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Gotabaya Rajapaksa claims victory in Sri Lanka Presidential Election

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's former wartime defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has claimed victory in Presidential elections, with over 50 percent of the votes counted so far. Although official victory is not confirmed yet, the ruling party candidate Minister Sajith Premadasa earlier conceded the presidential election
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan woman who arrived in the country early this morning from Dubai with a stock of cigarettes has been arrested by the Customs Department at the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake.
 

Nov 17 (ST) Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the assault of three persons in the Nuriyawatte area in Deraniyagala today (Nov 16). Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said the victims had been attacked after being questioned as to whom they had cast their vote during the presidential election.
 

Nov 17 (SO) The much anticipated Cyber Security Act which will ensure a safe and secure cyber security environment in the country is currently under Cabinet observation and its enactment is likely to take place early next year, according to a Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT) official.
 

Nov 17 (SO) An imminent incident, involving 14 members of the underworld Aava group was thwarted and they were apprehended, in the Tharmapuram as well as Pudhukudiyiruppu areas, in the late hours of Friday (15).
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- Police Spokesman SSP Ruwan Gunasekara said there was a peaceful situation in all parts of the island during the presidential election which ended at 5:00 pm and no serious incidents were reported during this period.
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- The election monitor, Center for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) has written to the Election Commission requesting investigations and action on the attacks on buses carrying Muslim voters in Thanthirimale.
 

Nov 16 (CP)- Colombo: Sri Lanka Police Headquarters says that several army roadblocks which were in place at Palaly and Pallai areas in the Northern Province have now been removed on the notice of police.
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) have successfully conducted a joint exercise for the first time in maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, 50 nautical miles offshore in the southwestern seas off the Panadura coast.
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ruwan Gunasekara on behalf of the entire police states that all the security is established and all voters should vote at their respective polling stations without fear or suspicion.
 

Nov 16 (Al Jazeera) A Sri Lankan author assaulted by unidentified men in what appears to be a politically motivated attack says he is determined to vote in the country's presidential poll, as election observers report sporadic cases of limited violence and electoral violations on polling day.
 

Nov 16 (AFP) COLOMBO- Gunmen opened fire on a convoy of buses carrying minority Muslim voters in northwest Sri Lanka on Saturday, hours before polling in presidential elections got under way, police said.
 

Nov 16 (AP) COLOMBO- Polls opened in Sri Lanka's presidential election Saturday after weeks of campaigning that largely focused on national security and religious extremism in the backdrop of the deadly Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attacks on Easter Sunday.
 

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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's ruling coalition party candidate, Minister Sajith Premadasa today conceded the presidential election victory today and congratulated the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
 

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- From the official results released so far by the Election Commission of Sri Lanka New Democratic Front candidate Sajith Premadasa has received 42.59% of votes and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has received 51.66% of the votes.
 

Nov 17 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka’s former wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa established a lead over his main rival in a presidential election months after deadly militant attacks in the island, early results showed on Sunday.
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he is happy with the peaceful presidential election and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution enacted by this government to create a peaceful and a free country helped a great deal to conduct a peaceful election.
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President addressing the nation for the last time as the incumbent leader assured to offer his support in the future to build a democratic society, a prosperous economy in the beloved motherland and a great nation in the world.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- According to the Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the Statistics Department of Central Bank, both manufacturing and services sectors expanded at a faster rate in October compared to the previous month.
 

Nov 17 (SO) The dairy industry is working towards a common goal of elevating industry standards and solicit stronger government support to push the dairy sector to reach self-sufficiency. “We are seeking government support to promote the local dairy industry
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- Significant improvements in the third quarter, which positively impacted its year-to-date performance, have enabled the Commercial Bank Group to post creditable results for the nine months ended September 30, 2019.
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- DFCC Bank recorded a profit after tax of LKR 2,217 million for the period ended 30 September 2019 before the adjustment for the fair value loss on Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC (CBC)in comparison to profit after tax of LKR 2,723 million recorded in the comparative period.
 

Nov 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and the Department of Coast Conservation & Coastal Resources Management (DCC & CRM) marked a significant milestone when the two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)
 

Nov 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's trade deficit widened in September 2019 as the decline in export earnings exceeded the decline in imports expenditure, the Central Bank reported Friday in its External Sector Performance review for the month.
 

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POLITICS - GENERAL

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- The Government and leadership of Pakistan warmly felicitated the newly-elected President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on his electoral victory as the 7th President of the country.
 

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called a special Cabinet meeting to be held at Temple Trees at 5 p.m. Sunday (Nov 17) according to the Prime Minister's Office.
 

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- In the wake of ruling party candidate Minister Sajith Premadasa's defeat in the 2019 presidential elections several government ministers have decided to resign form their ministerial portfolios.
 

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated Sri Lanka's President Elect Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on his victory in the 2019 presidential elections.
 

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- Several Sri Lankan government ministers have decided to step down from their ministerial portfolios following the defeat of the ruling party candidate Minister Sajith Premadasa at the Presidential election 2019.
 

Nov 17 (BBC) Sri Lanka's new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a man who divides opinion. On the one hand, he is hailed by supporters for playing a crucial role in crushing the Tamil Tiger separatist rebels and bringing to an end Sri Lanka's long-running civil war in 2009, when he was the defence secretary.
 

Nov 17 (ST) SLPP Presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will take oaths tomorrow (Nov 18) in the event of securing a victory at the upcoming election, Party sources said.
 

Nov 17 (SO) If Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins the presidency, he and his family will have two priorities: secure the premiership for Mahinda Rajapaksa and obtain a two-thirds majority in the next parliament for the SLPP. Reaching the first goal would be a necessary condition for reaching the second. If the SLPP can go for the next election under a SLPP president and a SLPP premier, a landslide victory would be possible.
 

Nov 17 (AFP) Sri Lanka's former wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been elected president, his spokesman said Sunday following a fiercely fought election seven months after Islamist attacks killed 269 people.
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday inspected the construction work of the Polonnaruwa Sino-Sri Lanka Friendship National Nephrology Hospital, a special project implemented by the President during his tenure.
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- Chairman of the National Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says that the voter turnout in the 2019 presidential election is between 80 and 82 percent.
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- As of 12 noon today, Sri Lanka Presidential election voter turnout in several districts has exceeded 50 percent, district officials said. By 2 pm 70 percent voter turnout has been recorded in Mahanuwara, Matale and Hambanthota districts
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday (Nov 15), signed the Establishment of National Innovation Agency Bill to set up an agency to promote innovation.
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- By now, The President, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and several other ministers have already voted. Outgoing President Maithripala Sirisena accompanied by Mrs. Jayanthi Sirisena and family members cast his vote at Sri Vidyaloka Vihara in New Town in Polonnaruwa today (16).
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- Issuing a special media statement, the outgoing President Maithripala Sirisena requested all citizens eligible to vote not to get swayed by propaganda and rumors and exercise their right today for the presidential election.
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- Front runners of Sri Lanka Presidential Elections 2019 have exercised their franchise early in the polls today. Sajith Premadasa, the presidential candidate of the New Democratic Front, at the polling station at Suranimala Primary School, Weerawila, Tissamaharama.
 

Nov 16 (AFP) Multiple Facebook posts claim that Sri Lanka’s Elections Commission has announced a three-day social media ban around the country’s November 16, 2019 election.
 

Nov 16 (CGTN) Sri Lanka is to hold its eighth presidential election on November 16, 2019. Voters across the island will decide who would be their next president, the head of state, and also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
 

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SPORTS

Nov 16 (ESPNCI) Mickey Arthur is likely to become Sri Lanka's next head coach, despite Chandika Hathurusingha not having been officially been fired yet. Arthur has not signed a contract with Sri Lanka Cricket so far, but board officials have expressed confidence that Arthur will take up the role before Sri Lanka's forthcoming Test tour of Pakistan
 

Nov 16 (ESPNCI) It has rarely been this bad for South African cricket. On the field, the team is reeling from five consecutive Test-match defeats, their worst performance at a World Cup, and the retirements of the last members of their golden generation. Off it, Cricket South Africa (CSA) is trying to put out fires in every corner -
 

Nov 16 (ESPNCI) 12 - Number of innings taken by Mayank Agarwal to score two double-centuries in his Test career. Only one batsman has played fewer innings to achieve the same. Vinod Kambli made his second double-hundred in just his fifth innings, in 1993. Sir Don Bradman made his second double century in his 13th innings.
 

Nov 16 (ESPNCI) Big gaps between bat and pad, bats coming down at odd angles against seaming deliveries, indecision outside the off stump, and the general lack of long-format temperament. Saturday was the same old story for the Bangladesh batting line-up in an overseas Test match
 


WORLD

Nov 17 (BBC) The UK government and armed forces have been accused of covering up the killing of civilians by British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. An investigation by BBC Panorama and the Sunday Times has spoken to 11 British detectives who said they found credible evidence of war crimes.
 

Nov 17 (BBC) A five-year-old in the southern city of Hyderabad was enrolled in school after a photo of her peeking into a classroom sparked an outcry. BBC Telugu's Deepthi Bathini reports on why the photo doesn't tell the full story. Divya is something of a local celebrity in the slum where she lives.
 

Nov 16 (BBC) When retired US legislator Steve Lindberg stepped out of his front door with his camera on Monday, he was hoping to snap some wildlife for his Facebook page. Since 2012, he has uploaded a photo every day of wildlife in his native Michigan. He wasn't too optimistic due to the winter weather driving many species towards warmer temperatures
 


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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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