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Maldivian, Sri Lankan Presidents discuss ways of enhancing bilateral relations

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa discussed ways of enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries in various areas of development, when they met at the Temple Trees Friday (Sept 19) evening. During the meeting the two leaders underscored the importance of early implementation of the decisions of the Sri Lanka-Maldives Joint Commission, which was held recently, President Yameen's office said.
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SECURITY - SITUATION

Sept 20 (CP) Ambepussa- Four Sri Lankan Army soldiers were killed today and another was injured when an earth mound in their camp collapsed on them. Army spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said the soldiers at the Ambepussa Camp were attempting to remove the mound of earth when it collapsed on them and buried them.

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- A special seven-day security programme will be in effect from today in the Uva Province during the polling today and afterwards to prevent any election violence, the police headquarters said. Police Media spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana told media yesterday that 11 riot control squads are being kept in readiness.

Sept 20 (Island) The Negombo Magistrate on Tuesday remanded until Sept. 20 six suspects who had tried to leave for Malaysia with a five-year -old child using forged visas. The Magistrate also remanded, until Sept. 30, two other suspects, who had forged visas.

Sept 20 (DN) The driver of the vehicle involved in an accident, killing one and injuring 31 others including Uva Provincial Council candidate Senthil Thondaman and four Police officers were produced before Court with murder charges and attempted murder charges, Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said yesterday.

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka police have uncovered vital information about individuals who were involved in giving 202 million rupees from the Trinity College funds to the LTTE. Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana has said investigations will continue on the available information to arrest the suspects.

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recognized Sri Lanka's first ever Army medical contingent in South Sudan at a colorful medal ceremony recently in Bor, South Sudan. The Sri Lanka Army at the request of the UN, has established its first-ever SRIMED Level 2 Hospital in Jonglei state in South Sudan in July this year, under the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Sept 19 (CP) Pinnaduwa- A suspect, arrested for the rape and murder of an eight-year-old child in Akmeemana, Galle, has drowned in a tributary when he was trying to flee from the police, the police said. The suspect, who allegedly raped and murdered the eight-year-old girl, had died when he jumped into the Ma-Dola (Ma-Stream) in an attempt to escape from the police, police sources said.

Sept 19 (CP) New York- Sri Lanka has not requested any support from the United Nations to set up the special reconciliation bureau, the UN said Thursday. In response to an earlier media question, Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General said at the press briefing on Thursday that the Department of Political Affairs has not received any request from Sri Lanka to provide assistance to their reconciliation bureau.

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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- Several incidents of election related violence have been reported from Sri Lanka's Uva Province whilst the Provincial Council election was mostly peaceful. Election monitors said that the interest of the voters was very positive in both Badulla and Moneragala districts.

Sept 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket governing body, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today has appointed interim coach Marven Atapattu as the head coach of the Sri Lanka national cricket team. The decision to appoint former Sri Lankan cricket captain was taken by the 11-member committee appointed to select a permanent coach for the national team met today under the patronage of SLC Vice President Asanga Senevirathne.

** Related Story ::Sri Lanka Cricket to select national coach by next week

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today warned the political leaders in Asia to cooperate to protect the sovereignty of the Asian nations from external forces that seek to interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries under the guise of democracy.


FINANCE

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will look to coal and renewables to meet its energy needs for the next three to five years, as alternatives offered by gas-fired power generation remain too costly and the necessary pipeline links, LNG facilities and distribution system are still lacking, a power sector report made available recently said.

Sept 20 (Island) Leading insurer Janashakthi Insurance celebrates their 20th anniversary, recording impressive growth ahead of impending regulatory changes in a fiercely competitive industry, a press release said.

Sept 20 (DM) The All Ceylon Bakery Owners' Association (ACBOA) said the prices of bakery goods could be reduced if the benefits of the recent fuel and electricity tariff reduction was passed on to them by wheat flour providing companies.

Sept 20 (DN) Union Bank of Colombo PLC (UBC) held its extraordinary general meeting on Wednesday, facilitating shareholder approval for the conclusion of its landmark investment agreement of US$ 117 mn with TPG, a leading global investment firm.

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka on Thursday commenced the work on global consumer compliance with the assistance of two top experts from the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva to pioneer the effort.

Sept 19 (Reuters) Sri Lankan stocks rose for the fourth straight session on Friday to touch its highest in more than three years. The gains were led by banking and diversified shares on bullish sentiment due to lower interest rates, higher foreign fund buying and positive economic outlook.

Sept 19 (BBC) China has fined UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (£297m) after a court found it guilty of bribery. The record penalty follows allegations the drug giant paid out bribes to doctors and hospitals in order to have their products promoted.

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* Ceylinco Life extends Falck emergency medical care to policyholders (19 - Island)
* Latest survey reveals interesting facts about country’s rich & poor (19 - DM)
* BOC raises Rs 8 b in debenture (19 - DN)
* Sri Lanka to push medical tourism (19 - LBO)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Election officials say voter turnaround at the Uva Provincial Council election was at 60 to 65 percent. Quoting District Secretary and Returning Officer, national news agency Lankapuvath reported that the voter turnout in Moneragala district of the Uva Province exceeded 75 percent while in Badulla district it was 65 percent.

Sept 20 (CP) Colombo- Voting for the Sri Lanka's Uva Provincial Council began this morning at 7:00 a.m. local time at over 800 polling centers. The voting will conclude at 4:00 p. m. today. It is compulsory to present a National Identity Card or other specified forms of IDs in order to establish identity of the voters at the polling station.

Sept 20 (Island) The Election Department expects to release postal vote results of the Uva Provincial Council polls by 12 midnight today and the final results from around 2.00 am on Sunday. Additional Elections Commissioner R. M. A. L. Ratnayake urged voters to exercise their franchise as early as possible and avoid the last minute rush and unnecessary incidents as the polling booths would be open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Sept 20 (DM) Main opposition UNP parlaimentarian Buddhika Pathirana yesterday told Parliament that 142 of the 225 members in the present House had failed the GCE Advanced Level Examination while 94 members had failed GCE Ordinary Level examination,

Sept 20 (DN) President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is also the leader of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) President was elected as the Chairman of the 8th General Assembly of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), during its inaugural meeting at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre last morning.

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission against a government order to gather information regarding JVP members in public institutes.

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- An Indian Tamil party leader has strongly condemned the reported auctioning of Indian fishermen's boats by Sri Lanka. S. Ramdoss the founder of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) on Friday strongly condemned the reports that Sri Lankan government was auctioning the boats seized from the Indian fishermen, The Hindu reported.

Sept 19, Colombo: A leading anti-corruption NGO in Sri Lanka has appealed to the government employs who are performing election duty at Saturday's Uva Provincial Council election, to be 'fair and independent'.

Sept 19 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government plans to establish a human heart valve bank at the Lady Ridgeway Children Hospital in Colombo for pediatric patients who are either born with congenital heart defects or have acquired heart diseases.

Sept 19 (Hindu) The Communist Party of India on Friday opposed the participation of two BJP leaders in the International Conference on Asian Political Parties in Sri Lanka.

Sept 19 (NIE) CHENNAI- A couple of days after softening his stand on DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, firebrand Eelam apologist and MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Thursday chose to fire his first ever salvo against the Modi government over the BJP taking part in a global meet in Colombo.

Sept 19 (Hindu) Some events in history remain in the realms of the unknown and hence a matter of much speculation. At an event organised by Rupa Publications and Madras Book Club here on Thursday, veteran politician K. Natwar Singh, author of One Life is Not Enough, talked of how Prime Ministers took some tough decisions.

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SPORTS

Sept 20 (CNW) Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi may hang up his boots from ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup Down Under, to shift his focus on the shortest format of the game. "I might do this because the PCB has appointed me captain of the national T20 side until the World T20 in 2016 and I want to focus completely on building a strong team that is capable of winning back the title for Pakistan," firstpost.com quoted the newly-appointed skipper as saying.

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Sept 20 (DH) The Indian men’s hockey team will hit the turf against minnows Sri Lanka on Sunday, aiming to make the most of the game in what could be a ‘path-breaking’ two weeks. Not since 1998 Bangkok has the gold adorned their necks, with the slide from their heady days at the global level written about time and again. However, a third Asiad gold here will confirm their ticket to 2016 Rio Olympics, setting the path of revival many fans have been craving for.

Sept 19 (IBT) Kings XI Punjab made the most of their Champions League T20 debut, topping the Hobart Hurricanes by five wickets in impressive style. Needing 145 for victory, after the KXIP bowlers restricted Hobart Hurricanes to just 144 for six, the lower middle order came to the fore to help the IPL 2014 runners-up home with 14 balls to spare.


WORLD

Sept. 20 (ANI) New Delhi- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali here in New Delhi on Saturday. The Bangladesh Foreign Minister, who is in New Delhi for the third meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission, had recalled the historical, cultural and economic links between both neighbours.

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Sept 20 (PT) A pilot and co-pilot were injured when a Pakistan Military crashed on Saturday in Kali Sassan area of Ziarat in Balochistan, a private news channel reported. The report quoted security officials saying that the helicopter crashed due to some technical fault. The pilots, identified as Captain Hasnain and Captain Umer have been injured in the crash.

Sept 20 (AP) WASHINGTON— A man jumped over the fence of the White House on Friday and made it through the front door before officers managed to apprehend him, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama had departed the White House just minutes earlier. The rare security breach was likely to renew intense scrutiny of the Secret Service, an agency whose storied history has been marred in recent years by multiple allegations of misconduct by officers.

Sept 19 (BBC) The Japanese government has vowed to restart its controversial whaling programme in the Antarctic next year. The move comes despite the International Whaling Commission's vote on Thursday that the programme is illegal because it is not for research purposes and should stop. Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the IWC's decision was "regrettable".


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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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