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Nov 23 (CP) New Delhi- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his visiting Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Hyderabad House on Thursday and held bilateral discussions. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, who arrived in New Delhi yesterday, participated as a Guest of Honor in the Opening Session of 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space 2017 held at the Pullman Hotel in Aero City in New Delhi today.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Secretary to the President, Austin Fernando says criminal investigators face many challenges during the course of their work. Emphasizing the importance of the tasks entrusted to criminal investigation officials, the most senior government official said investigators' task is of immense importance to the quest for justice and fight crimes, corruption and frauds.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police today informed the court that it has sought the advice of Attorney General on the threatening remarks made by the former UPFA Southern Provincial Council Minister D. V. Upul against the officers of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID).
 

Nov 23 (Gay Times) The announcement comes after the United Nations (UN) criticised the Sri Lankan penal system for criminalising homosexuality. Nerin Pulle, Sri Lanka’s Deputy Solicitor General, has pledged to change the penal code in Sri Lanka after the country’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
 

Nov 23 (Island) The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) is to be given more teeth to deal with all types of cases that come before it.
 

Nov 23 (DM) SLTB bus driver was injured following a petrol bomb attack at the Sudugala bend at Pallebedda, Embilipitiya this morning, police said. They said the bus was passing the Sudugala bend at the time of incident and the bus was heading to Colombo from Monaragala .
 

Nov 23 (DN) Five women and a man who ran a mobile brothel service were arrested in Mount Lavinia last evening. The three-wheeler in which the women were transported by the arrested man was also taken into custody.
 

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- The extended general amnesty period offered to Army absentees (Absent Without Leave) to receive their legal discharge after reporting to their respective Regimental Headquarters ends on Wednesday (22).
 

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal today issued a temporary injunction preventing the implementation of the gazette notification issued by the subject minister on delimitation of local authorities in relation to the Local Government elections.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* SC orders Sirasa to submit recording of Ramanayake’s speech condemning judges (22 - Island)
* Brothel raid: 10 including three Thai women arrested (22 - DM)
* Senerath can't be charged under Public Property Act: Magistrate (22 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka for the third time, won World No Tobacco Day Award 2017, bestowed by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.
 

Nov 23 (CP) New Delhi- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today (November 23) called on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- As part of an initiative by USAID and Common Grounds, a delegation from Colombia comprising 11 members visited the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation on 21 November to draw knowledge, expertise and experiences on the reconciliation and integration efforts of the Sri Lankan Government.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- In what continues to be a promising year for foreign investor involvement in the stock market, 2017 has recorded an all-time high in foreign purchases during a year, with Rs. 105.1 billion (year-to-date) in foreign purchases this year passing the record of Rs. 104.7 billion set in 2014.
 

Nov 23 (Platts) Seven weeks after its competitor, India, slashed its goods and services tax on bunker fuel, marine fuel sales at Sri Lanka's ports are expected to fall 30-35% to usual traded levels, bunker suppliers said this week.
 

Nov 23 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares hit a one-week closing low on Thursday, as investors waited for clarity on new taxes in the national budget and on key legislations, although selling by foreign investors in Commercial Bank of Ceylon helped boost turnover.
 

Nov 23 (Island) The recent budget proposal to allow feed millers to import maize under a special limited quota to meet the shortfall in the local supply was hailed by poultry producers as a strongly positive measure that will support greater efficiency within the domestic industry
 

Nov 23 (DM) Ceylinco Insurance PLC recorded a positive growth in gross written premiums (GWPs) during the three months to September (3Q17) as the insurance giant expanded business despite the challenging market conditions, particularly with regards to its life segment.
 

Nov 23 (DN) LOLC releasing its interim financials for September 30, 2017, reported excellent growth in profitability compared with September 2016 driven by the financial services sector. The PBT for the current year was Rs. 11.7 billion compared with Rs. 6.6 billion reported last year, a growth of 77%.
 

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines, which last month launched daily non-stop services to Melbourne, is providing its valued passengers with a wide range of options to connect and fly to major cities in Australia and New Zealand, by expanding its codeshare agreement with its long-time partner and fellow oneworld alliance member Qantas.
 

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in October 2017 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) increased to 8.8 percent from 8.6 percent recorded in September on an year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported.
 

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- The Board of Investment (BOI) yesterday revealed Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) this year would double to US$ 1.5 billion from last year whilst expressing confidence of a US$ 5 billion figure by 2020.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lankan shares edge up on large caps; turnover hits over 2-wk low (22 - Reuters)
* Milaha launches feeder service between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh (22 - AJOT)
* Mastercard - Educate Lanka Scholarship Program Empowers Young Sri Lankan Women (22 - Island)
* Informal trade between SL and India thriving: economist (22 - DM)
* PM hails Lanka’s credit upgrade (22 - DN)
* Sri Lanka Insurance Industry records growth down to 13.87-pct in H1 2017 (22 - LBO)
* China Products Sri Lanka Exhibition 2017 opens today in Colombo (22 - CP)
* CA Sri Lanka honors four founding members for their outstanding leadership to the accounting profession (22 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- The Dollar Academy Pipers from Scotland are currently in Sri Lanka. The 10 piece band is in Colombo ahead of the National Day of Scotland "St. Andrew's Day" - celebrated each year on the 30th of November.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- The Dollar Academy Pipers from Scotland are currently in Sri Lanka. The 10 piece band is in Colombo ahead of the National Day of Scotland "St. Andrew's Day" - celebrated each year on the 30th of November.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- The Joint Opposition has handed over a no-confidence motion to the Speaker against Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faizer Mustapha saying that the Minister should be held responsible for the continuing postponement of the local government polls.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has launched a program to assist Sri Lankan children adopted by foreign parents to find their biological parents, a Health Ministry spokesman said. According to the spokesman, Minister Senaratne provided information of the program during an interview with a television channel in the Netherlands, recently.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today announced in parliament that a party leaders' meeting will be called tomorrow (24) to discuss the postponement of Local Government elections following the Appeal Court's Interim Order suspending the operation of the Gazette notification on the Delimitation report.
 

Nov 23 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Justice and Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorala says due to the mediation of Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) 115 migrant workers who did not receive wages were paid Rs. 51.64 million as salary arrears from January this year.
 

Nov 23 (Island) Leader of the Joint Opposition (JO) Dinesh Gunawardena, raising a Point of Order, requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to investigate and find out whether State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe’s recent remarks on President amounted to a violation of Standing Orders.
 

Nov 23 (DM) Co- Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara today admitted that there was a “major issue” in the fact that members of the COPE Committee had conversations with Arjun Aloysius.
 

Nov 23 (DN) Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya commenting on the Interim Order suspending the operation of the Gazette notification on the Delimitation report said the weekly meeting of the Elections Commission will discuss the matter on November 25.
 

Nov 23 (IE) With an eye on China, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, days ahead of the joint venture between China Merchants Port Holding Company and Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) starts operations of Hambantota Harbour on December 8.
 

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- The Asian Development Bank (ADB), which marks 50 years of cooperation in development activities in Sri Lanka has assured that it would extend fullest support to the economic development plans initiated by the Sri Lankan government.
 

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted Sri Lanka USD 350 million of financial assistance for two development projects.
 

Nov 22 (CP) Colombo- Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam, joined by the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, and Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms Mano Tittawella, shared information on Sri Lanka's journey of peacebuilding with the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission in New York on 20 November.
 

Nov 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on the invitation of President Moon Jae-in will undertake a state visit to the Republic of Korea from 28 to 30 November 2017, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
 

Nov 22 (CP) Geneva- Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Petteri Taalas, has assured to collaborate with Sri Lanka in strengthening meteorological Services for forecasting purposes, which would be more cost effective and could help avoid calamities caused by changes in weather patterns.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Sri Lankan Prime Minister to hold discussions with Indian Premier tomorrow (22 - CP)
* No need to postpone LG elections, both SLFP and UNP stress (22 - CP)
* SLFP praises PM for giving evidence (22 - Island)
* NFF General Secretary resigns (22 - DM)
* Hashim on the war path Calls for CoI to probe 'Commonwealth Games' spending (22 - DN)

SPORTS

Nov 23 (ESPNCI) Pride is an often-abused word in sports commentary. This, though, might be one justified case to evoke Sri Lanka's pride. They have travelled to India for a full Test series for the first time in eight years, and India are not concerned about them. They are concerned about South Africa.
 

Nov 23 (ESPNCI) Conditions in Nagpur will not assist seam-bowling to the extent they did in Kolkata, according to Dinesh Chandimal, the Sri Lanka captain. There is a fair amount of grass on the VCA Stadium pitch as well, in line with India's desire to test themselves in pace-friendly conditions ahead of their tour of South Africa.
 

Nov 23 (ESPNCI) At the end of the Kolkata Test match, Suranga Lakmal won an award. Not Player of the Match, for which he was surely in the running, but [insert sponsor name] Bankable Player of the Match. It isn't an award that will live on forever in the ESPNcricinfo scorecard - sorry, Suranga - but it was, nonetheless, both well deserved and aptly named.
 

Nov 22 (CB) Sri Lanka's wicketkeeper -batsman Niroshan Dickwella while opening up on his antics in the final session of the first Test against India in Kolkata, told Cricbuzz that some of those frolics were intentional and were done in a bid to kill time. India had little over a session to bowl Sri Lanka out to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
 


WORLD

Nov 23 (BBC) Indians have reacted angrily after the health minister from Assam state said cancer "is divine justice" caused by "past sins of a person". Himanta Biswa Sarma said that people could also get diseases like cancer "because of the sins of their parents".
 

Nov 23 (BBC) Police in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have entered a former Australian-run detention centre in a bid to get asylum seekers who remain there to leave. Hundreds of men have refused to leave the Manus Island centre since it was closed on 31 October, citing fears for their safety in the local community.
 

Nov 22 (BBC) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Myanmar's military action against the minority Muslim Rohingya population constitutes ethnic cleansing. He said the Rohingya had suffered "horrendous atrocities" and as a result the US was considering targeted sanctions against those responsible.
 

Nov 22 (BBC) An Australian school has covered a statue from view because of its "potentially suggestive" depiction of a saint handing a loaf of bread to a boy. The Catholic school in Adelaide apologised on Wednesday for the statue, which was completed recently.
 


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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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