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Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation to visit Sri Lanka

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- The head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will visit Sri Lanka on an invitation from Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, according to a senior official from the Sri Lankan Embassy in Saudi Arabia.The Secretary General of the OIC Iyad Madani is due to visit Sri Lanka shortly. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa invited Madani to visit Sri Lanka when they met on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday (Sept 25). Sri Lanka has applied for observer status in the 57 -member organization.
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SECURITY - SITUATION

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- A minor Tamil party in Sri Lanka's North, has been urging the public to submit evidence against the alleged war crimes and human rights violations in Sri Lanka to the United Nations team conducting the international probe, a local media report said.

Sept 30 (Island) Vice Chairman of Badalkumbura Pradeshiya Sabha, Kapila Samarakoon, (52) was hospitalised after being assaulted by his 19-year-old wife’s father at their residence at Second Mile Post, Badalkumbura, yesterday afternoon.

Sept 30 (DN) Sleuths attached to the investigation arm of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) has uncovered three rogue foreign manpower recruiting agencies in the suburbs of Colombo. They have taken into custody several suspects along with pa

Sept 29 (CP) Kankasanthurei- Sri Lankan Navy troops today uncovered a haul of gold hidden in a fiber glass dinghy in Northern Jaffna peninsula. Acting on information received, the naval troops attached to SLNS Uttara of the Northern Naval Command conducted a pre-dawn raid Monday and discovered 1.730 kilograms of gold hidden inside a fiber glass dinghy on the beach in Madagalthurai.

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has expressed concern over the threatening remarks made by the General Secretary of the extremist Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera during the convention of Buddhist monks held yesterday in Colombo.

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Monday upholding a lower court Ruling dismissed a plea sought to stop the deportation of Pakistani and Afghan asylum seekers in Sri Lanka.

** Related Story ::Right activists to challenge Sri Lanka deporting asylum seekers in Supreme Court

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- A police sergeant attached to the Ratnapura police station has been suspended for assaulting a young woman on the street in view of hundreds of people. A video clip of the police officer, brutally assaulting the young woman in front of the Ratnapura bus stand with what seems like a belt, has gone viral on the web after one of the onlookers captured the entire incident on a mobile phone camera and posted on social media.

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka is conducting public sittings to hear cases of missing in Kilinochchi District from 27th to 30th September 2014.

More : SECURITY - SITUATION
* Brutal police assault goes viral on Internet (29 - Island)
* Five rescued from fire gutted boat (29 - DM)
* Suspect shot dead in escape bid (29 - DN)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 30 (CP) Washington, DC- The United States Department of State has announced that the 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program, popularly known as the Green Card Lottery, will be accepting on-line applications starting on Wednesday October 1, 2014.

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- Top American companies from a wide variety of sectors showcased their products, technologies, and services in Sri Lanka at the U.S. Trade Show 2014 held today at the Hilton Residences. This year, the U.S. Trade Show focused on expanding the variety of American goods and services for local businesses and consumers.

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- A series of activities are being organized throughout the next year to celebrate the 60 years of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand, the External Affairs Ministry of Sri Lanka said.


FINANCE

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo: All investment projects that are currently in commercial operation under Sri Lanka's Board of Investment (BOI) is recorded to be around Rs. 5.99 billion. Addressing the 'Investor Forum' held in Jaffna Monday (September 29), the Investment Promotion Minister, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said the projects that are yet to be implemented or that are found to be in the initial stages of agreement signing, amount to a proposed investment figure of Rs. 2.03 billion.

Sep 30 (LBO) Sri Lanka's state-run budget carrier Mihin Lanka plans to add destinations and increase frequencies on existing route as it plans to meet the growing demand for flights due to an increase in tourism and trade.

Sept 30 (Island) Brandix i3 in collaboration with Mayo Clinic officially announced the commercialization of the Mortality Review System - a web based computer application

Sept 30 (DN) Browns Investments PLC (BI) announced the re-branding of LOLC Leisure to Browns Hotels and Resorts. In March this year, Browns Investments acquired sole shareholder status of LOLC Leisure.

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- The Central Bank of Sri Lanka Monday announced that the Union Bank of Colombo PLC has been appointed as the Primary Dealer in Government Securities in terms of the Registered Stock and Securities Ordinance and the Local Treasury Bills Ordinance.

More : FINANCE
* Sri Lanka stocks end steady despite foreign outflows (29 - Reuters)
* Decline in credit growth not healthy for economic targets (29 - Island)
* LB Finance achieves ISO 27001 Information Security Management Standard (29 - DM)
* Kelani Cables turnover grows 15% in 2013 - 14 (29 - DN)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's powerful doctors' union, the Government Medical Officers Association has threatened to take action against the government's decision to allow the students of the Private Medical College in Malabe to receive clinical training at the government hospitals.

Sept 30 (Island) The Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs (CDWAM) yesterday said it had consulted non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on how to end discrimination against women. Spokesman for the CDWAM, Gamini Jayasinghe said Ministry officials had met with representatives of NGOs late last week at Sethsiripaya.

Sept 30 (DM) The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has sought legal opinion from foreign constitutional experts on whether the Constitution allows President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest for a third term, a senior member of the BASL said yesterday.

Sept 30 (DN) The Republic of Botswana government and Botswana Foreign Ministry recently appointed Jayasiri Silva as their honorary consul for Sri Lanka. The appointment also received the blessings of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and The Sri Lankan

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, will arrive in Sri Lanka next month on an invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of Investment Promotion Faizer Mustafa has said.

Sept 29, Colombo: The leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan has been appointed to lead the political group of the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), the main constituent of TNA.

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Education has decided to shorten the Grade 5 scholarship examination, Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena said. According to the Minister, the Ministry of Education has decided to restrict the test only to a single, one and half hour- long question paper from next year onwards to test the talent of the students in Language and Mathematics knowledge.

Sept 29 (CP) Kandy- Sri Lanka's Central Province was the latest recipient of a language laboratory set up under a project to set up nine language laboratories in the nine provinces of Sri Lanka with the assistance of India.

Sept 29 (AP) A media rights group says Sri Lanka's government has sabotaged a training program for online journalists for the third time in three months.

Sept 29 (IPS) COLOMBO- The last time there was mud on his village roads was about a year ago, says Murugesu Mohanabavan, a farmer from the village of Karachchi, situated about 300 km north of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Committee on Standing Orders hasn’t met for four years (29 - Island)
* Embilipitiya student tops Grade 5 Schol results (29 - DN)
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SPORTS

Sept 30 (AFP) Incheon (South Korea)- Chinese athletes aim to show their class in the Asian Games track and field on Tuesday after a row over talented imported from Africa. Xia Wenjun will go for China s eighth successive 110 metres hurdles victory, taking up the mantle for injury-hobbled former Olympic champion Liu Xiang. Li Jinzhe leads the field in the men s long jump, and he appears well placed to set a new Asian record on day three of the athletics competition.

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Sept 30 (ESPNCI) Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful has had his eight-year ban for involvement in corruption reduced to a five-year penalty, with two years suspended, by the BCB's disciplinary panel chairman. Ashraful had appealed to the disciplinary panel chief, Justice Mohammad Abdur Rashid, in July, asking that the ban he received a month earlier, for his involvement in match and spot-fixing in the 2013 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, be reduced.

Sept 30 (KT) Dubai- Formidable Australia landed at Dubai International airport for their UAE tour of matches against ‘hosts’ Pakistan in all three formats of the sport, starting Sunday. Both sides have star players missing from their lineups due to injuries and technical hitches. James Faulkner, the Australia all-rounder, said: “All of us are looking forward to Sunday’s Twenty20 International against Pakistan at Dubai Sports City.

Sept 30 (IC) Kaushal Lokuarachchi's 18-month sentence for his role in the BPL match-fixing scandal was reduced on Monday to one year by an appeals panel appointed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Lokuarachchi, the BCB's anti-corruption tribunal announced earlier in February, had pleaded guilty for failing to inform authorities when he was approached to fix a match during the BPL tournament in 2013.


WORLD

Sept 29 (One India) Chennai- Lawyers of J Jayalalithaa have moved the Karnataka High Court for granting bail to the AIADMK leader who has been convicted in connection to disproportionate assets case. But BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is confident that justice will be served and the higher courts will uphold her decision to appeal against the verdict.

More : WORLD

Sept 29 (BBC) Ashraf Ghani has been sworn in as Afghanistan's president in a ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul. It comes after six months of deadlock amid a bitter dispute over electoral fraud and a recount of votes.

Sept 29 (BBC) Rescue teams in Japan have resumed their search for survivors of a volcanic eruption on Saturday. At least 31 people are believed to have died when Mount Ontake shot plumes of rock and ash into the air. Hundreds of hikers were on the volcano at the time of the eruption. Most walked down to safety but others were trapped.

Sept 29 (BBC) The imprisoned former chief minister of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Jayaram Jayalalitha, will appeal against her sentence, her party has said. One of India's most colourful and controversial politicians, Ms Jayalalitha was jailed for four years on corruption charges at the weekend.


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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