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Speaker to decide on government within this week after party leaders' meeting

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and other party leaders, along with many other Members of Parliament, discussed with the Speaker of parliament Karu Jayasuriya the manner in which the proceedings of Parliament should take place after the new President elected on the 16th of this month was sworn in.
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Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- Former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and suspended IGP Pujith Jayasundara have been remanded further until December 03 by the Colombo Magistrate's Court. The two former top officials have been accused of failing to take measures to prevent the Easter Sunday

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- A port worker was killed following an accident at the Colombo Harbor Eastern Terminal Monday, the police said. The port worker was seriously injured when the chains of a crane unloading a cargo ship docked at the Eastern Terminal broke free and hit the worker's head. The accident happened around 9.30am yesterday (18).

Nov 19 (BBC) A mother and her two children were among six British nationals killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, an inquest heard. Anita Nicholson, 42, and her children, Alexander, 14 and Annabel, 11, died instantly in an explosion at the Shangri-la Hotel in Colombo.

Nov 19 (TASS) The Baltic Fleet's training ship Perekop currently on its long-distance deployment with cadets on its board has made a business call at the port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka, the Fleet’s press office reported on Tuesday.

Nov 19 (DN) Officers attached to Police Narcotics Division at the Bandaranaike International Airport have apprehended three Indian nationals with gold weighing up to 1.5 kilograms. The suspects were aged 29, 32 and 34. The suspects were handed over to Customs officers for further investigations by police narcotics officers

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake have arrested a Kenyan woman, who arrived from Doha, Qatar carrying cocaine pills. The Customs officials initially found 30 cocaine pills hidden in her hand luggage.

* Teenager dies during brawl with lorry driver (18 - Times)


Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- The Commonwealth Observer Group has commended the people of Sri Lanka for the largely peaceful, credible and orderly manner in which they cast their vote on 16 November 2019.

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on an invitation extended by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's will visit India on 29th November.

Nov 19 (CP) Washington,DC- The United States called on Sri Lanka's new president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, to uphold commitments to ensure accountability, respect for human rights, and non-recurrence of violence.

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- The European Union election observation mission (EU EOM) has concluded that Sri Lanka's presidential election was largely free of violence and technically well-managed.

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- The winner of the 2019 Presidential Election, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as the seventh Executive President of Sri Lanka this morning (November 18) during a ceremony held at the foot of the Ruwanweli Seya in Anuradhapura amid Maha Sangha and a large crowd.


Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- Deputy Treasury Secretary SR Attygalle has been appointed as the new Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and the Treasury Secretary. Mr. Attygalle is a senior economist and has previously served as a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- John Keells Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka's largest conglomerate, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Moratuwa on the 23rd of August, as the Platinum Sponsor of the University's annual career fair 'Are you ready?' 2019.

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider partnered with Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (HISSL), to establish a 'Digital Health Innovation Laboratory', the first of its kind in the country, to incubate innovative digital solutions for the healthcare sector.

Nov 19 (DN) The Business Chambers congratulated the 7th elected Executive President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and expressed confidence that he would work towards the prosperity of the nation.

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club (NEGC), one of the oldest golf clubs in Asia, recently appointed the Commercial Bank of Ceylon as its Internet Payment Gateway (IPG) service provider.

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT) announced its financial results for the first nine months of 2019, which again proven to be strong and impressive. The Profit After Tax (PAT) of the Group for the first nine months of 2019 reported at Rs. 5.0 billion

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) recently rang the Opening Bell to commence trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) to mark the organization's centenary year.

Nov 18 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares jumped to their highest in more than a year in heavy volume, while the rupee rose to a two-and-half month high on Monday, after former wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa won the presidency by a big margin.

Nov 18 (AFP) Saudi Aramco will seek a blockbuster £1.3trillion valuation in its stock market debut, putting it on course for the world's biggest float. In a prospectus, the state-owned oil giant said it would sell 1.5 per cent of its shares on Riyadh's Tadawul exchange for between 30 and 32 Saudi riyals (620p to 660p) each.

* Piramal Glass declares half-year results (18 - Island)
* Share prices rise on Sri Lanka polls result (18 - Times)
* Sluggish demand, higher finance costs impact Softlogic 2Q (18 - DM)


Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha de Silva has also resigned from his ministerial post with immediate effect.

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's former Prime Minister and veteran politician D.M Jayaratne passed away at the age of 88 at a private hospital in Kandy today. Jayaratne served as the 14th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from 2010 to 2015 in the government of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has accepted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to visit India as the two countries look forward to further strengthen the bilateral relations under the new administration.

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- With Gotabhaya Rajapaksa assuming duties as the seventh executive President, on the new president's instructions it has been decided to display the State emblem at the government institutions instead of the customary President's image.

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- The newly appointed President of Sri Lanka Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will assume duties today (19) at the Presidential Secretariat. Former Treasury Secretary Dr. PB Jayasundara is to be appointed as the Secretary to the President.

Nov 19 (AP) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka´s newly elected president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, may struggle to consolidate his victory. With many executive powers clipped and the opposition in control of a powerful Parliament, the former defense official who inspires respect but also fear may have difficulty assembling a government.

Nov 19 (DM) While saying that the Presidential election was not the end of their political journey but the beginning, Presidential candidate, former Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake said they as a group of intellectuals and professionals with the National People’s Party would contest any election in time to come including the general elections.

Nov 19 (Statesman) India will adopt a "wait and watch" approach on Sri Lanka following the victory of Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the presidential election even as it is hopeful that the new dispensation will not allow any foreign military asset (read China) in the island nation which could have implications for New Delhi's strategic interests.

Nov 19 (ICG) Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decisive victory in Sri Lanka’s presidential election reflects voters’ concerns over security, poor economic prospects and ineffective governance – but also indicates the country’s dangerous ethnic polarisation. Many worry that Rajapaksa, a Sinhalese nationalist, will energise anti-Muslim campaigning and further alienate the Tamil community.

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- The ruling United National Party (UNP)'s parliamentary group at its meeting today with the party leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has agreed on a proposal to dissolve Parliament, party sources said.

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe today (Nov 18) said his government hopes that the system of establishing independent commissions, will be safeguarded in the future.

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- The European Union noting that Sri Lanka's election process was peaceful and confirmed the stability of the democratic institutions said it looks forward to work with the new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to continue improving the human rights, reconciliation and good governance.

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- The leader of All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) and Minister Rishad Bathiudeen congratulating the new President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa expressed hope that the new leader will uphold the unity and reconciliation among all communities in the country.

Nov 18 (CP) Teheran- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi has congratulated the Sri Lankan nation and president-elect on holding presidential elections successfully.

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka has resigned from his ministerial portfolio with effect from today (Nov 18).

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Highways & Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development and Chairman of the United National Party (UNP) Kabir Hashim has decided to resign from his ministerial portfolio as well as from the party post as the Chairman with immediate effect.

Nov 18 (HT) China on Monday congratulated the newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, saying Beijing is ready to work with the new leadership for "high-quality" cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the ambitious intercontinental connectivity project launched by President Xi Jinping.

* U.S. ready to continue its work with the new President of Sri Lanka (18 - CP)
* Sri Lanka ruling party parliamentarians to meet today to decide on government (18 - CP)
* EC chief asks Gota to help hold PC polls which were caused to disappear (18 - Island)
* Sri Lanka election: Unity hard to achieve in divided country (18 - BBC)
* Several Ministers urge PM to step down (18 - DM)
* Sri Lanka's new President to be sworn-in at Ruwanweli Seya today (18 - CP)
* Gotabaya Rajapaksa likely to appoint his brother Mahinda as Sri Lanka PM (18 - CP)
* Major parties in Tamil Nadu silent on Sri Lankan presidential election results (18 - NIE)


Nov 18 (ICC) India fast bowler Mohammed Shami and opening batsman Mayank Agarwal have reached career-best positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after contributing in an innings and 130-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Test in Indore.

Nov 18 (ICC) Seventeen-year-old Rahmanullah Gurbaz hit 79 and 20-year-old Naveen-ul-Haq returned figures of 3/23 as Afghanistan eased to a 29-run win over West Indies to secure a 2-1 series victory. As he had in the previous game, Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan won the toss and chose to bat first.

Nov 18 (ICC) Australia batsman Steve Smith said that he is focused on adapting to the bouncy conditions at the Gabba ahead of the first Test against Pakistan, which will be played at the venue. Smith, the top-ranked batsman in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings, has enjoyed a terrific year so far.

Nov 18 (ESPNCI) If the colour of the ball hadn't been visible, it would have been easy to assume that the Bangladesh batsmen were still suffering the hangover from the Indore Test. They hit the nets on Sunday in Indore and were tentative to anything delivered or chucked at them around off-stump, played their cut shots


Nov 19 (BBC) Prosecutors in Sweden have dropped an investigation into a rape allegation made against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange in 2010. Assange, who denies the accusation, has avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012.

Nov 19 (BBC) People in Sydney woke up to a city shrouded in smoke on Tuesday, as scores of bushfires rage across the region. Strong winds overnight brought smoke from fires inland, pushing the air quality in Australia's largest city to beyond "hazardous" levels at times.

Nov 18 (BBC) Musician says a Qantas flight attendant was "racist" towards him during a flight from Brisbane to Sydney. The Black Eyed Peas band's frontman tweeted that he was singled out when he missed a plane announcement to put his laptop away.

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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