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Sri Lanka's third International Airport to be opened in Jaffna tomorrow

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Adding a new chapter to the civil aviation sector, President Maithripala Sirisena will declare open Sri Lanka's newest international airport, the Jaffna International Airport in the Northern Province Thursday (October 17) for public service.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police today requested the public not to be misled by rumors about suspicious vehicles parked near schools and churches and panic. The Ministry of Defense emphasized that the rumors that bombs have been placed near schools and churches are completely false.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- The Election Commission says it has received 673 complaints related to the presidential elections during the past week. The complaints have been received during the period from October 08 to 15.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Attorney-General Dappula de Livera has instructed the head of the Police Special Investigation Unit today to immediately arrest six persons including the former Member of Parliament and journalist J Sri Ranga and former Senior Superintendent of Police of Vavuniya.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- A Brazilian national has been sentenced to life in prison for possessing and smuggling 690 grams of cocaine to Sri Lanka. The Brazilian national along with the stock of narcotics was arrested by the Customs officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake on 16 February 2018.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- The tenth annual International Maritime Conference 'Galle Dialogue 2019' organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the auspices of the Ministry of Defense is scheduled to be held in Colombo on 21st and 22nd October 2019.
 

Oct 16 (Times) A pedestrian has died after being hit by a bus in Egoda Uyana yesterday (Oct 14). Police said that a bus plying towards Colombo had collided with the pedestrian who had been crossing the New Galle Road.
 

Oct 16 (Island) Police commandos yesterday morning raided an artificial toddy manufacturing plant at Kaluwamodera in Aluthgama and seized 83,000 litres of the illicit brew. Police spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekera said the owner of the operation, a 53-year-old man, had been arrested.
 

Oct 16 (DM) Colombo Municipal Council has received about 60,000 complaints regarding alleged unfair charges made by parking meters installed in certain areas in the Colombo city limits, Colombo Municipal Councillor Sumith Passaperuma said.
 

Oct 16 (DN) An inquiry conducted by the Mathugama Police into six complaints received with regard to the defrauding of Rs. 386,500 resulted in the netting of the main suspect in the Agalawatte area on Sunday.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department today informed Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake that the Attorney General had instructed to charge three suspects, including former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in 2008-2009.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal, Tuesday published the reasons for rejecting the petition challenging the citizenship of former Defense Secretary and presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered relevant authorities to provide security for candidates contesting the upcoming presidential election.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando has been asked to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing corruption and fraud committed at state institutions under the Yahapalana government. The Former Defense Secretary is due to appear before the PCoI at 9:30 am on October 18.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Death sentence to the accused of Kotakethana mother-daughter double murder (15 - CP)
* Rajapaksa Museum case against Gotabhaya and others postponed for next year (15 - CP)
* One nabbed with 2300 illegal cigarettes (15 - Times)
* CaFFE to brief EC on fake news and organised misinformation (15 - Island)
* Basil’s almanac case fixed for November 28 (15 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's National Election Commission today stressed that use of war, war-victory or war crimes for the presidential election campaigns is prohibited. "The victory of the war does not belong to any party or group but to the citizens of the country,"
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today inspected several development projects in the Northern Province. The Prime Minister inspected the housing project in Kalundai, Jaffna.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Rationalization of areas of cooperation of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) and draft Charter of the organization were deliberated during the second meeting of the BIMSTEC Permanent Working Committee (BPWC) recently in Colombo.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa says it is ironic that Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa himself revealed the truth that the credit for the victory of the 30-year long war should be given to the then army commander.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Sri Lanka has signed two agreements with the Government of Netherlands for Rs. 14 billion financial assistance for the construction of 200 rural brides and the establishment of a vocational training institute in Polonnaruwa.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Cabinet approval has been granted to establish a Public Debt Management Office under the Ministry of Finance for the purpose of addressing the issues relating to debt management.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been ranked third in the latest edition of the 'LMD 100' - Sri Lanka's premier ranking of the country's listed companies - moving up two places from last year.
 

Oct 16 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan stocks slipped for a second straight session on Wednesday, amid weakness in hotels and manufacturing shares, while the rupee ended flat.
 

Oct 16 (Island) Proparco, a subsidiary of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Group dedicated to private sector financing, signed an agreement with Commercial Bank of Ceylon last week.
 

Oct 16 (DN) Forging ahead with the sharing of its breakthrough, green - charcoaling technique with local suppliers across the island, pioneering activated carbon multi-national, Haycarb PLC announced plans to establish another 15 units of “Haritha Angara” by the end of the year.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider, and Samsung, the No.1 smartphone brand in Sri Lanka, have partnered to provide an exclusive offer with every purchase of the newly-launched Samsung Galaxy A Series smartphone - unlimited data for YouTube and the all new Dialog ViU Premium.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's economic growth expected at 2.7 percent in 2019 is expected to recover in medium term subjected to the country' ability to ensure political stability and a return to normalcy, the World Bank says in its twice-a-year regional economic update on South Asia.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, reaffirming its stature as a leading airline in the Indian sub-continent, won the prestigious 'Asia's Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean' title for the third consecutive year at World Travel Awards Asia & Oceania Gala Ceremony, held on October 12, 2019 in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.
 

Oct 15 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan stocks ended weaker on Tuesday, snapping a run of seven straight gaining sessions to slip from a near six-week high hit in the previous session as investors booked profits.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment partners with Mobitel (15 - Island)
* CA Sri Lanka’s 40th National Conference kicks off today (15 - DM)
* MTI enables Asia’s top ethnic fashion brand to explore Sri Lanka (15 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- A group of poll monitors on the invitation of the Election Commission will arrive in the island on the 11th of November to observe the 2019 presidential elections, the Elections Commissioner General Saman Sri Ratnayake stated.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- The Elections Commission says everything is ready for the distribution of official ballot papers for the Presidential Election 2019. The certification of postal ballot lists took place yesterday (15) while the issuing of postal ballot papers and handing them over to the post will take place on October 18.
 

Oct 16 (AFP) Sri Lanka's army chief came under fire Wednesday after apparently endorsing Gotabhaya Rajapakse for next month's presidential election, a day after the front-running candidate vowed to scrap a UN-sanctioned probe into alleged war crimes.
 

Oct 16 (Times) The Auditor General Deparment's report of the President's Fund for 2017 is to be presented to Parliament in the near future. Cabinet approval in this regard was granted upon considering a proposal put forward by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
 

Oct 16 (Island) A large number of elected representatives of the SLFP would soon pledge support to Minister Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Health, Rajitha Senaratne said on Monday taking part in a series of rallies in Balangoda, Pelmadulla and Eheliyagoda.
 

Oct 16 (DM) Kekirawa United National Party (UNP) organiser and MP Chandima Gamage told a media briefing at Dambulla that whoever bakes the cake, it would be Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who had the icing. He said the Premier would address meetings in the South after addressing the election propaganda rallies in the North and East.
 

Oct 16 (DN) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP) Puttalam organiser and former Deputy Minister Victor Anthony Perera pledged his support to the New Democratic Front (NDF) and its presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa yesterday.Addressing a news media conference in Colombo, Perera urged Sri Lanka Freedom Party supporters not to vote for the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) if they want to safeguard the SLFP.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing corruption and fraud in state institutions has issued notice to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to appear before the Commission on Friday, October 18.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Five Tamil political parties have agreed to submit a 13-point proposal to the candidates contesting the presidential election. Representatives of Tamil political parties stated that the agreement was reached during a discussion held in Jaffna.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to grant a special subsistence allowance of 20 days per month in addition to the monthly salary for all officers belonging to the Sri Lanka Police Service. A spokesman for the Treasury said about 75,000 policemen of the police force would receive this special allowance
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Constitutional Council has approved appointment of Elections Secretariat Director General Saman Sri Rathnayake as the new Elections Commissioner General of the National Elections Commission.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Former President and former leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has urged the supporters of the SLFP to act intelligently during the presidential election to protect the SLFP as the party is in peril due to the current leadership of the party.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Policy Development Office of the Prime Minister's Office together with Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has launched an Island-wide national awareness program on the framework for licensing of electricians in Sri Lanka.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- A large number of supporters of the Ceylon Workers Congress joined the National Workers Union led by Minister Palani Digambaram to support the United Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa and to further the work of Minister Digambaram in the plantation sector.
 

Oct 15 (AFP) Sri Lanka's front-running presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapakse vowed Tuesday that if elected he will scrap Colombo's pledge to investigate war crimes committed during his brother Mahinda's decade in power.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* EC issues guidelines to establish voter identity at polling centres (15 - Times)
* Rajitha claims Rajapaksas sold priceless land that housed the Army HQ and relocated various entities in17 different locations (15 - Island)
* Sajith vows to provide mid-day meals for students (15 - DM)
* SLPP-TNA talks end on sour note (15 - DN)

SPORTS

Oct 16 (BBC) Steve Smith and David Warner are among the most expensive players listed in the main men's draft for The Hundred. The batsmen, who helped Australia retain the Ashes earlier this year, carry the top £125,000 reserve price.
 

Oct 16 (ICC) Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson hailed the current Indian crop and heaped praise on Virat Kohli, saying that the Indian skipper "has done a great job" as a leader. "He [Virat Kohli] has done a great job with the Indian team," Watson said at an event in Chennai on Monday, 14 October.
 

Oct 16 (ESPNCI) 50- Number of Tests captained by Virat Kohli. The Pune Test against South Africa was his 50th as India's captain. Kohli's first Test as captain was against Australia in Adelaide in December 2014. He is only the second player to lead India in 50 or more Tests and 17th player overall.
 

Oct 15 (ESPNCI) Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag and Muttiah Muralitharan are among the big names set to feature in a T20 tournament aimed at promoting road safety, called the Road Safety World Series. Some other prominent names that are set to be part of the tournament include Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
 


WORLD

Oct 16 (BBC) A couple living in London are facing calls to be extradited to India over allegations they arranged for the murder of their adopted son for profit. Arti Dhir, 55, and Kaval Raijada, 30, from west London, deny arranging to have 11-year-old Gopal Sejani killed for an insurance pay-out in 2017.
 

Oct 16 (BBC) US lawmakers have supported Hong Kong protesters by passing a bill aimed at upholding human rights in the city. The bill - which still needs to pass the upper house, the Senate - would mandate an annual review, to see whether Hong Kong had sufficient autonomy
 

Oct 15 (BBC) Russia has said it will not allow clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces, as Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria continues. "This would simply be unacceptable... and therefore we will not allow it, of course," said Moscow's special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev.
 

Oct 15 (BBC) A newborn baby discovered buried alive in a clay pot in northern India is fighting for her life, her doctor says. She remains in a "critical" condition, suffering from septicaemia and a dangerously low platelet count, paediatrician Ravi Khanna said.
 


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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