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Sri Lanka to launch national program to eradicate all forms of poverty by 2030

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will implement a national program covering the entire island to alleviate poverty that has become a severe threat to country's economy especially to the rural economy. The national program will be implemented through the Gramashakthi People's Movement, to provide sustainable solutions for the poverty faced by the country while understanding the challenges confront with the country's poverty.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Supreme Court today indefinitely postponed the order on granting leave to proceed the fundamental rights petition relating to Provincial Council Election (Amendment) Act filed by the former chief Justice Sarath N. Silva.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- A group of protesters including the Northern Provincial councilor K. Shivajilingam held a discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday at the Presidential Secretariat regarding the Tamil prisoners.

** Related Story ::Sri Lankan President invites black flag waving protesters in the North for discussions
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Bung Tomo arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit on Thursday (19).
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer Professor Ananda Samarasekara implicated in the Wasam Thajudeen murder case surrendered to the Colombo Magistrate court today.

** Related Story :: CID requests court to issue warrant to arrest former JMO in Thajudeen case
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- A foreign national who attempted to smuggle foreign currency out of Sri Lanka was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning, Sri Lanka Customs announced.
 

Oct 19 (BBC) A 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka left at least 100,000 people dead on both sides of the conflict. In 1987, India sent a peacekeeping force, but it ended up getting drawn into the fighting.
 

Oct 19 (Island) UPFA General Secretary Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday said he would complain to the Attorney General and Chief Justice seeking an investigation into a statement made by MP Namal Rajapaksa and his lawyer Premanath C. Dolawatta.
 

Oct 19 (DN) A 26-year-old mother and her 12-year-old son were killed last night, Police said. The two were found after Police received a tip-off on the emergency 119 hotline. The deceased were identified as Kirivan Maduwanthi and Piramberem Madushan, residents of ​Murungal Kovil road, Thannamun.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- The administration of University of Colombo has decided to indefinitely close its Arts Faculty following a brawl between two groups of students, Vice Chancellor Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake said. Two students were injured and admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following a clash between the first year students and third year students yesterday.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader and the Leader of main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan Tuesday urged the Government to release all persons held in custody from the North and East under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) without further delay.
 

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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Oct 19 (CP) Geneva- The New York-based global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has made a submission to the 77th Working Group of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) focusing on Sri Lanka's military use of educational facilities during armed conflict.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the country's mainstream journalists to be truthful in what they are reporting to the people.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- In order to invigorate efforts to reach the target of US $ 1 billion trade by 2018, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have agreed to redouble trade promotion efforts during the fifth Sri Lanka-Pakistan Foreign Office Consultations held on Tuesday in Colombo, after a lapse of three years.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Micro, Small and Medium enterprises are prominent sectors in Sri Lanka's development vision and as the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared the Sri Lankan entrepreneurs engaged in micro, small, and medium scale business enterprises must now enter the global markets, Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pledges to complete the foreign debt payment of Rs. 3 trillion within the next two years.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Mobitel, Sri Lanka's National Mobile Service Provider showcased the nascent NB-IoT technology (Narrow Band Internet of Things) for the first time in South Asia at the recently concluded Techno 2017 exhibition in Sri Lanka which took place from the 13th-15th of October 2017.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India's Apex Industry Association, will hold a Road Show in Colombo on the 25th October, 2017 in a bid to promote one of its iconic event, 'EXCON 2017', South Asia's largest event for Construction Equipment.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has affirmed that 90 small-scale solar projects can be allowed under the second stage of the Soorya Bala Sangramaya (Battle for Solar Energy) Program.
 

Oct 19 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares ended down for a third straight session on Thursday to hit near a one-week low, led by banking stocks while block deals boosted the turnover, brokers said.
 

Oct 19 (Island) Phoenix Ogilvy Group ended the 2016 Effie Awards Sri Lanka with an overall group tally of 10 metals including 4 Gold, 2 Bronze and 4 Finalist awards. Topping the list, was the Clogard ‘Say it Fresh’ campaign for Hemas Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd.
 

Oct 19 (DM) Mobitel, the mobile arm of Sri Lanka Telecom, showcased the nascent narrowband Internet of things (NB-IoT) technology for the first time in South Asia (SA) at the recently concluded Techno 2017 exhibition in Sri Lanka, which took place from October 13-15, 2017.
 

Oct 19 (DN) Sri Lanka is fast losing in competitiveness in the quest for regional shipping hub status as the delay to kick start several development projects in the Colombo Harbour, said Julian Michael Bevis, Senior Director, Group Relations, South Asia, Maersk Line India Pvt. Ltd.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Despite an increase in exports earnings Sri Lanka's trade deficit widened 9.4 percent to US$ 856.3 million in August 2017 from US$ 782.8 million a year earlier, according to the Central Bank data released in its External Sector Performance Review on Tuesday.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) reiterated their support for Sri Lanka's economic program during a meeting with Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera.
 

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* Sri Lanka to set up a pipeline from Muthurajawela to deliver jet fuel to aircraft (18 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the responsible media should not highlight false and fabricated news misleading the people of this country. He made this statement at an event held at the parliamentary complex today.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development says a program to provide multi-day trawlers to the fishing community under a 50 percent subsidy scheme has been successful.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government plans to implement a special project within the next four years to reduce the landslide risk by taking disaster minimizing steps. Landslides have become a common occurrence in the hilly areas due to heavy rains brought about by the climatic changes and improper land usage, according to the Disaster Management Ministry.
 

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Elections Commission has decided to call on the political parties in Sri Lanka to give a 25 percent or more opportunity for youth when choosing the candidates to contest for the upcoming local government polls.
 

Oct 19 (Island) A landmark event calling for ethnic and religious harmony and protection of children was held in Mullaitivu last week. Organised by the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation in collaboration with World Concern, 6500 schoolchildren from Mullaitivu District took part in a walk to drive home their message.
 

Oct 19 (DM) Parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera said today that he would join hands with students of medical faculties and their parents in their struggle against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) if the government did not act in a flexible manner to resolve the issue within the next two weeks.
 

Oct 19 (DN) The Government is prepared to accept the solution to the SAITM problem proposed by the Mahasangha with due honour and it is hoped that the GMOA will be flexible enough to agree to the proposal to find a final solution, Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the new Constitution should abolish the executive presidency and if President Maithripala Sirisena contests the next presidential election without abolishing the executive presidency he would be definitely defeated.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- The Chief Prelates of two main Buddhist chapters today issued a special announcement saying Sri Lanka did not need a new constitution or amendments to the present Constitution of the country.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Rohan Hettiarachchi, the Executive Director of People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), an election monitoring watchdog in Sri Lanka, says no comment can be made on the date of the Local Government Election, which is very uncertain.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers has given the nod for a proposal to amend the laws to control unlimited spending of money on Elections by political parties and candidates.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- The Fifth Round of Foreign Secretaries Level Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was held in Colombo on 17th October, 2017.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a message to mark Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights, calls on the people to light thousand lamps and take the opportunity at the occasion to restore lives, rebuild relationships, and pave the way for harmony and healing.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says cultural ceremonies such as Deepavali are immensely helpful to bring forth the message of harmony.
 

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- With a domestic market of only 20 million consumers with a modest per capita income, Sri Lanka needs to look beyond its borders and increase its global competitiveness to sustain high and long-term growth, the World Bank says.
 

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SPORTS

Oct 19 (ESPNCI) An ODI league structure beginning in 2019, approved by the ICC, came at a welcome time, especially considering the gulf in quality between teams currently. There would otherwise have been much soul-searching about relevance of ODI cricket these days, and whether series such as the ongoing one between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE was the best exposition for the format.
 

Oct 19 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka players who refuse to travel to Lahore will not be considered for the other two T20s in the series. The board is presently attempting to convince as many players as possible that a 24-hour trip to Pakistan would not be unsafe, but in the interim has indicated to the selectors that only those willing to travel should play in the two preceding matches in Abu Dhabi.
 

Oct 19 (ARY) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka’s Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara has rejected the request to field separate Sri Lankan teams for the Twenty20 Internationals in the UAE and the one in Lahore, ARY News reported on Wednesday.
 

Oct 19 (GEO) ABU DHABI- Sri Lankan batting coach Hashan Tillakaratne recalled his pleasant memories of playing the 1996 World Cup final at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. “Oh Yes! We received overwhelming welcome in Pakistan when we reached Lahore after defeating India in semifinal of the world cup in Calcutta.”
 


WORLD

Oct 19 (Reuters) BRUSSELS- European Union leaders will on Thursday reaffirm their full commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, regardless of whether an increasingly critical United States pulls out. But the bloc, reluctant to isolate itself completely from Washington, is also looking at whether it should as a next move step up criticism of Iran’s ballistic missile program
 

Oct 18 (NIE) The key to India becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council is "not to touch the veto", US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said as she identified Russia and China as the two global powers against changes in the current structure of the Security Council.
 

Oct 18 (NIE) PESHAWAR- The death toll from a US drone attack on a compound used by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network has risen to 26, officials said Tuesday, less than a week after a US-Canadian family held captive by the militants was rescued. The barrage on Monday targeted a meeting of Haqqani fighters
 

Oct 18 (CNA) GENEVA- Some 582,000 Rohingya refugees have fled their homes in Myanmar and arrived in Bangladesh since late August, the United Nations said Tuesday, warning that thousands more were stranded at the border.
 


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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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