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Sri Lanka PM reiterates call for reconciliation for the country to move forward

Feb 15 (CP) Kilinochchi- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that it is not worthwhile to open old wounds of the past and act out of hatred for one another and called on the country to seek reconciliation by speaking the truth and forgive each other for the past. "The country will not move forward if we keep exposing the wounds of the past," the Premier said reiterating his call for reconciliation.
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Feb 16 (CP) Colombo- The results of radiocarbon dating tests conducted on five of the six bone samples from the mass grave in Mannar in Northern Sri Lanka sent to a laboratory in the U.S was received on late Friday (15), Dr. Saminda Rajapaksha, Mannar Judicial Medical Officer and the Chief Investigating officer said.

Feb 16 (Island) The Navy nabbed a person with two kilos of Kerala ganja, opposite the main gate of the Kanchadeva naval base in the North, on Thursday. A Navy officer said that the suspect had been riding a motorcycle along the road in front of the main gate of SLNS Kanchadewa when he was stopped and a search conducted.

Feb 16 (DM) A six-member police team was appointed by Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando to leave for Dubai to assist the Dubai Police in the investigations into the recent arrest of 31 Sri Lankans including drug kingpin Makandure Madush and singers Amal Perera and his son Nadeemal.

Feb 16 (DN) A woman in Yawatta, Matale died after her husband hit her with a helmet. The victim, 37, succumbed to injuries at the Kandy General hospital while undergoing a surgery. Police said the victim was admitted to the Yatawatta hospital initially by her husband citing that she was injured falling down a manhole last Wednesday.

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan political leaders in unison have condemned the Pulwama terror attack which killed 46 police troops in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- A woman has sustained critical injuries in a shooting incident Thursday night in Melwatte area in Kotahena and has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Colombo National Hospital.

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Power & energy and Business Development Thursday visited the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption to give a statement regarding the Central Bank Bond scam.

* NPC urged to probe Kelaniya police (15 - Island)
* Hangman’s rope unusable, new one to be imported (15 - DM)
* Policeman injured by service weapon (15 - DN)


Feb 16 (CP) Colombo- The successful partnership between Sri Lanka and the European Union (EU) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) continued with a Multi-stakeholder Consultation in Colombo organized by the EU's SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility.

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- From February 11 through 13, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) conducted port security capacity building at the Port of Colombo with more than 25 Sri Lankan port officials.

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the Kankasanthurai harbor in the Northern Province will be developed in to a commercial harbor and a vibrant economic hub would be created around the port.

Feb 15 (CP) Brussels- The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka at their Joint Commission on Thursday in Brussels have agreed on the importance to continue working closely together on human rights and reconciliation while committed to work jointly during next two years to foster rural development, democratic governance, investments and economic growth.


Feb 16 (CP) Colombo- According to the Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the Statistics Department of Central Bank, both manufacturing and service sectors continued expand moderately in January 2019.

Feb 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Bank on Friday said it will be closely monitoring the operations of The Finance Company PLC (TFC), a Finance Company licensed under the Finance Business Act No. 42 of 2011 (FBA) severely impacted by the failure of a number of financial institutions within the group in 2008.

Feb 16 (Island) LOLC, one of Sri Lanka’s largest non-banking financial institutions and conglomerate’s, has signed an Unlimited License Agreement with Oracle to access its Oracle Cloud Platform in order to facilitate its global expansion.

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- The Consumer Affairs Authority of Sri Lanka has made Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Certification mandatory for food suppliers including hotels from next month.

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila with the support of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) for the second consecutive year participated at the 26th Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) Travel and Tour Expo 2019 from 08 to 10 February 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Manila.

Feb 15 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's rupee ended weaker on Friday, as dollar demand from importers weighed on the currency, market sources said.

* CSE announces appointment of two new directors to its board (15 - Island)
* Sri Lanka’s largest brewer urges government to plug tax revenue leakages (15 - DM)
* Hutch, BOI sign supplementary agreement with $115 mn investment (15 - CP)
* Sri Lanka growth at 3.5-pct in 2019 : Room to be better managed : World Bank (15 - LBO)
* Sri Lanka sets to launch global campaign to promote Ceylon Tea (15 - Xinhua)


Feb 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development today said there has not been any fraudulent activity in awarding the tender for the construction of the 300 megawatt Combined-Cycle LNG power plant in Kerawalapitiya to a Chinese company.

Feb 16 (Island) The Catholic Bishop’s Conference in Sri Lanka has stated that they do not approve of the resumption of the death penalty. The Bishops have said, in a media statement, that the authorities have the ability to implement the death penalty, in limited circumstances, to protect public life with regards to serious crimes.

Feb 16 (DM) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday there was no point in asking for more powers if the local bodies don't use what is already devolved to the Provincial Councils. He said this at the development review meeting held at the Kilinochchi Divisional Secretariat.

Feb 16 (DN) The second phase of the project in Kilinochchi Hospital was inaugurated by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The new building, wards and operating theaters, medical facilities were included in the second phase of the project.

Feb 15 (CP) Matara- The Matara Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Affairs Ministry was declared open today (15) jointly by Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana and Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera.

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- The British Council of Sri Lanka announced this week that it continues to strengthen its longstanding partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka in education and skills development.

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Kentaro Sonoura, M. P. and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, will be visiting Sri Lanka from 15 to 16 February 2019, the Embassy of Japan in Colombo announced today.

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- A top World Bank official says Sri Lanka has achieved exceptional growth momentum in the development drive and with the right reforms, the country can soon become an upper middle-income country.

Feb 15 (CP) Colombo- Preparations are underway for Sri Lanka to host the 18th Session of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference in 2019 from 23rd May to 3rd June in Colombo.

Feb 15 (MongaBay) For a large, charismatic and endangered species such as the Asian elephant, you might think scientists would have figured out where they hang out and when. But it turns out, there's very little evidence-based information on their distribution across countries in Asia.

Feb 15 (EAF) Sri Lanka looks to have averted a political disaster. On 26 October 2018, President Maithripala Sirisena illegally appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister and fired Ranil Wickremesinghe who had served in that role since 2015.

* Speaker calls for polls on schedule (15 - Island)
* Govt. jobs for A/L qualifiers: Prez objects to cabinet proposal (15 - DM)
* Strong leadership needed to address political challenges - Speaker (15 - DN)


Feb 16 (ESPNCI) There's an opening spot up for grabs, the No. 3 position doesn't have a permanent occupant, No. 5 is dodgy, as is No. 7, but the longest ongoing search by far, for Sri Lanka, has been for a successor to Rangana Herath as the go-to spinner, home and away. First, if there are that many vacancies in your XI, it is clear there are serious problems.

Feb 15 (AFP) Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya claimed a five-wicket haul on his debut and sparked a South African collapse on the third day of the first Test on Friday. Embuldeniya, 22, took five for 66 as South Africa were bowled out for 259 in their second innings, leaving Sri Lanka to get 304 to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Feb 15 (ESPNCI) On his international debut, Lasith Embuldeniya picked up 5 for 66 to bowl South Africa out 40 minutes before tea on the third day. With Vishwa Fernando also taking 4 for 71, the hosts lost their last five wickets for just eight runs, but Sri Lanka were still left with a stiff fourth innings target thanks to Quinton de Kock's second fifty of the match and Faf du Plessis' 90.

Feb 15 (ESPNCI) South Africa are ranked No. 2 in Tests, have the most fearsome phalanx of quicks on the planet, a serviceable top order, and are, in general, an outstanding fielding side. Despite a regular loss of wickets late on day two at Kingsmead, they have imposed themselves on Sri Lanka, and have achieved a strong position in the match.


Feb 15 (BBC) China has closed the base camp on its side of Mount Everest to visitors who don't have climbing permits. Authorities have resorted to the unusual move to deal with the mounting waste problem at the site.

Feb 15 (BBC) India has said it will ensure the "complete isolation" of Pakistan after a suicide bomber killed 46 paramilitary police in Indian-administered Kashmir. It claims to have "incontrovertible evidence" of its neighbour's involvement but has not provided it.

Feb 15 (BBC) US President Donald Trump is to declare a national emergency to fund his planned border wall with Mexico, the White House has said. He will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown - but also act to bypass Congress and use military funds for the wall, a statement said.

Feb 15 (BBC) India has called for sanctions against the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group it says carried out Thursday's suicide attack in Indian-administered Kashmir. Delhi asks for the leader of the Pakistan-based group to be listed as a terrorist by the UN.

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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