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US human rights report says Sri Lanka military and police harass civilians with impunity

Apr 21 (CP) Washington, DC- The US State Department's human rights report for 2017 said Sri Lanka's military and police harassed civilians with impunity although civilian authorities generally maintained control over the security forces. The report said that according to civil society, military intelligence operatives conducted domestic surveillance operations and harassed or intimidated members of civil society in conjunction with, or independent of, police.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Apr 21 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department's investigations reveal that a strong hand directed the five serious murders and assaults that are being investigated by the CID and are being heard in Courts.
 

Apr 20, Colombo: Interpol has issued a red notice, a request to locate and provisionally arrest, Sri Lanka's former Central Bank governor Arjuna Mahendran who is a suspect of the Central Bank bond scam.
 

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, has ceremonially welcomed the Russian Navy training ship "Perekop" arrived at the Port of Colombo on Wednesday, 18th April on a goodwill visit.
 

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today remanded 12 suspects arrested in connection with two separate incidents of assaults on foreign tourists visiting Southern beaches in the Mirissa and in Midigama areas.
 

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- At least five people were killed in Sri Lanka on Thursday after a worker at a rubber factory in Ballapitiya, Horana fell into a tank of ammonia and co-workers and residents tried to save him, police said.
 

Apr 19 (CP) Geneva- Several Sri Lankan tourists were among 15 people injured on Wednesday (April 18) when a coach carrying the tourists from Sri Lanka crashed with two trucks on a Swiss highway, police and media said.
 

Apr 20 (Island) Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) is conducting investigations to find out whether a former freelance journalist, arrested on Tuesday (April 17) at the Colombo Central mail Exchange with 1.4 kilos of hashish, had acted alone.
 

Apr 20 (DM) Two gang members suspected to be involved in drug smuggling were arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) at Thotalanga this morning, Police said. The suspects were identified as Dilshan Maduwantha (23) and Munasinghe Arachchige Susantha (26) of Ferguson Road , Colombo.
 

Apr 20 (DN) The Manager of the latex factory in which five individuals died yesterday will be produced before the Horana Magistrate today, Police headquarters said. The alleged Manager, Ratnasiri Edirisinghe, a resident of Werahera, Boralesgamuwa was arrested yesterday after the incident.
 

APr 20 (TNN) NEW DELHI- Has Delhi become the new transit point for drug traffickers smuggling in heroin from across the border for distribution in India and the neighbouring countries? Delhi Police has begun digging into the possibility after the arrest of a Kashmiri youth on his way to the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo with Rs 3.5 crore worth of pure Afghan heroin.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* He burst in with a grenade, made off with cash (19 - Island)
* SC turns down TRC appeal over TRN network shutdown (19 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Apr 21 (CP) London- A record number of Sri Lankan small and medium scale business delegates participated at the Commonwealth Business Forum that was held from 16-18 April in London alongside with the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM 2018).
 

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- The Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani who arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday on a two-day official visit, along with his delegation met with his Sri Lankan counterpart Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the members of the Sri Lanka-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Association yesterday at the parliamentary complex.
 

Apr 20, London: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the main concern of Sri Lanka, being an island nation, is to achieve a stainable future for the benefit of future generations.
 

Apr 20 (CP) Washington, DC- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Sri Lanka should push ahead with fiscal reforms as the island nation's economy remains vulnerable to adverse shocks given the still sizable public debt, large refinancing needs, and low external buffers.
 

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka together with the Ministry of Disaster Management on Thursday launched a project at the Ministry premises to support the Government's vision of resilient recovery from disasters, to help Sri Lanka build back better in times of a disaster.
 

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe commissioned the The second Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) of Sri Lanka Navy, built at the Indian shipbuilding facility - Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) at the Eastern Container Terminal of the port of Colombo on Thursday.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Apr 21 (CP) Dubai- SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is looking to spread its wings further in the Middle East, by rolling out the red carpet to the travel trade at the 25th edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM)that will open in Dubai tomorrow.
 

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- A 'people-first' approach and an inclusive workplace culture, strengthened by employee trust, has seen 99X Technology being named one of Asia's Best Workplaces for 2018, by the Great Place To Work® Institute.
 

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Bank of Ceylon yet again set a record during Avurudu Season with over Rs. 54 billion worth transactions taking place in BOC's very own CDM and ATM terminals.
 

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it has received $12.6 million of funding for 2018 to 2020 from the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) to generate more resources for Sri Lankan women-led businesses.
 

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga says that the final decision on whether to increase fuel prices should be taken by the Prime Minister and the President.
 

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) says with 100% attendance of operations and all other supportive staff during Sinhala and Tamil New Year season, and especially on 13th and 14th April 2018, the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) and the Unity Container Terminal (UCT) were competitive and successful in keeping all its berths fully occupied.
 

Apr 20 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan share index ended slightly firmer in a holiday-shortened trading session on Friday, hovering near a five-week closing high hit earlier in the week, as investors picked up banking and telecommunication shares.
 

Apr 20 (Reuters) COLOMBO- The Sri Lankan rupee closed weaker in a holiday-shortened trading session on Friday, weighed down by mild importer demand for the greenback, dealers said.
 

Apr 20 (Island) Some 25 property developers have continued to hold sway in the high-rise market; and that too while property values are spiraling with the upper level ceiling nowhere in sight, said CEO Paramount Reality, Dr. Nirmal de Silva at a press meet held to clarify the Asia Property Awards scheme and its criteria of excellence.
 

Apr 20 (DM) The losses of Sri Lanka’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) have decreased by 15 percent to Rs.3.39 billion in 2017 against Rs.3.9 billion recorded in 2016, mainly due to the slowing down of the rupee depreciation against the US dollar, the unaudited accounts of the Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited showed.
 

Apr 20 (DN) Cargills Bank in its third year of operations posted a Profit Before Tax of Rs. 621 million which included a substantial one-off gain of Rs. 410 million. Cargills Bank has also got regulatory approval to operate banking counters at all its Food City supermarkets island wide, helping it keep costs low.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lankan rupee ends higher on exporter dollar sales (19 - Reuters)
* Sri Lankan stocks slip as investors sell select blue chips (19 - Reuters)
* Citi-CCC Rural Economic Empowerment Program facilitates loans to over 100 rural entrepreneurs through HNB (19 - Island)
* Dialog seeks Rs.7.8bn in damages from SLT for industrial espionage (19 - DM)
* A Decade After Revolution, Sri Lanka Dives Into Luxury (19 - Bloomberg)
* LPG gas price hike in the offing? (19 - DN)
* Sri Lanka imposes15% tax on gold imports that impacts trade deficit (19 - CP)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will lead the Commonwealth Center for Digital Health, which is scheduled to be launched today in London on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018.
 

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo will be organizing an evening of instrumental music "Celebrating Maestro Illayaraja" by renowned musician Soundarie David Rodrigo & ensemble on 27 April.
 

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka has instructed all owners and hotel operators in Mirissa to strictly adhere to the registration processes of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).
 

Apr 20 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka will continue to press ahead with reforms and the revenue for the start of the year is on target, State Finance Minister Eran Wickramaratne said in an interview. "We are more or less on track" with the reform program, said Wickramaratne, who represents the United National Party in the coalition government.
 

Apr 19 (CP) London- The Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has officially opened the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Thursday at the Buckingham Palace.
 

Apr 19 (CP) London- Sri Lanka has been named as the country to give leadership for the conservation of mangroves in Commonwealth countries during the 25th inaugural ceremony of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), held today (19) in London.‎
 

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- Iran's Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani, who is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, called on the businessmen in Iran and Sri Lanka to try to expand industrial relations between the two nations.
 

Apr 19 (CP) Rome- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has recognized the Sri Lankan agrarian system, the "Ellanga Gammana" or Cascaded Tank-Village system in the Dry Zone as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS).
 

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- The United Kingdom's Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox has said that the Government of Britain is ready for direct investments in Sri Lanka, while increasing the investments in the country and the necessary process in this regard will be implemented in the near future.
 

Apr 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem says Sri Lanka will be able to meet sanitation targets of the Sustainable Development Goals well ahead of the time in the same as the country achieved much of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) well ahead of time.
 

Apr 20 (WION) The Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka in which China has a 70 percent stake, is being seen by shipping analysts and other experts as a virtual white elephant because most ships passing through the Indian Ocean don't stop to unload their cargo.
 

Apr 20 (Island) The newly elected UNP Politburo discussed the election of new office bearers yesterday and put off deliberations for Monday.
 

Apr 20 (DM) The SLFP ministerial committee appointed by President Maihtripala Sirisena to look into the future of the unity government has made strong recommendations to drastically bring down the Cost of Living and provide facilities to achieve accelerated development
 

Apr 20 (WION) A report released by Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre said that over 500,000 people are still affected by the drought in 10 districts of Sri Lanka.
 

Apr 20 (DN) The 10 SLFP Deputy Ministers and State Ministers who voted in favour of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against the Prime Minister will sit as an independent group of the SLFP when Parliament convenes after May 8.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Special committee appointed to compensate vehicles damaged due to garbage dump collapse in Meethotamulla (19 - CP)
* National youth summit in Colombo on peace and sustainable development (19 - AN)
* Sri Lanka: No Confidence Motion And The Tamil Vote – OpEd (19 - ER)
* Set up low-cost power plant or face disaster’ CEB engineers to launch work-to-rule campaign (19 - Island)
* TUs to hold joint May Day rally on May 1: JTU (19 - DM)
* Iranian parliament Speaker arrives in Sri Lanka (19 - CP)

SPORTS

Apr 20 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka Cricket's elections will be held at the board's Annual General Meeting on 19th May, SLC has announced, with the deadline for nominations set for April 27. Incumbent President Thilanga Sumathipala confirmed that he would run for another two-year term following recent changes to Sri Lanka's Sports Law.
 

Apr 20 (ESPNCI) Asanka Gurusinha, the former batsman and member of the 1996 World Cup winning team, has been appointed as Sri Lanka Cricket's (SLC) new Chief Cricket Operations Officer. SLC hopes this move will bridge the gap between the national team and its talent production line. Gurusinha will relinquish his duties as manager of the national team and take charge of SLC's High Performance Unit
 

Apr 20 (SLC) Stressing that ‘I won’t let anyone foil my right of administering Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) having being elected by the popular vote’, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala said that SLC’s top priority was for Sri Lanka to win the 2019 World Cup in England.
 

Apr 19 (SLC) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), President Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala is confident of making the upcoming Lankan Premier League (LPL ) a commercial success within three years of the launch.
 


WORLD

APr 20 (BBC) The Prince of Wales will succeed the Queen as head of the Commonwealth, its leaders have announced. The Queen had said it was her "sincere wish" that Prince Charles would follow her in the role.
 

Apr 20 (BDN) Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has praised Sheikh Hasina for her ‘outstanding’ leadership in handling the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh and urged the Commonwealth leaders to stand by her side. "Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been showing outstanding leadership in handling the Rohingya refugees,
 

Apr 20 (BBC) Commonwealth leaders will meet behind closed doors later to discuss whether the Prince of Wales should succeed his mother as head of the 53-nation body. On Thursday the Queen endorsed Prince Charles as future leader at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace.
 

Apr 19 (Xinhua) Cuba moved a step closer to having a new president Wednesday with First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel nominated as President Raul Castro's successor in a historic generation change for the first time in almost six decades.
 


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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