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Sri Lanka Prime Minister marks 40 years of political life

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, marks 40 years of uninterrupted political life this year having entered the parliament in 1977. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe entered parliament as a young parliamentarian winning the Biyagama electorate repenting the United National Party at the general election on 21 July 1977.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka says from 2nd August the law will be implemented sternly against those people disposing garbage in an unsystematic manner.
 

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Jaffna High Court Judge, Justice Manickavasagar Illancheliyan, who has a reputation of being a fearless judge, escaped an assassination attempt today when an unidentified man shot at him at Nallur in Jaffna.
 

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake has ordered the Police Chief IGP Pujith Jayasundera to immediately issue a report on the alleged 'abduction' of a student activist by the police.
 

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy Friday arrested eight fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
 

July 22 (Island) Police faced censure Friday over an attempt to "abduct" a student activist, a tactic widely used against dissidents by the previous strongman leader’s regime.
 

July 22 (DM) The Colombo Swimming Club (CSC) Officials today said that they were taken by surprise when the Road Development Authority (RDA) officials entered their premises with a Court Order and started demolishing the buildings and walls behind the CSC swimming pool, to make way for the Colombo Extension of the Marine Drive without prior notice.
 

July 22 (DN) Three customs officers alleged to have been involved in the recent discovery of 218 kg of cocaine concealed in a sugar container were transferred today. Earlier today the seven suspects involved in transporting the narcotics were further remanded till July 26 by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Japan has extended a grant assistance of US$ 611,000 to Sri Lanka for de-mining activities in Northern Sri Lanka. The grant assistance from Japan aims to accelerate the Sri Lankan government's program to provide livelihood assistance to the resettled people in the North.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Sarana fined Rs. 2,000 for non-declaration of assets (21 - Island)
* DSG Dileepa Peiris gives evidence (21 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) told the United Nation that the party is prepared to work with the Sri Lankan government on resolving the Tamil people's problems but cannot wait indefinitely for the government to take meaningful actions.
 

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says this government will provide a permanent solution to the garbage problem, which was not resolved by any of the previous governments, so that any future government will not have to face the problem.
 

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations will continue to extend its full support to Sri Lanka's development process and reconciliation, the visiting UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman has assured Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena when he called on the President on Friday at the President's Official Residence.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- The United Kingdom said the human rights situation in Sri Lanka saw some improvement in 2016 while Sri Lanka continues to be among the 30 'Human Rights Priority Countries' (HRPCs).
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Showcasing three outstanding new startups in acceleration as its launch ventures, StartupX Foundry stole the show at Disrupt Asia 2017, held at Hilton Colombo on the 12th of July.
 

July 22 (Island) Once the new Inland Revenue Bill is passed it would create a stable environment for any investor to invest in the Colombo Stock Exchange without fear or doubt, State Minister for Finance Eran Wickramaratne said.
 

July 22 (DM) The third‘CMA Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards –2017’awards presentation ceremony was held on 17th of July at Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo
 

July 22 (DN) Malaysian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah invited the Sri Lankan business community to further explore emerging trade and investment opportunities
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in June 2017 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 7.1 percent from 8.4 percent recorded in May 2017, on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Wednesday.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lankan shares post over 1-month closing low; blue chips lead (21 - Reuters)
* New Sri Lanka tax bill aims to widen tax net, cut indirect taxes (21 - Reuters)
* FACETS 2017 set to showcase the best of Sri Lanka's Gem & Jewelry Industry (21 - CP)
* Decline in blue chip stock prices triggers selling pressure (21 - Island)
* SL Customs becomes fully automated with new online payment platform (21 - DM)
* ‘Indirect tax needs slicing to 60%’ (21 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka has invited the Calicut-based Centre for Research and Education for Social Transformation (CREST), an autonomous institution under Government of Kerala, to design an employability enhancement program for the underprivileged in Sri Lanka.
 

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has decided to modernize the livestock sector to uplift the rural economy, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. He said the development of the livestock sector is important for the development of the rural economy in all parts of Sri Lanka.
 

Speaking at a book launch last week, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the draft of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution would be ready by January 2018, yet again shifting the deadline for the challenging task his government took up after coming to power in 2015.
 

July 22 (Island) Joint Opposition (JO) parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardena has called for an end to UN interference in on-going constitutional making process in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1 adopted in Oct 2015.
 

July 22 (DN) Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam noted that the Education Ministry has not taken any decision yet to reduce the 13-year school academic period by one year. “No decision has been taken to reduce the school academic period by one year
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera says that the new Inland Revenue Act is expected to be presented to Parliament and get it passed in the third week of August. The Minister said the amendments brought by the Supreme Court and the amendments expected to be brought in Parliament will be included in the bill.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the country can be built through an economy based on agriculture and livelihood of farmers should be uplifted in order to achieve economic prosperity.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, has granted approval to the alternate Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP) 2018- 2037 of the Ceylon Electricity Board's (CEB), with the view of ensuring energy security and continuous supply of electricity in Sri Lanka.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has endorsed the necessary course of action to implement the Office of the Missing Persons following the sign off on the relevant Act on Thursday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake said.
 

July 21 (CP) New York- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the Sri Lankan Government for setting up an Office of Missing Persons (OMP) on Thursday.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Established practice followed during Ben Emmerson’s visit – Ravi K (21 - Island)
* LG polls Amendment Act: Govt, party leaders reach consensus on ratio (21 - DM)
* No SLFP MP will leave govt.- Duminda (21 - DN)

SPORTS

July 22 (ESPNCI) Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav claimed seven wickets between them, wiping out a strong Sri Lanka Board President's batting lineup for 187, on the first day of India's two-day practice match. Led by KL Rahul's rapid half century, the visitors then ended the day on 135 for 3. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane remained not out in the thirties.
 

July 21 (ESPNCI) Chaminda Vaas will replace Champaka Ramanayake as Sri Lanka's bowling coach. Ramanayake, who resigned after the series against Zimbabwe, cited "personal reasons" for ending a two-year stint following his reappointment in 2015. SLC made Vaas' appointment official on Friday, saying the former fast bowler "will guide the pace attack for the India tour of Sri Lanka".
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Friday confirmed that Test Captain Dinesh Chandimal has been hospitalized following a diagnosis of pneumonia this morning. The newly appointed captain earlier this week contracted a viral influenza that has been dogging the Sri Lankan team over the past few weeks.
 

July 21 (ESPNCI) When India were last in Sri Lanka, they were a team in transition. They had a new captain and the scars of back-to-back series defeats away from home were still fairly fresh. "We still remember, for us a as a squad, after the tour of Australia in 2014-15, we found ourselves at No. 7 in the world and from then on the transformation started," Virat Kohli said as he cast his mind back.
 


WORLD

July 22 (BBC) US President Donald Trump has insisted he has the "complete power" to pardon people, amid reports he is considering presidential pardons for family members, aides and even himself. A Democratic Party spokesman has called the reports "extremely disturbing".
 

July 22 (BBC) Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has reopened a small medical clinic in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. It is the charity's first facility there since US air strikes destroyed a hospital it ran, killing 42 people including patients and staff, in 2015.
 

July 21 (BBC) Food served on board Indian trains and at railway stations is unfit for human consumption, an official report says. The annual audit report said checks on 80 trains and at 74 stations had found that some food was contaminated, while packaged and bottled items were past their expiry date.
 

July 21 (BBC) Three Chinese warships are in the Baltic to start China's first naval exercises with Russia in the region. The Chinese destroyer, frigate and supply ship will spend a week training with the Russian navy off Kaliningrad, a highly militarised Russian exclave. The destroyer called Hefei is a new Type 052D bristling with missiles.
 


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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