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Sri Lankan government aspires to allocate 6% of GDP for education by 2025

July 17 (CP) Colombo- The present unity government of Sri Lanka has increased the allocation for education to 3.5 percent of GDP from the 1.46 percent of GDP allocated by the previous government in 2014, and hopes to increase this percentage further, the Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera said.
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LEGAL - SITUATION

July 17 (CP) Colombo- Colombo Magistrate Court today ordered Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to send the firearms used during the Welikada Prison riot which killed 27 inmates in 2012, to the Government Analysts for re-testing and further remanded the two suspect.
 

July 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested a father and three others for cruelty to a child following an investigation into a video appeared in social media which showed the father feeding his 13-mnth old son what appeared to be alcohol from a bottle.
 

July 17 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan navy has arrested four Indian nationals transporting a stock of Kerala cannabis in the territorial waters of the island Monday.
 

July 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has rescued two Indian fishermen stranded in the seas off the northern coast of Jaffna on Monday. The Navy said the crew of a Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command, rescued the two Indian fishermen who were drifting in the sea, yesterday.
 

July 17 (Island) The health condition of alleged leader of the Mahasohon Balakaya, Widanapathiranage Amith Jeewan Weerasinghe (26), who is on a hunger strike in the Anuradhapura prison was deteriorating fast, his wife Jayanganai Siuthum Kumari told The Island yesterday.
 

July 17 (DM) A senior police officer said that five underworld leaders whom the police are looking to arrest have become the private bodyguards of a minister. He said the special police squad which is engaged in combating underworld activities has the photos of these persons with the minister as well.
 

July 17 (DN) The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) had launched investigations regarding a video that was posted on social media last Saturday, where a child sitting on the lap of a man was being given something similar to an alcoholic beverage.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to former senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara and former Mount Lavinia Police Crimes OIC, SI Tissa Sugathapala who were arrested and in remand custody over the killing of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo: Police investigations into a complaint, which alleged that a large number of checks were cleared at country's banks before the 2015 presidential election and the money was given to officials in the then President's Office, are not suspended Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka remains a priority country in the United Kingdom's Annual Human Rights Report 2017 released today by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Sri Lanka is one of 30 'Human Rights Priority Countries' (HRPCs); countries where the UK has serious human rights concerns
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police following a tip-off received have arrested five people, who were transporting a high-powered metal scanner in a van. The police said the high-powered scanner is of the type that is used for the detection of archeological artifacts and buried treasure.
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Most drug dealers cannot be hanged due to their appeals (16 - Island)
* List of 18 submitted to justice ministry (16 - DN)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

July 17 (CP) Colombo- The seven Sri Lankan fishermen who went missing along with their multi-day trawler since the 29th of last month and rescued by the Maldivian Coast Guard on the coast of Maldives have been brought home today [17].
 

July 17 (CP) Colombo- A Thai delegation consisting of 35 leading entrepreneurs from the Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok visited Sri Lanka as part of the business delegation accompanying the Prime Minister of Thailand on a State visit to Sri Lanka.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka is now highly committed to conserve its existing forest cover and enhance to 32 percent by adopting better practices, to improve land governance, as a key measure to achieve the SDG target, President Maithripala Sirisena told the Committee on Forestry, of Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) today.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- The Delegation of the European Union (EU) jointly with the diplomatic missions of Canada and Norway in Sri Lanka has issued a statement opposing the Sri Lankan President's recent decision to reinstate death penalty for convicted drug traffickers.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

July 17 (CP) Colombo- Malaysia's Salcon Engineering Berhad, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Salcon Berhad has bagged a Rs. 2.82 billion (RM 71.27mil) contract to build a storm water pumping station in Sri Lanka over a period less than two years.
 

July 17 (Reuters) COLOMBO- The Sri Lankan rupee closed weaker on Tuesday as dollar demand from importers exceeded greenback selling by exporters, traders said.
 

July 17 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan shares climbed to their highest close in nearly three weeks on Tuesday, with foreign trading accounting for about 40 percent of the session’s turnover.
 

July 17 (Island) Sri Lanka’s best performing private sector commercial bank, HNB, won significant recognition at the recently concluded Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards 2018, winning an award for the Top Ten Best Integrated Reports in addition to being crowned winners in the banking sector.
 

July 17 (DM) Japanese Sri Lanka Friendship (JSF) Corporation, a Board of Investment (BOI) company, will commence operations at its production facility in Katunayake next week, becoming Sri Lanka’s sole manufacturer of solar panels.
 

July 17 (DN) NOLIMIT has achieved the accolade of being listed among the top 25 best companies to work for in Sri Lanka for three consecutive years in the study conducted by Great Place to Work Institute in partnership with LMD business magazine and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
 

July 17 (TP) InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with Pearl Grand Tower Hotel (Private) Limited, to bring back the InterContinental brand to the Sri Lankan capital.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- The investment promotion agency of Sri Lanka Board of Investment, (BOI) says Sri Lanka is gearing to reap the benefits of the Free Trade Agreement with Singapore, with four mega projects being discussed by the agency.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* Sri Lankan shares slip from 2-week high (16 - Reuters)
* Sri Lankan rupee ends weaker on importer dollar demand (16 - Reuters)
* Sri Lanka to launch National Export Strategy this week to strengthen exports (16 - CP)
* Fitch removes RWN on Sri Lanka’s Distilleries Company (16 - DN)

POLITICS - GENERAL

July 17 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva today in Parliament stated that the government has decided to provide employment for unemployed graduates under several phases.
 

July 17 (CP) Tbilisi- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Georgia on Tuesday to attend the 5th Session of Open Government Partnership. Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia, George Sharvashidze welcomed the Sri Lankan President arrived in the Shota Rustaveli International airport in Tbilisi this morning.
 

July 17 (CP) Colombo- The Vice Chancellor of Peradeniya University has decided to indefinitely close its Engineering Faculty from 6:00 am today due to a crisis situation arisen with conducting exams.
 

July 17 (CP) Colombo- The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka in cooperation with the Ministry of Home Affairs has launched a systematic program to update the primary government websites of Divisional and District Secretariats, the government said.
 

July 17 (Island) Having secured the support of a section of the SLFP parliamentary group loyal to President Maithripala Sirisena, the Joint Opposition intends to step up pressure on Speaker Karu Jayasuriya this week to review his position on the post of Leader of the Opposition.
 

July 17 (DM) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has charged that the local media does not give publicity to positive stories but give space for negative ones. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe expressed these sentiments at a function held in Nikaweratiya on Sunday.
 

July 17 (DN) The Government has expedited research work towards producing a more environment friendly weedicide to replace the glyphosate chemical. It has also decided to phase out the use of glyphosate which has been permitted in respect of tea and rubber plantations within the next three years and introduce the new environment friendly weedicide found through research, in its place.
 

July 17 (ER) Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will present the Bill to provide for the establishment of the Office for Reparations in Parliament, Tuesday, for the first reading. The Bill, which was gazetted last month, provides for the provision of individual and collective reparations for aggrieved persons.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera has apologized for a recent statement he made expressing his views on death penalty and individuals in high positions involved in drug dealing.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera says that the United States is planning to grant Rs. 80 billion to strengthen Sri Lanka's development process. It is proposed to utilize these grants for the development of land, transport, agriculture, higher education and power generation sectors.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Leaders of political parties in parliament have decided to hold an adjournment debate on Thursday, 19th July on the New York Times report on President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations children's' organization, UNICEF in Sri Lanka and government ministries jointly presented budget proposals to Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera today requesting increased investment in Early Childhood Development in the next budget.
 

July 16 (CP) Washington- The World Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) today announced a new open call for awards recognizing promising innovations aimed at preventing and responding to gender-based violence.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Health Minister: No official can reverse Cabinet decision (16 - Island)
* Money circulation down: PM (16 - DM)
* Reparations Bill before House tomorrow (16 - DN)
* Fisheries Ministry provides over Rs. 440,000 to bring Sindur-2 fishermen back (16 - CP)

SPORTS

July 17 (ESPNCI) South Africa batting coach Dale Benkenstein put his team's struggles against spin down to their mental make-up after their twin collapses in the first Test in Galle. South Africa were routed 126 and 73 - their two lowest totals in Sri Lanka, and lowest since readmission -
 

July 17 (ESPNCI) Tabraiz Shamsi, the left-arm wristspinner, has left South Africa's tour of Sri Lanka for family reasons. No date has been set for his return. Shamsi took four wickets in his first red-ball Test in Galle last week, which South Africa lost by 278 runs. In the first innings, Shamsi outbowled Keshav Maharaj,
 

July 17 (ESPNCI) Pace bowlers Khaled Ahmed and Shoriful Islam managed to get Bangladesh A over the line with a two-run win against Sri Lanka A in Sylhet. Khaled took four wickets, including that of Shehan Madushanka off the last ball, with the visitors needing three runs to win.
 

July 16 (CP) Colombo- The International Cricket Council Monday announced that Sri Lanka Captain Dinesh Chandimal, Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and Manager Asanka Gurusinha' are suspended from participating in four ODIs and two Tests for "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game".
 


WORLD

July 17 (BDN) A blob of hot volcanic lava struck an ocean tour boat just off the Big Island of Hawaii on Monday, injuring nearly two dozen people in the worst casualty incident to date from the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea Volcano. A huge steam-driven explosion, caused by molten rock mixing with seawater as it poured from the shoreline, sent a “lava bomb”
 

July 17 (BBC) There has been a barrage of criticism in the US after President Donald Trump defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 elections. At a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland, Mr Trump contradicted US intelligence agencies, saying Russia had no reason to meddle.
 

July 17 (BBC) A mob of villagers has killed nearly 300 crocodiles at a sanctuary for the animals in the Indonesian province of West Papua. The slaughter was in retaliation for a local man thought to have been killed by one animal from the site.
 

July 16 (BBC) Pakistan is mourning the deaths of 149 people, including nine children, in the country's second deadliest militant attack since its independence. A suicide bomber hit a campaign rally in Mastung, in the south-western province of Balochistan, on Friday. More than 180 were injured.
 


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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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