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Sri Lankan President and Australian PM agree to enhance bilateral cooperation

May 25 (CP) Canberra- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a three-day state visit to Australia, met Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the National Parliament building in Canberra on Thursday and held bilateral discussions. The two leaders, after concluding a one-on-one round of talks, held bilateral discussions, in which ministers and officials from both sides participated.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's new Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake lodged a complaint with the police to requesting a probe into a false Twitter account in his name after it posted a fake news about the death of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police said today that measures have been taken to arrest the extremist Buddhist monk Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera who is alleged to have obstructed Police duties, threatened and made statements against minorities inciting racial disharmony and several other incidents.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police today arrested a Sri Lanka army brigadier who was the commanding officer of the army contingent that fired on the protesters during the Rathupaswala incident in 2013 resulting in the deaths of three people.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's police had come under criticism from opposition parliamentarians and right activists for failing to take action against attacks on Muslim places of warship and businesses over the past five weeks.
 

May 25 (Island) Presidents’ Counsel Jayantha Weerasinghe, yesterday told the High Court of Colombo, that he had to make a special request in respect of accused Basil Rajapaksa. He requested a later date for the inquiry. The Court fixed the next date of inquiry for June 15.
 

May 25 (DN) The FCID conducting investigations into an incident where former Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan alias Karuna Amman had allegedly misused a Presidential Secretariat bullet proof armed vehicle worth Rs.90 million, informed Court yesterday that they have sought Attorney General’s advice regarding future legal action against the former Deputy Minister.
 

May 24 (CP) Colombo- New regulations have been introduced according to the regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization to enhance the security at Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. That new regulations will be effective from the first of June, the Airport Security Services announced.
 

May 24 (CP) Colombo- More Sri Lankan women who encountered intimidation after taking up jobs as housemaids in the rich Middle Eastern countries have been brought back to the country. A group of 120 domestic workers who faced various harassments while employed in Kuwait will return to the country today (May 24), the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) said.
 

May 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne will review the passing out parade of the cadets of Spring Term 2017 of Indian Naval Academy (INA), at Ezhimala in Kannur district on May 27, PTI reported.
 

May 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy on Wednesday arrested six Indian fishermen and impounded their fishing dhow for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
 

May 24 (TOI) It has been eight years since the Sri Lankan civil war ended the bloody way it began with the demand for an independent Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Sri Lanka police 'failing to stop anti-Muslim attacks' (24 - PT)
* Army denies report attributed to Major General (24 - Island)
* RADA case against Alles, three others fixed for July 31 (24 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Indian handcraft exhibition Shilpa Kala - 2017 opened in Sri Lanka today provides a platform for Sri Lankan artisans, India's High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu said.
 

May 25 (CP) New York- A spectacular week long photo exhibition of Ceylon tea including a tea tasting titled "The Story of Ceylon Tea" is currently on display from 22-26 May 2017 at the United Nations in New York, to celebrate 150 years of Ceylon Tea.
 

May 25 (CP) Geneva- Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajith Senaratne addressing the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting in Geneva on 23rd May highlighted Sri Lanka's achievements in public health and health services.
 

May 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today invited the country's business community and the entrepreneurs to support the government to build an export economy.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The upcoming Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2017 ' has seen interest from investors and business partners from over 20 countries, who are looking for opportunities in diverse sectors of the local economy, the organizer of the conclave, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said in a statement.
 

May 25 (Reuters) The Sri Lankan rupee ended steady on Thursday as importer dollar demand offset selling of the greenback by exporters and state-run banks, traders said.
 

May 25 (Island) In an effort to become a force to reckon with in the Sri Lankan market, Intex Technologies, a leading Indian mobile handset and consumer durables major, has entered into a strategic partnership with – Softlogic Communications Pvt Ltd
 

May 25 (DN) Amana Bank has received confirmation from IB Growth Fund (Labuan) LLP, a subsidiary of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), to participate in the Bank’s forthcoming rights issue.
 

May 24 (CP) Colombo- A successful Sri Lanka - China International Economic Cooperation Forum was held on 17th May, 2017 at Super House International Hotel in Beijing, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said. This was an event where approcimately 250 Chinese businessmen participated...
 

May 24 (CP) Colombo- India and Japan in a joint venture plan to set up a USD 250 million LNG import terminal in Sri Lanka. "An agreement has been reached between the governments of India, Sri Lanka and Japan ....
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lankan shares rise as foreign investors buy blue chips (24 - Reuters)
* Sri Lankan rupee ends weaker on importer dollar demand (24 - Reuters)
* Dialog paves way for 5G with successful Massive MIMO trial (24 - CP)
* Graded hotels gain marginally over informal sector in 2016 (24 - DM)
* Sri Lanka workers seek Korean jobs amid currency depreciation (24 - EN)
* Google IO Extended confab, powered by Dialog, draws record crowds (24 - DN)
* ‘Allianz Lanka registers impressive q1 2017’ (24 - Island)
* Interview: E-commerce shakes up Sri Lanka’s retail sector, says Takas CEO (24 - LBO)

POLITICS - GENERAL

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has recommended a series of measures to address the complaints lodged by the victims affected by the explosion of army ammunition dump in Salawa nearly a year ago.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center (DMC) today warned the public in low lying areas of the Kelani, Kalu and Walawe Rivers of rising water levels. The DMC issuing a special weather advisory for heavy rain falls for the next 48 hours announced that the water levels of some reservoirs and rivers have been rising and requested the public to be vigilant.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government received the approval from the cabinet of ministers to set up a 1040 MW hybrid wind and solar energy park in Pooneryn in the battle-scarred Northern Province. The Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting held on Tuesday has approved plans to build a hybrid renewable energy park including 240MW of wind and 800MW of solar at Pooneryn.
 

May 25 (GN) The recent back-to-back visit of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to New Delhi and Indian Premier Narendra Modi to Colombo reinforces the two neighbouring countries' commitment to strengthen a long-standing partnership that seeks to enhance all-round prosperity and development.
 

May 25 (Forbes) When it comes to Sri Lanka, China has an ambitious agenda. It wants to turn the island nation into a trading and military outpost in the Indian Ocean. And it has a good plan in advancing that agenda, including the shoring up of Sri Lanka’s major ports.
 

May 25 (Island) The Public Finance Committee (PFC) has decided to withhold its approval for financial allocations for purchasing new vehicles for ministers, Committee’s chairman TNA MP MA Sumanthiran told Parliament on Tuesday.
 

May 25 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said he has instructed the authorities responsible for the country’s security to strictly impose the law against those who try to disrupt peace in the country, irrespective of their status.
 

May 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has extended condolences over the suspected suicide bomb attack in Manchester, UK that claimed the lives of 22 civilians and injured scores Monday night. Following is the message sent by Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe to the Prime Minister of United Kingdom Theresa May:
 

May 24 (CP) Colombo- The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy excellent relations and there is a strong will on both sides to further develop and promote these ties.
 

May 24 (CP) Colombo- New Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera setting in his new role pledged maximum effort for the economic development of the country through much needed economic reforms.
 

May 24 (CP) Washington, DC- The United States Department of State's FY 2018 budget requests a total of $3.38 million to support Sri Lankan government's demining and border control programs.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Sri Lankan President meets Australian PM for discussions (25 - CP)
* Sri Lankan president congratulates Iranian President on re-election (24 - CP)
* Sri Lankan President observes several programs in Canberra (24 - CP)
* If Muslims lose patience country will face dire consequences: EPC member (24 - DM)
* True picture of CM Isura’s foreign jaunts hidden from parliament’ (24 - Island)
* Government has ensured full freedom to stage protests: Amaraweera (24 - DN)
* Australian PM sees Sri Lanka President's visit as an opportunity to advance key areas of bilateral cooperation (24 - CP)

SPORTS

May 25 (PTI) Sri Lanka will embrace the ‘underdog’ tag at the ICC Champions Trophy in England, according to skipper Angelo Mathews. A joint-winner in 2002, Sri Lanka has only reached the semifinal stage once since, getting to the last four in the 2013 edition, also in England.
 

May 25 (ESPNCI) A dismal IPL 2017 for Royal Challengers Bangalore immediately after the high of a Test season that saw India reach the top of the ICC rankings has helped Virat Kohli grow as a player. Kohli was thankful for the learning curve, but admitted the circumstances leading to Royal Challengers' last-place finish were bizarre.
 

May 25 (ESPNCI) Bangladesh got their prized first away win over New Zealand a week before the start of their Champions Trophy campaign. The five-wicket win in front of a packed crowd in Clontarf was a tense affair at times but Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah aced the chase of 271 in some style.
 

May 24 (ESPNCI) Australia's cricketers have taken control of their own brand, in a further deepening of their divide with Cricket Australia ahead of a June 30 expiry of their current pay deal. The cricketers have set up a company through which to sell their intellectual property rights.
 


WORLD

May 25 (BBC) US President Donald Trump is in Brussels for what his team are describing as "tough" talks with other members of the Nato military alliance. Mr Trump is also due to meet European Union officials on Thursday. He has been critical of both Nato and the EU.
 

May 25 (BBC) A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing's claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office. According to unnamed sources cited by US media, the USS Dewey passed within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef.
 

May 24 (BBC) Another man has been arrested in connection with Monday night's bombing at a pop concert at Manchester Arena. Salman Abedi killed 22 people - including children - and injured 64 when he blew himself up outside an Ariana Grande gig.
 

May 24 (BBC) Two gay men were publicly caned in the conservative Indonesian province of Aceh on Tuesday, the first to be punished under Islamic laws introduced two years ago that outlawed gay sex. As the BBC's Rebecca Henschke reports, the case has deeply worried Aceh's gay community. Salman (not his real name) joined the crowd of hundreds to watch the public caning.
 


About Sri Lanka ::-
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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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