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Sri Lanka's reinstated Premier hopes to form a broad democratic front to safeguard country

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's reinstated Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that a democratic front will be created to safeguard the country and win the future elections through the front. Addressing the huge public rally 'Fight for Justice' organized by the United National Party (UNP) at the Galle Face Green in Colombo today, the leader of the UNP said plans are afoot to form the democratic front ...
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LEGAL - SITUATION

Dec 18 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Fort Magistrate Court today extended the remand of Perpetual Treasuries Limited director Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena, who are in remand custody over the bond scam charges.
 

Dec 18 (CP) Colombo- Under the advice of the President, it is planned to release more than 263 acres of land used by the military in the North and East before the end of this year in a manner that would not threaten the national security.
 

Dec 18 (Island) Officers from Welambada Police, Udunuwara, yesterday, arrested two drug distributors and the vehicle they were travelling in. The two men said to have links to an underworld gang running a drug cartel from inside the Anuradhapura Prison.
 

Dec 18 (DM) Vehicles parked on pavements blocking traffic and pavements would be towed away, the Police said today. They said that they would take action to remove the vehicles which were parked along the road in main cities blocking roads or parked on pavements during the festival session.
 

Dec 18 (DN) Muttur Acting Judge M. S. Nayeem remanded a 19-year-old youth until December 28, for allegedly sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl at Kadatkaraichenai in the Sampur Police division when she was at her grandmother’s house.
 

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Army said over 69,000 acres of land that was used by the Army in the North East following the end of the war had been released since 2009. The Army said since 18th May 2009, the Army has used 84523.84 acres of land in the North and East
 

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy has arrested eight Tamil Nadu fishermen when they were fishing in the island's territorial waters near Sri Lanka's Delft island (Neduntheevu) a fishermen's official said on Monday.
 

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo-investigations into the illegal acts by lawmakers in Sri Lanka parliament attacking police officers and destructing public property last month have been handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of police.

** Related Story ::Police wait on Speaker's approval to commence investigations into incidents in parliament
 

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Katubedda Claymore bomb blast case Trial postponed for February 6 (17 - DN)
* Bus plunges down precipice killing one Six others serious injured (17 - Island)

NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Dec 18 (CP) Colombo- Former president and Kurunegala district parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed as the Opposition Leader of Sri Lanka Parliament.
 

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- Hayleys Energy Services (HES), the pioneer in Oil and Gas support services in Sri Lanka, announced the arrival of the oil and gas drillship "Aban Abraham" for a warm lay-up to the Hambantota International Port, Sri Lanka.
 


FINANCE - TRAVEL

Dec 18 (CP) Colombo- Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake on last Thursday welcomed a high profile delegation of the United States visiting the Colombo Port.
 

Dec 18 (CP) Colombo- A market report released by Research and Markets says the rise in residential and commercial construction projects, along with the high growth from the tourism and hospitality industry, is creating demand for HVAC products in Sri Lanka.
 

Dec 18 (LBO) A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) recently, for the certification of export related documents through the electronic Document Attestation System (e-DAS) of the Ministry.
 

Dec 18 (Island) Al-Safa Islamic finance unit of People’s Leasing Company bagged two prestigious awards at the IFFSA – 2018 (Islamic Finance Forum of South Asia) which is held annually
 

Dec 18 (DM) Sales in Sri Lanka’s residential condominium sector have experienced a slowdown due to the general uncertainty in the country, devaluation of the rupee and high cost of financing.
 

Dec 18 (DN) Iconic integrated development Cinnamon Life recently completed the structure of the suites tower, which comprises 39 floors. A topping off ceremony was held on site to celebrate this key milestone.
 

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- According to the Sri Lanka Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the Statistics Department of Central Bank, the industrial production and services in Sri Lanka have eased in November 2018 compared to the same month in 2017.
 

Dec 17 (Reuters) COLOMBO-The Sri Lankan rupee ended steady on Monday as political crisis in the South Asian island nation showed signs of easing after President Maithripala Sirisena reinstated the premier he had initially sacked in a widely criticised move, but foreign outflows from stocks weighed on sentiment.
 

Dec 17 (Reuters) COLOMBO- The Sri Lankan rupee strengthened on Monday while bond yields dropped as a seven-week political crisis appeared to ebb after President Maithripala Sirisena reinstated the premier he had initially sacked in a widely criticized move.
 

More : FINANCE - TRAVEL
* CSE to launch multi-currency board (17 - Island)

POLITICS - GENERAL

Dec 18 (CP) Colombo- Three United People's Freedom alliance (UPFA) parliamentarians have crossed over to the United National Front government led by the United National Party (UNP).
 

Dec 18 (CP) Colombo- The parliamentary group of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has unanimously decided to nominate former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the position of Opposition Leader.
 

Dec 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Parliament is scheduled to convene at 1.00 p.m. today for the first time after the reinstatement of United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is scheduled to chair a Party Leaders' meeting at 12.00 p.m. to decide on the business of Parliament this week.
 

Dec 18 (Island) SLFP Vice President and Kalutara District MP Kumara Welgama says that President Maithripala Sirisena should resign from his post immediately. "The Supreme Court has found that President Sirisena violated the Constitution.
 

Dec 18 (DM) Parliament would debate a motion calling for the abolition of Executive Presidency today when it meets on the first occasion after the reappointment of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister, sources said.
 

Dec 18 (DN) The Government will present a ‘Vote on Account’ for two months in Parliament this week and will present a full-budget in mid February, UNP MP Mayantha Dissanayake said. Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, he said the ‘Vote on Account’ is to meet the Government’s expenditure for January and February.
 

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- The United States and Australia welcoming the political developments in Sri Lanka expressed expectation to further strengthen the bilateral relationship with the island nation.
 

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- Following the reinstatement of ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday, the European Union along with Norway commended the resilience of Sri Lanka's democratic institutions and welcomed the peaceful resolution of the political crisis.
 

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- Former Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says a people friendly program for state administration during the next year will be presented. Participating in a public meeting in Suduwella area in Maradana yesterday (16), MP Senaratne said the struggle for democracy has not ended yet
 

Dec 17 (ECONOMYNEXT) Sri Lanka's reinstated Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe marked his first day back in office Monday with a hostile president resisting his nominations to a new cabinet.
 

Dec 17 (ET) NEW DELHI- India on Sunday welcomed the reinstatement of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Sri Lanka’s prime minister, almost two months after he was sacked by President Maithripala Sirisena and the pro-China Mahinda Rajapaksa was installed as the prime minister, ending a 51-day impasse.
 

Dec 17 (FT) The Supreme Court's decision rendering President Maithripala Sirisena's dissolution of parliament unconstitutional ( December 14) is a historic and hugely positive development.
 

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* UNP mega rally 'Fight for Justice' today at Galle Face (17 - CP)
* UPFA won’t joint UNP-led govt. - Amaraweera (17 - Island)
* Cabinet may delayed as discussion drag (17 - DM)
* I respect Parliamentary traditions and democracy - President (17 - DN)
* Sri Lankan president doubts he can work with reappointed PM (17 - AP)

SPORTS

Dec 18 (ESPNCI) Watching a resolute Angelo Mathews face down hostile New Zealand bowling, inspired Kusal Mendis to hunker down, dig deep, and put a high value on his own wicket. Sometimes guilty of playing attractive but insubstantial innings, Mendis partnered a steadfast Mathews for the entirety of day four in Wellington, as the pair became the first to survive an entire day of Test cricket in over a decade.
 

Dec 18 (ESPNCI) 22 Instances of no wickets falling through an entire day's play in a Test match. The last time it happened was more than ten years ago, in February 2008, when South Africa scored 405 without loss on the opening day against Bangladesh in Chittagong. 239 Runs added by Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis through the entire day.
 

Dec 18 (ESPNCI) In what was probably another dig at the decision to cut him from the ODI team in September, Angelo Mathews performed 10 push ups upon reaching an outstanding rearguard hundred in Wellington. He then flexed his biceps in the direction of the dressing room,
 

Dec 18 (AFP) Sri Lanka's middle order dug in as they tried to avoid an innings defeat to New Zealand in the first Test in Wellington on Tuesday, with Kusal Mendis making a half century. The tourists survived the first session of day three without loss
 


WORLD

Dec 18 (IT) As if a spate of lion deaths earlier this year wasn't enough, there's now more bad news from the big cat's last refuge in Asia: Gujarat. Early this morning at around 12.45 am, a train ran over and killed three lions near Borala, a village in the Gir east division. Two male lions and one female, part of a pride of six, died. The train involved in the accident was a goods train travelling to Pipavav from Botad.
 

Dec 18 (BBC) Two Scandinavian women tourists have been found dead in Morocco with cuts to their necks, the country's interior ministry said. Both bodies were found near the town of Imlil in the High Atlas mountain range, near the foot of North Africa's highest peak, Mount Toubkal.
 

Dec 18 (BBC) Russia used every major social media platform to influence the 2016 US election, a report claims. New research says YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram and PayPal - as well as Facebook and Twitter - were leveraged to spread propaganda.
 

Dec 17 (BBC) Saudi Arabia has denounced US Senate resolutions to end US military aid for a Riyadh-led war in Yemen and to blame the country's crown prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
 


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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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