8,046 runs and took 395 wickets in 398 games. He holds a record of taking most Twenty20 Internationals wickets (97) and has won the most Player of the Match awards (six) in the format.

May 03 (BBC) England's world number one Mark Selby beat China's Ding Junhui 18-14 to win his second World Championship title. Selby, the 2014 winner from Leicester, led throughout Sunday and went into Monday's final session leading 14-11. Ding, who was bidding to become the first Asian player to win the world title, claimed three frames in a row.

May 03 (ESPNCI) India's Supreme Court, on Monday, made it clear that all state cricket associations will have to "fall in line" with the recommendations of Justice RM Lodha led-panel on structural reforms in the BCCI. The court had tasked a three-member committee with recommending changes to the BCCI's constitution


May 03 (BBC) Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has accused China of "raping" the US, in renewed criticism of China's trade policy. He told a rally in Indiana that China was responsible for "the greatest theft in the history of the world". Mr Trump, a billionaire businessman, has long accused China of manipulating its currency to make its exports more competitive globally.

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May 03 (BBC) A Somali woman seeking asylum in Australia has set herself on fire in protest at her detention at a centre on the Pacific island of Nauru. The 21-year-old suffered critical injuries after covering herself in fuel and setting herself alight. Last week, a 23-year-old Iranian died after setting himself alight at the same facility.

May 02 (BBC) The bodies of two American climbers have been found in a glacier in the Himalayas, 16 years after they were killed by a huge avalanche. World-renowned mountaineer Alex Lowe had been climbing the 8,013m (26,290ft) Shishapangma peak in Tibet in October 1999 with cameraman David Bridges when they were hit.

May 02 (Hindu) As the anniversary of Nepalís devastating earthquake came and went last week, Tilakmananda Bajracharya, a priest, peered up at the mountainside temple his family has tended for 13 generations, wondering how long it would remain upright.

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 Lankaís 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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