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President emphasizes on assistance to advance science and technology sector

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that In order to develop a country much assistance should be provided to science and technology sector. However, he noted that in the fields of science and technology research the priority should be given for innovations aiming to make better human beings not for the destruction of the society.
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July 22 (CP) Colombo- The case against suspended IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando in connection with the Easter Sunday terrorist attack, was taken up for hearing today by the Colombo Chief Magistrate court.

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The Director General of Forest Conservation Department has informed the Court of Appeal that the Department will not allow the trees in the Kallaru Forest Reserve Zone near the Wilpattu National Forest to be felled.

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested 4,624 drivers during a month-long special operation launched island wide since 5th July to nab people driving under the influence.

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing of the fundamental rights petition filed by Dr. Safi Sihabdeen of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital to the 6th of August as the respondents had not been issued notice properly.

July 22 (Daily Mail) A boatload of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers headed for Australia has been intercepted in the Indian Ocean in what is the third incident since May.

July 22 (Island) The only person that the Tamil people had accepted as a national leader was the late LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, former Provincial Minister of Agriculture of the Northern Province, P. Ayngaranesan told media in Jaffna yesterday.

July 22 (DM) Beliatta Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Siril Munasinghe has been arrested today over an assault of a former PS member, police said. They said the Chairman was arrested after he surrendered to the Beliatta Police station this morning.

July 22 (DN) A man was fined Rs. 40,000 for having 26 bottles of illegal liquor and distilling equipment by Trincomalee Magistrate Chamila Kumari Ratnayake recently. The accused is a 54-year-old resident of Gomarankadawala, Kalyanapura.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- A man has been killed in a clash between police and suspected 'Ava' gang members in Manipai Inuvil area, in Jaffna last night, police said. The suspected Ava member was killed when police opened fire at an Ava group when they tried to attack a group of police officers during an inspection.

* Nine SSPs elevated to rank of DIG (21 - Island)
* Road rage attack: Maths teacher’s bodyguards surrender to police (21 - ST)
* Avant-Garde case : AG’s advice sought on absconding suspects (21 - SO)


July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recalling that three months have passed after the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on April 21 said new laws will be introduced to prevent terrorism.

July 21 (Reuters) COLOMBO- The United States wants a special forces cooperation agreement with Sri Lanka to sidestep bureaucracy and has no intention of setting up a military base in the country, the American ambassador to the island nation said in a television interview.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- A new broad political alliance, headed by United National Party (UNP) leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, will be formally announced to the public on August 5 in preparation for the upcoming presidential election.


July 22 (CP) Colombo- HNB Assurance PLC rang the opening bell at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) Friday (19). The ceremony was organized to celebrate the inclusion of HNB Assurance PLC in the S&P SL20 Index following the 2019 mid-year index review.

July 22 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares closed lower on Monday, snapping an eight-session gaining streak, as investors booked profits, while the rupee weakened on higher importer dollar demand.

July 22 (Island) CFW Swim Week Colombo brings together four creative industries namely Art, Fashion, Food and Music to host a week-long creative festival titled " Celebrate Colombo" presented by So Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Tourism and Promotion Bureau (SLTPB).

July 22 (DM) The Ministry of Plantation Industries is to launch a fresh initiative with an investment of Rs.300 million to boost low replanting rates in Sri Lanka’s tea industry.

July 22 (DN) Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama on Friday, told a group of chamber and business representatives that the private sector should be vocal about issues of national interest such as economic policy reforms and trade openings.

July 21 CP) Colombo-: Recommitting itself to effective climate action in accordance with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), leading integrated global logistics solutions provider, Expolanka Freight Ltd (EFL) announced its inclusion into the membership in Green Freight Asia (GFA).

* CBSL Governor says SL could manage debt position if the govt. maintains fiscal discipline (21 - Island)
* Tourism promo roadshows cancelled (21 - ST)
* Apparel has biggest potential to increase exports to UK markets (21 - SO)


July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena considering the security situation in the country, on Monday has issued an Extraordinary Gazette announcing the extension of the state of emergency, by another month.

July 22 (CP) Colombo- A special discussion will be held with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this afternoon regarding the postal strike, Minister of Postal Services & Muslim Religious Affairs M H A Haleem said.

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, an ally of the government has decided not to accept ministerial portfolios until the proper solutions for the issues of the Muslims are resolved, Parliamentarian Rauf Hakeem says.

July 22 (Island) Megapolis and Western Province Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says that the king maker at the next presidential election will not be any single party but the floating vote comprising around five million electors.

July 22 (DM) Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said yesterday that he did not have faith in any of the probes carried out on the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.

July 22 (DN) A glass of fresh milk will be provided as part of a national programme for schoolchildren starting tomorrow (23) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at Kalawana Shathodaya Vidyalaya in Ratnapura.

July 21 (PTI) The St Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka's western coastal town of Negombo was reconsecrated on Sunday, three months after it was badly damaged in the Easter Sunday blasts that rocked the island nation.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- All postal workers of the island will report sick leave from midnight today and have decided to engage in a 24 hour trade union action again. Convener of the Joint Postal Trade Unions Alliance Chinthaka Bandara said the one-day sick note campaign will be launched due to non-implementation of the agreements reached regarding the recruitment procedure of postal employees.

July 21 (CP) Colombo- A visiting top UN official has appreciated the fact that Sri Lanka was able to recover and ensure the rule of law in the aftermath of the April 21 tragedy, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

July 21 (AsiaNews) Colombo- On the eve of the three month anniversary of the Easter Sunday massacres, the Catholic Church of Sri Lanka continues its commitment in favor of relatives of the victims and survivors.

* PSC probing Easter terror attacks to invite President to testify (21 - Island)
* “We need a broad democratic front and a clear agenda” (21 - SO)


July 22 (AFP) Veteran Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith Malinga will retire from one-day international cricket with the first match of a three-match series against Bangladesh, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said on Monday. Malinga was named to the 22-man Sri Lanka squad for the series with matches scheduled for July 26, 28 and 31 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

July 21 (BBC) New Zealand stunned holders and 11-time champions Australia to win the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool. The final was tense throughout and came down to the dying seconds and just one goal, as the Kiwis prevailed 52-51.

July 21 (ESPNCI) The biggest positive to come out of the 2019 World Cup was the reminder - to one and all but particularly those administrators infatuated with T20's success - of what a good game of cricket a 50-over contest can be. In the ODI there is time to recover from a poor period of play; there's a place for tactical manoeuvres;

July 21 (BBC) Manny Pacquiao said he had "fun" as he became the oldest welterweight champion in history by beating WBA Super champion Keith Thurman in a split decision in Las Vegas. Thurman - previously undefeated - had promised to send the 40-year-old Fillipino into retirement, but was knocked down in the first round before a thrilling fight went the distance.


July 21 (CNA) Pumped out over speakers, Buddhist chants play for packs of stray dogs at a Yangon shelter in an unusual effort to calm them down as Myanmar struggles to control a ballooning canine population and a deadly rabies scourge.

July 21 (CNA) US President Donald Trump is likely to press Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan for help on ending the war in Afghanistan and fighting militants when the two leaders meet at the White House on Monday (Jul 22) amid their countries' strained relations.

July 21 (CNA) MALE- Abdulla Yameen, the former president of the Maldives, pleaded not guilty to charges of money laundering on Sunday (Jul 21), in the first hearing of a criminal court trial into the matter.

July 21 (BBC) The former chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit has died aged 81, following a long illness. The veteran politician was the longest-serving chief minister of the Indian capital, serving for three terms from 1998 to 2013.

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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