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United States offers Sri Lanka immediate assistance for disaster relief

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- To meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent landslides in Koslanda, the United States Government has provided Rs. 6.5 million (US$ 50,000) for emergency humanitarian assistance, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a release. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working closely with Sri Lanka's National Disaster Relief Services Center and international aid partners to coordinate the donation of most urgently-needed items.
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SECURITY - SITUATION

Nov 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense and Urban Development has announced the procedure for foreign passport holders to follow if they wish to travel to the North. The foreign nationals are not allowed to travel to the Northern Province without prior permission from the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development due to security reasons.

Nov 01 (CP) Colombo- Malaka Silva, the son of controversial Sri Lankan Minister Mervyn Silva has been hospitalized after allegedly being assaulted by a foreign national, police said. The incident has taken place in the early hours of Saturday at a night club in Duplication Road, in Kollupitiya, Colombo.

** Related Story ::Controversial Sri Lankan Minister's son hospitalized after assault

Nov 01 (Island) The government investigating an alleged Tamil National Alliance (TNA) plot to provide unsubstantiated information to UN war crimes investigators wants to question Vavuniya-based senior TNA official Alva Pulle Vijendrakumar alias Sun Master

Nov 01 (DM) Two people were killed and two injured when a three-wheeler collided head on with a lorry at Miriswatte in Gampaha last night, Police said. They said the deceased were 31and 32 year-old men from Wanathawatte, Mudungoda.

Nov 01 (DN) An unmarried 18-year-old woman who had given birth had buried the baby after delivery. She was admitted to the Kuliyapitiya Government Hospital due to excessive bleeding. Kuliyapitiya Police exhumed the body of the infant on a tip-off on the instructions of Kuliyapitiya Magistrate Bandula Gunaratne.

Oct 31 (CP) New Delhi- India said Friday that it will exhaust the legal process and challenge the death sentence passed on five Indian fishermen by a lower court in Sri Lanka. Spokesperson of India' Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin addressing a media briefing Friday said the Government of India through a lawyer will contest the Colombo High Court's ruling.

Oct 31 (CP) New Delhi- India's Ministry of External Affairs has said that it will appeal the death sentences handed over to five Tamil Nadu fishermen by a lower court in Sri Lanka on charges of drug smuggling. The Colombo High Court Thursday sentenced the five fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in November 2011 and three Sri Lankan fishermen to death on charges of smuggling heroin into the island.

** Related Story :: Sri Lankan court sentences 5 Indian and 3 Sri Lankan fishermen to death for heroin trafficking

Oct 31 (AFP) KOSLANDA, SRI LANKA- Sniffer dogs were brought in Friday to join the search for bodies at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, two days after a major mudslide buried alive scores of people.

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* SC dismisses interdicted DIG's appeal (31 - Island)
* SLAF deploys 56 airmen, two officers to assist rescue operations (31 - DN)
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NEWS - HIGHLIGHTS

Nov 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Army on the directions of the Secretary Defense and Urban Development form Saturday (Nov 01) will take full control of the relief centers set up for the victims of Wednesday's massive landslide in Koslanda Meeriya Bedda estate in Badulla district. (Sri Lanka Army Photo)

Oct 31 (CP) New Delhi- India has pledged Indian rupees five million as immediate relief for victims of landslide in Sri Lanka and is also considering medium and long-term assistance. "India has pledged as immediate relief assistance of Rs 50 lakh for the victims of landslide in Sri Lanka," the Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin said.

Oct 31 (CP) Badulla- The Leader of Sri Lanka main oppositional United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe visited Koslanda Meeriya Bedda village in Badulla district today and met the victims of the massive landslide that devastated the area Wednesday morning.

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- Expressing sympathies to Sri Lanka's landslide victims, the Government of Pakistan said it has considered assistance requirements put forward by the Sri Lankan Government and offered relief assistance.


FINANCE

Nov 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Carson Cumberbatch group which owns Lion Brewery has concluded the acquisition of Millers Brewery, from Cargills Ceylon Plc. Carson Cumberbatch on June 20 announced that Lion Brewery, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carson Cumberbatch and Pearl Springs, a subsidiary of Lion Brewery have entered into a sales and purchase agreement with Cargill's PLC to purchase its subsidiary Millers Brewery for Rs. 5.15 billion.

Nov 01 (CP) Colombo- Lee Hedges Investments Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Lee Hedges PLC that has been incorporated as a company of Board of Investment (BOI) has entered into a lease agreement with Sri Lanka's Urban Development Authority (UDA).

Nov 01 (Island) The Colombo bourse closed strongly yesterday on a turnover of Rs.3.8 billion, up from the previous day’s Rs.2.2 billion, with the All Share Price Index gaining 32.20 points (0.44%) and S&P SL20 up 30.96 points (0.89%) with 125 gainers comfortably ahead of 94 losers while 107 counters closed flat.

Nov 01 (DN) The small medium industries are the backbone of the economy which contribute significantly to the balanced regional development in the country, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda said.

Oct 31, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, has taken delivery of its first A330-300 becoming a new operator for the type. The wide-body aircraft arrived today at Colombo International Airport, having flown from Toulouse, France, and joins the airlines' existing fleet of A320, A321, A330-200 and A340-300 aircraft.

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , declined considerably to 1.6 percent in October 2014 from 3.5 percent in the previous month on a year-on-year basis, the Central Bank reported on Friday.

Oct 31 (Star) He said MICCI invited Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Malaysia Ibrahim Ansar to a dialogue session at Ramada Plaza on Monday to cement the relationship of the local business community and entrepreneurs.

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* Sri Lankan stocks rise to 3-wk top on rising banks (31 - Reuters)
* Sri Lankan stocks rise to 3-wk top on rising banks (31 - Reuters)
* Etisalat joins Mobitel mCash (31 - DM)
* UltraTech Cement supports construction industry (31 - Island)
* MMBL Leisure to invest Rs 1 b on Delft hotel (31 - DN)
* Sri Lanka Janashakthi Limited to issue debenture (31 - LBO)
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POLITICS - GENERAL

Nov 01 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has recognized the need to enhance the power sector capacity to cater to demand of the emerging economic activities as the country's energy sector struggles to meet growing demand for electricity at a low cost and acceptable reliability rate.

Nov 01 (Island) The government had asked estate owners to take action to relocate their workers living in landslide prone terrain to safe areas but they had not heeded that directive, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said yeterday. Unless they responded favourably, action would have to be taken to take over their properties to ensure workers’ safety, he warned.

Nov 01 (DM) The Transport Ministry has included the monorail transport system in its master plan prepared with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for developing the urban transport system linking the Colombo city with the suburbs, Parliament was informed yesterday.

Nov 01 (DN) Sri Lanka is striving to become a science and knowledge based developed country. The opening of Mahindodaya Technological Laboratories has created new avenues for students to pursue their education using modern technology, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has decided to establish a new Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) to monitor the thousands of multi day fishing boats in the Sri Lankan seas. The government has observed that new technology has to be incorporated for the sustainable management of the island's fisheries industry and the implementation of the global concept of the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) has become mandatory.

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- Four new ambassadors and one high commissioner to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (Oct. 30) evening. Seen here is High Commissioner of Bangladesh Tarik Ahsan presnting credentials to the President.

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Catholic Church has denied that the Sri Lankan President has pressured the Church to stop Pope's visit to the island scheduled for January next year. Issuing a statement, the Media & Information Secretariat - Pope's Visit denied the reports circulated among some social media with the title "Stop the Papal visit in January" MR pressurizes the Church".

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- Officials of India's state-owned IRCON International and Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) authorities today conducted a successful test run on the reconstructed Madhu Road- Thiruketheeswaram railway track of the Northern Railway Line.

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's nationalist coalition partner of ruling alliance, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has decided to abstain from the second reading vote of the government's 2015 budget as the talks with the ruling party on the constitutional amendments submitted by the party were not yet completed.

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- The United Nations said today that it is saddened by the loss of human life caused by the deadly landslide in the Koslanda village of Badulla district in Sri Lanka."We at the United Nations and Humanitarian Community are saddened by the human loss

Oct 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday (30) has instructed the relevant officials to do a thorough study on the European Union's ban of Sri Lanka's fishery products exports and get the ban removed.

Oct 31 (CP) Washington, DC- The United States said Thursday that has received an official request for assistance from the Government of Sri Lanka for rescue and relief efforts after a massive landslide devastated the Koslanda- Meeriya Bedda village in Badulla district.

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* Water levels reach spill level; several areas flooded: DMC (31 - DM)
* Opposition lays the blame on govt. (31 - Island)
* Common Presidential candidate' concept, only a dream for the opposition - Minister Sirisena (31 - DN)
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SPORTS

Oct 31 (ESPNCI) While Tillakaratne Dilshan has been slapping and scooping his way through opposition attacks since 2009, Sri Lanka have rifled through opening batsmen at the other end. Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne have had their dash, Mahela Jayawardene has sometimes stepped in to replace misfiring batsmen mid-tour, Kusal Perera began with promise but is yet to deliver consistently,

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Oct 31 (ESPNCI) Somewhere in Sri Lanka Cricket's drive to justify a sudden ODI tour of India, the board enlisted the spirit of 1996 for moral assistance. "All Sri Lankan cricket fans will remember," a line in an SLC press release began, "how India and Pakistan toured Sri Lanka to show their solidarity when Australia and West indies refused to play in Sri Lanka in the 1996 Wills World Cup."

Oct 31 (ICC) ICC Chairman Mr N. Srinivasan has congratulated Nepal and Uganda for qualifying for Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2 (WCL Div.2), which will be played in Namibia from 17 to 24 January 2015. Nepal and Uganda sealed their progression after reaching the final of Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday.

Oct 31 (ESPNCI) The top four Asian Associates - Nepal, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and UAE - are set to tour Sri Lanka after the SLC approved a request from the ACC development manager Bandula Warnapura. Nepal and Hong Kong will be the first two teams out of the four to tour Sri Lanka in November. The decision was taken "to support the region's non-Test playing countries," the SLC said. "It's a very beneficial offer by Sri Lanka," Warnapura said.


WORLD

Nov 01 (ITN) The Jamaat-e-Islami has demanded of the government to take immediate notice of the ‘unjustified act’ of Bangladesh government regarding death sentence to the JI chief Motiur Rehman. The JI leaders made this demand at a protest demonstration held outside the Bait-ul-Mukarram Mosque here on Friday. A large number of party workers and activists protested the Bangladesh court decision holding placards and banners and raising slogans agai

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Nov 01 (NIE) Several persons were arrested across the State as protests against a Sri Lankan court verdict awarding death sentence to five fishermen reached a pitch on Friday. Agitators gave vent to their anger by shouting anti-Lanka slogans and targeting the neighbouring country’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa by burning his effigies. In Chennai, over 300 people belonging to several organisations were arrested for holding protests demanding release of the five Indian fishermen.

Oct 31 (BBC) Australia has removed sanctions against Fiji after elections in the Pacific island nation last month ended eight years of military rule. Ahead of visiting Fiji, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she was committed to "normalising" relations between the two countries.

Oct 31 (BBC) Myanmar's president is holding rare roundtable talks with the opposition, military and ethnic groups, as the US called for "credible" polls next year. The meeting comes days after officials announced the next general election would be held in late 2015.


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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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