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Sri Lankan President stresses citizens' right to information in preventing fraud and corruption

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today stressed that ensuring freedom and democracy is essential to form a good government and the citizens' right to information prevents financial mismanagement and corruption. The President said the Right to Information is a fundamental right of every citizen of a country enjoying democracy, freedom and human rights and it is the responsibility of the state officials as well as media to apprise the people of their right.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- The Financial Crime Investigations Division (FCID) of Sri Lanka Police today arrested a parliamentarian over misusing state properties during the previous government.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court Wednesday extended the remand of Chanuka Ratwatte, brother United People's Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Lohan Ratwatte, and four others until September 30.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court Wednesday granted Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the second son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa permission to travel abroad.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy assisted in the repatriation of four Indian fishermen, who were released from Sri Lankan custody yesterday. A total of 279 Indian fishermen were repatriated from Sri Lanka this year alone.

Sept 28 (CP) New York- The New York-based international press freedom organization, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday welcomed the new probe into the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and urged the government to follow through with a transparent and thorough investigation.

Sept 28 (DN) Four suspects who attempted to sell a stock of gold sea shells said to have been recovered from a treasure, were arrested by Minneriya Police on Monday.

Sept 28 (Island) Police have commenced an investigation to trace the owner of a drone which hovered above the grave of slain Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge while his remains were being exhumed yesterday.

Sept 28 (DM) A heated argument between Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake and a journalist from the electronic media ended up with the former hitting a video camera at a media briefing this evening.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- The body of slain Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga was exhumed today as part of a fresh investigation into his death. The body was exhumed this morning in the presence of the Hultsdorf Magistrate at the Borella cemetery.

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Sri Lanka Navy accused of snapping Tamil Nadu fishermen's fishing nets (27 - CP)
* CID accused of tapping senior judge’s phones (27 - Island)
* Ramith: Pleads guilty on two count, says not guilty to DUI (27 - DM)
* Joint Opposition MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage granted bail (27 - CP)
* Body of assassinated journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga to be exhumed today (27 - CP)
More : LEGAL - SITUATION

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Law and Order Ministry jointly with the Sri Lanka Police is planning to launch a program to create a joint mechanism to curb child abuse and violence against women.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- According to a National Survey conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics, Computer Literacy of Sri Lanka has increased from 16.1 percent in 2006/07 to 27.1 percent in 2015. The urban sector shows the highest computer literacy rate at 39.2 percent.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lanka has slipped three notches down the index of global competitiveness this year to rank 71st among 138 countries, according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2016/2017 released by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) on Tuesday.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Central Bank releasing the monetary policy review for September 2016 on Wednesday said it has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as adequate measures are currently in place to contain monetary expansion at levels supportive of maintaining the macroeconomic balance while facilitating economic activity.


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Fitch Ratings has placed Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC's (DIST) National Long-Term Rating of 'AAA(lka)' on Rating Watch Negative (RWN). The rating action follows a restructuring in the group.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's most iconic mixed development project, Cinnamon Life, announced the launch of 'The Suites at Cinnamon Life', the second residential tower to be constructed...

Sept 28 (TOO) Towering rain trees sag over shaded, winding roads littered with small shacks. Smoke wafts from fire over which fresh corn is boiled in cast iron cauldrons and thick roti dough sears to crisp perfection. In the trees, small rilawa (toque macaque) monkeys fight and glare down in search of a snack to grab.

Sept 28 (Reuters) Sri Lankan stocks closed higher on Wednesday, hitting a more than three-week closing high, led by gains in banking stocks after the central bank held the key monetary policy rates steady.

Sept 28 (Reuters) The Sri Lankan rupee posted its third straight session of losses on Wednesday, as the dollar demand from importers exceeded greenback sales by exporters, dealers said.

Sept 28 (DN) In parallel with the world’s Tourism Day celebrations , Sri Lanka Tourism yesterday unveiled the 50 best tourism experiences in Sri Lanka along with the launch of the ‘Adaraneeya Sri Lanka’ travel documentary.

Sept 28 (Island) The Blue Mountain Group’s latest real estate development venture, Achilleion is set to make a lasting mark on Colombo’s skyline as one of the most luxurious and unique apartment complex in Sri Lanka to date.

Sept 28 (DM) The Business Information Division of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has released its latest review conducted on the apparel industry.

Sept 28 (Bloomberg) Sri Lanka Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy explains why the bank kept rates unchanged and discusses the outlook for Sri Lanka's economy.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- SriLankan Airlines will enhance its focus on the Asia and the Middle East region by commencing services between Lahore and Colombo from 27th September 2016.

Sept 27 (Hindu) Textile mills in the southern states, especially those in Tamil Nadu, are exploring the possibility of having space at a port yard in Colombo for storage of cotton sourced from different countries so that it can be shipped to the mills here.

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lankan rupee ends lower on importer dollar demand (27 - Reuters)
* Sri Lankan shares end at 2-week closing high; blue chips lead (27 - Reuters)
* CSE to host a seminar on Current Market Conditions - Live Streaming today (28 - CP)
* Making Sri Lankan tourism accessible to all (27 - Island)
* Overseas Realty in Rs.7.3bn cash call to fund mixed development project (27 - DM)
* Sri Lanka eyeing higher levels of FDI across the economy - OBG (27 - DN)
* Banker dies as three wheeler topples on her (27 - DN)
* Infrastructure: Sri Lanka Megapolis development on right track, says UDA DG (27 - LBO)
* Commercial Bank of Ceylon commences operations of its subsidiary in Maldives (27 - CP)
More : FINANCE - TRAVEL

POLITICS - GENERAL

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will initiate an awareness program for the Sri Lankan fisherman on preventing illegal fishing, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development said.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Provincial Council and Local Government Faizer Mustapha has said that an All Party Conference will be convened to approve the report on the demarcation of local government boundaries once it is submitted.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- The emergency ambulance service set up with the assistance from the Government of India was launched in the Colombo district today. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva launched the 1990 "SuwaSariya" Emergency Ambulance Service today in Colombo1990 Free Ambulance Service in Colombo District with 21 fully equipped units along with trained Emergency Medical Technicians.

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit New Zealand and India next week, the Prime Minister's Office has said. The Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will leave for New Zealand tomorrow on a three-day visit from 1-3 October at the invitation of his New Zealand Counterpart Prime Minister John Key.

Sept 28 (DN) A minor tremor measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale was reported last morning in Galle, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau Deputy Director (Geology) Dr. C.H.E.R. Siriwardana told the Daily News yesterday.

Sept 28 (Island) Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella lashed out at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa last weekend claiming he was still using the ethnic problem to gain political mileage. Kiriella was addressing the launching of road development project held at the Sucharithagama Junction in Anuradhapura on Sunday.

Sept 28 (DM) Central Province Governor Neluka Ekanayaka said today a miscommunication between her and Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayaka had resulted in 29 PC members travelling to Russia last morning in violation of presidential guidelines. She said the Chief Minister informed her that the President had verbally approved the foreign trip.

Sept 27 (CP) Galle- The United States has supported the long-term preservation of Sri Lanka's World Heritage Site of Galle Dutch Fort through a project funded by the U.S. Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation.

Sept 27 (Reuters) India will invest up to $2 billion in Sri Lanka over the next four years in a range of sectors including real estate, energy and infrastructure, its Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Tuesday.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- India's Commerce and Industry Minister, Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman visited Sri Lanka on September 26-27, 2016 with the objective of enhancing and deepening bilateral trade and investment relations.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Ministry in association with the Department of Government Information will hold an international Conference in Colombo under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena to commemorate the International Right to Information Day.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- National Mosquito Control Week organized by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition, and Indigenous Medicine begins today (27th Sept.) and will continue until 3rd October. During the week cleaning campaigns for mosquito eradication on identified mosquito breeding places will be launched island wide as well as carrying out awareness programs with the aim of eradicating the dengue epidemic.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Supreme Court Judge Priyasad Dep was sworn in as the Acting Chief Justice before President Maithripala Sirisena today (27) at the Presidential Secretariat. Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon was also present in the occasion.

Sept 27 (CP) Manilla- Asian Development Bank (ADB) lowered the economic growth forecast for Sri Lanka Tuesday saying growth prospects for Sri Lanka edge lower on weak industrial performance and fiscal consolidation.

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Following the controversy over the request for Rs. 45 million for 28 members of cash-strapped Central Provincial Council to travel to Russia, the President's Office stressed that the approval of the Treasury is compulsory when members and ministers of provincial councils travel abroad.

Sept 27 (DW) Sri Lankan capital Colombo has been an important port city along the Indian Ocean for centuries. There is a natural port in the west of the island which was first used by the Portuguese and later on by the British.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* UNP tells Vigneswaran not to dictate terms to President Sirisena (27 - Island)
* Vigneswaran taken to task (27 - DN)
More : POLITICS - GENERAL

SPORTS

Sept 28 (ICC) Imad Wasim extended his purple patch as he set up Pakistan’s eight-wicket win over West Indies in the third and final Twenty20 International at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday (September 27). With the win, Pakistan swept the three-match series 3-0, having won the first two matches, both in Dubai, by nine wickets and 16 runs respectively. The win also meant that Sarfraz Ahmed extended his unbeaten run as T20I captain to four matches

More : SPORTS

Sept 27 (ESPNCI) A dominant Australia Women side thumped Sri Lanka Women by ten wickets in the one-off T20I in Colombo, chasing down a target of 60 with 71 balls to spare, the largest margin of victory (by balls remaining) in women's T20 cricket. Australia, who had swept the preceding ODI series 4-0, bettered the record of 70 balls set by New Zealand in 2010. Put in to bat, Sri Lanka struggled from the outset, extending their poor form shown during the one-day series.

Sept 27 (ICC) India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson have climbed up one place each to reach second position among bowlers and batsmen, respectively, in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released on Tuesday morning. Ashwin’s match haul of 10-225, that helped notch a 197-run victory in the first Test in Kanpur on Monday, has seen him overtake England’s James Anderson by one point

Sept 27 (ESPNCI) Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan Test captain, has urged the cricketing world to embrace the concept of day-night Test "quickly". Pakistan are set to play their first-ever pink-ball Test in Dubai against West Indies next month, from October 13 to 17. Pakistan have also agreed to a day-night Test against Australia in Brisbane in December. The debate around the pink ball and day-night Tests has been on for more than five years,


WORLD

Sept 28 (BBC) The former Israeli PM and president, Shimon Peres, has died aged 93. He suffered a stroke two weeks ago and his condition improved before a sudden deterioration on Tuesday. Mr Peres, who was one of the last of a generation of Israeli politicians present at the new nation's birth in 1948, served twice as the country's prime minister and once as president. He won the Nobel Peace prize in 1994 for his role negotiating peace accords with the Palestinians a year earlier.

More : WORLD

Sept 28 (BBC) President James Michel of the Seychelles has said he will stand down next month after 12 years in office. The 72-year-old was re-elected for a third term in December with a slight majority. But his party lost parliamentary polls earlier this month, after 39 years in power in the Indian Ocean archipelago. He is due to resign on 16 October, and to be replaced by Vice-President Danny Faure, who can serve only two terms under a new constitutional amendment.

Sept 27 (BBC) A petition signed by more than 14,000 Saudi women calling for an end to the country's male guardianship system is being handed to the government. Women must have the consent of a male guardian to travel abroad, and often need permission to work or study. Support for the first large-scale campaign on the issue grew online in response to a trending Twitter hashtag.

Sept 27 (Reuters) Democrat Hillary Clinton accused Republican Donald Trump of racism, sexism and tax avoidance on Monday during a heated presidential debate that could reshape the 2016 campaign for the White House. Trump, a real estate tycoon making his first run for public office, said Clinton's long years of service represented "bad experience" with few results and suggested her disavowal of a trade deal with Asian countries was insincere.


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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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