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Sri Lanka survey finds Ranil Wickremasinghe is favored by all communities to be the PM

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- A pre-election poll conducted by a non-partisan independent organization in Sri Lanka has found that current Prime Minister and the leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe has more support from all communities in the country over his would be contender Mahinda Rajapaksa to become the Prime Minister. Nationally, 39.8% believed Ranil Wickremasinghe is best suited to be the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka as opposed to the 27.5% favored Rajapaksa.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka police have made 386 arrests in connection with election law violations and election related complaints by Monday (August 03), according to the Police Media Unit. The police have arrested 328 people in 127 raids conducted by the police upon receiving 148 complaints on election law violations.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- A Saudi employer has offered his Sri Lankan housemaid for SR25,000 in an advertisement he published on a local auction website, Emirates 24|7 newspaper reported. According to Sabq News of Saudi Arabia, the employer placed an ad saying that he wanted to end the contract with the 30-year-old maid from Sri Lanka

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today further remanded the former monitoring MP of United People's freedom Alliance (UPFA) Sajin Vass Gunawardena when his case was heard. The Colombo Fort Magistrate today rejected the bail application filed by the former MP and further remanded the former UPFA parliamentarian until 11 August.

Aug 04 (Island) Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had been able to identify the owner of the car that was used to shoot UNP supporters campaigning for Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake near St. Benedict’s College playground on the Bloemendhal road last Friday (July 31), Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

Aug 04 (DN) Four people suspected to have aided and abetted notorious drug kingpin Gampola Vidanage Samantha Kumara alias ‘Wele Suda’ to launder large sums of money earned through the narcotics trade are being wanted by the police.

Aug 04 (DN) Six persons died and seven others were critically injured in road accidents on Sunday. A three wheeler collided head on with a private bus at Udamatte, Eheliyagoda, around 10.00 p.m. seriously injuring six persons in the three wheeler.

Aug 04 (Hindu) A Sri Lankan Tamil housed in the special camp in the Tiruchi prison campus here reportedly attempted to end his life by consuming sleeping tablets on Monday.

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- The promotion procedure of the Sri Lanka Police Service will be restructured and initiatives will be taken to eliminate the efficiency examination system, Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara has said.

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has sought the advice of the Attorney General on exhuming the body of the murdered rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, police said.

** Related Story ::Former Sri Lankan rugby player's death was murder, not an accident - CID

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- The Australia Federal Police (AFP) has been accused of providing equipment and assistance to Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which has been accused of kidnapping and torture, an Australian media report said today.

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- A second victim critically injured at a shooting at an election rally in Kotahena on Friday succumbed to his injuries in early hours of today, the police said. The deceased has been identified as B. Niroshan Sampath (30) a resident of Grandpass, Colombo.

Aug 03 (CP) Matale- Sri Lanka police have arrested a former UPFA minister after he surrendered to the police for allegedly abducting and assaulting a political activist. Matale Police has arrested the former UPFA MP Lakshman Wasantha Perera this morning after he surrendered to the police, Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Two journalists roughed up at SLMC meeting (3 - Island)
* Lorry cuts across rail track injuring 22 (3 - DN)
* Youth trying to flee to Sri Lanka arrested near Rameswaram (3 - DC)
More : LEGAL - SITUATION

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Tuesday thanked Turkey for the steps taken to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation. President Sirisena expressed his satisfaction about the improved cooperation between the two countries when the outgoing Turkish Ambassador Iskender Kemal Okyay paid a farewell call on the President at his official residence today (4).

Aug 04 (CP) London- A team of Commonwealth observers constituted by the Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma following a request from Sri Lanka Election Commissioner's Office will be deployed to Sri Lanka to observe parliamentary elections scheduled for 17 August 2015, the Commonwealth said Tuesday.


FINANCE

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Australia's MRL Corporation will look to identify commercial applications for graphite from its Sri Lankan projects after signing an agreement with Australian graphene company, Intelligent Materials, the company said in a market disclosure.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka 'Economic Summit 2015', an annual event organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), will start today at 9.00 am in Colombo.

Aug 0 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's investment promotion agency, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) will sign agreements with four major foreign investors to setup factories for a total investment of US$ 4 billion, BOI Chairman Upul Jayasuriya said.

Aug 04 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares fell on Tuesday from their highest in nearly six months as investors booked profits following a four-day rally on hopes of political stability after the Aug. 17 elections, brokers said.

Aug 04 (Island) Three thousand shareholders have been in limbo since the government's acquisition of Pelwatte Sugar Industries in November 2011, and hitherto no action has been taken to pay any compensation to them,

Aug 04 (DN) The Sri Lanka Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (SLPMA) will increase the market share of locally produced pharmaceuticals upto 30 to 35% by 2018 in collaboration with the government and the Health Ministry.

Aug 04 (LBO) German based automobile manufacturer Volkswagen has agreed to invest 30 million US dollars to set up a vehicle assembly plant in Sri Lanka, BOI Chairman Upul Jayasuriya said.

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Central bank today announced that it plans to sell US$ 100 million worth of development bonds to foreign and local investors. The Public Debt Department of Central Bank will issue US$ 100 million in Sri Lanka Development Bonds of 1 year 7 months and 2 years 5 months tenor to eligible investors

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's inflation rate fell below zero percent recording a marginal deflation of 0.2 percent for the month of July. Inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , declined marginally to -0.2 percent

More : FINANCE
* Sri Lankan shares end steady near 6-month high (3 - Reuters)
* Palm oil market seems promising despite crude oil price drop (3 - Island)
* Major foreign debt restructuring move after elections (3 - DM)
* Sri Lanka’s Bansei Royal Resort to build a food village in Hikkaduwa (3 - LBO)
* Herbilan Shipping launches first feeder service (3 - DN)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Executive Chairman of the Litro Gas Lanka Ltd Shalia Moonasinghe has sent a letter of demand through his lawyer to former government minister Bandula Gunawardena demanding Rs. 1 billion in damage over a statement the former MP made on July 22.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- The Secretary to the President has asked the police to immediately take into custody of the government vehicles given to members of the former parliament that have not been retuned yet after the dissolution of the parliament.

Aug 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says Sri Lanka will be turned into the economic center in South Asia and the inauguration of construction work on the Central Expressway will be the first step of the government's program to build a new country in 60 months.

Aug 04 (PTI) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) of working to undo his legacy by working hand in glove with the main Tamil minority party TNA.

Aug 04 (Island) Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka yesterday admitted that it lacked power to prevent elected members from switching allegiance for personal gain at the conclusion of the August 17 parliamentary polls.

Aug 04 (DM) The UPFA yesterday charged that the Colombo city which recorded a high development rate would soon become a city like Chicago where there are frequent clashes because of the UNP administration.

Aug 04 (DN) The naked truth of the lie propagated by both Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa came into limelight in the words of the husband of Siththi Nazima who died in the shooting incident in Kotahena on Friday, Deputy Minister Eran Wickremarathne stated in a communique.

Aug 04 (Hindu) Major political parties in Sri Lanka have flatly rejected the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)’s demand for federalism.

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Former Sri Lankan leader Mahinda Rajapakse says that his alliance United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will stand for a country which establishes the right of all ethnic groups to venerate a religion of their choice. He made these remarks addressing the national unity conference held at the Viharamahadevi outdoor theatre today where 64 national organizations have signed a national convention.

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today called on the parents and students not to abuse Rights and Privileges given in the modern-day society to promote indiscipline.

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Construction work on the first phase of the Central Expressway from Colombo to Kandy was ceremonially launched Monday by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Kadawatha. The first stage of the Expressway will be constructed from Kadawatha to Meerigama.

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Monday engaged in an emergency observation tour of the Moragahakanda Reservoir Project, one of the largest irrigation projects in the country, and reviewed the progress of the construction work. President Sirisena emphasized that he will not allow the construction work of the multi-purpose irrigation project to discontinue halfway

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- The postal voting for Sri Lanka's parliamentary election will commence Monday for the school teachers to cast their postal votes. Police officers, officials of Zonal Education offices and teachers of National Schools are scheduled to mark their postal votes today.

Aug 03 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to restore provision of electricity connections free of charge to 20,000 resettled families in the North , Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.

Aug 03 (TOI) NEW DELHI- A road and rail link between India's Rameswaram and Sri Lanka's Thalaimannar could be a reality soon as the government of India has asked Asian Development Bank to carry out pre-feasibility study for financing the project across Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka.

Aug 03 (VOA) Sri Lanka plans to store and use a billion cubic meters of rainwater each year to support irrigation and power generation. The rainwater would go into the sea if it is not used.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Restrict independent candidates–EC (3 - Island)
* TULF wants resolution on Indian model (3 - DM)
* Govt to sue MR for buses used during Presidential election campaign (3 - DN)
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SPORTS

Aug 04 (ESPNCI) Mahela Jayawardene is to join the England side as batting consultant. The prolific batsman will, ESPNcricinfo understands, be part of the England coaching team travelling to the UAE for the Test and limited-overs series against Pakistan. He is not a full time member of the ECB staff, but is likely to be contracted for a certain amount of days a year, much in the manner that Mushtaq Ahmed was in his period as spin consultant.

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Aug 04 (ITN) -Sri Lankan cricket legend and cabinet member Sanath Jayasuria has promised to play a role in bringing his country’s cricket team to Pakistan provided a formal request to this effect is made. “If Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could write to the Sri Lankan foreign minister for the visit of our cricket team to Pakistan, I will definitely try to make the tour possible by convincing my government and the cricket authorities,” Jayasuria who is deputy minister of provisional councils and regional development said this in an exclusive interview with The News-

Aug 03 (SLC) The Indian national cricket team arrived in Sri Lanka this evening to play a three Test series, starting later this month. India will play three Test series matches in Sri Lanka between August 12 and September 1. The first Test between Indian and Sri Lanka will be played on August 12 at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle.

Aug 03 (CC) Every cricketer has a phase where they go through a lean patch. That however does not mean that they are not as good as they were, but just need to find their rhythm once again. Herath is a technically sound bowler, with a simple action and gives the ball a good tweak. His line and lengths are more or less immaculate and his arm balls too have often foxed many batsmen.


WORLD

Aug 04 (CP) Islamabad- The Government of Pakistan Tuesday lodged a protest with the Government of India on the latest unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian security forces in Pukhlian-Aknur sector at the Working Boundary.

More : WORLD

Aug 03 (BBC) The speaker of India's parliament has suspended 25 opposition MPs for "causing grave disruption". Sumitra Mahajan said the MPs, all from the Congress party, were suspended for "five consecutive days".

Aug 03 (BBC) Heavy monsoon rains in India have killed more than 100 people in the past week and forced tens of thousands of people to take shelter in relief camps, India's home ministry has said. A cyclone struck the state of West Bengal, killing 48 people in flood-related incidents. More than 200,000 people have moved to relief camps.

Aug 03 (BBC) Malaysian experts have met French officials to co-ordinate investigations into missing flight MH370, days after suspected debris was found. A plane part washed up on French-owned Reunion, in the Indian Ocean, last week and has been flown to France for tests.


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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