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[Last Updated = Mon, Sep 25, 2017, 11:50 pm SL Time]
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Sri Lanka's development projects receive full international support - President

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the country's development projects get the full blessings of the world powers and international agencies. The President, who just returned to the country after attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week, made this observation when he participated in a ceremony held to open an agriculture exhibition at Bombuwela in Kalutara today.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court Monday granted Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the second son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa permission to travel abroad.
 

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Netherlands has launched an investigation into the irregularities in adoptions from Sri Lanka following the revelation in a Dutch TV program of abuses in adoption practices during the 1980s.

** Related Story ::Sri Lanka to investigate claims of adoption fraud
 

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of the Police headquarters today arrested former Senior DIG Lalith Jayasinghe of Kahawatta Police Division for concealing evidence against a murder suspect.
 

Sept 25 (Island) Mahavilachchiya police nabbed three persons transporting 12 female and animal terracotta figurines believed to be of archaeological importance to be sold to foreigners, on Friday.
 

Sept 25 (DM) A Sri Lankan man who tried to smuggle out a stock of Gold biscuits and jewellery weighing up to a kilogram carefully concealed in his rectum was nabbed by the Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport today.
 

Sept 25 (DN) National Council on Road Safety Chairman Dr. Sisira Kodagoda yesterday said plans are afoot to take legal action against parents or guardians of underage drivers. Dr. Kodagoda speaking to the Daily News said the parents or guardians who allow children below the age of 18 to drive should be at the receiving end o
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says he has never made any statement regarding resettlement of Myanmar's Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka. The Minister has submitted a complaint to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of police asking to take legal action against social media sites which are propagating false reports about him.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Members of the United States Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five (EODMU 5) recently conducted a training program for the divers of the Sri Lanka Navy in Underwater Unexploded Explosive Ordinance (UXO) Recovery.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Indian Defence Adviser pays courtesy call-on Chief of Defence Staff (24 - Island)
* Raids net over 52,000 suspects for drug related offences this year (24 - ST)
* Man stabbed to death in Dehiwala (24 - SO)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that a digital economy should be established in Sri Lanka to strengthen the national economy and as a first step, Wi-Fi zones will be set up throughout the island.
 

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Norway is supporting Sri Lanka on a project to reduce the risk and impacts of landslides which is considered to be one of the major natural hazards in hill country of Sri Lanka.
 

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- The newly appointed Sri Lanka Envoy for Germany, Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi presented credentials to President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the Honour Court of Bellevue Castle in Berlin on 20th September 2017.
 

Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Sunday confirmed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has commenced a preliminary inquiry with regard to various allegations that had been circulating in the recent past.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Finance Ministry to impose 100 percent levy on imported big onions.
 

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce invites Sri Lankan ICT firms to join the Chamber's ICT Gateway Project, an initiative by the country's premier chamber to help local firms benefit from the thriving ICT industry in Norway.
 

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Pioneering freight and logistics provider EFL (Expolanka Freight) has officially partnered with global family moving giant Santa Fe Relocation Services.
 

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou, China together with the Ceylon Kitul Institute (CKI) of Sri Lanka organized a Workshop on kitul honey and kitul products on 8th September 2017 alongside the Food and Hospitality Trade Fair(FHW) which was held from 8th - 10th September in Guangzhou, China.
 

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- The National Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Construction Industry Development Authority (CIDA) will hold a seminar on the Construction Industry on September 28, 2017 from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. at the National Chamber Auditorium, 450 D R Wijewardene Mawatha, Colombo -10.
 

Sept 25 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan stocks fell for a third straight session on Monday to a one-week closing low as investors sold shares in market heavyweights ahead of the central bank’s policy rate decision.
 

Sept 25 (Island) Zone24x7 Pvt Ltd, part of a global end-to-end technology innovations company established in 2003 with its headquarter based in Silicon Valley, California, was again for the third consecutive year awarded the highest value added exporter in the hi-tech and innovative products category at the recently held Presidential Export Awards.
 

Sept 25 (DM) Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC last week announced its decision to dispose 100 percent stake in M.P.S. Hotels Private Limited, the owners and the managers of the Hotel Hilltop Kandy for a consideration of Rs.740 million.
 

Sept 25 (DN) With more economic reforms, the role of accountants too has become increasingly important, stressed Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen addressing the 2017 annual convocation of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CASL) recently
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Finance in a communique clarified that the net income of small businesses and artistes up to 500,000 rupees will be exempted from taxation under the new Inland Revenue Act.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lanka rupee internationalization detected (24 - EN)
* Five top SOEs targeted for major reforms (24 - ST)
* Budget deficit to be reduced to 4.5% of GDP - Eran (24 - SO)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardena today informed District Secretaries (DS) to utilize all the funds allocated for development projects before 31st December this year and inform about the projects with technical problems to the Ministry and use funds allocated to those for other suitable projects in the district.
 

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Justice and Foreign Employment, Thalatha Athukorala said that the aim of the government was to send more skilled workers to foreign countries for employment and it has been successful.
 

Sept 25 (CP) Colombo- Iceland's main scientific and research agency, Matis states that it is ready to support Sri Lanka's fisheries industry. Sveinn Margeirsson the Chief Executive Officer of Matis, which is one of the leading research, development and testing organizations working in the global food industry, during an interview with national television said his organization is willing to share the technological knowledge with Sri Lanka in the realm of the fisheries activities.
 

Sept 25 (Island) Purawesi Balaya Co-Convenor Gamini Viyangoda yesterday welcomed controversial government decision to put off Provincial Council polls purportedly to hold them simultaneously at a future date, even at the expense of Supreme Court ruling pertaining to the proposed 20 Amendment to the Constitution.
 

Sept 25 (DM) The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), a Government ally ruling the Eastern Provincial Council, expressed its concern on the enactment of legislation to bring its administration under the purview of the Governor after its official period lapses, an official said yesterday.
 

Sept 25 (DN) The responsible authorities should pay more attention towards the day-to-day problems and living conditions of over 200,000 plantation workers in the country, considering the invaluable service rendered by them to uplift the plantation sector.
 

Sept 25 (ECONOMYNEXT)- Sri Lanka’s rulers and bureaucrats are planning to poke their itchy interventionist fingers on taxis and school vans, twin services that have rapidly evolved in unexpected market-based ways, partly due to price controls, rigid regulations and corruption in the state-regulated road bus system.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the tourism industry should be developed as a main step to build a strong economy.
 

Sept 24 (CP) New York- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government has gained fruitful results for its commitment in the last two and a half years to achieve prosperity and reconciliation for the country.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says certain trade unions are working according to a political agenda and not paying attention to resolve the trade union related issues.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney, Australia in collaboration with Sri Lanka Tea Board and the Coconut Development Authority organized Country Pavilions at this year's Fine Food Australia Exhibition.
 

Sept 24 (CP) Colombo- A new project for rain water harvesting has been initiated in the Jaffna Peninsula as a solution to the severe shortage of water, Government Information Department said. Accordingly, it has been planned to save 20 percent of the rain water in an area of 78 square kilometers around the Vadamarachchi lagoon.
 

Sept 24 (CP) New York- The United Nations Secretary-General Antńnio Guterres has assured Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena that the UN is ready to provide every possible assistance to Sri Lanka in its efforts to build a prosperous nation where reconciliation is strengthened. The UN Secretary-General has given this assurance when he met with President Sirisena, on Saturday (23) at the UN in New York.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Election laws to be amended for 60-40 split between FPP and PR (24 - Island)
* Govt. finalises minimum standards for medical education (24 - ST)
* Rupatadine to treat Dengue : Clinical trials begin tomorrow (24 - SO)

SPORTS

Sept 25 (BBC) India have moved to the top of the ICC one-day rankings after completing a series win against Australia with two games to spare. Aaron Finch hit 124 from 125 balls for Australia in their 293-6 in Indore. Openers Ajinkya Rahane (70) and Rohit Sharma (71) put on 139 and Hardik Pandya scored 78 as India secured a five-wicket win with 13 balls to spare.
 

Sept 24 (FOX) The map led exactly to where it should have been but across the road from a modern cricket stadium in the Sri Lankan city of Galle all that stood of what was supposed to be the city’s leading football ground was a patch of clumpy grass and dirt, some rusting goalposts and three faded green concrete steps that stood as the grandstand.
 

Sept 24 (PT) KARACHI- Pakistan are all set to step into a new era in their storied Test history as they travelled to the UAE early on Sunday to take on Sri Lanka under new skipper Sarfraz Ahmed. The travelling entourage comprises of 16 members of the team and nine officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
 

Sept 24 (ESPNCI) The ICC has confirmed its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has opened an investigation in Sri Lanka, less than 48 hours after 40 top cricketers petitioned Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to launch an inquiry into corruption allegations. On Friday, SLC confirmed it had received a letter signed by national players, including captains Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga, urging the board to probe the "baseless allegations"
 


WORLD

Sept 25 (BBC) Nearly 35,000 people have been evacuated from their homes near an active volcano in Bali, as authorities warn it could erupt imminently. The area around Mount Agung has seen hundreds of tremors and signs of magma rising to the surface in recent days.
 

Sept 25 (BBC) The United States has expanded its controversial travel ban to include people from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad. The White House said the restrictions follow a review of information sharing by foreign governments.
 

Sept 24 (BDN24) India has stepped up security along its largely porous eastern border with Bangladesh and is using "chilli and stun grenades" to block the entry of Rohingya Muslims fleeing from violence in their homeland of Myanmar, officials said on Friday."We don't want to cause any serious injury or arrest them,
 

Sept 24 (BBC) The danger of flooding on a Puerto Rico river remains "due to the threat of a failure" of a dam in the wake of Hurricane Maria, officials say. The National Weather Service (NWS) extended flash flood warnings for two areas downstream of Guajataca Dam. All 70,000 residents in the areas under threat were initially told to flee
 


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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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