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President calls all party leaders for a conference today to resolve the crisis

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has called for an All Party Conference with the participation of all political parties represented in Parliament today. The ALL Party Conference will be held under the leadership of the President at the Presidential Secretariat on Sunday, November 18 at 5:00 p.m., the President's Media Division (PMD) announced.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Nov 18 (Island) Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is expected to be called in to probe six officials of Lanka Sathosa, who had allegedly submitted forged degree certificates, mainly from top British universities, to secure senior management positions with a six-figure remuneration.
 

Nov 18 (ST) The Special Task Force (STF) has been deployed to thirty ministries to enhance security, Police Headquarters said last week. The STF deployment will supplement Police officers already assigned to the ministries.
 

Nov 18 (SO) Officials of the Sri Lankan Mission in Israel will meet the group of suspected Sri Lankan asylum seekers currently being held at the Givon Prison, today, a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The exact date of the group’s arrival in Tel Aviv remains unconfirmed.
 

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- In line with the government's policy of releasing civilians' land used by Security Forces, the Sri Lanka Army has released another 56 acres of land to the public in the North.
 

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) unit at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake has arrested a Singapore national, who was smuggling gold jewelry worth Rs. 43 million.
 

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* Medical graduate files contempt of court case against SLMC (17 - Island)
* Motion filed seeking fuller Bench to hear FR petitions (17 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- The United States sharing commitment with Indo-Pacific nations to advance regional interests has stressed to achieve an outcome consistent with democratic principles to political developments in Sri Lanka.
 

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has directed heads of state institutions to continue to provide public services in a timely and efficient manner through appropriate plans and targets and not to let the services lapse for any reason.
 

Nov 17 (CP) Geneva- Sri Lanka, underscoring the role of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in providing technical assistance for developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy, has called for further strengthening the intergovernmental body and its varied programs.
 

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has become more prosperous over the last year, according to an indicator introduced by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to measure the level of prosperity of the country.
 

Nov 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said the behavior of the government lawmakers in the parliament today shames the whole nation and should be condemned in the harshest possible terms.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- Isobar, the digital agency from Dentsu Aegis Network, has expanded its operations to Sri Lanka. Isobar Sri Lanka will offer end-to-end full service digital media creative and technology services
 

Nov 18 (Island) 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 18 (ST) If there is one thing that business leaders and entrepreneurs detest is insecurity in the macro environment. Businesses run according to forecasts and situations about the future. However, as much as businesses take into account uncertainty, the one thing all want to avoid at all costs is the volatility
 

Nov 18 (SO) The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Japan is organising a visit by an Inward Buyer Delegation from Japan, from December 3 to 5
 

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- Softlogic Holdings PLC yesterday announced the launch of Softlogic GLOMARK, Sri Lanka's first inspirational global market which will revolutionize modern trade retail in Sri Lanka, with the unique, curated global experience it delivers.
 

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* Jewels 2018 – Gem and Jewellery Education & Trading Exhibition (17 - Island)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says the party will attend the all-party conference called by the President Maithripala Sirisena. President Maithripala Sirisena will chair a meeting of representatives of all the political parties represented in Parliament at 5.00 p.m. Sunday (Nov 18) at the President's office, the President's Media Division said.
 

Nov 18 (Guardian) The dangers of a return to power of Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot be overstated. When he was president, torture in Sri Lanka was routine.
 

Nov 18 (Island) The Diocese of Colombo of the Church of Ceylon notes with shock and great dismay the dissolution of Parliament by the President. "This arbitrary act appears to us to be a direct and blatant violation of the clear and express provisions of the Constitution, following the passage of the 19th Amendment.
 

Nov 18 (ECONOMYNEXT) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya resisted ordering police into parliament on Friday, but changed his mind 42 minutes after being denied entry into the chamber by an aggressive mob of MPs who occupied his desk and chair.
 

Nov 18 (ST) Since October 26, Temple Trees has been a camping ground for United National Party (UNP) supporters who see themselves as defenders of its beleaguered resident, Ranil Wickremesighe.
 

Nov 18 (SO) The Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) Vice President and Chairman of the Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT) S. Arusamy told the Sunday Observer that party leader and Minister of Upcountry New Villages, Estate Infrastructure and Community Development Arumugan Thondaman will continue discussions this week with different stake holders on getting the plantation workers’ demand of Rs.1000 basic wage.
 

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka's current government Mahinda Rajapaksa says he cannot be removed easily by force and if a no-confidence motion is presented legally he is ready to leave the Premiership.
 

Nov 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Muslim party, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) hailed the Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya for his "courageous stand against anti-democratic forces" and called to initiate a high level inquiry into the violence unleashed in parliament on Friday (16) by the lawmakers supporting former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 

Nov 17 (AFP) Sri Lanka's largest political party Saturday asked Facebook to protect the identity of its supporters, fearing a crackdown by what it called the "illegal" government.
 

Nov 17 (BBC) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has supervised the successful test of a new "high-tech" tactical weapon, state-run media say. The KCNA news agency gave no details on the type of the weapon, saying only it had been developed over a long period.
 

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* GTF urges int’l community to ensure democracy here (17 - Island)
* Darkest day in Parliamentary history: Dayasiri (17 - DM)
* Will not prorogue Parliament - President (17 - DN)

SPORTS

Nov 18 (AFP) Jack Leach's first five-wicket haul clinched an overwhelming win for England in the second Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday that sealed the series with a match to go. England needed just 30 minutes on the fifth day to take the final three wickets .
 

Nov 17 (ESPNCI) At tea, this was shaping to be a classic. Sri Lanka needed 82 to win, with five wickets in hand, and Angelo Mathews was batting like the colossus he used to be several years ago. But in the 20 deliveries bowled after tea, England took two monumental strides, and the game's outlook was transformed.
 

Nov 17 (ESPNCI) A week after coach Chandika Hathurusingha praised the progress Angelo Mathews had made on his fitness and attitude since being axed from the ODI team, Mathews has claimed that his preparation for the ongoing Tests, in which he has now hit three half-centuries in four innings, was no different than usual.
 

Nov 17 (ICC) India have 13 one-day international fixtures lined up before the ICC Men’s World Cup 2019, and the final stretch of matches will start when they get to Australia. Prior to the departure for Australia, where India will play three Twenty20 Internationals, four Tests and three one-day internationals – in that order –
 


WORLD

Nov 18 (Hindu) Promising a host of people-focussed policies and a foreign policy formulated on the basis of human rights, democracy and climate diplomacy, the Maldives’s new President, Ibrahim Solih, sought to turn a new page in the country’s politics at a glittering inaugural ceremony.
 

Nov 18 (NIE) WASHINGTON- Asserting that it was determined to "hold all those responsible" for the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi accountable, the United States has said that reports indicating that it had made a final conclusion on the matter were inaccurate.
 

Nov 18 (BBC) The US says it will join Australia in developing a naval base in Papua New Guinea (PNG), in an apparent move to curb China's growing influence. Vice-President Mike Pence said the three countries would work together on the facility on Manus Island.
 

Nov 17 (NIE) Prime Minister Imran Khan said Friday that the Pakistani elite was involved in transferring national wealth abroad through money laundering, in a veiled attack on ousted premier Nawaz Sharif.
 


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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