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[Last Updated = Sat, May 26, 2018, 12:12 pm SL Time]
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Government allocates Rs. 69 million to provide relief to people affected by adverse weather

May 26, Colombo: The government has allocated Rs. 33.8 million to provide relief to those affected and displaced by the floods and landslides. The Ministry of Disaster Management says that an additional Rs. 35.3 million have been given to the Divisional Secretaries to pay Rs.10,000 as an advance to each affected family until the payment of compensation to the damaged houses and property made after proper evaluation.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's cricket board has invited retired judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, Justice Rohini Marasinghe to conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations of match fixing against Panadura CC and Kalutara PCC.
 

May 26 (Island) Investigations have revealed that Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia Municipal Councillor Ranjan de Silva, father of Sri Lanka cricket cap Dhananjaya de Silva, who was shot dead on Thursday night at Ratmalana, was carried out by an underworld gang in the area.
 

May 26 (DN) Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne re-issued a warrant on the sureties of former Sri Lankan ambassador to USA Jaliya Wickramasooriya. This is after the latter being unable to appear before Court for two consecutive days of hearing.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have commenced investigations into the killing of Sri Lankan cricketer Dananjaya de Silva's father. Four police teams have been deployed to investigate Thursday's shooting death of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Urban Council member Ranjan de Silva.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal today fixed the hearing of a revision petition filed by the former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa requesting the court to release him and seven other dependents from the charges filed by the bribery Commission over the floating armory of the Avant Garde Maritime Services.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* 11 smugglers nabbed so far this week with Rs 12.42 mn worth of precious metal (25 - Island)
* Dayasiri received Rs.1mn from PTL related company (25 - DM)
* Brian Shaddick’s wife gives evidence against Gammanpila (25 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Four new ambassadors and a high commissioner to Sri Lanka presented credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday at a ceremony held at the President's House, Colombo.
 

May 25 (CP) New York- Ensuring independence of independent commissions from any kind of political influence is crucial in the fight against corruption and restoring confidence in the system, Sri Lanka's Bribery Chief told the UN.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the Inspector General of Police an immediate investigation into two news articles published by two Sinhala dailies.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's largest state owned retail chain Lanka Sathosa has secured committed support from the United States recording its first foreign assistance to achieve its ambitious goals, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today expressed its sincere condolences on the tragic demise of Mr. Ranjan De Silva, father of the national cricketer Dhananjaya De Silva.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's blue chip conglomerate John Keells Holdings (JKH) recorded a 21 percent increase in the Group's recurring Profit Before Tax (PBT) to Rs. 27.63 billion for the financial year 2017/18.
 

May 26 (Island) The CMPort managed Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) was adjudged the Best Container Terminal in Asia in the Under 4 million TEUs category at the respected Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards, bringing pride to Sri Lanka’s Ports sector.
 

May 26 (DM) The Primary Industries Ministry has already started numerous projects under the agriculture sector, specially value-added and export-oriented programmes, to achieve the country’s national objectives. Workshops a
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC (PGC) completed yet another challenging year with a turnover of Rs. 6,816 million & PAT of Rs.344 million. Whilst the turnover increase was marginal when compared to the previous year, it was the highest ever turnover recorded by the company.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom facilitated an interactive investor forum organized by the Research and Intelligence Unit (RIU) to promote the real estate market in Sri Lanka.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The global rating agency, Fitch Ratings said that it expects the balance sheets of Sri Lanka's listed hospitals to improve in the medium term but the increased taxes and price controls may limit the profitability.
 

May 25 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares closed slightly weaker on Friday as investors sold diversified stocks such as John Keells Holdings Plc, while block deals boosted turnover.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lankan rupee ends steady; importer dollar demand weighs (25 - Reuters)
* SINGER to take cutting-edge ASUS notebook range to all parts of Sri Lanka (25 - Island)
* Cabinet paper to further liberalise lubricant industry in 3 weeks (25 - DM)
* Lanka plans becoming benchmark for paperless int’l trade (25 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

May 26 (CP) Colombo- India is inviting applications from Sri Lankan students (excluding PIO, OCI card holders & NRIs) for nomination to undergraduate course in MBBS, BDS, BE, B.Tech, B.Pharm & B.Arch under the Self-Financing Scheme for the academic year 2018-19.
 

May 26 (Island) The Parliament complex had been in existence for the past 37 years without a ‘valid deed’ for the land, the House was told yesterday. "Parliament building is existing without a proper deed for 37 years since its beginning," Matara District UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana said.
 

May 26 (DM) Megapolis Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday no government funds were used to build the "Seemamalakaya" in the Diyawanna Oya near the Parliament Road as alleged by joint opposition MP Gamini Lokuge in parliament.
 

May 26 (DN) Parliament is to send the 20th Amendment to the Constitution (20A) to abolish the Executive Presidency presented by the JVP to the Attorney General(AG) and the Prime Minister (PM).
 

May 25 (CP) Geneva- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has commended the efforts taken by Sri Lanka in post-war peacebuilding and reconciliation when the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador A.L.A Azeez met with the President of the ICRC Peter Maurer at the ICRC Headquarters recently.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday met with the officers of the Sri Lanka Immigration and Emigration officers' Association at the Presidential Secretariat.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has handed over the 20th amendment of the Constitution to the Secretary General of Parliament as a private member's bill, to abolish the executive Presidency.
 

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says that attention has been paid to increase the percentage of males recruited to the nursing service. Health Minister disclosed this during a discussion held recently with the Government Nursing Officers Association (GNOA) at the Ministry of Health.
 

May 25 (CP) Washington, DC- The United States President Donald Trump Thursday nominated career foreign service officer Alaina B Teplitz as the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka.
 

May 25 (UCAN) Caritas and other Christian groups are distributing relief aid to Sri Lankan disaster victims amid floods, landslides and lightning strikes attributed to the annual southwest monsoon.
 

May 25 (VNA) Hanoi- The art of Sri Lankan traditional costumes and fabric was introduced at a fashion event in Hanoi on May 24. The show is inspired by a rhapsody of colours with Sri Lankan handloom fabric “invading” Vietnamese design space by Sri Lankan designer Dhamique Amarasekara.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* SLPP run by ex-military group – PM ...warns journalists backing SLPP digging their own grave (25 - Island)
* Members who had allegations can't be in COPE: Mahindananda (25 - DM)
* Speaker tables names of Watchdog Committee members (25 - DN)

SPORTS

May 26 (PA) A report in London's Telegraph newspaper on Friday (Satuday NZ time) claimed a forthcoming Al Jazeera documentary will show a groundsman telling undercover reporters that the outcome of England's Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, starting in November, can be influenced.
 

May 25 (CT) Ace Sri Lankan cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva has decided not to tour with the national side for their upcoming international assignment. Sri Lanka is set to play in Windies in the coming month with the first Test slated to commence in the first week of June.
 

May 25 (ICC) Former Australia captain, who is serving an international ban, is one of the 10 marquee players named. Australia’s Steve Smith has been named as one of the 10 marquee players for the proposed Global T20 Canada league.
 

May 25 (ESPNCI) Alastair Cook is awkwardly squatting at slip. His legs are too far apart, his hands are already together as if someone is about to pour soup into them, and it's as if he's standing over some imaginary obstacle, making his legs buckle weirdly. Cook was never a natural slip fielder, so he's made this technique to survive.
 


WORLD

May 26 (BDN) Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hoped Bangladesh and India will emerge as a model of bilateral ties for the world by achieving socio-economic development through mutual cooperation. She believes the problems between the two neighbouring countries will be resolved in a friendly atmosphere.
 

May 26 (BBC) US President Donald Trump says "very productive talks" have been held with North Korea on reinstating the summit with leader Kim Jong-un. In a tweet, Mr Trump said the meeting could still take place on 12 June in Singapore "and if necessary will be extended beyond that date".
 

May 25 (BBC) Australia and the Netherlands say they are holding Russia responsible for downing a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet in 2014. All 298 people on board MH17, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, died when it was shot down over rebel-held territory in Ukraine.
 

May 25 (BDN) India’s white-marble Taj Mahal is turning yellow and green as the 17th century mausoleum weathers filthy air in the world’s eighth-most polluted city. One of the seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal flanks a garbage-strewn river and is often enveloped by dust and smog from belching smokestacks and vehicles in the northern city of Agra.
 


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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