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Court order to detain 12 for questioning over a plot to assassinate a Tamil politician

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today allowed the police to detain 12 people and question over a plot to assassinated a Tamil politician. Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne issued a court order today (12) to detain 12 persons including underworld members and persons, who had connections with LTTE and question them on recovering weapons including firearms, hand grenades and other weapons hidden by the LTTE and selling them to underworld members.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The UNP Opposition Leader of Beliatta Pradeshiya Sabha Kapila Amarakoon, who was found shot and seriously injured on Wednesday, has succumbed to his injuries at the Karapitiya hospital early this morning (22).

** Related Story ::Beliatta UNP Pradeshiya Sabha member found shot and injured
 

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy during a search operation in the sea has arrested two individuals in the possession of illegally smuggled beedi leaves.
 

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- The Special Crimes Operation Unit of the Mirihana Police has been able to arrest a woman who had allegedly aided the fatal shooting of two people in Moratumulla.
 

Mar 22 (Xinhua) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's Meteorology Department, on Friday re-issued an extreme heat advisory for several districts of the island country as temperatures were expected to soar as high as 41 degrees celsius in the coming days.
 

Mar 22 (Island) Student unions of a number of universities, yesterday, protested opposite the University Grants Commission against the indefinite closure of the Health Faculty of the Ruhuna University.
 

Mar 22 (Times) Two suspects were arrested with 60 small packets of heroin in Kanamulla, Madurankuli yesterday (Mar 21). Mundalama police had arrested the suspects along with a three-wheeler.
 

Mar 22 (DN) A partly-burned human body of a 50-year-old found in a vehicle near a jungle at Horombuwa in Moneragala this morning. According to information received, the incident had occurred at around 12.45 a.m and the body was identified to be of E.Wanasinghe Guruge Chandana Kumara, a resident of Hulandawa area in Moneragala.
 

Mar 22 (ER) Religious Leaders led by Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith is to stage mass protests against drugs in Colombo North on Sunday (March 31).
 

Mar 21 (PTI) In unfortunate mix-up aggravated the miseries of a couple grieving the death of their son in Saudi Arabia when they found that the mortal remains brought from the Gulf nation were that of a Sri Lankan woman.
 

Mar 21 (TST) Singapore is waiting for certain documents and information before it can consider Sri Lanka's request to extradite its former central bank chief Arjuna Mahendran.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Sri Lanka Tamils demand foreign judges in war crimes probe (22 - AFP)
* STF nets two more underworld figures (21 - Island)
* 80 percent of construction workers in Colombo addicted to drugs (21 - DM)
* SC awards Rs 230,000 compensation in FR case (21 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's famed Pulmoddai mineral deposits will not be sold, transferred or privatized and will continue to vest with the public, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen asserted.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) today (22) launched the first cloud seeding project to successfully create artificial rain over the catchment area of Mausakelle Reservoir in central Sri Lanka.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The Finance Ministry has initiated a program to provide mobile services island wide to accelerate the generation of entrepreneurs under the Enterprise Sri Lanka program strengthened through the 2019 budget presented by the Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations' World Water Day is marked today, March 22 and a number of programs are planned to raise awareness of the importance of water in environment, agriculture, health and trade.
 

Mar 21 (CP) Geneva- Sri Lanka today welcomed the adoption of the consensus resolution by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) allowing two more years to implement the commitments and invited the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to engage with the local institutions closely to verify facts on the ground.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been adjudged Sri Lanka's Best Bank in 2019 by the USA-based Global Finance magazine, giving the Bank its 19th such accolade from this entity alone.
 

Mar 22 (JSC) Sri Lanka is eyeing annual clothing exports of US$8bn by 2025 after passing the US$5bn milestone in 2018 - a move seen as especially significant for the country because it has been achieved while maintaining an "ethical and reliable brand."
 

Mar 22 (Hindu) A Singapore-based company in which stakes are held by the family members of former Union Minister of State S. Jagathrakshakan of the DMK has been linked to a record foreign direct investment of $3.85 billion in an oil refinery in Sri Lanka.
 

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's nationwide inflation in February 2019 determined under the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) rose to 2.4 percent from 1.2 percent recorded in January on a year-on-year basis, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Thursday.
 

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Board of Investment (BOI) responding to a Reuters report which said the Oman's oil ministry denied being part of a $3.85 billion plan to build an oil refinery in Hambantota, clarified the status of the investment in the project.

** Related Story ::Oman denies it has agreed to invest in Sri Lanka oil refinery project
 

Mar 22 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares fell for the fifth straight session on Friday and posted their lowest close in more than six years, dragged by telecom stocks, but foreign investors’ buying capped the decline.
 

Mar 22 (Island) The Ministry of Highways & Road Development together with Petroleum Resources Development has developed the draft national policy on natural gas with a view to establish and develop the natural gas industry in Sri Lanka.
 

Mar 22 (DN) According to MTI’s Corporate Finance & Investment Banking practice, over the next 2 years Sri Lanka is likely to witness a strong pipeline of mid-cap M&A deals. Commenting on what is driving this, MTI’s CEO Hilmy Cader said “There are a multitude of inter-related reasons.
 

Mar 21 (Hindu) China on Thursday said it is “not narrow minded” to oppose the Indian investments in Sri Lanka, as it reacted guardedly to reports of $3.85 billion joint venture between India’s Accord Group and Oman’s oil ministry to build a refinery in the island nation.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lanka shares fall for 4th session; rupee ends firmer (21 - Reuters)
* Softlogic wins big at DELL Partner Awards FY19 (21 - Island)
* Asia’s top ethnic fashion brand to enter Sri Lanka (21 - DM)
* Lanka eyes over US$ 3 bn FDI in 2019 (21 - DN)
* Sri Lankan banks manage capital impact of SLFRS 9 (21 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Mar 23 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) expressed their appreciation to the Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera for considering their request and allocating funds in the 2019 Budget to make state buildings and transportation accessible to persons with disabilities.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- A day after the UN again adopted a consensus resolution granting Sri Lanka two more years to implement the commitments it made in 2015 resolution, the main Tamil party, Tamil national Alliance on Friday demanded the state to adhere to the commitments and include foreign judges in a judicial mechanism to probe the alleged war crimes.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says the Wilpattu Forest is an asset to the country and a huge campaign is being waged to falsely accuse him of destroying a national treasure.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) held talks with the ruling United National Party (UNP) today regarding the 20th Amendment to the Constitution seeking abolition of the executive presidency.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The United National Party (UNP) Working Committee has decided to hold its May Day rally at the Colombo Municipal Council grounds at Town Hall, UNP General Secretary Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.
 

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- As a measure to reduce generation of costly thermal power, the Sri Lankan government has planned to set up floating solar power generation plants on the reservoirs in the Mahaweli Economic Zone.
 

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Non-cabinet Minister of Economic Reform and Public Distribution, Dr. Harsha de Silva says measures are being taken to bring the economy to the right place to reduce poverty.
 

Mar 21 (CP) Geneva- The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Thursday without a vote adopted the consensus resolution on Sri Lanka which proposes to give more time to Sri Lanka to fulfil its commitments for reconciliation and transnational justice.
 

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President's Media Office denied that Singapore is working with the Sri Lankan authorities on the extradition request of former central bank chief Arjuna Mahendran.
 

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankans are not happy in 2019 as they were in 2018 according to this year's United Nations World Happiness Report released on Wednesday. Sri Lanka ranked 130th with a score of 4.366 slipping 14 notches from 116th last year
 

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- Japan has granted nearly Rs. 15 million to Sri Lanka to acquire used waste collection trucks for Jaffna in Northern Province to facilitate solid waste disposal and improve the hygienic environment.
 

Mar 21 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena in an Extraordinary Gazette Notification has announced the added portfolios of Vocational Training and Skills Development to Minister Rishad Bathiudeen on Monday (18).
 

Mar 21 (CP) St. Paul, MN- Sri Lankan born academic Prof. Kumara Jayasuriya has been named as the 10th president of Southwest Minnesota State University by the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the school announced yesterday.
 

Mar 22 (EAF) Sri Lanka's move in February 2019 to bring back capital punishment for convicted drug offenders has put a spotlight on the growth of narcotics-related crime in the country.
 

Mar 22 (Island) The JVP yesterday in Parliament queried the Government’s stance on the response from Singapore to President Maithripala Sirisena’s allegation that it is sheltering former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran.
 

Mar 22 (DM) Excise trade unions have raised serious concerns over an attempt by the Ministry of Finance urging the department to issue liquor licenses on a large scale to several hundred presently unlicensed hoteliers and innkeepers in the Matara District
 

Mar 22 (DN) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament yesterday that the main shareholder in the proposed project to build an oil refinery in Hambantota was not the Oman Government. However, he said if the Oman Government is interested, they will have to take a 40% stake in the project.
 

Mar 21 (Diplomat) Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has kept his country's political rift from spilling over to a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting this week by abandoning plans to oppose the prime minister's decision to co-sponsor a resolution giving the nation more time to address war crime allegations stemming from its civil war.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* House pays tribute to Speaker over honour conferred by Malwatte Chapter (21 - Times)
* Rajitha: Gotabaya will help UNF candidate get minority votes (21 - Island)
* No intention to join UNP - Duminda Dissanayake (21 - DM)
* ‘Speaker handled political crisis wisely’ (21 - DN)

SPORTS

Mar 23 (ESPNCI) Lasith Malinga has ruled himself out of at least the first six IPL matches for Mumbai Indians in order to qualify for the Sri Lanka World Cup squad. With Sri Lanka's selectors having told players they must play in the forthcoming Super Provincial One Day domestic tournament if they are to be considered for the World Cup, Malinga has chosen to fulfil that requirement.
 

Mar 23 (ESPNCI) Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen produced a scintillating second-wicket century stand, upon which was founded yet another comfortable South Africa win. The hosts took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series with this 16-run victory in Pretoria, but don't let that margin fool you.
 

Mar 21 (BBC) Amy Jones scored 76 and managed two run-outs as England's women sealed a comfortable 3-0 one-day series whitewash in Sri Lanka. The hosts were restricted to 174 all out from their 50 overs in Katunayake.
 

Mar 21 (BBC) Sporting events rely on having an army of volunteers to help them run smoothly but Tokyo 2020 will be a little different - robots will be helping out. The Tokyo 2020 Robot Project will assist wheelchair users at the Olympic Stadium with robots carrying food and drink and providing event information.
 


WORLD

Mar 22 (BBC) The death toll in a huge blast at a chemical plant in eastern China has jumped to 47, with 90 injured, according to state news agency Xinhua. The powerful explosion followed a fire at the factory which produces fertiliser. China's earthquake administration reported a tremor equivalent to 2.2-magnitude at the time of the blast.
 

Mar 22 (BBC) EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the Article 50 process, postponing Brexit beyond 29 March. The UK will be offered a delay until 22 May, if MPs approve the withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU next week.
 

Mar 22 (BBC) New Zealand has broadcast the Islamic call to prayer and observed a two-minute silence in ceremonies to mark a week since the Christchurch attacks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined thousands of mourners near the Al-Noor mosque, one of two places of worship targeted in last Friday's shootings.
 

Mar 21 (BBC) A bus carrying 51 schoolchildren was hijacked by its driver and set alight near Milan in Italy. The children, some of them tied up, were rescued through smashed windows at the back of the bus and no-one was badly hurt. Fourteen people suffered smoke inhalation.
 


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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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