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'Opposition's blessing for special PSC for National Religious Reconciliation is a victory for the future generation' - Speaker

June 17 (CP) Colombo- At a time when the rupee is being strengthened after a long period of economic downturn and the country being ranked as the number one tourist destination in the world, the terrorist attack set our motherland back for many years but overcoming these challenges through unity and harmony is the only alternative, Sri Lanka's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

June 18 (CP) Colombo- The special Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to probe the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks on the 21st of April and report to parliament is scheduled to convene again today (18) at 2 pm. Chairman of the PSC deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri will preside over the today's session.
 

June 18 (Island) Over 1,000 complaints have been lodged against Dr Mohamed Shafi, by yesterday for sterilization without patients’ consent, the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital said yesterday. Kurunegala Teaching Hospital had received 839 complaints while Dambulla Hospital and Police had received 164 complaints.
 

June 18 (DM) The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, is said to be in a dilemma after President Maithripala Sirisena vowed not to send intelligence officers presently in service to testify before it.
 

June 18 (DN) The Court of Appeal has issued a Writ of Certiorari quashing an official intimation made by the Secretary to the Ministry of Education to the Manager of Ashoka College of Horana, to teach either in the mother tongue (Sinhala/Tamil) or in bilingual medium in terms of the education policy of the government or face the consequences.
 

June 17 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today remanded a group of local government politicians arrested after they surrendered to the police for an attack carried out on an opposition trade union leader in Anuradhapura during the 1999 presidential election.
 

June 17 (AFP) Media activists on Monday accused Sri Lankan police of using a UN convention on hate speech to crack down on media freedom and the country's Muslim minority.
 

June 17 (CP) Colombo- The Special Task Force (STF) of Police has raided a Facebook party and arrested 51 people, who were in possession of narcotic drugs and pills. The suspects were found in possession of 160 milligrams of heroin, 300 milligrams of cocaine, 50 milligrams of Crystal Methamphetamine known as 'ice' 150g of Cannabis and several other drugs.
 

June 17 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) member of the Mihintale Pradeshiya Sabha Nipuna Madusanka has been arrested this morning for assault. The Councilor is accused of assaulting and injuring a number of people and also pressuring the police.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Many an eyebrow raised over PSC not taking up issue (17 - Island)
* Burglar with toy pistol injured in Police shooting (17 - DM)
* Three suspects in rape case released on cash bail, two surety bonds (17 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

June 17 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena visited the construction site of the China - Sri Lanka Friendship Nephrology Hospital in Polonnaruwa Monday (June 17) to inspect its progress.
 

June 17 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy Monday introduced a new mobile app to further enhance the service provided to the consumers by the Ceylon Electricity Board.
 

June 17 (CP) Colombo- Commander of Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake says that there are no racial, religious or caste differences in the Sri Lanka Army.
 

June 17 (CP) Colombo- According to the Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the Statistics Department of Central Bank on Tuesday, the industrial production in Sri Lanka recovered in May 2019 while services sector continued to deteriorate.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

June 18 (Island) Seylan Bank has extended its sponsorship as the official banking partner for the Construct Expo 2019 for the 4th consecutive year. Organised by the National Construction Association of Sri Lanka (NCASL), the Construct Expo is the largest and most anticipated exhibition in Sri Lanka.
 

June 18 (DM) Sri Lanka’s largest tile and bathware manufacturing group, Royal Ceramics Lanka PLC, believes that the trade war between the US and China will increase opportunities for Sri Lankan manufacturers in key export markets.
 

June 18 (DN) Sri Lanka’s current extensive port development programs will create more employment opportunities for women in the future, a port industry expert said.
 

June 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka was prominently featured at a luxury Travel Show, held in the Dutch capital Amsterdam recently, according to the Sri Lanka Embassy in The Netherlands.
 

June 17 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Export Development Board in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Thailand organized a Technical Exposure and Capacity Building Program
 

June 17 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares ended marginally higher on Monday, hovering near a six-week high hit last week, as trade turnover touched a more than four-month high amid continued foreign fund outflows, while the rupee ended weaker on dollar demand from importers.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Titanium Sands to ramp up drilling at its Mannar project after acquiring new rig (17 - PI)
* Hatton Plantations comes under Lotus Renewable Energy Group (17 - Island)
* Revenue from direct taxes up to 18.1% in 2018 (17 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

June 18 (ER) A few weeks ago, a security expert who has studied the so-called Islamic State (IS) rightly said to this author, that "Your country was 'staged'." While the IS attempted to take credit for the attacks, they do not appear to have been directed by the group.
 

June 18 (Island) A large number of high- yielding milch cows, imported from Australia, in 2017, were suffering from Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD), hitherto not found in Sri Lanka, and officials had failed to stop the spread of the disease, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing allegations of large scale corruption between January 15, 2015 and December 31, 2018 was informed yesterday.
 

June 18 (DM) The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today pooh-poohed the idea of seeking the approval of people by a referendum to conduct a snap parliamentary election. Addressing a press conference, SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris said a referendum would be non-binding and therefore would be a sheer waste of public funds.
 

June 18 (DN) The Poson Festival will be proclaimed as a National Festival while the annual Mihintale Poson Perahera will be offered state patronage. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided to frame the necessary legislation to facilitate this
 

June 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's first satellite 'Raavana-1' was successfully launched into orbit Monday from the International Space Station (ISS) along with two other BIRDS 3 satellites from Japan and Nepal.
 

June 17 (CP) Colombo- The national program of establishing 5000 "Export Program Villages" will be launched today from Dehiattakandiya, Chandanagama village in Ampara district under the patronage of Minister of Primary Industries and Social Empowering Daya Gamage.
 

June 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka called for placing the nuclear terrorism high on the global agenda at the 2019 Plenary Meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT), held at Palacio San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 6-7 June 2019.
 

June 17 (CH) Many Christians in Sri Lanka are still too scared to go to church – in spite of security put in place following the Easter Day bombings.
 

June 17 (Xinhua) KATHMANDU- Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ishwar Pokhrel said on Sunday that the bombing attacks in Sri Lanka in April had sent a clear and strong message that a new type of terrorism threat has arrived in South Asia.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* PM asks Acting Ministers not to perform official duties (17 - Island)
* Drones should be used to transport emergency meds: Specialist (17 - DM)
* Half a million pilgrims in A’pura, Mihintale (17 - DN)

SPORTS

June 17 (AFP) Upsets have long been a part of the World Cup whether it was Sri Lanka, then a non-Test nation, beating India back in 1979, Zimbabwe seeing off Australia in 1983 or Ireland defeating Pakistan in 2007. But the chances of Afghanistan joining that proud list at this year's edition appear to be receding fast.
 

June 17 (ESPNCI) The wife of Sri Lanka's once-captain has accused - on Facebook - one of their players of being a political appointment made by the sports minister of the country. That captain - one of the seven ODI captains tried by Sri Lanka since the last World Cup - is not the captain anymore. He has been accused of picking and choosing games,
 

June 17 (BBC) India continued their World Cup dominance over rivals Pakistan with a rain-affected 89-run victory as a highly anticipated match came to a strange end at Old Trafford. Pakistan, chasing 337, collapsed to 166-6 before a rain delay saw their target revised to another 136
 


WORLD

June 17 (BBC) A Pakistani politician's live-streamed press conference descended into farce when a cat filter was switched on by mistake. Shaukat Yousafzai was briefing journalists last Friday when the setting was accidentally turned on.
 

June 17 (BBC) An Indian magician, who attempted to recreate Harry Houdini's famed trick by jumping shackled into a river, is feared dead. Chanchal Lahiri was meant to escape and swim to safety but did not emerge from the Hooghly river in West Bengal state.
 

June 17 (BBC) Seven mountaineers have been caught by an avalanche while climbing at an altitude of more than 5,000m (17,000ft) in northern Pakistan, officials say. The four Italian and three Pakistani climbers are believed to be trapped in the Ghizer district near the border with Afghanistan.
 

June 17 (Xinhua) Chinese President Xi Jinping's visits to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan opened a new chapter for building a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday.
 


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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