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Sri Lankan armed forces personnel leave on a special goodwill visit to Bodh Gaya

June 24 (CP) Colombo- A group of 160 Sri Lankan tri-service personnel and their family members including 82 Army participants today left for Bodh Gaya on a special visit organized by the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka. "The visit to Bodh Gaya is yet another manifestation of the shared Buddhist heritage of India and Sri Lanka, and will help deepen the bonds of friendship..
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LEGAL - SITUATION

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Three persons including a police constable have been arrested in connection with the murder of a police constable attached to Maha Oya police station, who disappeared while serving at the Perawelthalawa police post.
 

June 24 (CP) Colombo- A passenger has died in a SriLankan Airlines flight that was arriving from Singapore today, the police said. An 86 year old Pakistani woman who was traveling in the SriLankan Airlines flight UL 306 flying to Colombo from Singapore has died.
 

June 24 (CP) Colombo- The police today arrested two suspects involved in the killing of a leopard in Kilinochchi were arrested today. The two suspects are residents of Kilinochchi, Police Media Spokesman said.
 

June 24 (Island) Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) sleuths arrested a 34-year-old Bolivian national who allegedly attempted to smuggle in 11.3 kilograms of cocaine at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on Friday.
 

June 24 (ST) A 16-year-old schoolboy from a leading school in Chilaw succumbed to injuries sustained in an attack by his school mates, police said. The grade 11 student identified as Mohomad Rifsy Faizoor, who was a prefect of Sawarana Muslim School, Chilaw was assaulted on Sunday,
 

June 24 (SO) The death of a suspect in the Matara jewellery heist while in police custody drew swift condemnation from Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, a Matara District Parliamentarian who tweeted that it was a “brutal murder” yesterday while lawyers and human rights activists slammed the police action as an “extra-judicial” killing.
 

June 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs today conducted the inquest into a gold smuggling attempt by a senior immigration and emigration officer at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake. The Customs arrested the immigration and emigration officer Friday night at the departure lounge

** Related Story ::Senior immigration officer arrested with Rs. 36 million worth gold
 

June 23 (CP) Colombo- The three suspects, who were injured in a shootout with the police during the jewellery store heist in Matara and are currently receiving treatment at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, have been remanded until July 02.
 

June 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Army urged the public not to be misled by the rumors spread by "disgruntled" politicians that the Army is in the process of withdrawing its units from the North and East and downsizing in strength.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Senior immigration officer arrested with Rs. 36 million worth gold (23 - CP)
* Pressure mine, arms and ammunition found in threewheeler in Oddusudan Two in custody believed to have LTTE links (23 - Island)
* Main suspect in Matara Jewellery robbery killed in retaliatory attack (23 - CP)
* Customs officials’ bribery case fixed for June 29 (23 - DN)
* Sri Lankan government bars 14 more LTTE members from entering the country (23 - CP)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government has already undertaken a development program that will promote long-term development and eradicate poverty among the poor equally benefitting all the people in the country.
 

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera at the launch of the 'Enterprise Sri Lanka' (ESL) program recently said the country must develop a comprehensive entrepreneurship structure that encourages people, especially graduates, to embark on building their own businesses.
 

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that everyone should work together to bring about a bright future for the children of the country.
 

June 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and thousands of yoga enthusiasts celebrated 4th International Day of Yoga at Independence Square in Colombo on Saturday despite rain.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions, Corp. on Wednesday announced that it has signed a business alliance agreement with Lankan tech company Interblocks Limited and will invest in Interblocks.
 

June 24 (Island) The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) together with the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) last week announced the launch of "Empower" - the SME Board to attract Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to the CSE.
 

June 24 (ST) The Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) is tipped to launch its much-talked about Rs.4 billion global promotion campaign by mid-October this year kicking off in Russia and China.
 

June 24 (SO) Grundfos, the world’s largest pump manufacturer sees high potential in the Sri Lankan market due to its construction, tourism and apparel industry boom. The company plans to expand its Colombo office at the World Trade Centre (WTC) over the next couple of years
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* PAYable takes home highest number of awards at SLASSCOM Innovation Summit (23 - CP)
* MTD Walkers PLC on investors' radar with several large projects in pipeline (23 - Island)
* SL becoming competitive economy despite political uncertainties (23 - DM)
* Adopting good regulatory practices in Accreditation and certification vital-EU (23 - DN)
* BOI enterprise Jiffy Products Sri Lanka (Pvt) Ltd celebrates 15 years of operations (23 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the country will be taken forward by getting foreign investments and generating new income avenues. Addressing a function in Galle today the Premier said the debt burden will not be left to the future.
 

June 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that the World Bank has granted 200 million dollars to control non-communicable diseases. The Minister said this while attending a Health Walk organized by the Sri Lanka Medical Association under the theme "Balanced diet for a healthy body" at the premises of the BMICH in Colombo.
 

June 24 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Education of the North Central Province has decided to close several schools in Anuradhapura for four days from tomorrow due to the Poson festival.
 

June 24 (Island) Provincial Council Elections would be held this December or in January next year, Co-Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday. Asked under which system the polls would be conducted, Senaratne said that several parties wanted the earlier District Proportional Representation(PR) system
 

June 24 (ST) Sri Lanka Administrative Service officers and Postal Department unions are demanding increased allowances and salaries but two committees say the demands cannot be granted fully in view of the complications arising in other sectors.
 

June 24 (SO) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday joined in the criticism against remarks by a senior member of the Buddhist Clergy, calling on former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to “be like Hitler”, saying he would have condemned the statement immediately if it had been made in his presence.
 

June 23 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Healthcare, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says an electronic health card containing all the health information of the patient will be introduced for all soon.
 

June 23 (CP) Colombo- Expatriate Sri Lankans are very much interested in obtaining Sri Lanka's dual citizenship, the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration, Nihal Ranasinghe says.
 

June 23 (CP) Colombo- In a move to foster relationships with Sri Lanka military, Indian military will host about 160 Sri Lanka military personnel and their families for three days in Bodh Gaya in Bihar.
 

June 23 (CP) Colombo- The UN General Assembly in 1997 proclaimed 26 June as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture with the ultimate aim of total eradication of torture.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Speaker informs parliament of Cultural Affairs Dept. refusal to carry out directives (23 - Island)
* We are still under MR, say 16 SLFP rebels (23 - DM)
* Rapid progress in next 18 months (23 - DN)

SPORTS

June 24 (ESPNCI) No sooner had England established a world-record score and an unassailable lead in the five-match series, than the muttering started about Tim Paine's appointment as Australia's ODI captain. Paine can't be blamed for the opposition's record score. England belted 21 sixes,
 

June 24 (ESPNCI) For the second time this series, Sri Lanka's fast bowlers had West Indies on the mat, only to concede the advantage as the day progressed. The thorn on both occasions was Shane Dowrich, the spunky wicketkeeper-batsman who stayed unbeaten on 60. .
 

June 24 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka have sent legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay back home from the tour of West Indies owing to conduct that was in breach of his player contract. A press release from the board said the team management had reported an "incident" following which this decision was taken.
 

June 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Cricket has announced that fast bowler Suranga Lakmal will captain the 3rd Test against West Indies today in the absence of suspended skipper Dinesh Chandimal. Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal will miss the day-night Test against West Indies which will start in Barbados today
 


WORLD

June 24 (BDN) Moscow's shops are stocking up on beer to slake the thirst of World Cup fans after some bars reported shortages. At a branch of Russian supermarket chain Azbuka Vkusa crates of Heineken, Guinness and local brands like Zolotaya Bochka blocked the aisles on Friday.
 

June 24 (News18) New Delhi- Employment choices for India’s religious communities vary. While Hindus are engaged in agriculture, Muslims tend to veer towards industrial jobs. According to the 2011 Census data released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, 45.40 per cent main workers engaged in agricultural activities in the country are Hindus.
 

June 24 (BBC) US President Donald Trump has renewed sanctions on North Korea, citing an "extraordinary threat" from its nuclear weapons - just 10 days after saying there was no risk from Pyongyang. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea," he tweeted on 13 June
 

June 24 (BBC) Five Indian anti-trafficking activists performing a street play were gang-raped at gunpoint in the eastern state of Jharkhand, police have confirmed. The women were forced into cars and raped in a "secluded area", police told BBC Hindi. Police say they are investigating the incident but have not made any arrests.
 


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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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