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Sri Lanka assures to implement all transitional justice mechanisms in accordance with Constitution

Mar 21 (CP) Geneva- Sri Lanka on Wednesday assured the United Nations and the international community that it will implement all transitional justice mechanisms in accordance with the country's Constitution and said Sri Lanka does not consider the reconciliation process in the country as a "box-ticking exercise".
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Mar 22 (Island) Five farmers who were assaulted by the police in Thambuttegama last month filed complaints at the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) yesterday. Police used tear gas and water cannon on February 28 to disperse around 2,000 farmers demonstrating against a drinking water project

Mar 22 (DN) As investigations into the riots in Kandy continue, co-cabinet spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne strongly insisted yesterday that no minister in government was involved in the incidents which unfolded earlier this month.

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka government says an investigation headed by the Special Investigation Unit of police and an additional secretary will be held to look into the mistakes made by police and police officers in suppressing communal attacks in certain areas of the Kandy district earlier this month.

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Perpetual Treasuries Limited director Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena, who are in remand custody in connection with the Central Bank bond scam, have filed a revision petition at the Court of Appeal.

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police Chief Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara has issued an order to all police stations to increase the number of operations to nab criminal gangs and seize illegal firearms.

* Cop injured in Kataragama shooting (21 - DM)
* Criminal mastermind operates from Dubai (21 - Island)
* Kasun says wife acted in defence (21 - DN)


Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Japan has decided to provide 8 fire engines along with firefighting equipment to Sri Lanka's Export Processing Zones (EPZs) in Katunayake, Biyagama, Seethawaka and Wathupitiwala, where more than 100,000 employees are working.

Mar 21 (CP) Geneva- The United Nations while welcoming the Sri Lankan Government's constructive engagement with Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the human rights mechanisms, on Wednesday regretted Sri Lanka's slow progress in establishing transitional justice mechanisms.

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera emphasizing that private investment is the key for economic growth of any country said the Sri Lankan government has focused its attention to create a conducive environment for foreign investment and to further expand the existing investment opportunities.


Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) in collaboration with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) will host a workshop on Sustainability Reporting and Corporate Social Responsibility on 5 April 2018 from 3.00 p.m. - 05.30 p.m. at the Kingsbury Hotel.

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money-laundering and terror financing watchdog has ranked Sri Lanka as a country deficient in strong strategies in preventing money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism.

Mar 22 (Island) The ownership of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) listed Serendib Engineering Group changed through a crossing or arranged transaction. Navara Capaital who owns 76.4 percent of shares of Serendib Engineering Group sold its entire share holding for Rs. 197 million to a Singaporean based company.

Mar 22 (DM) ‘The One’, an ambitious property development project with a price tag of US $ 500 million in the heart of Colombo, is hoping to bring back its former glory to the Colombo Fort area.

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in February 2018 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 3.2 percent from 5.4 percent recorded in January 2018 on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Wednesday.

Mar 21 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares fell for a third straight session on Wednesday and posted their lowest close in eight weeks, as investors sold diversified stocks such as John Keells Holdings Plc on worries over slower economic growth, brokers said.

* Sri Lankan rupee rises slightly on remittances, exporter dollar sales (21 - Reuters)
* Dialog and Ideamart host Sri Lanka's first ever NB-IoT Hackathon (21 - CP)
* Fitch local boss wants hurdle ratings out on corporate debt (21 - DM)
* ‘Overwhelming response by local investors for Batticaloa Investor Forum’ (21 - Island)
* Policy blunder causes govt Rs 3 bn tobacco revenue (21 - DN)


Mar 22 (DM) Minister of Regional Development Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka yesterday said that all the recommendations made by the United Nation’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva cannot be accepted as not all the charges were true.

Mar 22 (Island) Two senior Ministers have warned the National Unity Government that failure to fulfil the pledges given to the people at the last Presidential Election would compel them to launch a campaign to ensure that it honoured its promises.

Mar 22 (DN) Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Kenichi Suganuma said yesterday that his government was not of the opinion that foreign jurists should be brought to Sri Lanka to evaluate claims of human rights violations.

Mar 22 (ER) Anti-Muslim sentiments in Sri Lanka can be attributed to the spread of ultranationalist Buddhist rhetoric propagated by Buddhist extremist groups which use Buddhism to justify their narrative.

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- A No-Confidence Motion against Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been submitted on Wednesday to the Speaker of parliament Karu Jayasuriya by the Joint Opposition, the opposition group of parliamentarians led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Deputy General Secretary of the United National Party and Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says the purpose of bringing a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is to prevent the government taking legal action against the corruption, fraud and murders committed during the previous regime.

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for Islamabad on Thursday (March 22) to attend the Pakistan Republic Day celebrations on March 23 as chief guest on an invitation extended by Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain.

Replanting the Forests one Wild Mushroom at a time

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- When she was a girl, Nilanthi Kumarasinghe would fill a bowl with salt and chilli powder and head into the forest. Her parents were worried it was unsafe, but to her those were halcyon days.

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Recognizing the pivotal role data plays in Sri Lanka's journey towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Government of Sri Lanka and the United Nations, jointly organized "#SDGDataLK: Enhancing Data for a Sustainable Sri Lanka"- the First National Symposium on Data for the SDGs, which took place on 20 & 21 March 2018 in Colombo.

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to abolish the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) headed by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Local media reported that the President has taken this decision at a special cabinet meeting held on Tuesday (20).

* No-confidence vote: JO divided (21 - Island)
* SLIEOA Intensifies Trade Union Action (21 - DM)
* Senior Cabinet Ministers urge President,PM to work together (21 - DN)


Mar 22 (ESPNCI) It usually rains on around 191 days a year in Edinburgh, where Scotland play much of their international cricket. Harare Sports Club sees, by comparison, around 73 rainy days a year, and one of those days brought a soggy end to what was shaping up to be a thrilling match between West Indies and Scotland.

Mar 22 (ICC) There’s unmissable anticipation about the third Test of the four-match series between the No.2 and No.3 ranked Test sides, and rightly so. There’s been a week’s break between matches, the series is keenly balanced at 1-1, and the No.1 bowler has been cleared to play.

Mar 21 (CB) When Sri Lanka Women enter the battlefield on Thursday (March 22) to take on Pakistan in the second One-Day International, not only will they be looking to keep the series alive, the bigger picture will be on opening their account in the ICC Women's Championship table.

Mar 21 (ITV) During the recently concluded Nidahas Trophy 2018 semifinal or knockout round between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, matters got pretty heated up during and after the match as the two team's players lost their cool during the clash, causing unsavoury scenes at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.


Mar 22 (BBC) Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that the social network "made mistakes" that led to millions of Facebook users having their data exploited by a political consultancy. Cambridge Analytica is accused of improperly using the data on behalf of political clients. In a statement, Mr Zuckerberg said a "breach of trust" had occurred.

Mar 22 (BBC) EU leaders will gather on Thursday for a summit at which they are expected to approve the terms of a transition deal with the UK after Brexit. The EU's Donald Tusk said on Wednesday he had recommended a draft legal text on transition, citizens' rights and other withdrawal issues to its members.

Mar 22 (BBC) The Trump administration plans to announce sanctions against China on Thursday after determining that the country is encouraging the theft and transfer of intellectual property from US businesses. The White House said the actions come after years of talks about the issue that failed to produce change.

Mar 21 (BBC) Australian billionaire James Packer has resigned as a director of his casino empire Crown Resorts Limited. The businessman is "suffering from mental health issues", a spokesman for his private investment company said.

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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