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WHO expert consultation recommends measures to address Chronic Kidney Disease in Sri Lanka

May 06 (CP) Colombo- An international expert consultation workshop held to guide future direction for addressing Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) has recommended several measures to prevent the debilitating and fatal disease among the farming communities of Sri Lanka. The report of the three-day expert consultation organized by the Presidential Task Force on CKDu in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) was presented to the President Maithripala Sirisena today by WHO Representative to Sri Lanka Dr. Jacob Kumaresan at the Presidential Secretariat.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

May 06 (CP) Colombo- For the first time in history, Sri Lanka Navy has exported nine homemade patrol craft worth approximately US$ 4.2 million to Nigeria.

May 06 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today denied permission for the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's second son, who is out on bail and barred from overseas travel, to travel abroad. The Kaduwala Magistrate's Court today rejected the application of Yoshitha Rajapaksa filed through his attorneys requesting permission to accompany his father on a visit to Uganda.

May 06 (CP) Colombo- Australia has deported the 12 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, who arrived within the Cocos Islands via sea in a boat on Monday, and they have returned to Sri Lanka this morning. The Asylum seekers arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) early Friday morning in a special Australian flight.

May 06 (CP) Colombo- Major General Sumith Manawadu of Sri Lanka Army passed away this morning at the Colombo National Hospital after sustaining life threatening injuries when a wooden beam fell on his head. He was 55 years old.

May 06 (Island) A member of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) died on the spot when the motorcycle he was riding on the Valachenai-Batticalo road collided head-on with an on coming bus on April 29th at 7.15 pm. The deceased was Panniah Jayaraj (37) of Kinniyady in Valachchenai. He was a married person. Valachchenai police are conducting investigations.

May 06 (DN) Defence Counsel appearing on behalf of former Narahenpita Crimes OIC Sumith Champika Perera yesterday informed Colombo Additional Magistrate that the former Crimes OIC was instructed by a Senior DIG not to carry out an investigate into the discovery of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen’s wallet in Kirulapone.

May 06 (ANI) London- China and Pakistan are wheeling and dealing in a big way to influence the Sri Lankan leadership to buy the highly-flawed JF-17 multi-role fighter jet in a deal which promises at least four million dollars per jet as kickbacks to those who are pushing for this sale.

May 05 (CP) Colombo- The War Heroes Commemoration Month was ceremonially declared open with pinning of the first Ranaviru (War Hero) Flag on President Maithripala Sirisena at a function held at the President's Official Residence, Thursday.

May 05 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan navy has arrested five Indians transporting a stock of Kerala Ganja in the territorial waters of the island on Wednesday. A Sri Lankan man was also arrested for helping them to transfer the stock of ganja.

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Narahenpita Police OIC arrested for concealing evidence in rugby player's death further remanded (5 - CP)
* Probe into shooting near Army camp (5 - DN)
* SB asks MR: Did CBK and Anuruddha get proper security (5 - DN)
* Authorities receive 175 illegal firearms during Amnesty period (5 - CP)
* PM: LTTE threat no longer exists (5 - Island)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

May 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to deploy a special police team directly under the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to raid illegal mining across the country which causes great harm to the environment.

May 06 (CP) Colombo- An agreement has been signed between Sri Lanka and a United States company to provide job opportunities for more than 3,000 local nurses in U.S. hospitals. Karma Services, LLC, a Michigan, USA- based global health care recruitment provider, signed the agreement with the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau on 3rd May in the presence of Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorala.

May 06 (CP) Colombo- The United States government has eased military trade restrictions imposed on Sri Lanka for over eight years, the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) announced.

May 05 (CP) Colombo- The 16th edition of the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) to be held in Colombo in October will provide an opportunity to showcase Sri Lanka as a regional hub for international trade, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.


FINANCE - TRAVEL

May 06 (CP) Colombo- A Malaysian manufacturer of petroleum derivatives with a vast customer base worldwide will be investing US$ 30 million to establish a lubricant manufacturing plant in Sri Lanka.

May 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's trade deficit contracted by 9.1 percent to US$ 695 million in January 2016 from US$ 765 million a year earlier, according to the Central Bank data released in its External Sector Performance Review Friday.

May 06 (CNBC) HSBC is turning positive on Sri Lanka as a frontier market pick, but it's lowering exposure to Vietnam after the recent rally. HSBC's upgrade of Sri Lanka's upgrade to "positive" from "negative" may surprise some.

May 06 (Reuters) The Sri Lankan rupee ended firmer on Friday, helped by inward remittances and banks' dollar sales, while dealers said downward pressure on the local currency would likely ease due to expected inflows in the near future.

May 06 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares rose for a second straight session on Friday to hit their highest close in about four months, led by telecom stocks amid foreign investors' buying.

May 06 (Island) "Japanese vehicle imports to the country will be suspended for six months due to the present currency fluctuations, Vehicle Importers’ Association of Sri Lanka (VIASL) president Indika Sampath Merenchige said.

May 06 (DM) Former Commercial Bank PLC CEO/MD and veteran banker Ravi Dias has been appointed Seylan Bank PLC Chairman with effect from May 9, 2016, ending a board room tussle Mirror Business recently reported on.

May 06 (DN) The Singer Sri Lanka Group generated Group Revenue of Rs 10.6 billion in the first quarter of 2016 representing a growth of 23%. This is in addition to strong growth achieved last year capping a record 57% increase over two years.

May 06 (LBO) Sri Lanka wants more power generation from Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), because natural gas is attractively priced in international markets, and will rely less on coal, a government official said.

May 05 (Bernama) COLOMBO- The possibility of exploring a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Malaysia and Sri Lanka would take at least two to three years, said Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

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* Sri Lanka shares edge up amid foreign inflows (5 - Reuters)
* CSE and CFA Society Sri Lanka ring opening bell in support of 'Putting Investors First Month' campaign (5 - CP)
* Sri Lankan rupee eases slightly on importer dollar demand (5 - Reuters)
* Amana Takaful Group records a 22% growth in 2015 (5 - DN)
* Multilateral trade agreements seen as the way forward for SL (5 - Island)
* Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics awarded latest ISO Certification for Medical Laboratory (5 - DM)
* Tire market in Sri Lanka expected to reach US$ 488 million in 2016 - report (5 - CP)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

May 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's State Finance Minister has proposed cutting provisions given to the parliamentarians to save public's money. State Minister of Finance Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena has submitted a letter to the President Maithripala Sirisena requesting stern financial policy on MPs and ministry staffs in using public money.

May 06 (CP) Colombo- The High Commission of India Friday announced the offer of a few scholarships for Sri Lankan Nationals under the "Ayush Scholarship Scheme” for UG/PG/Ph.D courses in Indian Traditional system of Medicine under the Delhi Declaration for South East Asian (SEA) countries for the academic year 2016 – 2017.

May 06 (CP) Riyadh- Sri Lankan white collar workers in Saudi Arabia are happy and building lucrative careers, the Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Harsha De Silva, who wrapped up a three-day visit to Riyadh, has said.

** Related Story ::Sri Lankan Deputy Minister holds unscrupulous employment agencies responsible for the plight of housemaids in Saudi Arabia

May 06, Colombo: The Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament Karu Jayasuriya today appointed a four-member committee to inquire into the controversy surrounding yesterday's parliamentary vote for the Rs. 55 million Supplementary Estimate.

May 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers has approved a planning review to be done to develop Trincomalee and surrounding cities in the island's East. According to the Sri Lankan government, Trincomalee area in the East can be developed as an agriculture and an energy hub under the government's development program.

May 06 (Island) The Joint Opposition yesterday called for the immediate resignation of Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake after a recount of a vote taken at the end of yesterday’s debate to give approval for a supplementary estimate of Rs 55 mn for the government revealed original result had been distorted.

May 06 (DM) The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today the Government and other provincial councils should respond to the resolution adopted by the Northern Provincial Council just as was done by the Western Provincial Council which passed a resolution opposing it.

May 06 (DN) Yesterday a tense situation prevailed during the last few minutes in Parliament when Joint Opposition and JVP members claimed the results of vote on the Supplementary Estimate of Rs. 55 million were incorrect.

May 06 (Hindu) Ten Tamil parties and groups in Sri Lanka have come together to form a coalition - Democratic Tamil National Front. Among the parties are the Tamil United Liberation Front of V. Anandasangaree; Eelam People’s Democratic Party of Douglas Devananda and Democratic People’s Congress of Praba Ganesan.

May 05 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today instructed the relevant heads of institutions to take necessary decisions without any fear to protect and conserve the environment.

May 05 (CP) Colombo- The Center for Sustainability (CFS) attached to Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in collaboration with Unilever Lipton Ceylon Ltd, aims to conduct a high impact program for uplifting sustainability and productivity levels of tea small holder farmers in Sri Lanka.

May 05 (CP) Colombo- Malaysia will explore the possibility of clinching a free trade agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka in efforts to increase the bilateral trade to a significant level, Malaysia's Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said.

** Related Story ::Malaysian trade delegation to visit Sri Lanka next week seeking investment opportunities

May 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka parliament today approved a proposal to take disciplinary action against the members of parliament who initiated a fistfight in the House on Tuesday and send a fellow member to the hospital.

May 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for London on May 11 to attend the Anti-Corruption Summit organized by the British government. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who will host the landmark international summit in London on May 12, has extended an invitation to President Sirisena.

May 05 (CP) Colombo- The current government due to its comprehensive vision and strategic plans, was able to remove the ban imposed by the European Union on Sri Lanka's fish exports in a short period of time after coming to power, State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi says.

May 05 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government plans to establish a Pirivena in Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh of India to teach Theravada Buddhism. According to a proposal put forward by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for the approval of the cabinet of ministers, the government is considering establishing a Pirivena to halt the decline of Buddhism in India, the land of its birth.

May 05 (ECONOMYNEXT) Sri Lanka's de facto opposition scored a major victory when they successfully challenged the government's narrow margin in getting a supplementary vote passed in the assembly Thursday.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Rajapaksa faction could not stomach Fonseka speaking on their leader’s security – Govt. (5 - Island)
* Bopage's statement no big deal: DM (5 - DM)
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SPORTS

May 06 (ESPNCI) As going to be cold for us," said Angelo Mathews as Sri Lanka shook off their jetlag at Lord's having arrived for their two-month tour in what has been presented in England as a mini-heatwave. It's a good job they didn't land last week when many cricket grounds in England had a covering of snow. While a warm spring day in London remained a world away from Colombo, Mathews was delighted to have some sun on his back

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May 06 (ESPNCI) e ICC head of global development Tim Anderson announced on Wednesday that four national advisory groups have been formed to implement USA's future growth and development plans from a strategic framework outline, which was unveiled late last year. Thirty-two people have been chosen to be part of the four groups, including several former international players such as Ricardo Powell.

May 05 (ESPNCI) Energy company Lanka IOC has signed a three-year deal worth 18 million rupees (approx. USD 127,000) to sponsor Sri Lanka's A team. The A team is scheduled to take part in nine tours - both home and away - with Lanka IOC sponsorship. "I'm delighted that IOC has come forward to sponsor the A team, and they will also be the official lubricant partner for Sri Lanka Cricket," SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said.

May 05 (ESPNCI) The second edition of the Africa T20 Cup will be focused on the financial leverages the shortest format can provide but it will not feature pink balls. Last year's group stage matches were played with the pink ball but the idea was abandoned for finals weekend after player concerns. All of this year's matches will be played with the white ball. The 16-team tournament includes the 13 semi-professional provincial sides .


WORLD

May 06 (AP) NEW DELHI- After a Dhaka University professor asked a woman to remove her veil during his class, Muslim extremists called for his death, posting his personal details online along with tips on how to kill. Today, he remains under constant guard by armed police, stays mostly at home and bars his front door. Azizur Rahman is among a growing number of political moderates and intellectuals seeking protection in Bangladesh,

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May 06 (Hindu) The U.S. is not using the Congressional objections as an excuse to deny Pakistan eight F-16 fighter jets at a subsidised rate, the Obama administration has said. “No, that’s not true,” State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference when asked if it is just using Congress as an excuse not to give F-16 to Pakistan.

May 06 (Hindu) Hewn out of solid rock in the middle of the bone-dry Gobi desert, there exist hundreds of caves, whose intricately painted walls and magnificent statues have become markers in describing the epic journey of Buddhism. The torrent of spiritual energy, which, in turn, has fueled mature art, has not evolved in isolation.

May 06 (BBC) Canadian officials are airlifting some 8,000 people who fled north of Fort McMurray - the city which has been devastated by a massive wildfire. They also hope that the only motorway to the south will become safe on Friday to move the remaining 17,000 people, who are in danger of becoming trapped.


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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