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Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the fraud and corruption in the state institutions. The Prime Minister came to the Commission to make a statement regarding the investigations into the lease of the Agriculture Ministry building.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy has seized four Sri Lanka fishing vessels engaged in illegal activities in Maldivian waters and arrested the 27 people on board the vessels. Sri Lanka Navy ships patrolling in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) had spotted the four Sri Lankan multiday fishing vessels
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Two suspects have been arrested this morning in connection with the fatal shooting at Embulgama Junction in Hanwella Sunday night. A van and a motorcycle used by the suspects have also been recovered, the police said.
 

Sept 16 (AP) Jaffna- Shops were shut in Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil-majority north on Monday in support of a rally demanding an international probe into alleged atrocities during the nation's civil war and an end to reported state-sponsored efforts to change the ethnic balance of the Tamils' traditional homeland.
 

Sept 16 (Times) The body of a person who had been attacked before being dumped into a canal in Kantale has been recovered yesterday (Sept 15). Police said that the incident had occured due to a brawl which had taken place at a party on September 12.
 

Sept 16 (Island) Special Task Force (STF) officers, yesterday, detected 1,050 kilos of beedi leaves at Muhudukatuwa, Marawila. They also arrested two suspects who were trying to transport the beedi leaves smuggled from India.
 

Sept 16 (DM) A 23-year-old person was killed and another injured following a shooting incident at the Embulgama Junction in Hanwella this evening, police said. Accordingly, a gang which had arrived on a van had opened fire at two persons and fled the scene.
 

Sept 16 (DN) A six-car road accident on the Southern Expressway yesterday has prompted the Road Development Authority (RDA) to ask motorists on expressways to observe a reduced maximum speed of 60 kmph during heavy rainfall.
 

Sept 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessels, SLNS Sindurala and Suranimala which left for India on last 5th September to participate in the SLINEX 2019, the joint maritime naval exercise with the Indian Navy, have arrived in the island after successfully completing the exercise.
 

Sept 15 (CP) Colombo- Two women were injured in an explosion this morning at a house in Samantha Watta, Mahawila Lane, in Dematagoda Police Division. The accident occurred as a result of the explosion of a domestic gas cylinder, the police said.
 

Sept 15 (CP) Colombo- Participants of the Sri Lanka Army's field exercise Cormorant Strike yesterday extracted a mock terrorist leader and whisked him away as part of the exercise.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Killing of Michelle Samaraweera: Suspect expected to be extradited from India to face trial in Britain (15 - Island)
* ‘Spiritual-healing’ camp deaths due to aggravation of existing illnesses (15 - ST)
* AG declares war on CID (15 - SO)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena dropped another bombshell today alleging that a Chinese company in 2012 has misappropriated Rs. 2 billion from the funds for the Lotus Tower construction.
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- The Lotus Tower in Sri Lanka, the tallest tower in South Asia, was declared opened to the public by President Maithripala Sirisena today.
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Seventy percent of the construction work by the Road Development Authority (RDA) in the first phase of the development of Palaly Airport, which is being developed as a regional and international airport, has been completed, according to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government will issue Treasury bills for 8.5 billion rupees through an auction on 18th September 2019, the Central Bank announced.
 

Sept 16 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka’s rupee closed weaker on Monday, with continued foreign outflows from government securities, while equities ended slightly firmer for the second straight session.
 

Sept 16 (Island) The Finance Company (TFC), once one of Sri Lanka’s largest non-bank financial institutions, reported a loss of Rs1bn for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. This brings total losses since inception of the company to a staggering Rs27bn (US$150mn).
 

Sept 16 (DN) No sooner the first ever state run Wheel Alignment Centre (WAC) for the four wheel light vehicle class was launched on September 11, demand for its services peaked –that too, not from state owned vehicles but from private vehicle owners hungry for trustworthy servicing.
 

Sept 15 (CP) Colombo- World Surfing League Qualifying Series 3000, also referred to as So Sri Lanka Pro 2019 is all set to be staged at the world-class point break of Arugam Bay from 25 to 29 September, with the participation of over 122 surfers from 24 nations.
 

Sept 15 (News.lk) The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) is aggressively working to promote Sri Lanka by investing Rs. 1.5 billion.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Fonterra Sri Lanka’s head of corporate affairs Thamari Senanayake wins career achievement award (15 - Island)
* Tough CB rules for dealers in post bond-scam era (15 - ST)
* ‘Sri Lanka needs long-term economic plan to reach high income status’ (15 - SO)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Minister Sajith Premadasa says he has written to the Leader of the party, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, requesting him to nominate the candidate from the UNP for the upcoming presidential election soon.
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance today said it has received reports that fraudulent documents with the heading of the Department of Trade Investment Policy of the Ministry of Finance and the name and title of its Director General have been sent to Sri Lankans immigrants, stating that Sri Lankans working abroad will be granted duty free vehicle permits.
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing corruption and malpractice of the government at the BMICH this morning to give testimony over the complaint regarding the lease of the Agriculture Ministry building.
 

Sept 16 (CP) Colombo- President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday stressed that he would not allow anyone to underestimate the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and if that happens he is ready to show the strength of the party to all.
 

Sept 16 (Island) The selection of the UNP’s presidential candidate would take some more time as the TNA, yesterday, has said it is not ready to accept Sajith Premadasa as the candidate of the coalition to be formed.
 

Sept 16 (DM) UNF leaders and UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa had decided to end the present deadlock on the nominee issue for the candidacy for the upcoming presidential election this week, Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) Leader Mano Ganesan said today.
 

Sept 16 (DN) The five senior SLFP parliamentarians now threatened with expulsion from the party have denied receiving any formal notification of such punitive action while two of them would not even confirm that they have actually left the party and joined another.
 

Sept 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says a country cannot not be developed with a dictatorship and to develop the country everybody must work with commitment and dedication.
 

Sept 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center urges the public to be vigilant of floods and landslides with heavy rains. Disaster Management Center Assistant Director Pradeep Kodippili said that people living in low lying areas as well as in landslide prone areas should be cautious.
 

Sept 15 (CP) Colombo- Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera ordered Excise Commissioner General, H.G. Sumanasinghe to conduct an immediate investigation into the issuing of liquor licenses in 2017 and 2018 by the Excise Department without getting his approval and, report to him within two weeks.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* 15-20 candidates expected to contest presidential polls – EC Chairman (15 - Island)
* Hashim, two ministers face expulsion from UNP (15 - ST)
* Sobitha Thera’s movement calls for Sajith-Karu alliance (15 - SO)
* Sri Lanka's 'Lotus Tower' grand opening tomorrow (15 - CP)

SPORTS

Sept 16 (ICC) August marked the start of the road to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 with the first Men’s CWC League 2 series getting underway; this week the first-ever Men’s CWC Challenge League takes place which sits three steps away from India 2023 at the foot of the pathway.
 

Sept 16 (ESPNCI) As the Australian duo of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood regularly scythe through the flimsy England batting line-up, it's a reminder of the dramatic effect talented bowling pairs have on Test matches. Having been weaned on the outstanding fast bowling exploits of Ray Lindwall and Keith Miller,
 

Sept 16 (BBC) England ended their memorable summer by earning a 2-2 draw in the Ashes with a 135-run defeat of Australia in the fifth Test. On a beautifully sunny day at The Oval, England set Australia 399 to win and bowled them out for 263 to square the contest
 

Sept 15 (APP) Bating legend Javed Miandad has advised Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the green-shirts to focus on giving the best in the series against Sri Lanka this month. The Sri Lankan team would be playing three ODIs and as many Twenty20s in September and October against Pakistan.
 


WORLD

Sept 16 (BBC) Oil prices hit their highest in four months after two attacks on Saudi Arabian facilities on Saturday knocked out more than 5% of global supply. At the start of trading, Brent crude jumped 19% to $71.95 a barrel, while the other major benchmark, West Texas Intermediate, rose 15% to $63.34.
 

Sept 16 (BBC) An Australian man has died in a bicycle crash while trying to escape from a swooping magpie. The 76-year-old cyclist suffered head injuries on Sunday when he veered off a path and crashed into a park fence south of Sydney, police said.
 

Sept 15 (BBC) A US mother says her newborn daughter is a "little miracle" after she was born on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at 9:11pm weighing 9lb 11oz. Little Christina Brown came into the world at Methodist LeBonheur Hospital in Germantown, Tennessee.
 

Sept 15 (BBC) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Iran for Saturday's drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities. He dismissed a claim by Yemeni Houthi rebels that they had attacked the two facilities, run by state-owned company Aramco.
 


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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