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Philippines Parliament assures to support programs for development cooperation with Sri Lanka

Jan 18 (CP) Manila- The Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines has said that the Parliament of the Philippines will extend fullest support to implement the program for development cooperation with Sri Lanka proposed by the Philippines President, with the aim of assisting Sri Lanka.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Jan 18 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) taking note of media reports and the release of videos on the assault of prisoners at the Angunakolapelessa Closed Prison on 22 November 2018, said inquiries will be conducted into the incident.
 

Jan 18 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate Court that the same organized group of suspects had carried out both the murder of senior journalist and Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge and the abduction and assault of The Nation's former Deputy Editor Keith Noyahr.
 

Jan 18 (Island) The Court of Appeal yesterday gave the Attorney General time till Feb. 5 to file written submissions, pertaining to an appeal filed by Lalith Weeratunga, against the High Court judgment in the sil redi case.
 

Jan 18 (DM) A 67-year-old Italian man died after being hit by a Railroad inspection train near a hotel in De Seram Road, Mount Lavinia last evening, Police said. The victim died on the admission to the Kalubowila hospital with serious injuries, they said.
 

Jan 18 (DN) A Fundamental Rights petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking an order to prohibit Baqian Law Group Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. from engaging in any legal professional work in Sri Lanka. Attorney-at-Law Nayantha Wijesundara is challenging the decision of the Registrar General of Companies to incorporate a limited liability company which purports to provide legal services in Sri Lanka.
 

Jan 17 (CP) Catterick- The first women from Sri Lanka will graduate from the Army School of Ceremonial in Catterick this week. Every year, military personnel from across the Commonwealth travel all the way to Catterick
 

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- German authorities have said that they have arrested a suspected member of the Tamil Tigers alleged to have been involved in the assassination of Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in 2005, according to an Associated Press report.
 

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- The Special High Court today ordered to hear the case against former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others daily beginning from the 22nd of January.
 

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Army complying with the President Maithripala Sirisena's directive prepares to return over 1,200 acres of lands held by the army in the North to the original owners with no impact to the national security.
 

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- The police have arrested a person with over 5 kilograms of heroin worth over Rs. 60 million. The officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau acting on a tip off arrested the suspect along with a three-wheeler near the Ceypetco gas station located on the Malabe-Kaduwela road at around 8.50 p.m. last night.
 

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* Driver’s Demerit Points System will effect at the year-end: DMT (17 - DM)
* Udayanga transferred Rs 72 mn from Colombo to Dubai-AG tells court Probe on MiG deal (17 - Island)
* Udayanga Weeratunga: UAE begins extradition proceedings (17 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Jan 18 (CP) Colombo- The biography of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, published in Chinese, was handed over to the Prime Minister at Temple Trees today (18). The biography of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe authored by Sampath Bandara has been translated into the Chinese Language by Prof. Chang Yu and Prof. Yin Zhishan.
 

Jan 18 (CP) Los Baños, Philippines- The Government of Sri Lanka and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Friday inked a comprehensive work plan to advance Sri Lanka's rice self-sufficiency goals through joint research for development projects in the country in the next five years.
 

Jan 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Registrar of Companies will activate the second stage of electronic company registration system on January 21, enabling even company registrations from abroad, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
 

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Plantations Industries and National Organizer of the United National Party (UNP) Navin Dissanayake today handed over appointments to 56 newly recruited Rubber Development Officers with the aim to boost the rubber industry in the country.
 

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said the unity government from 2015 to 2018 has spent over Rs. 1 trillion for the betterment of the education and health sectors in the country.
 

Jan 17 (CP) Manila- Sri Lanka's President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena made his first visit to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila today while conducting a state visit to the Philippines and met with ADB President Takehiko Nakao.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Jan 18 (CP) Colombo- Fiji's South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPSE) and Sri Lanka's Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a collaborative relationship between the two exchanges seeking mutual development opportunities in the Fijian and the Sri Lankan capital markets.
 

Jan 18 (CP) Colombo- According to the Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the Statistics Department of Central Bank, the industrial production in Sri Lanka have eased in December 2018 compared to the same month in 2017 while services accelerated.
 

Jan 18 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's rupee closed firmer for a second straight session on Friday, helped by dollar selling by banks and after the IMF said it would resume discussions with the island nation for further disbursal of part of a $1.5 billion loan and the central bank chief said around $5 borrowing in the pipeline could help debt repayments.
 

Jan 18 (Hindu) Sri Lanka is expecting over two folds growth in the number of Indian tourist arrivals to the island nation this year, banking on the Ramayana Circuit and other common cultural heritage sites.
 

Jan 18 (F2F) Sri Lankan textile manufacturer South Asia Textiles Limited, an Ambeon Holdings PLC subsidiary that specialises in producing weft knitted fabric, recently received the gold award in 'Manufacturing – Apparel, Textile and Leather Products Sector' category at the National Business Excellence Awards (NBEA) 2018.
 

Jan 18 (Island) Arpico Supercentre, has taken freshness to the next level,under the project ‘Sea to Plate’. This strategic initiative will allow customers to purchase the freshest catch at the most competitive prices without the involvement of middlemen.
 

Jan 18 (DM) Meanwhile Governor Coomaraswamy told Mirror Business that the Central Bank will start the process to raise at least US $ 1 to US $ 1.5 billion via issuing dollar denominated international sovereign bonds (ISBs) in a matter of days. The Cabinet has approved a proposal to raise up to US $2 billion via ISBs, he said.
 

Jan 18 (DN) Kavan Ratnayaka assumed duties as the new Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) yesterday in the presence of Minister of Port, Shipping and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka and SLPA officials.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lanka rupee, stocks rise after IMF statement (17 - Reuters)
* Sri Lanka to receive $1 billion Bank of China loan this quarter - report (17 - CP)
* Over 260,000 Chinese tourists visit Sri Lanka in 2018 (17 - Xinhua)
* Sri Lanka’s award-winning crab restaurant opens (17 - PDI)
* PMF abandons merger as company seals deal to infuse capital (17 - DM)
* Slag cargo at Hambantota Port (17 - Island)
* Insurance Industry records 9.9% growth in GWP in Q3, 2018 (17 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Jan 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has officially assumed duties at the Opposition Leader's Office in Colombo this morning (18). Rajapaksa has not assumed duties at the Opposition Leader's Office before
 

Jan 18 (Asia Times) The more than three-decade armed conflict between the Sinhala majority government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) came to an end with the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009.
 

Jan 18 (PDI) MANILA, Philippines- The group In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) has expressed alarm on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's approval of the war on drugs of the Duterte administration.
 

Jan 18 (Island) TNA Jaffna District MP and party spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran issuing a statement in Jaffna on Wednesday (16) accused the media of being "intent on reporting deliberately false and misleading news" on the proposed new Constitution.
 

Jan 18 (DM) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe acceded to a request made by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to change the name of the Northern Province Development Ministry (NPDM) to reflect the Eastern Province as well, Jaffna District TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said yesterday.
 

Jan 18 (DN) The Elections Commission has written to the President, Prime Minister and leaders of each and every political party requesting them to reach an urgent solution within Parliament to conduct the Provincial Council elections soon.
 

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sri Lanka announced that for the second consecutive year it will hold a dialogue next week on Youth Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the participation of 200 youths.
 

Jan 17, (CP) Colombo- The New York-based global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Thursday said Sri Lanka's political upheaval undermined stalled processes aimed at providing truth and justice for abuses from the country's civil war.
 

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a Commission of Inquiry to investigate into corruption and malpractice committed in the period from 15 January 2015 to 31 December 2018 under the Yahapalana government.
 

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- Food Control Administration Unit of the Ministry of Health has decided to completely ban the practice of handling prepared food by hand when selling to consumers. The ban will take effect from 1st of May, the state TV Rupavahini reported.
 

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajith Senaratne says he will soon reveal the fraudulent activities of the state doctors' trade union, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA), which has become a "political cat's paw".
 

Jan 17 (ABS-CBN) MANILA - After his government vowed last year to "replicate the success" of the Philippines' drug war, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena again heaped praises on President Rodrigo Duterte's top crusade, saying it is an example to the whole world.
 

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife along with the Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology launched a day entry e-permit issuance e-service for national parks on Monday.
 

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* TNA to get ‘formal say’ in N-E development (17 - DM)
* Prime Minister scotches rumours of new constitution to divide country Defeated politicians lying to Mahanayakes to recapture power (17 - Island)
* SLPP in disarray as Gota jumps the gun (17 - DN)
* Is China's investment in Sri Lankan project a debt trap? (17 - AJ)

SPORTS

Jan 18 (ESPNCI) n day two in the day-night tour match in Hobart, virtually everyone in contention to play the Test next week had a modest outing, with the exception of legspinning-allrounder Marnus Labuschagne. Most in the Sri Lanka top order got starts, but could not quite get themselves to 50, while openers Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns - both in the Australia squad - were unable to impose themselves
 

Jan 18 (ESPNCI) Given the pressure on Australia's selectors at the moment, perhaps it wasn't a surprise: the four batsmen picked in the Test squad against Sri Lanka made 40 runs between them and one overlooked batsman scored 157. Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne and Matt Renshaw all fell for single-digit scores, while Will Pucovski made 23,
 

Jan 18 (ESPNCI) An X-ray has cleared Kusal Mendis of any serious injury, after he had taken a fierce blow while fielding at short leg on the first day of the tour game against the Cricket Australia XI, in Hobart.* A powerful sweep from Jake Doran hit Mendis during the middle session of the day-night match and having been in considerable pain, he quickly left the field for treatment.
 

Jan 18 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka Cricket elections, which were set to be held on February 7, 2019, have been postponed by another two weeks to February 21. The move comes as a result of a technical error in the Sinhala to English translation of the gazette which empowers Sri Lanka's sports minister to appoint an advisory committee to hear election-related appeals.
 


WORLD

Jan 17 (BBC) The Duke of Edinburgh has been involved in a car crash, Buckingham Palace has said. Prince Philip, 97, was not injured in the accident, which happened close to the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk shortly before 15:00 GMT. Buckingham Palace said the crash involved another vehicle and police attended the scene.
 

Jan 17 (BBC) Buddhism and high-stakes poker may seem like odd bedfellows, but for Scott Wellenbach, they go hand-in-hand. The Canadian poker player came in third at a poker tournament in the Bahamas, taking away $671,240 (£518,868).
 

Jan 17 (BBC) An Indian guru has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a journalist who exposed sexual abuse of women at his sect. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the 51-year-old Dera Sacha Sauda leader, is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for raping two female followers.
 

Jan 17 (BBC) UK Prime Minister Theresa May has seen off a bid to remove her government from power, winning a no confidence vote by 325 to 306. Rebel Tory MPs and the DUP - who 24 hours earlier rejected the PM's Brexit plan by a huge margin - voted to keep her in Downing Street.
 


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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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