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European Parliament endorsing GSP+ to Sri Lanka is a vote of confidence - Deputy Minister

Apr 28 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government says European Parliament endorsing to grant the Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus with a huge majority on Thursday was a vote of confidence for the country from the international community. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva said Sri Lanka winning the vote 436 to 119 in the 751-member parliament is a huge vote of confidence for the country from the international community.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Apr 28 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today extended the remand of the former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, who is in remand over the killing of a Tamil parliamentarian.
 

Apr 28 (CP) Colombo- The Indian shipbuilding company, Goa Shipyard is currently at the completion stages of building two 105m Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPV) for the mission requirements of the Sri Lanka Navy.
 

Apr 28 (Island) Ceylinco Insurance PLC has announced a dividend of Rs. 27/50 per share to its shareholders for the year 2016, which constitutes a 275% dividend of the original share price.
 

Apr 28 (Island) A hartal organised by the Tamil National Council in the North and East of Sri Lanka disrupted public life yesterday. The Tamil Edlam Liberation Organisation’s National Organiser M. K. Sivajilingam said the civil disobedience campaign was a strong protest against the government which did not heed the suffering Tamil and Muslim people.
 

Apr 28 (Island) Magistrate of Colombo Buddhika Sri Ragala yesterday further remanded till May 4, retired DIG of Police, Anura Senanayaka, in connection with the murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen on May 17, 2013.
 

Apr 28 (DN) Under Excise Ordinance a policeman too is an excise officer: Galle Chief Magistrate A.Nishantha Peiris asserted that the Police are legally empowered to initiate legal proceedings before a Magistrate’s Court in connection with liquor related matters.
 

Apr 28 (DM) A body of a 25-year-old man stabbed to death was found in Madiwela road in Thalawathugoda area this morning, Police said. They said information was received by police at 5.30a.m about a man who was stabbed and lying on the road.
 

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- A key suspect in the case of assassinating a sub-police inspector (SI) at Maspotha, Kurunegala last year has died in a police shooting. The incident occurred when the police have made an attempt to capture him at Meeghathura area in Hambanthota.
 

Apr 27 (CP) Moscow- Iran and Sri Lanka have called for expansion of all-out defense cooperation during a meeting between a high ranking Sri Lankan official with Iran's Defense Minister. Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan held talks with Additional Secretary to the Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense Sarath Kumara on Thursday in Moscow.
 

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- Tamil and Muslim groups in the North-East have staged a Hartal today calling for the government to listen to their grievances. Majority of businesses, schools and offices are closed in the region in protest and the long distance transportation services also have come to a halt.
 

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka police have arrested another suspect in the shooting at a prison bus in Kalutara that killed seven people including an underworld leader and two prison guards in February this year.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Case against Hirunika, eight others fixed for trial (27 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Apr 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's electricity sector regulator, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said it has initiated discussions with the communities raising concerns on the environment impact of the Lakvijaya coal power plant in Norochcholai in the North Western Province.
 

Apr 28 (CP) Colombo- Indian Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has offered to assist Sri Lanka in its efforts to develop roads in the North and the East.
 

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today invited leading Malaysian entrepreneurs to explore possibilities of expanding investment and trade and look for the potential of new trade opportunities in Sri Lanka.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Apr 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI), declined to 6.9 percent in April 2017 from 7.3 percent in March, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Friday.
 

Apr 28 (CP) Colombo- The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in its initiative to assist Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Northern Province is making arrangements to publish a Registry of Small and Medium Enterprises operating in the region.
 

Apr 28 (CP) Colombo- The Canadian High Commission in Colombo and Canada's Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) in partnership with the Sri Lanka Canada Business Council and the Kingsbury Hotel has organized the 'Canada Maple High Tea', an event aimed at promoting Canada's maple syrup - also known as 'liquid gold' to Sri Lanka.
 

Apr 28 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares closed at a more than 11-month high in heavy trading on Friday as foreign buying for 26 sessions in a row took net inflows into equities to 13.9 billion rupees ($91.39 million) and boosted sentiment.
 

Apr 28 (DN) One of the leading Taiwanese waste management companies is planning to set up office in Sri Lanka to introduce waste management systems with the ability for power generation.
 

Apr 28 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s Hatton National Bank is to issue up to 70,082,228 new ordinary shares by way of a rights issue, the company said in a stock exchange filing.
 

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- The High Commission of Canada today announced the participation of 10 small and medium sized exporters to the international food and beverage trade show SIAL Canada 2017 to be held from 2 to 4 May in Toronto, Canada.
 

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- Following a period of uncertainty, the Sri Lankan economy showed early signs of stabilization during 2016 in response to corrective actions adopted by the government and the Central Bank, country's monetary authority said in its 2016 Annual Report.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lanka appoints seven lead managers for up to $1.5 bln sovereign bond - sources (27 - Reuters)
* Sri Lankan shares hit near 7-mth closing high on foreign buying (27 - Reuters)
* Laugfs Holdings’ chairman buys 6 per cent stake in Pan Asia Bank (27 - Island)
* Ceylinco Insurance announces another fat dividend (27 - DM)
* Tea Exporters cry foul over high taxes, CESS, levies (27 - DN)
* SriLankan Airlines flights rescheduled today due to Indian experiment (27 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Apr 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's parliament has commenced a debate on the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage dump and the waste management this morning. The parliament was convened today on the order of President Maithripala Sirisena, who issued an Extraordinary Gazette notification summoning an emergency session i
 

Apr 28 (WAM) COLOMBO- Dr. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Ammar, Advisor to Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance of Saudi Arabia, has met with Mohammed Fawzi Abdul Hamid, Sri Lankan Minister of State for National Integration and Reconciliation.
 

Apr 28 (DN) The current SLFP leadership rescued the party from the clutches of a single family and its cohorts and has opened its high positions to the common man and revived the five-fold forces, the Maha Sangha, physicians, teachers, farmers, and workers, Central Provincial Councillor and newly appointed Kandy District SLFP organiser Linton Wijesinghe said.
 

Apr 28 (DM) A move to appoint Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka as the Army Commander or the Overall commander for two years, claiming to instill discipline in the country was highly criticized by several leading state trade unions including the GMOA, teachers’ unions and labour unions.
 

Apr 28 (Stuff) Ever imagined sleeping in the jungle with leopards and elephants? Kiwis Brook Sabin and Radha Engling try it out We were both woken abruptly by a thud on the canvas. Leopard? Elephant? I scrambled for our tent's window.
 

Apr 27 (CP) Brussels- Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Niranjan Deva Adithya said he expects all the member states of the European Union to agree on granting the European Union's Generalized Scheme of Preferences, Plus known as GSP+ tariff concession to Sri Lanka again.
 

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Regional Development Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who is rumored to be given a top level post as a head of security divisions, said he will not exert any pressure on trade union rights if he were to get such a post.
 

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has taken measures to deliver the transponder devices to all the multiday fishing vessels which will enable monitoring of multiday fishing vessels engaged in deep sea fishing from the ground.
 

Apr 27, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed 25 senior lawyers including parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, Board of Investment Chairman Upul Jayasuriya and anti-corruption activist J. C. Weliamuna, as President's Counsels.
 

Apr 27 (CP) New Delhi- A joint working group will be set up between Sri Lanka and India to explore the development of roads, petroleum development, port and other industries in the eastern port town of Trincomalee in the island nation, India said today.
 

Apr 27 (CP) Brussels- The European Parliament Thursday has voted to defeat a resolution tabled to deny granting the European Union's Generalized Scheme of Preferences, Plus known as GSP+ tariff concession to Sri Lanka again.
 

Apr 27 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has informed the National Dengue Prevention Unit to submit a report after inspecting the situation of the cleaned school premises on 28th and 29th April.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives Udaipur on personal visit (27 - DNA)
* Sri Lanka to expand Priority Bus Lanes to improve bus service, reduce congestion (27 - CP)
* JO going ahead with May Day rally in spite of SLFP threat (27 - Island)
* First poll to be held this year should be LG election: Amarawee (27 - DM)
* SLFP Gen. Secy. says he was not ready to comment (27 - DN)

SPORTS

Apr 28 (ESPNCI) The pay dispute between Cricket Australia and its players is set to continue after the Australian Cricketers' Association rejected CA's latest pay proposal. At the core of the ACA's opposition is CA's desire to scrap the revenue-sharing model that for nearly 20 years has linked player payments to the amount of income generated by the game.
 

Apr 27 (ESPNCI) Pakistan's decision to call off their tour of Bangladesh in July and August has taken the BCB by surprise, though the board said it was yet to receive official communication from the PCB. "We are really surprised. Even a month ago we knew that the tour was on," BCB's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said. "There was a discussion between both board chiefs during this week's ICC meeting in Dubai.
 

Apr 27 (ESPNCI) The door has not yet been completely shut on the BCCI as far as the ICC's finance model is concerned. ESPNcricinfo understands that immediately after the BCCI was outvoted at the ICC Board meeting on Wednesday, the ICC chairman Shashank Manohar informed Amitabh Choudhury, the BCCI secretary, that the settlement offer of an additional $100 million was still on the table.
 

Apr 27 (ESPNCI) The ICC's new constitution moved a step closer to reality on a dramatic afternoon in Dubai, as cricket's Full Members exercised their collective will to outvote the BCCI. The Indian board was the only Full Member to object to the new financial model, and was one of only two Full Members to vote against the new governance changes.
 


WORLD

Apr 28 (ANI) Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the Brexit would not affect bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and Bangladesh. "There would be no change in this relationship due to Brexit," Dhaka Tribune quoted Cameron as saying while paying a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday.
 

Apr 28 (BBC) The Kentucky doctor dragged off a United Airlines flight from Chicago earlier this month has received a financial settlement from the airline. Lawyers for Dr David Dao, 69, say a condition of the payout is that the "amount remain confidential". United boss Oscar Munoz "said he was going to do the right thing and he has", Dr Dao's lawyers said.
 

Apr 28 (BBC) Donald Trump has praised China's President Xi Jinping for his handling of North Korea, calling him "a very good man" who loves his country. The US president told Reuters he would like to solve the crisis diplomatically but that it was "difficult" and a "major, major conflict" was possible.
 

Apr 27 ((AP) President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.
 


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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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