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Sri Lanka President rejects all allegations leveled against his administration over Easter Sunday attack

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says he refuses allegations leveled against his administration by some sections three months after Easter Sunday attack. President further said as a government his administration fulfilled its duties and responsibilities after the attacks and the terrorist organization that carried out these attacks were wiped out from the country.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Police have arrested three persons suspected to be members of the 'Aava Gang' last evening over a clash with the police at Manipai in Jaffna, police said. A clash broke out between the police and a group of Ava members who came with sharp weapons to attack several houses in Inuvil area last Saturday (20).
 

July 23 (Island) The Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), yesterday, filed legal action in the Court of Appeal against the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) and the Director General of Customs against their failure to regulate the importation of mixed contaminated waste over a period of time.
 

July 23 (DM) The Attorney General (AG) has instructed the Acting IGP to submit a detailed report on the progress of the criminal investigation conducted into the Easter terror attacks, Coordinating Officer to AG, SC Nishara Jayaratne told Daily Mirror.
 

July 23 (DN) Defence Counsel appearing on behalf of IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernado yesterday complained to the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court that a press release issued by the Attorney General’s Department regarding IGP Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernado could adversely affect their clients’ image.
 

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The case against suspended IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando in connection with the Easter Sunday terrorist attack, was taken up for hearing today by the Colombo Chief Magistrate court.
 

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The Director General of Forest Conservation Department has informed the Court of Appeal that the Department will not allow the trees in the Kallaru Forest Reserve Zone near the Wilpattu National Forest to be felled.
 

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested 4,624 drivers during a month-long special operation launched island wide since 5th July to nab people driving under the influence.
 

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing of the fundamental rights petition filed by Dr. Safi Sihabdeen of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital to the 6th of August as the respondents had not been issued notice properly.
 

July 22 (Daily Mail) A boatload of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers headed for Australia has been intercepted in the Indian Ocean in what is the third incident since May.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* NPC Minister sacked for corruption talks of virtues of Prabhakaran (22 - Island)
* Beliatta PS Chairman arrested over assault (22 - DM)
* Rs. 40,000 fine for having 26 bottles of liquor, distilling equipment (22 - DN)
* Ava member killed in clash with police (21 - CP)
* Nine SSPs elevated to rank of DIG (21 - Island)
* Road rage attack: Maths teacher’s bodyguards surrender to police (21 - ST)
* Avant-Garde case : AG’s advice sought on absconding suspects (21 - SO)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that In order to develop a country much assistance should be provided to science and technology sector.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recalling that three months have passed after the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on April 21 said new laws will be introduced to prevent terrorism.
 

July 21 (Reuters) COLOMBO- The United States wants a special forces cooperation agreement with Sri Lanka to sidestep bureaucracy and has no intention of setting up a military base in the country, the American ambassador to the island nation said in a television interview.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- A new broad political alliance, headed by United National Party (UNP) leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, will be formally announced to the public on August 5 in preparation for the upcoming presidential election.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in June 2019 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) declined to 2.1 percent from 3.5 percent recorded in May on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Tuesday.
 

July 23 (Island) The Positive Sri Lanka initiative is generating an overwhelming response from the local business community as leading brands step forward to do their bit to restore the economy.
 

July 23 (DM) Sri Lanka’s apparel industry could significantly boost its exports to the United Kingdom (UK) with US$ 4.7 billion unutilised export potential, according to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce’s (CCC) ‘Sri Lanka - United Kingdom Bilateral Trade and Investment’ report, launched last week in Colombo.
 

July 23 (DN) A delegation led by Nalin Bandara, Deputy Minister of Development Strategies & International Trade comprising officials from both the public and private sector visited United Arab Emirates (UAE) and met several important trade partners in the UAE.
 

July 22 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares closed lower on Monday, snapping an eight-session gaining streak, as investors booked profits, while the rupee weakened on higher importer dollar demand.
 

July 21 CP) Colombo-: Recommitting itself to effective climate action in accordance with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), leading integrated global logistics solutions provider, Expolanka Freight Ltd (EFL) announced its inclusion into the membership in Green Freight Asia (GFA).
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* ‘Celebrate Colombo’ by So Sri Lanka & SLTPB (22 - Island)
* Plantation Industries Ministry in new replanting push (22 - DM)
* ‘Private sector should be vocal on economic policy reforms’ (22 - DN)
* HNB Assurance opens market at CSE to celebrate S&P SL 20 Entry (22 - CP)
* CBSL Governor says SL could manage debt position if the govt. maintains fiscal discipline (21 - Island)
* Tourism promo roadshows cancelled (21 - ST)
* Apparel has biggest potential to increase exports to UK markets (21 - SO)

POLITICS - GENERAL

July 23 (CP) Colombo- The State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi said since the Department of Meteorology had issued a warning that inclement weather will continue until the 24th, steps have been taken to issue a set of guidelines for all the fishermen in the fisheries industry to follow from today.
 

July 23 (CP) Colombo- The 'Kiren Sapiri Dayak', the national program to provide a pack of liquid milk to every child will be inaugurated under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today (23).
 

July 23 (Island) UNP Deputy Leader and Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs, Sajith Premadasa should be the Party’s Presidential candidate, UNP chairman and Minister Kabir Hashim proposed at the party parliamentary group meeting chaired by PM Ranil Wickremesinghe at temple Trees yesterday.
 

July 23 (DM) All forms of animal cruelty done in the name of religious beliefs should be put to an end. The Parliament should pass the Animal Welfare Bill without further delay to make such possible, Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera said yesterday.
 

July 23 (DN) Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday stressed the urgent need for laws to regulate election campaign financing in order to prevent election campaign-related corruption. Addressing a media conference at his office, the Chairman said that Sri Lanka had a comprehensive law on election campaign financing earlier.
 

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena considering the security situation in the country, on Monday has issued an Extraordinary Gazette announcing the extension of the state of emergency, by another month.
 

July 22 (CP) Colombo- A special discussion will be held with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this afternoon regarding the postal strike, Minister of Postal Services & Muslim Religious Affairs M H A Haleem said.
 

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, an ally of the government has decided not to accept ministerial portfolios until the proper solutions for the issues of the Muslims are resolved, Parliamentarian Rauf Hakeem says.
 

July 21 (PTI) The St Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka's western coastal town of Negombo was reconsecrated on Sunday, three months after it was badly damaged in the Easter Sunday blasts that rocked the island nation.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- All postal workers of the island will report sick leave from midnight today and have decided to engage in a 24 hour trade union action again. Convener of the Joint Postal Trade Unions Alliance Chinthaka Bandara said the one-day sick note campaign will be launched due to non-implementation of the agreements reached regarding the recruitment procedure of postal employees.
 

July 21 (CP) Colombo- A visiting top UN official has appreciated the fact that Sri Lanka was able to recover and ensure the rule of law in the aftermath of the April 21 tragedy, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
 

July 21 (AsiaNews) Colombo- On the eve of the three month anniversary of the Easter Sunday massacres, the Catholic Church of Sri Lanka continues its commitment in favor of relatives of the victims and survivors.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Champika reveals real kingmaker capable of deciding who next President will be (22 - Island)
* Easter Sunday attacks: We don’t have faith in probes - Cardinal (22 - DM)
* Daily milk drink for schoolchildren (22 - DN)
* PSC probing Easter terror attacks to invite President to testify (21 - Island)
* “We need a broad democratic front and a clear agenda” (21 - SO)

SPORTS

July 22 (AFP) Veteran Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith Malinga will retire from one-day international cricket with the first match of a three-match series against Bangladesh, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said on Monday. Malinga was named to the 22-man Sri Lanka squad for the series with matches scheduled for July 26, 28 and 31 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
 

July 21 (BBC) New Zealand stunned holders and 11-time champions Australia to win the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool. The final was tense throughout and came down to the dying seconds and just one goal, as the Kiwis prevailed 52-51.
 

July 21 (ESPNCI) The biggest positive to come out of the 2019 World Cup was the reminder - to one and all but particularly those administrators infatuated with T20's success - of what a good game of cricket a 50-over contest can be. In the ODI there is time to recover from a poor period of play; there's a place for tactical manoeuvres;
 

July 21 (BBC) Manny Pacquiao said he had "fun" as he became the oldest welterweight champion in history by beating WBA Super champion Keith Thurman in a split decision in Las Vegas. Thurman - previously undefeated - had promised to send the 40-year-old Fillipino into retirement, but was knocked down in the first round before a thrilling fight went the distance.
 


WORLD

July 23 (BBC) India has successfully launched its second lunar mission a week after it halted the scheduled blast-off due to a technical snag. Chandrayaan-2 was launched at 14:43 local time (09:13 GMT) from the Sriharikota space station.
 

July 23 (BBC) Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is holding his first face-to-face talks with US President Donald Trump during a trip to Washington DC. The meeting is part of a push to mend relations, which have been strained by the Afghan conflict.
 

July 23 (BBC) Malaria parasites resistant to key drugs have spread rapidly in South East Asia, researchers from the UK and Thailand say. The parasites have moved from Cambodia to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, where half of patients are not being cured by first-choice drugs.
 

July 23 (BBC) India has denied that PM Narendra Modi asked US President Donald Trump to mediate in the the longstanding Kashmir conflict with Pakistan. The Indian foreign ministry said "no such request" was made, adding that all issues with Pakistan were "discussed only bilaterally".
 


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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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