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Government to gazette terms and conditions for SAITM, halts further enrollment and degree awarding

June 25 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government said it will gazette the terms and conditions that the government will impose on the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), also known as private medical college. The Presidential Secretariat has issued a special announcement on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena to resolve the SAITM crisis.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

June 25 (CP) Colombo- On receipt of information to the Navy, Sri Lankan Navy personnel have arrested two individuals with 135 kg of Kerala cannabis (Kerala Ganja) in the North.
 

June 25 (CP) Colombo- Fishermen from Tamil Nadu state of India are increasingly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and invading the Sri Lankan waters for poaching despite Sri Lanka Navy's continued operations arresting the fishermen for illegal bottom trawling in island's territorial waters.
 

June 25 (CP) Colombo- The global human rights organization, Amnesty International (AI) has called on the Sri Lankan authorities to immediately implement the much delayed Office on Missing Persons (OMP). While commending the President and the Prime Minister for reaching out to the families of missing persons recently, the organization said the families cannot wait any longer.
 

June 25 (AP) COLOMBO- The sight of a white van still haunts Poddala Jayantha, a Sri Lankan journalist exiled in the U.S.
 

June 25 (ST) Individuals or groups trying to provoke religious or ethnic hatred on social media are to be monitored and action taken against them by the Criminal Investigations Department, a senior official said. Law and Order Ministry Secretary Jagath Wijeweera told the Sunday Times the decision was taken following a meeting with the police and other agencies.
 

June 25 (Island) Police are probing the brutal killing of a 26-year-old woman at Kottawa. She was found hacked to death in her bedroom in the family’s three-storied house on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Tharindi Aloka, the eldest daughter of a wealthy businessman in the area.
 

June 25 (SO) A six-year-old child was hacked to death in Kotadeniyawa when her mother along with her sister was attacked by a man with a ‘manna’ knife on Friday. According to the Police the incident had occurred in the Helagama, Kituwala area and the victims had received life threatening injuries in the attack.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Violence under cover of religion will not be tolerated - PM (24 - Island)
* Battaramulle Seelaratana Thera files writ petition against CEB (24 - DN)
* Sri Lanka Navy arrests 8 Indian fishermen for poaching in island waters (24 - CP)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

June 25 (CP) Colombo- The government has taken several steps to uplift the local ornamental fish industry internationally and as a step of that program an international ornamental fish exhibition will be organized in Sri Lanka in 2018 State Minister of Fisheries Dilip Wedaarachchi said.
 

June 24 (CP} Colombo- Sri Lanka's landmine affected Batticaloa District of Eastern Province has formally been declared 'mine-free' eight years after the three-decade long war ended in the North and East.
 

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has opened immediate talks with three countries to procure a rice tranche to stabilize its domestic markets as the island nation's food production was hit first by the drought and then by floods.
 

June 24 (WB) In Sri Lanka, authorities are fighting to protect biodiversity, promote conservation and support the livelihoods of communities in ecologically sensitive areas.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

June 25 (CP) Colombo- A step‐up fee structure with a revised threshold of Rs. 100 million has been introduced with relation to secondary market transaction fee computations, and will take effect from Tuesday, 27th June 2017.
 

June 25 (ST) In a far reaching move to further strengthen relations with India, the government will go ahead with a 300 MW Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant in Kerawalapitiya with Indian and Japanese assistance, a senior official of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy told the Business Times.
 

June 25 (SO) The SriLankan Airlines will submit a restructuring plan to the government this week, which could be implemented by the government, if there is no foreign partner to come under the proposed public-private partnership (PPP) by July 31, Sunday Observer reliably learns.
 

June 25 (Island) Watawala Plantations PLC, a member of the Sunshine Group of Companies, has posted the best results among plantation companies in the year ended March 31, 2017. "Your company has delivered the highest profit recorded by a plantation company of Rs. 1.2 billion for the year
 

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* Cap on credit card interest rates removed to curb personal loans (24 - Island)
* ‘Rising Star of Hospitality 2017’ to recognize the best in hospitality industry (24 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

June 25 (CP) Colombo- Heavy rainfall brought by the southwest monsoon triggered flooding and landslides in 15 of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka affected about 630,000 people. Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) with its local partner Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Sri Lanka (A-PAD Sri Lanka) are teamed up to provide emergency relief items
 

June 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka launched a common Dengue eradication program yesterday on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena as health authorities battle to contain the spread of the mosquito-borne disease which has taken lives of over 200 people already in the first six months of the year.
 

June 25 (AJ) Tea farmers in Sri Lanka are struggling to make ends meet after their land was destroyed by heavy floods and mudslides last month.
 

June 25 (ST) Displaced people found to have registered to vote in several electorates by submitting false information and documents risk being fined, sentenced to a prison term or both, under new laws now being drafted. Under the new laws, internally displaced people have been allowed to register to vote in the electorate they resided in before being displaced.
 

June 25 (Island) Coconut plantations in the Chilaw, Kurunegala and Puttalam districts are under severe stress due to extreme dry weather that has not eased despite recent rains in some parts of the country. "There has been no rain worth talking about and although the estates don’t look parched due to some drizzles and light rain that’s not worth talking about, the peak Vesak crop has been a fraction of that a year earlier
 

June 25 (SO) The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said during the discussions with Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha on Friday (June 23), he had said that Local Government elections will probably be held by the end of September this year.
 

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's government doctors' trade union has decided to end their indefinite island wide strike commenced Thursday amid the protests from the public. The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) said it has called off their trade union action with immediate effect following a discussion held with President Maithripala Sirisena this morning.
 

June 24 (Hindu) The recent no-confidence motion in Sri Lanka's Northern Provincial Council (NPC) in Jaffna, moved by a section of the Council members against Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, has brought the deep divide in Tamil nationalist politics to the fore.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Ramanna Nikaya frowns on Sanga bashing, faults govt. for breakdown in law and order (24 - Island)
* NFTH will be a dengue treatment centre: Kiriella (24 - DM)
* Strike to go on, SAITM issue has reached its final stage: GMOA (24 - DN)

SPORTS

June 25 (CC) Sangakkara suggests there may not be any 'coaches left to employ' for his former side after highly-rated mentor's departure As Sri Lanka begin their search for a ninth head coach in six years, Test champions Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena have questioned the circumstances that led to Graham Ford's departure from the role.
 

June 25 (ESPNCI) New Zealand had never lost to Sri Lanka in nine previous ODI meetings. They had bowled Sri Lanka out for under 150 in eight of those games. For a while on Saturday in Bristol, they may have wondered if the tide had turned.
 

June 24 (ESPNCI) Graham Ford has stepped down as Sri Lanka coach, ending his second tenure with the side after 15 months. SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said the decision had been arrived at mutually, "after careful consideration and deliberation". Ford's relationship with SLC was understood to have been strained due to what he felt were unacceptable intrusions into team matters by the board.
 

June 24 (ESPNCI) Pakistan could host a World XI in Lahore for three T20s later this year, if all goes to plan. The ICC Board extended support to such a proposal during its annual conference in London on Saturday, as part of the efforts to take international cricket back to Pakistan.
 


WORLD

June 25 (BBC) Free trade deals with developing countries will continue post-Brexit, the government has said. The UK will maintain an EU deal, which provides 48 countries with duty-free access to Britain for imports.
 

June 25 (BBC) The bodies of 15 people have been found after a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China left more than 120 people missing, state media say. About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00 local time (22:00 GMT Friday).
 

June 25 (BBC) At least 123 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East, local officials say. A crowd had gathered reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the overturned vehicle when it caught fire. Dozens are being treated in hospital.
 

June 24 (BBC) More than 140 people are feared buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China, state media say. About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00 local time (22:00 GMT Friday).
 


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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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