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Sri Lanka Marxist party to lodge complaint with rights commission on election law violations

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist Party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) accused the government of "deviously" deploying state employees in the election campaign and said the party would lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission today. Addressing a media conference Sunday at the party headquarters at Pelawatta, Information Secretary of the JVP Vijitha Herath said the party hopes to take legal action regarding the deployment of state employees to campaign for the government which is a blatant violation of law.
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SECURITY - SITUATION

Sept 02 (Island) Hulftsdorp Magistrate (01) yesterday remanded Mohammed Marzook Mohammed Rusanudeen till September 11 for trying to enter the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court with a revolver and six live bullets. Police media unit said that the suspect, arrested by the Keselwatte police around 11.50 am, was a businessman from Kotahena. He had a permit for the revolver, police said.

Sept 02 (DN) Colombo Fort Magistrate and Additional District Judge Thinina Gamage yesterday directed Ven. Sobitha A. Gunawansa Thera to give a statement to Slave Island Police in connection with a complaint made by two Senior attorneys that the Thera had threatened them in public.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, visited a demining site in Muhamalai during a visit to the North on Monday, 1 September, 2014. The site is operated by the UK based demining agency, the Halo Trust.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Customs has arrested a Chinese national at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning while attempting to smuggle Wallapatta. The 43-year-old Chinese man was arrested with 13 kilograms of Wallapatta worth over Rs 10 million in his possession.

Sept 01 (Hindu) It is more than 30 years since the special camp to give armed training to the cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was organised by the Union government at Kumbarapatti Colony in Kolathur, about 65 km from Salem.

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* Man armed with pistol tries to enter Court (1 - DM)
* Mastermind of Galgamuwa kidnapping arrested (1 - Island)
* Katubedda explosion case postponed for November 1 (1 - DN)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka for the first time will hold an international film festival to offer a great international cinema experience to Sri Lankan film enthusiasts. The first ever International Film Festival of Colombo (IFFCOLOMBO), organized by the Film Directors Guild of Sri Lanka in association with the 'Okinawa International Movie Festival' in Japan, will begin today at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo at 5 p.m.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Monday expressed hope that the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan be "more balanced" in his responsibilities than his predecessor Navanetham Pillay.

Sept 01 (CP) Moneragala- Stressing that the best thing a society can give its children is education, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that it is parents' responsibility to provide an opportunity for the children to receive the benefits of free education.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court on Monday withdrew the interim order suspending the deportation of Pakistani and Afghan asylum seekers allowing the Sri Lankan government to send them back to the countries where they fled from.

** Related Story ::Sri Lankan court suspends deportation of Pakistani refugees


FINANCE

Sept 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's private gas retailer Laugfs Gas has incorporated a fully owned subsidiary, Laugfs Maritime Services (LMS) (Pvt) Limited to expand its businesses into the international shipping industry.

Sept 02 (Island) The government would control rubber prices soon, Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.

Sept 02 (DN) a bid to woo more investments from the member countries of the European Union, Faiszer Musthapha, Deputy Minister of Investment Promotion addressed the EU business council which included H E David Daly, Ambassador of the European Union, L.W.M. Piet, Ambassador of the Netherlands, Fabrizio Pio Ambassador of Italy and Dr Michael Dohmen, Deputy Ambassador of Germany.

Sept 02 (DM) The Association of Human Resource Professionals (HRP) will organize the HRM Awards, the recognized benchmark for industry best practices in Human Resources, for the 6th time in 2014.

Sept 01 (CP) London- The Bank of Ceylon (UK) Ltd, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka's largest bank, Bank of Ceylon, has signed a new contract with Callcredit Information Group which will help prevent money laundering and assist in meeting with regulatory compliance.

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* Sri Lanka bourse slips from over 3-year high on fall in large caps (1 - Reuters)
* 3M Sri Lanka celebrates 20 years of innovation (1 - Island)
* Sri Lanka’s hard infrastructure drive phasing out: IMF (1 - DM)
* Mihin to acquire three more aircraft (1 - DN)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Sept 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent of Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will celebrate its 63rd anniversary in Badulla today under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sept 02 (Island) Science, Technology and Atomic Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says that the shutdown of Lakwijaya coal-fired power plant at Norochcholai costs the CEB Rs. 600 mn a day. Addressing a book launch on Sunday (31) in Kandy, the former Power and Energy Minister Ranawaka said that the future of Sri Lanka’s power and energy sector would depend on the Norochcholai power plant.

Sept 02 (DN) President Mahinda Rajapaksa participated in an observation tour of drought affected areas in the Monaragala district to witness the measures taken by the government to assist the drought hit areas. The President personally observed the purified water supplying mechanism for the drought affected areas.

Sept 02 (DM) The Northern Provincial Council (NPC), which is administered by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has failed to utilize at least 30 per cent of its capital allocations in the annual budget, an opposition politician charged yesterday.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- The strike launched by the supplementary medical professionals at the state hospitals of Sri Lanka has ended and the hospitals have resumed the normal operations from today, following the discussions with the union, Health officials said.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- The Convener of a civil society movement, The Anti-Corruption Voice of Sri Lanka, Wasantha Samarasinghe said that a plan is being compiled by the Chairman and other officials of Lanka Phosphate Company to sell the Eppawala apatite deposit to China.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's veteran trade union leader Bala Tampoe passed away this afternoon at a private hospital in Colombo. He was 92 years old. Tampoe was the longtime leader of the Ceylon Mercantile Union of Sri Lanka. An advocate of criminal law, Tampoe became the General Secretary of the CMU in February 1948.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Chief ministerial candidate of Sri Lanka main opposition United National Party (UNP) for Uva Province Harin Fernando said Sunday that his meeting with the Hambantota District parliamentarian and President's son Namal Rajapaksa was a chance encounter and not a planned one.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe has planned to undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 7th to 8th September 2014, at the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, External Affairs Ministry said today in a statement.

Sept 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly session in New York later this month, a Sri Lankan official has told Express News Service.

Sept 01 (NIE) COLOMBO- Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told a delegation of the Sri Lankan Tamil National Alliance (TNA), when the latter met him in New Delhi on August 23, that India would be 100 per cent with the Tamils of Sri Lanka.

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* Health sector demands before Cabinet –Health Secy (1 - Island)
* Uva always stood by govt – President (1 - DN)
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SPORTS

Sept 01 (PTI) India men will face Sri Lanka in their tournament opener while the eves will be up against Thailand in their first match of the hockey competition at the 17th Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 to October 4. The Sardar Singh-led Indian men’s hockey team will open the Asian Games campaign against the island nation on September 21 while the eves will play their first match the next day on September 22. In the men’s competition, India are placed in Pool B along side arch rivals Pakistan, Oman, China and Sri Lanka.

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Sept 01 (ESPNCI) The recent news that Angelo Mathews is officially the world's third-best Test batsmen saw many supporters' eyebrows raised to Warnean levels. The surprise in some quarters stirred much debate and proved once again that where there's a list, there's some cricket fans squabbling over it. On this basis, it's a bit short-sighted of the ICC to limit their ratings to only players and teams, so here, to provoke discussion, are the first ever International Board Rankings.

Sept 01 (ESPNCI) In the 30th ODI meeting between these sides, Zimbabwe did what they had not for 31 years and beat Australia. The captain Elton Chigumbura engineered the chase that changed 11,406 days of history, after his spinners had applied a stranglehold that kept Australia to their lowest total against Zimbabwe, and achieved only their second win against these opponents. Chigumbura's opposite number, Michael Clarke, battled a hamstring niggle that ruled him out of the rest of the tri-series, and held his side together on a spin-friendly surface on which none of the other Australian batsmen settled.

Sept 01 (ICC) World champion India has been confirmed as the number-one ranked side in the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings following Zimbabwe’s three wickets victory over Australia in a triangular series match in Harare on Sunday. India had joined Australia on top of the table after winning the third ODI in Nottingham on 30 August at 114 ratings points, but took sole possession at the coveted number-one spot after Zimbabwe recorded its first victory over Australia in 31 years.


WORLD

Sept 02 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) BANGKOK- An 8-year-old Sri Lankan refugee girl spent two years crammed in a cigarette smoke-filled cell with many adults, developing a rash all over her body. A Somali infant lived more than three years in an overcrowded and unsanitary room. Due to a lack of space, a 9-year-old girl and her younger brother regularly slept sitting up during their three-year detention.

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Sept 02 (Xinhua) NEW DELHI- India's main opposition Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday flayed the country's government for failing to control price rise. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government will complete 100 days in power Wednesday. "Have prices come down?" Gandhi told the media in his parliamentary constituency in Rae Bareli in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh when asked about inflation in India, after the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power.

Sept 01 (BBC) An Indian charity has unveiled 108 new lavatories in a village which gained notoriety when two young girls were found hanged from a tree there in May. The teenage cousins were killed in Katra Sahadatganj in Uttar Pradesh when they went unaccompanied to relieve themselves in the fields.

Sept 01 (BBC) Indian PM Narendra Modi is to discuss economic and security ties with Japan's Shinzo Abe, on his first major foreign visit since winning May's election. The leaders are likely to accelerate talks on a nuclear energy pact and sign an agreement on rare earths.


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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