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Sri Lankan President reaffirms government's commitment to eliminate malnutrition

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today reaffirmed his government's commitment to end all forms of malnutrition in the country and achieve 'Zero Hunger' by 2030. President Sirisena said that it is important to implement a state policy regarding the production, security, quality and standards of food.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Oct 17 (CP) Colombo- A leading newspaper in India, The Hindu reported that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has accused the Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of plotting his assassination.
 

Oct 17 (DN) The female consultant involved in the Boralesgamuwa accident in which a Police Inspector was killed, was further remanded till October 30 by the Gangodawila Magistrate yesterday.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena has granted Rs 1 million to the Police Sergeant Sanath Gunawardena who was suspended following the incident in Thebuwana, when the police officer met with the President at the Presidential Secretariat, today (16).
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- The three-member Special High Court-at-Bar has issued summons on seven defendants including Niraj Roshan alias 'Ali Roshan' to appear before the court on October 26.
 

Oct 16, Colombo: The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) will be holding its next meeting with families of the disappeared and missing from the Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts of the Western Province on Tuesday, October 16 in Colombo.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Former director of the Terrorist Investigations Division DIG Nalaka de Silva has been summoned to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today obtain a statement regarding an alleged plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, CID sources said.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department of Sri Lanka Police plans to record a statement from President Maithripala Sirisena regarding a complaint made by Presidential Secretariat regarding an alleged conspiracy to assassinate the President and former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Special High Court today has ordered to postpone the case against former President's Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath and three others, who have been charged of misappropriating state funds, until October 23.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) unit at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Monday morning arrested an Indian couple attempting to smuggle in over 2 kilograms of heroin.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel will be employed from today to provide security in the country's prisons, Senior Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms, Bandula Jayasinghe said.
 

Oct 16 (Island) Ratnapura police, yesterday morning, arrested 43 youth including 23 females for possessing and using illegal drugs at a party, organised through Facebook. The party had begun on Sunday night, police said.
 

Oct 16 (DM) Anti-Corruption Force Operations Director Namal Kumara yesterday said he would reveal more incidents including an alleged land fraud taking place in the country. He expressed these views to the media after giving a statement to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over the ongoing probe into alleged assassination plot on President Maithripala Sirisena and Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
 

Oct 16 (DN) The appeal filed by the Attorney General against the sentences imposed on the convicts of British aid worker Khuram Sheikh’s murder was yesterday fixed for argument on March 1 next year by the Court of Appeal.
 

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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Oct 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Department of Commerce (DoC) has reported the country's largest ever global trade linkage for Sri Lankan exports sector so far on 16 October in Colombo. The DoC also stressed that for the first time in a decade, Sri Lankan exports to this huge market has doubled.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Ministry of Finance to study the status of current imports to the country and submit a report on possible imports that can be temporarily restricted in order to manage the economic challenges that Sri Lanka is currently facing due to global economic uncertainty.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Foreign Policy and Economic Diplomacy Dialogue, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commenced on Monday ( 15 October) with the participation of mid-career diplomats from 23 countries from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Australasia.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Former Sri Lankan Cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya responding to the charges leveled by the International Cricket Council against him said he always conducted himself with "integrity and transparency" with matters concerning the sport.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- World Bank says recent fiscal and monetary policy measures have broadly contributed to stability of Sri Lanka's economy in the medium-term amid continued natural calamities and outlook remains stable.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Oct 17 (TDS) Bangladeshi garment manufacturers want to tie up with their Sri Lankan counterparts to add more value to the garment supply chain and reduce the lead time by at least 10 days.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- According to the Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the Census and Statistics Department, the industrial production and services in Sri Lanka have eased in September 2018 compared to the same month in 2017.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- The Invest Sri Lanka capital market road show organized by the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) in association with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) concluded on a positive note with institutional investors based in Edinburgh
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Bank says it has initiated several measures to strengthen transparency and accountability in several areas of operations of the Central Bank in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on bond issuance.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- SriLankan Airlines, coinciding with the first anniversary of its operations to Melbourne, successfully concluded SriLankan Airlines Half Marathon event at the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival for the second consecutive year.
 

Oct 16 (Reuters) COLOMBO- The Sri Lankan rupee ended 0.2 percent weaker on Tuesday as banks and importers bought the dollar while stocks ended a five-session losing streak, pulling away from previous session's near five-year closing low.
 

Oct 16 (Island) Alongside Mitra Innovation's core offerings such as digital transformation and cloud integration, the Company will soon be commencing a new service...
 

Oct 16 (DM) The banking sector earnings, which once looked almost immune to economic cycles, have indicated some signs of weakness in recent times, ....
 

Oct 16 (DN) HDFC Bank recently signed an MOU with Fairfirst Insurance Limited for the provision of Life and Total Permanent Disability insurance covers to the Bank’s loan customers.
 

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* Sri Lankan rupee ends weaker; stocks hit near 5-yr low on foreign selling (15 - Reuters)
* Little Sri Lankans treated to fun and games by ComBank and ITN at Weli Oya (15 - CP)
* SampathCards offers cardholders 40% savings at Cinnamon Resorts in SL and Maldives (15 - Island)
* Further import controls unnecessary unless fuel prices rise: Malik (15 - DM)
* ACES recognises Combank and IWS Holdings (15 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Oct 17 (DN) Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera said the SLFP Central Committee which met last night in Colombo did not discuss the forming of a new government led by the SLFP.
 

Oct 17 (DC) Chennai- Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan has courted controversy declaring that Tamils would be happy if the LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran was alive. Congressmen here are livid at the BJP Minister's outlandish allegiance to the declared assassin of the former Prime Minister of India.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa has filed a petition in the Supreme Court requesting the court to declare the Counter-Terrorism bill presented to Parliament by the government in place of the Prevention of Terrorism Act is in violation of the constitution. The Attorney General has been named as a respondent in the petition.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- High Commissioner of Pakistan in Colombo Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat unveiled the new interface of the official website of the High Commission on October 16, 2018.
 

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said that the cabinet has approved an allocation of Rs. 400 million to compensate those who have been politically victimized. He said about 90 percent of the work in this regard has been completed and the reparations will be made as soon as the money is released from the Treasury.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit New Delhi later this week and meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to discuss bilateral matters, according to a report.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) today launched an online platform to track the progress that has been made in key anti-corruption commitments made by the government.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena toured in Polonnaruwa on Sunday to look into the progress of development work in the district under the 'Pibidemu Polonnaruwa' program.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Education has has taken steps to fill principal vacancies in 302 national schools in the country. The relevant interviews will be held from the 16th of October to the 10th of November at the Ministry of Education.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen points out that while South Asia is emerging as one of the fast-growing regions in the world and is expected to play a dynamic role in shaping the 'Asian Century', regional trade in South Asia remains below potential.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- "Enterprise Sri Lanka- BOC Thurunu Diriya" loan scheme has disbursed 182 loans for young entrepreneurs island-wide up to date, Policy Development Office said in a statement.
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Israeli officials have agreed to grant a five-year work visa for Sri Lankan migrant workers who will be working in the agriculture sector.
 

Oct 16 (Island) The present crisis cannot be resolved by forming a caretaker government with Mahinda Rajapakass as the PM, the JVP says. Addressing the media at the Centre for Society and Religion in Maradana, JVP trade union wing leader and politburo member K.D. Lalkantha said that the need of the hour was to dissolve parliament
 

Oct 16 (DM) Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama said yesterday he would meet his Chinese counterpart next month in China to discuss how to resume talks on the proposed Free Trade Agreement between the two countries.
 

Oct 16 (DN) The Government had been deprived an income amounting to approximately Rs.197 billion due to taxes in default as at the end of last year, the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) performance report for the year 2017 indicated.
 

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SPORTS

Hasini Ambalangodage and her team AlFA won the Gold medal in the mixed international relay badminton at the Youth Olympic Games which is now in progress in Argentina. Her team consisted of seven other shuttlers from USA, Bulgaria, Canada, Italy, India, Cambodia and Sweden.
 

Oct 16 (ESPNCI) Seven stress fractures have slowed down Varun Aaron's career, but he still retains the "madness" to bowl fast and hopes to work his way back into national reckoning or at least the A team. "The madness to bowl fast is still there even after seven stress fractures," Aaron told ESPNcricinfo. "
 

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The International Cricket Council has charged Sri Lanka's cricket great and former selector Sanath Jayasuriya with two counts of breaching its Anti-Corruption Code. The ICC in a statement said that the 49-year-old former batsman and cricket captain has refused to cooperate with any investigation conducted by the ICC's anti-corruption unit (ACU).
 

Oct 15 (ICC) Afghanistan's Hazratullah Zazai became only the third batsman to hit six sixes in an over in a Twenty20 match, for Kabul Zwanan against Balkh Legends in the Afghanistan Premier League 2018. Zazai opened the Kabul batting with his team chasing a mammoth 245 for victory
 


WORLD

Oct 15 (BBC) An Air India flight attendant has been injured after falling from the door of a parked aeroplane at India's Mumbai airport. Harsha Lobo was preparing the flight for boarding to Delhi on Monday morning when the incident happened. Ms Lobo, 52, suffered a fracture and other injuries and has been taken to a hospital.
 

Oct 15 (NIE) JERUSALEM- Israel's leading airline El Al warns that all Israeli airlines will stop flying from Jan 1, 2019 because of security concerns abroad. Chairman of El Al airlines, Mr Eli Dapas,made this announcement in his letter to the deputy head of Israel's National Security Council and the director general of the Prime Minister's Office,
 

Oct 15 (NIE) COLOMBO- The Supreme Court of the Maldives is to decide Sunday on President Abdulla Yameen's petition to overturn his defeat in last month's election, a move that could bring international sanctions. The tiny Indian Ocean archipelago has seen political tensions escalate as Yameen jailed or exiled all his main opponents during his five-year rule.
 

Oct 15 (BBC) An Australian wildlife carer has suffered a punctured lung as she and her family fought off a savage attack by a kangaroo at their property. Linda Smith, 64, and her husband Jim were feeding kangaroos hit by drought conditions in Queensland when the 6ft (1.82m) grey turned on Jim.
 


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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