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Those who accomplished the November revolution can also defeat counter-revolution - President

Nov 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says that the anti-revolution should also be won as the revolution and those who accomplished the feat last November can also defeat those against the revolution. "We should make an attempt on what we should do at present and for what we do for the future by not forgetting the memories of November Revolution," the President said.
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Nov 25 (CP) Colombo- Only three of the twenty LTTE detainees who were slated to undergo rehabilitation prior to release are eligible for rehabilitation, Tamil National Alliance spokesman MP M.A. Sumanthiran has said. He told the media that most of the 20 detainees have more than one case against them and a few have already served their term and are due for full release anyway.

Nov 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka police have arrested a suspect who was allegedly involved in the assault of a train driver at the Ragama station Monday night. The individual is a resident of Kegalle, Police said. A group of angry commuters on Monday night assaulted the train driver at the Ragama Station alleging that he was under the influence and caused the train to delay.

Nov 25 (DM) Two young men aged 21 and 22 travelling by vehicles bearing forged number plates were arrested near a culvert at Modara yesterday. They were in possession of a pistol of a foreign make with eight rounds of ammunition and a large Manna knife. Police said.

Nov 25 (Island) The Ragama police yesterday informed the Negombo Magistrate that a train driver assaulted by the angry commuters who accused him of being drunk on duty and delaying the train as a result had been suffering from high blood pressure at the time of the incident.

Nov 25 (DN) Three estate workers have been hospitalized following a leopard attack in an estate in Dikoya, Hatton, yesterday. The injured men were attempting to save a tea plucker who was being chased by two leopards.

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- Three cabinet ministers of the Sri Lankan government have written to the Inspector General of Police seeking an investigation into defamatory remarks by Avant Garde Maritime Services Chairman Major (retired) Nissanka Senadhipathi.

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- The new Commissioner General for Prisons H.M.N.C. Dhanasinghe assumed duties today at Prisons Head Quarters in Colombo. Dhanasinghe earlier served as the Commissioner of Prisons in Administration.

Nov 24 (CP) Ramanathapuram- The Marine Police of the Coastal Security Group (CSG) have registered a case against the Sri Lankan navy for allegedly attacking fishermen from Rameswaram on November 21, when they were fishing on the high seas, north off Rameswaram fishing jetty, The Hindu reported.

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- As maritime trade has become the life line of the world today, close coordination and cooperation among countries are essential in ensuring the freedom of seas and free flow of trade according to accepted International Laws and Norms, Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne said.

Nov 24 (NIE) COLOMBO- The Sri Lankan government’s plan to send for rehabilitation and eventual release 217 Tamils detained for alleged links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), has run into legal difficulties.

* Sri Lanka condemns ISIS attacks outright - Mangala (24 - Island)
* Murdered SL maid: Blood money or punishment? (24 - DM)
* Govt. taking all measures to secure domestic worker's release (24 - DN)


Nov 25 (CP) London- The United Kingdom says that it will continue to monitor the situation of Tamil detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act closely and to raise issues of ongoing concern with the Sri Lankan government.

Nov 25 (CP) Colombo- The Embassy of the United States of America launched the Youth Farmer Development program in Trincomalee last week through a partnership with the Ministry of Provincial Agriculture and Animal Production and Development of the Eastern Province, the Office of the Government Agent, CIC Agribusiness, and Hatton National Bank.

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- Maternal and Child Nutrition received a boost when an International Conference, focused on evidence and innovation in addressing child malnutrition in South Asia, opened in Sri Lanka Monday.


Nov 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to reinstate the reduced tax on low alcohol beer with less than 5% alcohol content, President's Media Division said.

Nov 25 (CP) Colombo- Hemas Hospital laboratory services which believe in cutting edge technology and has the largest laboratory network in Sri Lanka entered into collaboration with Credence Genomics the pioneer in genomic research and diagnostics in Sri Lanka.

Nov 25 (F2F) Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has proposed a 400,000 square feet mall to help apparel manufacturers find domestic and foreign buyers, according to a newspaper report.

Nov 25 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's stock and foreign exchange markets are closed on Wednesday for a Buddhist holiday. Markets will resume trading on Thursday.

Nov 25 (Island) The largest furniture manufacturer in the world unveils a jaw-dropping 10,000 sq ft showroom, owned and operated by licensee D'Décor High-quality and innovative furniture is an investment for a lifetime for both households as well as commercials.

Nov 25 (DN) A new level of convenience has been offered to Ceylinco Life policyholders to pay their insurance premiums with mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) devices via sales personnel in the field.

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's post war transparent growth has drawn the attention of China's richest province, Zhejiang Province to the country for trade and investment, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Bank has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as the Monetary Board was of the view that the current monetary policy stance is appropriate, the Central Bank said Tuesday in its monetary policy review for November 2015.

* CSE Chief elated with 2016 Budget boost for capital markets (24 - CP)
* Sri Lankan shares near one-week closing low; financial stocks lead (24 - Reuters)
* Sri Lanka budget lacks consolidation but reforms positive - Fitch (24 - CP)
* Agriculture seen as hitting arid patch with fertilizer subsidy removal move (24 - Island)
* Abans’ LG sound bars further audio visual entertainment (24 - DM)
* Industrial sector, chambers hail Budget 2016 (24 - DN)
* Sri Lanka central bank signals vigilance over credit growth (24 - Reuters)
* Exporters of Sri Lanka pleased with the 2016 budget (24 - CP)
* Sri Lanka to abolish vehicle permit schemes, Rs40bn loss per year: Ravi K (24 - LBO)
* Sri Lankan government policy is to slow sales of small cars - Fitch (24 - CP)


Nov 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has made important strides in the journey towards gender equality, the UN Women's Office based in New Delhi, India said today on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Nov 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed three Directors for special projects and a special project officer today. The President appointed Directors for special projects in Uva, Central and North Western Provinces and a special project officer for Polonnaruwa district at a function held at the Presidential Secretariat on Wednesday.

Nov 25 (CP) Colombo- It is estimated that every week there are nine new HIV infections take place in Sri Lanka and only four of them are reported (detected). Five new HIV infected persons join Sri Lankan society without getting detected (hidden) which pose a significant risk, National STD/AIDS Control Programme Director Dr. Sisira Liyanage said.

Nov 25 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) is in total disarray and need to undergo major changes, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said in parliament. During the budget debate, the Minister said special attention has been paid to the public transport from the budget since up to now only ad-hoc measures have been taken to address problems in the transport sector.

Nov 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to leave for Malta tomorrow (26) to attend the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The CHOGM 2015 will be held in Malta from 27 to 29 November 2015 under the theme 'The Commonwealth - Adding Global Value'.

Nov 25 (UCAN) Sri Lankan church officials paid a rare tribute to an influential Buddhist monk who died in November, calling him an inspirational figure who promoted religious harmony in an often divided country.

Nov 25 (Island) Education Minister Akila Wiraj Kariyawasam yesterday told Parliament that a committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would soon decide on issues related to the Grade Five Scholarship examination.

Nov 25 (DN) Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodatthe Gnanasara thera said his organisation has decided to refrain from attending any courts in the future. The thera said so while denying allegations that there is no religious freedom in Sri Lanka.

Nov 25 (DM) Professor Sarath Wijesuriya had been appointed as the convener of the National Movement for a Just Society following a unanimous decision of the executive committee of the movement, said Sisira Jayamaha its general secretary. The post fell vacant with the demise of the Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, the Viharadhipathi of the Sri Naga Viharaya, Kotte.

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- The Joint Opposition of Sri Lanka parliament comprising the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) members said today it will submit a no-confidence motion against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake for misleading the President, parliament and people by manipulating figures to show that 6% had been allocated for education.

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka expects to get the European Union's tariff concession facility known as GSP+ in June next year, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema said. In a statement to the parliament today, the Minister said the GSP+ facility will be reinstated in June.

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power left Sri Lanka today after a three day official visit. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsh de Silva, saw her off at the Bandaranaike International Airport.

Nov 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has a great potential to generate renewable energy, given abundance of natural resources in the country and those sources should be utilized to the maximum in order to save the high expenditure incurred on renewable energy, President Maithripala Sirisena pointed out.

Nov 24 (Reuters) COLOMBO- The United States has praised Sri Lanka's new government for speeding up efforts towards reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils after a separatist civil war which lasted nearly three decades and killed tens of thousands of people.

Nov 24 (Hindu) Bridging the gulf that divides Tamil and Sinhalese population in Sri Lanka is essential for the wellbeing of the country, former President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, has said.

* Sri Lanka's ex-actress MP takes communal swipe (24 - EN)
* Ravi calms rivals’ nerves Protests against ‘new Budget book’: November 23, 2015, 10:00 pm (24 - Island)
* Prime Minister orders halt to Yala constructions (24 - DN)
* Government to present National Audit Act in Parliament soon (24 - CP)
* SLFP MPs to vote for the budget, UPFA MPs to meet President (24 - CP)
* Train service disrupted due to strike by engine drivers (24 - CP)


Nov 25 (PTI) The BCCI has formally sought the clearance of the central government to play Pakistan in Sri Lanka in December, its secretary Anurag Thakur confirmed. The ball is now in the court of respective governments of India and Pakistan with both BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) waiting for political clearance for the series next month. “Yesterday, I have written a letter to the Foreign Ministry seeking clearance to play with Pakistan in Sri Lanka,” said Mr. Thakur.


Nov 25 (ESPNCI) World Series Cricket's revered place in the history of the game and dressing room lore of its combatants is belatedly going to be backed up by official recognition of the players' achievements in the Super Tests and One Day Cup matches. To coincide with the day-night Test to be played in Adelaide from Friday, Cricket Australia's board of directors have approved the inclusion of WSC statistics in the official playing records of Australian participants, including Ian and Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee, Rod Marsh and Len Pascoe.

Nov 25 (ESPNCI) The ICC will pay seven full-member boards $10 million over the next eight years, as part of the Test Cricket Fund announced during last year's Big Three takeover of cricket's governing body. Other than the BCCI, ECB and CA, the remaining full-member boards will each receive $1.25 million annually, beginning January 2016. The latest figures indicate that each member receiving the Test Match Fund stands to gain $10 million over eight years.

Nov 24 (ESPNCI) BPL technical committee chairman Jalal Yunus has said they have referred Tamim Iqbal's allegations of abuse during the match between Sylhet Superstars and Chittagong Vikings to the BCB's disciplinary committee, with due process set to begin this week. "Both parties will be called up in the next two days," Yunus told ESPNcricinfo.


Nov 25 (BBC) President Barack Obama has announced ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday that there is no "specific or credible" threat of a terrorist attack in the US. In the wake of the deadly Paris attacks, he said it is understandable that Americans fear something similar happening in the US.

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Nov 25 (BBC) A civilian and three armed militants have been killed in a fierce gun battle at an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir. The three gunmen forced their way into the camp near the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Nov 25 (BBC) The first Pakistani female fighter pilot to die on operational service has been laid to rest after a funeral at a Karachi air force base. Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar was on a routine training mission on Tuesday when her plane met with an "in-flight emergency" over Mianwali district in Punjab province, the air force said.

Nov 25 (BBC) A US aircraft attacked a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic in the Afghan city of Kunduz because of "human error", a US military inquiry said. The investigation found that the crew of the AC-130 gunship mistook the clinic for a nearby government building that had been seized by Taliban.

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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