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Sri Lankan PM calls for close cooperation between governments and service organizations for cost effective welfare services

May 29 (CP) Seoul- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the cost effective methods for governments to discharge its obligations to provide welfare services require close cooperation with service organizations. The Prime Minister delivering the opening remarks at the 107th Rotary International Convention in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday explained that the monetary restraints, budgetary control and reducing the Budget Deficit do not mean that the Governments can abandon responsibility for some of its welfare services.
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May 29 (CP) Colombo- Since the prevailing bad weather conditions in the island is expected to continue within the next 24 hours, Sri Lanka's National Building Research Organization (NBRO) Sunday issued an alert warning the people in the landslide prone areas to be vigilant.

May 29 (CP) Colombo- The Japanese government, which over the years has indicated its strong support to enhance maritime cooperation between Japan and Sri Lanka, has reconfirmed the importance of maintaining the freedom of the high seas and maritime order based on the rule of law.

May 29 (ECONOMYNEXT) Sri Lanka's military commanders banning controversial chief minister of the eastern province and announcing a boycott of his events has caused serious anguish in the political establishment.

May 29 (SL) Funds had flowed into the Carlton Sports Network (CSN) from accounts in Seychelles, Government sources said based on ongoing investigations. A company had been formed in Seychelles to transfer the funds to CSN when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was President.

May 29 (ST) Closed-circuit TV recordings obtained from a shop helped detectives to track down a three-wheeler driver responsible for the death of a pedestrian, it was revealed during a coroner’s court inquiry. The footage showed the man was thrown to the side of the road when a speeding three-wheeler struck him down at 9.30 p.m. in Mulleriyawa town on Monday.

May 29 (SO) In the aftermath of the two tragic landslides in Sri Lanka, which buried nearly 200 alive, a visiting US expert on disaster mitigation said the Government will have to take tough decisions in the future to ensure the safety of the people and prevent such calamities from recurring.

May 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense said due to requests made by the genral public it has decided to announce another Amnesty Period to handover illegal firearms. The Amnesty period will be in effect from 30 May 2016 to 17 June 2016.

May 28 (CP) Colombo- Several places in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo including Thunmulla, Armour Street and Panchikawatta areas were flooded due to heavy rain Colombo experienced on Friday night, according to local media reports.

May 28 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has issued Directives to be followed by designated officials arresting persons under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act No 48 of 1979 (PTA). These Directives are being issued to ensure the fundamental rights of persons arrested or detained are respected and protected, and such persons are treated humanely, the HRCSL said.

May 28 (CP) Colombo- An Australian Federal court has dismissed an application filed by a Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seeker application to grant him a protection visa and ordered him to return to Sri Lanka. The Federal Court of Australia on Friday dismissed the Tamil man's application to have a previous decision not to grant him a protection visa re-heard.

May 28 (AP) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday that Japan will provide two patrol vessels to the South Asian country as part of their maritime security cooperation.

May 28 (AFP) COLOMBO- Around 100 people still missing following landslides in Sri Lanka last week are believed dead, authorities said Saturday (May 28) after failing to find signs of life under tonnes of mud.

More : LEGAL - SITUATION
* Nearly 190 death sentences commuted under present govt. moving to abolish death penalty (28 - Island)
* Probe if Sampur incident was premeditated (28 - DN)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

May 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the Island Sunday after completing a successful four-day official visit to Japan to attend the G7 outreach summit. Several ministers and other officials welcomed the President on his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport this afternoon.

May 29 (BBC) A young elephant has been rescued from an uncovered drain in Sri Lanka's Hambantota port. Locals workers joined forces with wildlife officials to use an array of basic tools to carry out the rescue operation.

May 29 (CP) Colombo- The Chief Minister of Eastern Province Nazeer Ahamed condemned the decision taken by the tri-forces to boycott events he attends as a political decision and said everybody involved in the dispute at the event in a Sampur school should apologize for their wrong actions.

May 28 (CP) Nagoya- Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe has expressed his intention to provide Official Development Assistance Loans to Sri Lanka amounting to Yen 38 billion (Rs. 50.6 billion) in order to further promote socio-economic development of Sri Lanka.


FINANCE - TRAVEL

May 29 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's Islamic finance sector continues to grow steadily but lacks staff who are qualified and have technical knowledge, the recently launched Islamic Finance Country Report 2016 said.

May 29 (Xinhua) "If the Colombo South Harbor Terminal did not exist, I would probably still be seeking employment overseas to earn money to support my 5-member family," said Yuri S. Kannangara, the assistant general manager of the operations department of the Colombo South Harbor Terminal located in Sri Lanka's capital.

May 29 (SL) Sri Lanka has no choice but to go ahead with fiscal reforms irrespective of conditions laid by the global donor agency – International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the chief of the country’s banking watchdog- the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Governor Arjuna Mahendran.

May 29 (ST) The Central Bank (CB) has requested permission from China to issue Chinese Yuan denominated bonds or Panda bonds in a bid to attract Chinese investors, officials said. A Panda bond is a Chinese renminbi-denominated bond from a non-Chinese issuer, sold in China.

May 29 (SO) Even as the insurance companies announced flexibility and quick respite in meeting the thousands of insurance claims arising from the recent island-wide storm disaster, two major national business chambers called for a return to systematic town and country planning in order to mitigate future storm damage to property and infrastructure.

May 28 (CP) Colombo- The Ceylon Chamber of commerce in collaboration with Fair Deal AS, a globally spread import sourcing arm is planning to launch a program to help Sri Lankan importers buy goods at 'factory prices'.

May 28 (BS) Sri Lanka has reduced import duties on cars with engine capacity of 800 and 1,000 cubic centimetre (cc) while increasing duty on higher engine capacity cars, a move likely to benefit India-made smaller vehicles.

May 28 (Economy Watch) Sri Lanka's balance of payments is in dire straits. The country's mounting foreign and domestic public debt, a huge fiscal deficit and a severe foreign exchange shortfall have led to potentially calamitous economic circumstances.

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* New tax structure sends car prices through the roof (28 - Island)
* Seylan Bank sponsors Everest mountaineering duo (28 - DM)
* Sunshine packaging arm to expand with US$ 2 mn (28 - DN)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

May 29 (CP) Colombo- The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Eastern Province Nazeer Ahamed, who humiliated a Sri Lanka Navy officer at a function in Sampur Maha Vidyalaya should apologize unconditionally, Minster Rauf Haleem, the leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, which represents the Chief Minister, said.

May 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's state doctors' union, Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to remove current Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and appoint a qualified person to the post.

May 29 (CP) Abu Dhabi- The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has provided humanitarian aid to those affected by the floods and landslides in Sri Lanka recently, a statement here said. The ERC, in coordination with the UAE Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, is working on providing the best relief services to reduce the suffering of those affected and to improve the humanitarian situation there.

May 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) plans to stage a protest against the government this week, General Secretary of the JVP, Tilvin Silva has said. The party senior has criticized the government's decision to impose taxes on people and said the imposing taxes burdening the people is unfair and the party will stage a protest on Thursday in Colombo to pressure the government to reduce the taxes.

May 29 (CP) Colombo: Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran in a congratulatory message to Chief Minister of India's Tamil Nadu state J. Jayalalithaa on Saturday said he is eager to meet the Chief Minister to discuss Tamil people's needs.

May 29 (SL) The Flight Attendants Union of SriLankan Airlines is to resort to industrial action in the days to come in the event the airline management fails to accept their legitimacy, SriLankan Airline sources told The Sunday Leader. The present Flight Attendance Union (FAU), which took over office unanimously last year, had been deprived of their legal rights

May 29 (ST) Child victims of the flood and landslide disasters – some homeless, some separated from their families amid the chaos of displacement in temporary shelters – are being looked after by a network of state agencies.

May 29 (SO) Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunatilake said the Government will provide a vehicle and other required facilities to MPs involved in development activities.

May 29 (Forbes) Hardly anybody goes to Sri Lanka's Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) because they have a flight. No, the air transport hub is currently a daily flight or two away from being completely defunct, and the people who do go there tend to be tourists making a side trip from the nearby wildlife parks to see the stunning, fully modern airport in the middle of the jungle for themselves.

May 28 (CP) Nagoya- Sri Lanka, which was limited to tourists in the past, now has become a paradise for the investors, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera says. While touring with the President Maithripala Sirisena in Japan, the Foreign Minister said due to the good governance principles of the current government the President received the highest reception from world leaders during the G7 summit in Japan.

May 28 (CP) Colombo- State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Tore Hattrem, is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from 31 May - 2 June 2016, a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement said. The State Secretary will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera on 31 May

May 28 (CP) Nagoya- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, during the bilateral discussions held Friday (May 27) at the Hilton Nagoya Hotel in Japan, agreed to further strengthen the trade relations between the two countries.

May 28 (CP) Colombo- A special cargo plane from Pakistan carrying relief goods for the Sri Lankan flood victims arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayake this afternoon. The Pakistani cargo plane brought the 3rd consignment of relief good containing medicine, raincoats, rain boots, mosquito repellents, shelters and tents.

May 28 (NDTV) COLOMBO- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has defended his government's decision of giving back miltary-occupied lands of Tamils, saying the community has waited 27 years for it.

May 28 (ANTARA News) Jakarta- Indonesian president Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has met with Sri Lankas president Maithripala Sirisena to discuss the sale of train carriages to that country. The meeting took place on the sidelines of his visit to Japan to attend the Outreach G-7 Summit at Orion A Room, Hotel Kanko, Nagoya, on Thursday.

More : POLITICS - GENERAL
* Sri Lanka's Northern PC aborts motion to congratulate Tamil Nadu CM (28 - CP)
* Vice President receives Sri Lankan delegation (28 - VNN)
* Sri Lankan Prime Minister leaves for South Korea to attend Rotary Convention (28 - CP)
* Tirade against naval officer in Sampur Ex-security forces top brass urges CM to tender apology (28 - Island)
* Minister rejects racial issue behind Madawala school incident (28 - DM)
* LC, ACF condemn appointments of Palpita and Ranawaka (28 - DN)
* No-confidence motion against Sri Lanka Finance Minister scheduled for 8 June (28 - CP)
* Sri Lanka panel gives approval for pre-fabricated steel houses (28 - Hindu)
More : POLITICS - GENERAL

SPORTS

England 498/9d Sri Lanka 101 & 309/5 (84.0 ov) (f/o)

May 29 (ESPNCI) Barring extraordinary events, Sri Lanka are still going to lose the second Test - and potentially by an innings - but they were not, to borrow one of Angelo Mathews' words, humiliated on the third day as they made England work hard for their rewards in the follow-on. The captain himself played a large part in that, Mathews striking a bristling 80, while there were also half-centuries for Kaushal Silva and Dinesh Chandimal leaving Sri Lanka needing 88 more to make England bat again.

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May 29 (ESPNCI) The PCB is considering re-establishing the post of director for international and domestic cricket operations, with Aamer Sohail, Haroon Rasheed and Iqbal Qasim the three shortlisted candidates. The post was abolished last year as a cost-cutting move, but elements within the PCB feel both departments have suffered. Previously, the former Test captain Intikhab Alam held the role of director for domestic cricket with the former fast bowler Zakir Khan serving as director for international cricket operations.

England 498/9d Sri Lanka 101 & 115/3 (34.3 ov) (f/o)

May 29 (ESPNCI) At the moment, this series is about the little gains Sri Lanka can make. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva produced the team's longest stand of the series - all be it by one delivery - as they showed some bottle at the start of the follow-on after Alastair Cook had inevitably sent them back in after a swift end to the first innings.

May 29 (SMH) CHESTER-LE-STREET: Potent England pace bowling after an unbeaten 155 from Moeen Ali put Alastair Cook's side in complete control on a one-sided second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Durham on Saturday. The tourists faced almost a certain follow-on after they slumped to 8-91 at the close, still 407 behind England who had posted an imposing 9-498(declared).


WORLD

May 29 (AP) A special zoo response team shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla on Saturday that grabbed and dragged a 4-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat, the Cincinnati Zoo’s director said. Authorities said the boy, who fell 10 to 12 feet, is expected to recover after being picked up out of the moat and dragged by the gorilla for about 10 minutes. He was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Zoo officials said he was alert when he was transported there.

More : WORLD

May 29 (PTI) Pakistan seems to have failed to seal the $700 million deal for the purchase of eight F-16 fighter jets from the U.S. following a row between the two countries over their financing, a media report said on Saturday. The Pakistani government was required to provide the Letter of Acceptance for purchase of the jets by May 24, but Dawn reported that the document was not issued leading to expiry of the offer.

May 28 (Hindu) The U.S. military on Saturday announced a 30-day period of mourning at its bases on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, where the killing of a woman has reignited resentment of the heavy U.S. military presence in the region. A 32-year-old American civilian working at a U.S. military base in Okinawa was arrested this month for dumping the body of the 20-year-old Japanese woman, a procedural step in murder cases.

May 28 (AFP) An open letter signed by 150 international doctors, scientists and researchers on Friday called for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to be moved or postponed due to the Zika virus. To press on with the Games in Rio, the second most affected city in Brazil by the Zika crisis, would be "irresponsible" and "unethical," the letter argued.


About Sri Lanka ::-
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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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