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Sri Lanka President to take over economic management

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday announced that he will take responsibility of economic management in order to reduce cost of living burden of the people. He made this announcement at a public meeting in Kegalle this afternoon. The President said he appointed the National Economic Council three months ago to fulfill this objective.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Jan 21, Colombo: The Special Task Force (STF) Police and the anti-riot squad have been deployed to provide security for Kataragama police and maintain law and order after tensions erupted following the shooting death of a motorcyclist in the city.
 

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The police said that a peaceful situation prevails in Kataragama now after a police officer who fatally shot a motorcyclist was arrested. The police shot at the motorcyclist at around 11.00 pm yesterday when he disregarded an order to stop for inspection upon suspicious activity.
 

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed IGP Pujith Jayasundara to hold an impartial comprehensive inquiry into a complaint lodged by a female principal alleging the Chief Minister of Uva Province Chamara Sampath Dissanayake of harassment by forcing her to kneel down before him.
 

WJan 21 (Island) ith the government under flak for the inordinate delay in prosecuting persons accused of bribery and corruption and complex financial crimes, the establishment of a proposed special High Court to expedite cases relating to charges under the specified ambit is now on the cards with the draft legislation finalized, authoritative sources said.
 

Jan 21 (ST) A retired High Court Judge who was driving allegedly under the influence of liquour was remanded until Tuesday following a fatal accident that claimed the life of a 34-year-old woman and seriously injured her 12-year-old daughter yesterday, police said.
 

Jan 21 (SO) The Ukraine Government has stated that they have been paid only US$ 7.2 million for the controversial MiG deal that took place during the former regime, despite an alleged payment of US$ 14.7 million, Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.
 

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court yesterday (19) granted the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) permission to examine the banks accounts of a former ministry secretary and his family in connection with misusing of state funds.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Young couple caught with 04 kilos of Kerala ganja (20 - Island)
* Fresh corruption case filed against Aluthgamage (20 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Human Rights Commission has issued guidelines for police officers to follow before, during and after the upcoming local government election.
 

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says a special high court will be set up to hear fraud cases and the functions of this court will commence within the next two months.
 

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's visit to the island next week, according to his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's premium business chamber, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) is organizing two business forums with business delegations from Singapore and Indonesia during the visit of the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and President of Indonesia Joko Widodo this week.
 

Jan 21 (Island) The Sri Lanka Tea Board has sent out an "advisory circular" on the quality of made tea to all registered manufacturers of tea saying that the Tea Board will "closely monitor" all tea presented for sale at the Colombo Tea Auctions under powers vested in it by law in order to ensure that quality standards expected by importing countries are met.
 

Jan 21 (ST) With the Government debt level in excess of Rs. 9,387 billion, a new Active Liability Management Law is to be enacted to make provision to raise loans, in and outside Sri Lanka, to manage public debt.
 

Jan 21 (SO) The government is planning to launch a major ‘Nation Branding’ project which will have a direct and positive impact on expanding the country’s export, investment and tourism segments. It is the belief of experts that a positive brand strategy would help increase export earnings
 

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) recently chartered a Rotaract Club for the benefit of its members and students in the presence of Rotary International President Mr. Ian Riseley, who was in Sri Lanka recently.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Com Bank & Sathosa Motors in special promotion for Isuzu commercial vehicles (20 - Island)
* Chinese and Sri Lankan institutions sign eco-agriculture cooperation agreement (20 - DM)
* Maintaining quality standards must for cinnamon value chain (20 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The government has allocated Rs. 65 billion for a four-year program to develop all the schools in the country with the aim of providing equal educational opportunities to all the children. The Education Ministry has allocated Rs. 2.7 billion to implement school development projects under the 'Nearest School - Best School' program during the first two weeks of this year.
 

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Uva Province Chief Minister, Chamara Sampath Dassanayake, who is alleged of humiliating a female principal by making her kneel before him, said he resigned from the post of Provincial Minister of Education with immediate effect.

** Related Story ::Teachers' union demands arrest of Uva Chief Minister for threatening a Tamil female teacher
 

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The University Grants Commission says two more faculties of medicine will be established paving the way forward for further expansion of higher education in the country. Chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof. Mohan de Silva says that for the first time in the history of the country two medical faculties will be set up simultaneously.
 

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena surprised many people by asking the Supreme Court (SC) whether he has “any impediment to continue in the office of President for a period of six years.”
 

Jan 21 (Island) Keynote speakers at a conference of 25 District Reconciliation Committees held recently at the BMICH as a component of National Reconciliation Week, said that leaders at the grassroots were the best persons to inculcate in people the importance of National Integration and Reconciliation.
 

Jan 21 (ST) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has intervened in a growing spat of angry outbursts among coalition partners – the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) – urging both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to rein in both sides on the eve of the local council elections next month.
 

Jan 21 (SO) The draft legislative framework for a new High Court to hear corruption cases will be presented to the Cabinet of Ministers for approval this week, Sunday Observer learns. The framework for the brand new anti-corruption court has been finalized by the Legal Draftsman and awaiting final approval from the Cabinet of Ministers this week before draft legislation is made to be tabled in Parliament.
 

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- The teachers' trade union in Sri Lanka says that teachers and principals are ready to go for union action if the Uva Chief Minister is not arrested for threatening and humiliating a female principal of a Tamil girls school in Badulla.
 

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Postal voting for the February 10 Local Government elections will begin on Monday, January 22. Officials of the police stations, Divisional Secretariats, District Secretariats and election office could cast their postal votes on January 22, according to the Director General of Election Commission, R. L.A.M. Ratnayaka.
 

Jan 20 (CP) Colombo- Global human rights organization, Human Rights Watch says the Sri Lankan government has made little progress on transitional justice initiatives agreed at the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2015.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Now, JVP spares PM and blames President for appointing Mahendran (20 - Island)
* EC says no power to unseat elected candidates (20 - DM)
* Students should be prepared for a changing job market- Akila (20 - DN)
* Gone like a shot: Why did Sri Lanka reinstate alcohol ban for women? (20 - SCMP)

SPORTS

Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets

Jan 21 (ESPNCI) Thisara Perera prospered with the short balls that once made him a penetrative limited-overs operator; Lakshan Sandakan turned the ball big and bought two wickets, which is the prerogative of any budding wristspinner and Nuwan Pradeep cleaned up the lower order with searing reverse swing. Sure, they are playing a side that is ranked 10th, but such has been the recent history between these teams that the following is nevertheless worth noting: this was a bowling performance of rare quality from Sri Lanka.
 

Jan 21 (ESPNCI) Zimbabwe chose to bat on a fresh Mirpur surface expected to favour batting. Graeme Cremer, their captain, said the surface may also get more difficult to score on as the game goes on. Zimbabwe had also batted first in the first game between these sides, and won by 12 runs. Sri Lanka chose to beef up their spin attack, bringing in left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan at the expense of legspinning-allrounder Wanindu Hasaranga.
 

jan 20 (ESPNCI) Expectations of this Sri Lanka team were not high. They had spent much of 2017 losing lavishly in all corners of the world, dropping catches, batting like dolts, and bowling with little venom. Yet, even by those standards, this has been a dire start to the new year. They are yet to win a match in a tri-series featuring the sixth and tenth-ranked sides. If they lose this next game, they will have crashed out.
 

Jan 20 (CB) Zimbabwea's Craig Ervine said on Saturday that they are taking inspiration from the series win against Sri Lanka ahead of their crucial encounter against the Islanders in the ongoing tri-nation tournament. If Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka, they will go through to the final, inflicting a third loss on Sri Lanka.
 


WORLD

Jan 21 (BBC) Pope Francis, who is on a visit to Peru, has spoken out about violence against women in Latin America. Speaking at a Mass in the northern city of Trujillo, the Pope called the violence "a plague" that needed to be combated across the region.
 

jan 21 (BBC) A 12-hour siege of a luxury hotel by gunmen in the Afghan capital has come to an end, security forces say. Six civilians, including a foreign woman, died at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, along with three attackers, the interior ministry said.
 

Jan 20 (BBC) The Philippines has suspended sending workers to Kuwait, while it investigates the deaths of several Filipinos there. The ban comes a day after President Rodrigo Duterte claimed abusive employers in the Gulf state had driven four domestic workers to suicide.
 

Jan 20 (BBC) Pakistani officials say they will investigate allegations police carried out an unauthorised killing of a man wrongly accused of murdering a child. Police shot Mudasir, accused of killing five-year-old Iman Fatima, in February 2017, saying he tried to escape.
 


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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