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No-confidence motion against Sri Lanka's PM Mahinda Rajapaksa passed in parliament, government has no majority

Nov 14 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today announced that the no-confidence motion brought against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Government passed in Parliamen and the purported government does not have a majority.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Nov 14 (Island) Purawesi Balaya co-convenor Gamini Viyangoda yesterday said that the caretaker government owed an explanation as regards the appointment of Kapila Chandrasena as Chairman of debt-ridden Sri Lankan Airlines.
 

Nov 14 (DN) Former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa who was arrested in connection to the Welikada Prison riot in 2012, was today ordered to be further remanded till November 21 by Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage.
 

Nov 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has convened a meeting of the National Security Council this evening (13) under at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, the President's Media Division said.
 

Nov 13 (CP) Colombo- Following the Supreme Court's interim order to stay dissolution of parliament by the President Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka Police chief Pujith Jayasundera, expecting disruptive activities by some parties, has instructed the senior police officers to increase security in all areas of the island.
 

Nov 13 (CP) Colombo- The Attorney General Jayanath Jayasuriya today summing up his deliberations at the hearing of the Fundamental Rights petitions filed against the dissolution of parliament said the President is empowered to dissolve the parliament.
 

Nov 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Supreme Court resumed hearing of the fundamental rights petitions filed against the dissolution of the parliament, this morning.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Drug kingpin Naufer transferred again to another prison (13 - Island)
* Onela ordered to submit details of GTL to CID (13 - DM)
* Gamini Senarath pleads not guilty (13 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Nov 14 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna today has handed over a no-confidence motion against the new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.
 

Nov 14 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Bank today said it has decided to increase both the deposit rate and the lending rate further tightening the monetary policy as a pre-emptive policy measure to control inflationary pressures for the economy to reach its potential.
 

Nov 13 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena Tuesday paid a sudden visit to the Central Environment Authority and inspected the work at the Authority. The President inquired about the internal process of the Authority as well as the operations of the financial section
 

Nov 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena and ordered to halt preparations for snap elections scheduled for January next year.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Nov 14 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Bank (CBSL) today said that its attention has been drawn to recent grievances received from the general public regarding financial scams spreading through phishing emails and social media messages.
 

Nov 14 (Island) The CSE closed 0.21 percent higher yesterday, according to provisional data, with a deal in fashion retailer Odel PLC accounting for a little over 93 percent of the day's Rs. 6.68 billion- turnover. Odel gained 10 cents to close at Rs. 26 after 6.23 billion rupees worth of shares were traded during the day.
 

Nov 14 (DM) Dipped Products PLC, the non-medical glove maker of Hayleys group, saw its performance improving significantly during the September quarter (2Q19) with positive contributions from the firm’s local and international operations.
 

Nov 14 (DN) Sampath Bank achieved Rs.14.2 billion in Profit Before Tax (PBT) within the first 3 quarters of 2018, 20.3% higher than the PBT of Rs.11.8 billion recorded in the corresponding period in the previous year.
 

Nov 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's benchmark private bank, Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC has demonstrated its resilience in adverse conditions, weathering the twin challenges of high taxes and impairment charges to post a healthy growth in most key performance indicators at the end of the third quarter of 2018.
 

Nov 13 (CP) Colombo- Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC announced its results for the first half ended 30th September 2018. Despite tough business conditions, the results for the six months showed a commendable revenue growth of 14% to Rs. 28.6 billion compared to the same period in the previous year.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Strategic consolidation in FMCG sector boosts Sunshine Holdings’ EPS by 23.3% in 1HFY19 (13 - Island)
* DFCC Bank’s IT Subsidiary, takes centre-stage at 2018 NBQSA Awards for 3 stellar digital solutions (13 - DM)
* Lankan owned Peace Air to take wings on Feb. 4 (13 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Nov 14 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Tourism and Wildlife, Vasantha Senanayake, who crossed over from the United National Party (UNP) and joined the President Maithripala Sirisena's government accepting a cabinet minister post has stated that he will withdraw from his post after meeting the President.
 

Nov 14 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's parliament passed a no-confidence motion against newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa amid raucous opposition on Wednesday, throwing the country deeper into crisis.
 

Nov 14 (Island) Mahaweli Authority officials said yesterday filling of the Kaluganga reservoir of Moragahakanda-Kaluganga irrigation project, the last of the Mahaweli schemes was at a satisfactory level. The filling of the reservoir was inaugurated under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena in July.
 

Nov 14 (DM) The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will certainly contest the elections under a common front and a common symbol, SLPP front-liner Basil Rajapaksa said yesterday.
 

Nov 14 (DN) Farmers in Anuradhapura district are facing a scarcity of subsidised fertilizer in the open market. Farmers organisations in Galenbindunwewa, Wilachciya, Kahatagasdigiliya, Horowpothana, Rathmalgahawewa, Medawachchiya, Rambewa, and Seeppukulama have complained to the authorities
 

Nov 14 (AFP) Sri Lanka's parliament will meet under tight security Wednesday, after the top court ruled its dissolution illegal and opened the door to a vote on which of two rival prime ministers has the support to rule.
 

Nov 14 (ER) For the past twenty-five years, Sri Lanka's freedom party (SLFP) have enjoyed enormous success in Sri Lanka's political history. Yet, despite these great achievements under the presidency of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena, the presidency of Sirisena has faced a complicated political scenario in the past few weeks.
 

Nov 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya commended the judiciary for rising to the occasion and deliver a ruling with due urgency and deliberation to resolve the serious crisis the country has endured recently.
 

Nov 13 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Pakistan through its High Commission in Sri Lanka has awarded fully funded higher education scholarships to nine Sri Lankan students in fields of Pharmacy and Engineering in top Pakistani institutions under Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme (PTAP) for Sri Lanka.
 

Nov 13 (BBC) Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has suspended the president's move to dissolve parliament, as a political crisis in the island nation deepens. President Maithripala Sirisena shocked the nation by sacking parliament and calling snap elections on Friday.
 

Nov 13 (CP) Colombo- Japan, as a longtime friend of Sri Lanka, is following with close attention and interest the recent developments in Sri Lanka, including the dissolution of the parliament, the Japanese Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
 

Nov 13 (Bloomberg) Sri Lanka's ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is mounting a legal challenge against President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve the island nation's parliament and call a snap general election.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Rumors Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigning is completely false, MP Namal Rajapaksa says (13 - CP)
* Sri Lanka parliament to convene tomorrow (13 - CP)
* Sirisena told Mahinda 120 MPs would support him - Hashim (13 - Island)
* SLFP to announce alliance by weekend (13 - DN)
* Sri Lanka -- democracy in danger (13 - CP)

SPORTS

Nov 14 (ESPNCI) If there was any doubt how much assistance the surface in Pallekele would provide for spinners in this match - and there really wasn't very much - it was banished within a few minutes of the start of the second Test. The first and final balls of the second over of the innings, bowled by offspinner Dilruwan Perera, fizzed past the outside edge of Rory Burns' bat.
 

Nov 14 (ESPNCI) It has, at various moments of this tour, seemed as if this is the Test series that time forgot. It doesn't have the history of the Ashes; it doesn't have the audience of contests against India and, for the first few weeks, there was more talk about rain than runs
 

Nov 13 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya is likely to miss the third Test against England in Colombo, as he is set to travel to Brisbane to undergo biomechanical testing after having his bowling action reported. He will be available for selection for the second Test, which begins on Wednesday, however.
 

Nov 13 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka have asked for a turning pitch - a proper one this time - and they will go in with three spinners and a lone quick again, but for the hosts to level the series, the batsmen still have to pull their weight. So said Suranga Lakmal, who has captained three Tests and won all three, thanks largely to his attack.
 


WORLD

Nov 13 (BBC) UK and EU officials have agreed the draft text of a Brexit agreement after months of negotiations in Brussels. A cabinet source told the BBC that the document has been agreed at a technical level by officials from both sides after intensive discussions this week.
 

Nov 13 (BBC) Strong winds have been fuelling California's deadly fires as search-and-rescue teams begin the grim task of searching for bodies among the ashes. Winds of up to 40mph (64km/h) are expected throughout Tuesday in the state's south, where the Woolsey Fire is threatening some 57,000 homes.
 

Nov 13 (BBC) Canada is in discussions with Pakistan about granting asylum to a Pakistani Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy, according to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Asia Bibi spent eight years on death row before a Pakistani court overturned her sentence and she was freed.
 

Nov 13 (BBC) Amnesty International is stripping Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award. The politician and Nobel peace prize winner received the honour in 2009, when she was living under house arrest.
 


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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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