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Sri Lanka President says he is bound to implement the 13th Amendment

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is bound to implement the existing law in accordance with the executive powers of the President. Addressing the All-Party Conference yesterday, the President further said the 13th Amendment to the Constitution is being implemented accordingly or the Parliament should abolish the 13th amendment.
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Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles Friday said a disciplinary inquiry will be conducted urgently against the former head of State Intelligence Service, Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Nilantha Jayawardena, who is accused of failing to prevent the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday in 2019, and submit the report to the Supreme Court.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo High Court today scheduled the hearing of a case, filed by the Bribery Commission against former minister and parliamentarian Johnston Fernando and two others over corruption charges for May 10, 2023.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- On successful completion of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) – 2023 Exercise, USS Anchorage (LPD-23) of the United States Navy departed the island this morning (27th January 2023).
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal ordered yesterday (26) to give State Minister of Tourism Diana Gamage time until February 17 to file objections to the writ petition filed by a social activist requesting the issuance of a writ to revoke the position of State Minister Diana Gamage as a Member of Parliament.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court issued notices to former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and former President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga to appear before court on February 17.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court issued notices to former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and former President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga to appear before court on February 17.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Police have found a van in the Peradeniya area suspected to be involved a robbery of an ATM machine of a private bank in Gampola town. The Police say, four masked men stole an ATM with a large amount of money from a Gampola private bank early Wednesday morning.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy during a special search operation carried out off the Delft Island in Jaffna today has arrested three suspects in a dingy with more than 49kg (wet weight) of Kerala cannabis.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Another 47 domestic workers who were subjected to various harassments while they were working as domestic workers in the state of Kuwait arrived in the island today. The group included 42 female domestic workers and 5 male workers and most of them are residents of Anuradhapura district.
 

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy and Police seized over 60kg (wet weight) of Kerala cannabis, during a combined search operation carried out in the beach area of the Analathivu Island in Jaffna on 24th January 2023. SLNS Elara in the Northern Naval Command, in coordination with Kayts Police, took hold of this stock of Kerala cannabis which had been washed ashore.
 

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- The Kollupitiya Police has arrested Secretary of Electricity Users Association Sanjeewa Dhammika and Convener of Samagi United Trade Union Alliance Ananda Palitha on charges of threatening two members of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL).
 

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- Ten senior officers of Sri Lanka Police, including two Senior Deputy Inspector Generals (SDIGs), left for Russia yesterday (23) for a two-week special training on fighting organized crime.
 

Jan 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy has apprehended two suspects with over 54kg of Kerala cannabis, during separate search operations conducted in Norochcholai and New Town of Anuradhapura on 22nd January 2023.
 

Jan 23 (CP) Colombo- In an operation conducted by the Police Special Task Force (STF) near a famous restaurant in Rajagiriya, three drug dealers were arrested with 01 kg and 254 grams of heroin worth over 20 million rupees.
 

Jan 23 (CP) Colombo- The Kollupitiya Police has started an investigation regarding several representatives of trade unions and civil organizations who allegedly threatened the members of the Public Utility Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL).
 

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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)/Marine Exercise (MAREX) Sri Lanka 2023 concluded in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 26, following eight days of in-person and at-sea engagements that enhanced collaboration between the Sri Lanka and U.S. militaries.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The National Building Research Organization (NBRO), which functions under the purview of the Ministry of Defense, will be strengthened with regulatory powers with the enactment of the proposed National Building Research Institute Act this year, Defense Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne said.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the relevant officials to pay attention to the current financial position of the country while estimating the required expenditure to make arrangements to celebrate the 75th Independence anniversary on 4th February.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia met with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on Thursday in Riyadh. Sri Lanka Embassy in Riyadh said Foreign Minister Ali Sabry had a productive discussion with the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Select Committee of Parliament to study the practical problems and difficulties that have arisen in relation to enhancing the rank in the Ease of Doing Business Index in Sri Lanka and make its proposals and recommendations, discussed the future of the Board of Investment (BOI) of Sri Lanka.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Central Depository Systems (CDS), a fully owned subsidiary of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), recently signed a service agreement with Lanka IOC PLC as the registrar for Lanka IOC PLC, with effect from 01st of January 2023.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Oxbridge and Ivy Social was held at Cinnamon Life Integrated Resort, an iconic 4.5 million sq.ft. integrated mixed-use development created and developed by John Keells Holdings PLC recently.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Export Development Board has launched its flagship statistical publication “Export Performance Indicators 2021”. The latest edition provides statistical information related to Sri Lanka’s external trade and its contribution to major economic indicators such as trade balance, GDP and individual sectoral involvement for the year 2021 and five preceding years.
 

Jan 27 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares rose on Friday, lifted by gains in industrial and consumer staples stocks. The CSE All Share index rose 0.36% to 8,958.79. * The index rose ~2.8% for the week.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Dr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Executive Director (India) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), says that Sri Lanka has completed all the requirements to be met for the IMF relief package.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Dialog Broadband Networks (Pvt) Limited, a subsidiary of Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, announced the launch of two new Home Broadband Prepaid plans in line with the company’s vision of delivering affordable and accessible world-class internet services to all Sri Lankans.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s largest university-level sporting event, Gamer.LK’s Inter-University Esports Championship powered by SLT-MOBITEL concluded on a successful note recently with SLIIT emerging as the overall Champions.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has announced that it has opened an Indian Rupee denominated Nostro Account at the 116-year-old Indian Bank – Mumbai, to facilitate trade transactions between Sri Lanka and India.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- SriLankan Airlines, in its continuous endeavor to promote Sri Lanka as a sought-after tourist destination among the niche travelers, organizes ‘Ride Sri Lanka 2023,’ a cross country cycling tour with a star-studded rider line-up from across the world.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Central Bank releasing the monetary policy review on Wednesday said the Monetary Board has decided to continue the current monetary policy stance.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Empowering the journey of budding marketers with exclusive opportunities to create and strengthen their brands, Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank HNB PLC, supported the recently concluded SLIM Brand Week 2023 as the official banking partner.
 

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- China has offered debt service relief in 2022, 2023 but Sri Lanka sources are unclear if China letter will be enough for the International Monetary Fund Reuters reported.
 

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- The Chairman of the Committee on Public Finance parliamentarian Dr. Harsha De Silva strongly reiterated the Committee’s commitment to providing bipartisan support to the reforms put forward by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
 

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- The gazette notification related to revision of Companies and Societies Fees was approved by the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Industries recently. The approval was received at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Industries met in Parliament recently (Jan. 20) under the chairmanship of the Minister of Plantations and Industries Ramesh Pathirana.
 

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- AIA Insurance is delighted to announce its new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Sasith Bambaradeniya, effective January 2023. With over 15 years of experience in marketing, communications, strategic planning and operations leadership, Sasith is a proven marketing leader
 

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s nationwide inflation in December 2022 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 59.2 percent from 65.0 percent recorded in November 2022 on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Monday.
 

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the CFA Society Sri Lanka wish to appoint “Financial Literacy Ambassadors” from state universities in Sri Lanka and to conduct a training session on financial literacy for them on 26th January 2023, from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon at the CSE Auditorium in Colombo.
 

Jan 23 (CP) Colombo- The need for all parties to come to a collective agreement for the advancement of the poultry and egg industry was emphasized at a discussion held the at President’s Media Centre Monday.
 

Jan 23 CP) Colombo- DIMO, a leading diversified conglomerate in Sri Lanka, recently introduced its calendar for the year 2023 which showcases a plethora of unique roads found across the country. It not only depicts the beauty of the island, but also symbolizes the many avenues of life itself.
 

Jan 23 (CP) Colombo- MAS Amity Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of MAS Holdings, signed a Joint Venture Agreement with Tata Group’s Trent Ltd, setting up an entity in India for the joint development of business into intimate wear and other apparel related products.
 

Jan 25 (AP) Debt-stricken Sri Lanka’s Central Bank chief said Wednesday that the country is making good progress in talks with its creditors to obtain financial assurances for debt restructuring, an important step toward finalizing an International Monetary Fund rescue plan.
 

Jan 25 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares rose on Wednesday after the island nation’s central bank held rates as widely expected. The CSE All Share index rose 0.40% to 8,938.06, helped by gains in financial and energy stocks.
 

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* Sri Lankan shares snap five-day rally (24 - Reuters)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal today gave the government three months to complete the demarcation of the Muthurajawela Wetland. The court issued the order when two petitions filed by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and the Environmental Justice Center were taken up for consideration on Friday.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has requested electricity consumers to inform the PUCSL if any unauthorized power cuts are imposed by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB). The PUCSL said the complaints can be directed in writing.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera says that they have taken advice on the legal measures that can be taken against the actions taken by the members of the Human Rights Commission regarding the power cuts during the GCE advanced Level examination period.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday prorogued the Parliament until February 08. The gazette notification on the prorogation of the 3rd session of the 9th Parliament was issued by President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake and will be effective from midnight today (27).
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has again sent a letter to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) asking them to refrain from disconnecting the electricity during the period of GCE A/L exam up to February 17.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has endorsed the certificate on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Bill and the Bureau of Rehabilitation Bill which were debated and passed in Parliament recently.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The power supplier, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says it is a challenge for the CEB to find money to provide continuous electricity during the GCE advanced Level examination period.
 

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- The National Election Commission of Sri Lanka has stated that the Commission has not yet received a written resignation of a member of the Election Commission or a copy of a letter so sent, contrary to the media reports.
 

Jan 27 (SPA) CEO of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) Sultan Al-Marshad received here today Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Ali Sabry, and his accompanying delegation.
 

Jan27 (Mongabay) Each day, as the sun set over the horizon, Thettuwage Tennakoon and his wife would carefully climb up into their treehouse in the middle of their rice field. This elevated position was ideal for keeping watch over the crop — and for staying safe from the elephants they were guarding the crop against.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- President Ranil Wickremesinghe pointed out that the industrial education and training opportunities in Sri Lanka should be improved by introducing modern technology required to surpass the new industrial technology and digital economy of the fourth and fifth industrial revolutions.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Member of Parliament Mrs. Rohini Kumari Wijeratne, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Caucus for Children, recently handed over the applications of justice of peace for the probation officers to avoid the inconvenience of obtaining affidavits required in legal proceedings for children who become victims.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) which met yesterday (Jan. 25) under the chairmanship of Prof. Ranjith Bandara held a four-pointer discussion as an extension of the Committee meeting held on January 19.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Commonwealth Secretary-General, KC Patricia Scotland is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka next week to attend the 75th Independence Day celebrations, the Commonwealth Secretariat said. The Secretary-General has been invited by President Ranil Wickremesinghe to attend the events in Colombo on Saturday 4 February marking the significant anniversary.
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Examination Commissioner-General Amit Jayasundara has said that the results of the 2022 Grade Five Scholarship Examination were released at midnight yesterday (25).
 

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Health Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella said sufficient quantities of all 14 life-saving medicines for the next six months are available in the country. The Minister said that the shortage of certain medicines in the country can be resolved within the next month and that the focus is on many long-term, short-term and medium-term solutions for the drug shortage problem.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The Foreign Employment Bureau has taken measures to extend the 15-day training course for women going abroad for the first time for the position of domestic housekeeping assistant to 28 days from February 1 this year with NVQ 3 level.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment Mr. Manusha Nanayakkara says that in the year 2023, employment opportunities will be provided to around 200,000 workers in Saudi Arabia.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The authorities have agreed to provide continuous electricity supply from today until the end of the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level examination at the discussion held at the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission today.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s largest state owned retail chain Lanka Sathosa has further reduced the prices of six essential consumer items. Sathosa says that this discounted price will be effective from tomorrow (January 26) in all country wide Sathosa outlets.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The government of Italy has expressed its willingness to help Sri Lanka by supplying helicopters for anti-human trafficking measures taken by the government.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay said that cooperation and working together would be very important for Sri Lanka and India on the journey that lies ahead for them to celebrate the centenary of independence in 2047 for India and 2048 for Sri Lanka.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- An All-Party Conference is scheduled to be held tomorrow (26) at 4.00 pm at the Presidential Secretariat with the participation of all party leaders representing the Parliament, under the patronage of President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The utility regulator, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has informed the National Council that they will send documents to the Attorney General requesting for advice regarding the possibility of increasing the electricity charges retrospectively and requesting for prompt approval for the increase in the electricity charges.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The Constitutional Council had its first meeting today presided by the Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, the Speaker and the Chairman of the Constitutional Council.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Several new measures have been proposed by the parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) to make the work of the Inland Revenue Department more efficient when the Committee met in Parliament Tuesday under the chairmanship of Member of Parliament Kabir Hashim.
 

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Cabinet Spokesman, Minister of Mass Media, Transport and Highways Dr. Bandula Gunawardena said that President Ranil Wickremesinghe instructed the Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha to give immediate compensation to the families of the people who lost their lives in the road accident in Nanu Oya Radella area.
 

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- A writ petition has been submitted to the Court of Appeal requesting that the orders made by the Cabinet of Ministers to the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) to increase the electricity tariffs together with the Ceylon Electricity Board be annulled.
 

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake issued instructions to appoint a committee to look into the problems that have arisen in connection with the white water rafting water sport centered around the Kithulgala area due to the Broadlands hydroelectric project and to make recommendations on possible solutions.
 

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- Committee on High Posts has approved the appointment of a new High Commissioner, an ambassador and two Chairpersons on January 20, Dhammika Dasanayake, Secretary General of the Parliament said.
 

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Trade have jointly prepared a price formula for determining the price of eggs and chicken meat. This price formula has been prepared by a committee consisting of the secretaries of the two relevant ministries.
 

Jan 23 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) contributed a sum of Rs. 03 billion to the Treasury. Labor and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara officially handed over the cheque to President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat today (23). Considering the current economic situation of the country, the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau has provided this amount from the operational surplus received last year
 

Jan 23 (CP) Colombo- A meeting of the Constitutional Council will be held next Wednesday (Jan. 25) at 9.30 am, Chief of Staff and Deputy General Secretary of the Parliament Mrs. Kushani Rohanadeera informed. Meanwhile, the President appointed the non-members of Parliament as members of the Constitutional Council
 

Jan 23 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Finance Dr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that out of the 93 billion rupees needed to pay government employee salaries, 87 billion rupees have already been allocated for the payment of salaries on time.
 

Jan 23 (CP) Colombo- the Cabinet has approved the procurement activities related to providing free textbooks to school students for the new school term of the year 2023, and to give 45% of those textbooks to the State Printing Corporation and 55% to private printing companies for printing.
 

Jan 23 (CP) Colombo- It has been decided to give extra 10 minutes in addition to the scheduled time to the students sitting for the GCE Advanced level examination which is starting today (23). Examination Commissioner General Amit Jayasundara said that the additional 10 minutes will be given to the students after the one-hour period for the essay paper is over.
 

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SPORTS

Jan 27 (ESPNCI) It was heartbreak and ecstasy in equal measures in Potchefstroom as India and England made the final of the inaugural Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup to be played on Sunday. While India comfortably beat New Zealand in the first semi-final, tensions swayed one way
 

Jan 27 (ESPNCI) New Zealand were put in on a pitch that turned, and were then expected to bowl in the dew, but they managed to score what turned out to be enough off India’s fast bowlers. Half-centuries from Daryl Mitchell and Devon Conway and an early burst from Finn Allen took New Zealand to 176
 

Jan 25 (ESPNCI) The annual ICC teams for 2022 are out, in five categories: men’s Tests, ODIs and T20Is, and women’s ODIs and T20Is. Some of the usual suspects, the cream of the crop in each format, are there, of course, but there are a few names in each XI that might make you want to turn to the ESPNcricinfo stats pages for a quick double-check.
 

Jan 25 (BBC) Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill hit centuries and shared a 212-run opening stand as India beat New Zealand in the third one-day international. The win means India take the series 3-0 and go top of the ODI world rankings. Captain Rohit scored 101 from 85 balls and Gill a 78-ball 112 as India racked up 385-9 in the 90-run win in Indore.
 


WORLD

Jan 25 (BBC) The US will send 31 powerful battle tanks to Ukraine, joining Germany in sending the vehicles to support the fight against Russia’s invasion. The decision to deliver the M1 Abrams tanks was announced just hours after Germany said it would send 14 of its Leopard 2 tanks to the battlefield.
 

Jan 25 (Reuters) - Rescue workers pulled 12 people, including two children, out of the rubble after a residential apartment block collapsed in the northern Indian city of Lucknow, but more were feared trapped inside, a local police official said on Tuesday. At least 12 more people were feared trapped, the official said, as rescue workers sought to clear rubble
 

Jan 25 (Reuters) - Labour leader Chris Hipkins was sworn in as New Zealand’s prime minister in a formal ceremony on Wednesday, following the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last week. The Labour party elected former COVID-19 Response and Police minister Hipkins, 44, to lead the party and the country on Sunday.
 

Jan 25 (BBC) At least 124 people died in freezing temperatures in Afghanistan in the past fortnight, Taliban officials say. About 70,000 livestock had also perished in what is the coldest winter in a decade, a State Ministry for Disaster Management spokesman said.
 


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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 Lankas 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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